At Barlby Bridge we regularly teach online safety to each year group in many different ways. We ensure that there is a progression from Nursery to Year 6 so that children are equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge for their age, enabling them to use the internet responsibly and safely. Every year the UK Safer Internet Centre highlights the importance of online safety through a National Safer Internet Day.
Each year there is a theme and this year the theme is….
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.
“Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
The campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
The day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.
In order to decide on a theme that was important to young people we spoke to them about the types of content they see online and found fake news and inaccurate content to come up often. Young people said they saw:
- ‘I see a lot of fake news content, a lot of fake celebrity gossip, fake gossip (general)’
- ‘Adverts on webpages showing celebrities with extreme weight loss transformations and stuff like that.’
- ‘Adverts and pop ups or even occasionally strangers messages and such.’
- ‘People on tiktok making up news, conspiracy theories…’
Through Safer Internet Day 2021 we will look at why inaccurate content exists, where it comes from, and what young people can do in response.
We know that the issues of misinformation and ‘fake news’ do not solely affect young people, but that these issues do have a great impact on how young people feel about their time online.
We want to help equip young people with the skills they need to spot inaccurate content, which can sometimes be a complex task. Once young people feel more comfortable separating fact from fiction it is important that we then help them to take the next steps in helping to create an internet full of trustworthy and reliable information.
The online world is a great source of information for young people and adults alike, and opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills, and even broaden viewpoints are extremely important to all internet users. The internet is also an important way for young people to build positive relationships – to play, interact and share their lives with their peers. As they navigate these social spaces, they are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online in the context of playing games together and socialising online. Safer Internet Day gives young people the chance to build the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions as they navigate an online world where everything is not always as it seems” (UK Safer Internet Centre 2021).
We would usually do something as a whole school to mark this day but since this isn’t possible this year, you will have been given some information and or ideas for activities from your child’s class teacher in the weekly planning you receive. Here is a link to the Safer Internet Centre website which is full of information and activities around this year’s theme.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
A day to understand what we do now and plan action for the future!
On Friday the 24th the whole school took part in a recycling challenge that would really make the children think about what they were using and wasting. We gathered all our waste from the day and sorted it. We investigated how we could reduce, reuse and recycle. We have decided to begin a compost bin for fruit and vegetable waste and we have ordered a plastics bin to begin our war against plastics! We will continue to recycle card and paper and try hard to reduce our use of all of these materials! Together …. We can make a difference!!
We have had a great start to our sporting competitions this term. The children in Key Stage 2 have enjoyed taking part in a cross county event at Selby college. In total 24 children were selected to take part in the event, with 8 in total qualifying for the area finals which will take place on Wednesday 16th October at Selby College.
Well done to Lily, Jack, Emilia, Joshua, Holly- Leigh, Olivia, Mia and Bobby we look forward to reporting on the next round of races.
Healthy Eating Day 2019
We had a fantastic day making healthy food across the school. Each class made and learnt about some delicious healthy foods, such as … fruit salad, salad, frittatas, fruit smoothies, curry, chilli, fajitas, falafel and pizza. In the afternoon all of the children visited the Healthy Cafe to try out the different meals and were served by the brilliant Year 6 wait staff!
Roald Dahl Day 2019
We enjoyed an assembly celebrating Roald Dahl’s birthday and found out all about his life and work. Did you know that he was a fighter pilot in WW2 ?
As part of class Mars’ science topic on plants we wrote stories linked to the book ‘The Little Gardener’ by Emily Hughes and made a sensory garden for the children of Key Stage 1. Today we enjoyed sharing our stories and showing Venus and Earth class the garden.
‘Mini Mudder’ 2
Bigger, better and more challenging than before, the Mudder was back! Thank you to Year 6 who designed the course and all the families who were able to join us to cheer on the competitors.
STEM Landing Day
Our whole school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) topic culminated in a visit from an AECOM traffic engineer who shared their latest work on driverless cars! The children were very excited to find out about the innovations already being developed and the prospect of Driverless cars being on our roads in the not so distant future! During the workshop, they were challenged to program robotic Driverless cars to complete a route. Not only that, they had to ensure another groups cars would not collide with their own. The children used problem solving and cooperation skills to complete the mission and began to consider the huge implications facing Driverless car developers. Steve, the engineer, questioned the children about how people will be kept safe and how these problems need to be considered.
Many of the children have made grand designs of the Driverless cars of the future … perhaps we have a few Barlby Bridge engineers in the making.
Healthy Eating Topic Day
On Tuesday 19th February 2019 we held a whole school healthy eating day, supported by Tesco and the Healthy Child Team. The children looked at two different lunchbox options and talked about the sugar contained in each. The first lunchbox contained a whopping 55g of sugar, more than three times the recommended allowance for primary age children. Classes then looked at healthier alternative options to higher sugar items. There was a lot of talk about hidden sugar in food- the children, staff and parents were all shocked by just how much sugar is in the items that are branded as ‘healthier’ choices such as cereal bars. You can download a great Change 4 Life App that has a bar code scanning tool, telling you how many cubes of sugar are in an item before you buy. Thank you so much to all of the parents who came in, joined in and helped out.