October is Black History month in the UK. During the month each class focuses on a different artist whose work links to the significant people pupils learn about. Artists include Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Kehinde Wiley. When we have celebrated Black History Month in the past, pupils have produced their own works of art.
Each year, some of our Year 5 children take part in a series of team building sessions with children from other local primary schools. They have had a go at indoor caving, tennis, cricket and spent a day with the fire service at Killingbeck Fire Station. All of the activities have helped them develop the inter-personal skills they will need to use when moving on to high school.
On Friday 20th November the schools that form the Lantern Learning Trust took part in the annual Lantern Festival. This year's theme was 'Aspirations for our local community.' Forty of our staff, parents and children came together to carry lanterns in a walk around our local community. We then joined with the other schools at Leeds City Academy to share food and enjoy performances by pupils from LCA and some of our pupils as part of the Flare Choir. Thank you to all those who attended and to the children in Years 5 and 6 who helped to make this year's lanterns.
The staff and children became super heroes for the day to support Children in Need. Batman, Superman, Supergirl and many more were spotted around school! We were able to raise £65 thanks to your generous donations.
Following Year 5 and 6's work with the Leeds College of Art on the theme of 'Shopping: past, present and future', ten pupils had their art work chosen for display at the site of the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre, which is scheduled for opening in Autumn 2016. The lucky ten artists were then invited to view their art work, have 'high tea' at the Victoria Quarter and have a tour of the building site!
Years 5 and 6 attended the University Science fair. It was a whizz! They learnt about DNA and the environment and CSI technique and mind distortions and how the brain worked. It was mind-blowing fun! The fair required so many intelligences -- Green/Nature, Linguistic, Logic/Mathematical, interpersonal and Visual/Spatial. Here are some photos.
On Thursday 5th March we celebrated World Book Day. Children and staff dressed up as their favourite characters and many people brought in the book that featured their character to share with their friends. Can you spot one of the 101 dalmations or maybe Gangsta Granny? We also hosted a Book Swap which allowed children to swap books from home, that they no longer read, with other children in school. Now all we've got to do is decide which book to buy with our Â£1 book tokens. Happy reading everyone!
Although it was a wet night many parents from the school and QM Children's Centre gathered together for the annual Lantern Trust Lantern Festival. The families braved the rain to walk the streets of Woodhouse with their message of light and remembrance for peace. This was followed by refreshments and musical entertainment at Leeds City Academy. Thank you to all who supported this special event.
http://www.radioaire.co.uk/charity/get-involved/spooky-friday/ It is important that children care for others, especially other children. We took part in Radio Aire's Spooky Friday to raise money for other children in Leeds and West Yorkshire. Our scary event made Ã‚Â£100. We were proud of our efforts, which we shared with Radio Aire in our Friday school assembly. Every class in school joined in. We had cuddly monsters in Reception, beautiful witches, and some x-rated horror costumes. Here are some of the most terrible creations. Aaaarggghhhhhh!
Congratulations to all those who triumphed in the Lantern Trust Tournament. See Year 5 for more details.
Year 5 have achieved a lot this year and that has been because of their high attendance at school. They really enjoyed their reward: a visit to LAZER. Mrs Georgeson organised the perfect trip for the class-- it suited their commitment to action and sport!
On Wednesday 21st May 2014 Harry Owen, a gymnast for Team GB, came to help all the pupils complete a keep fit challenge. He was accompanied by Jack Phipps, who represents Team GB in the Pole Vault. Each class took turns to workout with Harry and complete a series of energetic exercises. The children and staff had a fantastic, if exhausting, time! This was followed by a school assembly, where Harry talked to the pupils and staff about how he started training to be a gymnast, his day to day training and gave a demonstration of some gymnastic moves. The display was amazing and everyone was left speechless by how controlled and effortless Harry made the rolls and backflips look, especially after Harry did somersaults over Cherish, Riley, Ibrahime and Mr Kucharczyk! Afterwards the children were able to take part in a question and answer session and found out lots more interesting facts and information about being an Olympic athlete. The school presented Harry with a portrait created by Rufaidah and everyone wished him 'Good Luck' at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
On Thursday May 22nd 2014 we hosted our annual International Evening in conjunction with the Children's Centre. Those who attended wore international dress and enjoyed homemade food from all over the world. Entertainment included Year 3 on the Dhol drums, Year 6 on the steel pans and a performance from our Year 6 'girl group' as well as professional musicians.
It was a wonderful afternoon at the Lantern Trust football competition! So many talented players came to play...and what an achievement to see so many assertive female football players. The competition really showed that football is for everyone and it can spread peace and harmony. The behaviour from every pupil was exceptional across the Trust-- so much friendliness joined to a desire to achieve. Congratulations to Quarry Mount Tigers who won the competition. And well done Quarry Mount Panthers too. It was tense, it was competitive, it was a demonstration by all schools of how excellent play matched with excellent behaviour creates excellence!
Rooa and Michael won first prize in the Lantern Learning Trust Art Competition. The winning piece was a peace sculpture called "Peace of Mind". The prize ceremony was full of parents, pupils and teachers, a real gathering of schools. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress presented Michael and Rooa with their prizes. Reception also won the KS1 prize with their beautiful Peace Fan.
Following a Mathematical training course, Year 5 and Year 3 will be taking part in a research project with Durham University. The project is about speech and reflection and mathematical thinking. The children--so far--have started to set-up their research project. You can read more if you visit the school entrance hall.
We celebrated World Book Day on March 6th by dressing up as our favourite story characters. Children in different classes joined together to read stories to each other in English and the children's home languages. The following week each class visited Waterstones bookshop to spend their World Book Day voucher.
We recently held several 'Bedtime Story' evenings in school. The children returned to school at dusk in their pyjamas or onesies to share stories and hot chocolate with staff and parents.
We joined together with the Children's Centre and the other schools in the Lantern Learning Trust to hold our third Lantern Festival on 8th November 2013. This year's theme was unity. After making our lanterns earlier in the week we paraded through the local community and arrived at the City of Leeds High School. There we enjoyed food and drink and sang a specially written song. Thank you to all the families who joined as at this wonderful event.