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It's the half-term holidays...

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…and so there’s no specific homework next week. This is in-line with our Homework Policy.

During the half-term, please encourage your child to read each day, even if just for 15 minutes. As well as their current book, reading comics, newspapers, websites are all good – and why not take a trip to the library!

It would also be really helpful to help your child brush up on their times tables. Children in Year 2 should know x2, x5 and x10 (and the related division facts) by the end of the year – so give them a head start now! By the end of Year 4, children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 (and the related division facts).

And make sure they enjoy the break, too: perhaps an autumn walk, a day out, a trip to the cinema… There are lots of things going on in Leeds – check them out.

Whatever you get up to, we’re looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 30 October.

Digitally different

Posted on 16 October 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Remember in history lessons learning about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, or – more recently – the time of the Industrial Revolution? What do you think the period of time we’re living in now will be called?

Quite probably the Digital Age – we’re definitely in the midst of a Digital Revolution. Consider this:

  • Households with internet access: 1987 – 0%, 1997 – 9%, 2007 – 61%, 2017 – 89%
  • Mobile phone users: 1987 – 0%, 1997 – 20%, 2007 – 78%, 2017 – 95%
  • Facebook users worldwide: 1987 – none, 1997 – none, 2007 – 50 million, 2017 – 2 billion
  • Email usage worldwide: 1987 – negligible, 1997 -70 million, 2007 – 1.3 billion, 2017 – 3.7 billion
  • Sales of film cameras worldwide: 1987 – around 23 million, 1997 -around 31 million, 2007 – around 1 million, 2017 – negligible

It’s also worth considering the impact that this (and other factors) has had on children’s lives. The following data compares adults’ lives (‘then’) with children currently (‘now’).

  • Young people who play outside: 83% then; 48% now
  • Young people who get enough sleep: 66% then; 50% now
  • Young people who read books: 79% then; 54% now
  • Young people who send postcards: 55% then; 11% now
  • Favourite toys of young people: bicycles, dolls and record players then; smartphones, iPads and Xboxes now

Read more about how the digital world has transformed childhoods. And, as always, think through how you’re keeping your child safe when they’re online.

 

After-school clubs - it's not too late to sign up

Posted on 28 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our Autumn term after-school clubs start next week for 8 weeks.

We do have some spaces available so please contact the office if you would like your child/children to take part.

Clubs on offer include hockey, multi-sports, multi-skills, dance, gymnastics, cookery, Lego Club and Code Club.

School Savings Club dates for paying in

Posted on 25 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

The School Savings Club paying in sessions for this year are at 3.15-3.45pm on the following dates (the penultimate Thursday of each half term).

  • 12 October
  • 07 December
  • 01 February
  • 22 March
  • 17 May
  • 12 July

If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

Information will shortly be sent home about the accounts and if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.  There is an extra incentive for pupils in Year 3 as Leeds City Council will add £10 to your child’s account.

Nell Bank leaf trail - 07 and 08 October

Posted on 24 September 2017 by Mrs Craggs

Nell Bank would like to invite you to their Leaf Trail on Saturday 07 and Sunday 08 October.

They have teamed up with the Ilkley Arts Trail to create a unique and exciting event based in the grounds at Nell Bank.

Over 30 of the artists who are exhibiting through the week of the Art Trail have produced some wonderful pieces of leaf themed artwork especially for this event. The beautiful pieces of art will be positioned around the centre to create an exciting trail that the whole family will be able to enjoy.

As well as the trail, children will be able to take part in some of their favourite Nell Bank activities including the Adventure Playground and Water Play, as well as enjoying the opportunity to explore with their families.

Entry will be £2 per person, with under 5s going free!

There will also be a ‘pop up café’ to provide hot food and hot drinks.

Are you interested in a career in primary teaching?

Posted on 21 September 2017 by Mrs Craggs

Our teaching school partner, Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary, writes:

Pudsey Primrose Hill, a strategic partner of Noctua TSA, are the Lead School for School Direct (Salaried) and School Direct (Fee Paying) and work in collaboration with Educate Teacher Training.

We have a partnership of schools across Leeds and Bradford who work together to deliver the School Direct route into primary teaching.
We have created a ‘learning on the job’ style programme with trainees allocated to one of our partnership schools for the academic year.
Trainees carry out a six week second school placement, also in one of our partnership schools.
We offer both Salaried and Fee Paying programmes and have delivered Initial Teacher Education for over 8 years.

If you are interested in attending the Information Event on Wednesday 4th October , please book a place using the contact details below.

