Latest news from around the school

Road Safety Pantomime ‘The Gift of Life’

Posted on 07 December 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Yesterday, all pupils watched this lighthearted show that delivered important road safety messages.

Pupils joined Santa and Rudolf as they travelled back in time to prevent young Neil Downe from being knocked down. Whilst being fun and interactive, the pantomime covered the following road safety themes:

  • the Green Cross Code
  • seat belts
  • be bright, be seen
  • safer cycling

Ask your child about the performance and what messages they took away.

Fab feedback!

Posted on 07 December 2017 by Mr Roundtree

In a time when many local authorities have stripped away the support they previously provided to school, Leeds continues to provide support to its schools. Our School Improvement Advisor visited recently and had lots of positives to tell us about:

The qualities of teaching… endorse the strong end of year outcomes, which have become typical of Moortown. Informal observations across the school verified the good subject knowledge and understanding of the national age related expectations for each member of the teaching team. For example, in Year 1, the temporary teacher led a writing session whereby pupils of all abilities were able to reap success.

Maths teaching observed… provided evidence of the school’s focus on lesson starters designed to develop arithmetical understanding. In each lesson, good subject knowledge was apparent.

It is very clear that pupils understand why they should behave well, rather than doing it because they are told to. Behaviour in each of the lessons seen was impeccable.

The early years classroom provides a well organised, welcoming and productive environment in which children can learn. Very well modelled behaviour and expectations from adults result in children quickly working well together, developing positive behaviour and an eagerness to try new things.

The Topic Book scrutiny evidenced a rich curriculum whereby children are afforded frequent opportunity to apply their reading, writing and mathematical skills beyond the core curriculum. The children’s books evidence an equality of demand for all abilities. Books also evidence a wealth of lessons that provide for ‘active learning’ opportunities…

Cross Country qualifier

Posted on 03 December 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Congratulations to Grace in Year 6 who finished 6th in the Year 6 girls Leeds East North East Cross Country race at Cardinal Heenan school last week to qualify for the Leeds final next year.

Well done to all children who represented school in traditional cross country weather.  For some of the children, this was the first time they have taken part in a competitive event and spirits were still high despite the weather.

Terrific times tables

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Mr Roundtree

By the end of Year 4, children are expected to know their times tables and corresponding division facts up to 12 x 12, as stated in the National Curriculum. They should be able to recall a multiplication or division fact within about five seconds.

A couple of weeks ago, we checked this for children in Key Stage 2 – and got some really encouraging results.

Out of a total score of 25, children in Year 4 got an average of 21.2 out of 25 – and, of course, there are still two more terms to keep on improving.

We’ve seen similarly encouraging results in Years 5 and 6. 100% of the Year 6 children scored over 20 out of 25, and their average score is 24.6.

In school, we explore times tables so children have a secure understanding of the concept of multiplication and division, and the various patterns and sequences related to each times table. There’s also regular practice in each class. We’ve also introduced regular tables to practise at home, followed by times table tests each Friday. Thank you for supporting your child with this.

If you’re confident your child knows their tables, don’t forget to help them know related facts. So, 3 x 8 = 24, which means…

  • 8 x 3 = 24
  • 24 ÷ 8 = 3
  • 24 ÷ 3 = 8
  • 30 x 8 = 240
  • 3 x 80 = 240
  • 30 x 80 = 2,400
  • 3 x 0.8 = 2.4
  • and so on!

Top tip! 7 x 8 = 56 is probably the hardest fact to know. Here’s a way that might help… Reverse the statement: 56 = 7 x 8. Can you see the sequence of the digits? 5, 6, 7, 8… 5 6 is 7 8s…

Crazy carpet dangerous driver

Posted on 01 December 2017 by Mr Roundtree

The article below is taken directly from the Yorkshire Evening Post website. We’d like to thank the parent who has reported this shocking incident to the police.

Leeds driver spotted with huge carpets obscuring his windscreen

A father walking his child to school had a shock when he spotted this car with its windscreen obscured by CARPETS. The man saw the overloaded vehicle in Moortown while dropping his son off at nearby Moortown Primary School. When he challenged the man driving the Ford estate, he was told he could still see where he was going despite the two large carpets strapped to the roof rack.

“I was just about to cross the road when I saw the car with its windscreen almost entirely covered by the carpets. The driver had the window open and I saw him adjust the position of the carpet as it had moved while he was driving. I asked the driver why he was driving dangerously, and he said ‘I always do it like this’ and that it was ‘OK, because I can still see where I’m going.’ ”

He took the photo at around 9am on Thursday morning.

“Complacent attitudes towards driving are becoming a real concern for me and my family. I’ve also recently witnessed people using mobile phones while driving, driving along the footpaths, parking on pavements, speeding and even a van driver eating a bowl of cereal while passing the school gates at drop-off time.”

The driver has been reported to police.


Reading recommendations

Posted on 30 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

With Christmas coming up, you might be in need of some reading recommendations for gifts and stocking fillers. This blog contains a list of books that are good reads and that contain good online safety tips, too.

