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Happy and healthy

Posted on 08 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Thanks to Mrs Taylor for organising a wonderful themed week – Being Healthy Themed Week.

We’ve already had some great feedback from children, parents / carers and staff. Over the weekend, we’ve received feedback from two of our visitors, too:

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with year 3 and 4. The pupils in Moortown are always a pleasure to teach and this time no exception. They are willing to try something new and have a very good work ethic and behaviour. A credit to the school and their teachers. I look forward to coming back again in the future.

Betty, UK Tai Chi


The children were fantastic and their behaviour and attention in class was brilliant. What a super room to work in with great facilities… Please pass on my thanks to the teachers, children and other school staff for making us feel so welcome.

Karen Smith, Food Technology and Nutrition Manager, Catering Leeds

“Are we there yet?” - how to survive summer travel

Posted on 08 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The Safer Roads Team writes:

With all this wonderful weather we’ve been having, you’re possibly starting to plan some family adventures, pack up the car and head out to the beach or to enjoy a picnic with friends or family. Whether you are going on a long road trip or just hoping for a few days out over the summer holidays, sometimes travelling with kids (and adults) isn’t as much fun as you imagined.  Long journeys can be challenging, but they are doable, and can be memorable. However, a little bit of planning beforehand may just help save your sanity.

No one wants a summer holiday to be remembered for the wrong reasons. We want our children to have great memories to go back  to school with and share with their friends.

Planning your perfect road trip can be a stressful and exhausting ordeal, but Leeds City Council’s ITB team is here to help. Here are some practical tips on how to make your journey as successful as possible:


Is your car road-ready? Highways England recommend carrying out a few quick and easy checks to ensure you and your vehicle are safely equipped to drive.
Find out what to check the week before your journey
Just a little point to consider – do you have breakdown cover? If not…do you need it? And if you do…have you got the number to hand?

Your safety

Firstly, always make sure you are well rested before travelling and have had a good night’s sleep. Sleep deprivation can contribute to frazzled nerves and unsafe driving. It’s helpful if your children are also rested at the start of the trip.
Never drive when under the influence of alcohol or drugs (including prescribed medication). If you need to visit your GP before travelling, make sure you have allowed plenty of time to do this.


Sounds a silly question but ‘Do you know where you’re going?’ (winging it sounds fun…but I’ve heard from a reliable source that says it rarely is!).
If you’re using a Sat Nav, make sure it’s up to date and that you are able to charge it. Try having a backup in case it fails – you can always print out a copy of your route from Google maps and it would also be wise to check the latest traffic conditions.

Before you set off, plan your route. Why not identify opportunities for you to take a scenic (eg park or lake) break during your journey? This will not only benefit you, but it will help give your kids (or passengers) a chance to burn off some energy.


Driving requires the full attention of the driver at all times. Try and keep distractions to a minimum. Things like mobile phones and iPods are best placed in the glove box or boot.

The biggest unavoidable distraction on a road journey is other passengers ie the kids. So…

Be kid-prepared
If you are driving with kids, give them plenty of planned activities to do, especially if your destination is a long way from your home.

Before you hit the road, make sure you have any child car seats fitted correctly. Check out the new laws on car seats and to see if you have the right size for your child.

Keep an open mind

You might need a second route in mind if there are unexpected road works, breakdowns or accidents. If the weather is unexpectedly hot then you may also need extra comfort breaks.

Are you having a staycation?

Just one more point for those of us you who aren’t going on holiday and who will be going about our normal routines – watch out for the kids! They’re everywhere!

I know what you’re thinking – that you’re a ‘good, safe driver’ – but a little reminder won’t harm. Please take a little extra time to watch out for those children who aren’t going away on holiday, and who will be out and about with their friends, running, skating, scooting and cycling in the streets, parks and playgrounds. Unfortunately, some may be too occupied playing with their friends and being away from their bossy parents to remember all the road safety training they’ve had.

There are so many distractions affecting both pedestrians and drivers. As a driver, make sure your distractions are out of sight and that you’re prepared for and looking for those pedestrians who forget to look when they cross the road, because of their hand held devices or excitement at having freedom. If you’re driving, you are largely responsible for their safety. A child doesn’t have a chance against a 3,000-pound (or heavier) vehicle in the street.

So, with all this in mind, don’t forget your bucket and spade and sun cream and go have some fun. Have a safe and hassle free journey.


Have you considered leaving the car at home and exploring Yorkshire on your bicycle? How about taking the family out on some of our fantastic local cycle routes and explore what Leeds and the surrounding areas have to offer?

Leeds City Council has loads of information on how you can safely get about on your bike over the summer. Plan your family outing – there is information on cycle routes, city centre bike storage, cycle loans, bike maintenance and information about cycle to work schemes.

There are also interactive maps which will help you find those hidden places which you didn’t know existed. View cycle routes using City Connect’s interactive map or use the cycle journey planner to plan your route step by step.

Have a fun summer cycling and let us know what you get up to by following us and tweeting your sustainable activities @SaferRoadsLeeds.

Old Leos cricket events

Posted on 06 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Old Leos cricket club, based locally in Alwoodley,  were one of the visitors we welcomed to our health fair this week.

