Author Visit – Natasha Farrant

We had a visit from Natasha Farrant the author of “The Children of Castle Rock”. She read to us and answered our questions.  She told us why she became a writer.     We closed our eyes as she read so we could imagine the scene. We all heard the same words but saw something different.…
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Picture News

Please click on the link below to read this weeks Picture Newspaper: Picture News Resource - 23rd April Picture News Paper - 16th April Picture News at Home - 16th April
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100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge 2018

100 Million Minutes Reading Challenge 2018 We are still waiting to have the 100 Million Minutes results verified by Achievement for All. I can say that I submitted a grand total of 39,743 minutes,  which is staggering!  This is an average of 560 minutes per pupil taking part. WELL DONE to everyone who participated. We…
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Science Day

On Thursday the 2nd November  we will be holding a whole school science day with a main focus on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Please click on the link below to read all about the exciting day planned. Science Day  
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Roald Dahl Day

Wednesday was Roald Dahl day and our children dressed as their favourite characters or wore  in yellow (as Roald Dahl was Welsh) to celebrated Roald Dahl Day.  They all brought in their favourite books and enjoyed reading and discussing about the characters and storylines.
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Year 6 Leavers

We would very much like to thank Revd Julie Willmot for a lovely leavers service at St Michaels Church this morning.     Farewell to all our Year 6 student.  Wishing you all every success in your new schools.
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Teigan Smile

The children recently took part in a sponsored walk and raise a fantastic amount of money for a very special young lady called Teigan.            Teigan has sent us a short video to say thank you. [video width="480" height="848" mp4=""][/video] Please follow the link to find out about the charity 'Teigan Smile'  
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David Walliams – Gangsta Granny

On Friday 7th July we took the children to see the stage performance of 'Gangsta Granny' Both the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Kutay said, 'I liked the humour and thought the acting was great'. Amber said 'I really liked the way they changed the scenery and the dancing'. Sophia said. 'I thought it was…
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Year 4 Reading Gladiators

READING GLADIATORS Some of the students from year 4 have attended the annual 'Reading Gladiators' challenge day at Brightside School, Billericay.  Please see the following article in the Maldon and Burnham Standard: The Gladiators said 'It is amazing, I would recommend it to all the new  Gladiators that might join next year'.  'You get…
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Bard To Bollywood

Bard To Bollywood  Some of our KS2 students have taken part in the Bard to Bollywood a Dance Celebration Keeping Dance Alive. A huge well done to all of our fantastic students who took part in the final performance that took place at the Essex Cricket Ground on Tuesday 4th July.     The performance took…
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SIAMS Report

We are pleased to have received a very positive report following our recent Church Inspection. The main findings were: The inclusive and caring ethos, led by the headteacher and based explicitly on the school’s Christian values impacts on all members of the school community. As a result they feel valued. This leads to positive contributions…
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School Council – Safety

SAFETY FIRST! The Key Stage 2 School Council members enjoyed the annual School Council Conference last Friday, which was held at Maldon Town Hall. The theme this year was E Safety (a very important topic for today’s youth) and consisted of different workshops run by pupils of The Plume.  The children were taught about the…
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Play Leaders

We are now giving the children in Class 4 the very important responsibility of becoming Play Leaders at lunchtimes.  On Monday, Denise Ford from the Healthy Schools team provided both the staff and children with Positive Play Training, and gave us lots of fantastic ideas for games and activities to engage the younger children in.…
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What is e-safety?

Simply put, e-Safety involves keeping safe while using electronic devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablet computers and games consoles. Children as well as adults are at risk from a variety of different scenarios if they are not playing an active role in keeping each other and themselves educated on the risks they face.

What are the risks?

If not properly managed or regularly reviewed, these devices and the services they offer such as video chat, text messages, social media connectivity and web-banking can leave a person vulnerable to exploitation. Recent events highlighted in the media over the last year or so include identity theft, theft of money from bank accounts, cyber-bullying, the grooming of vulnerable children by adults and even cases where children have, unfortunately, been kidnapped.

What can I do to keep myself and my children safe?

