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MAPS NEWSLETTER 14TH FEBRUARY 2020

Tuesday 25th February 2020 - Year 5 Puberty

An email went out earlier in the week with more information

Year 4 - Panthers Swimming

After half term, Panthers will start their 6 weeks of swimming lessons on Friday morning

Please ensure your child has full swimming kit including hats for Friday morning

Clubs are now live

Please visit www.mychildatschool.com to book your child on to clubs as the booking feature is not available on the app yet.

Bookings will close on Sunday 23rd February at 11:45pm, no bookings can be made after this

Lego and Coding Club

A huge thank you to Claire Waterson and Ross Sandford from Hexagon for running Lego and coding club this term. The children have enjoyed using the Lego technology kits and coding different things each week. We are looking forward to working with you again soon!

Chess Club

The school chess competition is now five weeks old and tension is growing as it is tight at the top. All 44 players have earned badges, golden spots and some fabulous furry mascots!

Thomas leads the way, with a perfect 5 wins and 15 points. Close behind him, on 14, is Scarlett . The two meet in the next round! In close contention, are Zac (14), Luca (13), Haolin (13) and Max (13)

Success on the chessboard has resulted in no less than three players representing Northamptonshire at a recent Midlands tournament in Nottingham. Thomas, Zac and Max competed against three other counties and Max deserves special praise for competing against children three years older than himself.

Thanks for making Monday afternoons so much fun!

Tag Rugby

A shot of our Rugby team taking part in the Tag Rugby Masterclass

Safer Internet Day

This week it was Safer Internet Day and, as well as our routine teaching of E-safety, we have taken the opportunity to remind the children of how to stay safe using the internet with a wide variety of age specific activities.

Digital parenting can be a very bewildering experience especially as the digital world evolves so quickly and the popularity of certain apps is ever changing. There is a lot of very good advice available on line, as well as reviews of apps that your children may wish to use. The following website is particularly good:

www.internetmatters.org/

This website reiterates the actions you, as parents and carers, can take to increase your children’s safety online. They include:

  • Agreeing firm boundaries about internet use and being very clear of your expectations.
  • Staying involved with your children’s use of the internet by asking them to use an open family space and trying to create ‘digital free zones’ in bedrooms. Simon Aston, NCC’s E-safety officer, advised that the children should not be using headsets when gaming so you can hear the conversations they may be having online.
  • Exploring an app or website together so that you can understand the content and set appropriate privacy settings if necessary.
  • Talking to older siblings and wider family members to ensure that they are aware of ‘the internet boundaries’ you have set and are able to set a good example of appropriate online use.

We have been talking to the older children in school about the sort of apps and websites they are using. Many of them are not age appropriate and require the user to be 13 or over – this includes Tik Tok and Whatsapp.

The links below give some guidance on two of the most popular apps and how you can regulate their use and set appropriate settings.

Tik Tok: www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-tiktok

Roblox: www.internetmatters.org/hub/esafety-news/parents-guide-to-roblox-and-how-your-kids-can-play-it-safely/

We will continue to teach the children about online safety and appropriate use as part of the computing curriculum. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Friends Of MAPS News

The two Glow Discos that we held yesterday were well attended and all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you to all the parents that helped make the evening such a success.

Online bookings for the discos proved successful too, with four times as many made through our new website than in person. We will continue to use online bookings for most of our events in the future, so if you have not already done so, please register anytime at: www.pta-events.co.uk/friendsofmaps

March dates for your diary:

  • Movie Night - Wednesday 4th March
  • Easter Bingo - Saturday 28th March

Full details will be issued during week commencing 24th February and then online bookings will begin.

New fundraising activities will also be rolled out during March, so look out for those too.

Thank you all for your continued support

Year 4, Choir and All Stars - DRET Music Festival

Thank you to all those to returned your consent slips for the DRET Music Festival, the coach is now full. Sadly, if we have not received your consent back, it is now too late

It will be Key Stage 2 assembly on Friday 28th February

We are looking forward to welcome you all back on Monday 24th February!

Credits:

Created with images by Thomas Park - "untitled image" • Alex Litvin - "Projector rays"