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Posted on: 04/03/2020

4th March 2020

Welcome back after the half-term break - we hope that you were able to enjoy the week despite the weather.


You’ll have noticed a few changes as we seek to improve the provision for children at playtimes. We have invested in new playground markings for both the top playground and the lower playground. These are good quality additions that should last for several years. It has been lovely to see the children making up their own games involving the number square and playing snakes and ladders too! Along with our new planted areas outside the Year 4 classrooms, I’m sure you’ll agree that this part of the school is starting to look much smarter.


Thank you to everyone who attended our recent parents’ evenings - it was good to see so many people talking about how their children are learning and we hope that you found the mid-year report cards useful. If you weren’t able to attend, please contact the school office to make an appointment.


Sharing collective worships begin again this half term - details are available on the school website. It would be good to see lots of you there if you can make it - the children would love to have you there.


We are having some issues in school with our older children around an app called ‘TikTok’. Some parents have expressed concerns that children are visible online and privacy settings are not safe. I have had the chance to explore this app as my own children have been interested. Whilst allowing your children to engage with social media is a parental decision, my advise as Head and as a parent, would be for primary school age children to not be involved. The app requires you to be at least 13 years of age for good reason - not all the content is appropriate for primary school children. The obsession with ‘fitting in’ and accruing ‘likes’ for their videos can be linked to mood swings and can often be detrimental to children’s mental health at this delicate age.

Please be aware of what your children are doing online and address as necessary. More information about ‘TikTok’ in particular can be found here: https://www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/tik-tok-app-safety-what-parents-need-to-know/

Written by Jeremy Handscomb