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My Community themed week

Posted on 17 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Themed week – My Community

Our next whole school themed week, based around identity, diversity and community, will be taking place from Monday 25 November 2019. A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education.

Events and learning during the week will include looking at our own identity including belonging and self-esteem, diversity of people around us including race, age, religion, disability and gender.  Classes will also be getting out into the community working with local organisations and taking pride in the local area for example by litter picking.

Active travel

We encourage children to get out in the community in an active way on their way to and from school, with prizes available as part of the themed week. By walking/scooting/biking to school, families will be keeping our community safer and healthier by reducing congestion at the school gate. Maybe even pick up a piece of litter on the way. Even by parking further away from school your child could then to do the final part of their journey by foot, bike or scooter.  Bike and scooter storage facilities are available beside the Year 3 and 4 classrooms.

Email us ([email protected]) a picture of your active travel, maybe by a landmark on your route to school, for the chance to win one of five £10 shopping vouchers. Entries to be submitted by Friday 29 November 2019.

New school charity

During the themed week, children will be researching local, national and international charities and a new school charity will be chosen at the end of the week to replace our current charity, WWF. Children will have chance to consider and suggest charities in the upcoming whole school homework (Friday 22 November 2019).

Identity day

Friday 29 November 2019 will be a non-uniform identity day.  Children are invited to dress in clothing that represents part of their identity, for example uniform from a club they attend, a team they are part of or support or traditional dress to represent their heritage.  We invite a donation for the PTA Christmas fair.

SAVE THE DATE Community coffee morning Monday 25 November 2019 9-10am

As part of the week, we welcome parents and carers to an informal coffee morning to meet other members of our school community including representatives from the PTA, our governing body, Moortown Community Group and Friends of Moortown Park. There will be chance to hear about proposed plans for the new land to the rear of school. A whole school community Wake up Shake up will follow at 10am in the main playground.

Can you help?

Pupil feedback from our previous My Community themed week was to ‘learn more languages that other people speak’. Do you speak another language and would you be happy to speak to children about this?  If so, please contact the office to pass on your details.  Also, do you have any local community links that may support our week?

Our website and Twitter continue to keep you up to date with key community events as well as our community noticeboard with lots of information about the themed week too.  It’s going to be a busy week!

Living and Learning: STOP bullying

Posted on 16 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

This week, all classes have been learning about different aspects of bullying during national Anti-Bullying Week.

Thank you to those families who supported our Odd Socks Day on Tuesday, celebrating that we are all unique.

Classes have been considering the following during this week.

  • Our school definition of bullying.

‘Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.’

  • Types of bullying – cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and belief, special educational need and disability
  • What to do if children experience  or witness bullying. The key message is to tell someone (start telling other people)

STOP can stand for two key messages: the definition (Several Times On Purpose) and the solution (Start Telling Other People).

Our new child friendly anti-bullying policy has been launched this week and this was shared, by the four Year 6 authors, in assembly.

All classes have access to their class Living and Learning box or the whole school worry box where they can tell an adult any concerns about bullying or any other issues.

Please discuss this important learning at home (our whole school homework this week).

For further support, here are some resources and advice that can be found at…

Posted on 15 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

New research suggests a worrying decline in active lifestyles as children get older:

There is a significant drop in children’s physical activity levels by the time they finish primary school, a study has found.

Children lose on average more than an hour of exercise per week between the ages of 6 and 11, with a greater fall at the weekends, the research showed.

Researchers monitored the activity of more than 2,000 children from 57 schools across the South West of England during their primary years. They found children became 17 minutes less active per week each year.

Read more about this news story from the tes website.

We’re a happy and healthy school and we pack in lots of physical activity. What might you do at the weekend to promote a happy and healthy weekend for your child?

It's Anti-Bullying Week

Posted on 10 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

This week, it’s anti-bullying week and the theme for this year is ‘Change starts with us’.

Don’t forget – we are also taking part in Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12th November.

Recently, some of our Year 6 pupils have created a child friendly anti-bullying policy which will be shared with the rest of the school during this week.

Child friendly anti-bullying policy

Written by: Evie, Zidaan, Omar and Eve (Year 6)

What is bullying?

In our school, this is what bullying means:

Bullying is where you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.

What might bullying look like?

If any of these things happen several (lots of) times, it is bullying.

  • Hurting peoples’ feelings, for example, name calling, teasing, threatening, ignoring or spreading rumours
  • Hurting peoples’ bodies, for example, hitting, punching or kicking

This could be in person or online (cyber bullying) and could be because of someone’s race, disability, gender or appearance.

What could you do if you are being bullied?

Start

Telling

Other

People

Who could you tell?