Our information event will begin with a short presentation at 6pm followed by the opportunity to ask questions and speak to school direct
trainees past and present.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Phone: 0113 2574129
Email: [email protected]

Annual Survey Feedback

Posted on 21 September 2017 by Mrs Weekes

Thank you to everyone who returned the annual parents’ / carers’ survey in July. Your feedback and views are important to us and help us to improve elements of our practice.
Some of the issues you raise are ones we want to work on. These include:
  • making sure that all children are challenged appropriately, particularly those who are attaining higher in some subjects; our end of Key Stage 2 assessment data indicates that we are already doing this very effectively, but we’re always considering ways to improve so we meet the needs of all pupils
  • making sure that less confident children are heard and not overwhelmed by louder more confident children; however, again, this is something we feel we do well as Moortown Primary is a small school where staff know every pupil
  • ensuring that class news pages reflect regular learning for all classes and use this as a communication tool for parents; we’ll monitor more closely each page from each teacher.

Another issue that will be considered is to provide an electronic system to pay for school trips / clubs etc. In fact, Mrs O’Malley is exploring different options, but we don’t want to buy in to an expensive system – it needs to provide value for money.

Based on your responses and comments, we’ll also:
  • consider different homework for those children who are put off by creative / labour intensive homework and making sure that parents know the benefits of homework

You also asked us to provide an extra parents’ evening or support for those parents who need or want it. There is an option of a third parents’ evening following the annual report – we’ll remind you more so you feel comfortable in taking up this invitation. Do remember, too, you’re welcome to contact your child’s teacher to discuss ways to support at home. Of course, the class news pages provide lots of ideas, too.

As I previously mentioned, your feedback is really important: we’re always looking for ways in which we can improve, no matter how small the issue is.

Staying safe online

Posted on 20 September 2017 by Mr Roundtree

During the summer holidays, we published a news article with a list of social media apps and sites to be aware of. This social media update comes from the West Yorkshire Police safeguarding team. It’s a quick reference guide to help you monitor what your child is using online.

In case you missed the article, we thought it would be good to encourage you to check out the list again.

Healthy feedback

Posted on 14 September 2017 by Mrs Weekes

Just before the holidays, the children were asked to complete a “pupil health survey” as part of their homework.  We’ve had some really positive feedback from the children and, as always, some ways in which we can improve. Here is some of the feedback:

  • The after school clubs are great because you can learn new things that aren’t in the curriculum.”
  • “Fruit tuck shop means we get fruit at a low price and it helps you to have one of your 5 a day.”
  • “I’m happy at school because I learn new things and there is always a teacher or TA to talk to if I’m worried or upset.”
  • “Everyone looks after each other.”

Some overall feedback from one child said, “I think this school is a happy and healthy place to learn.”

Thank you to all the children, and their families, who completed this survey.

Heading to secondary school next year?

Posted on 10 September 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Is your child currently in Year 6? If so, now’s the time to apply for a secondary school place. The deadline for applying is 31 October 2017.

Make your application online.

Here’s a list of Q&As that you might find helpful – provided by Leeds City Council.

When can I apply for a place at High School Year 7? The application process is available from 1 August 2017 to 31 October 2017.

How do I apply for a place? You can apply online by going to www.leeds.gov.uk and searching for school admissions.  If you need assistance with the application you can call us on 0113 2224414 or email us at [email protected]. There is also a video on www.leeds.gov.uk which offers advice and guidance.

What are admissions policies? Admissions policies set out how schools will offer places, and who will be offered a place first if there are more applications than places available at the school. The criteria set out in the admissions policy will be used to rank all applications and then places will be offered from the top of the list of applicants until the year group is full.

It is important that you look at the admissions policy for each of the schools you are including in your list of preferences as different schools have different admission policies. Admissions policies for all kinds of schools (Community, Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Academy schools) can be obtained from schools directly, found on the school website, on the Leeds City Council website at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions.aspx, or by contacting the Admissions Team on 0113 2224414.

How are places offered? The local authority is required to co-ordinate all applications for year 7 places. This means the Local Authority receive all applications centrally, work with schools who determine their own admissions to gather information from them, and send out all the offer letters, making sure each child only receives one offer.

We consider all preferences at the same time and aim to offer your highest preference possible, but whether we can offer you the place you want for your child will depend on your circumstances, the schools you have asked for and their policies, the  number of applications they have received and the circumstances of all other applicants to that school.

I have good reasons why my child should attend my first preference school – so you have to offer them a place there don’t you? Many parents have good reasons why they would prefer their child to attend a particular school, but while parents have the legal right to express their preference, this is not the same as free choice about where their child is admitted. School admissions policies provide very clear criteria about who can be prioritised over others for a place and you should review the policies to see whether your child meets any of these priority criteria. If they do, please tell us on your application so that the admissions policy can be applied to your application for each school correctly.

