Latest news from around the school

Mindfull or mindful?

Posted on 15 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Would you like to find out more about mindfulness and how it can be used to support your child at home?

As part of our whole school themed week next week, all children will be taking part in mindfulness workshops.  There’ll also be a parent/carer session on Monday 20 November at 2:30-3:15pm.

Please contact the office if you would like to attend.

Watching us at work

Posted on 14 November 2017 by Mrs Weekes

Our first ‘Watch us while we work’ morning went very well. We had parents in most classrooms watching maths lessons. There was some great feedback from the parents who came along:

  • “It was wonderful to see the children so engaged and actively learning.  The different methods used by teachers were varied and equally effective.”
  • “It was a very good opportunity to see how my child is taught and to see the new methods they use.”
  • “It was especially helpful to see the next class so we understand how the children will be learning and how we can support them.”
  • “Behaviour was excellent.  It was good to compare what children are learning in maths in KS1 and KS2.”

Thanks to those parents who came along. If you couldn’t come to this one, there will be another one in the Spring term so watch this space!

Come along to our community coffee morning

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Wednesday 22 November 9-10am

As part of our upcoming themed week, we welcome parents and carers to an informal coffee morning to meet other members of our school community including representatives from the PTA, our governing body, Moortown Community Group and Friends of Moortown Park.  I will also be available to speak to parents about our new Living and Learning scheme of work.  A whole school community Wake up Shake up will follow at 10am in the main playground.

Who do you think you are? themed week 20 November

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our next whole school themed week, based around identity, diversity and community, will be taking place from Monday 20 November, which also coincides with national Road Safety Week.  A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education.

Events during the week will include looking at our own identity including belonging, self-esteem and mindfulness, diversity of people around us including race, age, religion, disability and gender.  Classes will also be getting out into the community working with local organisations such as St Gemma’s, local care homes, Moortown Community Group and taking pride in the local community by litter picking.

Road Safety Week will run alongside our themed week where children are encouraged to take a walk/scoot/bike in the community on their way to and from school, maybe even picking up a piece of litter on the way.  If your child walks, scoots or bikes, they should complete the slip at the bottom of the letter sent home (spare tokens are available in class), each day, for a chance to win a £10 shopping voucher for each class.  We hope you will support this initiative in helping children make a healthy start to their day and also helping towards reducing congestion at our gates.  Even by parking further away from school your child could then to do the final part of their journey by foot, bike or scooter.  Bike and scooter storage facilities are available beside the Year 3 and 4 classrooms.

During the themed week, children will be researching local, national and international charities and a new school charity will be chosen at the end of the week to replace our current charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Mind Leeds.

Friday 24 November will be a non-uniform identity day.  Children are invited to dress in clothing that represents part of their identity, for example uniform from a club they attend, a team they are part of or support or traditional dress to represent their heritage.  We invite a donation for the PTA Christmas fair.

Who do you think we are?

Do you think you’d recognise some of our staff in their early years?  This photo competition is back and will run throughout the week with details to follow separately.  Proceeds will be given to our new school charity.

Community coffee morning Wednesday 22 November 9-10am

As part of the week, we welcome parents and carers to an informal coffee morning to meet other members of our school community including representatives from the PTA, our governing body, Moortown Community Group and Friends of Moortown Park.  I will also be available to speak to parents about our new Living and Learning scheme of work.  A whole school community Wake up Shake up will follow at 10am in the main playground.

Mindfulness information session for parents

Please see the separate letter to sign up for this parent workshop on Monday 20 November, 2:30pm-3:15pm.

Can you help?

Pupil feedback from our previous Who do you think you are? themed week was to ‘learn more languages that other people speak.’ Do you speak another language and you would be happy to speak to children about this?  If so, please contact the office to pass on your details.  Also, do you have any local community links that may support our week?

Our website and Twitter continue to keep you up to date with key community events as well as our community noticeboard with lots of information about the themed week too.  It’s going to be a busy week!

Anti-bullying week All Different, All Equal

Posted on 11 November 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is national Anti-Bullying Week and our Living and Learning statement is I know how to STOP bullying.

