Mrs J Britton & Mrs J Wood

Special Events

At Morley Victoria we are always looking for ways to enrich the children’s experiences and enhance our exciting, creative and unique curriculum. We firmly believe that giving all of our children the opportunity to take part in these special events helps us to develop skilful, dedicated and hard-working, well rounded pupils. At the end of their time here with us at Morley Victoria, the children leave us with a mature attitude to their education and they are ready to move on to the next stage of their journey.

 

Performance Poetry Competition

This is back for a second year – we enjoyed it so much last year!  All of key stage two pulled together at the start of the year to learn a poem.  This was then performed to a judging panel who had the very difficult decision of deciding who were the winners.  Miss Cook’s class were well deserved winners in the year 3 and 4 team whilst Mr Dougal’s class triumphed in year 5 and 6.  The level of performance from each class was significantly higher than last year – we seem to be getting better and more competitive each year! Key stage one will have their own competition in the new year.  The winners from each key stage will perform at our ASPIRE poetry competition at the Town Hall in June – this is an event not to be missed!

Andy Atkinson Visit

Early in the year we were lucky enough to have a visit from former Paralympian, now wheelchair basketball coach, Andy Atkinson. He came and spent two days in school working with our key stage two children around the power of determination, positive thinking, growth mindset. He brought with him 10 wheelchairs and the children each took a turn, learning what skills it takes for Paralympic athletes to be successful. It would be safe to say that the children were in awe of Andy and learned some very valuable, life-long lessons.

 

Charity Bun Sales

The children in key stage two are once again queuing up to run their own bun sale on a Wednesday, for a charity of their choice.  We have been amazed by the efforts of our children, the money raised and the different charities that are special to them.  Thank you to anyone who has been busily baking at home.

 

Dogs Trust Assembly 

One of our year 4 children who raised money for the ‘Dogs Trust’ asked the charity to come in to school to tell us about their work.  They even brought in a couple of dogs – Winnie and Martha – who were fussed over quite a lot in the short amount of time they were here! It was very interesting and we now know what an important role the Dogs Trust play in looking after and re-homing dogs.

 

Railway Safety

Year 5 and 6 were visited by a representative from Leeds United who came in to talk to our older children about safety around railway lines.  It was a very interesting and thought provoking assembly filled with important safety messages.

 

Takeover Week

Once again the children have had the opportunity to teach their class a lesson of their choice.  The children had to complete a lesson plan and create their own resources.  There was a wide range of lessons delivered by the children on so many topics that interest them personally.  Some of our year 6 children even took on the role of Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and Governors for the day.

 

Helen Kerr Visit

Our year 6 and year 4 children have had a visit from Helen Kerr who is in charge of our cluster services.  She came in to talk about her role in Morley and how she supports children and families in the local area.

 

 

Anti-bullying

Once again we have discussed bullying in school.  Our children have taken part in class discussions, assemblies and lessons where this important area has been discussed.  Some year groups have also taken part in a competition to design their own anti-bullying poster. The winning posters will be displayed in classrooms and around school.

 

Children in Need

Once again our children dressed up for children in Need.  It was lovely to wander round school looking at the different ‘spotty’ and ‘sporty’ outfits.  Many of our children ‘Jumped for Pudsey’ - year 6 even tried to have someone in the class jumping all day.  We managed to raise £426 for this very worthy cause.

 

Maths competition

Some of our key stage two children participated in our termly maths competition which was held at Asquith Primary School.  The competition was extremely close until the last round where we eventually won!!!  Well done to all involved.

 

 

Harvest

Reverend Godfrey joined us in school this year for our annual harvest celebrations.  We had a lovely service where we collected food donations for Wheatfields Hospice.  We were amazed at the quantity of food that was donated. Morley Self-drive even loaned us a van to transport it all to Headingley! A huge thank you goes to all of those who supported the harvest appeal.

