Weekly Bulletin

 

Friday 2nd March

Pupils enjoyed themselves at the school disco with some very energetic dancing! Thank you to Kippax North Connections and Mr Lee for organising and running the event.

World Book Day

Children and staff dressed up as their favourite character and swapped books to celebrate World Book Day. There were many story related activities which children enjoyed throughout the day too. Our special assembly showcased all the marvellous costumes as children and staff paraded and gave everyone a twirl.

Snow, snow and more snow

A bitterly cold week saw children wrapped up warm in many layers to manage the sub zero temperatures. There was much fun in the snow both at home and school and especially in F1 with some of our youngest pupils enjoying their turn on a sledge.

 

Friday 23rd February

Rev. Rosemary joined us in school for a special assembly to tell us why Lent is such a special time.

KS2

Another interesting week, balancing learning some key life skills with a little bit of fun! 

Year 5 had a visit from the Fire Service with a fire safety talk which is a vital part of our work on helping children keep themselves safe. A task set to work on at home was to discuss the safest routes out of different rooms in their house with parents and families.

Children from KS2 took part in the Cross Country finals at Temple Newsam and ran like the wind. Very impressive individual runs and a great team effort.

Year 6 had an extremely long day on Thursday with a 5:00a.m. start as they headed off to London and a 9:30p.m. return. The tour round the House of Commons was a particular highlight as was visiting the Tate Modern Gallery and taking in some of the sights around the city. 

Foundation Stage

Thank you to all our parents and families who signed up and joined in F2 for the Stay and Learn sessions this week. Children loved sharing stories with our visitors and talked so enthusiastically about the books everyone was reading together. A lovely way to promote a love of reading.

Friday 9th February

We've come to the end of another hard working and exciting half term. On behalf of the Kippax North Team I would like to wish you a happy holiday and look forward to welcoming you back to the start of the next half term on Monday 19th February.

 

Internet Safety Day -6th February

It's always a good opportunity to consider how to keep ourselves safe on the internet. There were plenty of discussions and reminders shared by staff and children. 

Sporting success - Netball

A great team effort from our netball team at the Brigshaw Netball tournament. A 2-0 win, 1-1 draw and a narrow 2-1 defeat. Congratulations to all the children who represented Kippax North - fantastic ambassadors.

Foundation Stage

Children have created some fantastic collective stories and have thoroughly enjoyed acting them out too. Such a lot of creativity in their ideas. The changes in weather this week have been exciting to explore, we've certainly needed our wellies and waterproofs!

 

KS1

Year 1 parents and families joined in with the Design Technology and Science project of bridge building on Tuesday afternoon. There are some amazing bridges in the classroom and corridor. Thank you to all parents and grandparents who supported the work. The final bridges were impressive but the quality of conversations and use of language exceeded our expectations. True partnership in learning.

 

KS2

Our Playleaders attended a conference at Kippax Greenfield school to review our provision, share ideas and see how we can be even better! There were some interesting top tips shared about how to use your voice and a series of commands to direct games effectively. 

Students from Leeds University's Global Learning Partnership programme were working with Year 5 this week. Opportunities for our children to learn about other cultures is important so to be able to work alongside students from around the world is wonderful. There's so much more to learn that's Real, Relevant and Rich when there are opportunities to work with other people and to be able to ask questions to further their knowledge and understanding.

 

Year 4 impressed us with their class assembly sharing their thoughts, feelings and knowledge about life as an evacuee in World War II through drama sketches and time travel. Very informative, engaging and we were all completely hooked. 

 

Y5 have also been out on the road...completing their Bikeability training. Children developed specific cycling skills and knowledge in the school grounds before putting it to good use around the roads in Kippax. 

 

Y6 returned from an amazing residential experience in Buckden. Children and staff braved the weather and experienced all four seasons in four days. Arriving in ankle deep snow was rather special and made the walk a completely different experience with breath taking views. A new mascot was created in the shape of a snowman named Beetroot. It was formed at the highest point of the walk and carefully carried back to Buckden House! Wall to wall sunshine on Wednesday provided perfect conditions for ghyll scrambling but torrential rain on Thursday hampered caving. Everyone was wet through as the rain provided new opportunities for stream surfing and puddle bombing. A fabulous team spirit supported all children to face new challenges, some physical and others about being more independent away from home. Well done and a huge thank you to the staff and volunteers for their endless enthusiasm and energy!

