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Your family has the responsibility to help you learn and exercise your rights, and to ensure that your rights are protected.

Events and activities

Year 5/6 Black Country Museum Trip (Friday 2nd March)

The trip has been postponed until Friday 16th March due to the severe cold snap and extreme temperatures. The same arrangements that were previously made apply to the new date. Thank you for your understanding.

Thank you

A big thank you to Mrs Hart and Miss Foxall for going above and beyond their duties at After School Club last week. Parents were stuck in the horrendous traffic on Thursday as the extreme weather conditions descended upon us. Parents were extremely anxious as to how they would be able to collect their children on time - Mrs Hart and Miss Foxall alleviated the worry by staying at school caring for the children until parents arrived. Thank you so much.

Maths Competition

Year 5/6, Morgan G, Ethan P, Cara C, Chloe Mc, Daniel B and Adam S competed against other schools in Dudley Inter schools Maths competition on Tuesday 27th February. During the afternoon the children worked through a number of maths challenges. They had to work as a team to solve maths anagrams, problem solving and a Countdown style round. We are really proud of their effort, however, they came 3rd, but were unsuccessful in qualifying for the final. Well done!

E-Safety Workshop

Thank you to those Parents who attended our E-Safety workshop on Wednesday with Heather Jeavons. We hope you found the session informative and you know have more awareness of how to keep your child safe online. This session was followed up with a children's assembly that was age appropriate. The children then did further work within their classes to deepen their understanding. E-Safety is extremely important in an ever increasing online world and it is an important part of our Safeguarding procedures within school. This information session was particularly timely, as we still regularly have parents coming into school to tell us about incidents with Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc. out of school. For more information about how to keep your children safe online click on the links below.

Oliver W said "I learnt not to talk to strangers online as they can be nasty people and come to your school".

Owen S said "I learnt that we need to use the internet safely because the people are not always real".

O2 have joined forces with the NSPCC on a mission to help all children and their

families in the UK stay safe online. Together they are offering useful tools, support and guidance to help parents and carers have conversations with their children about their online lives. O2 and the NSPCC have created a series of weekly e-mails packed full of useful information, advice and activities to bring you closer to your child's online

world. Remember, there is no difference between the online and real world-and to children, the online world is real. If you need more help on anything such as setting up parental controls O2 can help. Either telephone their free helpline on 0808 800 5002 or visit an O2 Guru in one of their stores.

World Book Day

A big "Thank You" to parents for their support. The children and staff looked fabulous and had made a big effort to join in. Every child was given a £1 book token which either can be exchanged for a £1 book or go towards buying a book. Please check your child's bag for this.

Elissa W Yr 1 - "We've been learning what we want to be when we get older. I enjoyed World Book Day".

Molly F Yr 2 - "My teacher acted out Horrid Henry. Then we wrote a script. My favourite part of today was writing the script".

Ella H Yr 3/4 - "I've enjoyed reading 13th Story Treehouse".

Ben C yr 3/4 - I like the fact that we have been making our own estate agents poster linked to the 13th Story Treehouse".

TT Rock Stars

Following our successful trial, we have purchased TT Rock Stars (a times tables game for computers, tablets and phones) for the children to use at home and also during school.

We have had some very positive feedback (from parents and other local schools who use it) about its benefits and how it has helped children improve their times tables and mathematical ability.

There will be 2 main prizes for the most correct answers up until the end of Monday 16th July (Amazon Kindle Fire tablets) as well as weekly certificates. When the children can answer their times tables up to x12 in under 3 seconds per question, they will achieve Rock Star Status and will also be allowed to dress up as a Rock Star (or in their own clothes) for the day. They will be told when they can dress up - it will usually be the last Friday of each month. If it clashes with attendance winners, they can wear their own clothes again on the Friday after. Children can also wear their own clothes when they achieve Rock Legend Status (2 sec/question) & Rock Hero Status (1 sec/question).

Please encourage your children to go on TT Rock Stars. All children can go on TT Rock Stars, but the competition is only open for children from Year 2 - Year 6, as times tables are statutory within the National Curriculum from Year 2 onwards. TT Rock Stars helps children improve their times tables when used regularly - it is recommended that children use it for at least 3 minutes per day. Please remember to use Mathletics too, as homework will continue to be set weekly on this. Thank you for your support.

There is no download needed and it works on PC and Mac, but there are APPs available for Android, Apple and Amazon phones and tablets.

Please click on the links below for more information.

School Photographs!

The date for 'The Photographer' has been arranged to Tuesday 13th March 2018. Individual photographs will be taken for those children in school who have no brothers/sisters at school. Where there are two or more children from a family in school, they will be photographed together. If you would like any other combination taken i.e. brothers and sisters taken separately as well as together, then please let us know in writing by Monday 12th March. We ask that all children wear the correct winter uniform. Children in Year 6 will have photographs taken for a group leavers photo. If your child is not in school on this date (illness, appointments etc) then they will not be included in the photograph.

Attendance winners for February

Class 3/4C with a fantastic 99.05% of children attending school. Fantastic attendance children - well done!

Safeguarding

We all have a responsibility for the welfare of our children. If something concerns you about the welfare of a child within school then please contact the class teacher in the first instance who will refer to the Schools Designated Safeguarding Leads within school. If you have concerns which are not school based you can: Call the children's services referral and advice service on 0300 555 0050 during office hours (9am - 5pm). Out of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 555 8574 or in an emergency call 999. Alternatively you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or email them by visiting

Diary Dates

• W/C 12th March-National Science week-lots of exciting learning taking place throughout the week. The Theme this year is Exploration and Discovery.

• Friday 23th March 2018-Sports Relief - children can come to school in their sportswear for a donation of £1 to support this worthy cause.

• Thursday 29th March - school closes at 3.15pm for the Easter break. School re-opens on Monday 16th April at 8.50am.

Let's hope the sun begins to shine this week!

Mrs Miller

Headteacher

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