Half Term Homework
Next term we are going to spend some time looking at ‘real maths’. I have two projects planned.
- Cooking – this helps pupils use scales [grams and kilo grams / litres and millilitres] and gives them a proper understanding of what the measurements actually are. Half term homework is to prepare a yummy dish [we discussed puddings in class, but this is not essential] to bring in for the first Monday back. We will share out the dishes in class and have a tasting tally [see it’s all maths] to find the most popular dish. If you have any spare paper plates at home these would be very useful. An extension of the homework is to neatly copy out your recipe for our class cook book. Neat work involves lined paper [or a line guide], a border and neat handwriting. Good luck and I look forward to tasting your lovely recipes on Monday. Please look out for an equipment list next week as I am hoping to do some cooking in school next term and bringing in the necessary equipment really helps me to undertake this task with a class of children.
- The £5 challenge – this second maths project is very exciting. I will give groups of children £5 to spend. The idea is that they formulate a business plan to increase their funds so that they can make a profit. Projects must be agreed by myself [the bank] before going ahead. The profit made from the £5 can be split evenly between the group of children. Does your child have any ideas they can bring to class? Can you talk to them about profit and loss. Which group will make the most money?
Please continue to look at times tables. We will be looking at 12 X when we return. If your child struggles with times tables just look at the first 5 numbers, foe example, 12, 24 , 36, 48, 60.
PS – The Tudor houses were AMAZING. Thank you for the variety and all the hard work that was clearly put into the home projects. If you haven’t finished your Tudor house and think it’s too late, there is no such thing as never…
Internet Safety and Usage
Ian Duckmanton, PE specialist and QEGS teacher, has been expressing some concerns about the ‘chat’ regards Fortnite in our classroom. He sent me the following link which I have copied and pasted for your information. Let’s keep our kids safe out there!!! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns about on line safety or the time spent by your child on on line games and APPS. I completely understand, don’t judge and may just have a few ideas tucked up my sleeve that could help.
The multiplayer action survival game, Fortnite: Battle Royale, has received a lot of media coverage recently due to growing popularity amongst children – and also emerging safety concerns. We’ve pulled together some information about the game and how to keep your children safe while playing it.
Players can currently play Fortnite: Battle Royale on a PC, Mac, Xbox, and PlayStation or download it from the App Store. Use of the game has grown rapidly amongst children and young people since the launch of the mobile game in March 2018. As of 2nd May, the app version is only available on iOS but an Android release is expected shortly. The game involves 100 players fighting each other in real time to be the final survivor.
What features and risks are there on Fortnite?
Fortnite: Battle Royale has several features that can be fun, but there are also risks. These include:
- Players can add friends in the mobile game if they have an account with Epic, the game’s developer. Friends can be added by username in the game’s main menu.
- There is a chat feature in the game that allows users to contact each other using voice or text. You can disable voice chat in the game by selecting the 3 lines in the top right of the screen, select the settings icon, choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the screen and go to the ‘Voice Chat’ option, where you can select ‘Off’.
- There is cartoon violence in the game. You can use a variety of weapons to kill other players, such as guns and axes.
- There are in-app purchases, which can become expensive.
- Players can be reported to the Player Support team if you are concerned about activity or behaviour.
Here are the recommended age ratings for the game:
- Epic Games: Fortnite Battle Royale says it does not direct the game to children under the age of 13 in the UK.
- The PEGI rating for this game is 12 years old. However, PEGI does not take chat features into consideration when rating games. You can find out more about age ratings here.
- The App Store says that users must be 12+ to play.
Follow our TEAM tips to help keep your child safe online when playing online games:
- Talk to your child regularly about what they are doing online and how to stay safe. Let them know they can come to you or another trusted adult if they’re feeling worried or upset by anything they have seen. You can use our conversation starters to support you when starting these conversations.
- Explore your child’s online activities with your child. Understand why they like using them and make sure they know what they can do to keep themselves safe.
- Agree your own rules as a family when using sites, apps and games. You can use our Family Agreement template to help you get started.
- Manage your technology and use the settings available to keep your child safe.
If you’d like advice and support about keeping your children safe online, call our free O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline on 0808 800 5002.
Alternatively, you can make a face-to-face appointment with an O2 Guru in store – you don’t even have to be an O2 customer. O2 Gurus can help you set up parental controls, such as privacy settings, on any device.
Finally, you can visit our online games page to find out more about the risks of online gaming, and how to keep your child safe.