The theme this year is ‘All Different, All Equal‘ with the following key aim:

The idea is to help children and young people celebrate what makes them, and others, unique and help them understand why it’s important that every child feels included in school, able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.

Our school definition has recently been reviewed by the new School Council and remains unchanged.

‘Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.’

As part of their learning this week, children will discuss these aspects of bullying:

  • Our definition of bullying (above)
  • Types of bullying – cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and belief, special educational need and disability
  • What to do if children experience  or witness bullying. The key message is to tell someone (start telling other people)

STOP can stand for two key messages: the definition (Several Times On Purpose) and the solution (Start Telling Other People).

All classes have access to their class I want to say box or a whole school worry box where they can tell an adult any concerns about bullying or any other issues.

KS2 classes will also be using dance to show this learning through dance workshops arranged as part of the week.

For further support, bullying resources can be found at…


Posted on 30 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity.  Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, 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 also two focused weeks – Anti-bullying week (13 November) and Who do you think you are? (20 November).

Our full Living and Learning long term plan is now available on the health pages 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.

Attendance matters

Posted on 30 October 2017 by Mr Roundtree

The first half-term of this school year has seen a slight drop in attendance compared to the same period last year. Nevertheless, attendance at Moortown Primary continues to be high – many thanks for your support.

  • Autumn 1 last year 97.3%
  • Autumn 1 this year 97.1%

What about each class? Well, a big well done to pupils (and parents/carers!) in Year 4 and Year 5 – attendance for these two classes is all above the school average.

Also impressive is the attendance for our reception children. It can be quite common that children in Reception have more missed school days as they build up immunity to common bugs; however, our current Reception cohort has an attendance figure just short of the school average – well done!

  • Rec – 96.9%
  • Y1 – 96.4%
  • Y2 – 96.8%
  • Y3 – 96.5%
  • Y4 – 98.9%
  • Y5 – 97.4%
  • Y6 – 97.0%

Our new school council

Posted on 22 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Congratulations to our new school councillors!

We had a record number of candidates this year and there were some very close votes but here are our winning candidates.

Their first meeting will be on Wednesday 08 November.

Well done to all children who prepared a speech.  We hope they don’t feel too despondent and are resilient to have another go next time.

Final school council project

Posted on 22 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Back in July, our Year 5 and 6 school councillors attended the Leeds Youth Voice event at Leeds Civic Hall.  They were very keen to share their experience back in school with the school council and also in a whole school assembly.  The one idea they wanted to implement back at school was to have a friendship stop.

With the support of the rest of the school council, this is now in place!

This was a great project for the school council to work on as they came to the end of their time as school councillors.  Representatives spoke to the whole school in assembly to explain how the friendship stop works.

Ask your child if they have seen the new sign and what they would do if they saw someone at the friendship stop.


Here is a note from Grace who was one of the school councillors that wanted to make this happen.

The friendship bus stop, which is new to our school, is a great chance to make new friends.  It encourages people of all age groups to make sure that everyone has someone to play with.  The bus stop is located above the bench closest to the entrance to the middle playground.  We hope that this idea goes well and that every child uses this correctly.  Your child should definitely know what the friendship stop is and how to use it in the right way because it has been discussed during our Friday assembly.

It's the half-term holidays...

Posted on 20 October 2017 by Mr Roundtree

…and so there’s no specific homework next week. This is in-line with our Homework Policy.

During the half-term, please encourage your child to read each day, even if just for 15 minutes. As well as their current book, reading comics, newspapers, websites are all good – and why not take a trip to the library!

It would also be really helpful to help your child brush up on their times tables. Children in Year 2 should know x2, x5 and x10 (and the related division facts) by the end of the year – so give them a head start now! By the end of Year 4, children should know all their tables up to 12 x 12 (and the related division facts).

And make sure they enjoy the break, too: perhaps an autumn walk, a day out, a trip to the cinema… There are lots of things going on in Leeds – check them out.

Whatever you get up to, we’re looking forward to seeing you again on Monday 30 October.