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Half Term Newsletter
Friday 20th October 2017
Nursery Children have been learning all about themselves and their families this half term.
They have been on an autumn walk and made some lovely pictures from the things that they
Reception The children have been very busy settling into their class over the half term and
are now starting to get into school routines. They have been reading lots of stories about
Percy the Park Keeper and his animal friends as part of their autumn topic. They have started
learning numbers 1-5.
Year One As part of their art topic on portraits, the children have visited Temple Newsam to
look at old portraits and have made some wonderful ones of their own. This week they shared
a lovely assembly about all the changes in autumn.
Year Two Children in year two have been learning about toys and have compared old and new
toys. They will visit the toy museum next half term. As part of their science topic they have
identified lots of materials around school.
Year Three Children have been learning about the climate and weather and some of the
extreme weather around the world. They had a brilliant day at Harlow Carr exploring the
weather station. The children have made a great start to their swimming lessons too. Class 3
led our Harvest celebration and made a beautiful bread Harvest sheath for each class.
Year Four Children have settled really well into their swimming lessons. They are enjoying a
topic about Ancient Egypt and have made some beautiful Egyptian jewellery. They are looking
forward to their trip to Leeds City Museum after half term.
Year Five As part of their topic on Ancient Greece children have studied Greek Myths and
invented mythical creatures to write stories about. They will be attending a workshop about
their topic at Leeds City Museum after the holiday.
Year Six Children have been writing biographies about famous stars and celebrities and have
produced some excellent writing. The children shared a super assembly about the life of
Stephen Lawrence which was very interesting. The children have made great progress with
their cycling skills during their Bikeability sessions.
Football Weekly sessions continue to be well attended and the football team have been
entered into the football association league again. They have played three games so far,
winning two and drawing one. We look forward to their continued success.
Choir Club Paul Dewhirst, Director of Music from Leeds Minster, has made a great start with
the school choir on a Monday. If any more children from years 4-6 would like to join, we do
have places available.
Code Club The new club to teach coding on the computer is going very well with year 3. Mrs
Rushfirth is moving the children along with their learning and they are getting lots of practice
Netball Club Children in year 5 and 6 are learning the skills of netball in this new club and
Miss Potter and Mrs Vickers are pleased with their enthusiasm. We hope as they develop they
will be able to play games against other schools.
Prayer Group Mrs Nicholl has started prayer group on a Tuesday morning with year 6 and
children are sharing and leading prayers. Please feel free to come and add prayers into the
prayer box in school and we will share them each Friday in assembly.
Reading Club Pupils are enjoying taking a book along to reading club on a Tuesday lunchtime
with Mr Robertson. Please encourage your child to bring their favourite book from home.
We say goodbye to Miss Wright in nursery this week as she moves to another school and wish
her luck, we have a new teaching assistant starting in nursery after half term. We also say
welcome to two new lunchtime supervisors Mrs Mackwell and Mrs Tesfay
Attendance A huge WELL DONE to everyone for your fantastic attendance of 99.1% this half
term. We have had at least 5 days with 100% attendance! In November there will be a
competition between local schools to get the best attendance. We have won this for the last 2
years and are keen to do so again. We need every child in school every day during November!
Transition Meetings These meetings for parents of reception, year 1, year 3 and year 6 were
really well attended this year. Please see the class teachers at the end of the day if there is
anything you are unsure about. I hope you found the information about the classes useful.
Year 6 Residential Pupils in year 6 will be invited to go on a residential trip to Robinwood
Activity Centre in Todmorden. The trip will take place next year on May 21st – May 23rd.
Wednesday Worship The next Wednesday Worship is on the 8th November with Canon Sam.
All are welcome to join us at 9am in the hall and to stay for coffee afterwards.
Harvest Festival It was lovely to welcome parents and friends into school for the recent
Harvest Festival. We were very proud of the children’s efforts. Many thanks for all the kind
donations you sent in, which have been delivered to the charities Caring for Life and our local
Pobble Day Lots of our pupils have had their writing published on the Pobble website. All
children and families can go on it to read work by our pupils and add comments to it. Go to
School Council. Key stage two have been learning about how to be a school councillor. Those
who wanted to volunteer had to stand up in class and make a speech about their ideas and why
they would make a good candidate. Proper elections were held in the hall, organised by year 6.
Key stage 2 pupils voted and the successful candidates were elected. Congratulations to
Xavier Harriott, Meroan Chernot, Ava Mason, Kylan Richards, Leona Dasta, Yosef Yonas, Chloe
Carag and Sinar Tesfamichael.
Bob Hartman We were delighted to have Bob, the international Bible storyteller and author,
visit us for the day and lead workshops and assembly for us. He really brought some of the
Old Testament stories to life with his fantastic storytelling skills.
