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Want to Win £100 of Singing Resources for Your School?
21 Mar
Leeds Music Education Partnership is looking for schools to take part in their annual Singing Challenge! For the chance to win £100 of singing resources from Out of the Ark, simply pick from the six great songs in the Singing Support Pack and record yourselves singing it in a way or place that is fun and unusual! For more information, including how to download the songs for free, please see this flyer. If you haven’t received your Singing Support Pack or downloaded your songs yet, contact: paula.brookes@leeds.gov.uk We can’t wait to see all of your entries!
2019 LfL Exhibition Prize Draw Winners - Is it your school/setting????
21 Mar
We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Leeds for Learning Exhibition Prize Draw. All delegates were entered in to the draw on completion of their exhibition evaluation. Thank you to everyone who attended the day, I'm sure you'll agree it was a fantastic opportunity to find out more about the wide range of support available from Leeds City Council to schools and settings. Congratulations to all our winners. Lawnswood High School - Print Management and City Signs Prize - A full colour pull-up display banner, to promote your school or setting (school to provide the artwork) Ashfield Otley Primary - 0-11 Learning Improvement Prize - 0.5 day free training from the 0-11 brochure offer 2018-19 Allerton CE Primary - ArtForms Arts Development Prize - A free training place Swinnow Primary - Assessment Prize - A free half-day assessment audit. Broadgate Primary - Early Years Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Team Prize - Early Years Co-ordinator/Inclusion Worker/Specialist Teacher consultation/training (up to 1.5 hours). Pivot Academy - Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (SENIT) Prize - Early Years Co-ordinator/Inclusion Worker/Specialist Teacher consultation/training (up to 1.5 hours). Great Preston C of E Primary - Specialist Training in Autism and Raising Standards (STARS) Prize- Free place for one member of staff on the Autism Education Trust Tier 2 training course: Pudsey Grangefield - Workforce Development Prize - a free 3 hour bespoke introduction to Restorative Practice Guiseley School - Financial Services to Schools Prize – one free training course place Guiseley Primary School - Health, Safety and Wellbeing Prize - One free place on Health, Safety and Wellbeing Teams open training courses of your choice. Woodkirk Academy - Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre Prize- A free activity session for up to 12 pupils or staff Quarry Mount Primary - Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre Prize - A free activity day for up to 30 school children Highfield Primary - Lineham Farm Children’s Centre Prize – A free session up to 8 children Robin Hood Primary - West Leeds Activity Centre Prize – A free activity session for up to 12 children
Arooj Creative Writing Awards Ceremony 2019:
18 Mar
Pupils who have been taking part in a creative writing competition were awarded for their poetic and literary efforts at a civic ceremony on Tuesday 12th March. Hundreds of children from primary schools across the city submitted entries into the Arooj creative writing competition, with 26 pupils being short listed as potential winners. The winner in each category was announced at a special ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. The competition, which is in its ninth year, is organised by Leeds City Council’s Learning Improvement team. It is part of a project which aims to increase attainment in pupils of Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage and is open to all primary aged pupils in Leeds. The Arooj project works closely with 12 primary schools which have the largest populations of these pupils to help close the gap in attainment. This year’s theme for the competition was “My Perfect World”. Entertainment was provided by pupils from Arooj schools and ranged from Indian dancing (Bankside and Carr Manor PS) to singing (Hunslet Moor PS) and poetry recital (Bankside PS). Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “There are a lot of talented young people in Leeds and it is clear that a lot of hard work has gone into creating the lovely poems, calligraphy and stories which have been entered into the competition. Creativity is a skill that brings happiness not just to the individual pupils but to their families and friends as well and it is wonderful to see that creativity nurtured and encouraged with such fantastic results. A massive well done to everyone who entered!” Councillor Jonathan Pryor, Leeds City Council’s executive member for learning, skills and employment, said: “We want all children in Leeds to perform to the best of their ability. Projects like this make education fun, interesting and relevant and encourage pupils to look at their own heritage and community as a source of creativity and inspiration to take them through life.” Winners in each category: KS1: Best calligraphy in the KS1 age group: Michelle Feriova Gasparova from Bracken Edge Primary School Best poetry prize in the KS1 category: Ruben Hadley, Carr Manor Community School Best short story in the KS1 category: Eva De Sousa Andrade, New Bewerley Community School Lower KS2: The best calligraphy prize in lower KS2: Max Woods, Carr Manor Primary School The best poetry prize in lower KS2: Honey Akingbemila, Hovingham Primary School The best short story prize in lower KS2: Maria Begum, Bankside Primary School Upper KS2: The best calligraphy prize in upper KS2: Alisha Khan, Pudsey Bolton Royd Primary School The best poetry prize in upper KS2: Lauren King, Carr Manor Primary School The best short story prize in upper KS2: Aicha Fofana, Hunslet Moor Primary School
Leeds for Learning Directory 2019-20
14 Mar
We are delighted to launch the new and improved Leeds for Learning Service Directory 2019-20. Many of the services will be familiar to you but there are also updates to existing services and information about a number of new ones. We hope that this helps you find information about the services you wish to purchase in the new financial year.
