Latest news from around the school

"It's awesome!" - multi-use activity wall

Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mrs Latham

I love it. It’s so good having it on the playground.

Year 6 were pleased to be the first on the rota to use the new equipment. It certainly made playtime and lunchtime extremely active!

Does your child have an app called TikTok?

Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree has a new name – TikTok. This social network app has often given adults cause for concern because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. The UK Safer Internet Centre reports:

Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.

As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media, some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.

Users also have the ability to interact and chat to other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who follow each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app.  There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent  the user from being able to start their own live streams.

Homework review

Posted on 18 November 2018 by Miss Hague

Don’t forget on Thursday 22 November we are inviting you to come and watch our homework review.

Homework reviews happen every week, and they’re an opportunity for teachers and fellow pupils to share and celebrate (and offer constructive feedback) homework. This is your chance to watch how we review creative homework – a session where you visit your child’s own class.

No need to book in advance – just turn up for a 2.50pm start.

Children in Need

Posted on 18 November 2018 by Miss Hague

A huge thanks for the amazing sum of money we managed to raise on Friday.  By coming to school in pyjamas or by wearing your own clothes, we managed to raise £310.  I’m sure this money will be put to very good use.

Tree planting - thank you

Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Latham

Thank you to the Scholes in Bloom team, Scholes Countryside and Wildlife Preservation group and Janet Horkan for coming to help plant trees around our school grounds. We now have a crab apple orchard, elders near hedgerows to encourage birds, willows near the natural spring at the bottom of the field, dog roses along the top fence and some birch trees near the existing trees at the bottom of the field. We also found a horse chestnut tree that had been secretly growing near one of the classrooms which we moved to a better spot. We hope they grow into lovely, large trees – making our school and village a happy and healthy place to be!

Let's Get Active - 30 active minutes

Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Latham

As part of our commitment to ensure we meet the government directive for schools to provide 30 additional active minutes during every school day, we have installed some new equipment. Two multi-use activity walls have been installed on the key stage 2 playground and a ball chute on the key stage 1 playground. We can’t wait to start using them!

Consultation on changes to the admissions policy for schools in Leeds

Posted on 16 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Leeds City Council is proposing changes to its admissions policy for schools in Leeds. The main change is to set catchment areas for community and voluntary controlled Leeds schools.

The authority welcomes all your views and encourages you to respond by the deadline of 07 December 2018.

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond.

(Please note the changes mainly relate to Moortown Primary, although parents/carers of all Sphere Federation schools may want to be part of the consultation.)

Trees, Trees, Trees - Help Needed Please!

Posted on 14 November 2018 by Mrs Latham

We have been successful in getting around 40 tree saplings (Dog Rose, Willow, Birch, Crab Apple and Elder) which we are planting around the school grounds. We need some help planting please. If you are available from 2pm on Friday 16 November, please come to the school office. Please bring your own spade, gloves and wellies! Thank you in advance.

Online safety (e-safety) magazine

Posted on 12 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.

The latest edition has just been published. This edition includes:

  • Banning pornography
  • Talking to a trusted adult
  • Fostering an ethos of online safety
  • Beware the expert
  • Impact of violent and graphic media

We will remember them - Remembrance Day 2018

Posted on 09 November 2018 by Mrs Latham

The children listened to poems and stories, then talked about Remembrance Day this week at school. They made poppies and some wrote messages to the soldiers.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Laurence Binyon


Thank you to Mrs Thorne for her artistic input and Peter Smith, from Lyndhurst View, who made the central piece.