October – Black History Month The children have enjoyed a special assembly about the life
of Stephen Lawrence this month, led by year 6.
Class Photos Reception have their photo in the Yorkshire Evening Post this week and all
classes have had their photo taken together. They will be available to order soon.
International Week Pupils have really enjoyed learning about various different countries
during international week and have had workshops on Brazilian dancing called Capoeira.
Children are being taught key facts and phrases from their country and on Friday will be
dressed in clothes to represent any country in the world. Many thanks to you families for all
your support in this and for the wonderful variety of food you will send into school on Friday.
Please join us from 9.00 for a tour of school to see an exciting range of information the
children had learned.
School playground Please can I remind you that if your child is playing on the climbing
equipment before or after school then they should be supervised by a parent until the doors
open at 8.45am.
Milk Money All pupils who have milk each day should pay £15 a year for their milk. Could all
parents who need to pay please do so as soon as possible at the school office.
High School Applications Pupils in year 6 should have had their high school applications sent in
to the authority by now. If you have any concerns about this please speak to Mrs Swailes.
Mathletics Many children have been logging on to Mathletics at home. This is a wonderful
maths programme to help develop quick mental maths skills. Well done to all those who have
already had a certificate for going up a level.
Key Stage One
|Daniel Hagos||Hermela Tefferi||Junior Djikingue||Naomi Weres||Class 1|
|Aksha Sayed||Efron Tsadu||Soliana
|Clecia Pereira||Sophia Fisseha|
|Holy Temesgen||Hesda Kidane||Ike Alabi||Melody Forkuo||Goodluck
|Philip Elias||Dagmawi Negash||Adam Tomas||Jasper Bickle||Lily Harris
|Sarah Solomon||Lamiek Dasta||Isabella Redman
|Joyce Uroye||Simon Ibeh|
|Cena Dasta||Thomas Michael|
Gold Award All children who receive certificates each week will
have their picture displayed in the entrance hall. Their achievements
are also recorded in the gold book. Do feel free to come in and look
at the achiever’s notice board. Below are achievers for half term.
Key Stage Two
|Chloe Carag||Ruth Achew||Elim Sultan||Ara Baki||Ladi Solaru|
|Lily Bickle||Makhi Hall||Tiara Manuel||Ashley Mfobin||Abegail Forkuo|
|Danya Michael||Peneil Obeng||Sami Suliman||Kylan Richards||Filly Yonas|
|Cyprian Rudy||Isey Tesfay||Jesse Robel||Mirad Aibu||Kanean Tesfalem|
|Elta Mulubrhan||Ore Olaniyi||Betty Kahssay||Steven Nkounkou||Medhin Medhane|
|Meroan Chernot||Abigail Kidane||Natty Tadessa||Rebka Yonas||Nazrawit Flimon|
These events will be coming up over the next half term .
|Monday 30th October||Back to school|
|Tuesday 31st October||Individual photos|
|Wednesday 1st November||Planetarium visitor to class 5
Class 2 to Abbey House Museum
|Friday 3rd November||Class 1 to Thackray Medical Museum|
|Monday 6th November||9.30 am Open Day for new parents|
|Wednesday 8th November||Wednesday Worship, Class 4 Egyptian Workshop, Class 2 visit
from Guy Fawkes
|Monday 13th November||Flu spray for classes reception – class 4|
|Monday 13th November||First Robinwood payment for year 6|
|Thursday 16th November||Road Safety Day visit for class 4|
|Wednesday 22nd November||Class 5 trip to City Museum, Fashion Club trip to Leeds
College of Art
|Monday 27th November||Class 2 trip to Leeds Minster, Pobble writing morning in
|Tuesday 28th November||Road Safety Day visit for all classes
Class 4 trip to Moortown Baptist Church
|Wednesday 29th November||Class 5 challenge day at Herd Farm centre,
|Thursday 30th November||Parent’s Evening|
|Friday 1st December||Training Day – School Closed|
|Tuesday 5th December||Key Stage 1 Christmas concert 2.00pm|
|Thursday 7th December||Reception trip to Leeds Minster
KS2 Christmas Concert 7pm
|Friday 9th December||KS2 Christmas Concert 9.15am|
|Monday 11th December||Service at Leeds Minster 10.00am|
|Tuesday 12th December||Choir to perform at Rotary Christmas Lunch|
|Wednesday 13th December||Christmas Dinner and Key Stage One party|
|Thursday 14th December||KS2 party|
|Friday 15th December||Nursery Christmas party
Break up for Christmas Holidays
|Tuesday 2nd January||School re opens|