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School Journalists - World Book Day

Posted on 26 February 2024 by Mr Catherall

Hi all

This is Louie, Jimmy and Zara with an exciting report for you to enjoy. We have been excited by World Book Day, an annual event where people can share their love of reading to the world. This occurs on the 7th March. At school, everyone including teachers are allowed to bring in their favourite book to enjoy and share with the rest of the class. Additionally, people can choose to dress up as a character from their favourite books. This is a great celebration!

We asked some children in Key Stage 1 about what their favourite books are and who they are hoping to dress up as for World Book Day.

Clara, in Y2, said her favourite book is Little Red Riding Hood and she hopes to dree up as The Big Bad Wolf. Mila, in Y1, has a favourite book of The Faraway Tree. She is hoping to dress up as Bunny from the book. Ella and Georgie in Y1 and Y2 both said the same thing. Harry Potter is their favourite book and both hope to dress up as Hermione. Dawson and Rupert in Reception both have a favourite book of The Gruffalo.

We decided to think what our favourite books are. We had a lot to choose from and it was a tough choice. Zara decided on Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Louie said Tom Gates because he like the characters and the illustrations. Jimmy likes Harry Potter as it’s very interesting and action-packed.

That’s all from us! Ready, set, READ!

This week’s message (Friday 23 February 2024)

Posted on 23 February 2024 by Mr Roundtree

We hope you all managed some sort of break last week, the half-term break. This half-term has quite a few events coming up…

Number facts challenge

It’s time for another Number Facts Challenge, our annual sponsored maths challenge. The challenge is in two parts:

Today, children in Years 1-6 did a Maths challenge in class. On Wednesday 28 February, they’ll do the same challenge again to see if they can beat their score. (Reception children join in the challenge on Wednesday.)

Polish those number skills and get practising over the next couple of weeks and see how much money we can raise. Any money raised will be split between our school charity, the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), and PTA.

Happy sponsoring and thank you for your support.

World Book Day

World Book Day is on Thursday 07 March. At Scholes (Elmet) Primary, we love to celebrate reading. This includes celebrating World Book Day each year, although we don’t always dress up (we do this every other year).

It’s that time again! We invite children to dress up as a book character. Whether it’s someone from a fairy tale or fantasy, a character from a comic or Harry in Hogwarts, your child is invited to celebrate their love of reading.
As always on days like this, this is a choice. If you or your child would prefer not to dress up, that’s absolutely fine.

Supermarkets are stocked up with World Book Day outfits but often you can dress up using clothes you already have or can borrow for free.

Also, and especially with younger children, please make sure costumes are practical. For example, all-in-one outfits are really tricky when a Reception child needs the toilet, and princess shoes aren’t ideal for running around at playtimes!

Comic Relief – Red Nose Day

Also coming up is Red Nose Day, which is on Friday 15 March. Each year at Scholes (Elmet) Primary, pupils select a new school charity. As you know, this year, it’s the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF).

Alongside some fund-raising for the CHSF, we mark a small number of other events, including Red Nose Day. This will be a non-uniform day. There’s no expectation to donate, but if you’d like to, your donation would be appreciated.

We realise that’s a lot going on. Please remember, participation and donations are voluntary for these events.

Attendance matters

At the start of each half-term, we like to celebrate the great attendance at Scholes (Elmet) Primary. Our current attendance figure (right up until the end of Spring 1) is 95.4%. The national figure for primary schools for the same period is 93.7%.

Well done especially to Class 1/2B (Mrs Latham) 96.1%; Class 3/4A (Mrs Paterson) 96.2%; and Class 3/4B (Miss Iveson) 96.3%.

We’re really proud of our attendance figure. Thank you for making sure your child gets to school as much as they can.

An update from our school journalists...

Posted on 20 February 2024 by Mr Catherall

Hello there!

This is Louie, Jimmy and Zara with another school news report. Today, we will be looking at what our school is like in general. We are a happy and healthy school and there is lots to offer learning-wise and in entertainment; we are very proud of the curriculum in all subjects and we have lots of space outside: two playgrounds, an adventure playground, a field and lots of equipment to keep us happy during breaks. There is a great learning environment and plenty of opportunities to interact with friends and also to make new friends.

The teachers also have great fun working with each other. We interviewed Mr Lindsay (Y5,6 teacher) to find out more about this.

Why is the school a good place to learn?

Because staff make learning fun. They make it interactive and the children are very dedicated. 

What is it like being a teacher?

It’s the best job I could have because every day is different and you see children learning a little bit more about the world all the time. 

Why did you choose to be a teacher?

It’s great to work with children. I don’t like working with adults.

What’s your favourite subject to teach?

Maths – you see progress in children quickly and I like teaching a variety of subjects like there is in maths. 

We’ve had a great half-term to start the year with good maths, writing and history all over the school. In an action-packed half-term, KS1 have learned about Nelson Mandela, Year 3,4 have done a topic about the Romans and Year 5,6 have learned about the Vikings.

We’ve also had a superb addition to the school with the exciting new adventure playground.

We hope you keep coming back for more exciting news updates!

Have a great week!

