‘Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body’
As from September 2020 all primary school
children will learn about relationships and health.
Relationships and Health Education is a new
compulsory part of the school curriculum, which
comprises two distinct areas:
• Physical health and mental wellbeing
Schools will have a lot of freedom to decide how to
teach the new curriculum but must teach in a way
• Appropriate for your child’s age and development
• Sensitive to the needs and religious backgrounds of the children in your child’s school.
The current curriculum has not been updated for 20
years. So much change has happened since then.
Children need to learn what is relevant to them and
the world they are growing up in.
The new Relationships and Health Education
curriculum is designed to:
• Help all children grow up healthy, happy and safe.
• Give all children the knowledge to make informed
decisions about their wellbeing, health and
• Support all children to manage the challenges and
opportunities of modern Britain.
• Prepare all children for a successful adult lives.
The Relationships part of the new curriculum will
teach the children what they need to learn to build
positive and safe relationships:
• With family.
• With friends.
Your school will teach in a way that is appropriate
to your child’s age and will look at these questions:
• What is a relationship?
• What is friendship?
• What is family?
• Who can your child look to for support?
By the time your child finishes primary school,
they will have been taught about the following in
• Family and people who care for them.
• Caring friendships.
• Respectful relationships.
• Online relationships.
• Being safe.
The physical health and mental wellbeing part of
the new curriculum will teach the children how to:
• Make good decisions about their own health and
• Recognise issues in themselves.
• Recognise issues in others.
• Seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
By the time your child finishes primary school,
they will have been taught about the following in
Physical health and mental wellbeing:
• Mental wellbeing.
• Internet safety and harms.
• Physical health and fitness.
• Healthy eating.
• Facts about drugs, alcohol and drugs and the risks
associated with them.
• Health and prevention of illness.
• Basic first aid.
• Changes to the adolescent body.
If you want to know more about what will be
taught as part of the new Relationships and Health
Education curriculum, then please take a look at the attached document regarding what the new currciulum looks like for your child at Dunn Street Primary.
You can also look online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/
Some schools may have already started to
teach Relationships and Health Education and all schools will be required to teach the curriculum from September 2021.
As a parent, you teach your child important lessons
• Healthy relationships.
• How to look after themselves.
• Staying safe.
The new curriculum respects and values what you
teach your child.
What your child’s school teaches will complement
and reinforce what you teach. To make sure this
• We, as your child’s school, must teach in a way that
reflects the age and religious background of the
• We must consult you as a parent when developing and
renewing their policies on Relationships and Health
• We must publish our policies on Relationships and
Health Education online, and make them available to
you free of charge.
You can express your opinions as a parent.
You cannot withdraw your child from any part of the
Relationships and Health Education curriculum.
It is important for ALL children to be taught the
content on such essential matters like friendships
and keeping safe.
There are separate rules on withdrawing a child
from Sex Education.
Sex education is separate from the Relationships
and Health curriculum.
You can withdraw your child from some or all of the
lessons on Sex Education. The head teacher must
grant your request to withdraw your child.
But before making a request, please:
• Ask your child’s school about what will be taught in
Sex Education, and when.
• Remember that the science curriculum in all
maintained schools includes content on human
development, which includes human reproduction.
There is no right for a parent to withdraw their child from the science curriculum.
We are asking that you attend our RSHE virtual question and answer session on Monday 24th May 2021 at 9.30AM VIA ZOOM. A parenthub will be sent out with all of the details for joining, so please look out for this letter.
For now we ask you to take a look at our overview of the changes at Dunn Street Primary School by viewing the documents below.
On Friday you got sent home with a tube from Google and it tells you to ‘Build Your Legend.’ Some of you will have experienced playing the Interland game before. You can always play it again here: https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland This teaches us all about how to stay safe online and keep ourselves and our personal data protected. Back to your tube… Inside your tube, you will find four pieces of blue card with shapes that can be pushed out. Do not push any of them out until you are told to by your instructions. You also have a letter in there directed to your parents/carers. On the side of the tube is a QR code which you can scan to access your instructions. If you can’t scan the code, you can access the instructions here: https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/buildyourlegend/ You may notice that to unlock an instruction, you have to answer a question about online safety. There 20 questions for you to answer over 20 instructions. Can you answer them all and build your legend trophy? Remember, we would like to see your completed trophy! Being safe online is so important, especially at a time when we are using screens more than ever. Good luck and have lots of fun learning more about being safe online.
