News

Latest news from around the school

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.

Screen time - to limit or not to limit?

Posted on 04 January 2019 by Mr Roundtree

You might have heard about this news story: ‘Worry less about children’s screen use, parents told‘. In it, there is guidance from leading paediatricians who say there is little evidence that screen use for children is harmful in itself.

That’s fine, but it’s important to read beyond the headlines…

While the guidance avoids setting screen time limits, it recommends not using them in the hour before bedtime. We often see children in school who look tired and struggle to concentrate. There’s lots of evidence to show that missing out on sleep can be really bad for your health. Our advice is don’t let your child take an electronic device to bed.

Equally, while the researchers choose not to recommend screen time limits, it does, recommend that families negotiate screen time limits with their children. These should be based on individual needs and how much it impacts on sleep, as well as physical and social activities that your child is involved with. Our advice is that this should involve parents/carers deciding what content they watch and for how long they use the devices. For older children (those at high school, for example), greater freedom over screen use can be introduced, but this should be gradual and under the guidance of an adult.

Experts say it is important that the use of devices does not replace sleep, exercising and time with family. You wouldn’t want your child to exist solely on one type of food at the expense of others – you’d want them to benefit from a balanced diet. Our advice is consider electronic devices as one part of your child’s life, but not the only part – a ‘balanced diet’ of activity.

The review of evidence found associations between higher screen use and obesity and depression. Experts at University College, London, said it was not clear from the evidence if higher screen use was causing these problems or if people with these issues were more likely to spend more time on screens. However, the fact remains there is a strong link that parents and carers should be aware of. Our advice is consider electronic devices as part of a ‘balanced diet’ of activity that is talked about and kept open about the positives and drawbacks of electronic devices – don’t let it become a solitary activity.

Stemming from the research is a series of questions to help families make decisions about their screen time use. Our advice is to be honest when you reflect on these questions, perhaps having an open family discussion (and be ready – your child might talk about the time you’re on-line, too):

  • Is your family’s screen time under control?
  • Does screen use interfere with what your family want to do?
  • Does screen use interfere with sleep?
  • Are you able to control snacking during screen time?

Dr Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), has said: “We need to stick to advising parents to do what they do well, which is to balance the risks and benefits.” Parents should consider their own use of screens, if screen time is controlled in their family, and if excessive use is affecting their child’s development and everyday life, he added.

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.

 

Supporting parents with anxious children

Posted on 14 December 2018 by Mrs Craggs

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
Wetherby
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

How do you manage your child's screen time?

Posted on 12 December 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Many of you mention your concerns about your child being in front of a screen for too long. Also, children tell us they’re often on-line when at home.

Digital devices have become commonplace during family time in most homes. However, studies show that screen-free activities have a positive impact on children’s development and health in a wide range of areas, including social skills, physical exercise, sleep and academic performance.

Read the full article from Action for Children – it’s really helpful and interesting! It includes top tips on creating screen-free playtime that will aid your child’s development at all ages.

Children who use any screens for over seven hours a day are starting to show signs that their brain cortex is thinning prematurely… The researchers have also determined that kids who spend over two hours a day on screen time score lower on thinking and language tests.

Read the full article.