This is a great app for children to go over and reinforce basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children can work at different levels and select which of the 4 areas they want to practise. As they get things correct higher levels to move into are unlocked. Maths Splat pushes into three-digit numbers at the higher levels, so it is good up to Year 6. The lower levels for multiplication include 2, 3, 4 and 5 times tables. It costs 99p. Have a go and let us know what you think!
Below is a WhatsApp guide developed by CEOP and shared through Parent Info. It gives an overview of key aspects for parents to consider. One major concern with WhatsApp is that the recommended age is 13, but many children as young as 6 or 7 are using the service. The maturity of users is a real concern when using the App because once videos, images and voice messages are shared, the users receiving them can then do what they want with them. This has implications for the future and most children do not have the maturity levels to fully understand what this means for them as they grow into young adults. The information below gives a really good outline about what should be considered.
What is WhatsApp?
WhatsApp is a mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange messages using existing phone contacts without having to pay text message fees. WhatsApp Messenger is available on most mobile devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia. WhatsApp users can create groups and send each other unlimited images, video and audio messages.
How much does it cost?
For all phone types, WhatsApp is free to download. WhatsApp used to charge a 69p per year subscription fee, but this has since been removed. (Jan 2016).
WhatsApp uses an Internet connection using 4G or Wi-Fi to send and receive messages to your contacts. As long as the user hasn’t exceeded the data limit or is connected to a free Wi-Fi network, messaging over WhatsApp should not cost extra.
Does WhatsApp have any age restrictions?
As part of its Terms of Service, WhatsApp’s minimum age of use is 13 years old. By using WhatsApp, a user agrees to provide certain personal information such as their mobile phone number, billing and mobile device information. If WhatsApp learns that identifiable information of a child under 16 has been collected on the WhatsApp Site or WhatsApp Service, then WhatsApp may deactivate the account.
Should I be concerned about WhatsApp as a parent/carer?
WhatsApp is a great way for young people to socialise with their friends. Children can only talk to existing contacts on their phone, although this may feel safer, it’s still important to remember that some content shared may not be appropriate for children, or they have contacts (strangers) in their phone who they have never met face to face.
Likewise, as with all social media, caution is advised over your child’s digital footprint, particularly the content (photos, videos and messages) they choose to share via WhatsApp. Once shared, it can be copied, re shared and posted anywhere online.
Group chats on WhatsApp
WhatsApp also contains a group chat function. The feature lets users chat with up to 100 people in one conversation stream. Each group is set up by one contact who becomes the group admin – they’re the only user who can add or remove participants and change/add new group admins.
Group conversations usually take place between friends. But sometimes, users can be added to a group where they don’t know everyone else. Even if fellow users in the group aren’t contacts, they will still be able to see messages your child posts in the group, and your child will be able to see theirs. Likewise, if they’re added to a group with someone they’ve blocked, the blocked person will be able to contact them there.
Therefore, it’s possible they could see or be contacted by someone they don’t know and could be vulnerable to content posted by this person.
Group chats – advice
Although a user cannot control who adds them to a group chat, they can always control their own participation within it – they can leave whenever they want to.
It’s a good idea to advise your child that if they are in a group chat with someone they don’t know and are uncomfortable with, they should exit the group and speak to you about it.
How do privacy settings work on WhatsApp?
WhatsApp’s default privacy setting allows any other WhatsApp user to view your profile photo, status (link is external) and when you were last using (link is external) the app. You can specify that your child’s Whatsapp account (when they were last online, profile photo, status) can be seen by:
- Everyone – all WhatsApp users.
- My Contacts – the contacts from their address book only. This is the recommended option for most users.
Talk to your child about their privacy settings and ask them to adjust to ‘my contacts’ if they have them set to ‘everyone’ by following the steps below:
Privacy settings are accessed here:
WhatsApp > Settings > Account > Privacy
How do I report a user to WhatsApp?
There is no direct way to report a user, or specific abuse, other than to block them from sending you further messages. To do this, tap:
Settings > Account > Privacy > Blocked Contacts
WhatsApp messages sent by a blocked contact will not show up on your child’s phone and will never be delivered to them. The ‘last seen’ status information and profile picture will no longer be visible to blocked contacts.
To permanently delete a contact in WhatsApp, you will need to delete them from your phone’s list of contacts.
If you have any concerns about grooming, sexual abuse or exploitation on Whatsapp or on any online app or site, Report to CEOP (the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) at www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre (link is external).
How do I disable a WhatsApp account?
Settings > Account > Delete My Account
This will remove all account information from the service including deleting all message history, and removing the user from all WhatsApp group
As usual the children have been working really hard this year and it is noticeable in their learning. We have been learning about fractions in Maths, as well as revisiting place value. In English we have been reading, learning about and writing information texts. The children have loved learning about dinosaurs! We have also been trying to improve our writing; making our handwriting better and improving our sentences. We have finished our learning about the Great Fire of London and have moved on to looking at what fame means and people who are famous. This will include looking at famous people from the past, such as Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. In Science we have been learning about health, focusing on diet, hygiene and exercise. The children have been really enthusiastic about their learning and have remembered lots of great facts. This week we have also been looking at staying safe on the Internet, to coincide with Safer Internet Day. The children had lots of fantastic ideas. Well done Year 2, keep trying hard!! Miss Robinson
Over the last two weeks our E-Warrior team have been preparing in their classes for the emoji challenge ready for Safer Internet Day 2017. The E-Warriors were challenged to ask their class to prepare emoji messages for emoji charades to share with the rest of the school in assembly. They were given their brief and then they had to introduce it to their class teacher and decide what to do. Find out in their comments below what they did within their class and check out our Twitter feed to see some of their work!
