Change4Life 10 minute shake ups
The Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up passports have recently been sent home in your child’s book bag.
There are lots of 10 Minute Shake Up games and activities, designed to keep children moving all summer long.
Their passport will take them on an adventure through six magical Disney stories, with weekly Shake Up activities and games inspired by some of their favourite Disney characters. Also included in the passports are stickers that children can use as a reward for doing the Shake Ups.
You can also sign up for Change4Life emails, filled with tips and offers to keep your kids active.
Tuck shop taster
Year 2 became customers at our the Key Stage tuck shop today as part of their transition to Year 3.
The children were excited to try the different varieties on offer. A special mention to Pollyanna who chose watermelon as she hadn’t tried it before.
Yellow Yorkshire Day 07 July
On Friday 07 July, we’re raising money for one of our school charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, by taking part in Yellow Yorkshire Day.
Children are encouraged to wear something yellow and bring a £1 donation.
A representative from Yorkshire Air Ambulance will be visiting school to talk about their important work in our county.
Using an index
Sometimes in Year 2, we have whole class guided reading with all the children developing a particular reading skill. Today, we used indexes in non-fiction books to find information.
Ask your child the locations they were searching for in the atlases. These were places where pirates were found.
Use non-fiction books from home or the library to practise this skill.
New school meal menu
The new school dinner menu, from our school meals provider, Catering Leeds, will be introduced in September and continues until February half term.
As well as on our website, the three week cyclical menu is also displayed on our dining room window for you to discuss with your child. Have a look for the weeks ahead to make your child aware of what the daily meals are. If you would like a printed copy, please ask at the office.
School meals continue to be free for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. If your child is in Key Stage 2, please check for eligibility for free school meals. (It’s important to check for eligibility for younger children, too, because school receives additional funding for each child who is eligible for a free meal, even when they’re free in Reception and Year 1 and Year 2!)
If your child would like to start having school dinners, please inform the office. A combination of packed lunches and school dinners is also available.
Children are consulted on school meals through our regular School Council meetings. Feedback may also be given by speaking to an adult in school or completing a suggestions/comments slip and posting it in their class SEAL box.
Thank you to parents who also raise questions and give feedback. We can then ensure this is passed on to the kitchen staff.
Key Stage 2 tuck shop preview
You may have heard about the requests from Year 2 to go to the Key Stage 2 tuck shop.
As part of our writing, the children wrote persuasive letters including many reasons why this should happen.
- It would allow them to try different fruits in addition to the free fruit that Key Stage 1 currently have daily.
- It would help them to get their 5 a day.
- They are very polite and sensible and would be good customers.
- It would make our school even happier and healthier.
After considering their request, we decided the children had used enough persuasion skills to allow them to try it out for themselves.
Therefore, for the next two Tuesdays, Year 2 will be customers at the tuck shop to support their transition to Year 3.
Next year, in Year 3, children have the option to prepay for the weekly tuck shop (20p per portion) or pay on the day but no payment is needed for these two visits.
The children were excited to hear their persuasion had worked and are looking forward to choosing their healthy fruit snack.
Hot and cold
Our final area of measurement learning in Year 2 is temperature. The children used thermometers, the correct units (degrees Celsius) and reading a scale as part of this learning.
Ask your child what they found out.
You may want to refer to temperature when checking the weather forecast.
Pirate positional language
As we’ve started a pirates topic this week, we’ve created a treasure map and some instructions for finding the treasure.
We’ve then written an algorithm using positional language to get the treasure and another to escape back to the ship.
Water safety advice
Following from our Staying Safe themed week and in association with National Drowning Prevention Week, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has released the following water safety advice.
As the Summer months are approaching and with more good weather on the way, young and old alike should be aware of the dangers of open water.
An open water source may look like a good way to cool down on a hot day, but every year, in the UK, around 400 people die from drowning as a result of an accident in or around water.
Nationally, the emergency services respond to over 100,000 water-related rescues, and flood events every year.
Reservoirs may look tempting to take a swim in but they can be killers and we’d like to raise awareness of these risks amongst young people. Cold water shock can lead to hyperventilation, increased blood pressure, breathing difficulties and heart attacks plus water temperatures remain just as cold in summer as in winter. Yorkshire Water have produced Cold Water Kills video to reinforce this message.
A summer safety message from the Royal National Life Saving Institute (RNLI), ‘Float to Live’, is a hard-hitting video, with advice on how to react should you become stricken in cold water.
Everyone who falls unexpectedly into cold water wants to follow the same instinct, to swim hard and to fight the cold water. But when people fight it, chances are, they lose. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.
If you find yourself unexpectedly in the water, the message is to float until the cold water shock has passed and you will be able to control your breathing and have a far better chance of staying alive.
Safety Advice for Dog Walkers
- Avoid throwing sticks or balls near water for dogs – they will go after it if they think you want it back even if you’ve thrown it too far or into dangerous water
- Never enter the water to try and save a dog – the dog usually manages to scramble out
- Even dogs that like swimming can usually only swim for short bursts
- Keep and eye of your dog and don’t let it enter the water if it’s older or tired
- If your dog loves the water keep it on a lead and make sure you have control to prevent it jumping into hazardous or unsafe areas
- Remember the wet riverbanks, steep edges or jagged rocks can make it hard for a dog to scramble out and be a slip risk for owners
- Don’t lean into water and try and lift your dog out – you can topple in
- Dogs can have cold water shock too
- If your dog has struggled in the water it may have inhaled water and should see a vet as dogs can drown after the event if water has entered the lungs
What to do if someone falls into deep water
- The first thing to do is call for help – straightaway. Call 999, ask for fire service and ambulance. The emergency services will need to know where you are. Accurate information can save precious minutes. If you have a smart phone and have location services or map tool enabled, this can help.
- Don’t hang up – stay on the line but try and continue to help the person if appropriate.
- Never ever enter the water to try and save someone. This usually ends up adding to the problem. If you go into the water you are likely to suffer from cold
- Can the person help themselves? Shout to them ‘Swim to me’. The water can be disorientating. This can give them a focus.
- Look around for any lifesaving equipment. Depending on where you are there might be lifebelts or throw bags – use them. If they are attached to a rope make sure you have secured or are holding the end of the rope so you can pull them in.
- If there is no lifesaving equipment look at what else you can use. There may be something that can help them stay afloat – even an item such as a ball can help.
- You could attempt to reach out to them. Clothes such as scarves can be used to try and reach or a long stick. If you do this lie on the ground so your entire body is safely on the edge and reach out with your arm. Don’t stand up or lean over the water– you may get pulled in.
- Be mindful that if the water is cold the person may struggle to grasp an object or hold on when being pulled in.