This week’s message (Friday 09 February 2024)

Posted on 09 February 2024 by Mr Roundtree

The Spring 1 half-term has been a short one, and a busy one as ever. Wrapping up the half-term were parent-teacher meetings – thanks for attending the meeting to find out more about your child’s learning.

Holidays and training days 2024-25

While it seems we’re stuck in winter – certainly so with the snow yesterday – it’s worth looking ahead to brighter days! All the holidays and training dates for 2024-25 are confirmed – check out our school calendar if you want to start planning ahead.

Leeds Parent Carer Forum

The Leeds Parent Carer Forum is the way that the local authority and health partners engage and co-produce directly with parents and carers of children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). In Leeds, this is a very new organisation. We’ve been asked to share their promotional flyer with you.

School policies

Finally for this week, Sphere Federation governors have asked us to remind you that most policies are available on our website – the Policies and Other Points page. If you can’t find what you might be looking for, please do ask. Your views on any of the policies are always welcome, too.

On a similar subject, please ask if you’d prefer paper copies of anything on the website.

Thank you for your continued support, as ever. Have a happy and healthy half-term holiday.

An exciting week at school...

Posted on 05 February 2024 by Mr Catherall


This is another school journalist news report, this time featuring an exciting new development in school and an interview about the show Gladiators, after a 27 year gap between the last episode of Gladiators in 1997 until the first episode a few weeks ago at the start of 2024. The show first appeared in 1991, a competition where brave and determined challengers take on the superhuman gladiators, many of which have been or still are professional athletes. This show has become very popular since its comeback. We interviewed Mrs Hogarth to find out more.

What is your favourite event in Gladiators and why?

I have two – duel as I like watching the contestants plummet off the podium. My other favourite is the travellator because they’re exhausted and it gets tense.

If you were on Gladiators, what would your name be? Why?

“The Fear” – it would put fear into the opponents.

Who is your favourite Gladiator?

Fury because she’s super resilient.

Which event do you think you would be best at?

Duel because I am very competitive.

An exciting new adventure playground was recently built in place of our old adventure playground. This was because our old one had been at the school a long time and the wood was starting to rot. However, the new adventure playground is better as it is more spacious, there is some fun new equipment and the surface is all-weather which means that there is always an opportunity to go on it. The grand opening of the playground was on Tuesday and everyone has been very excited to try it out.

We interviewed Stanley in year 4 on the new playground:

What do you think about the new adventure playground?

It’s better because it’s a nicer play area and you can go on it whenever you want because it isn’t grass.

What is your favourite part of it?

The slides as there weren’t any on the last adventure playground.

Are you excited about playing on it and why?

Yes – the last one was nice but on the old adventure playground, we never really went on it as it was too muddy. Now it’s all weather, you can always have the chance to play on it. It’s also more spacious than the old one.

Are you excited to play games on it?

Yeah – When it wasn’t all weather we couldn’t play any games on it because  if you fell you’d land in the mud. Now it’s all weather, we can play tig because of this. As well as this, it is proper soft playground surface so you won’t hurt yourself if you fall.

We hope you are excited to read more of our exciting reports. Thank you for reading!

Wear Red - update

Posted on 04 February 2024 by Mr Roundtree

Friday was Wear Red Day. At the time of writing the weekly message on Friday, we’d raised £170.71. Including donations made later, we raised £195.86.

The money raised goes to our current school charity: the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund in Leeds.

If you and your child donated, thank you.

This week’s message (Friday 02 February 2024)

Posted on 02 February 2024 by Mr Roundtree

If you and your child made a donation for our Wear Red Day. At the time of writing this message, we raised £170.71 – thank you. It was great seeing the different creative styles pupils added to their uniform today!

Living and learning

Living and Learning is our name for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and other provision which helps to support the personal development of children at Scholes (Elmet) Primary.

Each week, we have a different Living and Learning theme – check out our Calendar to read about each week’s theme (it’s usually showing on each Monday). This week’s theme has been I know how to seek help.

We all need to seek help from time to time. Make sure your child knows it’s ok to ask for help. Explore different situations when you and your child might both need to seek help. What could the situation be (friendships, online problems, tricky situations when out and about…)? Who could they seek help from? How would they do it?

Linked to this week’s theme is STOP. Here at Scholes (Elmet) Primary, STOP stands for two things to do bullying:

  • the definition: hurting someone physically or emotionally Several Times On Purpose
  • the solution: Start Telling Other People

Remind your child of the STOP acronyms.

Watch us while we work

Thanks to all who came along last Friday for the second of our Watch Us While We Work sessions. Thanks also to the parents who completed our new online form for their feedback.

It was a really engaging session. The children all seemed happy and it felt like a lovely environment.


The class was well organised, the activities were engaging and it was great to see the children enjoying their lessons.

We really appreciate your suggestions for improvement, too. They included longer sessions (although some other people comment the sessions were the right length!), and varying the days for these (which we try to do – last week’s was the first we’ve held on a Friday).

Contact details

A quick reminder…

If you’ve got any new contact details for you or other contacts, please remember to let us know. We need up-to-date details for the people on our lists in case of emergencies. (The people on our lists are the ones you gave us when your child school – in most cases, this will be three different people.)

