Today, there is so much going on we just had to share it. Our children, across school are involved in so much today.
Our resident French teacher, Monsieur Barthelemy teaches all our KS2 pupils weekly. They are making excellent progress and today our Y5s were explaining what the weather was like in France.
Our pupils in our school learn to play the violin. The whole of Year 5 have just started to learn how to play and follow simple musical notation and some of our pupils have elected to study the violin for a second year and take part in a select group. Heather Cordwell is our resident music teacher.
Andy Messer (professional story teller and writer) spends a day in our school each week. He’ll be part of our school for the full year! We are so lucky to have our literacy sessions enriched with his skills and enthusiasm. Today he was working with y4 and he led the whole school assembly at the end of the day captivating every single one of us.
Many of our year groups have been baking for Macmillan Cancer Support today. Y2s have made flapjack and the Y6s baked vegan brownies! The school has smelt wonderful today. Not only are the children involved in fundraising, but the staff have been baking all week to raise money for this worthy cause.
Our Y3s have been learning about the Stone Age since they started this school year. They’ve been up to all sorts. Today, they went in to our Secret Garden working as archaeologists to discover hidden artefacts.
This week’s Pride of Prince Edward is a ray of sunshine! He lights up the room and his friends enjoy playing football with him because of his kind and caring personality. He’s always ready to look after people, and it’s wonderful to see him grow and mature this year. It will be exciting to see what he achieves next year! You are a true Pride of Prince Edward.
This week as part of our Safety Week Mr Little and Mr Sieczkarek conducted an experiment with all classes in Year 3 and Year 4 to see just how safe we really were while using the internet.
For the experiment we were told that we would be playing an online game on the iPad. The game we played was Yahtzee. We had to roll five dice to try and get the highest score possible. After a while we noticed that this game had a chat feature and that we had received a message from someone called Max2009Smith. We chatted to Max and he seemed really nice, he told us his name, age, school and that he was off school because he was poorly. He asked for our personal information and we told him our full name, age, street name and school. Unfortunately, we weren’t really playing against Max Smith, we…
All week our pupils have been working with different teachers in school experiencing varied and worthwhile lessons and activities associated with all things safety. I worked with one of my Y3 teachers to look at E-Safety and in particular, online chat rooms.
Mr Little worked with all the Y3 and Y4 classes and played Yahtzee online. That game had a chat room and I was in my office, secretly playing with them. To them I was a stranger. I chatted to them and tested them to see what information they would provide to a total stranger pretending to be a boy called Max. Some classes were harder to crack than others, but after 30 minutes, without fail, I, as a stranger to them, had extracted personal information. I managed to get: school name, city, first and last names, ages and street names.
Pupils in our school were aware of the dangers of talking online. In theory, they knew all the rules. But in practice, with persuasion, they offered personal information. This exercise was so worthwhile. All our children are much more wise to online dangers and in particular how to handle these situations for real. This activity has highlighted that we, as a school, must also share the findings of this ‘experiment’ with all our parents to ensure that they are much more vigilant when their children are talking online.
Visit the other class blogs to see all the Safety Week work we have been embarking on.
This week’s Pride of Prince Edward is the sort of boy everyone wants in their class. He is a ray of sunshine. He tries hard in any task and always works well with other children in his group. It is lovely to see him encouraging others when they get stuck. Congratulations! You truly are a Pride of Prince Edward!