Edition 56 6th Feb 15 NEWSLETTER Message From The Headmaster #weareMoorlands Dear Moorlands Community, It appears that I could start every week’s newsletter with ‘What a busy week it has been at school ..’., however with Reading is Magic Day, Bed Time Stories, National Science Quiz, Football Fixtures, Swim Galas, educational visits to Harlow Carr, EYFS Jack and the Beanstalk assembly and a school trip to the West End to see Matilda (phew) we really outdid ourselves this week! Thank you to everyone who was involved in all of these events, the children really have had a fantastic, if rather tiring, few days! As you will already know from your email, the MSA have found an easy and profitable way to raise money for upcoming projects. I have already registered for the ‘easyfundraising’ initiative and look forward to you all joining me. Please read the MSA section of this Newsletter for more information. Thanks for all your intrepid weekend photos, please keep them coming. Remember to use the hashtags #weareMoorlands and #intrepidMoorlanders so we can retweet your pictures. Finally a huge good luck to all our Year 6 pupils who will be hearing from their prospective new schools this weekend. Have a great weekend, Mr McElhone @MoorlandsHead #intrepidMoorlanders KS1 Victorian Day Wednesday 28 January saw Key Stage 1 convert from Moorlands pupils to Victorian school children! All children came dressed in appropriate clothing and entered the building with some trepidation. th The children experienced the 3Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic, they had an object lesson, listened to a Bible story and did a traditional PE lesson – drill. Madame Lough was a very intimidating mademoiselle during French recital. Hands were checked regularly and the Victorian adages of cleanliness is next to godliness and children should be seen and not heard were rigidly adhered to. Several children failed to impress the Victorian schoolmistresses (KS1 teachers) and had to wear the Dunce’s hat, go in the Punishment Book or receive the cane! The day was educational, historical, a little enjoyable in parts and primarily terrifying! At the end of the day the Children unanimously agreed they much prefer to be Moorlands School pupils in 2015! Mrs Wheelhouse KS1 Open Afternoon On Friday 30th January, KS1 welcomed parents to their open afternoon. The children proudly showed their parents their work and their classroom displays before performing a Victorian Childhood. The children acted the parts of Victorian children at work as chimney sweeps, road sweepers, mill workers and flower sellers before explaining the improvements that came with compulsory education. The children then acted a day in a Victorian schoolroom. They enjoyed singing a variety of songs and dancing to well known music. The children spoke loudly and clearly and enjoyed sharing their learning with their families. Well done to all. Mrs Wheelhouse National Science InterInter-School Quiz Four Year 5 and 6 pupils travelled to the Diamond Light Source in Didcot, Oxfordshire on Monday 2nd February to take part in the finals of the National Science Inter-School Quiz Championship. Gabby, Joe, Harri and Felix had to pit their wits against eight other top teams from around the country, after winning the regional heat in Yorkshire - and also achieving the highest heat score. After a slightly shaky start and some incredibly difficult questions, we finished fourth overall. This is a fantastic achievement Some of the questions included: given that there was approximately 400 schools in the Which scientist invented a vaccine for rabies? competition to begin with. Which planet has only orbited the sun once since its discovery? A huge well done to Gabby, Joe, What is the study of pathology? Harri and Felix. Time to start What did Robert Oppenheimer invent? swotting up for next year! What is the name for animals that live in trees? Mrs Doherty 'La Chenille qui Fait des Trous' Key Stage 1 enjoyed a fun French afternoon on Wednesday. We read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' in French, and talked about the life cycle of caterpillars. We practised days of the week in French, and introduced a LOT of food vocabulary - this is about a very hungry caterpillar, after all! Pupils then made their own French book to take home and share with their family. Well done, Key Stage 1. I was extremely impressed with your ideas, enthusiasm and concentration. Madame Lough Reading is Magic! On Monday 2nd February Key Stage One came to school dressed as witches and wizards, many claiming to be Harry Potter himself! Once they arrived at school the sorting hat split them into four famous houses, Gryiffndor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. After discussing the qualities of each house the children made the house emblems. After playtime it was a potions lesson. The children discussed what potions they would like to make - love potions, invisibility potions and magic to make us healthier. They thought about what ingredients they would need to make their potions; diamonds, snow powder, frog slime to name a few. Once the final ingredients were added the potions bubbled and fizzed and the children were very excited. During the day the children enjoyed many magical stories and extracts from Harry Potter. The children loved discussing the stories and using their imaginations. Jacob Hargreaves summed up the day perfectly when he said, “Being able to read really is like magic; because once you open up a book it can transport you to a different land full of adventures”. It was a fantastic day. Mrs Irwin Bedtime Stories As school would normally be closing the doors after another busy day, on Monday 2nd February Key