ASPIRE Sculpture Project Celebration Event

Some of our Year 4 pupils have taken part in a sculpture project.  This term the artist Penny Rowe, all of the children and their families went to Asquith Primary School to showcase their amazing work. The celebration event really did feel like an art exhibition.  Everyone involved also enjoyed a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  They had chance to look at the art work and the sculptures that are displayed there. Penny enjoyed working with the children and has agreed to do another project with us next year.

d:side

Once again,‘d:side Dave’ came to visit us to educate all year groups about the dangers of drugs.  The children we fabulous and participated well in all of the sessions.  The company always comment that our children are a pleasure to spend time with, discussing these issue at their own level in a very mature way.

First Aid

Once again all of the children from Nursery to Year 6 have participated in first aid training thanks to funding from the PFA. The children have learnt to identify possible dangers, know what to do in an emergency situation and some of the older children have learnt how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.

Governor Day

For the first time our whole Governing Body spent the day in school with the staff and children this term.  It was a real success and it really helped the Governors gain a better understanding of our school routines and lessons.  We already have another date booked in for the next academic year.

Road Safety Training (KS1)

Key Stage One have all participated in road safety lessons this term, this is a very important skill as the children grow older and gain more independence.

Bikeability

The whole of Year 6 have had the opportunity to take part in Bikeability, this is a fantastic course that ensures children are able to safely ride on the road.  The children are taught the essential skills in the playground and if they pass level one they are able to go out on the roads and try out their skills in a real life situation.

School Council

A huge thank you to the school council for their efforts this year.  They have met every Tuesday lunchtime with Miss Cook and Mrs Wood to discuss important issues in school.  Some of our council have also visited other ASPIRE schools, they visited us and some of the Year 6 school council representatives attended meetings at Morley Town Hall. 

Candlelighters

As a joint project with the other schools in Morley the School Councils have chosen to raise money for Candlelighters.  We had a toys and games sale in school and managed to raise …….. in 20 minutes.

Leeds Children’s Mayor

For the first time ever our Year 5 children have completed applications to become Leeds Children’s Mayor.  This involved writing manifestos about issues that are concerning young people in Leeds.  The top 5 were picked from each class and shared with the year group.  We then had a democratic vote to establish the overall winner and therefore the entry Morley Victoria would put forward.  All 10 had fantastic ideas – well done to Abhinav in Mrs Cherry’s class who was voted the overall winner.  We have just heard that he has progressed through to the next stage, he must start his election campaign which will run over the summer and into September – REMEMBER VOTE ABHINAV!

Summer Fair

Yet again we had a fantastic turn out for our annual Summer Fair.  It was a very busy one – games, balloons, raffles and cakes.  A huge thank you to the PFA for all of their fantastic organisational skills.  We managed to raise £1500 – all of which will go back into school to benefit the children.

Singing

Many of our older children performed at the St George’s Day Service at Leeds Minster.  Thank you to all of those children performed and represented our school in such a professional manner, we were very proud to watch you at such a special event.

Salvation Army

Year 3 and 4 have visited the Salvation Army in Morley where they found out a little bit more about what they do and how they help and support the community.

Leeds Book Awards

Some of our Year 6 children have been busily reading this year’s book list from the Leeds Book Awards.  They have met regularly with Mrs Kirkwood to discuss the texts and decide which are their favourites.  The group even went to the annual awards event.

Year 3 and 4 Music Workshop

Our Year 3 and 4 children participated in a music workshop where they learnt how to compose music using different instruments and body parts.  They also learnt about rhythm and dynamics.

Ukulele Concerts

In Year 3 and 4 our children have been learning how to play the Ukulele, they have had whole class lessons every Friday.  Parents and Carers were treated to a show case of their talents, this was a fantastic event and showcased how much everyone has learnt this year. 

Guitar Concerts

For the first time this year our Year 5 children have been learning how to play the guitar.  They performed to their parents and carers confidently and showed off their talents very well.  They will continue to improve their skills next year in Year 6.

Violin Concert

Mr Whiston continues to teach a growing number of children to play the violin.  They have made great progress and preformed to an audience showing off their progress.  This is such a popular instrument, Mrs Wood has a very long waiting list!

ASPIRE Poetry Competition

This was a fantastic event which took place at Morley Town Hall.  The winners from each poetry competition in school came together to battle for the ASPIRE trophy for their age group.  The poems performed were excellent and all so different.  This year we did not come away with any trophies but we were definitely second in many catagories!

