Safety Online

Most of us have been very dependent on our internet connected devices over the last year.

We all want to keep our children safe whilst allowing them to participate in this aspect of their lives. This can often feel like a constantly moving target and the children often have more time to explore than we do. Often apps which we start using to watch innocent videos and stay in touch with friends and family can provide inadvertent access to things we do not wish our children to see.

The guide below provides some information on the parental controls we can add to devices, apps and our home broadband connections. We hope that you find them useful.

Parental Controls booklet

In addition, Net Aware provides up to date information on the various social media apps and online games which are being used. Information includes age guidance, how to change settings to restrict content and information on the pitfalls (and how to avoid them).

This page is an example for Tiktok : Net Aware

We hope you will find these useful.

Mrs Bernasconi

Spellings w/c 8th March

LO: to spell commonly confused homophones in the correct context

descent
dissent
desert
dessert
draft
draught
principal
principle
profit
prophet

Putting the words into sentences helps to build understanding of the correct context. This also helps children to build their knowledge and us of vocabulary.

Spellings w/c 1st March

This week are continue to investigate the rules for and ways to remember how to spell words with “ent” and “ant” suffixes.

As with last week, we have two video lessons (including the opportunity to join in a test) and a list of words.

Lesson video 1

Lesson video 2

List:

hesitant

radiant

vacant

relevant

consonant

government

parliament

environment

frequent

apparent

Computing

For the next two weeks, we are going to focus our learning on the searching the internet: search engines. This links to the theme of understanding and evaluating what we find and see on the internet – the main theme of Safer internet day. There is so much information available through the internet, but not all of it is accurate or safe. How do we find what we want? How do we know the facts are true?

Fortunately, there are some Oak academy lessons which very closely follow our plan for this term.

Each lesson is quite short – I suggest you do two this week and two next week. You could do them all in one week but don’t do them all on one day!

W/c 22nd February

Lesson 1 – Searching the web

Lesson 2-  Selecting search results

W/c 1st March

Lesson 3 – How search results are ranked

lesson 4 – How are searches influenced?

Hopefully, we will be back together soon – I am looking forward to doing some more Scratch and pulling the Microbits out of their hiding place!

There are two extra lessons on using the internet to communicate which would be useful for you to complete. They focus on the different apps and social media platforms and consider who they are suitable for communicating with, age appropriate guidance and how to keep your information private.

Lesson 5 – How we communicate

Lesson 6 – Communicating responsibly

 

 

Science w/c 22 February

We are going to begin our science learning this half term by focusing on the history of science and scientists. I am sure you remember that we did a little of this in the Autumn term when we found out about Charles Darwin and evolution.

First, we will think about how our ideas about science change over time. New discoveries and theories are a really important part of science. Lots of new things have been discovered even since I started to study science at school! Change and discoveries – two of the exciting things about science.

In lesson 2, we will find out about a scientist and do some practical work which is safe to do at home.

Lesson 1How do scientific ideas change?  – click here for the lesson

Lesson 2 – Who is Katherine Johnson? click here for the lesson

In this lesson, we will learn about Katherine Johnson’s main achievements and the story of her life. We will learn how she used maths to get rockets into space and back home safely. We will learn what trajectory is, we will have a chance to do some practical work  and draw the trajectory for different objects.

Lesson 3 How has our understanding and use of electricity developed?  – click here for the lesson