On Friday, a group of children attended an event at Leeds Gymnastics Club. It was great to see the children trying out new skills and really enjoying themselves. Thank you to Mrs Bharath and the parents who helped out with this session.
Living and Learning: Staying safe in the community.
Today, we welcomed both the fire and police service into school. The children were thrilled to see a fire engine parked in the playground!
These vital services keep us safe and it was very interesting to hear all about the roles the professionals play. Ask your child to tell you about the photos below.
Living and Learning: Who’s in our community?
This week, we welcomed Natasha and Alex from RNIB. They shared lots of information about how they support people with visual impairments in our community.
Living and Learning: Who are we?
Even though we are all different and unique, there are still many connections between us. In this learning, Year 2 produced a ‘spiders’ web’ to show how we are connected.
If one of the connections was cut, how would that person feel if they were excluded from the web of connections?
The key message is that communities that include everyone are stronger.
Living and Learning: Who am I?
In our themed week, this week, we’ve enjoyed finding out about the identity of members of our class.
Living and Learning: My Community week so far
This week, we are enjoying our ‘My Community’ themed week based around these themes.
- Who am I? (identity)
- Who are we? (diversity)
- Where do I live? (community)
- How do we all live together? (equality)
There have been lots of events, visits and visitors so far.
- School community coffee morning and Wake Up Shake Up on Monday
- Bulb planting with Friends of Moortown Park
- Visiting Allerton Grange drama department for a community themed drama session led by Year 12 pupils
- A visit from Linda Gledhill from the deaf and hearing impairment team
- A visit from the RNIB to raise awareness of visually impaired members of our community
- JustDifferent disability workshops
- Litter picking in the local area
- Hate Crime workshops led by West Yorkshire Police
- Visiting Donisthorpe Hall
- A visit from Moortown fire service
- A visit from our PCSOs
- Learning carousels across different classes
Still to come is a visit to a group run by Moor Allerton Elderly Care; Greek language sessions led by a parent; a visit to St Gemma’s Hospice and choosing our new school charity.
The week will culminate with Identity Day on Friday 29 November.
Children are invited to dress in clothing that represents part of their identity, for example uniform from a club they attend, a team they are part of or support or traditional dress to represent their heritage. We invite a donation for the PTA Christmas fair.
Thank you for all the entries we have received for the active travel in the community competition.
We encourage families to get out in the community in an active way on the way to and from school. Email ([email protected]) a picture of your active travel, maybe by a landmark on the route to school, for the chance to win one of five £10 vouchers. The winners will be drawn in the assembly tomorrow afternoon so please ensure your entries are sent by 12 o’clock tomorrow.
Thank you for supporting the themed week and please discuss the week with your child to reinforce this important learning.
This half term, we welcome Leeds Beckett Sports Coaching students who are beginning their placements delivering PE to the class.
We aim to be outside for PE, when we can, so please ensure your child has their outdoor PE kit at school.
|t-shirt||indoor: plain white t-shirt (long or short sleeved)
outdoor: as above, plus fleece / warm top
|– this should be a round-necked top, not a collared polo-shirt (must not be same shirt as that worn in class)
– t-shirts with school logo are available
|shorts||black shorts / PE skirt|
|tracksuit bottoms||black tracksuit bottoms / leggings||ideal for outdoor use|
|footwear||indoor: pumps / trainers
|– trainers could be the same as those worn to school|
Great Lexia learning
Lexia, a computer based program to build reading skills, is a valuable learning tool that we access in school. It is also beneficial for your child to access Lexia outside of school, too.
Each child is progressing at a different rate – one that is specifically tailored to your child’s needs.
For your information, by the end of Year 2 your child should be aiming to achieve Level 9. This will ensure the Year 2 learning has been covered.
We have been particularly impressed with the children’s positive attitude to Lexia with 15 Lexia certificates awarded so far this month. Well done, Year 2.
If you are not set up already please see below for information in helping to set up:
If you’re experiencing some difficulties with setting Lexia Core 5 up on your tablet or device, use the following email address when prompted:
Your child can then log in using the student username and password. This is the same username and password used at school (these details can be found inside their reading record book).
A typical home session may last from 10-15 minutes.
It is important your child works without any help while using the program. All of the work your child does at home is recorded and reported to school. This means we can see when help is needed and provide additional instruction at school.
Thank you for your support with this learning at home and please come and see us if you have any questions about using Lexia.
Last week, the focus for the homework task was I know how to STOP bullying.
This homework was set in response to our learning during anti-bullying week. Today, we discussed each others work and celebrated some super ideas of how to spread the all important message;
Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.
There’s an astronaut in Year 2!
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been focusing our writing lessons on the children’s book ‘Man on the Moon.’ As the title suggests, it is about a day in the life of Bob, a man who lives on Earth but works on the Moon.
All the children have been really engaged with this learning and we’ve even had a look at the first moon landing in 1969!
This week, the children thought about appropriate questions (using inferred events) they would like to ask Bob.
Is it cold on the moon?
Where do you sleep?
Do you enjoy your job?
Why do you need to wear a special suit?
We decided to see if we could send our questions to Bob. However, Bob is a busy man so instead he sent us a prop to help with our queries.
All the children were excited to try the suit on.
Questions and answers
The children took it in turns to ask the astronaut a question and shake hands.
Learning and exploring through drama allows the children to be actively involved. It is a great way to spark imaginations and creativity and this helps to build ideas for writing.
We even enjoyed a spot of moon walking!