Year 1 Class News

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Cycling opportunities

Posted on Sunday 17 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here are details of local cycling events due to be held in the Easter holiday.

Beginners Learn to Ride Sessions (FREE)
For non-riders aged 5 years and above
Tuesday 2nd April, Thursday 4th April and Tuesday 9th April – limited availability
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Times: 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm  and 13:45pm (Tues 2nd only)

Improvers Cycling Session (FREE)
For ‘new’ riders aged 5 years and above
Thursday 4th April
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Time: 13:45pm

The Brownlee Centre will also be hosting a pop up school holiday ride.

 

 

 

Living and Learning: I can say something good about myself.

Posted on Sunday 17 March 2019 by Mr Parker

Recently, in one of our Living and Learning sessions, we discussed the importance of having a positive self imagine. The children loved this! It gave them a chance to write about the things they liked about themselves and the things that they are good at.

Take a look at a few examples of Year One saying something good about themselves and have the same discussion with your child.

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School Savings Club paying in dates

Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Please note a change of day for the remaining School Savings Club paying in dates.

If your child has a School Savings Club account, we hold paying in sessions on the penultimate week of every half term.

Thursday 18 October 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 13 December 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 07 February 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 20 March 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 15 May 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 10 July 2019 3.15-3.45pm

If you are unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be paid in, to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

If you would like your child to open an account, please enquire at the office.  Pupils in Year 3 can still take advantage of the £10 incentive offer.

Living and Learning – body image guide for parents and carers

Posted on Sunday 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.

What is body image?

Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.

This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.

Why is travelling actively to school important?

Posted on Sunday 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Sustrans have recently published this article about the importance of travelling actively to school.

With just two weeks to go, Sustrans Big Pedal, is one way we will be encouraging active journeys this term alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school.  We would love everyone to be involved.  For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.  

This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.

You might also be interested in a current bike promotion from our local Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative branch.

 

Leeds Art Gallery

Posted on Wednesday 06 March 2019 by Mr Parker

Last week, Year 1 and 2 enjoyed an art filled day at Leeds Art Gallery linked to our current big topic, Katie and… Unfortunately, we couldn’t step into the paintings just like Katie.

Before lunch, we explored the gallery and looked at all the fantastic pieces of art. The children decided which was their favourite and sketched their own version.

After lunch, we took part in a workshop session based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawing which were being held at the gallery. After the workshop, the children could talk about his work and what made him such a good artist.

Active travel update

Posted on Monday 25 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here’s an update on our latest active travel initiatives for this half term.

Living Streets WOW Travel Tracker

Meltem from Living Streets visited school for an assembly today to launch a new challenge for our WOW active travel tracker.

Currently, children record how they get to school on the WOW daily online travel tracker and those who complete at least one active journey per week to school (bike, scoot, walk or park and stride) are rewarded with a themed monthly badge.

As this has been a big success, with increased active journeys and less journeys by car, from March, we will be challenging children to make at least three active journeys per week to earn their monthly badge.

There were some queries that were raised at the assembly.

Can your three active journeys be different?

Yes – active journeys include walking, biking, scooting and park and stride so as long as your journeys are any of these three in a week you would qualify for a badge.

What can be included as park and stride?

Ideally park and stride is where you park away from school and walk the final 5-10 minutes to school.  This ensures that areas close to school are free from traffic.  Marks and Spencer has many spaces available for families to park and walk the final part of the journey to school.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Get set… the Big Pedal is back! We’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school.  We would love everyone to be involved.  For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.  

This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.

On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school then our results will determine our final position in the national league table.

If you need the car to bring your child to school, perhaps you could park and stride the last part (our suggested park and stride site is Marks and Spencer car park).

The Big Pedal will run alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Why we’re taking part

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school in an active way.  Also, schools will be entered into a daily prize draw for rewards including equipment and accessories if over 15% of our school community cycle, walk or scoot on that day of the challenge.

What do you need to do?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle, scoot, walk or park and stride to school every day during the event, and join them on their way.

 

Living and Learning: Being me

Posted on Saturday 23 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly in class to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This half term our main theme, from our long-term plan, is Being me and is all around building self-image and self-esteem  
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular covering our mouth when we cough, sneeze or yawn. To promote good hygiene we refer to the vampire technique. By coughing or sneezing into our elbow, germs are not spread into the air or on our hands which may contaminate other things. Don’t forget to ‘use your sleeve to cough and sneeze’.
Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, to support this learning.
  • I cover my mouth (when I yawn, cough, sneeze).  Get your child to demonstrate the ‘vampire’ method to family members at home.
  • I can say something good about myself.  It’s important that your child can confidently talk about themselves in a positive way.
  • I pay and receive compliments in a sensible way.  Try paying compliments each day to each other! Some children struggle to hear positive words about themselves, but this is important for self-esteem. Try paying (and listening) to praise and compliments.
  • I recognise my talents.  Talk to your child about talents, whether academic, physical, social or emotional. Some of us may have a natural talent, but most have talents that derive from lots of practice.
  • I know the difference between being proud and showing off.  We encourage compliments to be paid – but encourage your children to know the balance between being having self-esteem and showing off.

Living Streets (Moortown group) update

Posted on Saturday 23 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

An update and a call for support (by Friday 15 March) from our local Living Streets group.

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!
Back in autumn we submitted a response to the ‘Connecting Leeds’ consultation for improvements in Moortown. The feedback you provided in our survey helped us to share a number of ideas with Leeds City Council to help make the routes to school safer and more pleasant for all members of the community.
It’s very pleasing to see that a number of suggested improvements have been incorporated into the revised proposals, including:

• Priority for pedestrians at both the entrance and exit of the parade car parks (kerbs to run through with visual priority for people on foot so drivers know to give way).

• Replacing the badly positioned concrete bollards on the northern parade with a continuous low-level fence (to match the south parade) to prevent vehicles blocking the footpath.

• Low-level fencing at Manning Stainton to allow access only via the official dropped kerb and not across the full length of the footway.

• Planters adjacent to the road outside Manning Stainton to enhance the area and prevent HGVs and other vehicles driving and parking on the footway.

• Improved crossing times for pedestrians at the main M&S lights.

• A widening of the public footpath/reduction in road space adjacent to the south parade to allow for the future introduction of a pavement at the shops (not in the scope of this project).

Existing proposed designs for this future work can be found in Moortown Community Group’s Neighbourhood Design Statement (available at moortowncommunitygroup.org.uk).

BUT IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL YET. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…

Although the public consultation for Moortown is now complete, there will still be some local targeted consultation with residents and business owners directly affected by the proposals. They will hopefully support the revised proposals too, but there’s also a chance some won’t, particularly if it affects current parking arrangements.
We want to ensure that the improvements for pedestrians many of us have been campaigning for are delivered and a great way to demonstrate your support is to post a comment about the revised plans on Twitter, tagging both Connecting Leeds and Moortown Living Streets Group, or email Connecting Leeds directly if you don’t use Twitter:
Twitter: @ConnectingLeeds + @MoortownLSG
Email: [email protected]
Follow this link to see the updated Moortown plans as well as a number of other local schemes which are now open for public comment (including Alwoodley, Scott Hall Road and Chapel Allerton).

Many thanks once again for your continued support!
Dom Jacques
E: [email protected] T: @moortownlsg

World Book Day school dinner menu

Posted on Saturday 23 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

On World Book Day, Thursday 7th March, there will be a special themed menu for school meals.

Please contact the office, as soon as possible, if your child would like to have a school meal on this day.