Advice on how to help your child use the internet safely, click on the following documents:
Talk to your child about what they’re up to online. Be part of their online life: find out what sites they visit and what they love about them. If they know you understand they are more likely to come to you if they have any problems.
Watch Thinkuknow films and cartoons with your child.
Encourage you child to go online and explore! There is a wealth of age-appropriate sites online for your children. Encourage them to use sites which are fun, educational and that will help them to develop online skills.
Keep up-to-date with your child’s development online. Children grow up fast and they will be growing in confidence and learning new skills daily. You need to keep up!
Set boundaries in the online world just as you would in the real world. Think about what they see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online.
Keep all equipment that connects to the internet in a family space. For children of Primary School age, it is important to keep internet use in family areas so you can see the sites your child is using and are aware if they see something they don’t want to see.
Know what connect to the internet and how. Nowadays even the TV connects to the internet. Be aware of which devices that your child uses connect to the internet, such as this will affect whether the safety settings you set are being applied.
Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, game consoles and mobile phones. Parental controls are not just locking and blocking, they are a tool to help you set appropriate boundaries as your child grows and develops. They are not the answer to your child’s online safety, but they are a good start and they are not as difficult to install as you might think.
CREATE a user account for your child on the family computer with appropriate settings & make the most of Parental Controls & tools like Google Safe Search
AGREE a list of websites they’re allowed to visit & the kind of personal information they shouldn’t reveal about themselves online (like the name of their school or their address)
DECIDE time limits for things like using the internet & playing on games consoles
BEAR in mind what older siblings might be showing them on the internet, mobiles, games consoles & other devices & agree some rules as a family
TALK to other parents about their views & don’t be pressured by your child into letting them use new technologies
MAKE sure you’ve set some tech boundaries before they get their first mobile or games console – once they have it in their hands it can be more difficult to change the settings.
REMIND your child to keep phones, etc well hidden to minimise the risk of theft.
TALK to them about what they post & share online – written comments, photos & videos form part of their digital ‘footprint’ & could be seen by anyone & available online forever.
DISCUSS the kind of things they see online – they might be looking for more information about their changing bodies & exploring relationships for example
HOLD the line on letting your child sign up for services like Facebook & YouTube that have a minimum age limit of 13
We believe that internet safety education is a crucial element of the curriculum and an essential part of young people’s development. Please visit the following sites to help enable you to strengthen and reinforce the safety messages that your children receive in school, in your home environment;
St Anthony's held a taster day on Thursday 10th May where Medical Professionals were invited into school to provide information to parents and carers on various Health & Wellbeing topics. The day was a huge success with lots of positive feedback from visitors to the school.
Following the taster day, we will be holding more Health & Wellbeing Days for members of the local community, future dates of these valuable events will be uploaded onto the school calendar in due course. Gallery>>>
St Anthony's operate a wrist band system for reporting the treatment of first aid to parents and carers. Further information:
At St Anthony's Catholic Primary School, we value music because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.
It also increases self-discipline and creativity, sensitivity and fulfillment.
Our school choir perform regularly at our masses, local schools and other events, they were recently invited to perform at the Royal College of Music in Manchester.
At St Anthony’s Catholic Primary school, we firmly believe that good spelling is an essential skill which allows children to communicate their understanding in all curriculum subjects. In order for pupils to develop into effective and confident writers, they need to develop and use a range of effective spelling strategies. By providing the children with a range of strategies we will equip them with the independence to attempt spellings before asking adults for help.
Our Aims at St Anthony's
Useful links for parents to support their children with spelling:
At St Anthony’s, we aim to inspire every child to develop a love of reading through immersing them in high-quality, engaging texts. All year groups share a wide range of stories with their children, from traditional tales and nursery rhymes to intriguing picture books and gripping novels.
We celebrate children’s achievements in reading with regular awards assemblies such as termly Reading Stars and a half-termly 100% Readers prize-draw. Children at St Anthony’s have access to their very own Reading Shed as well as two well-stocked, ever-changing libraries. Each class also has their own reading corner where children can enjoy their new favourite picture book or a timeless classic.
Early reading and phonics are taught through the Read, Write, Inc. Programme. The programme supports the development of sound and letter recognition, blending and decoding through fun, creative activities. Guidance for parents and carers to support their children is available at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc.
As children progress through the programme they also learn how to structure simple sentences and derive meaning from texts. Pupils begin the program when they arrive at our school in Nursery and once they have been assessed, they are streamed into ability groups. They are assessed on a regular basis to ensure they are progressing through the scheme at a rate suitable for them as an individual. More information about the program and ideas on how to support your child at home can be found at http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
Once pupils are beginning to decode words, they are introduced to the Oxford Reading Tree - a series of banded books which pupils take home to share with parents and carers every night. Pupils are also encouraged to borrow storybooks from the school libraries to read simply for pleasure.
As pupils move into key stage two, they begin to read books from the whole-school library which have also been banded to support different reading abilities. These should be read aloud with parents each night to develop fluency and comprehension skills. They are still encouraged to borrow books from their class libraries to read for pleasure.
Tips for reading with your child at home: TOP TIPS
EYFS and KS1
Texts recommended by literacy guru Pie Corbett on the Scholastic website (https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources)
Useful websites/links for parents:
Read, Write, Inc. (help for parents): https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc