Headteacher's Blog

Hi Everyone,

The days are finally getting longer and everyone in school is working very hard. This is the half term when we really see the children blossom! As usual it has been a busy half term. There has been a significant amount of staff training and meetings. We have carefully considered the progress the children are making. We are also pleased to announce that our KS1 Maths results for 2018 were in the top 10% nationally! This is a huge achievement for both staff and children and evidence of all the hard work!

We have been hosting the Groove Generation project which involves schools in the area working with professional musicians. We have seen some children begin to blossom through their involvement in this work which has been amazing. Other inter school work has involved senior leaders working with those from other schools as part of the Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust. We also enjoyed Y1 Blue’s fabulous assembly on The Owl Babies. The children were all amazing!

Last week was E Safety Week and the children were doing some focused work around keeping safe. Please ask them about their learning. We also had a day on Monday learning about women in Science which was very interesting. Miss Worton introduced the topic with a great assembly.

Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 25th February at 8:55am.

Ms Lowry

Hi Everyone,

It’s Christmas!! (nearly)

Another busy half term- I think both pupils and staff are ready for a break! Everyone seems really settled this half term. It was lovely to see Reception, Y1 and Y2 coming together for the Christmas nativity which is always a special time in school. I would like to thank all the staff involved in the nativity for their hard work. Getting 180 children to perform at the right time is never easy.

We have had lots of other exciting events this half term. We held our Autumn Term Parents’ Consultations. Thank you to everyone who came as we believe that we are working in partnership with you. If you missed the consultations and your child’s class teacher has not managed to catch up with you, please phone in the January to make an appointment. We have also welcomed parents to our open mornings and afternoons. The children love showing off their work and we hope you find it useful and enjoyable too. School Council did an excellent job of showing prospective reception parents around during our open days. A number of governors have been in to work in school.

We have had students in school and staff have organised a History day and an RE day which the children very much enjoyed. Reception had their first educational visit to the Abbey House museum which they loved and they behaved very well. They were a credit to us.

Some children made poppy wreaths and visited the memorial garden for Remembrance Day. A group of children have also been visiting Ghyll Royd nursing home as part of the community group. SNAG and ECO group visited None Go Bye Farm as part of Food For Life week.

Children enjoyed activities during Anti-Bullying Week and we held a very successful Food For Life week. Our school business manager, Mrs Middleton, did an excellent job of arranging guest speakers and of course the very successful Christmas Fair! Thank you everyone for coming and spending all your money on a very good cause. We can now also reveal we have been awarded the Silver Food For Life status.

We had our annual panto which was Treasure Island this year. Staff have been doing some inter school work through the Trust. We had a joint Trust training day in November looking at well-being and we have had parents come to Parent Voice.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year. I will see you all on Monday 7th January at 8.55am.

Ms Lowry

Hi Everyone,

So we are coming to the end of the first half term of 2018-19. As usual we seem to have been very busy. We have welcomed our new children, particularly in Nursery and Reception. Everyone seems really settled and Reception impressed us with their first public performance at our Harvest Assembly last week. I never fail to be impressed by how well Reception do and I really believe that this year, it was the best harvest festival we have had- morning and afternoon. This is a big thing and made possible by all the hard work of the staff. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend.

We have also welcomed a new member of staff, Mrs Kavanagh in nursery and said goodbye to Mrs Caudwell and Mrs Jagger. We wish them all the best.

We had a super History day last week which all the children and staff enjoyed and it was lovely to see the parents who could make it to our open sessions to share their children’s learning. Reverend Richard has been in to take an assembly and some Y1 and Y2 children took part in an Aireborough football competition-they did very well! Miss Holmes was very pleased. Reception appeared in the paper this week to commemorate their start to school.

Today the children are doing some pedestrian training to help keep them safe when out walking. Have a lovely half term and we look forward to seeing you all after the break. We will see Y1 and Y2 on Tuesday 6th November at 8.55am and Reception and Nursery on Wednesday 7th November at 8.55am.

Hi Everyone,

As usual it has been a busy half term. Taking advantage of the better weather, the children have been able to access extra physical activities in school. Some Y2 children have attended an athletics competition with other schools in the area. We have had Healthy Living Fortnight with Bollywood dancing and sports day.  It was lovely to see parents doing some exercise with DW Fitness on the playground. Well done to them-it was hot out there!

Y2 have also had a visit to the Leeds Grand Mosque as part of their RE learning and of course they have been doing their transition activities to prepare them for the Junior School. Y1 have been to Fairburn Ings and Nursery have visited None Go Bye Farm.

Sock puppets were out in force this half term for the ALPT art exhibition. Thank you to all the parents who came to help and I do hope that some of you had the opportunity to visit the exhibition.

This week saw the famous potato assembly and this morning the Y2 children amazed us with their fantastic Leavers’ Assembly! I hope you all enjoyed it and would like to thank both the children and the Year 2 staff for all their hard work and enthusiasm.

 

Have a lovely summer and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 4th September at 8:55am.

Ms Lowry

 

Hi Everyone,

I am pleased to write that the sun is finally shining as I do this. As usual it has been a busy half term. Taking advantage of the better weather, the children have been able to access extra physical activities in school. Nursery have been practising with the pre-pedal bikes. Y1 and Y2 have had a series of athletics sessions with 5Soccer and Leeds Rhinos have been in to work with Y1.

On Friday the children celebrated the Royal Wedding which everyone enjoyed and we were very lucky with the weather [as were the Royal couple]!

We have had a science focus this half term. Mrs Pennington has been visiting each class to do some exciting science- please ask them about what they have learned.

