Technology is becoming increasingly apparent in all of our lives. Because of this, we know that it is of vital importance to stay safe online.
This Tuesday (Safer Internet Day), we talked about different ways to stay safe online – we even thought of our own tips and tricks, too!
Rayn made his own useful mnemonic:
T – Tell people you trust
A – Always check for a padlock
R – Remember you can block
B – Be safe!
New school dinner menu
The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards. We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer a meat free day every week. This will be every Tuesday.
Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.
If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.
Remember, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 continue to receive free school meals and we encourage pupils to take up this offer. For families in other year groups, please check if you are eligible to receive free school meals for your child/children.
We welcome feedback on the school dinner menu from pupils and parents/carers.
Living and Learning: Children’s Mental Health Week
Young Minds is also a great source of information and support about young people’s mental health.
Mental health forms part of our Living and Learning long term plan and we encourage pupils to look after their mental health as well as their physical health. This maybe through the use of mindfulness and calming down techniques, recognising their own and others’ emotions and knowing how to seek help if needed. This guide shares some of the techniques we use.
In addition to Children’s Mental Health Week, Every Mind Matters is a national mental health campaign from Public Health England.
Living and Learning: Internet Safety
In today’s Living and Learning lesson, we were learning about internet safety.
This lesson linked to our current statement: I make safe choices, including online.
The children explored a poem called ‘Jessica’s Wish’ – a poem that explains the importance of uniqueness.
Have a read of the poem yourself!
This half term our topic has been computing.
The children in Year Five, over the last few weeks, have been creating their own computer games on Scratch!
The games they’ve been creating link to our class novel: Survivors.
Their games have been created using algorithms – these are specific instructions which tell different components of the game what to do!
Here are a few of our games so far…
School Savings Club
The next School Savings Club paying in date is 03 February 2020 at 3.15-3.45pm.
The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving. We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.
As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.
If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.
Here are the remaining paying in dates for this year (the penultimate Monday of each half term).
- 23 March
- 11 May
- 06 July
To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.
This week, the children in Year Five have been learning their science vocabulary by playing games such as Heads up!
Each child was given a word from our focus vocabulary. They had to place it on their head (without looking) whilst the other children used their knowledge of the word to help the child figure out which word it was!
The other children would give information to help, but were not allowed to use the specific word in their clues!
Try playing this at home with your child and test their knowledge of our vocabulary!
Our current science vocabulary is: adaptation, evolution, extinction, fossil, inherited, prehistoric, ancestor, variation and natural selection.
Spring term after-school clubs
Our spring term after-school clubs will be starting next week and while many of the clubs are full, we do have some spaces available for the following clubs.
Every Friday, Year Five and Reception meet with their reading partners at the start of the afternoon.
This is one of their favourite times of the week!
It is an opportunity that has resulted in new friendships, too!
Living and learning: d:side visits
This half term, our Living and Learning focus includes staying safe. We have arranged for visitors to come into school to help to deliver this key aspect of education.
We have been working with d:side for many years and they will be visiting school to deliver sessions based around drug education and e-safey sessions to coincide with Safer Internet Day (11 February).
d:side is a comprehensive drug & alcohol education programme that encourages children to make positive & healthy life-choices whilst promoting a pro-active attitude to life. They focus on developing the children’s knowledge, skills & attitude, whilst equipping them with the appropriate life skills to successfully manage sensitive situations with peers & encourage a positive approach to life.
As part of these visits, there are two specific parent/carer information sessions.
Tuesday 21 January 3.05-3.30pm d:side drug education informal information session (open to all parents)
A d:side representative will be available to provide information about your child’s drug education learning with d:side and answer any other related enquiries.
Tuesday 04 February 2:50-3.30pm d:side e-safety informal information session (open to all parents)
A d:side representative will be available to provide information about your child’s e-safety learning with d:side and answer any other related enquiries.
Please contact school if you would like to attend.