Making the most of Google Classroom and keeping children safe

This page has been created for parents and children to help you access and use Google Classroom, our online learning platform for Years Reception – 6. 

Step-by-step parent instructions on how to access and use Google Classroom can be downloaded below.

We have also added a useful Parent Guide. 

We would suggest that after accessing your child’s classroom, you and your child familiarise yourself with the platform together. This is where teachers will set work and send a daily message within the class stream. There will be a range of ‘assignments’ posted and some of the tasks can be uploaded/completed online for the teacher to view.

Below is a booklet containing step by step guides for pupils to make the most of Google classroom, including uploading their work to an assignment for the teacher to see and mark without positing to the stream 

https://youtu.be/3jAYn3ZrihM

Tasks (assignments) for the children to complete will be posted on a daily basis. If you miss any, do not worry as they remain in the classroom. Teachers are trying to arrange regular live sessions at the same time each week to fit around the support they have in class to manage live sessions, and daily posts on the stream highlight when these are each day. We are trying to keep these at the top of the stream, but it isn’t possible to pin it, so it can be several posts down, so please scroll down to find it. Teachers try to move it to the top regularly, but every post on the stream moves it down again.

Please regularly discuss online safety with your children. We have signed up with National Online Safety | Keeping Children Safe Online in Education who provide lots of guides, videos, posters and advice on online safety.

You can download an app to access the posters below and lots more.

Below are some top tips and guides for keeping safe online

If you have any problems with accessing or using Google Classroom, then please email admin@wadworth.doncaster.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we can (please do not use Google Classroom to communicate with us). 

What you need to know about Fortnite

Fortnite continues to be very popular with lots of young people.  It is rated PEGI 12 for frequent mild violence which means it is not suitable for persons under 12 years of age.  It is also important to bear in mind that when rating games, PEGI do not take into consideration the chat features of a game which Fortnite does include. 

What is Fortnite?

There are different versions of Fortnite, including a free-to-play Battle Royale game (although money can be spent within the game) where up to 100 players compete against each other. The aim is to battle against each other to be the last player standing!

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Supporting children and young people with SEND online

Internet Matters have produced this document which outlines some advice for parents and carers to help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) stay safe online.

Further advice can also be found here: https://www.internetmatters.org/inclusive-digital-safety/advice-for-parents-and-carers/supporting-children-with-send/connecting-and-sharing-online/

If it’s unacceptable offline then it’s unacceptable online.

It’s important to talk to your child about how they behave online, if they choose to use technology to call somebody names or spread hurtful rumours then they are involved in online bullying.  Talk to your child, ask them how they would feel if the same was said or done to them?

What are your children saying online?  It can be very easy online for children to behave in a way that they wouldn’t if they were face to face with each other.  Talk to your children about how they are speaking to others online. Childnet have some great advice in response to two key questions your child might ask:

What makes a good friend online?

What should I do if someone online is mean to me?

What can I do if my child is getting bullied? Explain to them what to do if somebody is mean to them online, explain that they shouldn’t respond to them.  Show them how to use reporting tools and emphasise they should always talk to a trusted adult. NSPCC have listed their tips on how to cope and what you should do: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/bullying-and-cyberbullying/#support

Further information  There is a lot of information available online containing lots of advice and where to seek additional support. 

What is Me, You and Baby Too?

Me, You and Baby Too helps first-time parents prepare for changes in their own relationship, giving them the skills to communicate better and support each other at this important time in their lives.

It is aimed at parents who are still in a relationship with each other, during pregnancy or in the first 12 months of their child’s life. It may also be beneficial to those who have significant risk indicators:

Parental conflict that is frequent, hostile and unresolved.
Separation in family of origin.
Social disadvantage.
Unplanned pregnancy.
Lack of relational skills.

Me, You and Baby Too works best when both parents do it together. The resource is divided into three sessions:

1. Changes for me and us

Having a baby is an exciting time but it can also be very challenging. This session helps parents understand how their relationship with each other will change, and why it matters to their baby.