There are a variety of ways to keep everyone in your family safe:

  • Play an active role in your child's use of electronic devices. Use computers and games consoles with them. Model browsing the internet safely and discuss events as they occur.
  • Keep a record of all of your children's usernames and passwords for all of the services they use such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Club Penguin etc. By doing this you have the freedom to check exactly what it is they are viewing, the messages they are receiving etc.
  • Discuss as a family what sort of information different types of people need to know about them. Who needs to know the school they attend? Who needs to know their name? Remind them that 'Stranger Danger' rules apply to the internet too.
  • Install family filter software on all applicable devices. These types of software block your child from seeing harmful websites.
  • Be firm with them on what is acceptable use of electronic devices. Facebook, for instance does not allow persons under the age of 13 to use their website. This means any child of a Primary School age should not have a Facebook profile or even use the service on behalf of another person.
  • Ensure that games consoles such as PlayStations, Xboxes and Nintendo consoles are kept in a room where you have easy access to them. If a console is in a child's bedroom then you will have absolutely no idea what it is that they are viewing or who they are interacting with.
  • Do not click on anything that looks suspicious. Thieves have become exceptionally talented at making their thefts look professional. They are increasingly turning to the internet to steal from people. If you receive an e-mail that looks like it is from your bank and asks you to input personal information, usernames or passwords, think carefully. The vast majority of these e-mails are what is known as a 'phishing scam'. The thieves are literally fishing for your personal details from a faraway location and will use those details to steal money from your accounts.
  • DO NOT use the name username and password for every account you possess. If a thief steals one, they can do whatever they want with the other accounts with the same usernames and passwords.

What resources are available for me to learn more?

The following resources are available for parents:

Pokémon Go a parent's guide NSPCC

Thinkuknow - Suitable for 5, 6 and 7 year olds

Thinkuknow - Suitable for 8 to 10 year olds

Thinkyouknow - For parents

A Checklist for Parents and Carers (pdf 212KB)

Cyberbullying Factsheet (PDF 413KB)

Grooming Factsheet (PDF 718KB)

Inappropriate Websites Factsheet (PDF 372KB)

Guides to understanding different devices your children may use

Understanding the iPod Touch (PDF 276KB)

Understanding Facebook (PDF 1287KB)

Understanding the Blackberry (PDF 230KB)

Understanding the iPad (PDF 263KB)

Understanding the iPhone (PDF 352KB)

Our e-Safety Rules

Reception and KS1 - See the poster
  • I will follow the school’s rules when I use the computer.
  • I will keep my username and password secret.
  • I will ask my teacher before I use the internet.
  • I will be polite if I write something on the computer.
  • I will not tell anyone on the computer my full name, address or telephone number.
  • I will tell my teacher if I see something on the computer that upsets me.

I understand that if I don’t follow the school rules, I could be stopped from using the internet or computers.

KS2 - See the poster
  • I will use the computer responsibly.
  • I will ask my teacher before I go on the internet unless the site has already been approved.
  • I will follow the ‘SMILE and stay safe’ advice and tell my teacher if I see something online that I am unhappy with. I understand that this is for my safety and that of others.
  • I will only email people my teacher has approved and any messages I send will be polite and sensible and will have my first name at the bottom of the message.
  • I will ask for permission to open an email or email attachment.
  • I will keep my password secret and not share online my personal details or those of others.
  • Any work I publish or display online will be work that I would want my family and teachers to see.
  • If someone I don’t know contacts me in any way, I will tell my class teacher immediately.

I understand that if I don’t follow the school rules, I could be stopped from using the internet or computers.

More Internet Safety Links (Please ask for password from the school office)

Digital Parenting Magazine

Lunch Menus

Autumn Term We've updated our menu for the week with tasty, nutritious meals and options. (Please click on the links below) Week 1  - Commencing Monday 16th April Summer Menu - Week 1 Week 2  - Commencing Monday 23rd April Summer Menu - Week 2 Week 3  - Commencing Monday 30th April Summer Menu - Week 3        
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Spring 4 March 2018

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