Thank you so much!

Dear all of the wonderful parents of RS 2016/17,

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful gifts and cards. I am completely blown away by all of your generosity!!! The words that you have written in the cards brought a tear to my eye, so meaningful and so incredible. I’m going to miss you all a lot. Although it’s not always considered the ‘done thing’ I make the effort to make the parents of the children I teach, my friends. I ensure that I know all about you in order to do my best teaching. This is why it’s extra difficult to say goodbye as it is saying goodbye to families I really care about! It’s goodbye for a good reason though as many of you will know I’m setting off on an adventure of my lifetime. My current aim is to set up some kind of blog to keep you all informed on my many exciting adventures. When that is up and running, I will ask Mrs Stott to send you an email to let you have the link. I will 100% be back to visit in April time when I’m home for the one year anniversary of Ahmed’s death. Ahmed’s memorial garden at the front of school (where we scattered the seeds) will be complete by September with a memorial bench there to sit in. The second one is currently already in the playground outside what was my classroom with a plaque for Ahmed. Feel free to sit, take pictures and remember the wonderful times we shared with such a wonderful young boy! The bench will remain in that playground for the children to sit on throughout their time in school.

As for me, I currently have no plans whatsoever for after travelling, in fact I’m not even slightly thinking about it. My focus right now is this adventure and I know you will understand that!

I am wishing you and your children all the best for the next academic year. Miss.Cooke is truly great and the kids already love her! Year one will be hard in lots of different ways but I have no doubt that the children will succeed, grow and conquer whatever challenge is thrown at them. We’ve been through a lot together, more than any normal Reception class. I am unbelievably proud of each and everyone of them.

Thank you again,

Mr.Smith ūüôā




I wanted you all to see my nomination for Teacher of The year in tonight’s Yorkshire Evening Post. The nomination is from Grace Douglass’ Mum in Year One which is amazing but I know that some parents in this class nominated me too. You’ll never know how much this means to me so thank you so much. The winner is announced on wednesday but I am so grateful to even be nominated. Thank you


This week in reception we have been learning about snails. We enjoyed looking at some non-fiction books that told us lots of facts about snails. We then used our knowledge and wrote some facts onto our snail paper. The children all tried really hard and are really developing their writing. We have now put into place some red word vocabulary mats which contain red words up to their level along with check sheets which encourage children to check they have included finger spaces, full stops, capital letters and checked red words. They are beginning to use these really well and are becoming very mature, ready for Year 1.

We enjoyed creating some artwork in the style of the artist Matisse. We used different coloured squares to create a collage in the shape of a snail following Matisse’s art work. The children were very good at this and enjoyed being artists.

Celebration Assembly
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our celebration assembly. It was great to see children sharing their work with all the adults who were there. We hope you enjoyed looking at all of our amazing work and learning about the ladybird life cycle through our dance in the hall. Here are a few pictures from our morning:

3 form entry

Proposal to increase primary school places within the Alwoodley area

Leeds City Council is consulting on a proposal to expand Allerton Church of England Primary School from a capacity of 420 to 630 pupils by permanently increasing the admission limit in reception from 60 to 90 pupils from September 2018. The consultation period commences on Monday 26 June 2017 and closes on Friday 21 July 2017 at 4pm.During this time we will be having some drop-in sessions at the school for parents, carers and residents to learn more about the proposal and ask any questions they may have.The format of the drop-in sessions is informal, with officers from the Sufficiency and Participation (school place planning), Built Environment and Highways teams in attendance to discuss any queries you may have about the proposals. You may attend any of the drop-in sessions between the start and finish times.

Meetings details:

Drop-in session dates and times:

Monday 26 June 5pm-7pm

Monday 3 July 8.30am-9.30am

Thursday 13 July 2.45pm-4pm

To find out more about the proposal and how you can have your say, please pick up a copy of the consultation document from the school office, download it from here or visit the following websites from June 2017


Pirate Day
The children had the chance to dress up as pirates and they all looked brilliant! We played pirate games, danced and learnt some pirate songs, created pirate flags and lots more fun pirate activities. The children had a great day!

Enjoy these Pictures!

Ahmed’s Memorial Gift

Hi All,

I have been asked to share with you the gift that you as parents have paid for. This will be given to Ahmed’s Mum in the next few weeks, when she returns from Pakistan. A big thank you to Sacha (Aiden’s Mum) and Jo (Harry’s Mum) for organising.

RNLI Week!

Water Safety
This week we have been learning about water safety and how we should keep safe when we go to the seaside. The children have worked hard to create posters to show awareness of how to keep safe near the water.

RNLI РRoyal National Lifeboat Institution 
On Thursday we had a visit from the RNLI who came in and talked to us about their job. They showed us the different boats used and the uniforms that the coastguards and life guards wear. The children thought Miss Vickers looked very funny wearing the coastguard’s outfit. After the talk we all had the chance to try on some of the uniforms and go in the rubber dingy boat which was lots of fun.

Outdoors in the sunshine
What a glorious week it has been. On Thursday we went out onto the trim trail with Miss Vickers and practiced our balancing and coordination skills. It was great to see how children’s confidence has grown since the first time they went on the trim trail.

Have a great weekend!

Fi Fi Fo Fum!

This week in Reception we have read the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The children have really loved reading this traditional tale. We think the traditional tales should be read over and over again in the early years, they are great fun to read and the children love joining in with their repeated refrains such as “fee fi fo fum”. This week we have been learning about growing and have learnt that plants need sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil to grow. We learnt that the stem grows up towards the sun and the roots grow downwards into the soil. This week we have planted some beans and we are watching our beanstalks carefully to see if they grow up to the castle we have placed there. We hope we won’t have too many giants in our classroom!

Our planters in the outdoor area are looking beautiful and we have been talking about looking carefully after all the plants that are growing outside. We have been practicing using our looking eyes and not our picking fingers to look closely at the beautiful tulips. Mrs Willis has even spotted the start of our poppies growing. They really are magnificent when they grow. We are watching carefully to see them turn from seedlings into the poppy.

Day 2 – Sight! (Harlow Carr)

What a wonderful time we have had at Harlow Carr in Harrogate. It was fantastic to see such a transformation since when we went in Autumn and notice the changes between seasons. We made some perfume for a very smelly fairy called onion. We had to use the herbs in the gardens to create a perfume to help onion smell a little bit better. We all came up with different names, can you remember your perfume name? My group decided on ‘herby explosion!’¬†as their perfume name, aptly named as they used lavender in their perfume. We had a picnic lunch outside in the sunshine and then had all afternoon to explore Harlow Carr gardens for ourselves. We have a lot of tired children on the coach on the way back now! Thank you to all the parent helpers who make these trips possible, your help is much appreciated.