The books are listed below. (We’ve provided a link to Amazon in most cases, but only so you can read a bit more about the book; we’re not endorsing Amazon over other book retailers.)

  • Dot‘a lovely picture for young children about getting the right balance in your life between Online and Offline activities’
  • Tek: The Modern Caveboy‘tells a tale of how enlightened you can become by the real world, if you only put the phone, tablet or game controller down for a while and be enchanted with what’s happening in the real world’
  • Webster’s Friend‘one of a series of books about the adventures of Webster, a tech obsessed spider’
  • Chicken Clicking‘a charming (but sinister) tale of a young chick who loves to surf the web’
  • Troll Stinks – ‘two goats, Billy and Cyril, get into all kinds of mischief when they fail to hand in a mobile phone that they find’
  • Penguinpig‘a cautionary tale about not always believing everything that you read and see online’
  • The Internet is like a Puddle‘a lovely analogy of the internet compared to a puddle’
  • Once Upon a Time Online‘another great tale told in rhyming couplets’
  • Digiduck’s Big Decision‘an engaging and beautifully illustrated story of friendship and responsibility online’
  • Staying Safe Online‘offers lots of practical advice into an array of online safety concerns whilst maintaining that the internet can be a wonderful thing (it is!)’
  • Terms and Conditions‘conveys the dry subject matter of Apple’s iTunes Terms and Conditions in a very accessible medium which are great for starting discussions about all manner of social media apps’

(Thanks to the London Grid for Learning for the blog.)

Subscribe to First News and raise money for school

Posted on 29 November 2017 by Mrs Craggs

Sphere Federation has teamed up with First News to offer a fantastic opportunity which will help us raise money for our school.

The children love reading First News in school and now you have the chance to get a great offer and have First News delivered to your house every Friday for your kids to enjoy at home.

To make things even better for every subscription parents take out using our unique voucher codes X17SFED we will get money back to put towards our school.

To subscribe, please click here.

Packed lunches

Posted on 29 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

On Monday, Caitlin Kitson, Nutritionist and Healthy Eating Adviser, delivered a whole school healthy eating assembly.  The main focus was the importance of healthy packed lunches.

We talked about the different food groups on the Eatwell Guide, why different proportions of each food group are important for our bodies and how to achieve this in a packed lunch.

It was great to hear the children’s excellent knowledge of the Eatwell Guide when answering Caitlin’s questions.

At Moortown Primary, our packed lunch guidance includes:

  • information about the different food groups
  • how to put together a healthy, balanced packed lunch
  • links to recipes and ideas for healthy packed lunches

Following the assembly, all children were given a copy of our packed lunch guidance and the Eatwell guide.

As an alternative to packed lunches, school meals, including a vegetarian option, are prepared daily in our kitchen and children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts.  Children select their main meal choice at the start of the day.  Catering Leeds provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria.  School meals can be combined with packed lunches.

Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  They are also available to some older children according to family income.  It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child.

What is our new school charity?

Posted on 28 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Part of our Who do you think you are? themed week was to learn about charities and how we can support them.

Our previous school charities, Leeds Mind and Yorkshire Air Ambulance Money, will benefit from £309.97 and £508.88 respectively as a result of fundraising and donations.  Thank you.

It is now time to change our school charity.  Each class discussed a range of charities, researched by the children for their homework, and voted on one charity they wanted to put forward for the school councillors to decide on.

Here were the class choices:

  • Year 1 Plastic Oceans Foundation
  • Year 2 Barnado’s
  • Year 3 RSPCA
  • Year 4 St Gemma’s Hospice
  • Year 5 Make a wish
  • Year 6 Diabetes UK

The final decision was a vote by the school council and the winning charity for 2017-2018 was Make A Wish.  We will support this charity for one year.

We look forward to welcoming representatives from the charity in January for an assembly where we will hear more about their valuable work.

Hacking your child's toys

Posted on 27 November 2017 by Mr Roundtree

Which? Magazine has also surveyed many connected toys and found that, without appropriate safety features, they can also pose a big risk to your child’s safety. Read the article.

…we present findings on just four – the Furby Connect, I-Que Intelligent Robot, Toy-fi Teddy, and CloudPets cuddly toy. In all cases, it was found to be far too easy for someone to use the toy to talk to a child. Each time, the Bluetooth connection had not been secured, meaning that person didn’t need a password, Pin code or any other authentication to get access. That person would need hardly any technical know-how to ‘hack’ your child’s toy. Bluetooth has a range limit, usually 10 metres, so the immediate concern would be someone with malicious intentions nearby. However, there are methods for extending Bluetooth range, and it’s possible someone could set up a mobile system in a vehicle to trawl the streets hunting for unsecured toys.

We really do recommend that you watch the Which? video that’s part of the article. It shows just how easy it is for anyone to take over the voice control of a popular connected toy, and speak directly to children. Which? found that it is easy enough for almost anyone to do, not only skilled hackers.