Latest news from around the school

School Council - raising money and awareness

Posted on 25 January 2019 by Mrs Latham

Our democratically elected School Council, assisted by Miss Parling, enjoy thinking of ideas to raise money for our school charity (Cancer Research) and taking care of the environment. We try to do everything we can in school to recycle, and have raised £84.35 for charity by recycling ink cartridges from our printers and photocopiers. We are starting to spread the word on eco-bricking too. Why not join us?

Active playtimes - helping towards the 30:30 wristband challenge

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Mrs Latham

We encourage children to be active at playtimes. Skipping has risen in popularity again after our visit from Skipping School but hoops and balancing equipment are also popular.

Supporting parents with anxious children

Posted on 16 January 2019 by Mrs Quirk

EPOSS Cluster are running a group to support parents with anxious children. The group will give advice and strategies to support your child, provide psycho-education on anxiety and give the opportunity for you to meet parents with similar problems and share ideas.

The first session will be held MONDAY 21 JANUARY

Venue: The House
Wetherby High School
Hallfield Lane
LS22 6JS

Time: 8am-9am.

No need to book, just turn up on the day.

If there is sufficient uptake the group will then run every Monday until the February half-term holiday.

If you would like any further information please call:

Rachel Midgley, Cluster Therapist –   0752 617 2934

Liz Giles, Targeted Services Officer – 0791 278 4637

Fantastic Foundation Stage!

Posted on 15 January 2019 by Mr Roundtree

We’re always wanting to get better and better. One of the ways we’ve secured great improvements in recent years is that we work closely with LA advisors so we benefit from ‘an extra pair of eyes’ and their specific skills and expertise.

Just before Christmas, an Early Years expert visited our Foundation Stage classes. Here’s an extract from her report:

It is clear that the team work closely together and know their children really well… provision is of a very high quality and provides a stimulating learning environment; children were seen engrossed in a range of activities this morning, effectively supported by adults both inside and out.

Keeping active - skipping

Posted on 13 January 2019 by Mrs Latham

All classes from F2 to Y6 enjoyed a visit from Jodi from Skipping School. Skipping is a great fun sport for all, that can be done alone, with a partner or in larger groups. Each class learnt new techniques and built on the skills they had learnt last year. F2 learnt how to listen for the click so they know when to jump with the big rope. Miss Parling is starting a skipping after school club (contact the office for details). Year 2 and Year 4 children will be entering the Leeds skipping competition this year too. Children are encouraged to bring skipping ropes into school to use at playtime and lunchtime to help them hone their skipping technique and to work towards the new Bronze Marbled Wristbands as part of our 30:30 wristband challenge.

Keeping active with the 30:30 Wristband Challenge

Posted on 13 January 2019 by Mrs Latham

This is an initiative that has been developed by the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University to increase the amount of physical activity (PA) that primary-age children currently do.

The challenge is to be physically active to earn marbled bronze, silver and then gold wristband.

Schools are expected to provide half of the Chief Medical Officer’s daily PA recommendation of 60 minutes. The other 30 minutes is expected to be completed at home with the support of a young person’s family/friends/carers. This is obviously to combat obesity issues in England and to align with the government’s current Obesity Strategy.

A simple recording sheet has been devised to encourage pupils to record, on any given day, if they have done two sets of 30 minutes of PA. If they are able to tick two circles in one day, the child can colour one box of the running track to show their progress towards an award.

We want children to do a level of physical activity that makes them feel warmer, slightly out-of-breath and have a quicker heart-rate, such as a brisk walk, dancing, cycling, swimming and other sports. It’s not just about ‘official sport’ – playing on a trampoline, running up and down the steps, dancing to a music video or walking the dog all count!

Pupils will need to be physically active for 30:30 minutes for 80% of the during January and February and then bring their form back to school by the end of February to claim their wristband.

Let’s all get active! A copy of the sheet can be found  here Marbled Bronze collection sheet 2018

Do you park considerately?

Posted on 10 January 2019 by Mrs Latham

We would ask everyone to park considerately near school.  There have been reports this week of cars parked up on kerbs and pavements, blocking drives and double parking. The worst incident involved a wheelchair unable to access the path outside her house opposite school. West Yorkshire Police have recently issued warnings for parents and carers, stating they will issue tickets for parking offences around and near schools. Please ensure you are parking considerately.

Still keeping active - with a special visitor!

Posted on 18 December 2018 by Mrs Latham

We are enjoying dancing to our Christmas songs during Wake Up Shake Up. We were even more excited to have a special visitor today – Santa! He visited the Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes and wanted to join in with our physical activity burst. He was pretty good – well done, Santa.

Learning updates

Posted on 18 December 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Going home with your child (Y1 to Y6 only) today are the end-of-term Learning Updates. These ‘mini-reports’ aren’t new – we’ve used these before during parent-teacher meetings.

This year, we’ve listened to what you said in the annual surveys: you asked for more frequent updates on your child’s learning. As a result, we’ve tweaked when we do things a little so you now get an update at the end of most half terms:

  • Autumn 1 (the parent-teacher meeting)
  • Autumn 2 (the Learning Update)
  • Spring 1 (the parent-teacher meeting)
  • Spring 2 (the Learning Update)
  • Summer 2 (the end of year report)

If you’ve any questions, comments or concerns about the report, please contact your child’s class teacher.

After school clubs - School of Pop!

Posted on 17 December 2018 by Mrs Latham

The ‘School of Pop’ have been learning new songs and rehearsing hard this term with Mrs Rennison and Miss Harker. They started their journey a few months ago and finished with a performance for parents and carers last week. Some children were apprehensive about singing publicly but they have overcome this, building confidence and self-esteem along the way! If your child would like to join in next term, please contact the school office.