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Competitive sport and clubs

Competitive sport

This 2016/17 year has seen Unsworth competing in a plethora of sports against other schools. The children are developing their knowledge in teamwork, rules, skills and always represent the school well, showing respect to fellow competitors and officials.

This year the school has already competed in a variety of sports including:

  • Boys Football, Girls Football and Tag Rugby

and have these competitions to look forward to:

  • Cross Country ( boys and girls teams) – BJSSA Cross Country events scheduled at (Tues 28th Feb) Broadoak High School, (Tues 8th March) St Gabriel’s RC High School, (Tues 14th March) Derby High School and (Wed 29th March) Bury Athletics track –  Feb-March
  • Netball competition – fixtures arranged Feb-April
  • Athletics – summer
  • Cricket – summer
  • Rounders – summer
  • Y5 5-a-side football -summer

as well as continued football and tag rugby events. 

We are passionate at Unsworth to offer children these competitive sporting opportunities. We want every child to enjoy sport, strive to achieve their personal best and work hard as a team. The experiences gained of success, challenge and risk-taking from sports, and how the children respond to these, can only help in all aspects of life. 

 

Clubs

At Unsworth, we value the thoughts of the children, ask the children which sports they like to participate in and which clubs they would like. A survey is going to be generated by Mr Garside to ask the children which is their favourite current club and what other clubs they would like to do, which are not currently on offer. 

Many thanks must go to QFirst for all their lunchtime and after school clubs delivered this year, including: cheerleading, dance, tennis, basketball and multi sports.

Additionally, Unsworth have a dedicated staff, who are working as a team, to provide lunch time and after school clubs in: table tennis, tag rugby, football, netball, dance and cross country. As well as this, there will be a further variety of sports in the summer including: judo, cricket, rounders and athletics. 

Not only this, Y6 children ‘Sports Crew’ have delivered sessions to Y2 and are moving on to Y1 next. They are learning every session, making improvements to their organisation and are getting better every week. The Y2 children really seemed to enjoy the sessions designed by the Sports Crew, especially the kick ball game. 

 

 

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Maths Splat App

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!

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A Parent Guide to WhatsApp

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.
  • Nobody

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?

Go to:

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

 
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Super learning!

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

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E-Warrior Emoji Challenge

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!

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Google Expeditions App

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Well Done Year 1!

I would just like to say well done to the class for their lovely assembly on Thursday morning they all tried their best with their speaking parts and singing. We had some amazing costumes so thank you to parents too! The children have enjoyed the ‘We write’ stage of our writing route map this week, we have been retelling some of our fanstasy stories focussing on our tool kit tips for what makes a great story. In our history enquiry we have started to look at Christopher Columbus, the children amazed me with their enthusiasm and remembered lots of facts! Another super week well done Year 1! 

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Mindset, Multiplication and Maps

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fantasy World Fun

Over the past week the children have enjoyed accessing our fantasy themed provision areas in the classroom linked to our literacy text type. They have been doing some fantastic role play and retelling of stories. Alongside this they have been working hard rehearsing for their class assembly tomorrow. They are very excited about their performance! I’m sure they will impress you with their super singing and acting. 

In maths we have been solving missing number sequences using our knowledge of counting in 10s and 2s, we are getting really good! We have also been continuing our history enquiry work on famous explorers. 

We look forward to seeing you all at our class assembly tomorrow! 

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Learn to Succeed

Year Five and Six had a fantastic time on Friday with Tim Hall, who ran a workshop throughout the day all based around ‘Learning to Succeed’.  Hopefully, you managed to see the various tweets surrounding the events that were sent through the day.

The whole day explored some important ideas:

  • Why did you come to school today?
  • You can learn anything if you want to!
  • EFFORT always leads to results
  • We learn through following a process
  • Life is a lot easier if you get on with everyone

All of this was done in a fun and highly interactive way.  The children participated in building teepees, taking part in a name game, recording their thoughts about what success means to them, making paper aeroplanes, learning the steps of how to juggle and the ‘pen trick’.  The children as usual were a credit to the school and Tim commented on the high levels of perseverance and listening skills of the pupils that took part.  Thank you very much to the PTA, who funded this experience for our pupils.