On-line Safety

Dear parents and carers,

As you will be aware, on-line safety is consistently in the news and we (as parents and educators) have to ensure that we fully understand the current trends in our social world. Each day new systems for communication and sharing pictures as well as media for streaming conversion and images appear – we believe that parents should be fully aware of what is available for chidren to use and problems which some have encountered using these.

In the on-line section of this website 2 links have been posted for you to look at. One is an article all about live streaming focusing on the trend of using sites such as musical-ly and live-ly. This article gives practical advice about how to ensure that your children are safe and what to do if you believe that they are not.

The second is an information page from the NSPCC which details the main social media outlets and how they are supposed to be used. It also goes into detail about age restrictions and how you can support your children to use these sites safely and responsibly.

Children are receiving lessons in on-line safety at school but it is vital that this work continues at home.

If you have any questions about what you discover, please ask your child’s class teacher.

‘Green Flag’ award has been achieved!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have successfully achieved our Green Flag award again! Well done Thorn Grove!

Over the last two years the Thorn Grove Eco team along with the whole school have been involved in a range of projects throughout the school to support our Green Flag award which we received in 2014 for our efforts to become more sustainable. 

Recently the Eco team were interviewed by an ‘Eco-schools’ assessor to apply for our first ‘Green Flag’ renewal.  This involved our Eco-warriors taking the assessor on a tour of our school and sharing some of the projects we have done and are continuing to do across the school.  We have focussed on a number of areas including energy, biodiversity, waste, litter, recycling, healthy living and school grounds. 

The Eco warriors answered a vast range of questions linked to all our projects showing a huge sense of pride for our fabulous school!  Well done everyone!  See our wonderful Eco Warriors along with some photographs of some of our projects throughout the year!img_3289

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Birthday Baking!

This week in year 4, Zoha celebrated her birthday. She brought in an amazing cake, to share with the class, that had been baked by her sister Zaina in year 6! We were so impressed with Zaina’s beautiful and delicious cake that we’d like to share some pictures with you.

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We loved the beautiful design, especially the gold stars sprinkled on the heart!

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Thank you Zaina for baking such a brilliant cake, and thank you Zoha for sharing it with us!

Have you ever baked anything for a birthday or special occasion?

 

Our new Digital Leaders begin their work

A huge well done to our newly appointed digital leaders who made a successful application  and were then interviewed for their new exciting posts.

Every week the digital leaders will work alongside a different year group to support children in developing their computing skills.

Read their comments to find out how they are getting  on!

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Manchester City Football Festival

Today  we were immensely proud of some of  our Reception and Year 1 children who took part in a football tournament at the Manchester City training ground along with 11 other schools.  We showed determination, team work,  great sportsmanship and immense enthusiasm.  Both myself and Mrs Denford were extremely privileged to take such a fabulous group to the event.

Thank you also to our wonderful parents who came along to support the event!  You had the best view!

Here are a few high-lights

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World Book Day in Year 4

We had a fantastic World Book Day last week in Year 4. The children came to school dressed up as different words. We started the day with a cat walk in the classroom, showing off our costumes and guessing what words we had all come as.

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‘Contagious’

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‘Creative’

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‘Scientific’

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‘Mythical’ and ‘Mystical’

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‘Extravagant’ and ‘Enchanting’

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‘Ridiculous’

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‘Academic’ and ‘Aggressive’

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‘Phantom’

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‘Dangerous’

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‘Bloodcurdling’

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‘Rural’

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‘Hazardous’

Later on we explored the definitions of the words, and created a word wall which is up in our classroom. We have been using the wall in our literacy lessons to make our stories from other cultures even more exciting!

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E-safety day 2016

th[4]Everyone at Thorn Grove  receives computing lessons.  At regular opportunities throughout the year the children are taught the importance of e-safety.  Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 9th February 2016) is run by the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year the children are considering how we could make the internet a better place following this year’s theme ‘Play your part’.

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In addition our e-safety cadets are ensuring every pupil can remember the 3 important e-safety rules we follow at our school.  Special bookmarks are being awarded to everyone who can tell our e-cadets all about our rules and why they are so important.

Don’t forget to design your e-safety posters to display around school.  Our e-cadets will choose their favourites from Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 by the end of this week.

 

A step back in time…

Last week, year 4 started a talk for writing unit on stories with a historical setting. During the imitation stage, we looked at a story set in the Wild West, when Cowboys and Native Americans fought on the great plains of America.

Native Americans lived in tents made of animal skin called ‘tepees’. To help us explore the thoughts and feelings of our characters, we spent part of our lesson exploring the wooden tepee in the KS2 playground.

We used four of our senses – what we could see, what we could hear, what we could smell and how we felt, to write adjectives and WOW words to use in our writing.

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Thorn Grove Primary School
Woodstock Avenue
Cheadle Hulme
SK8 7LD