New SEAL statement and theme
As we start the new school year, our SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) theme focuses on New Beginnings and ‘I can make someone feel welcome‘ is the statement for this week.
New beginnings allows children the opportunity to discuss and reflect on how they or others may feel in a new situation or setting. This SEAL theme offers children the opportunity to see themselves as valued individuals within a community, and to contribute to shaping a welcoming, safe and fair learning community for all.
The key areas of learning throughout this theme are empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
Through discrete SEAL lessons, circle times and across the curriculum, children will explore feelings of happiness and excitement, sadness, anxiety and fearfulness, while learning (and putting into practice) shared models for calming down and problem-solving.
New beginnings supports the development of a learning community in each classroom where all members feel that they belong. Class contracts, produced at the start of the year, allow children to contribute to how they feel they can achieve a safe and fair learning community.
Year 2, Class of 2011
It was our intention to give every child a DVD containing all of the videos from this year but unfortunately the school is unable to distribute them because for legal reasons. Check back next week for a slideshow of this year’s memorable photographs.
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!