Latest news from around the school

School meals - parent/carer feedback and pupil voice

Posted on 27 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

The School Council have recently discussed an idea we received from a parent about our school meals.  Currently, where there is a meal served with a side, such as curry and rice, the curry would be served on top of the rice.  The suggestion was made to have the curry served alongside the rice giving the children the choice to mix the two parts of their main meal if they wish.

The School Council held a vote to decide this democratically.  The result of the vote, nine votes to one, was to change to have the part of the meal served separately.  This has been fed back to the Catering Leeds kitchen team and will start immediately.

Thank you for your comments of how we can improve or make changes to our current meals.

A great start to the Big Pedal

Posted on 27 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

After day one of the Big Pedal, we are 38th out of 500 schools in the small school category – the top school in Leeds! Brilliant news.  The leaderboard can be viewed via the Sustrans Big Pedal website.

Well done everyone – keep your active travel going, great for you and great for the environment.

Remember active travel counts as walking, park and stride, scooting and biking.  Supporter (parents/carers, siblings and staff) travel counts too.

Let’s keep those numbers high for the rest of the week and hopefully we’ll move up the leader board and be in with the chance to win prizes.

Thinking of a holiday in term time?

Posted on 22 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

If so, please: think again.

Amongst the continued talk about Brexit (or not to Brexit!), you might have missed this news story from yesterday: The number of fines issued to parents in England for taking children on term time holidays has almost doubled in a year, statistics show.

Penalty notices rose by 93% to almost 223,000 in 2017-18. In Leeds, there were 2620 fines for term-time absence caused by holidays – that’s 25 pupils in every 1,000, which averages out to about five pupils at Moortown Primary.

“Unauthorised family holiday absence” was the most common reason for attendance fines, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

In our school, governors have agreed an attendance policy that’s clear: we can’t authorise a holiday in term time – we value learning too much to authorise a disruption in children’s education. If you do anticipate your child may have to have a day or more off school (to attend a funeral or a parent’s graduation, for example), please do speak with the Head of School and also ask at the office for a form to complete.

Just one week until Big Pedal starts

Posted on 20 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

It’s just one week to the return of the Big Pedal.

We’re looking forward to taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school. We would love everyone to be involved.

For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting. This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.

On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school then our results will determine our final position in the national league table.

To help parents prepare, Sustrans has developed a handy free guide packed with advice, games and challenges to help with having a hassle-free cycle, walk or scoot to school.

Staying safe online

Posted on 18 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team from Leeds Children’s Services offer this advice, which matches our own. Please follow this advice.

  • Ensure they know what their children can access online
  • Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
  • Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
  • Use parental controls to keep children safe

The Safeguarding Team also list the most common signs to watch out. Please be alert if your child:

  • Becomes very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
  • Is spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
  • Is switching screens on their device when approached
  • Is withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
  • Has lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

Cycling opportunities

Posted on 17 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here are details of local cycling events due to be held in the Easter holiday.

Beginners Learn to Ride Sessions (FREE)
For non-riders aged 5 years and above
Tuesday 2nd April, Thursday 4th April and Tuesday 9th April – limited availability
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Times: 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm  and 13:45pm (Tues 2nd only)

Improvers Cycling Session (FREE)
For ‘new’ riders aged 5 years and above
Thursday 4th April
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Time: 13:45pm

The Brownlee Centre will also be hosting a pop up school holiday ride.




Supporting your child when the news is bad

Posted on 16 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

News of a terrorist attack is horrible, but for parents/carers, there is the added dilemma of what to say to their children:

  • Should I shield them from the news?
  • Is it best just to turn off the television?
  • Will the images they see traumatise them?
  • Should I tell my children exactly what’s happened?

Following the terrible attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, these questions may well be going though your mind.

The Childline website is a good place to start – you might want to check it out first, then look at it alongside your child. They have a really useful page with advice on ‘worries about the world’.

The BBC’s Newsround website tells the news in a helpful, simple, child-friendly way. (We’d encourage children to read this regularly, in fact.) Their news about the New Zealand attacks presents the facts and provides extra information and advice.

Lots of other sites are available, too, but it’s probably helpful to stick to one or two and not dwell any more on the subject.

Finally, the NSPCC has this advice for parents and carers who may be worried about a child showing signs of radicalisation.

Positive pupils

Posted on 14 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Our governors play an active role in our school – find out more about the governing body and what they do. One of our governors is responsible for collecting the views of pupils – an important role because we value the views of pupils so much. As well as staff in school, it’s useful for a governor to do this because children sometimes prefer to talk to an ‘outsider’.

Here’s what our governor found following a recent visit where she spoke with a group of pupils:

All of the children were keen to talk about how much they enjoyed school.

  • Y1: ‘It’s fun to learn new things.’
  • Y4: ‘I enjoy school because I get to make new friends.’

All children strongly believed all of the teachers helped them to do their best.

  • Y6: ‘If you get stuck, teachers don’t just give you the answer but they help you to find the answer.’

All children said that their learning is challenging.

  • Y2: ‘I know my learning is challenging when I can’t do it and then when I think a bit more, I can do it.’
  • Y3: ‘My learning is challenging when I get a step in my book.’
  • Y6: ‘My teacher gives me tricky learning when I’m confident. When I’m confident with my learning there is always another harder challenge waiting!’

Children enjoy learning.

  • Y1: ‘I like learning phonics.’
  • Y4: ‘My learning is fun in my book like when we crack codes in our lessons.’
  • Y6: ‘I really enjoy learning about science’

All of the children were adamant that their teacher listens carefully to what they have to say, particularly in reading lessons.

  • Y6: ‘Mostly in reading because people all have different answers.’
  • Y3: ‘My teacher listens to everyone’s opinion.’

All children knew to speak to an adult if something was worrying them, or share their worry in other ways.

  • Y2: ‘I would tell adults in school.’
  • Y4: ‘I’d tell someone I trust.’
  • Y6: ‘We can use the Living and Learning box in our classrooms to share a worry.’

Regarding behaviour, all children were aware of the school’s definition of bullying and knew that bullying at school is zero tolerance. Regarding staying safe, all the children said they felt very safe at school. The children were able to talk about lots of ways we promote health, whether physical activity or emotional health.

Finally, all of the children were certain they would recommend the school to someone else.

  • Y6: ‘Moortown Primary always thinks about your feelings and helps you to get involved with loads of things. Moortown Primary would always be there for you.’

School Savings Club paying in dates

Posted on 13 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Please note a change of day for the remaining School Savings Club paying in dates.

If your child has a School Savings Club account, we hold paying in sessions on the penultimate week of every half term.

Thursday 18 October 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 13 December 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 07 February 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 20 March 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 15 May 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 10 July 2019 3.15-3.45pm

If you are unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be paid in, to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

If you would like your child to open an account, please enquire at the office.  Pupils in Year 3 can still take advantage of the £10 incentive offer.

Attendance matters

Posted on 12 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Well done to the Year 2 children: they have the highest attendance in school so far this year! Year 6, Year 1 and Year 5 are also doing really well.

Up to the beginning of March, the average attendance for each class is:

  • Reception – 96.4%
  • Y1 – 96.9%
  • Y2 – 97.9%
  • Y3 – 95.9%
  • Y4 – 94.6%
  • Y5 – 96.8%
  • Y6 – 97.1%

The whole school attendance figure is 96.5%.