2. Coping with stress

Having a baby can be stressful and overwhelming. This session helps parents to identify sources of stress and learn ways of coping together and supporting each other.

3. Conflict and communication

Arguments can be constructive or destructive. This session helps parents think about how their arguments start, and how they get out of hand. Most importantly, it will give them the skills to resolve arguments in more constructive ways.

‘Me, You, and Baby Too’ can be accessed on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Parents will need a good internet connection and a device on which they can play video and hear sound.

You can register here, and access the course https://click.clickrelationships.org/content/parenting-together/me-you-and-baby-too/here.

For help with this, download the instructions here.

Young Voices 2021

Mrs Rew registered for Young Voices 2021 as soon as registration opened after the concert back in January! Then, with everything going on, we were unsure what would happen with Young Voices but they have come up with a plan B!

Plan B

Our KS2 choir will have a place at the re-scheduled 25th Anniversary Concerts for Wednesday 9th June 2021. They are in talks at the moment to secure potential postponement dates – they’ll let us know once they have them.

Virtual Concert – we have a special invitation to a virtual concert being held at 3pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021. This concert will be streamed LIVE and our choir will take part in the safety of our school, making this the perfect mini school concert for parents and family. A few select songs from the Music Pack will be chosen and identified for us.

YV Celebratory 25th Anniversary Music Pack which includes: An amazing repertoire of 25th Anniversary songs, sheet music, song lyrics, conductors notes plus CDs with full songs and backing tracks and a DVD containing all the dance moves.

YV’s Biggest Sing, to be sung during the virtual concert our children will be part of an attempt to break the record for the largest number of people singing simultaneously to celebrate 25 years of Young Voices, (they are currently in the process of selecting THE song from the short-list of amazing songs).

YVatHome, full access to the online YVatHome experience (only available to registered schools and their choirs as of September 2020).

Mr Rew has asked me to give you access to the Young Voices songs to learn at home. They have made them available on their website much earlier than usual.

https://www.youngvoices.co.uk/music-room The school’s Access code is: YV2021

This will take you to the Dance videos, Lyrics videos, Lyrics, YV at home and a Spotify playlist.

Mrs Rew has asked KS2 classes to look at the songs so they can take part in the virtual event if they want to nearer the time.

Talking Pants: resources for children up to the age of 7

You’ve probably already talked to your child about things like crossing the road safely. Talking to them about staying safe from sexual abuse is just as easy with the NSPCC PANTS website and activity pack.

With fun tasks, word searches, games and stickers, you can help them learn without using any scary words. You can find out more and download the pack for a suggested £5 donation from:

Continue reading “Talking Pants: resources for children up to the age of 7”

Sumdog Competition

Mr Robson has entered the school into the Doncaster Sumdog competition which begins on Friday 9th October until Thursday 15th October.


How do we take part?

To take part, students play Sumdog’s free maths games. In each game, they need to answer maths questions to make progress. They can choose which game they play, while Sumdog automatically adapts its questions. Each correct answer they give counts toward their score. During the contest period, students who are entered will see the contest activity on their homepage. Any games they play when this is showing will count towards their score. They can play any time, either at home or at school.


How are the scores calculated?

Students compete by playing Sumdog’s games. Sumdog games are free to play, before, during and after the contest. Students are ranked on a leaderboard by the number of correct answers they give. If there’s a tie, we rank them on average answer speed. Their first names, initials of their last names, class and school will appear on the leaderboard. This is visible to anyone who has entered the contest. Classes are ranked on the average number of correct answers. 10 students from a class need to play in the contest for it to appear on the leaderboard. If you have less than 10 students in your class, you can team up with another class in the school.


Are there prizes?

Each student who answers 100 questions in a contest will be rewarded with an item for their Sumdog house.
There are also subscriptions for the winning class, and certificates of merit for leading students and daily winners.

How do you make it fair?

Sumdog adapts its questions to each student’s ability, so every student has a good chance of winning.
To make contests fair for students with limited access to computers, every student is limited to 1000 questions. However, it’s fun to take part even if students only answer a few questions.


