Relationships and Sex Education Parent Consultation

Dear parents/carers,

In light of upcoming changes to requirements for relationships and sex education (RSE), we’ve been consulting with parents, pupils and staff on how we can make sure that our updated RSE curriculum meets the new requirements as well as the needs of our pupils.

We’ve worked hard to make sure that our new curriculum reflects:

  • Our pupils’ age and maturity levels, as well as their cultural and religious backgrounds
  • The values of our school community
  • Every pupil’s learning needs
  • What pupils need to know to be healthy and safe in school, in their personal relationships and in the wider world

We’ve now updated our RSE policy to include our proposed new curriculum. You’ll find a copy of our new draft policy on the website along with the objectives to be taught in each year group. There are also sample lessons and a quick-glance sheet of the key changes that have been made.

We’d like your feedback on the proposed curriculum, and the wider policy. You can do this by completing this survey: https://forms.gle/ZVig6ZeWznYaJr1i7 . Unless you wish to include your child’s or children’s names, the survey will be anonymous. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to give valuable feedback on the teaching of this subject. After the closing date, we will be aiming to provide a meeting based on the feedback to cover any content that you feel you need more information and guidance on.

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 30th April 2021.

We look forward to your thoughts and comments on these vital and inclusive changes.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Plowman

Family Learning Cafe – making numbers fun

Who will be the numbers champion? Join @NorfolkAdultLearning for the Family Learning café and see how much fun number games can be.

Challenge your family and have a great time together.

Taking place on Tuesday 29 Sept at 7pm. For families with children up to 11yrs. Find out more https://bit.ly/32ZCJGi

10 top tips for parents to support reading at home

1. Encourage your child to read

Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.

2. Read aloud regularly

Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.

3. Encourage reading choice

Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time – it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.

4. Read together

Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.

5. Create a comfortable environment

Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently – or together.

6. Make use of your local library

Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.

7. Talk about books

This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.

8. Bring reading to life

You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.

9. Make reading active

Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.

10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them

You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.

This advice come from the Department for Education

Reading Update: 6 Tips for reading with your child.

  1. Set aside some time – Find somewhere quiet without any distractions – turn off the TV/radio/computer.
  2. Ask your child to choose a book – Sharing books they have chosen shows you care what they think and that their opinion matters. This means they are more likely to engage with the book.
  3. Sit close together – Encourage your child to hold the book themselves and/or turn the pages.
  4. Point to the pictures – If there are illustrations, relate them to something your child knows. Ask them to describe the characters or situation or what will happen next. Encourage them to tell you the story by looking at the pictures.
  5. Encourage your child to talk about the book – Talking about the characters and their dilemmas helps children understand relationships and is an excellent way for you to get to know each other or discuss difficult issues. Give your child plenty of time to respond. Ask them what will happen next, how a character might be feeling or how the book makes them feel.
  6. And lastly, above all – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with a child, as long as you both enjoy the time together. Don’t be afraid to use funny voices – children love this!

This information is from the Book Trust, specifically an article titled: How to read with your child. Click the link to find out more.

International Nursing Day – Florence Nightingale Factfile

It is International Nurses Day which is celebrated on the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

She was a fantastic nurse but also a brilliant mathematician. Her use of statistics saved thousands of lives and changed medicine for everyone around the world.

Have a look at these websites for more information:

This is a copy of a chart she created (pictured above). She used statistics to show that more soldiers died from disease than from battle wounds. This helped convince people to change their ways and improve medicine.

Watch the video from BBC True Stories

Virtual Learning

Bluebell Virtual Learning.

Just to let you know that we are always updating the virtual learning pages on the school website. These are resources that children could do in addition to the work that has been set by the teacher.

Staff are posting links to things the children can get on with independently or there are some resources that parents can use to help support the learning.

I would also like you to look at the online safety page and check out the resources there.

Please let me (Mr Dooley) know, via a Class Dojo message, if you know of any other good websites that we could put up on there.

I have separated the links out into different subject areas to make it easier to scroll through and find what you’re looking for.

Reading Update: 8 Reasons to go to your local library

  1. Borrow up to 15 books for free, for up to three weeks at a time to read for fun and relaxation or to help with your studies
  2. Download e-Books e-Audio books and e-Magazines free of charge on to your smart phone, tablet or other device
  3. Libraries are not just about borrowing free books. It’s cheap to also borrow films, games and music
  4. Use computers free of charge including office software, email and the internet.  You can print for a small charge or save your work on to a memory stick.
  5. There is free Wi-Fi in all Norfolk libraries
  6. Meet friends, look at magazines and join in with events and activities.  Some of the projects young people have been involved in include: Our Norfolk StoryYarmouth Strikes BackCarry On Bridge
  7. Find out more about volunteering in a Norfolk library
  8. Shelf-help is the Reading Agency’s list of books recommended by young people and health experts. It’s a brilliant mix of fiction and non-fiction and they’re all available at your local library