Latest news from around the school

Cross Country finalist

Posted on 21 February 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Well done to Grace finishing 14th in the Year 6 girls Leeds Cross Country Final at Temple Newsam.  A great achievement!

World Book Day themed menu

Posted on 21 February 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 01 March.

Happy and healthy learning at home

Posted on 20 February 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Thank you to everyone who attended parent-teacher meetings recently. It’s great to see that almost all parents / carers took the time to hear how their child is progressing and to find out more about how to support their child at home.

Talking of support at home, the Learn More section of our website has lots of different top tips. Go to Help Your Child.

Of course, there are loads of games and activities online, too. Perhaps there’s too much – going on-line can be overwhelming. Here are two sites we suggest – useful for children of any age.

We really like IXL. Here, you’ll find pages for every year group, with activities to practise English and Maths skills. There are usually well over 100 pages for each subject. This could be overwhelming, but each subject is then broken down into helpful sub-categories. (For example, in Year 6 Maths, these are sections on Numbers and Comparing, Place Value, Addition, Understanding Fractions etc.)

This site is especially good to explain – and avoid – a common mistake in writing: ‘run-on’ sentences, which we call ’squashed’ sentences in school. These are two (or more) sentences that are squashed together. For example:

In half-term, I went to the cinema I saw Early Man it was great!

In this example, there are actually three ‘chunks’ (clauses) that all make sense and need to be split up (using a full stop or a dash or a semi-colon):

In half-term, I went to the cinema. I saw Early Man – it was great!

The sentences could also be joined with a conjunction:

In the half-term, I went to the cinema and I saw Early Man – it was great!

On IXL, there’s at least one activity to practise this in Y3-Y6 – start with the Year 3 one, even if your child is older.

The BBC Bitesize website has recently been updated – it’s probably best you avoid the old archived one, so use this link. The site contains pages on most National Curriculum subjects and it’s definitely worth checking it out.

Speak with us about other ways to support your child at home.

Living and Learning this half term

Posted on 15 February 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly in class to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This half term our main theme, from our long-term plan, is Being me and is all around building self-image and self-esteem  
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular covering our mouth when we cough, sneeze or yawn. To promote good hygiene we refer to the vampire technique. By coughing or sneezing into our elbow, germs are not spread into the air or on our hands which may contaminate other things. Don’t forget to ‘use your sleeve to cough and sneeze’.
Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, to support this learning.
  • I cover my mouth (when I yawn, cough, sneeze).  Get your child to demonstrate the ‘vampire’ method to family members at home.
  • I can say something good about myself.  It’s important that your child can confidently talk about themselves in a positive way.
  • I pay compliments in a sensible way.  Try paying compliments each day to each other!
  • I receive compliments in a sensible way.  Some children struggle to hear positive words about themselves, but this is important for self-esteem. Try paying (and listening) to praise and compliments.
  • I know the difference between being proud and showing off.  We encourage compliments to be paid – but encourage your children to know the balance between being having self-esteem and showing off.
  • I recognise my talents.  Talk to your child about talents, whether academic, physical, social or emotional.

Change4Life healthier snacking

Posted on 15 February 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Have you see the recent Change4Life campaign encouraging children to have no more than two packaged snacks per day to reduce their sugar intake?  Remember fruit and veg are always the best snack and count towards your child’s 5 A Day.

The campaign is launched as Public Health England reveals half the sugar children consume comes from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. Children in England are eating nearly three times the recommended amount of sugar.  Too much sugar can lead to harmful fat building up inside and serious health problems, and also painful tooth decay.

Recently children brought home the Family Snack Challenge.  Can your family complete the 7-day healthier snack challenge?  Change4Life provides lots of hints and tips for healthier snacking.


Posted on 03 February 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Funded through our PE and Sport Premium, Year 2 and Year 4 have recently taken part in a skipping workshop led by ‘Skipping School’; both classes will then be part of a Leeds wide skipping competition.

  • ‘I learnt a lot!  It was fun and I learnt new skills.’
  • ‘I think it is a good idea to skip because we are a happy and healthy school.’
  • ‘I liked the skipping because I got to learn new things.’
  • ‘I loved the skipping and the new skills because skipping makes you fit.’
  • ‘First, I was really bad at skipping but when Jodi came I got better.  Now I like skipping.’

We are offering all children the opportunity to learn these new skills, from their peers, by introducing skipping as a physical activity at lunchtimes.  This is one way we are promoting physical activity during the school day for children to get their active 30 minutes.

The Government’s Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action, shares the expectation for all primary schools to provide a minimum of 30 active minutes every day for all pupils.  The Chief Medical Officers recommend a minimum of 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous activity for children aged 5-18.  Schools are expected to provide 30 of these minutes and families to achieve the other 30.

