As part of our British Values learning today we took part in a democracy day!
We spent the day discussing voting and debating. We then put it into practice and voted for our school councillors, Liturgy Leaders and Learning Ambassadors!
At the end of the day we were able to share our work in a whole school assembly. We also announced the results of the elections and met our new school councillors, Liturgy Leaders and Learning Ambassadors!
On Tuesday we were fortunate to have a visit from two members of the Handsworth Sword Dancers - Boz and Big Brian. They were able to share several photographs and talk about the history of Handsworth. Boz showed the children his uniform and the longswords that are used in the dances. Originally the Sword Dancers started in Woodhouse and moved to Handsworth around 1890. The Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers are one of the UK’s remaining ‘traditional’ teams, and is one of the longest-running folk dance teams in the country.
Some of the children were invited to practice making the 'lock' when the swords are interlinked.............
Several parents have asked what should they do with spare uniforms
Grace Church have recently launched a 'Family Bank' asking for donations of any uniforms from the neighbourhood schools. Uniforms are given out free of charge to those who are struggling to find the money to buy uniforms for their children. Please see below for directions and opening times
The Community Safety Team from South Yorkshire Police have raised concerns around inappropriate internet use by children starting with children as young as four.
With younger children the content these children are sharing tends to be on parents/carers accounts, who are completely unaware that this has happened until their account is locked, or they have a knock on the door from the Police.
Below are the statistics from South Yorkshire Police to illustrate the increase in this type of referral:
Last year 11 % of referrals were for safeguarding concerns such as self-generated image uploads, sextortion and sexualised chat between a child and an adult. This year there has been a huge increase in safeguarding referrals with 26% having been received in the first half of this year (Jan - Jun).
There doesn't seem to be any reason for this increase in referrals but it may be due to online companies improving their safeguarding abilities in readiness for the internet safety bill so is likely to continue until education/ prevention advice is given to schools, parents and children.
There also appears to be a change in the gender of the children uploading, previously it was predominantly females now there is a pretty even split between the genders overall.
The largest age group for referrals were those aged between 4-7 and 63% of all of the safeguarding referrals were for children who were of primary school age
Please see links below for websites where up to date information can be obtained about internet issues, in-depth details around apps, platforms, etc that children may be using and also guides how to set up accounts safely.