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Latest news from around the school

Don't forget to complete an annual survey

Posted on 23 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

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

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so.

We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year. We’re looking forward to reading your views.

Walk to School Week competition update

Posted on 22 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

For pupils who are completing the #WalktoSchoolWeek story this week, as school is closed tomorrow, the missing words for Thursday AND Friday can all be found on Friday in the usual locations. Happy Walking!

Remember to bring in your completed sheet on Friday to be entered in the prize draw for four £10 vouchers.

Big Pedal

Our involvement in the recent Sustrans Big Pedal initiative has been recognised in the latest Leeds City Council Influencing Travel Behaviour newsletter.

Thank you to all the schools who took part in The Big Pedal this year. An amazing 2299 schools across the country took part and 36 of them were from Leeds which is brilliant!
Well done to Moortown Primary School who came 38th out of 500 in the small school category!

It’s great to see such positive engagement in these active travel initiatives to ensure families have a healthy and active start to the day.  Thank you to Moortown Living Street group for their support with our active travel initiatives.

Living and Learning: MoneySense

Posted on 22 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Over this week, we are holding MoneySense sessions for each class with support from volunteers from NatWest.

MoneySense is an impartial financial education programme that uses real-life experiences to help young people develop good money habits.

Catherine from NatWest, supported our ‘How we use money’ Year 1, 2 and 3 sessions yesterday and gave some great feedback.

‘Everyone was very friendly and helpful. All the children I met were extremely well behaved and I was incredibly impressed with their depth of knowledge about finance.’
‘I learnt that paying for the internet is a want for a family but paying for food is a need.’
The parent and student parts of the MoneySense website provide further resources and activities to continue this learning at home.

Money Matters themed week - School Savings Club

Posted on 21 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

As it is our Money Matters themed week, we are holding an information and paying in session tomorrow after school for the School Savings Club pupil accounts.

Jordan Francis, from Leeds Credit Union, will be available to give more details and hand out application forms for these pupil accounts. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to learn the importance of money. Paying in sessions are held every half term.

As always, if you are unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be paid in, to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

Starting secondary school?

Posted on 20 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Today marks the launch of Starting Secondary School, a new BBC Bitesize campaign, offering practical advice and emotional support to help take the stress out of taking the next big step.

With SATs now complete and focus shifting towards Y6 children leaving our school, this campaign shines a light on the great potential of starting afresh in secondary school.

Using the highly successful format of peer to peer advice, Starting Secondary School partners with CBBC documentary series Our School to get first-hand experience from children who have made the move and, not only survived, but thrived.

On BBC Teach there are bespoke classroom clips and resources, in partnership with YoungMinds, that can be used as the start of discussions around transition as well as case studies of schools from across the UK that have particularly successful transition projects.

There are also tips for parents on how to best support their children emotionally and practically, as well as expert advice on topics such as bullying and online safety.

Leeds Gymnastics opportunities

Posted on 19 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Leeds Gymnastics, who run our Wednesday gym after-school club (some places are available), are holding their annual trials next month.

Girls Golf Rocks

Posted on 19 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Would your child like to give golf a try?

Here’s details of a FREE local project targeting girls golf taking place in the half term break.

Annual survey of parents / carers

Posted on 17 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At Moortown Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views. We hope that you let us know any questions, comments and concerns (as well as causes for celebration!) whenever these crop up, but we like to gather the views more generally at the end of the year – we do this via the annual survey.

Please complete the survey – it’ll only take a few minutes or so. You’ve plenty of time to do this – the deadline is Monday 24 June 2019.

We can’t guarantee to meet the needs and wants of every parent / carer, but we do assure you that we consider all the points raise and aim to act on specific points that are raised by many, or a useful idea raised by just a few.

Last year, based on your feedback, for example, we changed how we update you about your child’s progress so that you get five updates over the year: a parent-teacher consultation in Autumn 1 and Spring 1; a Learning Update ‘mini-report’ in Autumn 2 and Spring 2; and a final end-of-year report in Summer 2.

We’re looking forward to reading your views.

What makes a good sports leader?

Posted on 15 May 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to our current Year 6 Sports Leaders who have fulfilled this role for the past year.  It’s now time to train up some new leaders to take over lunchtime physical activity sessions.

Year 5 were invited to sign up for the roles and we had some great applications.

Today, fifteen Year 5 pupils began their training to gain their Mini Leaders Award.  As well as learning a variety of physical activities, the group worked on their communication, explanation and organisational skills. After their second training session on Friday, they will be ready to lead sessions to the rest of the school from next week.

Small talk

Posted on 15 May 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We love the ideas on this website that promotes talk time for younger children. It’s produced by the National Literacy Trust.

Speaking and listening to your child shows you’re interested in them and care about them. The more they get the chance to speak, the more they’ll learn.

Speaking is the core stage in being able to communicate to others. Without effective speech, we can’t be effective writers.

Similarly, listening is fundamental to taking in information from others. With good listening skills, we have a secure basis to absorb information from reading and other means.

The website promotes chat, play and reading. Young children in an active environment where they talk, play and read will learn new things every day.