Here at Quarry Mount, we celebrated difference through our Diversity Day, held on Monday 19th July 2021. We practiced Art without using our hands, we took part in Paralympic PE, we designed alternative communication devices in Science, we read Braille, we consumed foods/drinks that are linked to many different religious celebrations and we made binoculars to look at things differently. We enjoyed learning about how difference impacts on society and watched video clips about how people and the world we live in adapts. We looked at how people and families are different, from family dynamic and sudden change to moral and religious values. We looked at the positives and negatives that come with diversity. Pupils continue to learn about diversity and inclusivity beyond Diversity Day, through their lessons and assemblies.
For World Book Day this year, we were challenged to design and make a SPOON character from our favourite book. We have lots of very talented and creative children as we had a huge amount of entries. What a fantastic effort! It was very difficult to choose between them all but the winners were:Junior from Year 6 (Where s Wally), Khadiga from Year 3 (Batman),Chloe from Year 1 (Elsa). Well done to everyone that entered!
This week, Year 5 were very lucky to work with the distinguished poet James Nash. He talked to us about how he writes his poems and how to generate ideas. We then wrote our own poem linking to the idea of "portals" as this links to our previous class reader (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) where the children use their wardrobe as a portal to another world. We drafted and redrafted our poems before reading them out during a whole school assembly. We loved working with James and having the opportunity to write poetry.
The children are having a brilliant time and have enjoyed their activities so far! On the second day they have participated in canoeing and improved their archery skills.
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. The artwork that the children create is shared with the community at our Parents Consultation Evening.
We held our second World of Work Week in October. The children have been inspired by several professionals who spoke passionately about their jobs and responsibilities. Each class had several visitors come and talk about their working lives. We had a camera operator from BBC Look North, a speech and language therapist, a Pilates instructor, a doctor, a nurse, an architect, a scientist and an actor amongst others. Some parents also volunteered to speak to the children about their jobs. We are very grateful to all the professionals who kindly gave up their time to help raise the aspirations of our children.
Every fortnight, on a Thursday, we will host a parent information afternoon here at Quarry Mount. Parents and carers are welcome to join us from 2.30pm, where hot & cold drinks will be served. Our first information afternoon of this academic year, was held on Thursday 9th October 2019. Mrs Georgeson and Miss Wickham were available to answer questions and listen to suggestions. A range of information, about school's behaviour system, was also shared. A parent of a pupil in Reception class, kindly donated biscuits for future information afternoons.
Thank you to all the families who came to our annual International Evening. They were treated to a wonderful performance by the recorder, ukulele and clarinet band. All the classes had prepared interesting and interactive stalls to share the learning they have been doing about different countries. During the evening everybody enjoyed some tasty food and we are grateful to all of you who kindly prepared the delicious food for all of us to enjoy. The bouncy castle proved popular and the evening ended with some brilliant breakdancing moves. We were lucky enough to be joined by the local PCSO and representatives from St Mark’s Church and Woodhouse Community Centre. We couldn’t organise this evening without the generous donations of businesses and groups in our community. A heart felt thank to all of you.
Wriggly Science Workshop – June 2019
The children had a very exciting day as several interesting creatures visited Quarry Mount. The children had the opportunity to hold and touch a lizard, python, frog and several other wriggly animals. Please visit your child’s class page of the website to see photographs of the event.
This week we had Water Safety assemblies provided by the Canal River Trust. The assemblies were very interesting as they explained to the younger children how to spot common dangers around water and learn the SAFE (Stay Away From the Edge) message. They were also made aware of who to contact in an emergency. In KS2 the children were also shown what to do in an emergency and all the children will remember what not to do as shown by Mrs Smith!
World of Work Week - April 2019
Our first ever World of Work Week was a great success. The children have been inspired by several professionals who spoke passionately about their jobs and responsibilities. Each class had several visitors come and talk about their working lives. We had firefighters, a police officer, a speech and language therapist, a vicar, a GP, an architect, a sports scientist, a chef and an actor amongst others. Some parents also volunteered to speak to the children about their jobs. We are very grateful to all the professionals who kindly gave up their time to help raise the aspirations of our children.
Please find attached the power point from the briefing with all you need to know about this years upcoming SAT tests.
Quarry Mount are prize winners!
We are delighted to announce that we have won a brilliant prize. Our school has won a free day of activities for 30 children at the Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre in Yeadon.
Which will be the lucky class that goes on the trip?
We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs. Morritt, our Administrator, for her hard work and submitting the forms.
World Book Day was a brilliant event as so many of the children and teachers came dressed up. We had some wonderful book characters strolling around the corridors of Quarry Mount Primary School. Here are just a few but you will find more on the class galleries.
What amazing potato characters! There are some fantastic and very creative ideas. Well done Quarry Mount!
Quarry Mount's first parent coffee afternoon was very successful with 14 parents (both Mums and Dads) attending! We talked about volunteering and training opportunities as well as about what they would like to see from their community and how we can support them to help achieve what they want from the coffee afternoons. Our second afternoon saw us focus on mindfulness to mark World Mental Health Day. Parents expressed an interest in Art Therapy as well as meeting with a Community PCSO to discuss social issues and these sessions are due to take place in the coming coffee afternoons-all parents and carers welcome! Our third coffee morning saw parents access information about their local community, with two parents taking home application forms for volunteering opportunities! Our fourth coffee morning gave parents the opportunity to put their questions and/or concerns to the local Police. The Police shared information around keeping the home and car safe from burglary as well as how to keep children safe and how to report crimes. Our 5th coffee morning presented parents with the opportunity to find out more about the Chimp Paradox and how it supports school's behaviour system, one parent even shared her language skills and taught staff some Portuguese! The coffee mornings are held fortnightly on a Thursday at 9.15am
Children had a fantastic first day at Robinwood. They have taken part in the 'nightline' challenge, where they are blindfolded then complete a mystery assault course. They have taken part in wall climbing up to a great height! They then completed dungeon and quest games in which children needed to work as part of a team to solve puzzles. After a very tasty evening meal, children then completed the team challenge. Day Two - we have conquered the piranha pool! It was scary but we did it! We also got to zipwire in the snow - it was amazing. We completed the crate challenge. We are having the best fun!