‘Skipping School’ also sell their ropes and we would like to offer all children the chance to buy a rope at a heavily subsided price (funded by our PE Premium) to continue learning these fundamental movement skills at home.

Ropes will be on sale at a price of £2 (normal price £5) before and after school during the week of 05 February.  Starting with a stall at the PTA cake sale, Year 6 children will be selling the ropes in the playground subject to the weather.  Please bring exact change wherever possible.

Missing children

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The following letter comes from DS 2348 Carol Symon, Leeds Safeguarding, West Yorkshire Police:

Dear Parent / Carer / Guardian

Within Leeds district, the police deal with an enormous amount of missing children every week. Every incident is distressing and traumatic for the family involved.

The police are asking if you could help reduce the number of missing children by ensuring that when your child’s friend stays overnight at your home address, you have personally spoken to the friend’s parent / carer / guardian to ensure they know where their child is staying.

We want to keep young people safe and avoid the upset of having officers attending at your address in the early hours to find a young person who has been reported missing. Young people do not always tell their parents where they are staying, they may have said they have permission when in fact they don’t.

West Yorkshire Police would like you to assist in being vigilant and responsible, helping to reduce the number of missing children with just one short phone call to the child’s carer to ensure everyone is aware.

If you need to report a missing person, please contact 101.

On behalf of West Yorkshire Police, I would like to thank you for your assistance with this and let us all work together to keep your children safe.


Proper parking

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

As a parent / carer, you’ll be aware of the issues surrounding school gate parking. Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines our efforts to be a good neighbour, but it also creates a major road safety issue, causing danger to our children and pedestrians crossing roads.

In a bid to combat illegal and dangerous parking near our school, we’ve been
working with Leeds City Council’s Uniformed Patrol Officers and the new parking enforcement vehicle to identify dangerous and inappropriate parking.

The vehicle uses camera / video footage which is then verified by officials to identify where a parking offence has been committed. Fines are then issued.

Data from the Autumn term shows that the mobile enforcement vehicle made 190 visits to 52 different schools and issued 111 penalty charge notices. Uniformed officers, who patrol on foot, made 772 visits to 41 different schools and issued 177 penalty charge notices.

These results highlight the shocking and persistent problem of inappropriate and dangerous parking outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

It might sound obvious, but if you really do need to drive for the school drop off or pick up, then please show some consideration for the safety and wellbeing of others…

  • Don’t park on double yellow lines or school markings, on pedestrian crossings or where a school crossing patrol officer operates.
  • Don’t block driveways, junctions or cause an obstruction to pupils and other pedestrians who are trying to cross roads.

Rather than battle to find a space right outside the school gates or in the car
park, it is probably far easier to park slightly further away and walk the last five
minutes. You may well find that this is quicker, easier and far less stressful.

By parking in a legal and considerate manner, you will help to reduce congestion and pollution, improve road safety for pedestrians needing to cross and improve the relationship of the school with its neighbours.

Thanks to all the parents / carers whose child walks, cycles or scoots to school. And thanks to the parents / carers who need to drive, but park away from school and walk the few minutes.

After-school clubs

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Our after-school clubs have begun this week with Code Club, Wake Up Shake Up and art club taking place last night.
We do have some spaces available on the following clubs if your child would like to sign up.
WUSU Y4, Y5, Y6 *Now open to Y3*
Code Club Y4, Y5, Y6
Gymnastics Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4
PE Partner Multi-sports Y4, Y5, Y6 *Now open to Y3*
Hockey Y4, Y5, Y6 *Now open to Y3*
Sing-a-long Y1, Y2, Y3
Please contact the office to request a place.

Safer Internet Day 06 February

Posted on 28 January 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Splats Team Robot v Meanies e-Safety Show

As part of Safer Internet Day, on February 06, the pupils from Years 3 to 6 are learning and performing a show-in-a-day with Splats Entertainment e-Safety show.

The day is all about how we act online and in life. Each group of pupils work with the ‘Splats’ director where they learn their scene and then they make props in the classroom. The show is then being performed at the end of school at 2:30pm which we would like to invite you to attend. The day and performance is led by the ‘Splats’ director and the pupils join in and act out the parts.

It is a fun and light-hearted look at what is, of course, a very important issue of safety. The day is designed to get the pupils thinking, talking and developing their awareness of their online behaviour. We hope it will help facilitate discussion at school and at home and help the pupils be responsible and careful in their online activity.

Topics covered during the day include: keeping personal information safe; how we never know who we are talking to online; how to deal with any mean messages; how we never know how other people feel with what we say online; and if we are unsure of anything, we should always seek help from a trusted adult.

If you would like to come and watch the e-safety show, please complete the reply slip, on your child’s letter, and return to school as soon as possible as we have a limited number of spaces.