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It's gold again!

Posted on 17 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

At the end of each year, schools are invited to apply for their School Games Mark. The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education.

We are very proud to announce that our application has been verified and we have been awarded Gold award for the fourth year running.

Thank you to staff who have accompanied children to these events or run after-school clubs this year. Thank you also to Mrs Russell who provides excellent administration of our clubs and sporting events and competitions.

Thank you as well to all parents/carers who have helped with transport and supported at our events this year. Finally, thank you to all pupils who have tried out a new physical activity either at an after-school club or as part of a competition or participation event and to those children who have represented our school so well this year.

Remember to send us a postcard!

Posted on 16 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Over the summer, we’d love to hear from you!

When your child returns to school after the summer holidays, the first topic they’ll be learning will be Where in the World?

To help with this, we’d love it if your child sends us a postcard. There will be prizes for the best-written postcard, and, naturally, they’ll all go on display.

The postcard could be from Spain or Scarborough, a city-break or an outdoor adventure, a day-trip or a fortnight away. More importantly, it could be real or made-up… we might get postcards recounting your child’s adventures in space, even!

Your child doesn’t need to go anywhere this summer to write about what they’ve got up to, so there’s no excuse for them not to join in.

All we ask is that your postcards arrive by Monday 10 September – that’s the start of the second week back (so they could even write a postcard from that weekend!).

The Where in the World? topic will develop the children’s geographical knowledge and skills. The world is a big place that is getting more and more accessible but how much do we know about it? We’ll be swotting up on names of capital cities, countries, continents and oceans (depending on the age of your child). Get out your maps and test each other at home. Who knows all the capital cities in the UK? Can anyone name the five continents? We’ll also develop map skills so get out there and give each other directions to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’!

Does your child play Fortnite?

Posted on 15 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Fortnite is an online video game where players compete to be the last person standing in a post-apocalyptic world. The most popular version is Fortnite: Battle Royale, which sees up to 100 players pitted against each other to stay alive on an island. Players can build and demolish structures, and collect weapons, supplies and armour to help them along the way.

Players shoot each other using a range of lethal weapons, but the brightly-coloured, cartoon-style graphics and lack of bloodshed mean it doesn’t feel too gory or graphic.

To play, the age recommendation is 12 and above due to ‘mild violence’, although you don’t have to provide your age when creating an account, so younger children can still log on easily.

Fortnite: Battle Royale is free to download on PC/Mac, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo Switch and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It’s coming to Android soon.

What are the concerns?

You may have seen news reports or heard concerns raised about the:

·     Communication between players: a chat function allows players to talk to each other either over a headset and microphone, or using messaging. Children could use it to speak to strangers, or it could put them at risk of cyberbullying

·     In-app purchases: players can build up large bills on their parents’ accounts by buying cosmetic items like outfits for your character and better-looking weapons (otherwise known as ‘skins’)

·     Addictive nature of the game: anecdotal stories tell of children staying up all night to play, or falling asleep in lessons after playing for too long. Some commentators attribute this to the communal feel of the game – you can play with your friends – and the game is different every time you play, keeping it fresh.

Read this factsheet for parents / carers to find out more about Fortnite and how you can make sure your child is staying safe when playing.

Living Streets local area audit

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our partnership with Living Streets and during our Being Healthy week, some of our school councillors joined representatives from Living Streets to carry out an active travel audit in the immediate area.  They were looking for barriers that families might face when traveling to school in an active way.

We look forward to hearing all about the findings.

Youth Voice Summit

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Recently, our Year 5 and 6 school councillors attended the third annual youth voice summit for primary schools in the banqueting suite at Leeds Civic Hall. During the event, the children:

  • Learnt how to run effective social action campaigns in their schools and communities
  • Learnt about influential historical and current campaigns such as the suffragettes and American civil rights
  • Learnt about how to write to the government and local council
  • Had the opportunity to come up with their own campaigns and create placards
  • Had a full tour of the Leeds Council Chamber

Their chosen campaign, to work on back at school with the rest of the school council, is all about clearing up litter.  We look forward to seeing how this campaign will develop.

School Savings Club

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is Thursday 12 July 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 dates for next year will be posted to the website in September.

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

parkrun

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

It’s great to hear how many of our pupils currently take part in the parkrun events.  As a free to participate event, parkrun offers a great chance for children and adults to walk/jog/run along the local routes on a weekly basis or when you can attend.
There are a number of local parkruns available.
  • Roundhay Park
Adult parkrun Saturday 9am
Junior 2km parkrun Sunday 9am
  • Temple Newsam
Junior 2km parkrun Sunday 9am (currently 10am start – 9am start from 2 September)
  • Wetherby
  • Boddington Cycle Centre

 

West Leeds Activity Centre

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

West Leeds Activity Centre, who visited our recent health fair, will be running holiday camps over the summer.

PE Partner holiday clubs

Posted on 11 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

PE Partner, who visited our recent health fair and who run our Friday after-school football clubs, have holiday activity clubs available over the summer.

Are you a YouTube user?

Posted on 09 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Alan Mackenzie, the eSafety advisor, has published the latest edition of his ‘DITTO’ magazine, on the theme of YouTube.

Download a copy.