This is a fantastic app that takes children or adults on journeys. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool that allows you to lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world – get up close to historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks and even visit outer space! It has been specifically built for the classroom and small group use, whilst, allowing a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way.
Click here to find out more.
As always the children in Year 5 have been working extremely hard. It is lovely to see the children are growing in confidence and becoming more independent with how they approach their work. At the start of the week we revisited the messages from the Growth Mindset workshop. The children thought about the skills needed to become successful in their learning, including ‘how’ good learning takes place and that ‘effort’ always leads to success.
This particular aspect has been so obvious to see in maths over the last few weeks. The children have been focusing on multiplication methods and moving from informal to more standard methods of calculation. Not an easy method to master particularly if you are a bit shaky on your tables. As always, I have been repeating my mantra and reminding the children about how important it is to learn the multiplication. I can see that some of the children have been putting in the effort and are breezing through these tricky methods.
If you would like to support your child to learn the multiplication facts, than pop into school and pick up some resources from me so you can help at home.
We’ve made a great start to our next history enquiry too. The children enjoyed comparing old and new OS maps and looked at how Unsworth has changed. They worked in small groups and created 3D models of how this area might have looked 100 years ago. The children added pop up houses, farms and even Victoria Mill which once stood where our school is today. They were amazed to learn that even their houses did not exist 100 years ago. We’ve also had some great resources brought in by one of the children, showing his great grand parents gardening in their ‘new’ 1960s house and the initial stages of our school being erected in the background!
In science the children have been thinking about how different animal groups begin their life, including those that start as an egg and those that give birth to live young. The children worked in pairs to show different life cycle models, adding on information about each stage of the cycle.
Over the next few weeks, we should be getting a new addition to our class…so don’t forget to follow us on Twitter to find out about this exciting work.
I must start the New Year by congratulating all the children who were involved in the Bury Hospice Carol Service at Bury Parish Church. The Hospice have written a letter of thanks to each school, and the total raised from this event was £2000. This is an amazing amount of money and thanks go to all the parents and staff who supported this event. The choral group also sang beautifully when we took them to Spurr House. The children thoroughly enjoy performing for the elderly people and we will definitely be making a return visit before the end of the school year.
This term I will continue to work with Y2 and 3, teaching ocarina and recorder. Brass lessons and Fidler music will recommence from January 10th. Please remember to bring your instrument to school each Tuesday. As the weather is due to turn quite cold, please do not leave Brass instruments in car boots for long periods as the valves will freeze up!
In our Big Sing we will be learning songs about Technology and Internet safety, not forgetting to celebrate the Chinese New Year through song at the end of January. Always check the school ‘Twitter’ as we often share the children’s singing for you to enjoy.
A new singing group will be formed for any interested children in Years 5 and 6 and more information will follow about this in due course. We are hoping to collaborate with some local school choirs before the end of the school year and share our joy of singing with our neighbouring schools.
If you have any queries or questions about Music at Unsworth, please feel free to pop in and have a chat, I am here every Tuesday.
This is a great web based site and app to encourage children to create a research or information board all about a given topic, theme or in response to a question. It allows children to collect information from the internet and pin it onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Videos, text, links, images can be added to a board and organized there, like a page full of Post-it notes. You can add as many notes to a wall as you like and it just grows in size! More than one person can contribute to a Padlet wall, opening the door to teamwork and group projects. Padlets can be shared via social media, through blogs or embedded within a QR code. Click here to find out more from the app store.
Have a go and let us know what you think!
This is a fabulous upgrade to the first puppet pals, with lots more functionality. Both children and adults can unlock creativity with this easy to use and highly addictive interactive puppet show! It allows children to create high quality cartoons from their imaginations and means that stories, thoughts and ideas can be brought to life. A great addition, is that the creators can even star in the show along side the built-in characters!
For class teachers and teaching assistants there is lots of potential for this app, such as allowing children to act out historical events, practice language skills, or deliver a killer book report. The cartoons that children can make really bring learning to life through digital literacy. The finished projects are easily shared to be watched by others (share via email or simply copy the video file to your computer and distribute how you see fit) Have a go and let us know what you think!
Our e-Warriors have been hard at work in their classes over the last couple of weeks creating digital problem boxes for children and adults to post their technology problems inside. Our Y6 eWarriors have also been busy filming each eWarrior and this week they will turn the films into QR codes for our hall display. Mr McWhirter gave his first technician session last week and the eWarrior have started to complete their Ipad tasks to ensure that they are all up to date and have the apps organised into the right places. Our next step is to start to work on a specific technology project in each class and one of our Y6 digital leaders, who has been supporting his class mates has learnt how to check that the correct printer and password is enabled on the netbooks, so he will be training the rest of the eWarriors this week! We will keep you up to date on how that goes!