 

 

Friday 2nd February

Kippax North Connections - Family Magic Night

What a wonderful new event for the whole school. Many thanks to everyone who joined us and a special thank you to the Kippax North Connections team who organised the event. The hall was full with nearly 200 tickets sold. Children and adults alike were amazed and thoroughly entertained by the magician. What a showman. Audience participation was a key element of the show - thank you to all our volunteers who showed what good sports they are. 

 

KS1

A sporting extravaganza! Children from Year 1 took part in a Multi Skills competition at Brigshaw High School with huge success. Children are just settling nicely into KS1 and we're already whisking them off to experience the high school sports facilities! Year 2 were absolute super stars. They have loved their skipping workshops and have been practicing at every opportunity to improve their skills. Year 2's were keen to let everyone know that the more you practice the better you get! At the Skipping School competition at Brigshaw High School their practicing definitely paid off....they won a whole host of gold and silver certificates for individual and paired events. We were delighted that they won the event and returned to school victorious with the GOLD AWARD!

Our children are excited to be going through to the Yorkshire Finals which will be held at Leeds Beckett University. Nothing wrong with our school motto of "Aiming High" and experiencing sports facilities on a university campus when you're in KS1.

 

 

Friday 26th January

We welcomed a group of 6 headteachers together with our CEO, Cath Lennon to school for a day this week. They were very impressed with our children's work and commented on how focused, engaged and hard working they were. It was a lovely opportunity to guide colleagues around our site explaining our approach to learning and the impact it has on our learners. It reminded me just how far we've come on our journey and how proud I am of all our children, staff and parents.

Pupil led charity event

One of our Year 5 pupils hosted an individual charity event to raise money for a charity close to her heart, the RSPCA. Ruby planned, organised and ran the event with the help of some of her friends. Thank you to everyone who helped the event be such a huge success by baking and buying the produce. Ruby was thrilled to have broken the 3 figure target raising over £100.

 

KS1

A super, confident assembly from Y2 inspiring us with their skipping skills. We were all amazed!

 

 

Friday 19th January

A hard working week with children in Early Years focusing their learning on the Arctic - imagine our delight that staff had organised the weather perfectly too...children were delighted to be able go home in real snow!

 

Parent Information Briefings

Year 2 and Year 6 Parents, at different events, had the opportunity to learn about the statutory tests that will take place during the Summer term. Parents were fully briefed about the process, how school will help prepare children and how they can support learning at home. Materials, samples of work and previous tests were shared with plenty of opportunities to answer any questions parents had. Parents left feeling well informed, confident that their children will be well prepared for a positive experience. Thank you to staff for providing this event and to all parents who attended.

 

 

Friday 5th January 

Happy New Year and what a fantastic start to 2018 it has been at school.

 

Foundation Stage

Children have returned being positive and enthusiastic and open to having a go at new challenges. There have been some changes to the routines during the day and children have coped particularly well and contributed to a great week. There have been some pretty spectacular models created too!

 

KS1

Children have been excited by the prospect of two competitions that are on the horizon. Year 1 will be taking part in a Multiskills competition and are already wanting to prepare by practicing at every opportunity. Year 2 are excited at the thought of their skipping competition and are developing their skills really well. 

KS1 children had a taste of KS2 art this week when Miss Lowther worked with them to develop their shading skills. The results were truly impressive.

 

KS2

Lower KS2 have welcomed their new teacher, Mr Edwards, into Year 3 and are enjoying getting to know him. They have been discussing some super ideas around the  poem 'Somebody's Mother' written by Mary Dow Brine telling a heart warming story of an old lady, who, uncared for in the past, is waiting to cross a busy, snow-covered road. Year 4 have had quite an arty week and have produced some super final pieces of collage work based on inspiration from Henri Matisse, an artist who used bright colours to make an interesting arrangement of shapes in cutouts

Upper KS2 are fired up for the 'My Interests' section of the JASS scheme (Junior Award Scheme for Schools). Children have been considering which of their interests they are going to focus on and develop a little more. I look forward to sharing the progress with this later in the school year.

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Friday 15th December

KS1  Bethlehem's Buzzin 

What a wonderful performance! The whole school was buzzing with the toe tapping songs, acting and dances. A very polished performance showcasing children's talents. The event was extremely well attended and enjoyed by all.

KS2 Christmas Service

A thought provoking service together with a combination of modern and more traditional carols to remind us all about the true meaning of Christmas. There was some super singing - well done.

