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Latest news from around the school

Living and Learning: Children's Mental Health Week

Posted on 05 February 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Set up by children’s mental health charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. 

Young Minds is also a great source of information and support about young people’s mental health.

Mental health forms part of our Living and Learning long term plan and we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. This maybe through the use of mindfulness and calming down techniques, recognising their own and others’ emotions and knowing how to seek help if needed. This guide shares some of the techniques we use.

In addition to Children’s Mental Health Week, Every Mind Matters is a national mental health campaign from Public Health England.

Does your child Swiggle?

Posted on 03 February 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine – it’s aimed at children in Key Stage 2.

Swiggle gives children a great start in encouraging responsible online searching. The internet is a vast resource, and some content is not appropriate for children.

The search engine has been designed and developed by South-West Grid for Learning, a charity dedicated to empowering the safe and secure use of technology. SWGfL recommends adding Swiggle to your browser or put the Screen Cover link on your bookmark bar.

It’s powered by Google Custom Search, the results are filtered using Google SafeSearch, and SWGfL has configured the results to prioritise educational resources. Swiggle also filters the search terms to check that it’s not being used to search for inappropriate content.

Happy and healthiest place to learn!

Posted on 30 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Moortown Primary is a happy and healthy place to learn. In fact, we’re one of the healthiest in Leeds!

In a School Games update for PE and Sports Leaders around Leeds, we were delighted to note that Moortown Primary was one of only four Leeds schools in total to achieve the School Games Mark Platinum Award.

Childline - not just a 'line'

Posted on 29 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Childline isn’t just about making a phone call!

The Childline website has lots of valuable information, but one area we like is their Calm Zone. The activities aim to help children feel better when they’re feeling anxious, scared or sad. Although children could be encouraged to visit the website themselves, these are good techniques for you to use with your child. Ideas include breathing exercises, a ‘let it go’ box and creating a ‘sense drawer’.

School Savings Club

Posted on 27 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is 03 February 2020 at 3.15-3.45pm.

The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving. We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.

As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.

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.

Here are the remaining paying in dates for this year (the penultimate Monday of each half term).

  • 23 March
  • 11 May
  • 06 July

To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.

Period products

Posted on 24 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

You might have read that the Department for Education has launched a scheme which will provide access to free period products in schools in England. Alongside this, Leeds Council launched a similar scheme a few months ago.

This scheme will ensure that period products are available to young people if they need them, when they need them. This will include supporting those who have started their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them and those who can’t afford to buy them.

Although there are some restrictions around how many products we can order, we’d like to assure you that the products are in school if your child needs to use them unexpectedly, or has forgotten them, or can’t afford them.

Fantastic feedback

Posted on 22 January 2020 by Mrs Weekes

Thanks to those of you who visited us this morning for another one of our popular Watch us while we work sessions. We hold these so you can come into school and get a flavour of what we do, which will hopefully help you to support your child at home, too.

  • ‘Excellent teaching and learning – Year 6 were really focused.’
  • ‘Teaching was clear and constant checking that children were on task.’
  • ‘All abilities were catered for – learning and behaviour expectations were evident.’
  • ‘Great to see my own child learning and how she is feeling, reacting, behaving and managing.’
  • ‘Great to see the high quality of teaching going on in the school.’
  • ‘Picked up some good ideas to support learning of times tables.’

Spring term after-school clubs

Posted on 22 January 2020 by Mrs Taylor

Our spring term after-school clubs will be starting next week and while many of the clubs are full, we do have some spaces available for the following clubs.

Wednesday
Gymnastics (run by Leeds Gymnastics) Y1-5
Board games Y3-6
Thursday
Multi-sports (run by PE Partner) Y3-6 Please note this club is now open to Year 3
It is not too late to sign up so please contact the office if your child would like to take part.

Attendance matters

Posted on 16 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

Our whole-school attendance figure so far this year is 96.5% – that’s a little lower than it was this time last year.

However, a big well done to Year 2 children (and mums, dads and carers at home) for their amazing attendance: it’s just short of 98%!

Well done to Year 3, with a figure of 96.8%. Also well done to our Reception class – their attendance matches the school average, which is really good because it’s quite often the case that Reception classes have a lower figure (because they may be more susceptible to bugs going around).

All the attendance figures are here:

  • Reception – 96.5%
  • Year 1 – 96.2%
  • Year 2 – 97.9%
  • Year 3 – 96.8%
  • Year 4 – 96%
  • Year 5 – 95.9%
  • Year 6 – 96.1%

Is your child in Year 2 or Year 6?

Posted on 15 January 2020 by Mr Roundtree

If your child is in Year 2 or Year 6, they’re in the final year of Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) or Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6). This means that towards the end of the year, they’ll be doing end of key stage assessments, often called the SATs.

These short videos help to explain more – just be aware the videos are a couple of years old so some details like dates won’t be accurate.

In the past, parents have said they’ve found the videos helpful. Nevertheless, if you’ve any questions, comments or concerns, speak with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Weekes.