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And more... Fab feedback!

Posted on 17 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Just a day after a lovely email from a parent, we’ve received another. This one (also anonymised, so ‘they’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘she’) is from a Y5/6 parent commenting on the rich curriculum at Moortown Primary:

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for making [my child] so happy at school.  This month in particular they are buzzing about the fantastic opportunities they and their class are experiencing.  What a fabulous curriculum!! …Sailing at Yeadon Tarn where they laid across the bow of the boat and touched the water, being selected for [a competitive event] and then finally to cap it all off a day at…Headingley cricket ground.

It is so joyful when your child gushes to tell you about their school day and the things they are looking forward to. Thank you!

Fab feedback (again!)

Posted on 16 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We’ve recently received a lovely email from a parent whose children will soon be moving on to a new school. Here’s an (anonymised) extract:

I and my kids have thoroughly enjoyed our time spent at Moortown… I will certainly miss the daily commute, playground banter and friendly faces, especially some of the teachers who were around [for all my children]. I thank you and all the staff for allowing my children to grow and develop in a wonderfully healthy school environment and I firmly believe that the robust primary education they received has helped them to flourish and become the lovely little people they are today.

Sports day 2018

Posted on 15 June 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This year’s sports day will take place, during our Being Healthy themed week, on Tuesday 03 July 2018, at Roundhegians Rugby Club.

Key Stage 2 events will take place at 9.30am and Reception and Key Stage 1 at 1.30pm.  Children will be walking to the field, escorted by adults.  We will require additional adult helpers so please let the office know if you can help with this.

If weather conditions mean we have to change the date, the reserve date is Tuesday 17 July.

The format of this year’s event will be competitive races and field events with children having the opportunity to compete for medals.  However, all children will be rewarded for taking part.

Our teams will be: green, blue, white and red.  If possible, please could your child wear a t-shirt to wear to match their team colour.  Pupils may wear PE kit for the whole day.

As we are off site, please could you provide your child with a carrier bag to sit on.  If you are coming to spectate, you are welcome to bring rugs or chairs to sit on.

Please could you ensure your child has their water bottle and a cap/hat at school; it would also be useful if you could apply sun cream before your child comes to school.

Normal lunch time and end of school collection arrangements will still apply on this day.

In the event of bad weather, updates will be sent via Twitter and posted on the website.

Your support is valued to make the event memorable and we hope you are able to come and cheer your child on at sports day.

Tennis for free

Posted on 09 June 2018 by Mrs Taylor

A community sports charity is offering free tennis coaching every Saturday at Cross Flats Park.  These are fun sessions for all abilities.

Cycling events

Posted on 08 June 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Recently, some of our Key Stage 2 children enjoyed taking part in the Brownlee triathlon at John Smeaton Leisure Centre.  It is always one of the most popular events on our competition calendar.

This weekend, it is the real thing and the World Triathlon Series returns to Leeds.  Starting locally at Roundhay Park, this is a perfect chance to see the athletes as they head to the city centre.

There is also a Let’s Ride pop up ride at the Brownlee Centre on Sunday.

Whether you want to ride for fun or fitness, the free monthly pop-up events gives you the chance to ride a traffic-free cycle circuit as many times as you want, at a pace that suits you.

The event is open to all ages and abilities and the circuit is easy to ride, with volunteers on hand throughout, ensuring peace of mind and safety for all cyclists.


The final countdown...

Posted on 06 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

It’s a busy half-term for teachers: we’re still busy in the classroom ensuring lots of great learning is happening, but also preparing end-of-year reports, submitting end-of-year data for the DfE, and organising the next school year.

It’s already been an exciting start to our half-term with a theatre visit – Hobgoblin Theatre Company came to our school. This was originally scheduled for World Book Day but due to snow, re-arranged. Judging from the comments I’ve heard from children and staff, it was worth the wait! Visits like this really enrich your child’s learning at school, but can only happen if enough of you make voluntary contributions.

Annual survey of parents and carers - new deadline

Posted on 06 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The annual survey of parents and carers is open for you to tell us your views.  Thank you to the parents and carers who have completed a survey so far.

We’ve extended the closing date for the survey to 22 June to give even more of you a chance to tell us your views.


Has your child seen Show Dogs?

Posted on 04 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

There’s been some controversy online about a scene from a current children’s film, Show Dogs.

In this talking-animal comedy for children, the main dog character is entered into a dog show. Whilst being judged the dog has his private parts felt. Max, the dog, doesn’t like this, but is coached that to get through it, he should think of a ‘happy place’ until the examination is over.

Parents, therapists and others have been concerned about these scenes, since they go very much go against teaching around personal space and safety, and, perhaps worse, suggesting that to cope with unwanted sexual attention, the person should block out what is happening.

In comments on social media, some people haven’t made the links and have said that this is simply a comic moment in a film about dogs. Others have reflected on how this is a ‘normalising behaviour’ offenders sometimes use when grooming and abusing children.

The film makers appear to have listened and have cut two scenes, but that hasn’t quelled the controversy.

We think it’s worth you being aware that the film is out there, and there are these issues. It’s up to you to decide if you’d be happy for your child to watch it, and if so, would you want to have a chat afterwards about the scene.

Does any of your child's apps use live streaming?

Posted on 04 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Live streaming is a popular feature of lots of apps and platforms. By understanding the risks of live streaming, we can help children stay safe when they’re online. ThinkUKnow has produced a guide to help parents understand why live-streaming is so popular, and how to keep children safe.

Have you responded to our annual survey yet?

Posted on 01 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

At Moortown Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views.

Visit the survey site and respond to a series of statements – either agree / agree strongly or disagree / disagree strongly (or say that you don’t know). There’s also the opportunity to add any comments you may have. The survey should take you about five minutes – maybe a bit longer if you add lots of comments. The survey is open until 11 June.


Thank you for sharing your views.