Latest news from around the school

Staying safe at Scholes

Posted on 09 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

At Scholes (Elmet) Primary, we place keeping our children safe – both physically and emotionally – as our top priority. We recently invited someone from Leeds LA to come in to school to audit all our safeguarding procedures. The purpose of the audit was to ‘assist schools in evaluating their procedures for Safeguarding and Child Protection’ – it’s something that many schools request in order to make sure their procedures are as robust as they can be.

We’re happy to tell you the audit went really well – some aspects of our procedures were even identified as exemplary!

Final comments in the report are:

I was shown around the school where I observed that the Living and Learning theme is embedded and visible to all pupils and staff and that notice boards and displays were of a high standard.

I spoke to 3 pupils who were confident in telling me about who they could go to in school for support and how they are taught to keep themselves safe on line.  They all stated clearly that they felt safe in school because of the teachers they have around them, their friends and the fences around the school grounds.  They could also tell me about the different coloured lanyards issued to visitors and staff in school and why they are different colours.

It is clear to see that the safety and welfare of the children at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School is of high importance and the staff and SLT [Senior Leadership Team] have worked hard to meet the needs of its children and families.

The evidence presented for the audit was good and very thorough and the preventative approach through the curriculum was shown to be excellent.

Scholes (Elmet) Primary is a happy and healthy and safe place to learn.

Open morning for prospective 2019 parents / carers

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mrs Craggs

If you’re looking for a Reception place for your child, we’re holding two open mornings over the next few weeks. These will take place on Wednesday 17 October and Monday 12 November, at 9.30am on both days. This is an opportunity for you to come and visit the school, ask any questions you may have, and be shown around by some of our Year 6 children. No appointment needed – just turn up.

Cross Country competition - resilience, determination and grit!

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mrs Latham

Some year 6 children took part in the area heat of the Leeds Cross Country competition today. They ran 1,800m and had to draw on their Living and Learning skills; being ready, determination and resilience. They all enjoyed the experience and finished the race. Well done!

Thank you...

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

…for the voluntary donations you made recently so we could go ahead with the wonderful Hobgoblin theatre shows last week.

By now, you’re child will have told you all about the great show – and hopefully gained a better understanding of the history of Britain. The show was all about…

History of Britain Logo for website

…and it fits perfectly with the Key Stage 1 and 2 Big Topic, Time Travel.

A show like this is a great way to enrich your child’s learning experience. Without your donations to subsidise the cost, we wouldn’t have been able to go ahead with this. Thank you for your support.

Parents' evening coming up

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The first of two parent-teacher meetings are coming up soon: 22 October and 24 October. At these meetings, you’ll notice a small change.

In the annual survey of parents and carers, a small number mentioned that they would prefer more frequent updates about their child’s progress. We’ve acted on this by changing when we provide you with the Learning Updates. These were previously given to you at parents’ evening. However, this year, we’ll send these home at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms. This means you’ll have an update at the end of Autumn 1 (the parents’ evening), Autumn 2 (the Learning Update), Spring 1 (the second parents’ evening), Spring 2 (the second Learning Update), and then the end of year report in the Summer.

As always, Miss Hague will be around to hear your questions, compliments and concerns with these arrangements.

Keep calm and read on

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Do you read for pleasure? Does your child read for pleasure? There are lots of benefits gained from reading for pleasure:

  • it increases sense of achievement, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • it widens horizons
  • it develops relationships and promotes inclusion and empathy through sharing opinions and ideas
  • it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation

All these points contribute to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

There are also a wide range of books that can directly address specific aspects of mental health – these might be worth a look if someone in the family might be prone to a particular mental health problem.

The National Literacy Trust has a list of books to help children feel happier and more confident. This list is for children up to the age of 11 or thereabouts.

The Reading Agency brings together partners from the public, private, and voluntary sectors to tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. The agency’s ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription‘ helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. There’s a specific page on young people’s mental health.

Christmas card orders - 12 October deadline

Posted on 06 October 2018 by Mrs Latham

Your child’s individually designed sample Christmas cards were sent home this week. Please return orders and payment to school by Friday 12 October. Thank you.

Learning workshops

Posted on 04 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Thanks to the parents and carers who came along to the Y2,3,4 Learning Workshops for Reading and Maths this week.

‘Learning about the help sheets on the website will be a great help.’

‘The workshop was really helpful so I can help our child in the same way as school are teaching him.’

Sponsor needed - football kit! Can you help?

Posted on 03 October 2018 by Mrs Latham

This year, we’ve entered into the U11 Leeds Schools FA league (East division). Mr Catherall and Mr Freeman are training year 5 and 6 children on Wednesdays after school (contact the office if your child is interested). We would love a sponsor to help us with a new kit for our upcoming matches. Please contact the office or Mrs Latham if you can help. 

Amazing adventuring!

Posted on 03 October 2018 by Mrs Latham

After far too long being out of use, the necessary work has been completed on the KS2 adventure playground and we’re loving using it! The children are overjoyed and it will contribute towards our school commitment to providing at least 30 active minutes throughout the school day, as directed in the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.