Y2 have been working hard doing their special work and Y1 are preparing for the phonics check.

 Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 4th June at 8:55am.

Ms Lowry

 

Hi Everyone,

The days are finally getting longer and everyone in school is working very hard.  This is the half term when we really see the children blossom!  As usual it has been a busy half term. There has been a significant amount of staff training and meetings. We have carefully considered the progress the children are making.  We are also pleased to announce that our KS1 results for 2017 were in the top 10% nationally! This is a huge achievement for both staff and children and evidence of all the hard work!

We have been hosting the Groove Generation project which involves schools in the area working with professional musicians. We have seen some children begin to blossom through their involvement in this work which has been amazing. Other inter school work has involved senior leaders working with those from other schools as part of the Aireborough Learning Partnership Trust. We also enjoyed Y1 Blue’s fabulous assembly on the Gruffalo. The children were all amazing and it was lovely to see Reception making Gruffalo hats and masks afterwards!

This week is E Safety Week and the children have been doing some focused work around keeping safe. Please ask them about their learning.

Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 19th February at 8:55am.

Ms Lowry

 

Hi Everyone,

Christmas is almost upon us! 

Another busy half term- I think both pupils and staff are ready for a break! Everyone seems really settled this half term.  It was lovely to see Reception, Y1 and Y2 coming together for the Christmas nativity which is always a special time in school. I would like to thank all the staff involved in the nativity for their hard work. Getting 180 children to perform at the right time is never easy! It was a shame that we didn’t make it to the church due to the weather but the staff and the children did an excellent last minute job in the hall retelling the Christmas Story.

We have had lots of other exciting events this half term. We held our Autumn Term Parents’ Consultations. Thank you to everyone who came as we believe that we are working in partnership with you. If you missed the consultations and your child’s class teacher has not managed to catch up with you, please phone in the January to make an appointment.

We have also welcomed parents to our open mornings and afternoons. The children love showing off their work and we hope you find it useful and enjoyable too. School Council did an excellent job of showing prospective reception parents around during our open days.  A number of governors have been in to visit their link classes this half term and explain their role in school to the children.

Children enjoyed activities during Anti-Bullying Week and we held a very successful Food For Life week. Our school business manager, Mrs Middleton, did an excellent job of arranging guest speakers and of course the very successful Christmas Fair! Thank you everyone for coming and spending all your money on a very good cause! We were very pleased to get a visit from the Lord Mayor who wanted to learn more about our food in school. Dinners are of special interest to her.

Thank you to PSA for paying for a last minute production of Cinderella which the children really enjoyed. Some of the children also had the opportunity to take part in the unveiling of the local Memorial Garden in Nunroyd Park and have also visited a local care home for the elderly.

Staff have been doing some inter school work through the Trust and we have had a few parents come to Parent Voice.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year. I will see you all on Thursday 4th January at 8.55am.

Ms Lowry >

Hi Everyone,

The end of another school year is here already! Again it’s been a busy one! Nursery and Reception have had the opportunity to practise using balance bikes, Reception have been to St Leonard’s Farm, Y1 to Rodley and Y2 to the Grand Mosque. The children love our school trips and get so much out of them. They ask thoughtful questions and learn so much. They really do love learning, whether it’s in the classroom or outside!

Josh won the Leeds in Bloom competition and we are very proud of him. The school prize also means that we can continue to plant some colour in the flower beds for the next few years-thank you Josh!

Sports Day was a resounding success and thank you to all the parents who came along to support the children. The SNAG and Eco- Council have been saving the planet and School Council have also continued to work hard. I hope all the children are looking forward to the local library reading challenge this summer after the special assembly last week.

We have welcomed the parents of our new nursery and Reception children and we are really looking forward to getting to know them over the next few years! The new Reception children have been to story time this half term and the rest of the school have also spent time with their new teachers in preparation for September. We will also welcome some new members of staff in September. Miss Worton and Miss Leonard will be joining us in Y1 and Mrs Askham and Mrs Bodkin-Morton will be joining the lunchtime team.

We are getting to know our new children but we are also saying goodbye to children and staff. Y2 have entertained us with an amazing leavers’ assembly and although we will miss them, they are more than ready for Y3! Mrs Jennings and Mrs Chadwick will be taking a well-earned rest when they retire on Friday and Miss Holmes is off on maternity leave [with probably not much resting!]. We would like to thank Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Jennings for all their years of hard work and commitment and we wish them every success in this new chapter of their lives. We look forward to seeing Miss Holmes back next year.

Thank you for all your kind words and gifts and I wish you all a sunshine filled summer break. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 5th September.

Another half term has flown by and it would appear that summer is finally here-I hope that I haven’t spoken too soon! As usual school has been busy, busy, busy! Nursery children have been learning to ride balance bikes and Y1 Red treated us to a fabulous class assembly. Y2 have been doing some special work this month and we have all been impressed by their grown up attitude. They have really shown us what they know-which we are pleased to say is a lot! Some Y2 children have also had the opportunity to take part in a tag rugby festival at the John Charles Centre and others took part in a football tournament at Rawdon Littlemoor. Reverend Richard has been in to deliver one of his super assemblies.

Last week Y1 and Y2 visited the Countryside Live day at the Ledston Estate. This was as part of our Food For Life work-we are still working towards our silver award. Despite the weather the children [and adults] had a fantastic day seeing lots of different animals as well as making amazing dens. Thank you to the parent helpers who came along.

Have a great half term and we will see you all on Monday 5th June at 8.55 a.m.

Ms Lowry