This week, we have launched skills drills Rio Challenge. Linked to the upcoming Rio Olympics, pupils can attempt a series of ten timed sports drills based around core skills from different Olympic events. These include hockey, gymnastics, rugby and athletics.
Children can be part of this online competition against their peers and other schools and we will be uploading times for the quickest drills.
The drills will be carried out in PE lessons and at lunchtime. You could even have a go at home.
Rio challenge drills are led by Sports Leaders at lunchtime.
Our rocket seed experiment came to an end on the last Friday before half-term when we completed our final measurement. We’ve now submitted the results to the Principia mission and they’ll add what we found to the results of all the other schools taking place.
Having looked at the information we’ve gathered, which do you think are the seeds from space?
When all of the data has been collated, the agency will be in touch with us to let us know what they found out and finally tell us which seeds are which!
Euro 2016 themed menu
To celebrate UEFA’s European Football Championship 2016, Catering Agency will be running a special themed menu on Tuesday 21 June. Please contact the office if your child would like a school dinner on this day.
Meanwood Park Orienteering
They are now part of a fun orienteering course in Meanwood Park. There are ten owls to find and each has a letter to create a two word anagram.
Money Matters round up
This week we’ve had our whole school themed week, Money Matters. There has been some great learning about how to spend, save, donate and get money.
‘It’s been fun and interesting to learn things we didn’t know about money.’
Some highlights include:
- All classes visiting Barclays Bank. Thank you to Steve Fergusson, the branch manager, and all his staff for supporting this.
- Moneysense workshops with KS1 and KS2 classes. Thank you to all volunteers from RBS and NatWest who supported these sessions.
- Hearing about how our new school charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Leeds Mind, use donations and also how one of our old school charities, St Gemma’s Hospice, have used our donations.
- Donating money to our charities through our Hotshots sponsored event. Please ensure sponsorship money is sent to school.
- Donating loads of pennies to our charities too.
- Seeing children starting to use their School Saving Club accounts – taking responsibility for managing their money.
- And finally, to our parents and a governor who were able to spare time to come and talk to the children about their money-related jobs.
Watch out for the first homework after the half term where children can show what they have learnt during the week.
To find out more about how to support your child/children with financial education, here are a number of suggested websites.
- Pfeg Learning about money with your children guide
- Pfeg My Money Primary Parents’ Guide
- Money Advice Service
- Fun to Save
- Values Money and Me
- Nationwide Education
- Money Saving Expert Child Savings
The Jangle app contains interactive activities allowing parents and carers and their children to gain financial experience and to learn about money together in an active and varied way. They are focused on meaningful and relevant financial topics and are linked to the day to day real life experiences of children and their families – designed for children aged 7 – 11.
goHenry is a Pre-paid Card and App with unique parental controls, for young people aged 8 to 18.
Money old and new
During Money Matters week, many children were keen to show off their money collections and talk about where and when they were from. Thank you for sharing these with us.
It’s been great to see the generosity and enthusiasm of the children during Money Matters week to try and fill their class collecting tubes. They were filling up by the end of the week. The total amount raised for Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be revealed soon. Thank you for your donations.
School Saving Club
This week, as part of our Money Matters themed week, was the first paying in session for children who have opened their School Saving Club accounts.
We have two more paying in dates this term and you are welcome to accompany your child to pay in their money.
- Wednesday 22 June 3.15pm
- Wednesday 20 July 3.15pm
Also, it’s not too late to open an account. Please ask at the office for an application form.
As part of our Money Matters week, Year 1 and 2 took part in a Moneysense session supported by a volunteer from NatWest.
Angela, our volunteer from NatWest, was ‘pleasantly surprised by the attitude of a lot of the children towards money and donating it’.
The session focussed on how we use money.
- To understand that there are choices about what to do with money
- To understand that money can be spent, saved or donated (given)
- To understand the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’
- To consider the different ways a family might use money
‘I have learnt that if you get lots of money, not to spend it all at once.’
‘I realised how much things cost for a pet.’
‘I will save more money than I have dome before.’
‘I know not to use my money all at once to buy one thing as then I won’t have any money left.’
Finally, hope the children enjoyed their goody bags!
- Why do people get paid different amounts for jobs?
- What happens after you have spent the money?
- Why is there different money in different countries?
- Why do we need to have money to buy things?
- Who invented money?
- How has money changed over the years?
- How can I spend money wisely?
- What would happen if there was no money?
These are some of the questions suggested by children prior to our Money Matters themed week.
The week kicked off with our Hotshots fundraising event for our two school charities, Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Children are encouraged to bring in their sponsor money and forms this week, following the event.
Representatives from Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be visiting during our week to talk about their work and how they use donations.
Today, St Gemma’s Hospice visited to talk about how our donations have support patients and families in Leeds. St Gemma’s Hospice were one of our previous school charities. We even got to meet their new mascot, Gemma the Giraffe.
We’ve also launched our class collecting jars where children are encouraged to bring in any spare 1ps and 2ps so we can create a penny trail on Friday. All proceeds to the two school charities. The jars are already starting to fill up.
Thank you to Barclays Bank who hosted all classes at their branch today, showing the children behind the scenes of a bank.
On Thursday after school, we will be holding our first School Saving Club paying in session. For those children who have returned their application forms this will be an opportunity to start to pay into their new account. Please note money should be paid in at these sessions rather than bringing money to the office. Accounts are also available for siblings. Please ask on Thursday.
Our cash4coins collecting tin is now available at the office. This PTA fundraiser uses old coins and any foreign currency to raise funds for the school.
Finally, thank you to those parents who have offered their time to come in and speak with the children about their money related jobs.
As the week goes on, please check on class news to find out more about our Money Matters week and discuss with your child/children about their learning this week.