If you didn’t get to speak to them on the day, here is some information about their fun cricket sessions as well as an event this weekend.

Dodgeball runners up

Posted on 05 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Our Year 5 dodgeball team have come 2nd place today in the Leeds dodgeball competition run by PE Partner.

Congratulations to all the team – great determination and team work.

Thank you to Mrs Bald for accompanying the team and to parents for transporting the children to the event.

Brownlee Centre

Posted on 05 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Earlier this week, a group of upper Key Stage 2 children had the opportunity to attend the schools Tour de Yorkshire celebration event at the Brownlee Centre.

The structured coaching session involved different cycling skills activities and was a great chance for the pupils to test out the cycle circuit.

As a result of the positive feedback from the children, we hope to participate in future events at the circuit.

The next pop-up ride at the centre is this weekend, Sunday 08 July 12:00pm – register to take part using the Let’s Ride website.

Sports day 2018

Posted on 04 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Yesterday, the whole school enjoyed a sun soaked sports day at Roundhegians.  Well done to all the children who took part and demonstrated School Games values of passion, self-belief, respect, honesty, teamwork and determination.  We believe that sports day is an ideal context for children to explore these values.  For example, learning how to handle success and defeat, believing in their abilities, respecting others and working with others to achieve success.

Special thanks go to:

  • Roundhegians for providing excellent facilities and hosting our sports day
  • Excellent sports leaders from Allerton Grange who ran the field events for Key Stage 2 and supported the younger children with their races in the afternoon
  • PTA for providing refreshments for spectators
  • parents who supplied and assembled gazebos to keep the children in shade at the event
  • Year 5 sports leaders and Year 2 helpers too
  • All staff who helped out on the day

Health fair

Posted on 04 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all parents, carers and pupils who came along to our first health fair at the start of our Being Healthy themed week.  Our goal was to promote the many great organisations that are in our community and to raise awareness amongst parents, carers and children about the range of activities and health opportunities available to them locally.

We hope that parents, carers and children will build on the contacts made at the fair.

A big thank you to all the organisations who attended.

It was great to see more children buying skipping ropes -hopefully to practise their skipping challenge at home.

Skipping ropes will be available for sale next Monday and Tuesday after school, outside the Year 2 classroom, for a subsidised price of £2.

Look out for a guide to local physical activity opportunities coming home in book bags soon.



Keepy Uppy

Posted on 04 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

‘Being Healthy’ themed week continues today as we welcome Tutti Frutti and their football themed production, ‘Keepy Uppy’ – perfectly timed after England’s World Cup win last night.

Stay safe in the sun

Posted on 02 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The Teenage Cancer Trust found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of young people aged 13-24 have avoided using sunscreen in order to get a better tan. As the weather gets hotter in the UK, we need to be more knowledgeable about keeping safe in the sun then ever before.

The damage done to young skin can lead to skin cancer developing in later life, so it’s vital to help young people protect themselves in the sun.

Be aware of water safety

Posted on 29 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

In this current hot weather, people are often tempted to cool down by taking a swim in our reservoirs. However, cold water can be a killer and we’d like to raise awareness of these risks amongst young people. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter.

Watch the ‘Float to Live’ video from the Royal National Life Saving Institute (RNLI). The video offers advice on how to react should you become stricken in cold water. (Be aware: you may want to check out the video before watching – it’s quite hard-hitting and you may prefer not to watch with younger children.) This video from Yorkshire Water backs up the same message.

Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard and to fight the cold water. But when people fight it, chances are, they lose. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.

If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, the message is to float until the cold water shock has passed and you will be able to control your breathing and have a far better chance of staying alive.

You might also be interested to read this further advice from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service:

Safety advice for dog walkers

  • Avoid throwing sticks or balls near water for dogs – they will go after it if they think you want it back even if you’ve thrown it too far or into dangerous water
  • Never enter the water to try and save a dog – the dog usually manages to scramble out
  • Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts – keep an eye of your dog and don’t let it enter the water if it’s older or tired
  • If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas
  • Remember the wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and be a slip risk for owners
  • Don’t lean into water and try and lift your dog out – you can topple in
  • Dogs can have cold water shock too
  • If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet as dogs can drown after the event if water has entered the lungs

What to do if someone falls into deep water

  • The first thing to do is call for help – straightaway. Call 999, ask for fire service and ambulance. The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. If you have a smart phone and have location services or map tool enabled, this can help.
  • Don’t hang up – stay on the line but try and continue to help the person if appropriate.
  • Never ever enter the water to try and save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. If you go into the water you are likely to suffer from cold
  • Can the person help themselves? Shout to them ‘Swim to me’. The water can be disorientating. This can give them a focus.
  • Look around for any lifesaving equipment. Depending on where you are there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them. If they are attached to a rope make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in.
  • If there is no lifesaving equipment look at what else you can use. There may be something that can help them stay afloat – even an item such as a ball can help.
  • You could attempt to reach out to them. Clothes such as scarves can be used to try and reach or a long stick. If you do this lie on the ground so your entire body is safely on the edge and reach out with your arm. Don’t stand up or lean over the water– you may get pulled in.
  • Be mindful that if the water is cold the person may struggle to grasp an object or hold on when being pulled in.