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Staying safe online 3: Online gaming

Posted on 08 April 2021 by Mr Roundtree

Each day this week, we’re posting a short article about staying safe online – the advice comes from Thinkuknow.

Online games are social activities, and most have features that allow children to chat with others whilst they play.

For information about the positives of gaming, the risks of in-game chat and measures you can take to help protect them, watch this short video: In-game chat: a guide for parents and carers.

The PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating system can be a useful tool to help you decide what online games are appropriate for your child.

For more information on the PEGI system and other factors to consider before deciding what’s suitable, read Gaming: what’s appropriate for your child.

Gaming is popular with both children and adults and can help to cure that lockdown boredom! If your child is gaming, you Gaming: what parents need to know.

For a guide on the apps, sites and games your child might enjoy, visit: Net Aware.

Staying safe online 2: Watching videos

Posted on 07 April 2021 by Mr Roundtree

This is the second in a series of five website posts about staying safe online. The content comes from Thinkuknow.

From animals doing funny things, to slime-making and game-tutorials, the internet has lots of fun videos for children to enjoy. But the amount and availability of content online means that children may see something inappropriate.

To understand what type of content might not be suitable and advice on how to help your child  watch safely, watch this short video guide.

The internet is a public and open space where anyone can post and share content. This can be fun and entertaining for children, but it does mean your child may see something that is intended for adults.

Find out what to do if you’re worried your child might see something inappropriate online or what to do if they already have.

Children love to watch videos and YouTube is always a firm favourite! But sometimes children can be exposed to videos that are not meant for them. YouTube Kids is a safer way for children to explore their interests. You can find more information about this on YouTube: what parents need to know .

Remember, primary-age children should be supervised at all times when online.

Staying safe online 1: Steps you can take to help keep your child safer online

Posted on 06 April 2021 by Mr Roundtree

This is the first of five website news posts to help you to make sure your child is safe online. The content from all five posts comes from a Thinkuknow newsletter.

Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child’s online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so they shouldn’t replace the need for you to support and advise your child using the internet. For more information and step by step instructions on setting up parental controls, visit Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides – Internet Matters.

Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as the living room or kitchen, where an adult is able to supervise. Primary-age children should not access the internet in private spaces alone, such as in a bedroom or bathroom.

Explore together and chat little and often: Ask your child to show you their favourite apps, games and sites and encourage them to teach you how to use these. Ask them if anything ever worries them online. Make sure they know they won’t be in trouble and can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried, sad or scared.

Make sure they know where to go for support: Remind your child they can always speak to you or an adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried or upset. For a breakdown of report services, visit Supporting your child with reporting unwanted content online.

Take a look at Thinkuknow: Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. Thinkuknow offers learning activities, advice and support for children and young people aged 4-18 and their families. The Jessie & Friends animations for 4 to 7s will help you start a conversation about online safety and for 8-10’s, there’s  the Play Like Share animations and the Band Runner game and advice website.

Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.

Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are considering sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.

Use ‘SafeSearch’:  Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.

Visit Thinkuknow for more information on keeping your child safer online.

Tennis opportunities

Posted on 03 April 2021 by Mrs Taylor

As tennis restarts, here are details of some local clubs offering camps and lessons.
Alwoodley Tennis Club are hosting tennis camps for both weeks of Easter.
Roundhay Tennis Club have spaces on the 12th, 13th, and 16th April 9am-12pm for ages 3-10. Click here to book.
Adel Tennis Academy have a number of activities taking place including Easter Tennis Camps , in the week commencing 12th April, and junior tennis classes, that children are welcome to join.

Junior Leadership Team

Posted on 01 April 2021 by Mrs Weekes

Speeches have been made, votes have been cast and we now have a Junior Leadership Team. This team of children from Reception to Year 6 will replace the existing School Council. They have already had a quick meeting and made their first decision as a group; they have decided that we should lay turf in the new green space instead of sowing grass seed. They based their decision on the fact that turf is useable after a short space of time whereas sowing grass seed would mean a long wait for a useable space.

So, massive congratulations to our successful candidates:

Reception: Ralph & Aaniyah

Year 1: Sophie & Charlie

Year 2: Ryan & Talya

Year 3: Javier & Kian

Year 4: Isla & Olivia

Year 5: Billy & Christina

Year 6: Yusayrah & Will

Well done to everyone who had a go and made a speech; there were some very close results.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Did we trick you...?

Posted on 01 April 2021 by Mr Roundtree

In our weekly message earlier today, we announced the following sad news…

Farewell to Mrs Weekes

We’re very sad to announce that Mrs Weekes will be leaving us at the end of the school year. Mrs Clare April Weekes has been Head of School for some years now and has been a wonderful figurehead for our happy and healthy school. Whilst not suffering fools gladly, Mrs Weekes has earned a reputation as being a firm but fair school leader. Now, exhausted by Covid risk assessments, the day has come for Mrs Weekes to go on to pastures new.

Please be assured Mrs Weekes hasn’t any intention to leave us. Happy April Fools Day!

