Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you have all had a good week despite the wintery weather! Some fantastic learning has taken place this week in school. Some of our older pupils have done some wonderful persuasive writing in the form of advertising for their ‘The apprentice’ projects. The children were proud of their use of adjectives such as ‘fantastic’ and ‘incredible’ and read their posters to me beautifully. One used the catchy phrase ‘best in the world’ and another used the slogan ‘everything would be better with more chocolate’, a sentiment that many of us will surely agree with! I was slightly troubled to hear of their original plan to charge £15 a box and am pleased to report they have been doing some work on what products are worth since then! One young pupil said the word ‘hello’ to me for the first time this week and another is making great progress in using an iPad to communicate. One class is having success in growing pumpkin seeds which they are all very proud of. Another class were working hard on their letter formation by writing in shaving foam. Another class invited me to a performance of their class band and I was amazed at their tolerance of noise, of being in a small space and to see them all working together and smiling and laughing as they did so. It was a tear jerker moment! I have also observed a number of pupils being more independent around school and it has been great to see some of our student council members helping younger pupils through the day. I am really proud of all of our pupils for what they are achieving. Fantastic!
Many families still love watching films together, but we are using phones and tablets more and more. Children’s screen time is growing and children are deciding what to watch at an ever-younger age. What we watch shapes us and moves us and shapes our sense of wellbeing and can affect the healthy development of children. Age ratings are recommendations for parents and carers to help them decide what is appropriate for their child depending on their age and what stage of development they are at. Legally, these must be followed by cinemas, and no one under the age of 12, 15 or 18 can purchase a film with those ratings. However, as a minimum, it is strongly advised that these age ratings are applied to what children watch at home. In some cases, depending on the stage of development children are at, it is even advisable to consider whether the age rating recommended is suitable and whether the content might upset or disturb them.
The U stands for universal and is applied to movies suitable for most ages. These movies should be positive in tone and should make clear differences between right and wrong. There should be no dangerous behaviour that children can copy and, at most, there may be occasional very mild bad language (age 4+)
PG stands for parental guidance and these movies can be a little more complicated or intense than a U rated film. PG films might include some heavier topics, such as racism or bullying, but not in a way that condones such behaviour. Any bad language is mild, and there may be mild innuendo and references to sex (age 8+)
The 12A rating only applies to films shown in cinemas. This means a child under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a grown-up.
The 12 rating is used for DVDs and video-on-demand and cannot be sold or rented to anyone under the age of 12. Weapons and bad behaviour may be included in these movies, moderate bad language, and sometimes strong language depending on the context, may be used. There may be short sex scenes.
The 15 rating reflects the fact that although teens are often aware of many adult topics, there is still some content that is too ‘mature’ and may be unsuitable. Behaviour such as suicide, self-harm, illegal drugs, strong language, strong violence and sex scenes are permissible.
The 18 rating signals that a movie’s content may be very graphic and should not be watched by anyone under the age of 18. The film may include very strong language, explicit sex scenes and strong violence.
The BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) has a useful Parent’s Guide to Age Ratings, accessible here.
- Thursday 27th June: Last day of half term for pupils:
- Friday 28th June: INSET day
- Monday 31st June- Friday 4th June: Half term
- Monday 7th June: second half of the summer term begins
Thank you to all of you who answered the survey re transition and next year. I really appreciate your input. More details to follow soon.
Have a lovely weekend.
Very best wishes