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Our children enjoy a wide range of experiences delivered in our classrooms.
Click on the links below which provide information for parents and pupils.

Road Safety Education - Week 1 Task (Child Cycle Safety)

  • During the month of June, there will be a weekly task designed for you to work alongside and complete with your child/children in relation to a key road safety issue.
  • This week the focus is on cycle helmets – please ensure your child wears a cycle helmet every time they are riding their bicycle and that it is properly fitted and adjusted to reduce the impact of a fall or collision at slow speed.  The document below has been supplied by Department for Infrastructure ‘Safe and Accessible Travel’ as a guide for you and your child to use. 
  • For further information on cycle safety: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/cycling-safety
  • To view the road safety calendars issued to schools: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/road-safety-teaching-aid-calendars

Road Safety Education - Week 2 Task (Pedestrian Safety 4-7 year olds)

This week the focus is on pedestrian safety and you can conduct this whilst out on your daily exercise or visit to the shops.  There are also 2 follow up activities supplied by Department for Infrastructure ‘Safe and Accessible Travel’ which can be printed out and completed by your child if you wish. 

Please talk to your child/children about and practise the following safe pedestrian habits:

  • Holding hands with an adult or holding on to a buggy (shopping trolley if in a supermarket carpark);
  • Walking on the footpath (on the inside of the footpath with the adult closest to the roadside);
  • The simple message of STOP, LOOK and LISTEN:

o   STOP behind the kerb;

o   LOOK and LISTEN for traffic before crossing the road;

o   LOOK and LISTEN for traffic while you cross the road.

If practical, walk the normal route to/from school and decide upon the safest places to cross the road.  Then, when school resumes, use this route each time you walk your child to/from school.  Focus on:

  • Use of any pedestrian crossings in place (including where the Crossing Patrol normally stands);
  • Good sight lines in any direction that traffic may come from;
  • Any potential dangers along the route (e.g. cars reversing out of driveways, road works);

A new booklet has been developed for parents of 0-7 year olds: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/publications/parents-guide-road-safety-0-7-years

Road Safety Education - Week 2 Task (Pedestrian Safety 8-11 year olds)

Please talk to your child/children about and practise the following safe pedestrian habits:

  • The Green Cross Code – children are generally considered to be ready to judge speed and distance of traffic from the age of eight years.  Knowing and being able to use the Green Cross Code is an essential life skill for all children:

o   First find a safe place to cross;

o   Stop with your toes behind the kerb (or grass verge on a country road);

o   Look and listen in all directions for any traffic;

o   If any traffic is coming, let it pass;

o   When the road is clear, walk straight across the road;

o   Keep looking and listening for traffic as you cross.

  • Walking on the footpath (on the inside of the footpath with the adult closest to the roadside);
  • If practical, walk the normal route to/from school and decide upon the safest places to cross the road.  Then, when school resumes, use this route each time you walk your child to/from school (or if your child walks without a parent then encourage them to use the same crossing points if at all possible).  Focus on:
  • Use of any pedestrian crossings in place (including where the Crossing Patrol normally stands);
  • Good sight lines in any direction that traffic may come from;
  • Any potential dangers along the route (e.g. cars reversing out of driveways, road works) 

There are also 2 follow up activities supplied by Department for Infrastructure ‘Safe and Accessible Travel’ which can be printed out and completed by your child if you wish. LINK

Road Safety Education - Week 3 Task (Child Passenger Safety)

This week the focus is on passenger safety and you can conduct this task without even starting the car!  There is also a follow up activity supplied by Department for Infrastructure ‘Safe and Accessible Travel’ (attached) which can be printed out and completed by your child if you wish.  However, these are not intended to take the place of the task itself but rather to reinforce the learning.

