Stop Press! We’re on the front page – June 2020

5th June 2020

Well what a week it’s been. From everyone feeling rather awkward about coming back to school and not knowing how it’ll be (turns out, it’s fine!) to ending the week on the front page. Who’d have thought.

We’re all terribly proud of the work the children did discussing #BlackLivesMatter and writing their own poems inspired by Martin Luther King. You can read the article on the Yorkshire Evening Post website.

I have a dream the nation will be friendly and free, racism will stop and people will be judged on their personality and not their skin colour.

Year Six

Hello from us at school to you at home! – May 2020

May 2020

Returning to school following the coronavirus lockdown in England

23rd May 2020

From Tuesday 2nd June 2020, we invite back children in Reception, Year One and Year Six. School for key worker’s children remains the same. Please visit our Phased Opening page for more information. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Extending our provision to include children of two years and up – May 2020

1st May 2020

Work is currently underway in school to look into extending our capacity to be able to include children from the age of two and upwards. Having spoken to many of our families and neighbours, there seems to be a good need for this support as well as a future nursery provision.

Bear with us though whilst we work through the necessary paperwork and get the ‘legal bit’ done before we’re able to tell you more and get the ball rolling. In the meantime, if you would be interested in your child having a place with us, please do give us a call on 0113 887 3680.

New school name! – April 2020

15th April 2020

We are very pleased to be able to announce today that we have decided on a new name for our school. From September 2020, we will be called Primley Wood Primary School! This name has been chosen to more closely reflect our local community and we have to say that we’re very excited about it. We’ve worked with our families, Trustees and neighbours to come up with the name and we can’t wait to get started on the rebrand process. So, watch this space!

World Book Day – February 2020

26th February 2020

It’s that time of year again! We asked the children if they wanted to dress up or not this year and it was a resounding ‘YES!’…queue teachers all now rummaging through cupboards for what on earth to wear. However, we haven’t set a theme so as long as the costume is something to do with a book then that’s fine with us. We know that costumes are expensive so let’s all get creative with what we have at home instead! (Now where’s that old pair of curtains got to…?)

We’re hosting a ‘Sharing Stories’ breakfast for families to join their children for breakfast on 5th March and get reading together in the hall. We look forward to seeing you all there.

And that’s not all: we also have local author Fran Grant with us so it’s going to be a pretty busy day.

Check book bags tonight for all the information you need.

New School Menu after half term – February 2020

11th February 2020

We’ve got a new School Menu when we get back from half term. The regular favourites are on there as well as our popular weekly roast (the teachers are pretty partial to this one too!) and we’ve got some new treats like samosas and falafels to get stuck into. We’re looking forward to trying it out!

See our School Meals page for more details.

Updated Privacy Notice – February 2020

7th February 2020

We have updated our Privacy Policy. This outlines what pupil information we are required by law to keep, how we record it and who, if anyone, it is shared with, when and why. Please visit our Policies page for more information.

Admissions Policy Consultation – January 2020

13th January 2020

We have recently re-written our Admissions Policy. By law, we are now obliged to publish it to allow any comments from our local community. Please visit our Policies page to read the amended document. Should you have any comments, please send them to info@khalsascienceacademy.org.uk.

Ofsted Visit – December 2019

6th January 2020

We’re very proud to now be an Ofsted rated ‘Good‘ School. Our thanks go out to everyone who has supported the School and joined in the hard work to move us to this next phase of our development.

The full report can be read on the Ofsted page, but here are a few highlight quotes:

  • Pupils are very supportive of their peers.
  • Leaders have a clear vision for the school’s curriculum. They believe all pupils have a talent.
  • Attendance has improved… It is currently above the national average.
  • Children in the early years settle quickly into school. Warm and trusting relationships are quickly formed.
  • Pupils feel well supported by their teachers… ‘Teachers are right by our side.

Remembrance Day Parade

12th November 2019

We were lucky enough to take part in the Leeds Remembrance Day Parade again this year. The children were able to meet both the Mayor and Children’s Mayor as well as laying a wreath with the Sikh community.

