It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere I go I have seen or heard signs that we are now getting ready for Christmas. We had a very special assembly last week when we talked about advent and its importance for the Christian faith and we trimmed our Christmas tree. While the beautiful words and music of Silent night filled the hall, one by one children came, chose a decoration...
One big family
Last Thursday we held our annual Year 6 dinner. The hall was full of our year 6 children and their families and the year 6 staff team had done an amazing job creating a warm and welcoming ambiance. We are a very large school but this event reminded me of the fact we are still one, big family.
We talked about what a very special year this is for the children, one that we hope...
A 'Spotacular' week
What an exciting and extremely busy time we had last week. Harehills Primary school certainly embraced the 'Spotacular' theme for this year's Children in Need appeal. It amazed me how creative our children and their families, as well as our staff, had been in thinking of ways to dress up in 'spotacular' fashion.
At the same time, right across school so many staff had...
International relations: Cest très, très bien
We were delighted to be asked to host some fellow Primary colleagues from Lille which is a city twinned with Leeds. Our six French visitors, which actually included Madame Maiffret d'Anfray who is an Inspector of National Education in France, were extremely impressed by our children and the high quality learning environment that was evident...
I know how to keep myself safe
In a week when the fire service visited our school to check we have everything in place should we have a fire it couldn't have been more apt that our amazing class assembly was all about keeping safe. Luxor 1 presented a confident, well organised assembly, reminding us of the many dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks. Their messages were clear and it...
A true sense of achievement
We started last week with an assembly from Darfield 3 using the bible story of David and Goliath to illustrate our SEAL ethos statement of the week, "I can believe in myself to achieve what seems impossible." Nothing could have been more apt for the children from all three Year 6 classes who shows great resilience and perseverance during their trip to Malham Cove....
Celebrating diversity; October is Black History month
October is Black History month and as part of our broad and balanced curriculum we like to make our children aware of its significance to us and to celebrate the positive contribution made by African and Caribbean communities to Great Britain, both historically and currently.
Last Monday, Elford 1 introduced the month in their assembly in...
Educational visits, making the most of first hand experience
Our Harehills Curriculum stresses the importance of first hand experience for all our children. Last week was packed full of visits with both Year 2 and Year 4 out and about making the most of our local environment. Gledhow woods offers exciting peeks into seasonal change, as well as natural habitats for some of our best loved...
Sharing best practice
Over the last couple of weeks our staff have been outward-facing and sharing best practice across the city. Two weeks ago Mrs Marshall and Mr Matthews shared a case study with an audience of more than 57 schools detailing what we have done to achieve such impressive outcomes in Maths. Last week Mrs McMullen and Miss Melling shared best practice at a PSHE event attended...
A 'Dahlicious' week
Books can offer so much enjoyment and allow us to escape into a world of imagination which has no bounds.
Our children were inspired by focusing on one of the many books written by the amazing Roald Dahl. From "The Enormous Crocodile", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Matilda" and "Boy", there is something for everyone. On Friday assemblies all classes shared what...