How Rockingham supports your children.
Mental Heath Awareness Week
This week our children will be taking part in lots of activities linked to having a positive Mental Health. We can’t wait to showcase our learning with you this week.
Here is a Newsletter with support and guidance for our families –
Every Kid Healthy Week: What is it?
Every Kid Healthy™ Week is an annual observance created in 2013 to celebrate school health and wellness achievements. Recognised on the calendar of National Health Observances and observed the last full week of April each year, each day of the week shines a spotlight on the great actions schools and families are taking to improve the health and wellness of their kids and the link between nutrition, physical activity, mental health and learning – because healthy kids are better prepared to learn and thrive!
Here are a list of activities we have planned for our children
We hope you have a wonderful week everyone.
I hope our children are enjoying all the activities for April we can’t wait to see the ideas St Mary’s Church have suggested for May.
Meet our Restorative Practice Reps
Our Foundation 2 children will really support your mental health and well being enjoy our short Video to make you smile!
Here is a story to share with your children about the current situation with Covid-19, this will help children understand what is going on around them,
Active January – A well being Calendar created from our own children –
Please see a new resource sent out by the Children, Young People and Families Consortium (Rotherham Voluntary Sector)
Muddles, pubbles and sunshine, bereavement activities to support children – Muddles Puddles & Sunshine
Services to support you and your family – CYPF Consortium Map on a Page_ (002)
Spread a little Kindness in December, supporting Positive Mental Health and Well-being.
Be Kind online
Friendship Week 2020
Working alongside @MrsFJ70 and @andyoddsock we have had an incredible start to our Friendship week and stamping out bullying. We love working with Mrs Ann Foxley Johnson and the children love working with her too. We have a full action packed program of events this week and we know you are going to love them.
RHE – Relationships and Health Education
Please take the time to read our Draft Policy is now on the school website under information for parents.
We are looking for some parents who would like to be involved in the consultation process where parents give their views on the policy and work with staff to look at how this will be delivered in school. If you have a keen interest in this area, can you please speak to your child’s class teacher to let them know you’d like to be involved?
The curriculum is now compulsory and this means that parents are no longer able to withdraw children from the lessons. This is information they really need to know in order to have a healthy life and build happy, successful and positive relationships. The only unit which parents will be informed of by letter is the Year 6 Sex Education unit, parents will receive a letter, before this is delivered and make the decision as to whether you would like your child to be involved in those lessons. You will be given all the information to enable you to make an informed choice.
Please read the parent leaflet which outlines what will be taught in your child’s year group, this will start right from our Early Years where children will develop friendships, learn to share, turn take and learn about being healthy and having healthy bodies and healthy minds.
Active Travel – let’s get involved together.
During session our children took part in the active travel by completing a 5 minute Joe Wick’s workout! The children loved this copying all the actions and exercises and the children were full of energy afterwards!
Also Emily wore something bright on her way to school this morning!
Advice for Parents – Tiktok
As a parent/carer, you may have heard that a disturbing video has been posted on the social media apps Tik Tok and Snapchat. This is not the first time that harmful videos have been posted onto social media sites. Whilst the platforms have tried to remove the video, it has been shared by many other users and in some cases, users have encouraged others to view it. Some users have also disguised the video with pictures of ‘cute animals’.
Tik Tok is a very popular app with children as it includes viral videos of dancers, celebrities etc. The videos are limited to less than 60 seconds and users scroll through different videos. In the UK it had a minimum age of 13.
Advice for parents is to monitor their childrens use of social media apps such as Instagram, Snapchat and Tok Tok. All these have a minimum age restriction of 13 years old. Remember that all social media apps have risks and if you allow your child to use these apps, they must have adult supervision.
Look at privacy controls for devices and ensure that you know what they are downloading. All devices have built in restrictions to give you more control. A useful site for this is https://www.internetmatters.org/
It is also important that you regularly talk to your child about what they are doing online.
Tik Tok also has a safety centre, available here: https://www.tiktok.com/safety/resources/for-parents?lang=en
Tim Pinto – The E-Safety Office
Magic Breakfast –
Exciting News – Free Breakfast for all of our Pupils from REY to Year 6,
National School Breakfast Programme Covid response –
Our school has signed up to receive free healthy breakfast food as part of the Covid response offer, under the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP), which is being delivered by the charities Family Action and Magic Breakfast.
As part of this government funded programme, schools can choose to offer children a healthy breakfast at school or at home.
