Supporting the Little Princess Trust
Sienna in Class NJ, has decided to raise money for the charity the Little Princess Trust which supports children who have cancer.
She will be cutting off about 12 inches of her lovely, long hair and donating it to the charity, where it will be used to make wigs for children that have lost their hair during cancer treatment. Sienna said "I am cutting my hair for charity to raise money for children with cancer. I feel excited to donate my hair for other children who need it more than me."
We are very proud of Sienna for deciding to do this and for thinking of other children who are going through a really difficult time.
If you would like to donate to the cause, here is the link to her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-O-brien26
Bringing Reception together at the South Pole
All our Reception children were invited to join together from school and from home to party like a penguin. We had been busy preparing by doing penguin-related work such as making fact files, penguin models and penguin hats. When it came time to party, Mrs Browne led all the fun for us! We did penguin dancing, penguin egg transportation and fish blowing games and some ribbon dancing to make the southern lights!
We were very glad to hear from some parents how much the children had enjoyed the party. Comments from key worker parents included:
‘Ahhh so lovely to see them all enjoying themselves. Thank you so much, L has been so engaged in this topic, so excited about today.’
Messages also came from parents with children at home: ‘We all enjoyed watching the children have a little fun this afternoon. Thank you!’ ‘E really enjoyed the penguin party this afternoon, especially seeing all the teachers and her friends’.
'Exploring reliability in the online world'
On this year's Safer Internet Day, the call goes out to everyone to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
Safer Internet Day this year is Tuesday 9th February and the theme is 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'. Each year Safer Internet Day is the biggest celebration of online safety in the UK. As a result of Safer Internet Day
- 77% of young people said they felt more confident about what to do if they were worried about something online.
- 78% said they know what to do if they, or someone they know, are targeted online because they are different in some way.
- 19% said they spoke to someone about something that had been worrying them online.
EYFS and KS1 will be learning about Detective Digi Duck. The aim is to encourage young children to start thinking about online content and help them understand that what they read or see online might be true, untrue, or simply someone's opinion.
KS2 will also be looking at what and who to trust online. They will focus on making sensible decisions online and how to check whether a source is trustworthy. Here is the link to the Virtual Assembly for KS2
BBC are broadcasting a live lesson on Tuesday 9th February.
BBC Own It App: The app features a special keyboard which appears wherever a keyboard would normally surface and offers in-the-moment help and adivce on what a child is typing. It recognises if the child is typing something which might be upsetting to a recipient, if a a child types personal details and can even recognise language that might suggest a child is in trouble and offers them advice.
NSPCC have useful information on their website on how to keep safe online during the pandemic.
Here is a link to some videos for each age group to help them recognise reliability online.
Here are some additional online safety home materials:
You will find our February safety newsletter in the online safety section of the school website, which will give you further practical help and support and a special online safety newsletter for Safer Internet day here
Our online safety page contains lots of useful links for parents and children. Let's keep the conversation going all year.
Tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore
In response to Captain Sir Tom Moore's 100 challenge, Year 6 set a goal of completing 100 skips each in 5 mins.
The challenge took place on 10th February with 25 children from Y6 who were in school so the class target was 2500 skips in 5 minutes. We managed an amazing 5317 skips.
Well done year 6 for an amazing effort.