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Living Streets (Moortown group) update

Posted on 23 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

An update and a call for support (by Friday 15 March) from our local Living Streets group.

WE HAVE GOOD NEWS!
Back in autumn we submitted a response to the ‘Connecting Leeds’ consultation for improvements in Moortown. The feedback you provided in our survey helped us to share a number of ideas with Leeds City Council to help make the routes to school safer and more pleasant for all members of the community.
It’s very pleasing to see that a number of suggested improvements have been incorporated into the revised proposals, including:

• Priority for pedestrians at both the entrance and exit of the parade car parks (kerbs to run through with visual priority for people on foot so drivers know to give way).

• Replacing the badly positioned concrete bollards on the northern parade with a continuous low-level fence (to match the south parade) to prevent vehicles blocking the footpath.

• Low-level fencing at Manning Stainton to allow access only via the official dropped kerb and not across the full length of the footway.

• Planters adjacent to the road outside Manning Stainton to enhance the area and prevent HGVs and other vehicles driving and parking on the footway.

• Improved crossing times for pedestrians at the main M&S lights.

• A widening of the public footpath/reduction in road space adjacent to the south parade to allow for the future introduction of a pavement at the shops (not in the scope of this project).

Existing proposed designs for this future work can be found in Moortown Community Group’s Neighbourhood Design Statement (available at moortowncommunitygroup.org.uk).

BUT IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL YET. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP…

Although the public consultation for Moortown is now complete, there will still be some local targeted consultation with residents and business owners directly affected by the proposals. They will hopefully support the revised proposals too, but there’s also a chance some won’t, particularly if it affects current parking arrangements.
We want to ensure that the improvements for pedestrians many of us have been campaigning for are delivered and a great way to demonstrate your support is to post a comment about the revised plans on Twitter, tagging both Connecting Leeds and Moortown Living Streets Group, or email Connecting Leeds directly if you don’t use Twitter:
Twitter: @ConnectingLeeds + @MoortownLSG
Email: [email protected]
Follow this link to see the updated Moortown plans as well as a number of other local schemes which are now open for public comment (including Alwoodley, Scott Hall Road and Chapel Allerton).

Many thanks once again for your continued support!
Dom Jacques
E: [email protected] T: @moortownlsg

A happy and healthy - and safe - place to learn

Posted on 20 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We hear so many scare stories and myths about health and safety that it’s easy to pour scorn on anything remotely related to the topic. However, as a school, we need to know that our buildings and our practices are safe and secure for your child and his/her teachers.

Just like we’re happy to invite a fresh pair of eyes into school to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning, we do the same – invite an expert from Leeds City Council – to check on health and safety aspects of our school.

We’re delighted that our school was judged to be outstanding in terms of health and safety, following a recent inspection (o4 February 2019).

The inspection was really thorough, covering 166 checks and giving ratings of high, medium; low/no priority. The school was rated 99% (a rating of over 90% ranks as ‘outstanding’.)

Moortown Primary is a happy, healthy and safe place to learn!

Moortown Park - volunteers for litter picking

Posted on 13 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

On Saturday 09 March at 10:00am, a litter-picking session at Moortown Park will take place, organised by the Friends of Moortown Park Committee.

The Chair, Pat Ingle, writes:

Your help is needed please. We are running a Litter Picking event on Moortown Park starting 10.00am on Saturday 9th March and it would be great to see a small army of helpers to make light work of it. Volunteers should please meet at the entrance to the Park from the Parklands Estate (end of Lime Tree Avenue), at the opposite end of the main path from the Shadwell Lane entrance.  Children accompanied by parents will be a welcome addition to the team on the day. We will be joined by our Ward Councillors.

Please wear footwear, gloves and clothing suitable to the conditions, bearing in mind that quite a bit of rubbish is caught in undergrowth. I have some rubbish bags and we will be arranging with the Council for the collected rubbish to be removed promptly the next week. I have just a few pairs of gardening gloves for those without, as well as a small number of litter picker arms.

Please note there are no refreshment or toilet facilities onsite.

Moortown Park has now been open for approaching 2 months and I think we can all agree on how wonderful this new green space is for the community, clearly evidenced by the substantial number of people using the park. I would like to thank the Council and some wonderful individual litter pickers who have already done some of the cleaning up of past rubbish from before and during the development of the park, but it would be fantastic to see the initial clean up completed and the park looking ready apart from the final seeding in the Spring.

I look forward to seeing you at this first community event.

Screen time - an update

Posted on 12 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

On 04 January, we published a news article called Screen time – to limit or not to limit? which in itself stemmed from a news article Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told.

During the week, the Chief Medical Officer for the UK, published guidance on screen-based activities. The media was full of headlines about screen bans. This wasn’t quite accurate.

The guidance itself had an infographic which helps you think about the challenges of managing their children’s screen use. Amongst other things, it includes advice on sleep, meal times and using features on a phone to restrict time spent on it. It’s also prompts you to consider things you might otherwise overlook – walking and using a phone at the same time, for example.

It’s a short, easy, sensible read – it might even be useful to help you work with your child to set ground rules as to how much time they’re online.

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