In the morning our breakfast club team will be providing a bagel for all of our children in school. They will be given to the classes at the start of the day to enable the children to be ready to lean and stay healthy. We will also have bagels for any children who arrive late or are shielding at home.
We are really looking forward to working with Magic Breakfast and this initiative will run until March 2021.
Please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any worries or concerns regarding this including any allergies or dietary requirements.
Advice and Guidance for parents
Support for Managing Anxiety from the Educational Psychology Service. This is a really helpful document to support Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm
With Me in Mind – Parental Newsletter for June
Here is this months Newsletter from With Me in Mind,
As part of the Newsletter for parents here is an anxiety video to support our children.
Social Stories to Support Children at home and in school,
Be Happy Newspaper – We hope this makes you smile!
Here is a wonderful story that you can share with your families which is all based on being ‘Happy’ it comes with a wonderful booklet that gives you some fun facts that will make you smile. We hope you enjoy reading this together as a Family.
This week is all around keeping Healthy and the teachers have been setting daily challenges for you, I wanted to share the weekly calendar with you to enable you to enjoy and take part. There are some dance videos, recipes to follow and practical activities to keep your body and mind healthy.
Good Morning everyone, I hope you have had a lovely weekend, enjoying quality time as a family. Remember that learning comes in so many forms and during this time we are all learning about each other and finding out more than ever, that we are one community who is there to support one another. We don’t usually have the time to take a moment and think about all the positive things we have to look forward to or that are happening right now. If you need any support please don’t hesitate to contact us or Mrs Tunks by telephone. This week we have moved the children and staff to Greasbrough in order to reduce the amount of staff we have in school at anyone time and to remain safe. The telephone number for reception is 01709 740751, if you have any general questions please pick up the phone.
Mrs Elliott shared this photograph as a general reminder about Mental Health, please take a moment to read, getting up and getting dressed is a vital part of our day and keeps us all sane.
Mrs Tunks also shared this powerful video, I have watched this three times as it gives us hope that normality will soon resume.
Watch out for today’s photograph challenge which is coming soon and don’t forget to get your Joe Wicks on! 😉
A huge thank you to SCC Active Travel for organising the Green Top Circus to come and support our Active Travel. The children had an incredible morning we had over 70 parents join in for our walk to school and our children thoroughly enjoyed the assembly. Rockingham loves to be active.
Today we have had the amazing opportunity of working with Ann Foxley Johnson again, teaching all our children about emotions and how emotions can make other people feel. The children have been given an emotion to try and recreate, what would that feel like? Have they ever felt that way? How could they support each other if they knew a friend felt that way? Can you guess which emotions the children were sharing?
Thank you again @MrsFJ70 for always supporting Rockingham children we love having you in school.
Kindness Calendar for December
All children and staff are using the kindness calendar this term in the build up to our festive season.
We were so excited to have Ann Foxley Johnson back in school today to teach our KS1 children about their feelings and emotions and encourage the children to speak up. The children had a fabulous session and really enjoyed working as a team. Our KS2 children in the afternoon were discussing respect, what that means, looks like and sounds like. We are encouraging our children to be kind and show mutual respect towards each other and to adults. Thank you Ann for always supporting Rockingham we really couldn’t do this without you. We are looking forward to training for our Restorative practice reps.
Our New Sensory room supports the well-being of all our learners.
Today we finally had the finishing touches added to our sensory room, we are really excited to share this with you. This is a wonderful space that our children can access during the day, this space is a wonderful calm environment, I know our staff really love it in here.
Winners of the 10 Day Active Challenge – Congratulations Mr Purshouse!
A huge congratulations to Mr Purshouse, all of our children, staff and parents on winning the Active Challenge –
Congratulations on winning a prize for your school through the 10 day Active Travel challenge June 2019. You’ve done the hard bit now it’s time for the fun bit – choosing your prize.
I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work promoting the challenge and making it a really exciting themed 2 weeks for everyone in your school, it’s fantastic and serves as real inspiration to other schools. Please feel free to share your success with us on twitter @sccactivetravel using #10datc and Instagram @south_yorkshire_active_
Odd Socks Day – Sharing how Diverse we all are!
Today was a huge success at Rockingham taking part in Odd Socks Day, sharing how diverse we all are. This linked extremely well with our Anti Bullying learning and we loved flashing our socks on the playground. Mrs Baum stole the day with her Toy Story Socks!
Anti Bullying week 11/11/19
Next week is Anti Bullying and we have some wonderful activities planned for your children, please remember Odd Socks day on Tuesday the 12th of November. Wear your odd shocks with pride to celebrate diversity and share your support. @andyoddsocks Andy has a new song this year, please listen carefully to the lyrics and support Anti Bullying with Rockingham. https://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/odd-socks-day/odd-socks-day-2019 look carefully at some of the resources available online.
