Class 8 and 9 have worked very hard this week and I am sure you have been able to see just how hard they are working from seeing their books on parents’ evening. Thank you to everyone who came. It was great to speak to you about your child’s progress and comments in general.
In PSHE this half term we have been looking at how we interact with each other online and how this can sometimes be problematic.
For many of us, we see our online lives and offline lives as different, but children are growing up with technology and the internet and for them there isn’t a difference; online life and offline life is just life.
Technology can move at an extraordinarily fast pace and it can be difficult to know how to start talking to your child about what they’re doing online, who they might be speaking to or discussing the potential risks and issues.
Talking regularly with your child is the greatest tool to help keep them safe online. Talking regularly and making it part of daily conversation, like you would about their day at school, will help your child feel relaxed. It also means when they do have any worries, they’re more likely to come and speak to you.
But it can also be easy to become overwhelmed with the different technology, the language that children use, the huge number of games and apps which are available and the potential risks.
Whilst most children are responsible online, I have been made aware that some online conversations between the children are not always as pleasant as when they are talking face to face.
The age restriction for WhatsApp in the UK is 13. If children are accessing this app it might be worth while having a conversation with your child on how they are using the app. Some conversations are going to be more difficult than others, but it’s so important to have these open and honest conversations, so you can help your child with any worries or issues they might be facing online.
For example, if you’re worried they have seen upsetting, inappropriate or content, or perhaps being bullied. These more difficult conversations will heighten feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, shame and embarrassment.
Our Crime and punishment topic is proving popular as the children continue to explore different forms of punishment throughout history.
The children have continued their work in Science investigating light. Next week, and linked to this, the children will be exploring a range of more complicated switches as part of their D&T work.
To help with any misunderstanding regarding fractions I have included some video links on this weeks homework.
Have a good weekend,
Mr Chiverton, Mrs Duncan