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Scholes in Bloom - design a flowerbed competition

Posted on 17 April 2019 by Mrs Latham

Larraine from Scholes in Bloom came in to school yesterday to present prizes to winners of the competition. Look out for the winning design being planted in the flowerbed outside school. You can support the lovely volunteers who make the village look so beautiful by attending their coffee morning on 27 April, 10-12 at the village hall.


Topic review open afternoon

Posted on 25 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We were delighted to welcome so many of you to the open afternoon today. You had a chance to join in a reflection session as we approach the end of the second Big Topic of the school year, which has been based around a class novel. Here are some of your comments:

  • ‘It was great to see the children recalling and reviewing what they’d learnt. Great how children were all involved. Very impressed with their understanding and discussion on resilience.’
  • ‘I was very impressed with the children’s ability to evaluate their progress and work and how well they work as a class.’
  • ‘I love these opportunities to come in.’
  • ‘It was nice to see the full context of some of the work they mention at home.’

Marvellous maths! Fab feedback!

Posted on 25 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve welcomed around 30 teachers and deputy head teachers from schools across Leeds wanting to find out more about our approach to maths: teaching for mastery. As well as hearing about our approach there were opportunities to observe lessons in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in our school. We’ve received some fantastic feedback.

  • ‘Seeing the lesson was invaluable. I’ve learnt so much that I can’t wait to apply in my own classroom.’ (Leeds teacher)
  • ‘I loved observing the lessons this morning, seeing how mastery looks in a school where it’s really embedded. Thank you, Scholes.’ (Leeds deputy headteacher)
  • ‘Just wanted to give you some feedback from my staff. They absolutely loved the session! In particular, seeing the lessons and reflecting on their own practice. Thank you.’ (Leeds headteacher)
  • ‘Thanks again for another brilliant morning. All the delegates loved it. Can I say a huge thank you to you and your school.’ (West Yorkshire Maths Hub specialist teacher)

Our children were brilliant, not at all fazed by large groups of teachers observing them learn. We’re very proud of them.

Thinking of a holiday in term time?

Posted on 22 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

If so, please: think again.

Amongst the continued talk about Brexit (or not to Brexit!), you might have missed this news story from yesterday: The number of fines issued to parents in England for taking children on term time holidays has almost doubled in a year, statistics show.

Penalty notices rose by 93% to almost 223,000 in 2017-18. In Leeds, there were 2620 fines for term-time absence caused by holidays – that’s 25 pupils in every 1,000, which averages out to about eight pupils at Scholes (Elmet) Primary.

“Unauthorised family holiday absence” was the most common reason for attendance fines, the Department for Education (DfE) said.

In our school, governors have agreed an attendance policy that’s clear: we can’t authorise a holiday in term time – we value learning too much to authorise a disruption in children’s education. If you do anticipate your child may have to have a day or more off school (to attend a funeral or a parent’s graduation, for example), please do speak with the Head of School and also ask at the office for a form to complete.

Year 6 Real Friends performance 

Posted on 21 March 2019 by Mr Lindsay

The Real Friends performance by Leap One and Bright Sparks Theatre Arts was a fantastic opportunity for Year 6 to learn about hate crimes and mate crimes.

During the performance, the actors asked children what manipulation means:

‘Manipulation is where someone is being controlled beyond their own will.’ – Seth

At home, you might want to follow up this performance by asking your children some questions:

  • Which part was the most powerful / emotional?
  • What do you know about the word ‘vulnerable’?
  • What are protected characteristics?

Marvellous Maths spreading to other schools

Posted on 21 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

At Scholes (Elmet) Primary, we’re proud of all our great teachers who are doing such a good job. Mrs Allaway not only teaches in school, but she also regularly supports other schools as a Specialist Leader in Education and as a Maths Mastery Specialist.

Last week, lots of teachers from other schools came to visit. We’re happy for this to happen as we want the best for all children, not just our own. We’re even happier when we receive great feedback!

One of the delegates commented, ‘I loved observing this morning – not only to see how effective Maths looks in an experienced school but also to see how the classroom and resources are set up. Thank you, Scholes!’

And a headteacher also sent some feedback: ‘Just want to give you some feedback from my staff yesterday… they absolutely loved the session! In particular, seeing the lessons and reflecting on their own practice. Thank you.’

Thanks and well done to Mrs Allaway and Mrs Latham, who taught Maths whilst the visitors were present in her classroom.

Amazing Allaway!

Posted on 21 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

As most of you will know, Mrs Allaway is a Leading Maths Teacher and as Specialist Leader in Education. This means that she supports other teachers, sometimes in their own school and often at Scholes (Elmet) Primary.

Yesterday, teachers from a few schools across Leeds came to observe Mrs Allaway teach. Here’s one comment: ‘Had a lovely visit to Scholes today to observe Paula teaching Year 4. She really is as good as you made her out to be – our Y3 teacher was blown away!’

Well done, Mrs Allaway!

Orienteering Outing

Posted on 18 March 2019 by Mr Gathercole

A small group of Year 3 and 4 children took a trip to Wetherby High School on Monday afternoon to take part in an orienteering competition alongside a handful of other local schools. It was great to see our children all willing to try something that they have only sampled previously once or twice.

We are immensely proud of every member of the team for the qualities they showed:

  • They all worked well in their groups and offered support to each other and children from other schools too.
  • Great map reading skills were being displayed.
  • Enthusiasm and energy were clear to see – This was a fun yet intense challenge!
  • Everyone represented themselves and our school brilliantly. 

Most importantly, what a fun afternoon we all had (including Mr Gathercole who also took part)!

 

Staying safe online

Posted on 18 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

The Education & Early Years Safeguarding Team from Leeds Children’s Services offer this advice, which matches our own. Please follow this advice.

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

The Safeguarding Team also list the most common signs to watch out. Please be alert if your child:

  • Becomes very secretive, especially about what they are doing online
  • Is spending a lot of time on the internet and social media
  • Is switching screens on their device when approached
  • Is withdrawn or angry after using the internet or sending text messages
  • Has lots of new phone numbers or email addresses on their devices

Supporting your child when the news is bad

Posted on 16 March 2019 by Mr Roundtree

News of a terrorist attack is horrible, but for parents/carers, there is the added dilemma of what to say to their children:

  • Should I shield them from the news?
  • Is it best just to turn off the television?
  • Will the images they see traumatise them?
  • Should I tell my children exactly what’s happened?

Following the terrible attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, these questions may well be going though your mind.

The Childline website is a good place to start – you might want to check it out first, then look at it alongside your child. They have a really useful page with advice on ‘worries about the world’.

The BBC’s Newsround website tells the news in a helpful, simple, child-friendly way. (We’d encourage children to read this regularly, in fact.) Their news about the New Zealand attacks presents the facts and provides extra information and advice.

Lots of other sites are available, too, but it’s probably helpful to stick to one or two and not dwell any more on the subject.

Finally, the NSPCC has this advice for parents and carers who may be worried about a child showing signs of radicalisation.