Latest news from around the school

Brighten up November

Posted on 05 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

November can be quite a gloomy month as we really notice the dark days and wet and windy weather. Action for Happiness is a movement of people wanting to build a happier and more caring society. They’ve produced a calendar of daily ideas to try out in November – things like today’s idea, which is to choose a different route (to work, or even round the supermarket!) and see what you notice on the way.


Anti-bullying week - Odd Socks Day

Posted on 04 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Change starts with us’ and we will be taking part in Odd Socks Day on Tuesday 12 November.

This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.


Let's talk about life online

Posted on 04 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Childnet have updated their parent and carer toolkit that will help you have conversations with your child about online safety. Their booklet ‘Let’s talk about life online‘ includes ten key messages that should be shared with children:

  • “You can always come to me if you need help.”
  • “What would you do if this happened…?”
  • “Remember that not everyone is who they say they are online.”
  • “Keep your personal information safe, and other people’s too.”
  • “Be respectful to others online.”
  • “Think before you post.”
  • “Remember to ask if it’s okay.”
  • “Remember not everything is true online.”
  • “The things other people post online might not always show what their life is really like.”
  • “Recognise how going online makes you feel and take a break when you need to.”

Living and Learning: Identity

Posted on 02 November 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity. Pupils will learn about what makes themselves and others special, valuing the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is meant by community. This will be taught through our Living and Learning sessions and two focused weeks.

Anti-bullying week (11 November) ‘Change starts with us’

My Community themed week (25 November)

Our new school charity will be chosen as part of the My Community themed week.  Every year, we nominate a new charity to support. This year, we have been supporting WWF. We decide this on the basis of a Talk Time homework, and then school councillors make the final decision.

Our Living and Learning long term plan details the learning for each year group across the year and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.  We will begin and end this half term with a focus on manners.

I apologise when I need to.

I say please and thank you.

Where in the world am I?

Posted on 01 November 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Next half-term, children in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) will enjoy a geography-driven topic: Where in the world am I?

The aim of the topic is to introduce/consolidate children to some important geographical knowledge; in KS1, for example, UK countries and capital cities and continents and oceans. The topic should also give them an understanding of where they fit into the world. The final aim of the topic is to allow children the opportunity to conduct some fieldwork in their local area.

In KS1, this could be as simple as going on a walk and picking out some of the key landmarks they see and talking about what they like or dislike about a location. Children might also devise their own map with their own key for a journey to school or a journey to a local park.

In KS2, this could be some map work involving compass directions, grid references to locate places and things in their locality. They may conduct surveys or questionnaires with members of the school community or local community about their views on a specific local issue or more generally about their locality.

Your child will be learning some specific geographical words. These are broken down into Y1,2 and Y3,4 and Y5,6:

Y1,2: Words and phrases include atlas, compass, physical geography and human geography.

Y3,4: Words and phrases include grid reference, Ordnance Survey and fieldwork.

Y5,6: Words and phrases include six figure grid reference, scale and topographical.

Support your child at home
This topic is all about geography. Help to support your child’s learning at home. You could…

  • plan a journey together using Google Maps
  • discuss the local area and decide if some spaces could be used better
  • look at a map together – there are plenty online, including Google Maps
  • see how many facts they know: countries of the UK, countries in Europe, countries around the world… and then capital cities, oceans, rivers… (your child could devise a quiz, a game of bingo with countries instead of numbers, sketch and label maps…)

Our website

Posted on 23 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

In the past few months, our website has been experiencing a few problems, the main one being that the whole-school news posts haven’t been published on our Facebook page. We hope this is now sorted.

In the next week or so, there will be more tweaks made behind-the-scenes on our website. This hopefully won’t cause any problems, but do let us know if you notice something.

Sorry for any problems you’ve encountered.

Staying safe online

Posted on 23 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

This half-term, some parents have told us they didn’t realise all the things we do to make sure your child stays safe online. There are lots of top tips on our Online Safety page in the Learn More section – check them out!

School Council elections

Posted on 16 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We have recently launched this year’s School Council election process.  Our School Council is one of the ways that children are encouraged to take an active part in pupil voice.

The election process allows children to develop an understanding of one of the British Values, democracy, with two representatives from each class, chosen democratically by their peers.

Here are some of the qualities our school councillors think are needed to be an effective school councillor.

  • use the 8Rs for learning
  • be respectful and polite
  • help others
  • be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)
  • share and be confident with your ideas
  • let others speak
  • accept the views of others even if you don’t agree
  • be friendly and approachable
  • follow our school rules and make good choices in class and around school

Our current whole school homework is all about the election and democracy, ready for the elections next Thursday 24 October.

Bonfire night themed menu

Posted on 14 October 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Leeds, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Tuesday 5th November.  Please contact the office, as soon as possible, 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).

Fab feedback

Posted on 11 October 2019 by Mrs Weekes

Thanks very much if you have been to one of our learning workshops  – we have had a good turn-out of parents/carers, keen to know more about their child’s learning journey in school and how to support at home.

Thanks also for leaving us with some feedback – teachers really do appreciate this…

  • ‘Everything was well explained. Questions were listened too and answered.’
  • ‘Very informative and encouraging.’
  • ‘Really good overview of how to support our child with learning.’
  • ‘It was really helpful to be able to raise concerns and issues.’
  • ‘Makes me feel more comfortable with vocabulary used and showed me techniques being used in the classroom.’
  • ‘The session gave good insight into expectations of Maths in Year 6.’
  • ‘Really useful to hear about my child’s day and what he gets up to.’
  • ‘The workshop was really beneficial – it gave us a chance to understand the layout of the day.’

Look out for other workshops coming up in November.