Remember in history lessons learning about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, or – more recently – the time of the Industrial Revolution? What do you think the period of time we’re living in now will be called?
Quite probably the Digital Age – we’re definitely in the midst of a Digital Revolution. Consider this:
- Households with internet access: 1987 – 0%, 1997 – 9%, 2007 – 61%, 2017 – 89%
- Mobile phone users: 1987 – 0%, 1997 – 20%, 2007 – 78%, 2017 – 95%
- Facebook users worldwide: 1987 – none, 1997 – none, 2007 – 50 million, 2017 – 2 billion
- Email usage worldwide: 1987 – negligible, 1997 -70 million, 2007 – 1.3 billion, 2017 – 3.7 billion
- Sales of film cameras worldwide: 1987 – around 23 million, 1997 -around 31 million, 2007 – around 1 million, 2017 – negligible
It’s also worth considering the impact that this (and other factors) has had on children’s lives. The following data compares adults’ lives (‘then’) with children currently (‘now’).
- Young people who play outside: 83% then; 48% now
- Young people who get enough sleep: 66% then; 50% now
- Young people who read books: 79% then; 54% now
- Young people who send postcards: 55% then; 11% now
- Favourite toys of young people: bicycles, dolls and record players then; smartphones, iPads and Xboxes now
A visit from a real-life explorer!
This week, we had a visit from David Higgins, a well-known photographer and explorer. He talked to us about his wonderful, exciting adventures from around the world and he had many stories to tell. David showed us a selection of the extraordinary photographs he has taken of animals from across the globe and some of them can be seen on the National Geographic website.
Thank you to all the parents who visited school today for our homework review. There has been some fantastic, creative homework produced by the children this week. Our ‘Watch us while work’ morning is taking place on Wednesday 08 November where you can see some more fantastic learning in our classrooms.
Some of the comments from our parents today:
What went well:
- “I think it is a great way to see how every child has individuality and personality. It’s lovely to see all the children proud of their achievements.”
- “I really liked the way all the children had their say and offered advice or ideas to improve.”
An ‘even better if’ comment:
- “All the children get a comment made on their work, even if it’s a teacher’s comment.”
Nell Bank leaf trail - 07 and 08 October
They have teamed up with the Ilkley Arts Trail to create a unique and exciting event based in the grounds at Nell Bank.
Over 30 of the artists who are exhibiting through the week of the Art Trail have produced some wonderful pieces of leaf themed artwork especially for this event. The beautiful pieces of art will be positioned around the centre to create an exciting trail that the whole family will be able to enjoy.
As well as the trail, children will be able to take part in some of their favourite Nell Bank activities including the Adventure Playground and Water Play, as well as enjoying the opportunity to explore with their families.
Entry will be £2 per person, with under 5s going free!
There will also be a ‘pop up café’ to provide hot food and hot drinks.
Our very own sporting superstar!
Practice that feels like play
Practice that feels like play – does this sound beneficial for your child? Have a look at IXL. It’s an online tool where you can access different activities to help your child practise basic skills.
It’s split into year groups, specifically looking at English and Maths, then each subject is broken down into sections. You can get a flavour of the activities by hovering over the title and can have a go at some of them – it looks great fun and very child friendly. The questions are all interactive and there are detailed explanations for new concepts.
There is a small monthly fee if you wish to sign up. Take a look – it might be something you want to explore.
Today, Years 1 to 6 have taken part in a mindfulness workshop. Here are some quotes from the children:
“I really liked the breathing exercises. I think it will help me when I get angry and upset.” (Kieran)
“We filled a bottle with water and glitter. When the lady shook it up it represented our minds. We did some breathing and watched the glitter settle; this helped our minds and thoughts calm down.” (Abigail)
Staying safe online
During the summer holidays, we published a news article with a list of social media apps and sites to be aware of. This social media update comes from the West Yorkshire Police safeguarding team. It’s a quick reference guide to help you monitor what your child is using online.
In case you missed the article, we thought it would be good to encourage you to check out the list again.
First PTA meeting of the year!
We’re holding our first PTA meeting for this school year on Monday 25 September at 3.30pm. Please join us to support and share ideas for some upcoming events. Look forward to seeing many of you there.
Parent reading workshops
Would you like to find out how to further support your child with reading at home?
We have an Early Years and KS1 reading workshop on Tuesday 26 September at 6pm and a KS2 reading workshop on Wednesday 27 September at 6pm. Reading resource packs will be given to everybody who attends. Refreshments will be available.