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Does your child have an app called TikTok?

Posted on 19 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Musical.ly has a new name – TikTok. This social network app has often given adults cause for concern because of the way that children use it to generate and share their own short videos and lip sync to popular audio clips. The app has a new name and new features, and now includes live streaming. Although the app has an age-limit of 13 years old, in practice there will be younger children using it, and the content may not be suitable. The UK Safer Internet Centre reports:

Because the app allows users to create videos using current and popular music, some of the songs contain explicit swearing, sexual content and references that may be inappropriate for younger users.

As users create their own content some videos posted in the app can contain inappropriate clothing or gestures. According to reviews on Common Sense Media, some parents have also reported seeing videos containing sexually suggestive or even explicit material.

Users also have the ability to interact and chat to other users of the app through the comment section under videos and the private messaging function. Private messages can only be sent between users who follow each other or are ‘friends’ and the messaging function can also be turned off entirely.

Profiles on TikTok are automatically set to public, so that any content you post can be seen by anyone within the app.  There is also a Restricted Mode which can help to filter out inappropriate content and prevent  the user from being able to start their own live streams.

Living and Learning: Anti-bullying week 'Choose Respect'

Posted on 17 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This week, all classes have been learning about different aspects of bullying during national Anti-Bullying Week.

Thank you to those families who supported our Odd Socks Day on Monday, celebrating that we are all unique.

At their first meeting, our new School Council reviewed the school definition of bullying and this remains unchanged.

‘Bullying is when you hurt someone, physically or emotionally, several times on purpose.’

In addition to this definition, each class has considered the following.

  • Types of bullying – cyber-bullying and prejudice-based bullying related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion and belief, special educational need and disability
  • What to do if children experience  or witness bullying. The key message is to tell someone (start telling other people)

STOP can stand for two key messages: the definition or the problem (Several Times On Purpose) and the solution (Start Telling Other People).

All classes have access to their class I want to say box or a whole school worry box where they can tell an adult any concerns about bullying or any other issues.

 

Our whole school homework this week, will allow children to consolidate this learning and show what they have learnt in a creative way.

We encourage you to discuss this learning with your child and for further support, bullying resources can be found at…

Consultation on changes to the admissions policy for schools in Leeds

Posted on 16 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Leeds City Council is proposing changes to its admissions policy for schools in Leeds. The main change is to set catchment areas for community and voluntary controlled Leeds schools.

The authority welcomes all your views and encourages you to respond by the deadline of 07 December 2018.

Find out more about the consultation and how to respond.

(Please note the changes mainly relate to Moortown Primary, although parents/carers of all Sphere Federation schools may want to be part of the consultation.)

Odd socks day

Posted on 12 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We launched anti-bullying week today by taking part in Odd Socks Day.

There were all kinds of sock colours and designs on show celebrating the fact that we are all different and unique.  Thank you for supporting this.

Here’s some of the Year 2 selection.

Online safety (e-safety) magazine

Posted on 12 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology.

The latest edition has just been published. This edition includes:

  • Banning pornography
  • Talking to a trusted adult
  • Fostering an ethos of online safety
  • Beware the expert
  • Impact of violent and graphic media

New kit awarded from Premier League Primary Stars

Posted on 11 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Following our application to the Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme, we’ve heard our bid has been successful!

As a result, we’ll receive a new kit for school later in the year.  This will be of great use for the football team and for other competitions.

School Council, when they meet for the first time on Wednesday, will be discussing the possible team colours. The final choice will be made democratically: each school councillor will vote for their favourite.

Which would you choose?

Allerton Grange sports leaders

Posted on 10 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Over the year, Year 2-Year 6 will visit Allerton Grange to take part in PE sessions organised by their sports leaders.

There are many benefits of these sessions:

  • Allerton Grange sports leaders have the opportunity to practise and develop their skills with a class
  • the sessions support our positive relationship with Allerton Grange
  • our pupils visit a local high school
  • the children get to enjoy a PE session in a different environment and see positive role models (the leaders)
  • the sessions give a positive image to physical activity
  • pupils reinforce their road safety knowledge as they walk to Allerton Grange
Here is some great feedback from the Year 4 session last week.
‘Last week, I brought my Year 4 class to Allerton Grange for a sports session.  Despite the rain, the children were so enthusiastic about the outing.  We were so very impressed with the organisation demonstrated by your students. My class were engaged from the start to the finish.  The high school students interacted with all the children and were very supportive to children who lack confidence in sport.   It was a great experience and made even better by the commitment, organisation and the amount of fun had by the younger children.’

October active travel prize winners

Posted on 10 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve awarded the final voucher prizes for our October active travel prize draw.

Well done to Isla, Year 2, and Jasraj, Year 4, who won the week 4 and overall October month prizes for travelling to school in an active way.

The Living Streets’ WOW interactive travel tracker allows children to record, in class, their daily journey to school and children will continue to be awarded themed badges at the end of every month for travelling actively.

An active journey includes:

  • walking
  • scooting
  • biking
  • park and stride

We want to reduce the number of cars outside school so if you do have to travel by car, we recommend parking away from the school gate maybe at our preferred park and stride location, Marks & Spencer.

As always, keep safe while travelling.

Staying safe to and from school

Posted on 08 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We want our children to be happy and healthy learners. For older children, walking to and from school, perhaps with friends, can be a good way to incorporate some physical activity into the school day. It’s also a way to develop independence as they approach secondary school.

If your child walks, scoots or cycles to and from school without an adult, please do make sure you regularly check that they understand how to stay safe.

Are they crossing roads in a safe way?
It can be easy to become distracted, perhaps with their friends or, even more likely, if they’re using a mobile. Make sure you’re confident your child knows the importance of crossing roads safely.

Do they know what to do if they encounter a stranger who’s behaving suspiciously?
Perhaps when you were growing up, the message was ‘Stranger danger’. However, this message doesn’t recognise that sometimes approaching a stranger is a way to stay safe – if your child were to get lost, seeking help would be better than becoming more lost, for example. A new campaign is promoting a new message: ‘Clever never goes‘. Does your child know to never go off somewhere with an adult (whether a stranger or not)? Does your child have ideas about what to do if an adult is following them?

If you’ve any specific questions, comments or concerns, please do ask.

School Council 2018-2019

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Meet our newly elected school councillors, chosen democratically by their class.

Their first meeting will be held next week.  On the agenda is to discuss bullying (as part of anti-bullying week), Takeover Day and to consider what they might want to spend their library and class reward budgets on.

All children are encouraged to make suggestions to their school councillors (by posting their suggestion slip in each class’ Living and Learning box) for ideas/concerns to be discussed.