Christmas parties galore

All children in every class thoroughly enjoyed letting their hair down for the Christmas parties. 

Fond farewell 

We were saddened at the end of term as we had to say goodbye to Mrs Hunter and Mrs Loveday. We wish them lots of happiness for the new year and beyond.

 

Friday 8th December

Santa called...

Santa called in for the day on Friday and met children from Year 1 to Year 6. He was very interested to hear what everyone had been doing and amazed us when he told us how he shares the carrots he collects with other reindeer in his herd. Thank you Santa. We hope you travel safely on Christmas Eve and enjoy a well deserved rest in the New Year. We also hope that you will be able to visit us again next year.

 

Santa visited our grotto
Santa visited our grotto

 

Christmas lunch...

It never ceases to amaze me how fabulous our Christmas lunches are. Everyone from F2-Year 6 and staff included were squeezed into the hall for merriment, crackers and delicious food. The resident musical, dancing hat caused a lot of merriment too. A huge thank you to everyone who made lunch such a wonderful event and a special mention to all cooks for all their hard work.

 

Foundation Stage Nativity - Humph the Camel

A wonderful performance with super songs, acting and dancing. The children were fantastic, gaining confidence as young performers. Two packed shows full of parents, grandparents and friends and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!

 

Chris Young from British Cycling...

Children from Year 4 Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a range of cycling workshops. We were all interested to hear how Chris worked hard and persevered to become a great cyclist. Great advice for us all.

 

Bikeability...

Year 4 children were developing their cycling skills again this week working with trainers from Cycle Leeds on Bikeability Level 1. Congratulations.

 

Friday 1st December

Christmas....

How exciting to come to school to find Christmas had arrived. Christmas decorations were everywhere, a grotto for Santa, a tree as tall as the hall, trees decorated in corridors, classrooms and entrances and the north pole outside! In true Christmas spirit everyone enjoyed a visiting theatre company performing a pantomime...oh yes they did! Aladdin came to life for us all.

 

Singing, dancing and lots of excitement could be heard in classrooms, corridors and the hall as children prepared for their performances. It's all sounding fabulous. 

 

 Pop Up Shop...

A huge success, but It's all top secret! Children thoroughly enjoyed shopping for gifts for their family. There was so much to choose from! Christmas shopping all done, wrapped and home in plenty of time for Christmas. Thank you to all the parents who helped in the shop helping children select their gifts and then wrapping them all!

 

Friday 24th November

Christmas Shopping ...

We've had an exciting time window shopping today in preparation for our Christmas Pop Up Shop next week. It's a fabulous atmosphere when children visit the Pop Up Shop to carefully choose their gifts, there's a lot of deliberation and thought goes into the final choice. Then to the wrapping station to select the perfect paper for gift wrapping. Children leave delighted with their gifts and look forward to putting them safely under their tree. Stress free Christmas shopping!

What stars...

What an array of achievements we celebrated in our Final Friday of the Month Assembly. What talent, dedication and commitment our children have. A huge well done to you all.

 

Foundation Stage

 Road Safety Week led to a lot of activities to help make sure our children know how to cross the road safely. There were lots of opportunities for children to cross the road within our school grounds before putting their learning into practice on the visit to Kippax Library. The Library visit was a huge success with children enjoying Bumble Bear and looking through all the books. What a treat to be able to bring some books back too. Children have all been planting crocuses so we'll be looking forward to spotting them when they start peeping through in the spring.

Key Stage One

Classrooms, corridors, the Hall and no doubt your homes have been buzzing with the tunes from "Bethlehem Buzzin'". There are some lively, foot tapping songs, a sprinkle of humour and a drop of heart melting moments. The nativity will be fabulous. Please collect your tickets from the school office... there's a few left but they're going fast!

Key Stage Two

Another busy week of learning across the Key Stage. To promote Road Safety Week Children worked with a team of experts from Cycle Leeds to learn how to "Fix It". Children learnt how to repair punctures, fix their chains and conduct safety checks on their bikes. All very useful skills to have as a cyclist.

Year 6 parents and pupils met to start preparing for the residential to Buckden House. There's plenty of excitement about the activities and pulling together when away from home.

 

 

Friday 17th November

 

Receiving our award in Leeds Civic Hall
Receiving our award in Leeds Civic Hall

Leeds STARS Primary School of the Year

What an achievement! Four of our pupil leaders attended a regional awards ceremony in the Banqueting Suite at Leeds Civic Hall and received the award on behalf of everyone at Kippax North. All the work we do to support and encourage our community to be sustainable in their choice of travel is recognised so a huge well done and congratulations to you all. Keep walking, scooting and cycling!

