Whitkirk News! 5th November 2021

A message from Mr. Dawson

It has been a great first week back after the half term break – which seems like a distant memory now. All of the children have settled back in well and have really focused on their learning. Thank you to all of our grandparents, who came in to help with our Year 1 topic – the children loved seeing you in school and thank you for answering some of the more challenging questions asked by them.

Before half term was our Harvest Festival. We have had a letter of thanks and a card from St Richard’s Seacroft Foodbank. They feed one hundred people each week and were extremely grateful to receive your generous contributions.

Thank you to everyone who came to our parents’ evenings this week. It was great to see so many of you in person. The children have been working so hard since September and hopefully you had the chance to see some of their fantastic learning in their books. Thank you to those who completed parent questionnaires this week. I value your opinions greatly and want to ensure that our strong links with yourselves and the community continue to develop.

On the last day of last half term was our Halloween Trail organised by the PTA. This was a huge success! I am sure that you will agree that the efforts put in by the PTA were incredible – the chilli was a particular success! It was great to see such a large turnout and lots of children dressed up in their costumes.

It was also our first class assembly of the year this week. Well done to 6RM for delivering a very well presented assembly – it has set an excellent standard for the other classes to follow.

I would like to give a special mention to Matthew (1JL), who wrote to the children’s author Julia Donaldson and received a fantastic response. We also have a ‘celebrity’ in Year 6RM, Luca E-C, who some of you may have seen in the Yorkshire Evening Post over the half term supporting Leeds United with his Brazil flag.


It's been a delight to see everybody back after half term, and this week, we are so impressed as one class has achieved 100% attendance! Congratulations to YRJS, who are our champions this week with 100% attendance. In second place is Y4CO with 98.9%, followed by Y1JL with 98.1%. Well done to every child across the school, who has attended school every day this week.

A message from the PTA

The PTA would like to thank everyone who came along and made our Halloween Pumpkin Trail such a fantastic event - we hope you had a spooktacular time!

Our next event is the PTA Christmas Market on Saturday 27th November. We will have lots of stallholders from the local community, fair-ground rides, and plenty of festive games to play. There are several ways you can help to make our Christmas Market a success:

  • Do you have any new unused gift sets, boxes of chocolates/sweets left over from Halloween? As long as they are well within their use by dates, and do not contain nuts, please consider donating these for our Tombola Stall - there will be a donation box in the school office as a collection point.
  • Can you spare some time before or during the big day to help out? A spare hour to wrap some prizes or man a stall? - every little helps! Please contact us via email at friendsofwhitkirkprimary@hotmail.co.uk our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/FriendsOfWhitkirkPrimaryPta to let us know how you can help.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Let's see what our classes have been up to this week:


What a wonderful week it has been as we have started our new topic 'Is there a rumble in the Jungle?'. On Monday morning, the children were super excited to find their role play area had turned into a Jungle Rescue Centre! The children have been enjoying dressing up as vets and looking after any injured jungle animals that have arrived at the centre. In English, the children have been reading the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance'. They have been using story maps and language from the text to retell the story. After learning that Gerald the giraffe just needed a new song to help him become a better dancer, the children decided to use musical instruments to create their own music for him. In maths, the children have been combing two groups to find how many there are altogether. They have also been identifying when they subtract, that the total gets smaller. The children have been using mathematical stories to help them when adding and subtracting. We have also been learning about the Hindu celebration of Diwali- the festival of lights! The children learned the story of Rama and Sita and then created their own diva lights out of salt dough. They also drew rangoli patterns outside to bring good luck during this special time. What an exciting week - well done Reception!


In Year 1, our first week back has definitely been a busy one! From having wonderful visitors in our classroom to starting our new science topic, we have had an amazing week. On Tuesday afternoon, to introduce our new theme, “How are our lives different to our grandparents?”, we were excited to welcome our grandparents into the classroom to ask lots of questions about their lives as a child. We had a fantastic time chatting, gaining lots of new knowledge and of course, eating biscuits. In our science learning, we have started our topic about senses by exploring our body and it’s different parts. We worked in partners to draw around our bodies and label all the parts.

It has been a super-busy first week back in Year 2! We have been learning a new story - Jack and the Beanstalk. We have used our own actions to help us remember the story off by heart. In maths, we have been learning how to construct and interpret tally charts and pictograms. We have used our skills of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to help us complete the pictograms. In PE, we had a mini-tournament with Brad from Leeds Rhinos where we practised our throwing skills using javelins and our running skills by completing a relay race. Mrs Diop and Miss Dougan have had some lovely parents' evening meetings and it has been a delight to be able to share Year 2's progress and welcome you all back into school again.


What an amazing first week back! In English, we started our new class text, 'Stig of the Dump' by Clive King. We have been crafting sentences using conjunctions, which we will use when we write a non-chronological report on our new Stone Age theme. In Maths, we have been focusing on collecting, representing and interpreting data in tally charts and pictograms. On Tuesday, we drew some colourful Diwali pictures, after learning all about the religious celebration in RE. The highlight of our week was our first rugby lesson with a coach from Leeds Rhinos. We learnt all about how to hold a rugby ball and played some fun games. Well done, Year 3, for a fantastic week!

Our Year 4 pupils have returned after half term with fantastic attitudes towards their learning. Our new History theme - 'What impact did the Romans have?' has sparked a lot of discussion amongst the children. They have been great at asking questions to delve deeper into the theme and find out more. This week, we have been learning about how the Ancient Romans invaded and conquered many countries, making them an incredibly powerful civilisation. Linked in with this, we designed and made Roman shields, ready for our battle of the Romans versus the Celts. Well done Year 4 for your never-ending enthusiasm!


Year 5 have had a fabulous first week back to school! We have started our class text for this half term (Beowulf) and made a start on our theme learning which is based around the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. The children have written some brilliant sentences on their new learning about the Vikings ready for writing a non-chronological report later this term. We have also been experimenting with paint, mixing different shades and tones, as well as testing different properties of materials for our new science topic.

The Year 6 team cannot quite believe that we are only at the end of week 1, and what a week it has been! We have started our new novel, Letters from the Lighthouse written by Emma Carroll, began our new WW2 topic and Y6RM showcased their learning in the first Whitkirk Class Assembly. We are very proud of all of the children and their efforts and we would like to thank the parents and carers for being so supportive too. Well done Year 6!

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Have a fantastic weekend - stay safe and enjoy Bonfire Night!

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