Latest news from around the school

Fantastic feedback

Posted on 22 January 2020 by Mrs Weekes

Thanks to those of you who visited us this morning for another one of our popular Watch us while we work sessions. We hold these so you can come into school and get a flavour of what we do, which will hopefully help you to support your child at home, too.

  • ‘Excellent teaching and learning – Year 6 were really focused.’
  • ‘Teaching was clear and constant checking that children were on task.’
  • ‘All abilities were catered for – learning and behaviour expectations were evident.’
  • ‘Great to see my own child learning and how she is feeling, reacting, behaving and managing.’
  • ‘Great to see the high quality of teaching going on in the school.’
  • ‘Picked up some good ideas to support learning of times tables.’

Spring term after-school clubs

Posted on 22 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Our spring term after-school clubs will be starting next week and while many of the clubs are full, we do have some spaces available for the following clubs.

Gymnastics (run by Leeds Gymnastics) Y1-5
Board games Y3-6
Multi-sports (run by PE Partner) Y3-6 Please note this club is now open to Year 3
It is not too late to sign up so please contact the office if your child would like to take part.

Attendance matters

Posted on 16 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Our whole-school attendance figure so far this year is 96.5% – that’s a little lower than it was this time last year.

However, a big well done to Year 2 children (and mums, dads and carers at home) for their amazing attendance: it’s just short of 98%!

Well done to Year 3, with a figure of 96.8%. Also well done to our Reception class – their attendance matches the school average, which is really good because it’s quite often the case that Reception classes have a lower figure (because they may be more susceptible to bugs going around).

All the attendance figures are here:

  • Reception – 96.5%
  • Year 1 – 96.2%
  • Year 2 – 97.9%
  • Year 3 – 96.8%
  • Year 4 – 96%
  • Year 5 – 95.9%
  • Year 6 – 96.1%

Is your child in Year 2 or Year 6?

Posted on 15 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

If your child is in Year 2 or Year 6, they’re in the final year of Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) or Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). This means that towards the end of the year, they’ll be doing end of key stage assessments, often called the SATs.

These short videos help to explain more – just be aware the videos are a couple of years old so some details like dates won’t be accurate.

In the past, parents have said they’ve found the videos helpful. Nevertheless, if you’ve any questions, comments or concerns, speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Weekes.

Does your child use TikTok?

Posted on 14 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

If you’re child uses TikTok, read this guide for parents.

TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos much in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. It’s main draw, however, is that users can record and upload bite-sized looping videos of themselves lip-syncing and dancing to popular music or soundbites, often for comedic effect, which can then be further enhanced with filters, emojis and stickers. TikTok has been designed with the young user in mind and has a very addictive appeal. At the beginning of 2019 it skyrocketed in popularity to become the iOS store’s most downloaded app with over 33 million downloads. Estimates suggest that it now has anything between 500 million and over 1billion monthly active users worldwide.

Safe screen time

Posted on 13 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

We like to keep you updated as much as possible with how you can keep your child safe in many situations.

In the Autumn term, we posted some guidance about the game ‘Fortnite‘ – we hope you found this useful.

Here’s the second of our factsheets with some hints and tips about how you can support your child in staying safe during any screen time.  It’s not just the amount of time your child spends in front of a screen but what they might encounter or be exposed to when online.

As always, if you’ve any questions, comments or concerns, please chat to someone in school.

Living and learning: d:side visits

Posted on 10 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, our Living and Learning focus includes staying safe. We have arranged for visitors to come into school to help to deliver this key aspect of education.

We have been working with d:side for many years and they will be visiting school to deliver sessions based around drug education and e-safey sessions to coincide with Safer Internet Day (11 February).

d:side is a comprehensive drug & alcohol education programme that encourages children to make positive & healthy life-choices whilst promoting a pro-active attitude to life. They focus on developing the children’s knowledge, skills & attitude, whilst equipping them with the appropriate life skills to successfully manage sensitive situations with peers & encourage a positive approach to life.

As part of these visits, there are two specific parent/carer information sessions.

Tuesday 21 January 3.05-3.30pm d:side drug education informal information session (open to all parents)

A d:side representative will be available to provide information about your child’s drug education learning with d:side and answer any other related enquiries.

Tuesday 04 February 2:50-3.30pm d:side e-safety informal information session (open to all parents)

A d:side representative will be available to provide information about your child’s e-safety learning with d:side and answer any other related enquiries.

Please contact school if you would like to attend.





Tennis opportunities

Posted on 09 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Today, Year 2 – Year 6 pupils have taken part in tennis sessions to give children a taster of tennis and to promote sessions starting locally at Chapel Allerton Tennis and Squash Club.

Online safety? Sign up for great weekly guides

Posted on 08 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

We’ve mentioned National Online Safety guides before.

They believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday, they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of.

 Join the Wake Up Wednesday Campaign.

Celebrate Yorkshire themed menu

Posted on 08 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 16 January. Please contact the office, in the next few days, if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).