This week’s message (Thursday 01 April 2021)

Posted on 01 April 2021 by Mr Roundtree

We’ve made it through to the end of the Spring term! This week’s message is a day early because tomorrow’s the start of the Easter break. The first of today’s messages is a re-cap from Monday…

Testing positive…? (repeat from Monday)

As was the case at Christmas and in February, schools are being asked to support the government’s Test and Trace system.

If your child has been attending school this week, we need you to tell us if they get a positive Covid test result in the period Friday 02 April to Wednesday 07 April 2021. So you can give us all the information we need, please use this form or scan this QR code (hover over it with the camera on – a link should appear):

This means we’ll have the information to take the necessary actions, laid down by the Department for Education.

We’d prefer you to use the online form, but if the technology fails you, please contact school: moortownheadofschool@spherefederation.org

If your child receives a positive test result after Wednesday 07 April, you can tell us on the first day of the new term (Monday 19 April).

PCR vs LFD tests

It’s confusing, we know!

A PCR test (a polymerase chain reaction test) is one where the swap is sent off to a lab. An LFD test (lateral flow device test) is one that you can do at home.

Leeds Schools Health, Safety & Wellbeing Team have asked us to make sure you’re aware of the difference.

Apparently, some parents are taking pupils who have Covid symptoms to get a test and then having an LFD test and not a PCR test. Symptomatic people must have a PCR test – an LFD test is not sufficient.

Some test sites are open for different purposes at different times of the day, such as PCR testing in the morning and LFD test collection in the afternoon. It might be that parents aren’t aware of this and have arrived at the wrong time. Please be clear if you’re booking tests or arriving at a test centre that you need a symptomatic PCR test or if you’re collecting LFD tests. 

Pupil premium

Throughout the pandemic, Leeds has seen a rise in the number of children and young people who are entitled to a free school meal.

If a child is entitled to free school meals, schools get over £1,000 every year to support your child’s learning. This is true, even if your child is in Reception or Years 1 or 2 and so they get a free meal, and even if they choose to have a packed lunch.

Find out more about free school meals, and pupil premium to support your child’s learning.

Farewell to Mrs Weekes

We’re very sad to announce that Mrs Weekes will be leaving us at the end of the school year. Mrs Clare April Weekes has been Head of School for some years now and has been a wonderful figurehead for our happy and healthy school. Whilst not suffering fools gladly, Mrs Weekes has earned a reputation as being a firm but fair school leader. Now, exhausted by Covid risk assessments, the day has come for Mrs Weekes to go on to pastures new.

Have a happy and healthy Easter break – and be careful not to fall victim to any April Fools Day jokes…!

Please be clear on what lockdown restrictions are still in place

Posted on 30 March 2021 by Mr Roundtree

We’re all working hard to keep our school as safe as we possibly can. Lockdown may be easing, but we have to be careful and sensible about what we do. Nobody wants to return to a full lockdown.

The following comes from the government’s email to schools…

From yesterday, the rules on social contact, business and activities, and travel are changing as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap.

Outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the rule of 6) or 2 households are allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

Children are able to access any outdoor childcare and supervised activities. Parent and child groups, for the benefit of children aged under five years, can also take place outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees (children under five years of age and group facilitators do not count towards the attendee limit). Parent and child groups must be organised by a business, a charitable organisation or a public body.

The ‘stay at home’ rule will end, but many restrictions remain in place. These include mixing with other households indoors. Remember that a support bubble should be one person living alone, and ideally local to you.

Please see the guidance on the COVID-19 response – Spring 2021 (Roadmap) for further information.

Changes are happening...

Posted on 30 March 2021 by Mrs Weekes

As we come to the end of term, just a quick update for you about all the plans for our school grounds.

Regarding the land at the back of school, the contract has been finalised and signed and the tarmac will be laid during the Easter holidays. We’ve also been successful in securing various grants from different companies including Warburtons, Linley and Simpson, and Tesco.

And regarding the front play area, the current School Council completed their final job – a very important one. They’ve decided on the new equipment that’s going to be installed. Hopefully, this work will take place in the Summer half-term holiday.

Exciting improvements for the summer term helping to keep our children happy and healthy!

Testing positive...?

Posted on 29 March 2021 by Mr Roundtree

A couple of important messages…

If you’re taking a child for a Covid test, please don’t send any siblings to school.

In fact, if anyone in your household is going for a test, this will be because that person has symptoms. The rest of the household needs to be cautious. They might have caught Covid, but just not displaying symptoms – they could still infect others, so keep them at home.

And for the first few days of the holiday…

As was the case at Christmas and in February, schools are being asked to support the government’s Test and Trace system.

If your child has been attending school this week, we need you to tell us if they get a positive Covid test result in the period Friday 02 April to Wednesday 07 April 2021. So you can give us all the information we need, please use this form or scan this QR code (hover over it with the camera on – a link should appear):

This means we’ll have the information to take the necessary actions, laid down by the Department for Education.

We’d prefer you to use the online form, but if the technology fails you, please contact school:

If your child receives a positive test result after Wednesday 07 April, you can tell us on the first day of the new term (Monday 19 April).