Teaching Shakespeare to Year 1 pupils with English as an Additional Language
08 Mar
Leeds Meets Shakespeare was a partnership project delivered by The University of York, Leeds Playhouse, Tribe Arts, ArtForms Arts Development team, and the 5-11 Learning Improvement team, Leeds City Council. This project was based on work created and supported by Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe. It was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The project explored the impact of teaching Shakespeare through drama on the attainment of Year 1 pupils with English as an additional language. In 2017/18, six primary schools in Leeds worked with professional drama practitioners, Anthony Haddon and Louise Clark, to explore The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale, using drama strategies and approaches as a way to understand the stories and themes within these plays. Andy Patrick, Year 1 Teacher at Carr Manor Primary School and an SLE for EYFS shared this thoughts about the project: "I was one of two teachers from Carr Manor Primary School involved in delivering the Leeds Meets Shakespeare project in 2017-2018. It was a project that I and the children really enjoyed. I can’t wait to teach it again and I can’t imagine us doing literacy any other way from now on. The project started with a CPD day for teachers. Project partners gave clear messages, and a great deal of information and energy came from the practitioners about creative approaches to teaching Shakespeare. The training increased my confidence in using drama strategies to teach Shakespeare with my Year 1 pupils, so I felt excited, rather than apprehensive, when I started preparing my lessons on The Tempest. The school based work was split into two halves: Part One focused on The Tempest and I worked alongside drama practitioners, Anthony Haddon and Louise Clark. For Part Two, the play was The Winter’s Tale and this time I was flying solo, applying the strategies and learning I had developed with Anthony and Louise. By half way through work on The Tempest, I could see that drama was a fantastic driver in the classroom. The children had become familiar with the approach and knew what was coming next. We tried to marry up acting opportunities for them, so they could do small tasks as individuals in literacy lessons, then we’d reserve one session a week where we’d deliver a piece as a whole group. As the project developed, the children’s acting became more skilful and sophisticated. We put the onus on them to take some responsibility for their learning, which worked well and they rose to the challenge. The depth of Shakespeare’s stories and the complexity of his characters helped the children develop their emotional literacy. The characters are far from one dimensional, they develop and change over time, so nobody stays just the same. The children learnt that if characters do bad actions, they behave that way for a reason. Exploring this helped to unearth layers in the children’s use of language to describe feelings and emotions. One of the great things about Leeds Makes Shakespeare was its cross-curricular nature, in which different types of learning braided together in interesting ways. The second part of the project focused on The Winter’s Tale. We used an app to recreate how Hermione would have aged over 16 years of imprisonment. We then recreated an art gallery with her portraits. Music was used to set the scene in Bohemia and we went on a mission to Sicilia, complete with imaginary passports. All of these experiences contributed to the children’s diary writing. Children just want an invitation to play, especially at Key Stage 1. Simply inviting them into the storyline was all it took to get them involved: they were so willing. We could empower them by saying, ‘You’re doing Shakespeare. Children in high school learn this, and you’re learning it’. This gave them a sense of pride and of responsibility. They’re not sitting on chairs being talked at; instead, they are part of it and are invested in it. I can’t imagine how we used to teach in any other way before this project started!" For more information about Leeds Makes Shakespeare, there are resources available here.