World Mental Health Day
This evening we have had a wonderful workshop with parents exploring what we mean by mental health, thank you so much to our parents for being positive and supportive. We work in partnership to ensure we support all of our families.
Active challenge get involved,
Please share your photographs using our Class Dojo app.
Explore these images as a family –
Here are some photographs for you to explore as a family, this is a sign of our ever changing world. How do you communicate as a family or with friends. Lets get the discussion started.
Hello Yellow Day
As previously advertised, we will be supporting Young Minds on Thursday 10th October 2019 by hosting a “Hello Yellow Day”. Children are invited to come to school dressed in anything yellow to promote awareness of children and young people’s mental health.
“The Crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take the brave step, help is much too hard to find. Together we are changing this. We’re fighting for young people’s mental health” – Young Minds 2019. Please click the link below.
My Health my school survey
We are conducting a survey with our Year 5 and 6 children over the next couple of weeks provides a platform to allow children and young people the opportunity to express their opinions and provide their experiences on their health and well-being in an anonymous way and in a comfortable school setting.
Please visit the website below for more information –
Internet Cafe Launched
Today Enterprise club have started to open the Internet Cafe are which we have developed over summer. The children will be selling toast and smoothies at break times, we will also be looking at other healthy snacks such as raisins and fruit. On the playground lots of children had healthy snacks and beaming smiles before continuing their learning back in the classroom. We are really excited about using our Internet Cafe as a hub for children to read at break times, using Active Learn or just to enjoy a good book. Mr Buttree will be launching this very soon.
Healthy Lunchbox – Information for parents
On Friday we launched our Healthy Lunchbox campaign again to encourage our children to make healthy choices for lunch. This is in line with our daily mile and high profile sports and fitness within the curriculum. We work closely with the School Meals service to ensure there is a balanced diet on the menu and this is something we will continue to work towards. The weekly menu is full of nutritious food substituting sugars for sweeteners and making sure that daily they have the healthy foods they need. Thank you for your support, we hope that you begin to see the benefits in your child’s fitness and health.
Our children today have shown excellent resilience completing their bikeability course in the rain. They are really enjoying developing their skills on the playground before moving out of the school grounds. Well done everyone we are all really proud.
Our New Buddy System!
Today we started our new buddy system with our older children being paired with one of our new Year 3s. The children will support one another to develop socially and build relationships with one another. Here they are completing the Daily Mile together for the first time! Smiles all round!
A huge congratulations to Miss Darby’s class on winning the attendance breakfast this term. We are so proud of you as I know that this has been a challenge this year and every week you have tried to hard to get all your class into school. You have all done so well congratulations. I know that you will all work extra hard next year!
Race for Life!
Today we held our Race for Life event for the second year running, a huge thank you to Miss Tyzack for organising such as wonderful event and to our parents, children and staff who have made donations. The children have been busy running in their new classes and many of our children have ran with their siblings. Thank you to the parents who came to watch and who joined in. We hope you have all had a wonderful day.
Family night in!
Thank you so much to our wonderful parents who joined us for a game of bingo and a quiz to meet and greet our new teaching staff. It was a lovely atmosphere and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. I hope you agree that the enterprise children were incredible and did a fabulous job at hosting the evening. Thank you to our Governors for attending and speaking to our parents.
RABA Gold Award…
We are so proud to announce that Rockingham Junior and Infant School have achieved the RABA Gold for the work we have completed this year on Diversity and Anti Bullying. Thank you MrsFJ for all the work you have done in school this year and the support you have given us! We are so excited for the celebration event in November. @MrsFJ70
Please click the link below ….
Diversity Production by Year 1 –
This week is Diversity week at Rockingham, we have been incredibly lucky to have Ann Foxley Johnson in school teaching the children about what it is like to be different and exploring stereotypes. The children and staff came dressed in clothing to show their personality or to represent a hobby/interest or tell others who they are. You can see from the beautiful pictures that we challenged lots of ideas and opinions in a constructive way. Thank you Ann, it is always a pleasure to have you in school and we couldn’t do it without your support.
The Big Pedal
Encouraging children to stay healthy and travel to school without the use of a car, can you complete the challenge?
