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8 Rs for learning - our new SEAL theme

Posted on 05 November 2015 by Mr Roundtree

This half-term, we’re thinking about the ‘8 Rs for learning’. This theme is about promoting good learning behaviour for your child. Each week, we’ll focus on different ‘Rs’. We use an animal to symbolise each ‘R’, which might help your child remember all eight – can your child remember which animal matches the correct ‘R’?

You can support your child at home – we’ve listed a few ideas to help you below. Ask us if you’ve any questions or comments.

Download top tips for promoting the 8Rs for good learning behaviour.

I can show I am ready to learn.

  • Make sure your child is at school for a prompt start of 08:50.
  • Make sure your child has had plenty of sleep so they are alert and ready to learn at all times.
  • Encourage your child to ask lots of questions – that shows they want to learn!

I take responsibility for my own learning.

  • Provide time and space at home so your child is able to organise themselves: their PE kit, reading book, homework, spellings and tables… Don’t organise everything for them!
  • Make a link between rights and responsibilities: your child has the right to a great education, but needs to be responsible for their own learning.

I take a safe risk.

  • Talk about the difference between a safe and unsafe risk. At school, we want your child to take a safe risk by having a go at answering, even if unsure; trying something new and attempting harder learning.

I am resilient.

  • Encourage your child to keep going! Set a tricky challenge or puzzle for your child to do.
  • Encourage your child to think of different ways of doing things.
  • Don’t let your child win when they play a game – they need to experience losing, too!
  • Celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn – be happy that your child found some learning hard and encourage them to ‘bounce back’ and learn from the experience.

I respond to feedback.

  • Ask your child if they remember their ‘stars’ and ‘steps’ in English and Maths.

I am resourceful.

  • Encourage your child to be organised so they can play with a range of different toys.
  • Encourage your child to try new ways to solve a tricky problem.

I remember.

  • Make sure they have time to learn spellings, number bonds and times tables – a little practice daily is best.

Play memory games:

  • Kim’s game: show them objects for 30 seconds… can they remember all the objects?
  • Can they build up the sequence, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a bike.’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a bike and a cucumber.’ etc … Take turns!

I reflect about my learning.

Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about:

  • how they learnt
  • why they learnt it
  • when they’ll use their learning
  • how they would teach this to someone else
  • what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today
  • etc

Attendance matters

Posted on 03 November 2015 by Mr Roundtree

The attendance data for the first half-term is below. Well done to Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 whose attendance is all above the school average.

  • Reception: 96.7%
  • Year 1: 98.2% – a great attendance figure… well done!
  • Year 2: 97.5%
  • Year 3: 97.9% – just higher than the school average… keep it up!
  • Year 4: 97.4%
  • Year 5: 98.9% – this is really high… brilliant!
  • Year 6: 97.7% – just a tiny bit lower than the school average… nice one!

'Warmest congratulations' from the DfE

Posted on 02 November 2015 by Mr Roundtree

We’re delighted to receive a letter (27 October 2015) from Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Reform (part of the Department for Education), in which he expresses congratulations for the ‘very high standard of achievement in the 2015 phonics screening check‘.

The phonics screening check takes place towards the end of Year 1. The check is a short, ‘light-touch’ assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support In Year 2 to improve their reading and writing skills. It consists of a list of 40 words, half real words and half non-words, which Year 1 children read to a teacher in school – in our school, this person is Mrs Weekes.

Mr Gibb’s letter says:

We want to ensure that every child develops a firm grasp of phonics which is why I was delighted to see your results. With 100% of pupils at Moortown Primary School reaching or exceeding the pass mark in the check, your school is in the top 2% of all primary schools in the country.

This year’s figures show that 99% of pupils who reach or exceed the pass mark in the phonics check go on to achieve at least the expected standard in Key Stage 1 reading, which underlines the importance of developing the ability to decode words effectively at an early age.

I am pleased to learn that you have ensured that all Year 1 children in your school have a firm foundation in reading, from which they can develop further and become increasingly fluent readers.

Thank you for your work in this vital area of a child’s early education and congratulations again to you and your staff for your hard work and professionalism.