Jo Cox Memorial

All of the schools in Morley collaborated together to perform at the Town Hall in memory of the late Jo Cox.  This was a huge success and a very emotional afternoon as we were joined by many of Jo’s family.

Year 2 Celebration Event

Our Year 2 children were invited to a party in school to celebrate how hard they have worked this year!  They had so many exciting activities to take part in and it was lovely to see them relaxing and spending time with their friends.

Investors in Pupils

We have worked incredibly hard as a school to gain the Investors in Pupils reaccreditation.  Our visitor, Mr Body, was very impressed with our children and said that Morley Victoria was a great place to be where a sense of teamwork was felt across the school.  Every year group has since had a reward for their hard work – well done everybody.

Online Safety Week

In Key Stage One and Two we have been looking at how to keep ourselves safe on the computer. The have had sessions run by a company called ‘d:side’, who discussed this topic in detail. The children also took part in assembles and whole class discussions. Please help us by ensuring that your children are safe online at home. Some of our children are using mobile phones, online gaming and social media – all of which we have discussed in terms of what is acceptable to do, say and write. There are dangers associated with these and the children are now very aware.

Healthy Schools

Our next mission is to achieve healthy school level one status.  This will involve us working hard to improve PSHE, PE, healthy eating and our emotional health and well-being.  There will be more information to follow about this next term and into the following academic year.

Tony Wilson Visit

We have been very fortunate to have the author Tony Wilson in school to visit us and talk about how to write a good story.  Children in Key Stage Two had an hour with Tony and then they all planned and write their own story.  The two most exciting stories from each year group have been chosen and sent to Tony.  He is currently busy recording them.  We will await their arrival next half term – we are excited to see whose work was chosen.

Book Week

We had such a busy week in school with lots of different activities taking place.  The highlight had to be our book character day, the costumes were fantastic and it was lovely to see everyone in such a variety of outfits.  Once again, Mrs Kirkwood organised for the Book Fair to come to school. The children enjoyed browsing the selection of lovely books during school time with their class. Many people also popped in after school too. In total we sold over £1200 worth of books which means that the school will be able to purchase an extra £800 worth of books for our school libraries.  Once again, thank you!

Shakespeare Workshop

Year 5 and 6 we treated to a performance of the amazing Shakespeare play, Hamlet.  They watched with interest and some even took part in the performance. This was a real treat!

BBC Performance

Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to witness a rare play about, ‘The Battle of the Somme’.  There were also key messages in it about friendships, kindness and relationships.  We then had chance to ask the actors questions about their profession.

Morley Music Festival

Yet again we were blown away by the performance of our children at the Morley Music Festival.  They performed exceptionally well and worked hard in their preparation towards it.  Thank you to all of those involved and a special thank you to Mr Makinson too!

Maths Competition

It was Morley Victoria’s turn to host our termly Aspire Maths Competition.  The children worked very well under pressure and enjoyed the experience. We were victorious this time!  Well done.

Sculpture Project

Three of our year 4 children have been participating in an Aspire Sculpture Project.  This has involved the children working with an artist to design and make a sculpture which can be displayed in our school.  We cannot wait to see the finished product. We’ll be sure to show you a photograph when they are finished.  Their project comes to an end with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on the last day of this term – enjoy!

Thinking Day

Many of our children who attend Brownies, Rainbows, Beavers and Scouts came to school in their uniforms as part of ‘World Thinking Day’. Thanks to all the children and staff who took part, it was lovely to see you taking pride in your organisations.

Earth Hour      

We carried out our very own ‘Earth Hour’ in school this term.  The electricity was switched off in all classrooms and the children discussed the reasons for having an ‘Earth Hour’, some ‘Earth Hour’ resolutions were made and they played games and carried out activities in the dark.  Some children even took part in the official ‘Earth Hour’ on Saturday March 19th with their families so thank you for your support if you did this at home with your child.

Dream Home Competition

Many children in key stage two participated in Manning Stainton’s ‘Dream Home’ competition.  The entries were creative and fascinating to look at.  Many schools took part and we were lucky enough to have the overall winner, one of our year 4 children won the competition.  As well as winning an iPad for herself, the school received £500 too! 

