West End Primary School

West End Lane, Leeds,
West Yorkshire LS18 5JP

0113 2582819

westendschool@westendprimary.org.uk

Head Teacher's Update

 

Happy New Year!

The children have all settled into school brilliantly, full of excitement and enthusiasm following their Christmas break. Thank you for your support for the Christmas jumper campaign.

Staffing changes

Our new teachers, Miss Bracher and Miss Thwaites, have joined our school team and have really enjoyed their first week teaching alongside Mrs Parker and Mrs Gill. The children in Reception and Nightingale classes have really enjoyed impressing their new teachers with their brilliant behaviour and wonderful work.

Mrs Love (a specialist music teacher) will be working in school on Monday afternoon teaching recorders, orchestra and choir – we are very fortunate that she is able to carry with our music groups now that Miss Wai has moved on.

Indoor and outdoor shoes

During last term, the children very successfully trialled wearing their outdoor shoes all day, this was to maximise the learning time in the day. This trial has been very successful and both the children and staff are very happy with this change. As we head into wintry weather, the staff will judge if shoes need changing on a day to day and pupil to pupil basis to keep carpet areas clean. Their indoor pumps will be used if shoes are dirty and for indoor PE sessions. If you are buying new school shoes for your child, please can they be smart black or blue school shoes which are fit for the purpose of both smart in class work and play outside. Please also remember in the wetter weather to send in warm coats and, if needed, wellies for play times.

Personal, Social and Health Education

Please have a look at the updated Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) scheme of work and policy on our school website, you will find these in the curriculum area of the website. Our PSHE sessions support the children with their social and emotional learning as well as providing them with information about ways to keep themselves safe and understand their rights and responsibilities. SRE (sex and relationship education) is a compulsory part of our PSHE curriculum and is taught throughout school. The delivery of these sessions is age appropriate and teachers will share the lesson content and resources they will be using with parents before any sessions are delivered. If you have any questions about the scheme of work, please come and ask me.

E-Safety and social media As many of the children will have received new devices for Christmas, now is an ideal time to check you have the correct security settings in your home to help protect them. Useful sites to support you in this are: https://www.internetmatters.org/ https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/ Later this half term we will be marking Safer Internet Day across school (Tuesday 6th February) and we will be engaging in lots of discussion and work around this important aspect of safety in our children’s lives. There will be further updates and homework activities to support this work.

We are aware that many parent groups are communicating via WhatsApp and Facebook, please be mindful of the parents who are not signed up to these groups so that information you wish to share with the class is received by everyone.