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Latest news from around the school

School Savings Club

Posted on 09 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is 13 December 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.

Paying in dates fall on the penultimate Thursday of each half term.

If your child would like to open account, please ask at the office.  This is a great opportunity for children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving.

 

New school meal menu

Posted on 09 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Our new Spring/Summer school meal menu, starting from after February half term, is now available on our Meals page.

The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards.  We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers.

Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.

When will be your next Park Run?

Posted on 04 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to Richard Spencer (parent, chair of the PTA and Park Run race director at Roundhay Park) who came to speak to the whole school this afternoon about the great, free, weekly Park Run events held locally.

We were impressed by the number of children who have already completed a Park Run event with one pupil achieving over 100 runs!

All you need to take part is to register for your personal bar code that is used at the event to record your position and time for the run.  ThePark Run event is not a race.  You are only trying to beat yourself by achieving a faster time each time you do it.

There is no commitment to attend every weekend: just turn up with your bar code when you can.

The course is fully marshalled and so children are able to run round with others as long as an adult accompanies them to the event.

We’d love to hear your Park Run achievements – let your teacher know!

 

What is our new school charity?

Posted on 02 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We support our school charity for a year and it is now time to change our current school charity, Make-A-Wish.

This week, each class, discussed a range of charities, researched by the children for their homework, and voted on one charity they wanted to put forward for the school councillors to decide on.

Here were the class choices:

Year 1 – Bubble Foundation
Year 2 – Children in Need
Year 3 – Camp Nibble
Year 4 – Bubble Foundation
Year 5 – WWF
Year 6 – Dogs Trust
At the School Council meeting, all of the children spoke passionately about their class’s chosen charity and gave a good overview of what they do and how our fundraising may help.

The final democratic decision was made by a vote by the School Council and the winning charity for 2018-2019 is WWF.  We will support this charity for one year.

School dinner feedback

Posted on 21 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We always welcome feedback on our school dinner menu.

As a result of pupil, parent and staff feedback, there are a number of changes we are implementing, as we work with Catering Leeds to prepare our next menu, for after February half term.

  • There will be a jacket potato choice on Thursdays to give three main meal choices rather than the current two choices.
  • We will be trialing meat free Monday on week 3 of the menu cycle.
  • Jacket potato choices will continue to be the most popular fillings on a rotation basis – cheese, tuna and beans.
  • Vegetable choices will continue to be the most popular ones selected by pupils.

School dinners are always an agenda item at School Council meetings so children are encouraged to use their pupil voice to provide feedback to their school councillors or via a suggestion slip in the Living and Learning box.

The menu will be circulated to parents and posted on our website once this is available.

 

 

Takeover Challenge Day

Posted on 21 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Takeover Challenge day is on Friday 23 November

What is Takeover Challenge?

Takeover is a fun engagement project which sees schools and organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.

It puts children and young people in decision making positions and encourages schools and organisations to hear and act upon their views and ideas. Children and young people gain an insight into the adult world and schools and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.

Recently, our new School Council discussed how children could be involved in ‘taking over’ at school.  Therefore on Friday, takeover activities will include serving school dinners (representatives from Year 4), working in the school office (representatives from Year 5), leading assembly (representatives from Year 6) and accompanying Mrs Weekes on a learning walk around school (representatives from Year 5 and 6).

In addition there will be opportunities within class where children will takeover.  For example, taking the register, spelling/times table tests, parts of lessons, PE warm ups and guided reading.

Check our class news pages to see this in action.

Christmas dinner menu

Posted on 21 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Leeds, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 13 December. Please contact the office, before Monday 26 November, if your child would like a school dinner on this day.

Does your child have an app called TikTok?

Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Musical.ly has a new name – TikTok. This social network app has often given adults cause for concern because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. The UK Safer Internet Centre reports:

Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.

As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media, some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.

Users also have the ability to interact and chat to other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who follow each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app.  There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent  the user from being able to start their own live streams.

Living and Learning: Anti-bullying week 'Choose Respect'

Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This week, all classes have been learning about different aspects of bullying during national Anti-Bullying Week.

Thank you to those families who supported our Odd Socks Day on Monday, celebrating that we are all unique.

At their first meeting, our new School Council reviewed the school definition of bullying and this remains unchanged.

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

In addition to this definition, each class has considered the following.

  • 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 or the problem (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.

 

Our whole school homework this week, will allow children to consolidate this learning and show what they have learnt in a creative way.

We encourage you to discuss this learning with your child and for further support, bullying resources can be found at…

Consultation on changes to the admissions policy for schools in Leeds

Posted on 16 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Leeds City Council is proposing changes to its admissions policy for schools in Leeds. The main change is to set catchment areas for community and voluntary controlled Leeds schools.

The authority welcomes all your views and encourages you to respond by the deadline of 07 December 2018.

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond.

(Please note the changes mainly relate to Moortown Primary, although parents/carers of all Sphere Federation schools may want to be part of the consultation.)