Support for parents – POWER
We have received some wonderful information from the Rotherham Safeguarding team to support children and families with safer internet choices. Please have a look and view the contents to support your child at home to make informed choices. https://www.rotherhampower.co.uk/
Children’s Anti Bullying Policy created by the Anti Bullying Ambassadors and the School Council, highlighting strategies and the support network available. Well done everyone we are really proud of the work you have done.
Internet Legends Assembly
What an incredible morning, thank you so much to Jez and Paulette for sharing a very clear message with our children.
Remember know what is OK to share on the internet, spot rules for what is real, fake, misleading or a scam. Learn how to keep information secure and create strong passwords, be kind online and respect others privacy and ask for help, be brave!
Teaching Respect – 2J
Well done 2J, a wonderful collage. Working together to build respect for each others and the school.
Another fabulous day with Mrs FJ, thank you so much for the excellent family learning sessions. I know the parents and children got so much from it and felt that we are addressing many issues around Anti Bullying. The children also enjoyed the sessions on conflict and resolution. Thinking about how they could resolve issues with friendships. Mrs FJ used drama and role play as a technique with our older children and addressed the issues through a story with our younger children. We love having you at Rockingham and we know the children do too.
Here is a copy of the story we will be sharing with you children,
We have had our first peer mediator meeting of the term, the children were so excited about building on their work from last year, the rota for the playground is now in place and the children have a role in school in supporting children at playtime and lunch time. We are now teaching the children some play ground games that encourage positive play. Here are their friendly faces, we have 22 children across both KS1 and KS2. The children will also support with mediation between friendship groups and encourage one another to accept differences and respect one another.
Here is their rota so you know who will be on duty each day –
On the 12th of November we were invited to New York Stadium where we received the Silver Anti-Bullying Award, we are so proud of are achievements and are looking forward to achieving gold next year. Well done everyone.
Stand up to Bullying 13th of June 2018 – Stand up to bullying
We hope you will support us in our campaign against bullying, we would love your children to come to school dressed in brightly coloured clothing to showcase their individual style and stand up to the fight against bullying.
Meet the Anti Bullying Team
Here are our Peer Supporters ready for a action,
Rockingham Buddy Team
Encourage positive Vibes
Anti Bullying CPD
All our staff are now trained in ‘Developing effective anti-bullying practice’ The training has been split into a variety of modules, parents can also access the website for further support which is a FREE resource at the www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/onlinetraining
Free guide for parents by retweeting our guide here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/988785543851933696
You can also download the guide here http://bit.ly/2K6T4NL and can repost it on your other social media channels. Here is a link to the online safety website for more information. https://nationalonlinesafety.com.
Road Safety at Rockingham
As a school, we offer our children road awareness training with the support of the local PCSO’s and the Wingfield Ward Councillors. Our Deputy Mayor attended our first event of the year and we are proud to raise awareness of the dangers on Roughwood Road, remember it is a 3o zone! Help to keep our children safe.
As a school, we promote friendship and we want all children to enjoy coming to school. This term we are working very closely with Ann Foxley-Johnson who is an Anti Bullying consultant and works with schools nationwide. As a school, we are holding workshops for children, staff, parents and our governors based on some of the issues that are happening at the moment. We are covering topics such as –
- What is Bullying
- Impact of Words
- Delivering Peer Supporter training
Downloadable on the right of this page is a guidance leaflet for parents, we will be delivering a workshop for parents on Tuesday the 10th of April at 3:30 pm. We really hope to see lots of you there to support your child and school in improving the wellbeing of Rockingham children.
NSPCC in school support
Speak out. Stay safe.
Our programme (formerly Childline Schools Service) teaches primary school children to speak out and stay safe from abuse.
The children have been working hard to raise money for the NSPCC to support other children and families, we also have advice for parents if you have any concerns. Please continue to support the school in raising awareness.
Here is a range of supporting information/documents to support you and your child with any issues and concerns regarding bullying and Mental Health, please feel free to browse and explore.
NSPCC Support for Parents and Families Covid 19 NSPCC resources – summer 2021
Video books to support grieving families-
A First Look At Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyM97X4lhEo
The Invisible String: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJNwqtr8Oww
Covid 19 – Support for families – https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/patients-and-parents/coronavirus-resources-for-children-and-families/
Support for Families during Covid 19 DV and SA – DA and SA and Covid-19 Parent Support
Mental Health Apps to support parents – Parent Support – Free Apps and websites for your mental health
Early Learning Activities to support your child’s development – https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk/
Mental Health advice and support – https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/whats-mental-health/
Support with internet Safety – Internet Legends
Children’s Bullying policy January 2019 – Anti Bullying Policy