Finding the right time to talk
Talking PANTS is as simple as teaching your child how to cross the road. You know your child better than anyone. And you'll know when they're ready and how much detail to go into. Some parents found these moments helped them start the conversation:
- bathtime, applying cream or when getting your child dressed
- car journeys
- going swimming and saying that what's covered by swimwear is private
- during a TV show that features a sensitive storyline
- singling along to our PANTS song with Pantosaurus.
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STAYING SAFE ONLINE - INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
The LSCB has carried out an online consultation with a sample of parents and carers across Cheshire East to find out more about keeping their children safe online. Many parents who completed the survey (88%) said they wanted to be better informed about e-safety. Of these 91% said there preferred information source was via their child's school.
At Underwood West we are keen to engage with parents and carers on this agenda.
The NSPCC have teamed up with O2 have designed a free App for your mobiles called Netaware. It is a simple guide to the most popular social networks apps and games. You can learn about safety guidelines and privacy settings for Face book, Instagram, Snap Chat and more.
The gift of reading is a wonderful thing to give your child. It will help them at school, at work and in lots of other things they do as they grow up.
At Underwood West Academy your Child may bring home some of the books from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme, why not support them at home by sharing the online ebooks and activities.
W O R L D B O O K D A Y
Staff and children were invited to dress up as a character from a Julia Donaldson book and all participated in a sponsored read where the challenge was to see how many Julia Donaldson stories could be read in 30 minutes!
A further event enjoyed by many was a Bake Off competition where children decorated cakes at home, again in the theme of the popular stories by Julia Donaldson such as Tiddler, The Gruffalo and Stick Man, to be judged at school. Each year group were awarded two winners; a prize for the best presented and most creative cake design.
During the day all classes also took part in a treasure hunt in the school grounds on the same theme. The Key Stage 2 children used IPads to scan QR codes to find clues to solve.
Assistant Headteacher Laura Jones said “It was wonderful to see so many families getting involved to help promote reading in school. We were also really impressed with the high standards of costumes and cake decorating. Everyone in school had a great day enjoying the stories of one of Britain’s great children’s authors”