Stage 1 and Year 3 pupils could be spotted returning to school in their pyjamas, with blankets and pillows and, in some cases, rather large teddies! Don’t worry though we haven’t turned into a boarding school just yet! It was actually Bedtime Story Night. The children snuggled down in the Key Stage One Library as a selection of stories from the teachers were shared. Even one brave Year 6 stayed behind to read them one of his favourite stories. The children feasted on biscuits, toast and hot chocolate before the final stories of the night. It was a lovely Mrs Irwin evening and a very special way to end a day dedicated to reading. MATILDA! On Wednesday 4 February, 48 very excited children and members of staff caught the train from Leeds to London Kings Cross to watch the hit musical, Matilda! We walked for just over a mile to the Cambridge Theatre and the children loved seeing some of the sights of London along the way. We were also incredibly fortunate to meet one of the main characters, Miss Honey, after the show where she answered lots of the children’s questions. It was a fantastic trip and thank you to everyone who made it so special! th Year 3 also wrote a letter to Tim Minchin as he is our ‘Composer of the Month’ and we received a signed photo back this week! Mrs Matthews Cross Country & Rounders Fest Despite sending out 15 invitations to local schools, unfortunately we have not been able to secure enough teams to come and compete on the 7th March for the Moorlands Cross Country. Therefore, this event has been cancelled. However, please put the following dates in your diary... Moorlands Rounders-Fest returns on Friday 12th June (back up date 19th June). Watch this space for sign up sheets! Will last years winners be back to defend their title?! Mrs Grayson Class Photos After Half Term, on Tuesday 24th February, we will be having the class photos retaken. This is because we were not happy with the quality of the photos that were taken a couple of weeks ago. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we hope that you appreciate that we insist on high standards for your children's keepsakes. Message from the MSA Easyfundraising Yesterday you should have all received an e-mail from us about "Easyfundraising". Get used to this name as we make no apologies that this is going to be something you hear a lot about in 2015! It is quite simply one of the easiest ways we have to raise essential funds for our children and the school. We've already mentioned that we are going to spend a lot of money this summer installing much needed play equipment in the grounds to suit all ages. However, that is just the start of what we could do - but we need money to do it! Since we first mentioned Easyfundraising at the beginning of December we have raised £140 from just 20 members. But we have 100 families in school - that's 200 parents - not to mention grandparents, friends and other relatives. If we can get everyone's full support we estimate that we could raise thousands of pounds a year doing nothing other than our normal shopping or holiday booking. So please, please - even if you are not doing any internet shopping this weekend - take five minutes to register so that you are ready to go for the rest of the year. If you are not already doing this and you shop online then there really is no excuse not to. Let's see what we can do #We Are Moorlands! Eve Alcock and your MSA 07875169222 @moorlandsmsa Cricket Coaching Sessions We have been given the opportunity for some Moorlands children to enjoy some cricket coaching sessions between 6th February and 27th March. 365 Cricket, in association with Leeds City Council, are running these sessions for local children aged 7-16 who are currently not playing for a cricket club, but may be interested in doing so. The coaching sessions will take place at the Indoor Cricket Centre on St Michael's Lane in Headingley on a Friday evening between 6pm and 7pm. The cost is only £10 for the block of eight sessions. This is open to both boys and girls of all standards, even if they have never played the game before. Places are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Paul Berry on 07795 154444 or [email protected] for more info. Dates For Your Fridge Door February Monday 9th Reception Sea Life Centre Trip WGS Open Day Tuesday 10th Reception Pirate Afternoon Wednesday 11th House Challenge Set KS1 Trip to Aviation Museum U9 & U11 Football vs Giggleswick (A) U9 & U11 Netball vs Giggleswick (H) Thursday 12th Reports Issued Friday 13th KS2 Open Morning 4pm Break Up For Half Term Half Term - 4pm Friday 13th February - 8.30am Monday 23rd February Monday 23rd MSA Bun Sale - Year 5 2pm U11 Boys, U9 Boys & U9 Girls Cross Country at Terrington Tuesday 24th Class Photographs Wednesday 25th House Challenge U11 Rugby 7’s at Terrington Hall 2.30pm U9 & U11 Netball vs Moorfield (H) Thursday 26th KS1 & KS2 Parents’ Evening The full school calendar is available on the website www.moorlands-school.co.uk Days Lunch Menu For Week Commencing 9th February Option 1 Option 2 Side Dish Desserts Monday Sausages Quorn/ Vegetarian Sausages Tuesday Breaded Chicken Vegetable Crumble Sautéed Potatoes, Peas & Assorted Sauces Chocolate Fudge Cake Wednesday Chilli Vegetable Lasagne Rice, Garlic Bread & Sweetcorn Ice Cream Cake Veggie Roll Stuffing, Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Broccoli & Gravy Honey Oat Cookie Salad, Cheese, Tuna & Beans Assorted Desserts Thursday Roast Turkey Friday Jacket Potatoes Mashed Potatoes, Carrots & Gravy Apple Crumble & Custard Available every day - fresh salad bar, fresh brown bread, fruit, jacket potatoes and a selection of fresh sandwiches.
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