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January Newsletter

Dear parents and carers,

January has been a month of trips, visitors and exciting learning in all our classes. We are incredibly fortunate as a school that we have committed teachers and teaching assistants who facilitate these opportunities. Sometimes we have to say goodbye to some of our staff and we wish Mrs Thompson well, who is leaving us, following over 20 years at our school.

Our teaching assistants Mrs Thompson and Mrs Stamp recently celebrated their long service awards with a special afternoon tea presentation with our retiring CEO of the trust Mr Ludlow pictured below.



“I have enjoyed every day of my 33-year career in education. The greatest thing about working in schools is that if you ever start feeling down, if things start to get on top of you, all you have to do is take a walk around school. Children have so much joy, unburdened by the worries of the world. It means you can get back to work reinvigorated, refreshed.” Mr Ludlow OBE.

KS1 Toy Museum/Cafe

Well done to our Key stage one pupils who invited parents into school to share and celebrate their writing, artwork and other learning. Thank you parents for your support.


School Association News

Our school association members work so hard to benefit all our children in school. Latest information below:

Disco Time

Friday 7th February at the Lane

Pre-school & Reception: 4.30pm – 5.15pm

Year 1 and Year 2: 5.15pm – 6.15pm

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6: 6.30pm – 7.45pm

Hope to see you there!

Valentine Bun Sale

Friday 14th February on both sites at the end of the school day

Cakes are 40p each or 3 for a £1

We need cakes and biscuits! Please
bake if you can and bring them
along on the day. Thank you.

Date of Next Meeting

25th February at 7.30pm at Derwent Arms – All welcome

Save the Date

Summer Festival Saturday 4th July

If you would be interested in joining the school association then please contact Mrs Bryan-Smith (

Reception News

Chinese New Year

Reception class helped Stephanie celebrate Chinese New Year – Xin Nian Kuai Le!


Fairy Tales Topic

Reception class had a lovely time building castles as part of their Fairy Tales topic


Tropical World

On the 9th and 10th January, the children in years 3 and 4 went to Tropical World in Leeds.  This was an exciting start to their new topic of ‘The Rainforest’. They were able to experience the humidity and walk along giant plants and trees. They loved seeing all of the different creatures. They then participated in workshops looking at deciduous trees in  Roundhay park where they had to interview a tree and find out facts such as how old and how tall it was.  The children came back inspired!


Talk to Write

Key stage one pupils have been impressing teachers from other trust schools with their writing. The teachers use a technique called ‘talk for write’ where all the class learn to say the language they need for their writing which is then remembered for their own independent writing. We have had teachers from other trust schools compliment our writing. Well done everyone.

Art work

Year 1MC have been scientists and artists recently exploring daffodils and tulips with magnifying glasses and doing observational drawing and watercolour painting.  We looked at the different parts of the plants and talked about them.


Year 6 have been inspired by artist Anthony Caro to produce these fantastic three dimensional sculptures out of paper.

MSA Vacancies

We currently have the following vacancies in school:
Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant on the Lane site, 7.5 hours per week, term time only £9.36 per hour
Midday Supervisory Assistant on the Leyes site, 5 hours per week, term time only £9.00 per hour
Please ask at the school office if you are interested.







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