An Exciting Visitor is on their way...
Barbara Mitchelhill, a children's author, is coming to visit KPNS!
Barbara Mitchelhill, a children's author, is coming to visit KPNS!
Keep an eye out for a letter this week which shows your child’s attendance in the Autumn term. Every child from F2 upwards will receive a letter. If the letter shows your child's attendance is above 90% ( or even better, 95%), this is a real cause for celebration as it means your child has the best possible chance of making good progress in school.
If your child had 90% or lower attendance in the Autumn term then it is likely you will already have received a letter or had a conversation with a member of staff about this.
We will be contacting the parents of these children who have shown improved attendance and also requesting a meeting with parents where this is not the case.
There is a huge amount of research that shows a positive link between good attendance and children achieving their potential. Poor attendance has a serious impact on education and reduces a child's life chances.
Please speak to Mr Cresswell, Mrs Holmes or Mrs King if you have any questions about this.
Safer Internet Day aims to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. Over the next week and a half the children at our school will be taking part in some of the activities provided by this organisation.
It is a global campaign celebrated in over 140 countries around the world. In the UK, Safer Internet Day is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre and the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved every year since 2011 to help promote a safer and a better internet for all.
Here is the campaign film for Safer Internet Day 2019 which sums up clearly what the day is all about. Find out more from www.saferinternetday.org.uk
We hope that you have all had a good start to 2019! The children are already busy with learning new things! Please take a look at our blogs to see what’s been happening!
You may remember that we are having a focus on attendance at the moment, specifically unauthorised attendance and persistent absence (below 90%). Please take a look at the following link where there is the criteria for ‘exceptional circumstances’ when requesting time off school. https://www.keyworth.notts.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=40&type=pdf - ask if you have any questions about it. Please remember, the law states that you do not have the right to take your child out of school for holidays during term time. There is a huge amount of research that shows a positive link between good attendance and children achieving their potential. Poor attendance has a serious impact on education and reduces a child's life chances.
Please can you remind your children that they shouldn’t be using their scooter or bike once they arrive on the school premises. There have been a few near misses recently! Also, please remember that we have the bike racks where scooters and bikes should be kept until the end of the school day. The school gates are locked between 9:15am and 3:00pm so, although we can’t take responsibility for them, they are as safe as they can be.
Thank you to the Friends for organising such a wonderful Christmas Fair; what a lovely way to get in to the Christmas spirit! Thanks to all who were able to attend or supported in a different way. We’re pleased to let you know that it raised £874 for the school.
Children are well on their way to achieving their silver award. It has also been fantastic to see so many more children attend the Reading Lair in the morning before school starts.
Click here for regular updates that will help you keep your children safe. Keep your eyes peeled
Tuesday 5th February, Chinese New Year, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday 1st March – Book Day Party, 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 28th March – Mothers’ Day Crafts, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Thursday 13th June – Fathers’ Day Crafts, 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday 22nd June – Summer Fair, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Week beginning 11th February, MENCAP week (more information to follow)
Our KPNS Book Day will be on Friday 1st March so please get thinking about your child’s costume! The Book People will also have a stall after school during this week for you to purchase books. We will also have an author visiting us that week. Further information to follow.
Please contact the school office, preferably by email marked ‘Hall of Fame’, if you would like to share the achievements of your children with the rest of the school community. We love to hear about what they have been doing outside of school.
Don’t forget to check the school diary for upcoming events across the year – Click Here
Screen time is in the news again, but parents are still getting mixed messages about how much is ‘too much’. Here’s how to take a reasonable, flexible approach - and get your kids on board too.
This week, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health released their report into screen time. The good news is that they haven’t found any compelling evidence that screen time is harmful - but unfortunately for the many confused parents out there, there’s no definitive line on what a ‘safe’ amount of screen time looks like, either.
But there are sensible, evidence-based ways to think about screen time limits - and, by getting your kids involved, you can find a solution that really works for your family.
Here’s where to start.
1. Remember that not all screen time is the same
Not all online activities are equal: doing something creative or learning new skills are very different from mindless scrolling on social media. Perhaps being online is allowing them to socialise in a positive way - or they’re just doing something that they really enjoy. If there are real benefits, then the amount of time they spend doing it is less important.
You know your child better than anyone. As long as screen time isn't interfering with schoolwork or other activities, and isn’t having a noticeable effect on their mood, then try not to obsess over the numbers - there’s probably no need to panic.
2. How long should kids spend online per day?
That said, most parents will want to set some kind of limit. The ‘Goldilocks theory’ put forward by academics from Oxford and Cardiff universities suggests that a certain level of screen time can be beneficial, helping children develop their creativity and communication skills. Around 1 to 2 hours daily during the week and a bit longer at the weekends is considered ‘just right’ for teens - after that the benefits gradually taper off and the negative effects increase. Younger children, aged 4-7 years old, should probably spend no more than an hour a day online - this can go up to around an hour and a half as they get older.
3. Boundaries really do work if you stick to them
The important thing is to get your child involved in the process so that they understand why you're setting limits. Be very clear about your reasons and ask them what they think - getting buy-in at this stage can really help to avoid arguments later on. Remember that teens, in particular, might need to spend longer online to complete their homework.
Once you’ve agreed the limits, stick to them! It can be tempting to give up in the face of pester power or teenage sulks, but it will get easier every time you stick to your guns.
4. Look out for signs that screen time is having a negative effect
Keep an eye on how your child’s screen time may be affecting other areas of their life. If they’re spending time with friends and getting enough sleep and exercise, then they may already have a healthy balance. Talk to your child about what they’re doing online and get them to think about how it makes them feel when they spend time doing these things. You never know, they may actually agree that staying up late gaming is making them too tired for school the next day, or admit that constant scrolling through social media is starting to affect their self-esteem.
5. Use it as an opportunity to have quality family time
Although it is good to set aside time when the family is not using screens - outdoor activities, chats at meal times, day trips at the weekend - this doesn’t mean that you can’t also get involved in using screens together. If you know that your child enjoys playing games online, organise a family gaming night or give them ownership to plan something for the whole family to get stuck in. If you take a real interest in what they like to do online, they're more likely to come to you if something goes wrong, or they make a mistake along the way.
How often will you come to Blaze's Reading Lair in 2019?!
We are delighted to let you know that 80% of children in R-Y6 have achieved their Bronze reading award! This reflects huge commitment from parents in supporting their children's reading at home and shows a great improvement on 2017 when only 48% achieved their Bronze awards. WOW!!!
We are now aiming for the remaining 20% to complete Bronze by January ready to start their Silver Award. Can we ensure over 80% children earn their Silver Award by Easter - there's a challenge!
Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas Victorian Style!
Here is our December edition of Dragon's Roar.
2018/19 KPNS Parents & Carer Survey Report
Dear Parents and Carers,
As you will be aware, staff and governors recently conducted the annual Parent & Carer Survey. This is part of our commitment to understand your thoughts of the school and is a useful exercise to identify what we are good at and any areas for improvement. We are delighted with the high participation of 76 responses (compared to 41 last year) which makes the data far more meaningful. As such, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and the wealth of positive responses.
Alex Demetriou (Vice-Chair of Governing Body)
The whole school took part in a "Massive Maths" morning yesterday with a Christmas theme.
The children were mixed up between classes and it was fantastic to see the Christmas spirit and kindness shown by children interacting with older and younger children.
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