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  • new year disco

    Published 01/08/19

    Information below about the upcoming disco ... we look forward to seeing you there!

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  • Science Fair 2019

    Published 20/02/19

    Straight after school on Monday 11th March!

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  • Book Week

    Published 13/02/19

    We will be celebrating World Book day on Thursday 7th March by dressing up as a character from a story. Although it is a while off yet, we want to give you plenty of time to get costumes organised!

    During this week, we will also be having lots of book related activities in classes and as a school and also an opportunity to invite you into school (more information to follow). 

    There will be a Reading Challenge that will come home with you on Friday and give you half term to get started on.  Also a 'Get Caught Reading' competition - whereby we ask you to think of unusual places that your child could read and take a photo to send in for judging!

    Lots of fun reading and book related activities to inspire all Crossdale readers!

    Thanks in advance,

    Crossdale Team.

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  • Book Fair

    Published 13/02/19

    The Book Fair is coming soon, bringing a great selection of the very best books to inspire and entertain young readers. It will be delivered on 14th February and we will be open between then and the 28th February, before and after school; 8:30-9am and 3:30-4:00pm. 

    Every book sold helps to earn Rewards that can be spent on books and resources for our classrooms and the library, so in supporting the book fair, you are helping us.

    We look forward to seeing you there.

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  • Book fair

    Published 13/02/19

    This year, you can pay by phone at the book fair as well as cheque or cash.  There will be posters explaining how to do this in the hall but you can have a look before you come using the link below:

    Each child has a £1 book token to use too!  These will be kept at the desk in the hall for the children to use once they have chosen their books.

    Thank you

    Miss Jackson and Mrs Jones

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  • Screen and Social Media advice for parents

    Published 11/02/19

    The Chief Medical Officer for the UK recently published guidance on screen-based activities. 

    Within the guidance itself, there is an infographic (see image) which helps parents and carers think about the challenges of managing their children's screen use.

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  • Internet Safety

    Published 04/02/19

    Follow the SMART rules to stay safe on the Internet - see below for information shared with children in today's assembly!

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  • Charity Jumble Sale - 16th Feb

    Published 01/02/19
    In aid of a charity that supports disability sport - see below for more details.  
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  • Wanted: local ex-pitmen for school visit

    Published 31/01/19

    Year 5 are looking for ex-pitmen to interview about their experiences.

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    Published 18/01/19

    Use the link below to see what our Young Voices choir are up to!

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  • Young Voices Info

    Published 09/01/19

    Information alert!

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  • 5 things parents should know about screen time

    Published 09/01/19

    Screen time is in the news again, but parents are still getting mixed messages about how much is ‘too much’. Here’s how to take a reasonable, flexible approach - and get your kids on board too.

    This week, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health released their report into screen time. The good news is that they haven’t found any compelling evidence that screen time is harmful - but unfortunately for the many confused parents out there, there’s no definitive line on what a ‘safe’ amount of screen time looks like, either.

    But there are sensible, evidence-based ways to think about screen time limits - and, by getting your kids involved, you can find a solution that really works for your family.

    Here’s where to start.

    1.  Remember that not all screen time is the same

    Not all online activities are equal: doing something creative or learning new skills are very different from mindless scrolling on social media. Perhaps being online is allowing them to socialise in a positive way - or they’re just doing something that they really enjoy. If there are real benefits, then the amount of time they spend doing it is less important.

    You know your child better than anyone. As long as screen time isn't interfering with schoolwork or other activities, and isn’t having a noticeable effect on their mood, then try not to obsess over the numbers - there’s probably no need to panic.

    2. How long should kids spend online per day?

    That said, most parents will want to set some kind of limit. The ‘Goldilocks theory’ put forward by academics from Oxford and Cardiff universities suggests that a certain level of screen time can be beneficial, helping children develop their creativity and communication skills.  Around 1 to 2 hours daily during the week and a bit longer at the weekends is considered ‘just right’ for teens - after that the benefits gradually taper off and the negative effects increase. Younger children, aged 4-7 years old, should probably spend no more than an hour a day online - this can go up to around an hour and a half as they get older. 

    3. Boundaries really do work if you stick to them 

    The important thing is to get your child involved in the process so that they understand why you're setting limits. Be very clear about your reasons and ask them what they think - getting buy-in at this stage can really help to avoid arguments later on. Remember that teens, in particular, might need to spend longer online to complete their homework.

    Once you’ve agreed the limits, stick to them! It can be tempting to give up in the face of pester power or teenage sulks, but it will get easier every time you stick to your guns. 

    4. Look out for signs that screen time is having a negative effect

    Keep an eye on how your child’s screen time may be affecting other areas of their life. If they’re spending time with friends and getting enough sleep and exercise, then they may already have a healthy balance. Talk to your child about what they’re doing online and get them to think about how it makes them feel when they spend time doing these things. You never know, they may actually agree that staying up late gaming is making them too tired for school the next day, or admit that constant scrolling through social media is starting to affect their self-esteem.

    5.  Use it as an opportunity to have quality family time

    Although it is good to set aside time when the family is not using screens - outdoor activities, chats at meal times, day trips at the weekend -  this doesn’t mean that you can’t also get involved in using screens together. If you know that your child enjoys playing games online, organise a family gaming night or give them ownership to plan something for the whole family to get stuck in. If you take a real interest in what they like to do online, they're more likely to come to you if something goes wrong, or they make a mistake along the way. 

    Get up to speed on the apps, games and sites that children use online  

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