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Safeguarding and Parental Guidance

Guidance Documents:

Useful Websites:

Advice on how to help your child use the internet safely, click on the following documents:

TOP TIPS

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.

7-9’S CHECKLIST

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

10-12’S CHECKLIST

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;

www.childnet.com
www.thinkuknow.co.uk
www.saferinternet.org.uk.
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/topics/stay-safe
www.digizen.org
www.ceop.police.uk
www.kidsmart.org.uk
www.iwf.org.uk
www.chatdanger.com
http://kidshealth.org/
https://www.iwf.org.uk/
www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/esafety/
http://www.vodafone.com/content/parents.html/
https://www.facebook.com/help/263149623790594/
https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

PTA

Parent Teacher's Association

Newsletters

October 2018

 The PTA have raised £500 from the summer disco on 19th July and from payments into the 100 club!  The money will be used to purchase 'Buddy benches' at school, photos will be published once they're installed!

100 club rules

Pastoral

Health and Wellbeing Day at St Anthony's

HB15

Health & Wellbeing Day

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>>>

 
Children from St Anthony's Buddy Bench 
 
First Aid Treatment

St Anthony's operate a wrist band system for reporting the treatment of first aid to parents and carers.  Further information:

First aid bands

 

Music

St Pauls 270618At 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.

Music Curriculum

 

Literacy

Literacy garden image

SPELLING

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 

  • Develop and teach the children to use a range of effective spelling strategies
  • Encourage creativity and the use of more ambitious vocabulary in their writing
  • Enable children to write independently
  • Enhance proof reading and editing skills
  • Encourage children to identify patterns in words and spellings
  • Promote a positive and confident attitude towards spelling
  • Help children to use a range of dictionaries and spell checks effectively
  • Help children recognise that spelling is a lifelong skill
  • Provide equal opportunities for all pupils to achieve success in spelling 

Useful links for parents to support their children with spelling:

Information for parents

How to help your child with spelling

Spelling Policy

Spelling games for children

Tic tac toe

READING

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 homeTOP TIPS

 EYFS and KS1  

  • Read for 10 minutes with your child every day – this can be at any time which is best for you!
  • Listen to your child read to you but also read to them and model fluency and expression
  • Make reading fun – change your voice for different characters or ask your child to join in and do their own voices for characters when they speak
  • If your child struggles to read a word, don’t tell them the word straight away – encourage them to use Fred-talk to sound it out first
  • Visit the parents section of the Ruth Miskin Read, Write, Inc. website or the Facebook page to learn more about how to teach early reading at home - http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/
  • Ask them questions about what they have read – What has happened to this character? Who is your favourite character? What do you think will happen next?
  • If you are looking at a picture book, ask them questions about the pictures – look at character’s facial expressions and what they tell us about the character
  • Ask your child to tell you a story – if they struggle at first give them a story starter such as ‘Once upon a time there was a lonely alien who was in need of a friend. One day he…’
  • Visit the local library and ask about their story-telling sessions
  • Reading comes in many forms – you could share a comic with your child, look at children’s news articles online or use a recipe to create a new dish in the kitchen

 KS2  

  • Read for 10-15 minutes with your child each day – this can be at any time which is best for you!
  • Listen to your child read to you but also remember they are not too old to be read to – you can show them good fluency and expression
  • Ask them questions about what they have read – which characters do you like? What do you think will happen next? Are you enjoying the book?
  • If they aren’t enjoying the book, encourage them to stop and choose another book they will enjoy more
  • Pay attention to illustrations – do they tell us anything that the story doesn’t?
  • Talk to them about what they are reading in school – what can they tell you about their class book?
  • Challenge your child to tell you or write down a 5 Sentence Story using these sentence starters –
  • Once upon a time…
  • One day…
  • Suddenly…
  • Luckily…
  • In the end…
  • Visit the local library – there are always new titles! Encourage your child to read a wide range of books – different genres, non-fiction, poetry etc.

Texts recommended by literacy guru Pie Corbett on the Scholastic website (https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources)

NURSERY
YEAR 1
YEAR 2
YEAR 3
YEAR 4
YEAR 5
YEAR 6

Useful websites/links for parents:

Read, Write, Inc. (help for parents):  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc

http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home/reading-owl/top-tips--3

https://readtheory.org/

https://idlcloud.co.uk/schools/IDLWeb.html

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/

http://www.readingrockets.org/blogs/shanahan-literacy/11-ways-parents-can-help-their-children-read

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/families/reading-tips/how-to-read-with-your-child/