It has been so lovely welcoming our children back to school after the national lockdown. They have shown such resilience and are already fully back into the swing of things with their learning, many of them with a new found enthusiasm for being in school, having experienced the alternative! Once again, can we extend our gratitude to all the parents who supported so admirably with the home learning. Many of our children have really gained from the experience. It is also true that we all possess a much extended set of skills now, particularly in the world of technology! We are considering quite carefully as a school how we can adapt our teaching and learning to continue to make good use of these skills and the online systems which worked so well.
We are really pleased to report that our newly installed clothing bin has already been completely filled so the fundraising from this venture has already started. We will keep you updated with how much we are managing to raise from this, but keep the donations coming!
BRINGING EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOL
Please can we remind parents that children should be bringing in a named water bottle every day. We also request that water bottles are the sports top type, as these do not spill if they are knocked over in the classroom.
Children need to wear their PE kits into school on these days. Plain dark coloured tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt can work in this colder weather, but please could we ask that sweatshirts do not have a hood as this causes a health and safety issue in PE lessons. Thank you for your support with this.
(BREAKING NEWS … We are looking at maintaining the system of children wearing PE kits to school on PE days, even when COVID restrictions have ended. We are therefore looking to introduce school tracksuit bottoms and house colour sweatshirts to our uniform range from September.)
TURN ON THE SUBTITLES!
Some of you may have heard about the campaign at the moment to ‘Turn on the Subtitles’. Research has shown that turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of them becoming good at reading. The simple idea is that children read more when we turn the subtitles on! This simple, free, small change to children’s existing TV viewing habits can drastically improve their reading skills.
The Turn On The Subtitles campaign is supported by a huge number of academics, scholars, education companies, celebrities and politicians. You can follow this link to listen to Stephen Fry explaining the benefits of turning on the subtitles in more detail: https://turnonthesubtitles.org/parents/
e-Safety - How to Stop Your Children Spending Money Online
There are many apps, websites, and online games designed to be attractive to children. With the rise of micro-transactions, children are being tempted to spend money with unscrupulous tactics. How can you be sure to prevent your kids from spending money? Below are some steps you can take to prevent your children from spending your money.
Check Your Store Settings
Both major mobile app stores come with important settings to ensure children don’t spend money without permission. You should make sure you turn on the requirement to use either a password or some form of biometrics (fingerprint, facial recognition, etc.) before confirming a transaction. Turning this feature on will stop your children from spending without you knowing about it.
If you use Android, go to the Google Play Store and make sure you’re logged in. Tap the 3 lines at the top of the screen, then scroll down and click settings. In your settings menu, scroll down to the ‘User controls’ heading and click 'Require authentication for purchases.’ Selecting the top option will require the user to enter their password or use biometrics each time they make a purchase.
If you use iOS, go to your settings app and tap on your name. Tap on ‘iTunes & App Store’, then ‘Password Settings’. Under the heading ‘Purchases and In-App Purchases,’ select ‘Always Require.’ This will ensure nothing can be bought on your phone without entering a password.
Do Not Autofill Credit Card Information
Lots of web browsers, such as Google Chrome, offer an autofill service. This feature automatically fills in certain boxes when you’re filling in online forms. While these features make shopping online much easier, they can be a security risk. If you leave your card information saved to your browser, your child could buy things online accidentally. To ensure your children don’t make any purchases, you should turn off the payment method auto-filling.
Manage Parental Controls on Video Game Consoles
Thanks to loot boxes and microtransactions, video games are a primary area of concern for parents. Many video games, especially popular ones, include in-game payment options that can tempt children and young teens. To prevent your kids from being tempted by those microtransactions, you should familiarise yourself with the parental controls for your family video game consoles.
On a PlayStation 4, go to the settings menu while logged into your own account. Now select ‘Parental Controls/Family Management' so that you can manage the children’s restrictions in your home.
On Xbox One, go to your settings menu. Now click ‘Online Safety & Family’ to get to your family management screen. On this menu, you can manage which accounts have permission to make purchases on your account.
On Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to download the parental control app to your phone or tablet and link it to your Switch via the ‘Parental Control’ section of your settings menu. Once this is done, you’ll be able to restrict access to the Switch’s store. You can manage the overall playtime of the children in your house as well.
