Archives for the month of January 2015

Share Aware – keeping children safe online | January 27, 2015

The following information comes from Sunderland Council:

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A still from the NSPCC ShareAware campaign video.

The NSPCC has just launched a public education campaign, called Share Aware , to help parents keep their children safe online.

The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8 to 12 years – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe. The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations.

The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware , a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves.

There is also a downloadable guide for parents , containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well as conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children.

The Share Aware campaign also includes two animations – I saw your willy and Lucy and the boy – that will be shown on prime time television and on digital spaces. These engaging films have a serious message deriving from the stories of two children who share too much about themselves on-line.

Safety First | January 26, 2015

Year 6 visited Safety Works in Newcastle. It is a centre with a number of safety situations that the children visited. They learned how to keep themselves safe in the home, in the street and on the Metro. The children also had the chance to see a hospital where they learned some first aid. They also went to a made up police station so they could think about the consequences of anti-social behaviour. Year 6 had a great visit and now know how to keep themselves safe!

Year 6 learn how to stay safe on a Metro platform
The children learning about safety at a Metro station.

Beamish Visit | January 26, 2015

Year 6 recently visited Beamish, the Living Museum and to get into the spirit of things dressed up as evacuated children from 1940.

The Children dressed up in 1940s clothes
The children dressed up in 1940s clothes.

The purpose of the visit was to find out what it was like to be evacuated from the cities during World War 2.

The children were taken by bus to “Home Farm” where they were introduced to the farmer and his wife but unfortunately there was only going to be room for 3 of them to stay!!!

The children experienced putting up “blackouts” and some even baked some Carrot Cookies. They also found out about rationing as well as writing a postcard home to their parents back on the home front.

We had a fantastic time and, after a visit to the sweet shop, returned to school cold and exhausted!

Anglo Saxons and Christianity | January 15, 2015

learning to write with quills
The children learning to write with quills.

This half term year four are learning about Anglo Saxons and Christianity. We were very lucky to have a visit from Durham University to support us in our learning of this. They brought with them a replica of the Lindisfarne Gospels which represents the pinnacle of achievement of Anglo-Saxon Northumbrian art at the end of the 7th Century. The book was produced for ceremonial use as well as a representation of the splendour of God’s word and the Christian religion.

We learned how to use a quill to write in Latin, and we also made our own Celtic Knots which decorated the many ‘carpet pages’ of the book. We particularly enjoyed using drama to understand iconography. We studied replica Anglo Saxon objects from the museum and wrote about them and what they were used for. These included weapons, items from the home, games, crafts and even a replica of the famous helmet found inside a ship at Sutton Hoo.

children dressed as monks
The children dressed as monks.

We re-enacted the journey of the monks from Lindisfarne as they fled from Danish invasion, taking with them Cuthbert’s body and the Lindisfarne Gospels, the book that was written in his honour. The book travelled all over the North East of England before settling at Dun Holm, which is now the site of Durham Cathedral.

children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica
Children with the Lindisfarne Gospels replica.