23rd April 2021

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been lovely to see all the beaming smiles of the children in school this week. They have had a great week, some joining the circus and others staring in ‘The apprentice’! A number of children are showing increased independence around school. I have heard lots of great talking; with children using longer sentences, more words or using great eye contact to communicate. Some classes have been doing tally charts and data collection in maths. I have also seen some terrific writing and one of our reception class pupils drew an ‘angler fish’ today and told me all about it. Wonderful! That is a lot accomplished in four days!

Sun Safety

With warmer and sunnier weather hopefully here to stay, it’s important to make sure we all stay protected and stay safe in the sun.  Some important things to remember are:

Sunburn increases your risk of skin cancer

  • Sunburn does not just happen on holiday; you can burn in the UK, even when it’s cloudy
  • There’s no safe or healthy way to get a tan.
  • A tan does not protect your skin from the sun’s harmful effects.
  • The sun is strongest in the UK between 11am and 3pm from March to October

Sun Safety tips for everyone:

Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm

  • Adults should use at least factor 30 sunscreen (SPF30) and children should use at least factor 50 (SPF50) even when it is cloudy.  Sunscreen should also have at least 4-stars for UVA protection
  • Protect your lips with at least SPF 30 lip balm
  • No sunscreen offers 100% protection so it is important to cover up with suitable clothing, sunglasses (with CE Mark and British Standard Mark 12312-1:2013E) and a hat (that shades the face, neck and ears)
  • Remember that babies and children’s skin is much more sensitive than adults and babies under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight
  • Make sure the sunscreen is not past its expiry date; most have a shelf life of about 2 years and store out of direct sunlight.
  • Sunscreen should be applied to allexposed skin, including the face, neck and ears.  Don’t forget feet and backs of hand too.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before going out
  • Apply sunscreen liberally and frequently; approximately 5 teaspoons for the whole body and one teaspoon for face and neck
  • Re-apply sunscreen straight after you have bee in water, even if it is “water resistant,” and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have been rubbed off.  Even if you have not been in water, the sun can dry sunscreen off your skin so it’s important to re-apply at least every 2 hours.
  • UVA radiation can penetrate glass; this can be a car window, so ensure you protect your skin if you are on long car journeys or spend a lot of time sat by sunny windows.

More information and advice can be found here from the British Skin Foundation and advice here from the NHS

Later in the term I will be surveying you to find out what method and amount of communcation you would prefer ongoing. Throughout the pandemic I have written at least once a week and am concious you may have had enough of me, so do have a think about what is helpful.

Very best wishes for a wonderful, relaxing weekend

Catriona

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