We are the champions

22nd October 2019

Who wants one World Champion when you can have two? And that’s exactly what we have here at KSA Primary! Two of our Year Six boys have just returned from the Muay Thai Boxing Championships in Germany as World Champions representing Team GB.

The boys train endlessly and their effort pays off as the latest win adds to a long list of successful competitions which have taken them all over the world. Watch this space – we’re sure we’ll be seeing them progressing even further before we know it.

Parent Survey Results

21st October 2019

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent Parent Survey. Your thoughts play a crucial part in pushing continual improvement at KSA Primary. You can view the full results by pressing the button below.

Here are some highlights:

A fabulous school with fantastic staff and easy to adapt environment. By seeing happiness on my kids face. I am super happy with this school.

My son is really happy, he enjoys every day at school. I’m very happy to see my son enjoy and learn every day. The staff and teachers are helpful. Thanks!!

New Nursery for 2020

21st October 2019

We’re pleased to announce that work is underway to create a Nursery on site which we hope to open at Easter 2020. If you are interested in your child attending (age 3 upwards), please do get in touch with the School Office on 0113 887 3680 or by emailing info@khalsascienceacademy.org.uk

Book your place for Open Day – Wednesday 23rd October 

30th September 2019

It’s time to start thinking about choosing Reception places for September 2020! Join us on Wednesday 23rd October 2019 for a tour of the School and to ask questions about life at KSA Primary.

Sessions will be running at:

  • 9.30am to 10.30am
  • 11.00am to 12.00pm
  • 5.30pm to 6.30pm

If you would like to attend, please call the School Office on 0113 887 3680 or email info@khalsascienceacademy.org.uk to book your place. Alternatively, if you are not able to make any of those slots, get in contact and we’ll be pleased to arrange something else for you.

Times Table Rockstars

17th September 2019

As Mathletics has always proved super popular with the children, we’ve now introduced Times Table Rockstars. A similar online site which, as the name suggests, helps children to improve their knowledge of their times tables. Have a look at the really engaging and user friendly website to find out more.

www.ttrockstars.com

Uniform Sale

16th September 2019

FOKSA will be in school on Friday from 3.30pm selling school uniform items at £1 a piece. If you have any good quality, new or used school uniform items that you would like to donate please hand them to the School Office before Thursday.

School rules!

9th September 2019

This year we’ve introduced some new School Rules:

  • Be ready
  • Be respectful
  • Be safe

In class, we’ve been working with the children to discuss what each of the rules means to them. Be warned, there are actions to accompany the rules so that the children can remember them!

Key Stage 1 beat national average for 3rd year in a row!

5th September 2019

We’re very proud to be able to say that our 2018/2019 Year 2 class beat the national average* in their SATs at the end of last year. Plus, it’s the third year running that our children have scored higher than the national scores so we’re very proud of all their hard work to achieve great results. Well done everyone! Shall we aim for four years in a row?

*2018 national average scores used as comparison as 2019 scores not yet published

“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!

#Garden Project

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!

Winners! Dodgeball regional champions

8th February 2019

Last night, two groups from Year 5 took part in PE Partners’ Dodgeball Championship, and…we won! Plus, as we’re all enjoying Dodgeball so much in School, we’re going to have a club too. More news to follow on that so watch this space!

Date for your diary – Thursday 18th April 2019 – Open Day

28th January 2019

For those of you who unluckily don’t get your choice of School in April, we thought it would help to put on an additional Open Day to give you all the opportunity to visit our lovely School. For more information or to book a place call us on 0113 887 3680 or email info@khalsascienceacademy.org.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Apps…they’re Easy Peasy!

25th January 2019

This week we’ve started using the Easy Peasy App with Reception. Parents came in to hear all about this fantastic tool for keeping the kids busy and entertained at home. It has lots of activities and games to play – now you’ve got rainy days covered!

What if Social Media had existed a long time ago?

25th January 2019

Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? If not, why not? We’ll be posting regular news and updates on there so please do come and join the conversation.

Year Four recently took over our Twitter channel with their thoughts on what Social Media would look like in Ancient Egypt. Let us know what you think! And come find us @KSA_Leeds