Goodbye, Year 2
Year 2 as a class have achieved many successes this year (such as the great progress in learning, the best attendance record and the fewest warnings) but we thought it important to mention those who have done exceptionally well and pushed themselves all year round in a few key areas.
Madison is reading the same books as Year 4 so a big well done to her. Sarina has made over two years of progress in a single year with her reading which is incredible. Finally, Alex has had a brilliant attitude towards reading and, as a result, his reading has improved immensely.
Ruqayyah’s writing has been very creative and a delight to read. Mikaeel’s, Abdul-Ahad’s and Amie’s writing has seen a marked improvement with all of them striving to become the best writers they can be.
Tyler’s confidence and performance in maths has soared, leading to some brilliant test results to finish the year off. Well done to Lucas, Finn and Abigail this year for showing that they can perform at a Year 3 level already!
Every child this year has shown a faultless attitude to learning and I am sure this will carry on into next year with Mr Wilks.
We’re through to the final!
After a very close Wake Up Shake Up competition this week, our Year 2 team have made it through to the Leeds City final. The team gave their best performance with lots of energy and enthusiasm to win against five other KS1 teams. Well done to all the team and good luck in the final!
Last week, during Bike Week, over 120 journeys were made to and from school by bike.
All the names of children who cycled to school have now been entered in the Leeds City Council prize draw to be held on Monday 04 July with tickets drawn by the Lord Mayor.
Good luck to all those children.
It’s great to see children continuing to use their bike after bike week has finished as a healthy way to travel to school.
Wake Up Shake Up success
A very big well done the to the Key Stage 1 WUSU team, made up of ten Year 2 children, who have made it through to the next round of the competition. All the team performed brilliantly at Allerton Grange and comments from the judges included how enthusiastic and energetic they all were!
Good luck in the next round!
Bike Week 20 – 24 June
Next week is Bike Week. Why not use our cycle rack and bike to school during this week?
Throughout the week each time you cycle to school you will be entered into a prize draw from Leeds City Council to win lots of cycling related prizes. Let your class teacher know each time you come to school on your bike.
Year 5 and Year 6 have both recently had their cycling training and what a better way to put these new cycling skills into practice than to bike to school during Bike Week.
For more information about cycling in Leeds visit www.leeds.gov.uk/cyclemaps
Moortown In Bloom
A piece of land between Stonegate Road and Scothall Road has been prepared to be part of Moortown In Bloom. We were asked to go and help with some of the planting in partnership with the Moortown Group. Off we went on Monday morning; we were given high visual vests (very fetching!), gardening gloves and a spade. Several holes were dug and plants were planted and the results will be evident in a few months when the flowers are blooming. Nine pupils from Year 6 represented Moortown Primary School very well; they worked well as a team and dug holes very well! Abdul and Sanna were demon diggers!! Look out this week in the Yorkshire Evening Post as we may appear along with our plants!
Celebrating our goals!
Well done to all our children for taking part in the sponsored Hot Shots event, raising money to help victims of the earthquake in Japan as part of My Community themed week.
Please return money raised as soon as you can – at the latest the first Friday after half-term.
Easy Peasy Publishers
Year 2 were treated to a literary delight this week. Year 6 have designed, constructed and written some fabulous books, taking their inspiration from Roger Hargreaves’ Easy Peasy books. Year 6 then shared these with Year 2 and they thoroughly enjoyed it!
Some of our Year 2 children even read the Easy Peasy books to the Year 6s!
More success at Moortown!
The Quality Mark is a recognition that some schools choose to work towards to help them monitor what they do for their learners and to celebrate successes within school. Because Ofsted chose not to inspect our school this year due to our continued good provision, we welcome feedback from other external bodies. This year, therefore, we decided to be re-assessed for the Quality Mark.
The re-assessment visit happened on Monday 16 May 2011. I’m delighted to say we’ve yet again been recognised for the great teaching and learning at Moortown. Here are some extracts of the visiting assessor’s report:
“The assessor felt that this was one of the most impressive visits he has ever made in nine years of visiting Quality Mark schools. David, the head, has lots of plans – he needs no points of action or areas to develop suggested from us. It was a privilege to visit.”
“Since the monitoring visit, the school has accomplished an impressive amount of progress.”
“The school has radically reshaped the intervention programme it operates with pupils… It has put into action what many other schools are now realising – that the huge weight of strategies that have been recommended to schools over the past ten years are of limited effectiveness unless they are tailored to exactly what the pupil needs at the time that s/he needs it.”
“Classrooms all show consistency of approach in teaching – learning objectives visible, use of speaking and listening partners, learning walls for each class… Consistency in marking of writing is assured through a detailed and very clear marking policy. The Year 6 pupils who showed the assessor around school were at pains to draw his attention to these features and kept up a running commentary of how pupils learn (including telling the assessor that in the Reception class it’s ‘learning through play, you know!’).”
“Moortown has successfully devised and implemented a curriculum and teaching methodology that involves pupils in their own learning, is rigorous and demanding whilst at the same time makes learning an enjoyable experience for pupils.”
Thanks to the dedication and support of staff, parents / carers and children, I know we do a fantastic job at Moortown. It’s great to know that visitors to school are struck by this great work, too.
I’m grateful to the five parents who spoke with the Quality Mark assessor, and to the two Y6 pupils who provided a tour of the school.
Ralph(ina) the hamster comes to Moortown!
Year 2 had a very special visitor this week. Ralph (or Ralphina due to recent discoveries) came to say hello to all his friends at Moortown – I apologise to those parents battling with their child’s requests for their own furry friend! Ralph behaved impeccably despite being woken up in the middle of his sleep.
We wanted the children to have some first hand experience of nocturnal animals and they were enthralled, with everyone having the opportunity to have a stroke. If you are considering getting a hamster or just want to know a little bit more about them, you can find out more here.