Children in Need

It was wonderful to see children in non uniform. I don't remember when I last saw so many spots before my eyes! A fantastic effort to support a children's charity. Well done for raising £186.

Anti Bullying Week

Look out for work that will be added around school over the next few days highlighting what children have been discussing and reflecting on. The theme "All different - All equal" has had everyone thinking deeply and considering the importance of valuing and celebrating our differences.

Foundation Stage

Children have been learning some of the songs for their Christmas Nativity. I'm sure that you'll enjoy singing along at home too!

Key Stage 1

What a lovely assembly Year 1 presented to us on Wednesday. The children were so proud to share their learning with everyone and were especially pleased that so many grown ups were able to join us to celebrate their achievements.

Thank you to KS1 for planting lots of extra bulbs. We'll be looking forward to the spring to see how well they grow.

Key Stage 2

Children have been working with the RSPB to explore our school grounds finding wildlife habitats and learning how we can develop our environments further to provide more homes for nature.

Some of our children have been working with trainers from Cycle Leeds to develop their cycle skills and achieve Level 3 Bikeability. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Year 5 and 6 pupils visited the Leeds Carriageworks to see a children's performance of Good Night Mr Tom. A fabulous performance which had our children enthralled. Watching a live performance, in a theatre, late at night, contributes to one of our special childhood memories.

Friday 10th November

Sport

Our netball team took part in a competition this week. There were some hard fought games followed by a 1-0 win against Kippax Greenfield.

Foundation Stage

Children in Foundation 1 and 2 have been enjoying learning through play outside again this week. There have been some wonderful creations in the Mud Kitchen and much fun developing a mud slide. Many thanks for your support providing wellies and waterproofs so that the children can get thoroughly engrossed without worrying about the mess! Our Foundation 1 children are enjoying developing their friendships and playing together.

Key Stage 1

Parents and grandparents joined children and staff for some hands on science activities. The conversations were such quality based on first hand experiences. A super opportunity for us all to work together to develop children's understanding.

Balance-ability

Children from Y2 have been developing their balance skills to help them be more steady as they ride their bike. There has been great concentration and determination to improve these skills. 

 

Key Stage 2

Thank you to Year 3 for their wonderful class assembly. We always enjoy hearing what the children have been learning and seeing their confidence and presentation skills grow. 

 

Pupils have been learning how to film and edit. The finished article can be found in the News section of the website under Kippax North TV - a super job. 

Kippax North Connections

Parents have been able to top up on their Christmas shopping at a Parent Pop Up Shop for adult eyes only! A super event, thank you to everyone who visited and organised the event.

We remembered...

Everyone respectfully gathered in our Remembrance Garden to reflect the wars that have scarred our past and the bravery of the men and women who fought them. Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday is a chance for us to remember not just those who fought, but what they fought for.

Friday 3rd November

Welcome to our updated website. We have re-organised the Home page and the drop down tabs to help make finding information easier. I'm hoping that it will not take long for you to be able to find your way around. Please get in touch if you would like some help navigating the site.

 

Class newsletters have been distributed this week. Please check that you have received a copy.

 

Foundation Stage have enjoyed having their parents working alongside them this week. Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was lovely to see so many families signing up for the "Drop In" sessions and playing alongside children in the different areas of provision. This generates such a lot of conversation between our children and adults which is of huge benefit.

 

Key Stage 1 have been busy preparing for their "Family Learning" session next week - Tuesday 7th November between 2:00p.m.-3:00p.m. Please come along and join in if you're free. It's going to be an exciting, hands on experience!

Y2's Class Assembly was super on Wednesday with such confident, talented actors and narrators reminding us about the origins of Bonfire Night and tips on how to keep ourselves safe with fireworks. An excellent job Year 2.

 

Key Stage 2  took part in the national "Big First Aid" lesson on Friday from St John's Ambulance. There were practical elements, animations and interactive activities that helped develop confidence that one day our children could be a life saver. Children saw demonstrations of relevant first aid techniques, including important bonfire night safety tips and information including who, what and how to call in an emergency, choking and burns. 

Our newly appointed, pupil referees received training to enable them to fulfill their leadership responsibilities at playtimes and lunchtimes.