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  • 5 things parents should know about screen time

    Published 09/01/19

    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. 

    Get up to speed on the apps, games and sites that children use online  

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  • New Year's Resolution!

    Published 01/01/19

     

     

     

    How often will you come to Blaze's Reading Lair in 2019?!

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  • Bronze Reading Success - Wow!

    Published 21/12/18

    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!

     

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  • Happy Christmas to all.... and to all a good night!

    Published 21/12/18

    Wishing everybody a very Merry Christmas Victorian Style!

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  • Christmas Fair 2018

    Published 17/12/18
    Merry Christmas! Thank you to everyone who helped out on Friday - it was absolutely fantastic! From Santa to cakes, chocolates and toys. Everyone had a brilliant time.  Click here   
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  • Dragon's Roar- December

    Published 14/12/18

    Here is our December edition of Dragon's Roar.

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  • Parent Survey - RESULTS!

    Published 14/12/18

    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.

    Yours faithfully,

     

    Alex Demetriou (Vice-Chair of Governing Body)

     

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  • Christmas Massive Maths!

    Published 13/12/18

    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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  • Christmas Lair has Arrived!

    Published 12/12/18

    Blaze's Lair has become all festive! Come and pick up a Christmas book!

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  • The Choir Lighting up the Square

    Published 01/12/18

    What a lovely way to spend the 1st of December.

    We were asked to start the celebrations in the Square at Keyworth.

    The children sang their three songs beautifully and made us all very proud.

    Thanks to everyone for their support and WELL DONE to all of the children who sang in front of a large crowd.

    Merry Christmas!

    Video of the event coming shortly!

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  • Parking - Please be safe and courteous!

    Published 30/11/18

    We continually receive complaints from residents about parking near school that is often dangerous and frequently discourteous to residents. Please do not park on the areas indicated by the red lines below, especially blocking drive ways or gates. It is particularly important not to block the cul-de-sac that leads to school - this is the route that fire engines and ambulances would use in the event of an emergency.

    Parking irresponsibly and ignoring this request may increase the chances of a child being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident.

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  • Christmas production 2018

    Published 30/11/18

    This year we are having a traditional carol service based around the poem"Twas the Night Before Christmas"

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