Well done to all the Year 1 (now Year 2) children, and to the staff in our Reception and Year 1 class. Thank you, also, to parents / carers who support their child so well at home, practising spellings and reading regularly.

Incidentally, earlier this year, we received a similar letter from David Laws (26 January 2015), congratulating the school on our Key Stage 2 results for disadvantaged pupils since 2012.


Posted on 01 November 2015 by Mrs Taylor

The School Games Mark is a Government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Schools in England are able to assess themselves across bronze, silver and gold levels of the mark.plaque

Following our assessment we are proud to reveal our gold award.  Having achieved silver last year, this is a great achievement demonstrating our increased participation in competitions, extra-curricular sporting activities, sports leadership and local club links.

We know from Parent Surveys that more competitive sport was something that was important for many of you – and we’ve listened.

An active half term

Posted on 01 November 2015 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve started the year with plenty of physical activities.  Here are some of the highlights.

Rugby World Cup

RWC match

In September, the Rugby World Cup came to Leeds and we were lucky enough to win tickets to watch Italy play Canada at Elland Road.  There was a great response to our prize draw for tickets and our three lucky winners enjoyed the World Cup experience.

Active Schools

This year as part of our investment of the Primary PE and sport premium government funding for schools we have joined the Leeds Active Schools programme.  Their mission is to promote and develop, through collaboration and partnership, a sustainable system for physical activity, PE and sport that enriches the lives of all children and young people.  Already this year, as part of this programme, we’ve had the opportunity to take part in some great events.

Big sing Big dance

A group of our Year 3 pupils were part of over one thousand children from across Leeds who took part in the Rugby World Cup Big dance Big sing event in Millenium Square.

Singing and dancing to the Rugby World Cup theme tune ‘World in Union’, the event was to celebrate the rugby matches in Leeds.

  • ‘I loved it and I tried my best.’
  • ‘It was exciting when we did the dance.’
  • ‘I enjoyed using the rugby balls for the dance and singing the song, too.’

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Rugby World Cup fanzone

As part of the celebrations for the Rugby World Cup, a number of children had the opportunity to be involved in the fanzone in Millenium Square.  There was a carousel of activities including rugby activities and inflatables, a practical Tagtiv8 session and a visit to Leeds Library to meet author Tom Palmer.  Tom writes sports novels for children, including the Rugby Academy series.

  • ‘I really enjoyed the event. It was fun, especially the bit with Tom Palmer.’
  • ‘I loved it! I especially enjoyed when I won the rugby ball. It was so good I want to do it again.’
  • ‘I enjoyed playing pass with my friends and learning how rugby started.’


















Brownlee Triathlon

Harewood House recently hosted the Brownlee Triathlon.  Following this, a number of our children took part in the children’s Brownlee Triathlon held at the John Charles Centre.

The event involved a 30m swim, 1km cycle and a 400m run and was attended by Jonny Brownlee.

  • ‘It was the best sporting event that I’ve ever done.’
  • ‘It was great and was very challenging but in a good way.’
  • ‘I have never done a triathlon.  It was amazing, especially the fact that I met the Brownlee brothers.’


















































This year we continue to be part of the Leeds School Football Association leagues for Year 4, 5 and 6, led by Mr Lawton and Mr Catherall.  Here is a summary of their season so far.

The ‘Moortown Dragons’ (Year 4 football team) are learning quickly what it means to be part of a team: sticking together, working for each other, and keeping smiles on everyone’s faces. In our most recent game, they showed off some sharp passing as a team, gritty goalkeeping displays, and capped it off with a couple of stylish goals. ‘Make friends, make friends, never, never break friends!’

In the short time we’ve had, the Year 5 footballers have impressed with their passion for the game. They’ve started to show their desire to work for each other, and we’re looking forward to a good run of matches after half term. If they can show half the skills that they demonstrate daily in the playground, and keep looking out for each other, they’ll go far indeed.

The Year 6 football team have grown in confidence throughout each of their fixtures so far this year. With an emphasis on teamwork, enjoyment and working hard (on and off the ball), each team member has improved significantly. Their continued development as a team was, perhaps, most evident in the recent game against local rivals Gledhow. Well done to all! Keep it up and you’ll soon be rewarded for your efforts.


