Happy and healthy
Moortown Primary School is a happy and healthy place to learn. We’re proud to be a Healthy School and to have achieved ‘advanced status’ in Leeds for everything we do to promote physical and emotional health. We’re also proud to be a Leeds Leading Partner school to promote health within the authority. Read the most recent School Health Check report from the Health and Wellbeing Service in Leeds. Read our most recent Health newsletter.
Healthy activities happen all the time at Moortown:
- Daily activities, such as Wake Up, Shake Up (a short burst of dance each morning) and lunchtime play
- Weekly sessions of PE and Living and Learning
- Occasional activities, which include specialist visitors and local sports tournaments
- Annual events like the Being Healthy and Staying Safe themed weeks
Mrs Taylor leads all our initiatives relating to health and wellbeing.
PE and sport funding is given to all primary schools each year. First introduced in 2013, the money can only be spent on PE and sport. To maximise the long-term impact of our PE provision for pupils and staff, we invest the money in various ways and then closely monitor the impact of these initiatives through assessment of children’s skills, staff and pupil feedback, uptake of clubs etc. We are required to report how we do this. Find out more about PE and sport funding and read our provision plan which details how we invest this money.
We are proud to be part of the School Sport Partnership. Find out some of the events and activities we engage with as part of the North East School Sport Partnership.
The government’s childhood obesity plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school). In response to this, we’ve compiled a physical activity guide suggesting out-of-school physical activities available to families in our local area.
Living and Learning sessions are central to our happy and healthy school. They promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). This is a really important aspect of our school and we’re proud that our children are happy and able to get on so well with each other. Each half-term, we have a different theme. Read our long-term Living and Learning plan.
Pupils’ learning within Living and Learning sessions actively promotes fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
As a happy and healthy school, we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. Read our mindfulness newsletter for ideas and techniques to try to support this.
The Eight Rs for Learning promote good learning behaviour. Characteristics of effective learning include resilience, reflection and responsibility. Read more about the Eight Rs in our guide for parents and carers.
Have a healthy lunch! Find out about our school meals, packed lunches and milk. Download our Guide to Healthy Packed Lunches.
Travel to school in an active way! Don’t forget – a happy and healthy start and end to the day is to walk to school. We promote active travel to school such as walking, biking, scooting and park and stride to reduce congestion around the school gates. Read our latest active travel newsletter.
To support our active travel aim, we take part in WOW – Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge. Pupils record how they get to school each day on the interactive WOW Travel Tracker and those who walk, scoot, cycle or Park & Stride at least once per week for a month are rewarded with a themed badge. WOW helps to develop healthy lifelong habits and reduce congestion at the school gates, all before the school day begins! Read the Living Streets Route Audit carried out by Living Streets and our School Council to identify barriers to active journeys to school. A parent-led Living Streets group has been set up in Moortown to campaign for improved streets in the local area. The group is the first local group in Leeds and will be working towards creating a safer, more enjoyable environment for people in our area. Check out the Living Streets Family Walk To School Kit. Read the latest Living Streets group newsletter.
We welcome views on any health issues from parents and carers. Occasionally we arrange meetings with parents and carers to discuss relevant health topics. Details would be sent by letter and displayed on the noticeboard.