Reception survey

Another reminder…

If you’re a parent in Reception, please do complete our short survey. Your feedback is really important to us. the survey’s open for another week.

Finally, in case you missed it, have a read of the first news article from our Scholes journalists, Louie, Jimmy and Zara.

We hope you have a happy and healthy weekend, whatever you get up to.

Introducing...our new school journalists!

Posted on 29 January 2024 by Mr Catherall

Recently, children in Y5,6 were invited to apply for a number of new jobs within school. They had to complete an application form and were even interviewed for their posts. Congratulations to all the children who took the safe risk of applying. Whether you were successful or not, we’re proud of you all for giving it a go. 

The journalists will create weekly content for the school website. You get lots of updates from us, but we thought it was important to keep you updated about all the great things happening at school from the most important perspective of all: the children’s. 

Hi, this is Louie, Jimmy and Zara here with the first news report of the new year at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School. We have lots of exciting topics to share with you in the next few weeks, but today we are looking through the new activities that have recently started up. In January, new clubs at the school were inserted into the timetable of after-school clubs, including jobs for the children like this one which is taking place at lunchtimes. There are jobs like play leaders and librarians and there are new activities like the girls football team, jewellery club and tag rugby.

We wanted to find out more about what people thought about the clubs and what they were enjoying. We interviewed Rocco in Y5 to find out more about the school football team…

What is after-school football training like? We are very competitive – there is always a big urge to win!

What is your favourite part of playing football? Teamwork as I love seeing and being part of a team and working together.

When you think of football, what comes to mind? The need to win – I am a very competitive person.

Apart from football, what other activity would you do? tag rugby

What is your favourite position on the football pitch? I love the feeling of scoring goals so probably striker.

It’s been a great start to 2024 and we are hoping to carry on like this as a school.

Thank you for reading!

Please note: the journalists received no adult support on creating this news content – it’s all their ideas and their writing!

This week’s message (Friday 26 January 2024)

Posted on 26 January 2024 by Mr Roundtree

This week, we’ve messages about measles, free school meals and a couple of forthcoming events in school. Before that, a well done and a thank you…


In case you missed it, make sure you read the letter from the Rt Hon Damian Hinds, the Minister for Schools, congratulating us on our ‘outstanding achievement in the 2023 Phonics Screening Check’. Well done to all the pupils, now in Year 2, for this fantastic achievement, and thank you to parents and carers for supporting their child at home.

Watch us while we work

For parents and carers of children in Years 1 -6, this afternoon we’ve had another Watch Us While We Work session – the second of the year. Thank you if you were able to come to school to find out ways to support your child at home.

Based on parent feedback, we’ve a new feedback form for planned-in visits like this – things like Watch Us While We Work, Topic review sessions and Reception Stay and Learns.

We’d love to hear your views.


This comes from the Department for Education (DfE):

There have been recent localised outbreaks of measles centred around the West Midlands. There is a risk of further outbreaks in other areas unless urgent action is taken to increase Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination take up in areas with low MMR vaccine rates.

Measles spreads very easily among those who are unvaccinated, especially in nurseries and schools. The best protection against measles for children and adults is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine. It is never too late to have these vaccinations.

Read the NHS advice for parents and carers.

Read the DfE has published an Education Hub blog with guidance on measles and the MMR vaccine for parents.

Free School Meals

Circumstances can change for anyone, as the enormous impact from the pandemic continues to prove. Some families can suddenly find themselves trying to cope with a new financial strain and pressure, perhaps as a result of a stressful new situation: separation, loss of a job, decreased working
hours, illness etc. If your household income is low or has recently decreased, your child may well qualify for Free School Meals.

Find out whether you’re eligible.

In addition to securing free school meals, your child would also become eligible for pupil premium funding. This provides us with extra money that we use to support children.

Finally this week, a couple of events coming up…

Wear Red Day

Our school charity this year is Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

Wear Red Day is an annual fund-raising event to support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, its patients and their families.

The day is still a uniform day, but we invite children to come to school wearing some red, too – how might they adapt their uniform? Red socks, red polo short, red shorts…

This is an optional event. We welcome any donations, all of which will go towards our charity.

Safer Internet Day

This is on Tuesday 06 February. We’ll be making the day in school, but you might want to check out some resources to use at home.

Have a great weekend!

Fabulous Phonics

Posted on 26 January 2024 by Mr Roundtree

We’re delighted to have received a letter from the Rt Hon Damian Hinds, the Minister for Schools, congratulating us on our ‘outstanding achievement in the 2023 Phonics Screening Check’.

With 98 per cent of pupils in Year 1 at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School meeting the expected standard in the check, your school is in the top 2 per cent of all primary schools in the country.

Your particular success in teaching phonics and early reading so effectively means your pupils are developing a firm foundation, from which they can become increasingly fluent and develop a lifelong love of reading.

I would like to thank you for your commitment and success in this vital area of a child’s early education and congratulate you, your staff and pupils again on all you have achieved.

Scholes (Elmet) Primary is a happy and healthy and successful place to learn!