  • Mrs Weekes/Mrs Freeman/Mrs Russell/Mrs Small (they are child protection staff)
  • Mrs Taylor (Health Leader)
  • Any other members of staff
  • Friends
  • Someone in your family
  • Childline (0800 1111)
  • Write a worry slip and put it in your Living and Learning box or the whole school worry box
  • Email [email protected]

Our views on bullying

STOP bullying – bullying is wrong!

We’re a happy and healthy school.

Have you a child starting Reception in September 2020?

Posted on 09 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

The admission round for children wishing to start Reception in September 2020 opened on 01 November. You can make your application online until midnight on 15 January 2020.

Read the frequently asked questions – these may help you when completing their application form. You can also contact the Admissions Team on 0113 222 4414 for help or advice.

There are drop-in sessions at the City Centre Community Hub, Merrion House, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 8LX to help with the application process and answer questions:

  • Thursday 21 November 2019, 10:00am to 11:30am
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Monday 09 December 2019, 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday 17 December 2019, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
  • Friday 10 January 2020, 9:30am to 11:30am
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

The council’s admission policy and a full list of schools (with individual catchments maps for each school) is here.

When you apply for a school, you should use all five preferences – using only use one or two preferences decreases the chances of being offered a place at a preferred school.

Any supplementary information needs to be provided by the closing date  (this applies if a child is previously looked after, is seeking admission under exceptional needs or if a family wish to apply for their child to be admitted out of chronological age group).

Make sure you use your child’s actual address. Using that of a friend, relatives, childminder or renting a property to gain a school place are all considered fraud and places can be withdrawn.

Brighten up November

Posted on 05 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

November can be quite a gloomy month as we really notice the dark days and wet and windy weather. Action for Happiness is a movement of people wanting to build a happier and more caring society. They’ve produced a calendar of daily ideas to try out in November – things like today’s idea, which is to choose a different route (to work, or even round the supermarket!) and see what you notice on the way.

 

Anti-bullying week - Odd Socks Day

Posted on 04 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Change starts with us’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12 November.

This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.

 

Let's talk about life online

Posted on 04 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help you have conversations with your child about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online‘ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:

  • “You can always come to me if you need help.”
  • “What would you do if this happened…?”
  • “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
  • “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
  • “Be respectful to others online.”
  • “Think before you post.”
  • “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
  • “Remember not everything is true online.”
  • “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
  • “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”

Living and Learning: Identity

Posted on 02 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity. Pupils will learn about what makes themselves and others special, valuing the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is meant by community. This will be taught through our Living and Learning sessions and two focused weeks.

Anti-bullying week (11 November) ‘Change starts with us’

My Community themed week (25 November)

Our new school charity will be chosen as part of the My Community themed week.  Every year, we nominate a new charity to support. This year, we have been supporting WWF. We decide this on the basis of a Talk Time homework, and then school councillors make the final decision.

Our Living and Learning long term plan details the learning for each year group across the year and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.  We will begin and end this half term with a focus on manners.

I apologise when I need to.

I say please and thank you.

Where in the world am I?

Posted on 01 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Next half-term, children in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) will enjoy a geography-driven topic: Where in the world am I?

Aims
The aim of the topic is to introduce/consolidate children to some important geographical knowledge; in KS1, for example, UK countries and capital cities and continents and oceans. The topic should also give them an understanding of where they fit into the world. The final aim of the topic is to allow children the opportunity to conduct some fieldwork in their local area.

Fieldwork
In KS1, this could be as simple as going on a walk and picking out some of the key landmarks they see and talking about what they like or dislike about a location. Children might also devise their own map with their own key for a journey to school or a journey to a local park.

In KS2, this could be some map work involving compass directions, grid references to locate places and things in their locality. They may conduct surveys or questionnaires with members of the school community or local community about their views on a specific local issue or more generally about their locality.

Vocabulary
Your child will be learning some specific geographical words. These are broken down into Y1,2 and Y3,4 and Y5,6:

Y1,2: Words and phrases include atlas, compass, physical geography and human geography.

Y3,4: Words and phrases include grid reference, Ordnance Survey and fieldwork.

Y5,6: Words and phrases include six figure grid reference, scale and topographical.

Support your child at home
This topic is all about geography. Help to support your child’s learning at home. You could…

  • plan a journey together using Google Maps
  • discuss the local area and decide if some spaces could be used better
  • look at a map together – there are plenty online, including Google Maps
  • see how many facts they know: countries of the UK, countries in Europe, countries around the world… and then capital cities, oceans, rivers… (your child could devise a quiz, a game of bingo with countries instead of numbers, sketch and label maps…)