The magic of Christmas in a Primary School
Last night I watched with pride as members of our choir joined with children from4 of our cluster schools to sing a rang of Christman songs at St Aidan's Church. You could feel the spirit of the season as they celebrated the messages of hope, peace nd goodwill that lie at the heart of the well-loved Christmas story. This was just the beginning of...
Over the last couple of weeks our children have been making the most of being active outdoors. The Ashton classes all spent a day at Skelton Grange and enjoyed a range of activities on offer.
Last week, 38, Year 6 children took on the many challenges asked of them during our winter residential at RobinWood.
It was an absolute delight to listen to children excitedly telling...
"Pupil voice is integral to the running of this school.Staff and pupils feel it is a real focus for helping move the school forward....when questioned all pupils felt their voice is listened to"
(Investors in Pupils report November 2017)
This was certainly true on Friday when Harehills Primary school embraced National Takeover day by appointing children to take over jobs right...
Showcasing what we do best
I am often asked what it is that our school does well and if I could wrap it up and put it in a neatly tied package I would. Last week was a week in which we showcased just a few of the things we do best.
It is hard to know where to start in terms of picking a highlight as there were so many. Whether it was the success of the Investors in Pupils reassessment...
Circles of friendship
Bexley 1 children did a wonderful job of showing us just what it means to be a good friend when they performed their assembly last Monday. They amazed their audiences by confidently acting out the story of "Six Dinner Sid" and showed us clips of how they make sure they are a good friend to other class members which had been filmed in their classroom and outside in our...
Halloween and Bonfire night
The first week of this half term was full of excitement as children and staff got dressed up for our 'Let's get spooky' fun day on Halloween. All classes engaged in fun activities including cooking and art and design. In our first amazing assembly of this half term, Mrs Lee reminded us of the reason why Bonfire night is so significant in this country. She...
Last week all three Year 6 classes went on a trip to Malham. This is a trip which allows them to show their skills by working as a team collaborating and finding ways to make it to the top. It also tests each child's ability to persevere and be resilient. Life experiences such as this are invaluable in helping shape a child into an adult who will be able to participate fully in...
Last week our Strategic Leadership team went into classes throughout school observing teaching and learning in Reading. It was wonderful to see children inspired and engaged in high quality guided reading sessions. Adults are key to helping children understand how books work by 'reading aloud' and 'thinking aloud'. Our children are very lucky to have other adults in their...
It costs nothing to be kind to others but means such a lot. Darfield 2 children led our assembly and acted out the story of "The Smartest Giant in town," who just happened to be the kindest person in town as well. Their assembly explained what kindness is and how people feel when you are kind to them. At the end of their assembly the children set a challenge for all the other classes...
Ant and Decking
I was thrilled to officially open our brand new decking on Friday which offers a wonderful outside space for our Year 5 and 6 children. We are so lucky to have our talented Assistant Sit Manager, Anthony Mackay, whose DIY skills are second to none. Our Deputy Head Mrs Lee has introduced zoning within the playground for Year 5 and Year 6 and the decking will allow us to take...