9th June 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

I do hope you had a great half term and that the arrival of some better weather enabled you to enjoy activities out doors with your families over the holidays.

We have had great excitement in school this week with a visit from the therapy donkeys. As the children arrived at school yesterday I had many excited conversations about them and witnessing the children’s interactions with the donkeys was wonderful. It was a memorable experience for us all. This children have all started work on our whole school topic ‘Musical stories’ and again this has led to many excited conversations about the musicals they have been learning about.  It will be fabulous to welcome you all in at the end of term to share with you what they have learnt. In literacy learning one pupil has made progress in writing and has produced some fantastic writing this week. Another can now read CVC words. In communication a child asked to go the toilet using their communication board whilst another is now able to choose a picture and add it to their “I want” strip on their PECs board and remove the last picture before adding a new one. In developing social skills one class worked together to play ‘duck, duck, goose’ whilst another played catch with an adult. One pupil has been helping another walk to class without an adult. In swimming a child swam the width of the pool without putting their feet down and another achieved their swimming award.

Upcoming date reminder:

21st and 22nd June: Summer Parents Evening

This will be a great opportunity to see your child’s learning and talk to the teacher about the progress they have made this year. There will also be the opportunity to talk to some of our other professionals in school and to see the new build.

23rd June: INSET day – school closed to pupils

I am still awaiting confirmation from the Local Authority re arrangements for moving into the new build and moving classes around in school and will let you know about this as soon as I can.

Attendance Focus

For the week commencing 22nd May, the classes with the best attendance were;

  • Explorers hub – Llama class – 97.50%
  • Investigators hub – Husky class – 100%
  • Engineers hub – Koala class – 92.14%

Anime, which originates from Japan, is one of the most popular forms of media in the modern world.  Fans span across multiple generations with a particular emphasis on young people in the West, to whom the unique art style and presentation greatly appeal.  It can take many different forms, from movies to video games, but is most commonly presented in TV shows. As of 2023, anime is a truly colossal market, estimated to be worth a total of $28.61 billion in its entirety, with somewhere around 300 separate shows and films being created in the last year alone.  The cartoonish art style of anime can lead people to assume that all media of this type is child-friendly.  While a good amount of anime fits this description, there’s as much, if not more that centres around deeply adult themes, with scenes of extreme gore, disturbing horror and sexual content.

Anime can be fun and entertaining but it is really important to know what exactly children are viewing

  • Check the age rating of the anime children are watching; anime has ratings like other films but sometimes the age ratings might not be accurate enough so search the name of the anime and see what category and genre it falls under
  • Watch anime together with your child
  • Install a parental control app

National Online Safety have produced the attached guide for parents and carers and all you need to know about anime.

This week has been Child Safety Week which the Child Accident Prevention Trust (www.capt.org.uk) runs annually and is about helping families building confidence and skills in managing the real risks to children’s safety.  The theme of this year’s campaign is Safety Made Simple.  For example, take a look at their fact sheets here which contain bite-sized facts and safety tips on a range of risks such as; child safety around dogs, road safety, button batteries, fire safety, poisoning, water safety, baby bath seats, chocking, burns, falls and many more

The sign of the week is read! 

Have a lovely sunny weekend!

Very best wishes,

Catriona

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