Further to our winners in the 'Keep Kirkstall Litter Free 'poster competition, Groundwork Leeds delivered an informative assembly about the importance of not dropping litter and the effects of it in our rivers. They worked with Year 5 and Year 2 making useful wallets from old cartons and 'grass heads' from old yoghurt pots. Leeds CC Waste Advisors delivered workshops to Years 3 and 4 about the importance of using our green, black and brown bins correctly and the harmful effects on wildlife of dropped litter. Clean Air Day rounded off the week as many of us walked to and from school or chose to 'Park and Stride.'
On Friday 9th June the folk band Maia came into school to entertain us. We all enjoyed listening to the different instruments including guitar,banjo, ukulele, trumpet, keyboard and drum.A few of us were able to conduct the songs, making them louder or quieter. Each session finished with a good boogie to a few of our favourite chart hits! An energetic and fun way to end the week!
Well done to all our Bookworms for your super reading! They solved a treasure hunt in the Community Garden where hidden clues about different book characters led them to the treasure of a choice of a book and then they enjoyed a picnic.
Thursday 2nd March was World Book Day and once again school was overrun by all our favourite book characters. We enjoyed an exciting play from the teachers involving quite a few well known characters from traditional stories. Well done everyone-you looked amazing!
As part of National Story telling week we had a very special visitor in school. Eden Ballentyne is a professional storyteller. He came in to school to inspire the children with three Grimm tales. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and all were eager to participate.
On Thursday 8th December we enjoyed our traditional Christmas dinner complete with Christmas tunes, Christmas hats and a few festive jumpers! A big thank you to all our wonderful Dinner ladies.
We have really enjoyed visiting the listening yurt from the Leeds Church Institute over in church. Each class had the opportunity to go and be quiet and reflect on how we feel about living in Leeds and what we can hear in the school by looking at photographs. There was a lovely water feature inside which changed colour and gave off mist. When we had finished listening we had time to share what we were thinking. Cairo in year 3 said "I really liked the water feature, it made me feel very calm. I also enjoyed being able to express how you feel."
Well done to all the Heroes and Heroines who braved the rain on Saturday to walk in the parade for Kirkstall Festival! We had 5 winners for our fantastic costumes including Joshua in Y2 who came 3rd and Kai in Y3 who won first prize overall! Special mention to Lewis, Jaden and Cavell who carried the banner all the way around! Well done everyone-you were amazing!
Day 4 of Sports Week saw the pupils head up to Queenswood Field to have a go at Archery.
Sports Week began with a climbing wall for KS2 pupils. Children were so brave, with many getting to ring the buzzer at the top! It was wonderful to see children giving it their best shot and cheering each other on. What a great start to the week!
Pointillism,designer wrestling rings, a junk instrument band, crown jewels, mosaic masks, mad hatters hats, a Euro 2016 inspired supersized piece of modern art and even sculptured melons were created for our Arts Week! Parents joined in the fun on Thursday morning and we showcased all our work on Friday.
Eco-council led an assembly about planting and composting.We all know which bins to put fruit and vegetable waste in on the playgrounds so it can be composted. We each have our own gardening kits now so a few vegetables should soon be growing around school. Mandy and Hazel from the Community Garden very kindly came in and told us what could be composted and how to make sure weeds don't overtake the area where useful plants grow. Year 4 were also lucky enough to become the custodians of a wormery and a few of us helped build it and put it in the wriggly little inhabitants!
To end our 'Children of the World' week we were lucky enough to have a visit from 'Mighty Zulu Nation', a traditional African singing and dancing group. We had two key stage assemblies where the children watched performances and in the afternoon, Years 4, 5 and 6 took part in workshops and showed what they had learnt to the rest of the school at the end of the day. It was an amazing experience for the children and staff alike! Who knew that Mrs Fearnley and Mrs Matthews could do traditional Zulu dancing? Or that Mr Viles and Mr Holdsworth could sing in basso profondos!
We had a chance to play playground games from Brazil, China, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Britain.Great fun! No technology required!
We have had a fantastic week in school looking at, and taking part in, activities and games from around the world. As part of the week, each class chose a British poem to learn and perform in a collective assembly.Year 3 "From a railway carriage" Robert Louis Stevenson