  1. First thing is first – check the height of your child.  The law states that all children up to 135cm (approximately 4ft 5in) in height AND under 12 years of age, must use a suitable child restraint – that is, one that is suitable for your child’s height or weight.
  2. Next, look for a sticker or label on the child car seats that are used for each child and it will show which of the two European standards for child restraint systems it has been manufactured to - Regulation 44 and Regulation 129 (or i-Size).  Seats manufactured to either standard will have a label showing a capital ‘E’ in a circle.
  1. Assuming the child car seat is still appropriate for the child it is being used for (given the above), now it’s time to check the seat is being used properly.  Every year too many children are killed or seriously injured – often because they are not properly restrained when travelling in a car. So make sure you understand the law and give your child the best possible protection.  Many seat experts believe that it's better and safer to keep your child in the lowest group seat for as long as possible. This means staying in their current stage seat until the maximum weight or height limit is reached.  Because children grow and develop at different rates it is important to keep a watch on your child’s height and weight to make sure that they don’t move up a stage too early or too late. You must only use a child restraint if your car’s seat belt has a diagonal strap, unless the child restraint is:
  • specifically designed for use with a lap seat belt only;
  • fitted using ISOFIX anchor points.

Checklist

  • follow the manufacturer's instructions (refer to the diagrams on the side of the seat or better still using the instruction manual provided at the time of purchase);
  • where using an adult belt to secure the restraint - make sure it passes through all the right slots;
  • make sure that the child restraint is tight in the adult seat;
  • make certain that the adult seat belt buckle is not bent over or resting on the child restraint frame;
  • never fit a rear-facing restraint with an active airbag in front of it;
  • check the vehicle handbook and follow the advice about children and airbags - where fitted;
  • deactivate any front airbags before fitting a rear-facing (baby) restraint in a front seat;
  • never modify the restraint or adult seat belt to make it fit;
  • never fit a child restraint in side-facing seats;
  • where the seat belt is being used to restrain the child (booster seats/booster cushions), ensure the diagonal belt is not resting on the child’s throat (there may be an adjuster so that the seat belt rests on the shoulder)

Some general safety points:

  • every trip - allow time to get the child comfortably strapped in;
  • where possible, ensure children sit in the back seat;
  • make sure everyone is in their seat and properly restrained (that includes adults!) before moving off;
  • remind children not to distract the driver by shouting or fighting (!) during the journey;
  • assist young children to get out of the car;
  • insist on children exiting car on the pavement (or grass verge).  If they are not sitting at that side, they could move across the back seat when the vehicle stops;For information from manufacturers and retailers on whether a particular child car seat will fit in your vehicle and how you should install it: https://www.childcarseats.org.uk/choosing-using/child-car-seat-fitting-and-compatibility/  
  • Remember – seat belts (and child car restraints) save lives!
  • For further information on seat belts and child car seats (restraints): https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/child-car-seats-restraints-and-seatbelts

Road Safety Education - Week 4

 

  • This week we are simply asking you to be aware of road safety issues concerning your child over the summer holidays and talk to them about their road safety and general safety.
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  • It is very important that children are safe while out and about or playing during the summer months. Please take the opportunity of considering:- where they are allowed to go and with whom- safer places to play – house, garden, play park or playground, park, beach (under supervision) 
  • - if they live on a farm or are visiting relatives who own a farm – be especially aware of their proximity to machinery and vehicles, animals, slurry pits, round bales
  • - unsafe places to play – footpath, road, railway tracks, rivers and other water courses;
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  • In addition, there is a brand new activity book designed with topical themes associated with road safety that will hopefully act as an educational tool in the home over the months of July and August.  There is an activity book for those aged 4-7 years and one for those aged 8-11 years.

    Have a good summer but remember your road safety!

     

    Please download the relevant activity book for your child’s age group from the links below

Doing things differently when out for a walk!

 

This type of exercise could now be a time to …….

…….DISCOVER

Getting out on foot and exploring your local area is a great way to stay active, especially while we’re all social distancing! The activities in the link are suitable for primary school children of varying ages, and designed to engage them in their community. Download from here.

…….IMAGINE

Nothing sparks imagination quite like a good walk! The activities are designed to inspire fantasy, encouraging children to re-write the world around them. Give them a try by downloading from here.

 Or to go on a SCAVENGER HUNT

While out and about on your daily walk/exercise why not take a brilliant scavenger hunt sheet with you. You can download it here

 We hope you find these links useful and interesting

 

Literacy:

 

 

 

 

 

MATHLETICS 

WWW.MATHLETICS.COM

Libraries NI is delighted to announce details of Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge 2020 produced by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries which will take place from Monday 15 June. The Silly Squad, Summer Reading Challenge, is a free, exciting way to keep young people aged 4 - 11 years reading during the summer months.  Throughout the summer there will be online activities, videos, quizzes, games and rewards to unlock along the way. Every child who completes their own Challenge will receive a downloadable certificate.

