“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”
5th August 2019
If you’ve walked past recently, you’ll have noticed that our community garden is really starting to grow. We’ve been lucky enough to be supported by some wonderful individuals who have taken our weeds to task and built us something of which we can be very proud.
We can’t thank our volunteers enough. Or all of those people and companies who have donated materials to create our bespoke garden furniture. It just goes to show what can be achieved when a group of like-minded people come together to work on something as a community. And now our KSA family reaches a little bit further. Welcome one and all!
If you’d like to get involved with the #GardenProject then please get in touch. All ideas very gladly received!
13th June 2019
Okay, so we’re not promising an end result along the lines of the Duchess of Cambridge’s entry at the Chelsea Flower show but, as you’ll all agree, it is time to tackle the garden. Yesterday, the Senior Leadership Team put on their sensible (and not so sensible) footwear and with the help of some local outdoor experts, went to explore the vast expanse that is our playing fields.
We’re currently boasting some amazing examples of grasses and meadow flowers but they don’t make the best field for sports day, so we’ve started marking out areas for landscaping and where we can maintain the lovely natural habitat that has generated over the past couple of years. We want our children to have somewhere fantastic to explore, learn and play. We want to take science lessons outside as well as creating outdoor learning spaces like reading corners. We can’t wait. Watch this space for more details as the project progresses!
“Curiouser and curiouser!”
24th April 2019
We often get asked why we have ‘Science’ in our name. It’s simple: by approaching everything in a scientific way, we learn to question things. At KSA Primary, we want all our pupils to wonder ‘why’ and ‘what if’ giving them a different approach to learning: if I do something like this, will I get a different result?
With that in mind, we explored The Internet of Curious Things as part of our full-School Science Day. Year 5, spent an afternoon making lanterns light up using a variety of variables including body temperature.
Thank you to the lovely people from Foundation for Digital Creativity for coming in to lead the session!
Celebrating International Women’s Day: Primary School Style.
8th March 2019
What a week! World Book Day followed by International Women’s Day. It’s all go here at KSA. World Book Day was, according to one of Year 4, “the best day ever”, so we’ve a bit of a challenge on our hands to beat that.
It’s not so easy for Primary School children to understand something with such a formidable title as ‘International Women’s Day’. Even World Book Day they probably just think of as the day they get to wear their Disney Princess dress into School and the teachers talk about books a lot. So where do we start with this one?
We’ve been lucky enough to have members of our community put on an event here today with Leeds City Museum coming along to talk about the suffragette movement and wider aspects of women’s contribution to society. But again, that needs positioning to the children before they can sit down and understand what it’s all about.
So, here’s the plan! It’s all about being immersive and visual. For the smallest children, we’ll be drawing the women in our lives with the oldest looking at the life of Emmeline Pankhurst this morning. Through drawing and poetry we’re giving the children the opportunity to then present their work at our event this afternoon. This approach keeps their interest but also breaks down a tricky topic into tiny digestible chunks. Hopefully. We’ll report back!
There’s more than one way to understand a book.
27th February 2019
We’re reading Harry Potter in Year 5 at the moment. We’ve done all the usual class decoration etc. but we thought we’d go one step further and bring the book alive by playing Quidditch! Our local Quidditch team (Leeds Griffins) kindly came in to show us how it’s done. Check out the results over on our Gallery.
March: It’s going to be a bit of a juggling act!
24th February 2019
Right then. We’ve all had a week off so we’re starting the next half term nice and fresh. But what a half term it’s going to be. We start with Cirus Skills the first week back, International Women’s Day celebrations the following week, then we’re onto World Book Day (costume needed!) and then it’s Red Nose Day. That’s a lot to remember. As long as the red clothes don’t go in the wash with the World Book Day costume then we’re all going to be alright.
By the time our Pamper Day celebrating Mother’s Day comes round towards the end of the month, we’re all going to need a massage! If you need a hand with any of it, please do ask at the Office.
We’re expanding – are you a HLTA looking for a challenge?
29th January 2019
As part of our big push to bring in lots of new friendly faces into the KSA family, we’re looking for a new Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). Check out our vacancies page; they will be more on there soon too!
We’re also looking for some new volunteers to join our parent teacher association – FOKSA. They’re an active bunch, always organising something. We’ve got a Pamper Day coming up in March where along with pampering, there’s bound to be some amazing food to try too…our parents are pretty good at cooking if we do say so ourselves!
This is new…
25th January 2019
New year, new start. Welcome to our new Blog. On here you’ll find out what’s going on in School, what’s coming up, things you can get involved with and ideas we’ve had. We like being part of our wider community so we thought this new Blog would give us a good opportunity to make new friends and let you know more about what goes on behind the scenes.
To start with, you might want to know that we’re going to be having another Open Day soon. We know that families don’t always get their first choices in the big School application system so we thought it would be helpful to open our doors again so that you can come and look round. We’ll let you know the date but in the meantime, if you’d like to put your name down for a visit, give us a call on 0113 887 3680.