Coming back to school can be daunting for both children and those who care for them. Friendships are being reignited and those worries from before lockdown may reappear. Peer-on-peer support is as important now as ever. Encourage your child to: ✤ Listen to their friends and try to understand each other ✤ Share their own worries with them; their worries may be similar, and they can work it through together ✤ Respect privacy, don’t share what they have been told with everyone but it’s important they tell an adult if what they are being told worries them ✤ Help them to decide who they can ask for help in school.
Don’t turn every conversation you have with your child into a life lesson. Listen, acknowledge, and let them know you have heard what they have said.
We are very pleased to be able to share with you the exciting news that Mrs White is expecting a baby who will be due in mid-September. She will be taking maternity leave from September and we have therefore appointed a new teacher to cover this post. Mr Kershaw, who has been with us in Year 5 as a student teacher, will be starting as a full time teacher in September. We are very pleased to be welcoming him to the Bosmere team.
Year 3 News
It has been so wonderful to see more cheeky faces in school! The children all seem to be so happy to see their friends and are lapping up the learning, which is fabulous (long may it last!).
Since January, we have received so many lovely messages from adults of Y3 children who were learning from home and from school. Thank you so much for all your support, it really means a lot.
Mother’s Day Competition
Well done to all of Year 3 for contributing to the Mother’s Day poster competition. These posters are all on display in the Meridian Centre if you want to have a look. The standard was really high and the judges had such a tough job to choose a winner. But after much deliberation, they chose Alanis from 3S who won a £25 voucher to spend in a shop of her choice. Alanis and her mum chose WHSmiths.
We are planning to hold our Egyptian Day towards the end of term and if the children want to dress up, they can - but please do not feel obliged to go out and buy a costume. An adult-sized white t-shirt will easily suffice. Details and ideas for costumes will be going out this week.
Please can we ask you all to have a hunt for any school reading books and return them as soon as possible so that we can quarantine them and pass them on to other children.
Thank you again and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything. I am sure you have our emails but if not:
We have been busy in Year 4. We had lots of fun making our torches in DT last week and we are really enjoying reading 'Superhero Street' by Phil Earle in our English lessons. We are also looking forward to beginning our big summer unit on gardening and we will be starting to plant seeds soon. Please could you send into school any clean plastic milk cartons and one-litre cardboard juice cartons for our gardening lessons. Thank you.
Year 5 News
The Year 5 children have come back to school with a brilliant attitude and have thrown themselves back into learning! We have enjoyed starting our new Literacy unit all about ‘The Highwayman’ and continuing with our exciting Science unit – ‘Light’.
We have begun learning the Lindy Hop and some traditional war time songs to prepare us for our 1940’s day on Monday 29th March. We are really excited to have a whole day where the children can experience what life was like in the 1940’s. Also, we have enjoyed a ‘Pizza Party’ while we watched ‘Goodnight, Mr Tom’ to support our WW2 learning.
Year 6 News
Last term, 6M enjoyed reading the hilarious book 'The Beast and the Bethany'. Miss Melly contacted the author to share the class' excitement and was thrilled when Jack Meggett-Phillips offered to run a workshop for Y6 absolutely free. As with so many events, the January workshop was postponed to Thursday 11th March. Y6 were taken through a fantastic journey of creative writing, resulting in some brilliant (though slightly terrifying) short stories. A group of children isolating at home were even able to join the virtual event. "He was really funny!", "There was so much expression when he read", "I never thought I could write a story in 15 minutes!" were just some of the feedback Y6 gave following the event. Thank you Jack - it was wonderful to see the love of reading lead to inspiration!
MEET THE STAFF
Who: Mrs Jones What role: A Learning Support Assistant. Where: Currently working in year 3. When: I joined Bosmere in January 2018. What’s it like working at Bosmere: One of the best things about working at Bosmere is the school spirit! Children and staff are all very dedicated to life at school. We are all one very big team! What do you like to do in your spare time: I love to read, go on long walks with my dog, and watch anything ‘Marvel’ with my family. Quirky fact: I won’t wear anything but Christmas jumpers to school in December.