Defibrillator

The PFA have managed to raise enough funds to purchase a defibrillator, this is currently kept at the main school office.  Manning Stainton have kindly agreed to purchase another one too, this will be housed in the red brick building.

Playgrounds

Together with our school council we have been working hard to make playtimes better for everyone in school.  We have drawn up a new playground map with different zones including a quiet area.  We have also purchased new playground equipment and taught the children a number of new playtime games.  We have also introduced ‘Playground Pals’ who help with the equipment, set up playground games and just be good friends to everyone.

Extreme Reading Competition

Our extreme reading competition was amazing; we had children reading their favourite books in lots of different places and environments.  We hope this has further encouraged our children to love reading.  Please feel free to come in and look at our extreme reading display in our key stage two library.

Online Safety Week

In key stage two we have been looking at how to keep ourselves safe on the computer. The have had sessions run by a company called ‘d:side’, who discussed this topic in detail. The children also took part in assembles and whole class discussions.

Mad Science

Key stage one and key stage two children have taken part in ‘Mad Science’ after school sessions, following a very exciting assembly earlier in the term. These have been enjoyed by all and have allowed the children to investigate many different areas of science in a very practical way.

Leeds Book Awards

Every year Mrs Kirkwood runs a book club in upper key stage two. Their job is to read and discuss the Leeds Book Awards books for that particular year.  There is always a range of brand new materials that the children enjoy reading.  When they have completed the full list the children then decide on their favourite text and why.  The group then attend to Leeds Book Awards Ceremony where the overall favourite is announced.  The library always purchase multiple copies of the texts each year to that everyone has the opportunity to read the books.  We also have assemblies to promote the texts in school.

ASPIRE Sculpture Project

Some of our year 4 children have been working with an artist called Penny Rowe to produce a wire bird. Over a period of 6 weeks they had a series of workshops with Penny and the project ended with a visit to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  We had a celebration event where the children could showcase their talents to their parents and carers.  The work is now displayed in school for everyone to see.

ASPIRE Poetry Competition at Morley Town Hall

This was a fantastic event which took place at Morley Town Hall. The winners from each poetry competition in school came together to battle for the ASPIRE trophy for their age group.  The poems performed were excellent and all so different.  Mr Harding’s class won the Year 5/6 competition!

NSPCC Assemblies and Workshops

Once again the NSPCC have been into school to discuss staying safe and the different types of abuse. The assemblies were well delivered at an age appropriate level.  Year 5 and 6 also had some follow up workshops.

Salvation Army Visits

Year 3 and 4 have visited the Salvation Army in Morley where they found out a little bit more about what they do and how they help and support the community.

Queen’s Birthday Celebration

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday the children had lessons, assemblies and class discussions about her life and her reign.  Reverend Godfrey came in too to talk to key stage two about her time on the throne.  The school was a sea of red, white and blue on that day!

Year 2 celebration event

Our year 2 children were invited to a party in school to celebrate how hard they have worked this year! This was an exciting event it was lovely to see how grown up the children have become and it was lovely to see them having fun with their friends.

Year 3 and 4 Music Workshop

Our Year 3 and 4 children participated in a music workshop where they learnt how to compose music using different instruments and body parts. They also learnt about rhythm and dynamics.

Singing

Many of our older children performed at the St George’s Service at Leeds Minster and the Battle of the Somme Service at Morley Central Methodist Church. Thank you to all of those children performed and represented our school in such a professional manner, we were very proud to watch you at such a special events.

Euro 2016

Despite England’s performance, the children have been very interested in the Euro 2016 football tournament. In some classes they have been completing wall charts tracking the teams progress and a ‘Swaps Club’ has been running so that the children can collect as many stickers as they can for their sticker books. We’re not sure who has enjoyed it more – Mr Precious and Mr Tibble or the children!

The Olympics

To mark this event we have had an ‘Olympic Fortnight’ to close the year. The children have talked about the Olympics, looked at the sports involved and completed lots of work around this special sporting event – we hope they will watch with interest!  Key Stage two have also had an Olympics themed sports morning or afternoon, 10 step event and a ‘Rio’ dance carnival workshop.