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Attendance matters

Posted on 10 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

A few months ago, the Department for Education published updated guidance materials for schools about attendance: School attendance: Guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities (September 2018).

Here’s an extract from the guidance (the bold text is from us; it’s not in the original text):

Central to raising standards in education and ensuring all pupils can fulfil their potential is an assumption so widely understood that it is insufficiently stated – pupils need to attend school regularly to benefit from their education. Missing out on lessons leaves children vulnerable to falling behind. Children with poor attendance tend to achieve less in both primary and secondary school.

The government expects:

Schools and local authorities to:

  • Promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence;
  • Ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; and,
  • Act early to address patterns of absence.

Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly.

All pupils to be punctual to their lessons.

You’ll be aware that we try to promote good attendance in lots of ways, including the Amazing Attendance competition and regular updates on attendance in newsletters. Thanks to you for fulfilling your side of this expectation: to ensure your child attends school regularly.

Living and Learning: Staying Safe week comes to an end

Posted on 10 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

The final two days of our Staying Safe themed week continued to be filled with visitors, visits and more great learning.

Thank you to Allerton Grange who supported our themed week by hosting two of our classes.  Year 6 had to be very safety conscious when attempting to scale the climbing wall.  The technology department allowed Year 5 to safely investigate and explore a variety of different equipment.

Rachael from the Dogs Trust visited all classes on Thursday to talk about keeping safe around dogs.  The children were taught to always check with an owner to see if it is safe to stroke a dog and what to do if a dog runs towards you.  Have a look at Year 3’s class news post to find out more.

Jane Cusworth from Leeds Beckett University also joined us on Thursday to cover some basic first aid with different classes.  Thank you to those parents and carers who joined her for the first aid workshop at the end of the day.

On Friday, Steve from British Military Martial Arts gave some great self defence tips to the children.  BMMA run a martial arts after-school club at school every Monday so contact the office if you’d like more details.

There was also a water safety theme to the day with a visit from the Canal and River Trust to help to keep us safe by rivers and canals.  Key water safety messages were given such as lying down on the floor when pulling someone out of the water.

Finally, thank you to Catering Leeds, our school meal provider, who gave hand hygiene sessions to Reception and KS1 classes.  Keeping our hands clean and safe from germs will protect us from becoming sick and passing on germs to others.

There have been some great safety messages across the week from all our visitors.  Ask your child/children what they have learnt across the week in respect to staying safe

  • online
  • at home
  • at school
  • in their environment

 

 

Leeds City cross country finalists

Posted on 06 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

***UPDATE Edris has qualified for the West Yorkshire final next month. ***

Congratulations to our cross country finalists, Edris and Billy, who have competed today at Temple Newsam against children from schools across Leeds.

Well done for showing great determination throughout your races.

Living and Learning: Staying Safe week day 3

Posted on 06 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We welcome four visitors to school today who will be giving a variety of staying safe messages as part of our themed week.

Thank you to Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative who have been busy carrying out maintenance checks on lots of bikes and also delivering basic bike maintenance sessions to Year 5 and 6.  Their shop is local in Chapel Allerton.

Thank you to Barrie and Christine, local volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who are delivering water safety sessions to children in Reception to Year 4 across the day.

Dave from dside is with us today and Friday to deliver e-safety sessions to children in Year 1 to Year 6.

Finally, this afternoon, the Moortown Fire Service visit us to deliver a fire safety talk to Year 5.

These are just some of the visitors supporting our Staying Safe themed week to enhance our staying safe learning.

Living and Learning: Safer Internet Day

Posted on 05 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

It’s Safer Internet Day and this has been a focus of learning today as part of our Staying Safe themed week.  Below are some top tips for parents and carers to support your child to enjoy technology and the internet safely.

Our internet, our choice, so…

  1. Choose to have a conversation

    Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Listening to your child will give you the best possible idea of how you can support them. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at our suggested conversation starters for parents.

  2. Choose to take a balanced approach

    As parents it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Remember that your child will use technology and the internet differently given that they are growing up in a world immersed in all things digital. Try to look at both the positive and negative aspects of being online and empower your child with safe choices they can make instead of overwhelming them with restrictions.

  3. Choose to make use of the tools available to you 

    There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and Internet Matters’ step-by-step parental controls guides for online services. 

  4. Choose to get help and support 

    It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things digital but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting our Need Help? page. You can take steps to support your child online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.

  5. Choose to be current and topical 

    This Safer Internet Day focuses on the very relevant topic of consent in the digital world. Use this as an opportunity to support your child with how they tackle digital consent within relationships and friendships as well as how online services use the data we provide. Use our quick activities as a family this Safer Internet Day to help you unpick this topic together.

Free bike check Wednesday 06 February

Posted on 05 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning: Staying Safe information

Posted on 04 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

A variety of safety related information will be sent home during this themed week.  Have a look through the information with your child to support and reinforce this learning at home.

Living and Learning: Staying Safe week begins

Posted on 04 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our Staying Safe themed week started today with a launch assembly by Leeds City Council’s road safety team.  This included some key active travel and safety messages.

The trainers worked with a number of classes throughout the day.

  • Year 3 pedestrian training
  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 scooter training
  • Year 6 Speed Indication Device – checking vehicle speeds in the 20mph zone on Shadwell Lane

Another visitor, Richard from One Day Creative, has worked with three classes today to deliver e-safety themed drama workshops. Other classes will take part in this learning tomorrow.

Ask your child what they have learnt so far based on our four main objectives for the week:

  • Staying safe online
  • Staying safe at home
  • Staying safe at school
  • Staying safe in the environment

Thank you to those parents and carers who attended the e-safety session at the end of the day.  We hope you found it useful to learn more about your child’s e-safety learning.  To help with practical support with devices at home, O2 in partnership with NSPCC offer a free service over the phone, 0808 800 5002, or in one of their stores.

Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day so there will be lots of in class learning on this subject.  Have a look at our e-safety end of year expectations for your child’s year group.

 

An awesome author in Year 6

Posted on 04 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We’ve got some great writers at Moortown Primary. It’s brilliant to read about one of them, Thomas in Y6, being recognised for this. The writing below was done at home. Thomas was inspired by listening to an audio book of a Sherlock Holmes story read by Stephen Fry – and what great results just from listening to the story and soaking up the language!

The writing was shared on Twitter and a top literacy advisor, Pie Corbett, was impressed.

In some tweets to Thomas’s mum, Pie Corbett comments that it’s a good example of how children imitate their reading: ‘It’s a marvellous example of a child capturing the right tone through listening carefully to the book being read.’ It just shows that audio books – not just written books – can inspire impressive vocabulary and description! Pie Corbett goes on: ‘It’s interesting that he ‘heard’ it which also makes the point about the value of being read to…’

Well done, Thomas – we’re all very proud of you!

Follow Pie Corbett on Twitter.

Is your child in Year 2 or Year 6?

Posted on 01 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

If your child is in Year 2, then towards the end of the year he/she will be doing some assessments to mark the end of Key Stage 1. Similarly, if your child is in Year 6, he/she will do end of Key Stage 2 assessments – usually called SATs.

The short videos below will help you gain a greater understanding of the tests. (They’re labelled 2018, but the tests haven’t changed since then.)