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Safer Internet Day - 6th February 2024

The children celebrated Safer Internet day in school. This is an annual global event that promotes the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, with the aim of inspiring conversations about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is organised by the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), a partnership of three charities – Childnet International, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and SWGfL.

Mr Butterwick and Miss Dunsmuir led assemblies introducing the day, with each class then partaking in their own events and activities.


Anti-Bullying Week 2023 - 13th to 19th November

During this week the children were immersed in texts which helped to illustrate, inclusion, acceptance, kindness and friendship. The children completed work around being up standers and every
class produced a class anti bullying book taking inspiration from the class book....

Reception – Elmer David McKee
Years 1 & 2 - The Peace Book Todd Parr
Chestnut – One by Kathryn Otoshi
Sycamore – It’s Ok to be Different Todd Parr
Oak – Troll Stinks! By Jeanne Willis


Practical Scooter Training - 13th October 2023

Over the autumn term the children in Years 3 & 5 really enjoyed the practical scooter training with Leeds City Council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour Team. This initiative is part of the Leeds 2040 Vision Zero strategy, which aims for no road death or serious injury in Leeds by 2040.

The training was delivered in three sessions to help support the children and build awareness and confidence:

Classroom session about active travel, road safety, air quality and the climate
Playground skills to learn or improve scooter skills such as balance, gliding, braking, steering and road safety awareness.
Off-site session: children put their skills into practice outside the school. This includes scooting on pavements and walking across roads safely.

British Science Week 2023 - 10th to 19th March.

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. This year's theme was "Connections"! Children in all year groups took part in the celebration, with activities ranging from building bridges, to taste-testing foods, and trying to make a noise louder than a jumbo jet! We also took part in some 'live lessons' online, hosted by Science Live. 

World Book Day - 2nd March 2023

This year, World Book Day took place on Thursday 2 March 2023 and the emphasis was on making it YOUR World Book Day. Since it was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland over 25 years ago, the day has grown to become an essential calendar fixture for schools, settings and communities. It provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on reading for pleasure, supporting children's autonomy in book choice, and embedding a habit of reading that brings a wide range of benefits. We had a wonderful day in School, with the grounds converted into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! Staff members all chose to dress as a character from the popular Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, handing out Golden Tickets to the children upon arrival!

Safer Internet Day - 8th February 2023

Children's Mental Health Week -6-12th February 2023

Place2Be launched the first-ever Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health.  

Now in its ninth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved, spread the word, and raise vital funds for children’s mental health. 

Mrs Smith led an assembly on this as well as strategies for coping when we have  lot on our minds. Then, back in the classroom, we did a variety of activities to promote positive mental health. One class at a time, we also visited the Hall where Mrs Smith led a pilates session. The children did fantastically well!