Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have had a good week. I have continued to enjoy seeing the children learning and playing with their friends as the term progresses. It was wonderful to experience the awe and excitement of our older pupils when they came face to face with a T-Rex on Tuesday! This was matched by our youngest pupils watching avidly to see what would happen to a balloon in a ‘What’s in the box?’ session. Some of our younger children have made fantastic progress in settling into the routines of a full school day, eating all their dinners, initiating play and making eye contact, matching objects to symbols and transitioning in and out of school. A number are developing their language and making vocalisations and are showing us that they know who keeps them safe in school. Others have been using instruments and lots of staff have been made interesting “coffees” (made with teabags and ice cubes) as part of the sensory exploration around the story of ‘the Tiger who came to tea’.  One pupil has taken four steps independently for the first time! I have seen some lovely writing, painting, shape work and capacity work in maths too. The children have also been engaged in voting for the year 6 leadership positions within school and the results are in:

  • Head boy – Reece MF
  • Head girl – Emily L
  • Deputy head boy – Cian S
  • Deputy head girl – Mia K
  • Prefects – Harrison C and Taya L

We are really looking to hearing their ideas and evaluations of things in school as well as working with them on various projects throughout the year.

Downloading a new app or game is so quick and straightforward that, whenever a child or young person uses a smartphone (either their own or a parent’s) there’s always the possibility that they could expose themselves to inappropriate content (such as games with violent scenes or apps with adult themes) simply by sheer accident or through youthful curiosity. Fortunately, the parental controls on most smartphones are an excellent way of minimising the possibility.  They don’t completely remove the element of risk but they do limit it considerably.

How to restrict built-in apps/features on an iPhone    

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Screen Time
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Tap Allowed Apps
  5. Enable or disable the apps you wish to appear or disappear

How to restrict game centre (iPhone)

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Screen Time
  3. Tap Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Tap Content Restrictions (you may need to switch the toggle at the top to the ‘on’

position

  1. Scroll down to Game Centre
  2. Choose between Allow, Don’t Allow, or Allow with Friends Only in the setting for each

feature

How to restrict iTunes & App Store Purchases

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap screen Time
  3. Tap Content & Privacy
  4. Tap iTunes & App Store Purchases
  5. Select Allow, or Don’t Allow for each feature (you can also lock these settings with a

password

On Android phones, restricting access to particular apps usually requires going onto Google Play.

How to Block App Downloads (this also disables In-app purchases) 

  1. Open Google Play Store
  2. Tap the profile icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Scroll down to the Family section and tap Parental controls
  5. Toggle ‘Parental controls are off’ to ‘Parental controls are on’
  6. Create a PIN and tap OK
  7. Confirm your PIN and tap OK again
  8. Tap Apps & Games
  9. Set the age limit you wish to set
  10. Tap Save to apply your changes

How to stop Auto-updates

  1. Open Google Play Store
  2. Tap the profile icon in the top right
  3. Tap Settings
  4. Tap Auto-Update Apps
  5. Select ‘Don’t auto-update apps’ and tap Done

With very best wishes for a wonderful weekend

Catriona

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