Latest news from around the school

Training days 2019-20

Posted on 28 January 2019 by Mr Roundtree

For those already planning their trips away and days out, we’ve now agreed our 2019-2020 training days:

  • Monday 02 September 2019
  • Tuesday 03 September 2019 (this means children are back on Wednesday 04 September, although there’s a transition period for those starting in Reception)
  • Friday 25 October 2019 (this is the day before the October holidays)
  • Thursday 07 May 2020 (this is provisional – it depends on whether we must close for polling day)
  • Monday 20 July 2020 (the last day of the school term, meaning children break up on Friday 17 July 2020)

The dates are all published on our school calendar.

(We tell you our training days well in advance, and we’ve tried to schedule many close to existing school holidays. This means you’ve got more chance to plan and book any holidays abroad. We don’t authorise term-time absences for holidays.)

Living Streets new badge design competition

Posted on 27 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We are proud to work with Living Streets to support our aim for active and safe travel to and from school.

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge and every day our pupils log their daily journeys to school on the WOW Travel Tracker. Those that make an active (walk, bike, scoot or park and stride) journey to school at least once a week for a month earn a WOW badge. There are 11 to collect across the year all of which have been designed by pupils in their annual badge design competition.

Living Streets are now asking for our pupil’s help to design a new badge. Details will be sent home shortly but take a look for some more information. Return your badge designs to your class teacher or the office.

Quick Sticks hockey

Posted on 27 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Last week, some of our Year 5 and 6 children took part in the Leeds North East Quick Sticks hockey qualifying festival at Allerton High.  Well done to all the children involved and thank you to staff and parents who supported the event.

Staying Safe themed week 04 February

Posted on 23 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our next whole school themed week, based around Staying Safe, will be taking place from Monday 04 February 2019.  The key message is how to be safe in a range of situations – at home, at school, online and in the environment.

A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education including road and scooter safety (Leeds City Council); water safety (Canal and River Trust and RNLI); bike maintenance (Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative); staying safe around dogs (Dogs Trust) and e-safety (One Day Creative and d:side). Some of the events require parental permission and these letters have been sent out separately. There are also some opportunities for parents and carers, from all year groups, to get involved in the week. Please contact the office to reserve places.

*THIS WEEK* Thursday 24 January 2:30pm – 3:15pm d:side drug education information session

A representative from d:side, a health education provider, will be running an information session about drug education.

 Monday 04 February 2:30-3.15pm One Day Creative, creative education provider, e-safety workshop

Wednesday 06 February Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative Dr Bike event

Bring your bike for a free bike safety check, from 8:30am – no need to book.

Thursday 07 February 2:30-3.15pm First aid workshop

A representative from Leeds Beckett University, will be running a first aid workshop for parents and carers.

The themed week is a good opportunity to continue to think about healthy, active ways to travel to school.  Children are encouraged to travel to school in a sustainable way, keeping safe along the way.

Finally, can you help? Does your job involve an aspect of safety?  If you are able to support our Staying Safe themed week by coming into school, please contact Mrs Taylor via the school office.

We will keep you up to date about events during the week through Twitter and the class news pages on our website.

Thank you for your support to keep Moortown a happy, healthy and safe school.


After-school club availability

Posted on 22 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

There’s still time to sign up to our Spring term after-school clubs starting next week.

Please contact the office if you would like to book a place on any of the following clubs which currently have spaces available.


Love of reading club

Do you enjoy stories?  Join Mrs Charlesworth and delve into books, get into the characters and listen to stories. Share your own favourite stories too.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. 

There are no sessions on Monday 28 January 2019 or Monday 11 February 2019.

Y1, Y2, Y3 £12

Come and learn the skills and techniques of netball in this fun club.  Organised by Mrs Taylor and Miss Rushbrooke.  This club finishes at 4.15pm.  There are no sessions on Monday 11 February 2019 or Monday 04 March 2019.

Y3, Y4,

Y5, Y6




Join Miss Marsden to learn fun dance routines to perform at a dance festival in April 2019.   This club finishes at 4.15pm and continues until Tuesday 23 April 2019.  There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Y1, Y2,



Come and learn the skills and techniques of basketball in this fun club.  Organised by City of Leeds Basketball Club.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Y3, Y4, Y5,Y6 £7



A fun way to keep fit while learning new skills.  Organised by Leeds Gymnastics Club. This club finishes at 4.15pm.

Y1, Y2,

Y3, Y4, Y5




Join Miss Marsden and try a range of mindfulness techniques, both creative and physical.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. 

Y1, Y2, Y3 £8


What is a drug?

Posted on 21 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

In Living and Learning, as taken from our long term plan, we will be focusing on drug education for the next two weeks.

Our first statement for this learning is, I know what a drug is.

Our definition of a drug refers to a substance people take to change the way they feel, think or behave.  The word ‘drug’ includes:

  • All legal drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, solvents and volatile substances, misused medicines and legal highs
  • All illegal drugs
  • Prescribed and over-the-counter medicines

On Thursday and Friday of this week, we welcome d:side, a health education provider, to school to deliver drug education workshops to each class as part of this learning.

