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Newsletter Friday 26th March 2021
Dear parents, carers, families and friends,
As ever, and most importantly, I hope this finds you all safe and well and looking forward to the Easter break.
Thank you for all of your support and hard work this term – it’s been a challenging term for everyone, and it makes a huge difference for the whole school community to work together in the way that everyone does at King Richards.
Today is the last day of the Spring term.
School will be closed now until everyone comes back on Monday 12th April.
Please remember that during the Easter break, if your child develops symptoms of Covid 19 or if they test positive for Covid 19, even if they don’t have symptoms, it’s really important that you get in touch to let me know straight away, please, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Grapes and cherry tomatoes in lunchboxes
If you’re sending in these healthy foods as part of your child’s packed lunch, please remember to cut them up to make sure they’re safe to eat. School staff cut them up if they’re not, but this takes a really long time! Thank you.
Easter Raffle Update!
The Easter Raffle was a huge success – thank you to everyone for taking part, if you were able to J
Between you, you raised £122 – thank you for contributing in this way to the Treehouse Area Playground fundraising J First prize went to a child in Violet class, 2nd to a child in Iris class and 3rd to a one of our children in Sunflower class. Hope you all enjoy your prizes! J
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS HAS CHANGED
I hope you've been receiving messages from school - online messages are usually sent to the email address that you've given to the school office. If you've changed that address, please let us know, so that you don't miss anything from us! And if you aren't already signed up to MarvellousMe, now is the time! (and don't forget that you can use the contact form at the bottom of this page).
The rest of this newsletter contains information about keeping your children safe online. I hope you’ll find it helpful – don’t forget that you can get in touch at any time if you have any concerns about your child’s safety or wellbeing (the feedback address, above, or email@example.com)
Many thanks again for all of your support –
All best wishes,
Ms Harrison (Headteacher)
Online safety at home:
parents and carers newsletter - MARCH 2021
With the majority of children still learning from home, they will be spending more time online doing their school work, playing games or watching videos. Technology is hugely valuable for education, as well as a way to keep in touch with friends and family. However, it’s important we all consider how we can support children’s online safety during this lockdown, and always. Here’s some information about what your child may enjoy online and what you can do to help keep them safer:
Using devices like phones and tablets to share pictures and videos can be a great way for children to have fun and stay in touch with friends and family. It’s really important your child knows what’s ok to share online and what they should check with you first.
Read younger children sharing pictures or videos online for more information on the risks and how to support safer sharing.
Children love to watch videos and YouTube is always a firm favourite! But sometimes children can be exposed to videos that are not meant for them. YouTube Kids is a safer way for children to explore their interests. You can find more information about this on YouTube: what parents need to know.
Remember, primary-age children should be supervised at all times when online.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from the National Crime Agency’s Child Protection Command CEOP (NCA-CEOP) whose aim is to protect children and young people from sexual abuse online.
Steps you can take to help keep your child safer online
Parental controls: Parental controls have been designed to help you manage your child's online activities. There are various types, some of which are free but others which can be bought. However, nothing is totally fool proof so this shouldn't replace the support and guidance you give your child to help keep them safer. For more information and step by step instructions on setting up parental controls, visit Parental Controls & Privacy Settings Guides - Internet Matters.
Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as the living room or kitchen, where an adult is able to supervise. Primary-age children should not access the internet in private spaces alone, such as in a bedroom or bathroom.
Explore together and chat little and often: Ask your child to show you their favourite apps, games and sites and encourage them to teach you how to use these. Ask them if anything ever worries them online. Make sure they know they won’t be in trouble and can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust if anything happens online that makes them feel worried, sad or scared.