Good luck everyone-and remember we have won more than one Doncaster competition!

Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers

Looking after a child or young person who has emotional or mental health problems can be very hard, especially in the current situation. You may feel challenged, isolated, scared and deeply upset and wish you knew where to turn for help.


Seeking help:
You are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar concerns and stresses, although they may not feel able to discuss them openly. There is good support and guidance, through national and local organisations. Do have a look to find out which sources of support might be best for you. The sooner you seek help, the better. Every local area is different but the three places listed below are a good place to start.


Talk to your GP:
Your GP will listen, begin to understand your child’s needs and suggest the most appropriate course of action or support for your child, including referral to mental health specialists, if necessary. So, make an appointment for your child and explain your concerns when you do so. You might also find it helpful to make a second appointment with the GP, for yourself, to discuss the “ripple effects” of your child’s difficulties on the rest of the family.


Help at school:
School is an important part of the picture when it comes to children’s mental health. It’s a good idea to stay in communication with the school about the issues your child is experiencing. There may well be sources of help and support within the school, so do encourage your child to talk to a trusted teacher or member of support staff.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS):
Some local CAMHS services have a Single Point of Access (SPA) to help children, young people and their families get the help they need. Some services need a referral from a GP, school or social care, but some accept direct contact from families. Look up your local CAMHS on the internet to find out what may be available.


What you can do to help your child:
As a parent you can have a crucial role in your child’s recovery. The more you can understand about mental health and your child’s difficulties, the more confident you will be in supporting them. Getting professional help can be important but there is a great deal you can do as a parent too. Every case is individual, but these general tips might help you to help your child:

Encourage them to talk
Listen and be understanding
Give your child reliable self-help information from trusted sources, based on sound evidence
Tell them, and show them, how much you care and how important they are in the family
Encourage social contact with friends and family
Simple physical activity
Know that recovery will not happen overnight
Don’t be afraid to seek further advice from mental health professionals
Don’t blame yourself
Look after yourself

National organisations which help parents

  • Young Minds is an excellent source of information about all aspects of child mental health, including a Parent Helpline: 0800 802 5544. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/forparents
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/parentsandyouthinfo.aspx has a detailed section on help for the whole family  and provides guidance on all mental health problems and treatments, with downloadable leaflets.  www.rcpsych.ac.uk
  • Minded for Families provides free, qualityassured advice which is easy to understand. It is helpful for any adults caring for children or teenagers with mental health problems.  https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/young-people
  • Samaritans provides 24 hour, nationwide support by phone: 116123, email: jo@samaritans.org and face-to-face for stress, anxiety or despair related issues, including suicide. www.samaritans.org
  • Papyrus offers advice and support from qualified professionals about suicide. This is for anyone up to the age of 35 who is having suicidal thoughts and for their friends and families. They can be contacted through the website  www.papyrus-uk.org or on their “Hopeline”: 08000684141 or 07786209697 (open 10am – 10pm weekdays and 10am – 2pm weekends)
  • Beat gives clear advice on all aspects of dealing with eating disorders, including helpful guidance to parents, carers and families.  www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
  • Sane 0300 304 7000 offers out of hours,  6pm -11pm daily, specialist support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family and carers.
  • Anna Freud Centre – a leaflet about mental health for parents of young children:  www.annafreud.org/media/7228/tmh-parentleaflet-final-all-approved-laid-out-for-web.pdf

Secondary School Admissions

Secondary school admissions for 2021-22 are now open!
Don’t panic if you haven’t chosen your preferred school/s yet, there’s plenty of time before the closing date on 31st October. Applications for secondary school places are NOT done on a first come, first serve basis, so you still have the opportunity to consider the best options for your child or children before completing your application
You can find the full 2021-22 secondary school booklet, and start your application by visiting www.doncaster.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Whilst there is still time, please remember to make a note of the national 31st OCTOBER deadline in your diaries – if your application is after this, your child is more likely to miss out on their preferred school choice!