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Latest news from around the school

Living and Learning

Posted on 11 March 2019 by Mrs Weekes

As part of Living and Learning,  some older children were involved in some learning around discrimination and that respect should be shown to everyone.  They worked in groups to plan how they would present their thoughts and views to the rest of the class.  One group decided to write a poem which they then performed.  It encompasses how we want children at Moortown to think:

People that are gay should not delay;

We all have feelings no matter what the meaning;

Girl or boy,

Emotions are not a toy;

Some people have a mum and a mum,

Or a dad and a dad;

That’s no reason to be sad;

Nothing matters as long as you’re happy;

No need for people to be snappy;

We’re all the same,

It’s not a game.

Living and Learning - body image guide for parents and carers

Posted on 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.

What is body image?

Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.

This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.

Great competitors

Posted on 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Well done to pupils who have represented school recently in sporting competitions.

Congratulations to our Year 3 qualifier in the West Yorkshire cross country final.  She ran a fantastic race at the event at Temple Newsam.

In wet conditions last Friday, our Year 5/6 hockey team competed in the Leeds Quick Sticks competition.  Well done to all the children involved.

Thank you to parents and carers who supported these events by transporting the children.

Why is travelling actively to school important?

Posted on 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Sustrans have recently published this article about the importance of travelling actively to school.

With just two weeks to go, Sustrans Big Pedal, is one way we will be encouraging active journeys this term alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Sustrans Big Pedal is 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.

You might also be interested in a current bike promotion from our local Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative branch.

 

PE and Sport Premium - how this is invested at Moortown Primary

Posted on 06 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We are required to publish details of  how we invest our PE and Sport Premium funding.

What is the Primary PE and Sport Premium?
The government provides funding to improve provision of physical education and sport in primary schools. This funding is ring-fenced and therefore can only be spent on provision of PE and sport in school.

For 2018/19, our grant allocation is £17,800.

How will we invest this at Moortown Primary School?
At Moortown we have developed a provision plan to ensure this funding is invested (rather than ‘spent’) to maximise the long term impact of our PE provision for pupils and staff. The funding is invested in various ways and the impact of these initiatives is closely monitored through assessment of children’s skills, staff and pupil feedback, uptake of clubs etc. At Moortown Primary, we pride ourselves on being a happy and healthy place to learn.

Our 2017/18 PE provision plan is now fully evaluated with impact from last year’s investment.

Our 2018/19 PE provision plan detailing proposed investment is also published.

Momo is a hoax

Posted on 04 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

As you may be aware by now, the concerns around Momo are unfounded: Momo is a hoax. There is no evidence to say that any of the claims are true. Taken from Saturday’s Guardian:

A private company that provides schools with internet safety material has insisted it behaved responsibility by issuing factsheets on the Momo challenge hoax, despite concerns it may have exacerbated the panic surrounding the issue.

National Online Safety produced a factsheet entitled “What parents need to know about Momo”, which many UK schools sent home with children.

The guidance offered straightforward advice on internet safety but also quoted media reports about the Momo challenge in which a “scary doll-like figure reportedly sends graphic violent images, and asks users to partake in dangerous challenges like waking up at random hours and has even been associated with self-harm”.

Children’s charities have said well-intentioned warnings from schools about a seemingly non-existent threat may have inadvertently caused young people to be genuinely scared by what was previously a hoax.

We’re sorry for our part in this. We alerted you last week to the Momo challenge, and we also sent out the factsheet.

Alongside this, however, we did provide some advice that remains really important:

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

Who's talking to your child online?

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

If you were to glance outside your home and saw your child talking with someone, you’d want to know who. What about who they’re talking to online (even if they’re gaming).

West Yorkshire Police has teamed up with the NSPCC, Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in West Yorkshire to encourage parents and carers to have a five minute chat with children to keep them safe online. The following comes from their website:

A quick discussion with young people about the sites and apps they are using and the people they are talking to online, could help protect them from any potential cyber criminals.

The internet can be an amazing place for children, so they shouldn’t be discouraged from using it, but parents should remind them that people may not always be who they say they are, and they should talk to their parents about what they are doing online.

It can seem daunting for some parents, trying to keep up with the latest technology that their children are using, so the following websites and helplines can offer simple, practical advice on how to keep everyone safe online:

  • NSPCC and O2 helpline – If you have a question about parental controls or concern about a social network that your child uses, expert advisors are available on the free helpline – 0808 8005002

  • Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership

  • CEOP

Please be aware...

Posted on 26 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

…of a current craze that seems to be spreading online. Read the full BBC news story here.

Momo is a doll figure with bulging eyes and a creepy grin who targets young children on social media.

The doll encourages them to add a contact on messaging service WhatsApp, then hounds them with violent images and dares. It encourages them to self-harm and the ultimate post tells them to take their own lives.

Police say they’re concerned that Momo may be run by hackers who are looking for information.

Their advice to parents/carers matches ours:

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

Active travel update

Posted on 25 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here’s an update on our latest active travel initiatives for this half term.

Living Streets WOW Travel Tracker

Meltem from Living Streets visited school for an assembly today to launch a new challenge for our WOW active travel tracker.

Currently, children record how they get to school on the WOW daily online travel tracker and those who complete at least one active journey per week to school (bike, scoot, walk or park and stride) are rewarded with a themed monthly badge.

As this has been a big success, with increased active journeys and less journeys by car, from March, we will be challenging children to make at least three active journeys per week to earn their monthly badge.

There were some queries that were raised at the assembly.

Can your three active journeys be different?

Yes – active journeys include walking, biking, scooting and park and stride so as long as your journeys are any of these three in a week you would qualify for a badge.

What can be included as park and stride?

Ideally park and stride is where you park away from school and walk the final 5-10 minutes to school.  This ensures that areas close to school are free from traffic.  Marks and Spencer has many spaces available for families to park and walk the final part of the journey to school.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Get set… the Big Pedal is back! We’re 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.

If you need the car to bring your child to school, perhaps you could park and stride the last part (our suggested park and stride site is Marks and Spencer car park).

The Big Pedal will run alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Why we’re taking part

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school in an active way.  Also, schools will be entered into a daily prize draw for rewards including equipment and accessories if over 15% of our school community cycle, walk or scoot on that day of the challenge.

What do you need to do?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle, scoot, walk or park and stride to school every day during the event, and join them on their way.

 

Safe searching?

Posted on 25 February 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Are you confident that your child searches the internet in a safe way? You might have filters set on your internet, and you might have a rule where your child is only inline in the same room as you.

If your child has their own laptop or tablet, you might also want to consider changing the default search engine to

Kiddle is powered by Google and is described by them as a ‘Safe visual search engine for kids’.