Online Safety – Facebook Live Event

Although we have pupils returning to school on Monday, we will still have pupils working from home and with the continuing lockdown due to Covid 19, there remains a heavy reliance on digital learning. In addition, online entertainment and gaming has been on the up due to the limitations on what we can all do with our free time. This leads to us thinking about the online safety of everyone and, especially our pupils.

I received the following information from ACC’s Multi Agency Child Protection Learning & development Coordinator. You may wish to sign up for what’s on offer.

CyberSafe Scotland will be hosting a live Facebook event on 24th February 7-8pm to discuss online safety tips for children and young people. Annabelle Turner (CyberSafe Scotland) is being joined by myself, Dr Kandarp Joshi from CAMHS and DI Lesley Clark from Police Scotland to answer any questions parents/carers or professionals have. Young people are also welcome to join this live event and ask any questions they might have.

Here is the event page  – Online Safety Facebook Live | Facebook – it links through so parents/carers etc can get this in their Facebook diary if they are interested and then join live from there. You do not need a Facebook account to join this event.

Please share this information with as many professionals and parents as possible and encourage them to send any questions they have about social media apps/ online safety to this email address so we can answer them live on 24th Feb –  info@cybersafescotland.org

I am sure the event will be very informative in keeping us all safe online and hope some of you will attend.

Riverbank Has Some Budding Inventors Along With Their Inventions!

Miss Noble’s Primary 4N class have been very busy at their IDL (interdisciplinary learning).

Their remit was to invent a new mobile phone. Mrs Ironside and I were intrigued as to how a floating phone would work.

I was wrong in thinking you would use it in the bath as it would float. Oh no….completely wrong! I was advised that the reason it floats is because it has an anti-gravity setting and you could use it in bed as it would float beside you. There were lots of lovely designs and some way out there ideas. Well done to everyone.

Some of the inventions were fantastic so I’ve created a wee gallery of them for you to view.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education…..

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.

Outdoor Learning

One of the things we’ve learned about Covid 19 is that it is better to carry out activities outdoors if we can. We are encouraged to keep classrooms well ventilated and I can’t think of a better well ventilated classroom than the big outdoors.

All of the classes at Riverbank have slots of outdoor learning. These slots may be with Rob from RADS or it may be with the class teacher. Many areas of the curriculum are taking place in the school grounds.

Just in keeping with their many news items which they send us, P1-2A sent me some photographs of maths they had been participating in…outdoors, of course. Measuring trees as well as hugging them seemed to be the order of the day.

Well done to everyone for doing some really tricky work.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education.

P1-2A – Mrs Arqued and Miss Howarth’s Weekly Update.

As always, I was delighted to receive the weekly update from P1-2A. They are very good at keeping us up-to-date with all the latest happenings in Room1.

This past week has been busy, as always, and with some great activities for the children to make their learning fun and enjoyable.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full…..

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education…..

Raring to go at RADS!

We are lucky, at Riverbank, to have the support of RADS on site. Rob, the RADS coach, works with classes to help develop many skills, such as balance, through football. Due to Covid19 all these lessons take place outdoors – lets hope the weather stays reasonably fine – and the pupils are generally excited to get outdoors and take part in Robs lessons.

Mrs Smith sent me these photographs of her class taking part in a RADS lesson.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full…..

Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

Writing about their Favourite Places proves to be a Winner!

P3C, Miss Coyle’s class were writing about their favourite places this week. Miss Coyle was so pleased with the efforts of her pupils she said, “A great effort from everybody in our writing lesson this morning. They enjoyed sharing their stories together at the end of the lesson.”

The children worked so well that they shared their work with each other and with me too.

Here are some happy faces! Well done to you all!

I am hoping to read some of the pupils’ writing and find out just what their favourite places to visit are. I wonder if they’ll be what I think they will be, or am I in for some surprises? I’ll let you know!

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education….

Miss Littler’s P4L Class Tackle Literacy through Roald Dahl’s Matilda!

Miss Littler was pleased to le t me know how well the class’ literacy work was going. They were reading Matilda by Roald Dahl and lots of literacy work had centred on the novel.

This what Miss Littler told me.

We have been focusing on using descriptive language to describe characters – similes, metaphors and adjectives. The boys and girls enjoyed creating their own character description and drawing their characters in a setting you would find them.

P4L sent me some lovely examples of the work they’ve been doing.

UNCRC / RRSA

Article 28 – Every child has the right to an education.

Marvellous Me! Come & Join Us!

Many of our parents and carers will remember several classes, at Riverbank, using Class Dojo for keeping in touch with parents. The pupils in the classes using Class Dojo loved earning Dojo points and Class Dojo was extremely popular. Unfortunately, due to GDPR, Aberdeen City Council advised us that we could not continue to use Class Dojo.

We have searched for sometime now for a suitable replacement. An exact replacement is not available but Marvellous Me provides the level of school/home contact and rewards mechanism that we feel is appropriate for Team Riverbank to use.

Many parents and carers will have received a letter, by email, inviting them to download the Marvellous Me App and providing them with a code to sign in for information on their children. If you haven’t received your letter then, please, let us know. We don’t seem to be holding email addresses for all of you.

Marvellous Me has provided some resources to help parents and carers familiarise themselves and, ultimately, use Marvellous Me to help keep in touch with how your child is doing.

The attached presentation gives you an idea of some of the ways that Marvellous Me can be used. It’s not to say that your child’s teachers will use all of the facilities. Google Classroom will still be in use for the delivery of things like homework.

https://marvellousme.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Parent-Presentation.pdf

The following link provides tips for parents and carers on how to get the most out of Marvellous Me.

https://marvellousme.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Parent-Walkthrough.pdf

And, finally, if you forget some of the finer points, then there’s a quick guide to see you through

.https://marvellousme.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/MarvellousMe-Parent-Quick-Reference.pdf

A big thank you to the 145 parents and carers who have already signed up to Marvellous Me and we hope that many more of the Team Riverbank Community will join us in the near future.