Parents and carers are invited to come to an information session, led by d:side, on Thursday 24 January from 2:45-3:15pm.  Please inform the office if you would like to attend.

More marvellous comments about Moortown

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Mr Roundtree

On Tuesday, a Local Authority advisor (who happens to also be an Ofsted inspector) visited Moortown. We invited him in because we’re always keen to get a second opinion on our practice and to be offered any suggestions to keep getting more and more effective. The visit involved visiting four classes in school (Y1, Y2, Y3 and Y5) and looking at Writing and Maths books in Y2, Y4 and Y6. The advisor’s report is really positive. Here are some comments from it.

The lesson observations evidence that without exception, teachers have high expectations of the children in their care. They each demonstrated good subject knowledge and an age appropriate awareness. Subsequently, children across the four observed year groups behave well and were attentive and responsive to the teacher.


Teacher pupil relationships in this classroom are secure. Children responded to the ‘3,2,1 stop’ command with immediacy and it is clear that the children are happy and comfortable in the teacher’s care.


…the… teacher’s enthusiasm was infectious… The [reading] lesson, led from the hall… was managed well… All pupils engaged with the activity well and competent questioning from the teacher enabled pupils to demonstrate their understanding. At a later visit to the classroom where children were completing a summary paragraph about a web page, the same teacher zest was evident. The children were entirely focused on the learning and when challenged could explain the purpose of the exercise and the learning. The use of an ‘erm’ game engendered a great deal of controlled exuberance from the children who are clearly enjoying this style of teaching.


Outcomes had been clearly modelled and when asked, the children were able to explain their learning. The use of mood photographs had been neatly aligned with the school’s current Living and Learning statement and was effective in providing the children with a purpose to write.


Looking at books from alternate years clearly evidenced the impact of teaching on progress with work becoming more sophisticated as they advance through the school. Without exception and in both English and maths books, the work is aligned to the age related requirements of the national curriculum.


In each year group, high demands in productivity and neatness are evident in English books. Opportunities to write at length are particularly impressive in Y4 and Y6. In Y4 for example, pupils are given the freedom to change characters or settings based on their reading, researching and planning from high quality texts. These opportunities allow the most able to demonstrate their flair for language whilst even the lowest ability perform well in advance of what would have been expected… Such challenge is ensuring this group in particular are making excellent progress. The same can be echoed in Y6 where exercises are planned to add value to learning. The complexity of sentence structure and use of evocative vocabulary for the middle and higher ability Y6 pupils is extremely impressive. Meanwhile, through the demand and expectation to keep up with their peers, the progress of the lower ability pupil was equally impressive.


Without being overly demanding of teacher’s time, marking and feedback is of the highest quality. The use of symbols to indicate where pupils should edit or improve their work is met with purple pen action that clearly has an impact on learning over time.


In Maths, the pace of teaching is effective in embedding learning. Positively, the demand for even the least able to access the same body of learning as their more able peers is having a definite impact on their progress over time.


…there is evidence to show that even the most able are challenged to their limits. And without exception, the requirement for pupils to correct errors or respond via same day intervention is another positive driver for accelerating the progress of the many rather than the few.

The report also contains three useful, but quite specific, recommendations which we’ll work on.

Fantastic Foundation Stage!

Posted on 15 January 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We want to keep getting better and better. One of the ways we sustain great outcomes for our children is that we work closely with LA advisors so we benefit from ‘an extra pair of eyes’ and their specific skills and expertise.

Just before Christmas, an Early Years expert visited our Foundation Stage classes. Here are just a couple of extracts from her report:

A rich range of provision to promote mathematical learning was clear across different areas of the setting both inside and out.

Children were seen this morning displaying high levels of engagement in self-chosen activities.

Following the visit, it was also a privilege to be asked to share some good practice in our schools with other teachers at a Leeds maths conference.

Themed menu

Posted on 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 18 January.  Please contact the office, by Friday 11 January, if your child would like a school meal on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

Living and Learning

Posted on 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly, in class, to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  This half term we have two main themes, from our long-term plan.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE) 
  •  Keeping safe and managing risk
Our Staying Safe themed week (w/c 04 February 2019), including Safer Internet Day,  will be part of this learning.  More information will follow about this.
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular interruptions.  Children will consider what is a valid interruption, for example an emergency and what alternatives are there to interrupting?  Children across school are encouraged to use our brain, buddy, boss system to try to avoid interruptions.  This means they would first think themselves.  Then, they could try asking a friend and the final option would be to ask the adult.  This encourages the children to become independent and take responsibility.

Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, for this half term, to support this learning.

  • I don’t interrupt (with my mouth or my hand).
  • I can make things better.
  • I know what a drug is.
  • I know how to seek help.
  • I make safe choices, including online.
  • I can assess my own risks.