Author Archives: MrPetts

A Smart Move?

An inevitable purchase as children get older seems to be a smartphone, and Christmas is a common time when they are bought.  As they move onto secondary education, staying in touch is an important consideration, but with this benefit there is the risk of potential pitfalls regarding personal safety and wellbeing.

There has been a fantastic guide published today by National Online Safety that I hope may of some use for anyone considering buying such a device for a young person that could start some great discussions.  Click on the image below for a PDF version.

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What’s that coming over the hill?

MONSTERS!!!!!!!

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers from the PTA who put on an amazing spooky walk – the woods looked spooky-tastic and the creepy dwellers in the trees were extra scary this year.

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The children had a mixture of excitement and trepidation as they strolled through the graveyard, past the spiders and into the witch’s lair to see what they could find.

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I think most of them made it back for hotdogs and dancing at the disco…….

Fortnite 2

Fortnite 2 seems to be making headline news these days – it is that popular I guess!  Even though it is aimed at children 12 and above, there are many in the country below this age who play, and there are risks to wellbeing and safety.

To help with this, we can recommend this terrific and useful guide for parents that covers the main questions they may have.

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Live Streaming – a short guide for parents

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As part of our ongoing commitment to raising the profile of staying safe online, I thought I’d share this short guide with you.  Live Streaming is an ever-increasing part of life on the web for young people, either as viewers of such streams, or by sharing their own activities with a wide audience.  Although very prevalent in gaming circles, live streaming is covering an ever-increasing range of topics and interests.

As age-restrictions are not always enforced by sites, or even ignored by many young people and there parents, understanding potential risks is never a bad thing.  This guide from the awesome thinkuknow team is a great introduction to the subject.

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We’ve got the power

We had an assembly about batteries this morning, and am hoping that you can all help us make a difference.

It is recognised that batteries are incredibly useful things, but they are also contributing to issues involving landfill leachate and pollution. Some shock statistics gave us an idea of how just the UK is having an impact:

  • 600 million batteries are thrown away each year – 22,000 tonnes
  • Only 1/3 of the UK’s batteries are recycled
  • Heavy metals and acids leak out into the environment

The government has set a target of 45% of batteries to enter recycling programs, but we thought we could achieve 100% for our school. We are sending each family a battery collecting box that we hope you can fill with any spent batteries. Once full, it can be returned to school where we can total up how much we are preventing from entering landfill.

A lot of the children were very aware of the problem, and they also suggested buying rechargeable batteries to reduce the volume of waste and lengthen their time in use before they require recycling – a superb recommendation. I know a certain Swedish furniture store offers a very low-cost range, including chargers, that make it an affordable choice.

Thank you 🙂

Feed Me Crisps! (well, the empty packets)

IMG_20190911_1049352Not that crisps are a recommended snack, but as part of a healthy lifestyle they are indeed a tasty treat (and my weakness I must admit!), and we are hoping that if you do indulge you can help us out with what it left over.

Crisp packets are not easy to recycle, but Mrs Heason has told us about a great scheme that not only aims to recycle them, but also raise money for part of Sheffield Children’s Hospital too.  Fantastic!

We have put a rather hungry green Dalek at the bottom of Class 3’s steps, and if you could save up all of your packets and put them in there rather than throw them away, we will ensure they contribute to the cause.

The only stipulation is that the packets must have the silvery lining inside, so they can be popcorn and other crisp-related snackables too.

Thank you

 

Farewell

Y6 Last-6

A little farewell post before the Summer starts – farewell to a Y6 group that I have been fortunate enough to teach for the last two years, and all the staff have loved seeing them grow over the last seven years into the superstars they are.

Good luck in your next schools, you are more than ready and we really want you all to visit again and let us know how you are doing.

** The leavers photos and slideshow will be shared with each of you, so do download them before the start of next term **

Stars of the Stage

I hope you were among the audience for our KS2 performances this year, as I won’t need to tell you how amazing the children were because you’ll  already know.

Fabulous acting, wonderful singing and the best dancing we’ve seen to date in my opinion! Well done all – it was more challenging this year due to all the fun we’ve been having, but yet again, you have proved that you are an incredible band.

EIS 2019

There were sporting superstars aplenty today as we took all of KS2 to the EIS in Sheffield for the Hope Valley Cluster Sports Day 2019.

It was a chance to go up against the other local schools in a variety of competitive and fun events using a range of skills to both practise and perform with.  They ran, they jumped, they threw, they balanced and they got sand in their shoes.

First of all – a hall of champions for you to congratulate with some incredible individual and team achievements:

Also, here is a (large) gallery of some of the action from today:

Enjoying the Fruits of Labour

The school wants to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came into school last Saturday to contribute to our Community Gardening Day.

It was great to see so many parents, children and members of the local community give up their time to improve the green areas of school, and it has made a huge impact already. The pond area particularly has had a wonderful facelift, and it has been a joy to spend lunchtimes in there spotting frogs and identifying plants.

The new bug hotel has an influx of new residents, and the mud kitchen is producing mud cakes galore.

Thank you to Mrs Campbell for publicising the event and to the amazing helpers who worked incredibly hard in the sun and rain to make a huge difference.