A moment of mindfulness
After a busy lunchtime, Year 2 had a moment of mindfulness to get focussed for the afternoon’s learning.
Starfish Hand Meditation
This is a great way to divert and refocus the mind.
- Spread your fingers out like a starfish on one hand.
- Take your finger from the other hand and trace around your fingers and hand.
- As you do this, concentrate on only how it feels and let other thoughts float away.
- Continue until you feel relaxed and calm.
Our school dinner menu was discussed by our School Council this week. They also talked about ways to encourage others to try some of the new meals that are on the Spring term menu.
Did you know the menu is available to view on our website and also displayed on our dining room window. This is a good way to make your child aware of what the daily meals are.
The menu follows a three week cycle and it changed on a termly basis.
Here are the options for today.
Mags, from Animals Intuition, came into school this morning to show us and teach us about her animals. Here are some pictures:
School Council elections 11 February
Our current school councillors held their final meeting today as we prepare to elect our new school council. This year’s election date is Thursday 11 February.
Children from every class, including Reception, are encouraged to prepare a speech to present to their class as part of the election process. Our whole school homework before the election date (05 February) will give children the chance to plan their speech.
Thank you to our existing school council who have been involved with many decisions and discussions throughout the year. On today’s agenda, there have been discussions around the new school dinner menu, classroom reading areas, e-safety and general suggestions put forward by children in each class. It appears they have enjoyed the role as they all intend to stand again at the elections.
Borrow a book, borrow a bike
With 100 days to this year’s Tour De Yorkshire, a local bike library has been set up locally at Moor Allerton Library.
Leeds City Council has introduced a new Yorkshire Bike Bank which will allow residents to borrow bikes as well as books from the library.
Show and Tell
Tuesday’s Show and Tell is changing this term to make it a bit more focussed and structured. Instead of bringing in objects from home, children will bring in their favourite books and talk about them. This could be their favourite story, fact book, poetry collection, recipe book, religious book. If your child has a favourite author, they could talk about this person and their books.
Children will be told the Tuesday before if it’s their turn. This gives them some time to decide what book they will choose and what they are going to say. I’m not expecting a ten minute presentations, just a minute or two. They won’t need to prepare slides but they might like to make a few notes to help them remember what they are going to say.
A general structure for their presentation could be:
- Introduce the book – What is it? What is it about? Who has written it? Illustrated it?
- Why do you like it?
- If it’s a story, what are the main characters like?
- What are your favourite parts of the story, favourite recipe, fact page, etc.
- Who would you recommend the story to and why?
A big thank you!
Thank you to all the people who donated money at the end of the Whoops-a-Daisy Angel performances. Altogether, we raised a fantastic £287.78! This will be split between our two charities: St Gemma’s Hospice and Cancer Research.
Moortown’s Got Talent 2016
Moortown’s Got Talent is a great opportunity for your child to share their talent (whatever it may be!) with the rest of our school. Auditions are open to children of all years and from those auditions, finalists will be chosen and go head to head on Thursday 21 January in front of our very own judges.
Talent from previous years has included a comedy act, singing, acting, dancing and a magic act to name a few.
Your child has been informed that for an audition, they will need to come prepared. For example, if they require music, they need to bring their own. Auditions are next week and are as follows:
- Monday 11 January – Reception and Year 1
- Tuesday 12 January – Year 2 and Year 3
- Wednesday 13 January – Year 4 and 5
- Thursday 14 January – Year 6