Latest news from around the school

Summer support

Posted on 02 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The long holidays can be a tricky time for families. The extended services team (EPOSS) have organised two drop-ins for parents / carers – an opportunity to come in and chat with the team about any difficulties, ask advice or look at problem solving together, to try and help the holidays be an enjoyable time for all the family. Or, just a chance to have some adult
conversation and a cuppa!

There’s no need to make an appointment. Just drop in at any time during the session.

  • Friday 10 August, 10.00am – 12 noon, Wetherby Children’s Centre
  • Friday 17 August, 10.00am – 12pm noon, Boston Spa Children’s Centre

Stay safe in the sun

Posted on 02 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The Teenage Cancer Trust found that nearly two-thirds (61%) of young people aged 13-24 have avoided using sunscreen in order to get a better tan. As the weather gets hotter in the UK, we need to be more knowledgeable about keeping safe in the sun then ever before.

The damage done to young skin can lead to skin cancer developing in later life, so it’s vital to help young people protect themselves in the sun.

Be aware of water safety

Posted on 29 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

In this current hot weather, people are often tempted to cool down by taking a swim in our reservoirs. However, cold water can be a killer and we’d like to raise awareness of these risks amongst young people. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter.

Watch the ‘Float to Live’ video from the Royal National Life Saving Institute (RNLI). The video offers advice on how to react should you become stricken in cold water. (Be aware: you may want to check out the video before watching – it’s quite hard-hitting and you may prefer not to watch with younger children.) This video from Yorkshire Water backs up the same message.

Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard and to fight the cold water. But when people fight it, chances are, they lose. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.

If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, the message is to float until the cold water shock has passed and you will be able to control your breathing and have a far better chance of staying alive.

You might also be interested to read this further advice from West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service:

Safety advice for dog walkers

  • Avoid throwing sticks or balls near water for dogs – they will go after it if they think you want it back even if you’ve thrown it too far or into dangerous water
  • Never enter the water to try and save a dog – the dog usually manages to scramble out
  • Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts – keep an eye of your dog and don’t let it enter the water if it’s older or tired
  • If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas
  • Remember the wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and be a slip risk for owners
  • Don’t lean into water and try and lift your dog out – you can topple in
  • Dogs can have cold water shock too
  • If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet as dogs can drown after the event if water has entered the lungs

What to do if someone falls into deep water

  • The first thing to do is call for help – straightaway. Call 999, ask for fire service and ambulance. The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. If you have a smart phone and have location services or map tool enabled, this can help.
  • Don’t hang up – stay on the line but try and continue to help the person if appropriate.
  • Never ever enter the water to try and save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. If you go into the water you are likely to suffer from cold
  • Can the person help themselves? Shout to them ‘Swim to me’. The water can be disorientating. This can give them a focus.
  • Look around for any lifesaving equipment. Depending on where you are there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them. If they are attached to a rope make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in.
  • If there is no lifesaving equipment look at what else you can use. There may be something that can help them stay afloat – even an item such as a ball can help.
  • You could attempt to reach out to them. Clothes such as scarves can be used to try and reach or a long stick. If you do this lie on the ground so your entire body is safely on the edge and reach out with your arm. Don’t stand up or lean over the water– you may get pulled in.
  • Be mindful that if the water is cold the person may struggle to grasp an object or hold on when being pulled in.

Is your child staying safe online?

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Here are some short guides for parents/carers who want to know about how to keep their children safe on various devices:

Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Switch
Xbox 360
Xbox Family
Xbox One

Mosque Visit

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

Today, lots of children from school visited a mosque in Leeds. They saw and heard a call to prayer and how Muslims pray in the mosque. They had a look at a Qu’ran and learnt that the Bible and the Qu’ran have lots of similarities – the qu’ran has lots of the same stories that are in the Bible including the stories of Moses, Noah and Adam and Eve.
They learnt about the five pillars of Islam and how each year Muslims fast during Ramadan and get up very early to eat and pray before the sun rises.
Finally, the children tried on lots of different Muslim special clothes from different parts of the world.
The children had a really good day and were praised for thinking about some really tricky and mind-blowing questions.
“I was really surprised they believed in the same God. I thought they would have a different God.”
“It was so fun.  One of the costumes (the traditional Muslim dress when on Haaj to Mecca) was so big. “
“I really enjoyed it! I learnt a lot.”

Summer Fair

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

We are looking forward to our PTA summer fair tomorrow. There will be a tombola, bouncy castle, penalty shoot out, toy stall, refreshments and much more. We hope to see lots of you there!

National curriculum assessment results at the end of key stage 1

Posted on 27 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Do you have a child in Year 2? If so, they will have taken the key stage 1 (KS1) national curriculum tests, also known as SATs. The Standards and Testing Agency has produced this leaflet that provides you with information about the assessments and how they are used.

Leeds Youth Summit

Posted on 26 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

Representatives of our School Council visited Leeds Civic Hall today. They attended the Leeds Youth Summit event, along with other schools from all around Leeds.

Send us a postcard!

Posted on 25 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Over the summer, we’d love to hear from you!

When your child returns to school after the summer holidays, the first topic they’ll be learning will be Where in the World?

To help with this, we’d love it if your child sends us a postcard. There will be prizes for the best-written postcard, and, naturally, they’ll all go on display.

The postcard could be from Spain or Scarborough, a city-break or an outdoor adventure, a day-trip or a fortnight away. More importantly, it could be real or made-up… we might get postcards recounting your child’s adventures in space, even!

Your child doesn’t need to go anywhere this summer to write about what they’ve got up to, so there’s no excuse for them not to join in.

All we ask is that your postcards arrive by Monday 10 September – that’s the start of the second week back (so they could even write a postcard from that weekend!).

The Where in the World? topic will develop the children’s geographical knowledge and skills. The world is a big place that is getting more and more accessible but how much do we know about it? We’ll be swotting up on names of capital cities, countries, continents and oceans (depending on the age of your child). Get out your maps and test each other at home. Who knows all the capital cities in the UK? Can anyone name the five continents? We’ll also develop map skills so get out there and give each other directions to get from ‘A’ to ‘B’!

A fresh approach to gaming?

Posted on 25 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The US-based Common Sense Media organisation supports parents and their children’s use of the internet, social media and gaming. They’ve searched through the currently available apps, and come up with a list of those that might be challenging and exciting, but don’t involve the use of guns or violence. Check out the lists: