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May half term fun at Temple Newsam...

Posted on 23 May 2018 by Mrs Quirk

If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do next week, why not consider one of the following at Temple Newsam?

Paint your own tankard with Jackrabbits pottery 

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May. Book a session, 11.30-12.30pm or 2-3pm. Jackrabbits will glaze, fire and wrap the tankards. Please allow a max of 28 days from workshop date to allow mugs to be ready for collection. £13 per tankard in the House. Contact the Temple Newsam House or book on Eventbrite.

Cheers half term crafts!

Saturday 26 May to Sunday 03 June. Drop in session. All ages. Crafts inspired by the ceramics in the exhibition. Design a cup and a coaster to take home. Included in house admission price.


Wednesday 30 May 2-3pm. Join our resident storyteller to enjoy stories all about drink! Included in house admission price.

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour

Saturday and Tuesday in half term at 11am. Journey under the House, learn how the servants got around unseen and discover the cellars. Who is the Blue Lady and what happened to poor Phoebe Gray? Some steep steps and uneven surfaces. Limited places, booking advised. Suitable for 7+. Included in house admission price.

Discovery Tour

Thursday at 11am. Explore the House with our friendly guide! Included in house admission price.

Up on the roof!

Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.15pm Take in stunning views by going on the roof of Temple Newsam House. A head for heights and ability to climb some steep steps required. Booking required. The tour will only go ahead in fine weather so call 0113 3367460 to book and confirm the tour is going ahead. Ages 7+ (children accompanied by an adult).

On the farm…

Visit the animals including pigs, sheep, cattle and ducks! There’s also a café, playgrounds and gardens to explore…

Visit the website or call 0113 3367460 for details of admission prices, access and events. Also on facebook and twitter.

Moortown Living Streets Local Group has launched!

Posted on 23 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

A new ‘parent led’ Living Streets group has been set up in Moortown to campaign for improved streets in the local area.

The launch coincides with the publication of a new Family Walk To School Kit to mark #WalktoSchoolWeek, a national event from UK charity Living Streets.

The Moortown group is the first local group in Leeds and will be working towards creating a safer, more enjoyable environment for people in our area.

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Find out more and stay informed about our upcoming initiatives:

Have you been walking to school?

Posted on 22 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Have you been coming on foot to school during walk to school week this week?  If so, you will be in the prize draw on Friday.  The more times you walk or park and stride, the more entries into the draw you will have.

Take a look at our walk to school video  for more facts and benefits of this form of active travel.


Walk to School week

Posted on 21 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to Zariaat from Living Streets for our Walk to School week assembly this afternoon.

We reminded ourselves about lots of benefits of walking to school – less traffic and pollution near the school gates, spending time with family and friends and physical and mental health improvements.

Don’t forget our prize draw on Friday for all pupils who have walked or used a park and stride option this week.

Well done to Year 2 who have recorded the most active travel journeys to school so far this year.

Brownlee Triathlon

Posted on 21 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Some of our KS2 pupils have enjoyed taking part in the Brownlee Triathlon at John Smeaton Leisure Centre in the sunshine today.  They’ve completed the three elements of the triathlon – swim, bike and run.




Walk to School week

Posted on 20 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This week, we will be taking part in national Walk to School week.  It looks like the perfect weather for it too!

We’re sure you’ll agree these are all great benefits of walking to school.

During Walk to School week, children who walk to school or park further away and walk the rest of the journey (park and stride) will all be entered into a prize draw to win one of five £10 vouchers at the end of the week.

We are also looking forward to hearing about what you notice on your route to school as part of our whole school homework this week.

National Walk to School week has featured in this week’s First News.

By taking a walk to school, children will be working towards our Living and Learning statement for this week.

I recognise mental health is important.

Why not try this Supermovers quiz to see how physical activity can boost children’s mental wellbeing.

Fab feedback

Posted on 17 May 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We recently received a lovely email from a current parent wanting to tell us how great a particular teacher is at Moortown Primary. Here are some extracts (fully anonymised in terms of pupil and teacher):

My children [benefit from] the effectiveness of high-performing teachers at Moortown Primary School. Specifically, [one teacher] has made a large and positive difference to my son’s performance at school. He has managed to succeed…by not only making my son feel happy about attending school, but also by enabling the progress of his students by working tirelessly to create a highly engaging, challenging and nurturing environment… [The teacher] appears to adopt a teaching strategy that incorporates every individual child’s personality and abilities… [The teacher] is an effective and highly skilled [person].

My son [has been shown] that he is a valued member of his class… my son… loves attending school…

[This teacher] is what many teachers should aspire to be… a positive, caring leader that encourages a sense of belonging in the classroom and has high expectations for all… students that does not discourage but inspires… students to keep on achieving.

Summer Picnic themed menu

Posted on 16 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 06 July.

Please contact the office, by Friday 22 June, if your child would like a school dinner on this day.

School savings club

Posted on 13 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is Thursday 17 May 2018 at 3.15-3.45pm.

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.

The paying in dates are the penultimate Thursday of each half term and the final date for the summer term is Thursday 12 July at 3.15-3.45pm.

Finally, if your child would like to open account, please ask at the office.

Big Pedal

Posted on 09 May 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all pupils and families who took part in the Big Pedal initiative over the past two weeks by scooting or cycling to school.  It’s great to see children continuing to make these active journeys to school to reduce congestion, increase physical activity and improve mental health.  We’ll be awarding the Big Pedal prizes in our assembly on Friday.

Well done to Reception class who made the most journeys by bike and scooter, followed by Year 4 and Year 3.

We’ll also be getting involved with Walk to School week, 21-25 May.  Watch out for a whole school homework all about our local area and routes to school.