Children can sign up for free here.

 Free Apps For Children

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links For Home Learning

Audible Amazon audio books for kids FOR FREE

BBC Bitesize Learning clips and tutorials on a wide range of topics for children in P1-P7

Blockly Fun and free computer programming games

CBeebies Radio Listening activities for younger children

Collins Books - FREE ACCESS TO BOOKS FOR P1 - P3 PUPILS Click on the link and then click teacher. Username is parents@harpercollins.co.uk and password is Parents20!

Crash Course Kids Science videos on a range of topics

Crickweb Free online educational resources and games in all subjects for all ages.

DK Find Out! Great resource for a wide range of information in all areas of the curriculum

Duolingo Sign up and learn a language for free!

Educational videos Over 4300 videos linked to science, music, art and much more!

Kids Learning Tube Songs and videos which are great for learning!

Khan Academy Sign up to access practical exercises and instructional videos in all subjects

Libraries NI You can use Libraries NI to download free e-books for AR and to read to younger children?

Literacy Shed Video stimuli for writing

Literactive Literacy games, activities and ebooks for P1-P3 children

Maths Chase A fast moving game to help consolidate mathematical skills, eg-tables

Minecraft Free Minecraft education until June. Lots of coding, remote learning and activities available. 

myON Access to online books which are very useful for children working on AR

National Geographic - Kids Activities and quizzes for all children

Nature Detectives Fun nature activities for the garden!

Oxford Owl Access to a range of free ebooks

Primary Resources A wide range of PowerPoints and worksheets for all areas of the curriculum and all ages

Primary Homework Help Lots of Literacy and Numeracy activities but also great for topic work and World Around Us!

Red Ted Art Art and craft activities

Sesame Street Games, videos and art activities for younger pupils

Starfall Literacy and Numeracy activities for P1-P5 pupils

The Imagination Tree Creative art activities for younger children

The Maths Factor Free access to Carol Vordernan’s Maths tuition website

The School Run Resources and tutorials for a range of curricular areas. Free 14 day trial and then £42 for six months

Topmarks Free educational games and resources for all subjects and all ages

Twinkl Twinkl are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures. It is packed with learning resources. You need the code UKTWINKLHELPS to access the offer.

World Geography Geography games

 

RISE NI stands for Regional Integrated Support for Education NI, and we provide support to all mainstream primary schools in the Northern Health & Social Care Trust (NHSCT) area to support staff and children in years 1 – 4.

The service focuses on 4 main areas of development:

- social, emotional and / or behaviour

- speech, language and communication

- gross motor skills

- sensory processing, fine motor and visual perceptual skills

Our regional aim is to support children in schools by working closely with parents and staff to help children develop the foundation skills for learning.

What’s included?

We’ve included a range of basic activities suitable for children from P1 – P4; some even the whole family can enjoy! These are activities that require very few resources, but that will support your child’s ongoing development in many different ways. Have a look through, and see which ones would be of interest to you or your child.

We have also included some relaxation ideas which would benefit both children and parents, along with some useful web-links and apps for the areas of development we target.

You may like to look at our page tiger link which contains lots of advice, strategies and activities… https://view.pagetiger.com/RISENI/covid19

Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke

Chester and Heartley's Home Adventures ready to help keep pupils entertained during this lockdown period, including a workbook of activities, as well as a 30 day challenge to help keep pupils healthy whilst at home. These resources are free and we hope the pupils enjoy them!

Here is a link to the answers

You are living through History!

We thought it would be a great idea to record History as it happens. Please take a moment to fill in the Time Capsule pages for your future self to look back on. This does not have to be completed in one sitting. Take your time and break it up. You do not have to complete the pages in order.

You can include the following

·         Photos from this time

·         A journal of your days

·         Local Newspaper pages or clippings

·         Any Art work you created

·         Family/Pet Pictures

·         Special Memories.

Thanks to Mrs Phillips for finding this great project.

Using Maths:

A variety of websites are great for kids from P1 to P7...check out these sites:

www.mathplayground.com

www.mathszone.co.uk

www.coolmath4kids.com

www.multiplication.com

www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games