What is my priority school/catchment area? One priority which many admission policies include is a priority for children requesting a place where they are living in the priority catchment area or where the school is their ‘nearest’ school. It’s important to look at the school policy as not all schools include this priority. You will receive a letter telling you which school is your catchment priority school.

Distance (measured in a straight line) is also often used as a tie break within each priority, so all children who meet the ‘catchment’ priority will also be ranked in order of distance from the school. There is no guarantee that you will be allocated a place at your priority catchment school if you request it – each year it depends on the number of children requesting the school who meet this priority.

It is important that you look at each school admission policy and all other available information before making a decision about your preferences as it is important to consider whether you have a realistic chance of being offered a place.

Does it matter what order I list my preferences? Places are not offered on a ‘first preference first’ basis – it is against the School Admissions Code for this to happen. When schools are ranking their applications in line with their admissions policy, they don’t know which preference number you gave to that school.

Your preference order is only used by the Local Authority when they are making the offers on behalf of the school, and it only influences which offer is made where you could be offered more than one of your preferences.

The Local Authority is obliged to offer you the highest preference school which your child qualifies for so please put the schools in order of where you would like your child to attend.

If I only provide one preference, do you have to offer me that school? No. Providing just one or two preferences does not in any way increase your chances of being offered a place at these schools as your application for each school is ranked in line with the admissions policy. If the Local Authority is unable to offer a preferred school, you will be offered a place at any school with a vacancy available after all other applications have been considered, so not using all five of the available preferences actually decreases the chances of you being offered a preferred place.

 Can I find out which schools are closest to my home? You can contact the Leeds City Council Admissions Team on 0113 2224414 or send an email to

[email protected] to ask for this information. Please remember to include your address when contacting us. Our measurements are based on a straight-line distance from the school to your address. Previous allocation maps for primary schools are on the Leeds City Council website www.leeds.gov.uk/admissions. These show the distances from home to school for the people who were successful in gaining places last year so give an indication of your chances of being offered a place. Most online mapping tools only use postcodes and not the full address. If you want to know your nearest priority school you must ask us for details; you should also receive a letter in July  which will give details of your priority school but you don’t need this letter to apply.

What is the ‘furthest allocation distance’? In the information provided on the Leeds City Council website, ‘furthest allocation distances’ are stated where this information is available.

Furthest allocation distances are the distance the last pupil allocated a place at a school under one of the distance priorities (in the Leeds City Council policy this is Priority 3 – Priority Catchment and Priority 4 – non-catchment) lived from the school.

Further details of allocation data can be found at: www.datamillnorth.org/dataset/secondary-school-allocations

When will I find out which school my child has been offered? 1 March 2018 is National Offer day. You will be sent an email on this day with your offer letter attached or if you did not apply online a letter will be sent out by second class post and you will receive it a few days after the 1 March.

What should do when I receive my offer of a place? You should accept the offer of the school place directly with the school. Accepting a lower preference offer will not affect your position on a waiting list or your right to appeal against the refusal at any other school.

What happens if I don’t get offered a place at the school I want? If you don’t get offered a place at the school you would prefer, you can request to go on the waiting list. You can also appeal against the decision to refuse a place at a school, although appeals can only be granted in specific circumstances.  More information will be provided with your offer letter.

What happens if I move into the area or change address? If you move into the area or change address between the closing date in October 2017 and the start of the new school year in September 2018, you must let us know as this could affect your application. We will try our best to offer your child a place at the school you prefer. If there are no places left at any of the schools you wanted, we will offer your child a place at the school closest to your home with available places. Remember that we will find your closest school by measuring in a straight line. If you move to a new address, we will ask you to provide written proof of your new address and written proof that you have left your previous address.

Useful numbers and contacts

Leeds City Council website: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions.aspx

Admissions team: phone 0113 222 4414 email [email protected].

Transport:  Information about application forms, bus routes, timetables and up-to-date ticket prices phone 0113 348 1121 or visit www.generationm.co.uk. For information about the policy governing free travel phone 0113 247 5268 or email [email protected]

Elective Home Education: phone 0113 378 5028.

Attendance Team:  phone 0113 378 2480.

School meals: To apply for free school meals please contact 0113 222 4404.

School uniforms and other expenses: Parents should contact the school their child will be attending for information about help with school uniforms.

Special Educational Needs Information: For children with an existing Education Health and Care Plan (EHC) parents should contact their SEN casework officer phone 0113 378 5256.  For general information, support and advice about SEN and disabilities contact the Leeds Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Service phone 0113 378 5020.