Events to look forward to next half term include more football matches, Leeds North East sports hall athletics competition, a Come and Try basketball session at Roundhay, cross country and a health-themed week, too.

Thank you to all parents who support with transport and accompanying children to these events.

Well done to all our competitors and participants who have represented the school.

Year 6 football heroes!

Posted on 21 October 2015 by Mr Catherall

Our Year 6 football team have made a strong start to the new season.

Much improved on last year, the squad has displayed their talent against other local schools. With each player representing Moortown with pride, passion and (relentless) positivity – keep it up!

Their most recent outing, a very close 1-0 loss to neighbours Gledhow, was very impressive to watch. I’m certain our faithful supporters would agree!

Well done to all children who have represented our school so far this year and a huge thank you to the parents for your on-going support in transporting children to fixtures.

Leeds Children's Mayor update

Posted on 13 October 2015 by Mrs Taylor


Unfortunately Ahmed, our entry for the Leeds Children’s Mayor competition, wasn’t successful in reaching the final twelve.  With a record number of entries this year, thirty six, all entrants were congratulated on their efforts.  Well done, Ahmed.

‘We really appreciate you taking the time to enable your Year 6 children to take part and that having your Year 6 think “big” about changing the city and their local community was an interesting citizenship activity for them.’

The Leeds Children’s Mayor project provides pupils  with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding about democratic processes and being an active citizen, promoting this aspect of ‘British Values’.  All pupils are encouraged to take part in the election itself by reading the manifestos of the final twelve and casting a vote for their choice of the next Leeds Children’s Mayor.

Please note that voting goes live at 12pm on Tuesday 13 October and closes at 12pm on Thursday 05 November. The winner of the election will be announced on 9th November by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman.



Attendance update

Posted on 12 October 2015 by Mr Roundtree

What’s your child’s attendance like so far this year?

For the year so far, up until Friday 09 October, here’s what attendance is like for each class:

  • Reception: 95.8%
  • Year 1: 98.1%
  • Year 2: 97.5%
  • Year 3: 97.6%
  • Year 4: 97.8%
  • Year 5: 98.7%
  • Year 6: 98.3%

This gives us an overall attendance figure for the school: 97.8%. Last year, the whole-school average was 97.2% – this year, let’s aim to continue beating this figure!

Writing and grammar workshop

Posted on 12 October 2015 by Mr Roundtree

Thank you to the parents / carers who attended this afternoon’s Writing and Grammar Workshop.

“Great overview with resources to get more information if or when needed.” (Year 3 and 6 parent)

In the 2015 Annual Survey, 82% of you agree that adults in school explain how to support your child’s reading at home. We want this to be higher, so have lots more workshops – including evenings ones – coming up this year…

  • Maths (2.30pm on Monday 19 October 2015, to be repeated at 6.00pm on Monday 23 November)
  • Learning in Reception and Year 1 (2.30pm on Tuesday 10 November 2015)
  • What is mastery? (2.30pm on Monday 16 November 2015, to be repeated at 6.00pm on the same day)
  • Reading (a repeat workshop to be held at 6.00pm on Monday 02 November)
  • Grammar and writing (a repeat workshop to be held at 6.00pm on Tuesday 10 November)

Need half-term activities...?

Posted on 09 October 2015 by Mr Roundtree

The Nurtury next door has asked us to let you know about their holiday club, the Fab Fun Club:

Are you panicking at the thought of a half-term break without childcare – please don’t! The Montessori Nurtury, Moortown (right next door to Moortown Primary) is hosting a Holiday Club from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October.

We will make sure the children are challenged, inspired, respected and, importantly for them, they can have loads of fun! We offer a day of activities that match the age-range and interests of the children who are there – everything from ‘Kids Cook!’ to Art and Crafts, Drama Days, treasure hunts, orienteering, Sports and plenty of outdoor time and events.

The Club opens daily between the hours of 8am and 4.45pm. If a longer day is needed, we then offer a hot meal and children can stay until 6pm.

  • Option 1: 08.00 – 16.45 £28.00 – packed lunch provided by home
  • Option 2: 08.00 – 18.00 £32.00 – hot meal for tea provided by Club

Bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact The Nurtury on 0113 268-6141 or e-mail: for the necessary booking form.