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Platinum!

Posted on 19 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We’re over-the-moon to announce that Moortown Primary has achieved the School Games Platinum Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust, to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we’re delighted to have been recognised for our continued success.

We’re extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible.

As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we’re pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to Mrs Taylor, our Health Leader.

We look forward to another happy and healthy year in 2019-20!

Summer holiday competition

Posted on 12 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Each year, we invite children to enter a competition – last year, we enjoyed reading lots of postcards from around Yorkshire, the UK and the world.

This year, we’d like your child to get creative with a camera! We want our school to be a happy and healthy place to learn – and we want your child to celebrate this by creating the words ‘happy’ (for children up to Year 2) or ‘healthy’ (for children in Year 3 to Year 6) from letters that your child spots in the environment.

Here’s an example of a letter ‘h’ which we’ve found on the internet – somewhere in their surroundings, can your child find the five letters that spell ‘happy’ or the seven letters that spell ‘healthy’?

We found the example above on the internet, but it would be even better if your child were to take pics from real life – perhaps they could find all the images on one day out, or perhaps they set themselves a target of finding one letter every week of the holidays. Your child could spot ‘letters’ near their home or on holiday. They could make the letter shapes from their own body, stretched into different positions, or they could even ask different family members to create the shapes!

There will be four prizes of £15 book tokens – two for the best ‘happy’ words and two for the best ‘healthy’ words.

Please paste the words into a Word document – one side of A4 – and email to school ([email protected]) by Friday 06 September 2019.

Good luck!

New school meal menu

Posted on 12 July 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our new autumn/spring school meal menu, starting in September, is now available on our Meals page. It continues to follow a three week cycle.

The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards.  We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer meat free Monday on one out of the three weeks.

Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.

If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.

 

Here comes the summer...

Posted on 10 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

There are lots happening over the summer in and around Leeds. Check out this menu of activities set up by the Child Friendly Leeds team and some dates for Breeze on tour.

Whatever you and your child gets up to this summer, have a happy and healthy one!

Staying safe over the summer

Posted on 10 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Is your child staying safe over the summer? Here are five top articles from Thinkuknow to support you at home…

1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know

Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.

2. Sharing pictures of your child online

Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. This article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.

3. Keeping your under 5s safe online

Whether it’s watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa – today’s under 5s are spending more time online. In this article, the Thinkuknow team look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.

4. Live streaming: responding to the risks

Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. This article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.

5. Using parental controls

Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.

Is your child attending any holiday club?

Posted on 08 July 2019 by Mr Roundtree

With the summer holidays fast approaching, some of you may be booking your child into summer camps, activity days and child-care settings.

Last year, the government consulted on a voluntary safeguarding code for out-of-school settings. In addition to the code for providers, the DfE published draft guidance for parents, in the form of ‘Safeguarding questions for parents and carers (DfE, 2018)’.

So you can be confident about asking appropriate questions of the people you intend to leave your children with, some of the questions you could ask include:

  • Have staff and volunteers undertaken DBS checks? How recent were
    the checks?
  • Will any adults besides the instructor be present at the venue while my child is there? If so, will they be there on a regular basis?
  • What training have staff had?
  • May I have a copy of your child protection policy?
  • Who is your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and what training
    have they had? How recent was this training?
  • My child has Special Educational Needs and / or a disability (SEND). What steps will you take to accommodate this?
  • My child needs help with: using the toilet; changing; feeding; their medication, etc. How will these personal care needs be addressed?
  • How are you securely storing the information you hold on my child? Who has access to it and are you giving it to anyone else?
  • Is my child allowed to access the internet unsupervised?
  • Do you have filtering and monitoring systems in place? What are they?

In addition to the questions to ask, the draft guidance for parents sets out some ‘red flags’ that might prompt you to consider looking for an alternative setting. The red flags are:

  • Staff are not DBS checked
  • No child protection policy
  • Signs of abuse on other children who attend the setting, for example, unexplained bruises
  • Provider unable to name a designated safeguarding lead
  • The designated safeguarding lead has not had relevant training
  • If the provision allows children access to the internet, no filtering or monitoring systems in place
  • Dangerous physical environment e.g. loose wires, damp, no fire escape, no first aid kit
  • No designated first aider
  • No parental consent form or requirement for emergency contact details
  • Other adults coming into the out-of-school setting who are not staff members / a lack of clarity on the roles of different adults in the setting
  • No health and safety policy
  • No fire escape plan

School Savings Club paying in session

Posted on 07 July 2019 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Saving Club paying in date is 10 July 2019 at 3.15-3.45pm.

If your child opened an account in our Money Matters themed week, this would be a great chance to start their saving journey.

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.

This is the final paying in date for this year and dates for next year will be shared in September.

If your child would like to open an account, please ask at the office.

Sports day 4th July

Posted on 03 July 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our annual sports day tomorrow. Here is some information about the day.

Location

Our sports day will take place offsite at Roundhegians Rugby Club (LS8 2AT).  Access to the club is off Chelwood Drive and there is some parking available. Children will be walking to the field, escorted by adults. Thank you to those parents/carers who have offered to help with this. We will be leaving school at 9:05am for KS2 and 1:05pm for Reception and KS1.

Timings

The Key Stage 2 Sports Day will begin at 9.30am ending at approximately 11:30am and the Reception and Key Stage 1 sports day will start at 1.30pm ending at approximately 3 pm.

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

PE kit

Our teams will be: green, blue, white and red and your child/children has been told their team colour by their class teacher. If possible, please could your child wear a t-shirt to match their team colour. If your child does not have a coloured t-shirt, they should wear their white PE top and they will be given a bib to wear.

Children should come to school in their PE kit to be worn for the whole day.

On the day

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.

Events

The format of this year’s event will be competitive races and field events (KS2) with children having the opportunity to compete for medals. These will be awarded by staff and sports leaders from Allerton Grange, who will be placed on the finish line. No VAR this year, unfortunately!  However, all children will be rewarded for taking part.

We expect each child to take part in at least two events. Some may take part in more depending on how many children are in their team. As far as is possible, we have tried to place children in events of their choice.

Seating

No seating is provided so please bring a rug or your own chairs if you come to spectate.

Gazebos

Thank you to those parents/carers who are able to bring gazebos on the day. Any additional gazebos would be welcome, to shade the children, if you can help with this.

Refreshments

The PTA will be selling refreshments for parents and carers on the day.

Photos

You are welcome to take photos on the day. These should be for your own use and as we have children in school who cannot be photographed please do not share these photos on social media.

Safety

For safety reasons, please do not cross the track to where the children are seated – thank you.

Wake up - it's Wednesday!

Posted on 26 June 2019 by Mr Roundtree

National Online Safety believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of.

 Join their Wake Up Wednesday Campaign.

Showcase of skipping skills

Posted on 26 June 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all parents, carers and family who came along to see the fantastic skipping skills on display at our recent skipping assembly.

Jodi, from Skipping School, provided skipping sessions for Reception class, Year 1, Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 throughout the day and it was great to see all the new skills learnt. Year 2 and Year 4 have already been involved in their skipping projects this year and have taken part in festivals representing the school.

Skipping is one of the ways we encourage the children to achieve their 30 active minutes at school by providing short and long ropes at playtime and lunchtime.

If you didn’t get chance to buy a skipping rope after the assembly, we do have some available for sale.  Please come to the Year 2 classroom on Monday or Tuesday, after school, if you would like to purchase one.