Another great week in the Google Classroom and in our actual classroom. We have loved our virtual lessons but I am sooooooo excited to have all of our wonderful children back into class on Monday.
We have been writing setting descriptions in English using the image below as a stimulus:
The cold dark water gently splashed against our small boat as we set sail to visit Hogwarts. The Big White Neon Moon Shined Upon the Castle As the Strong Wind Blew Gusts Across The Water Which Was Very Cold.
The People In The Boats Chatted To Each other because they were Very Excited To See Their school For The First Time This Year. The Lights Of The Castle Glowed Brightly In The Night Sky Allowing Everyone To See It In Its Beauty, As The Boats Came Closer The Castle Appeared To Fill The View Ahead.
The night was still as we embarked on our journey towards Hogwarts, which was to become my new home for the next few years. The night sky was pitch black with only the light of the silvery moon and a million twinkling stars to guide us on our way. In our small boats we glided along passing gnarly, craggy cliffs that were so high I couldn’t tell where the cliff ended and the sky began. As we rounded the corner we were met by thousands of flickering bright lights shining through the huge building perched high above us. It looked menacing and mysterious to me.
In the distance, I was sure I could hear wolves howling to the moon along with the echoed voices of the children drifting towards us from the school. The only noise from the boats came from the water lapping gently on the sides although I thought I could hear my own heartbeat thumping out of my chest. Suddenly a bell started to toll almost as if it were announcing the new arrivals to the school.
I could smell the salt from the water mixed with the smoke from the burning torches lighting our boats. I also thought I could smell the children’s fear wafting towards me. As we neared the turreted castle looking building a new aroma started to tingle in my nostrils, I didn’t know this smell so I wondered if it could be the wizardry of potions being mixed.
My fingers felt numb as they dangled in the icy water, whilst my body felt numb from fear. This was going to be a new adventure and I was petrified about what lay ahead, right now I was wishing I was at home all tucked up in my cosy bed. I must admit to being a tiny bit excited though because I was about to start learning magic. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?
The night of the bright moon become a full moon surrounded by clouds turning black and the sky decorated with millions of stars like a painting. My gaze is pulled by huge rocks that look like frightening ghosts. The howling of a wolf and an owl screaming that can sound near.
We approached a strange and dreadful place, and a new inner feeling of fear, panic , and a racing heart, as if you were watching a horror film but the truth is that it is the future and fills me with desire to discover and achieve the impossible,
In a flash I saw the strange palace and the flickering lights shining from as if it was reading a book of fiction , but it is “HOGWARTS PALACE” or a “SCHOOL OF MAGIC” .
As we headed towards the enormous castle, the icy cold water gently lapped against our wooden boat. The glittering stars brightened the path to Hogwarts as the moon shone down on us. Hooting of the owls in the dark background that sounded so close we could almost feel them brushing against us.
A smell of chemical potions drifted towards us, an unfamiliar smell as we got closer. Flickering candle lights became nearer and brighter. The tower bell became louder and louder reminding us we were nearly there. My stomach rumbled and turned with fear but excitement. I couldn’t wait to start my new adventure and meet new people.
The cold dark water gently pushed against our small boat as we floated towards the massive castle sitting atop a high cliff. The wind could be heard whistling through the trees in the distance to be broken every so often with the hooting of owls. Creaking of boats was an obvious fact. The light on the boats swayed from side to side flickering with the wind.
The stars and moon glistened brightly. Plain grey clouds begin to cover the stars
Wolfs and lots of other creatures were spotted sprinting and leaping across the woods
I started to grow more and more nervous the closer we got to dry land I reached my hand out towards the water and let my fingers skim the surface of the lake to try and soothe my nerves. My heart was racing a mile a minute that I thought it would beat out of my chest, all of a sudden a bell could be heard tolling, telling us we were getting closer to the castle. I was worried if this was the right place to be or if I should have stayed at home but I started to think about all the wonderful spells and other interesting things I could learn.
We were getting closer…
The children should be really proud of their work.
In class, we have been building structures and investigating how to make them stronger.
We have all taken part in some great activities for World Book Day and Sonny even sent in a Potato Character – Can you guess who it is ?
Our Virtual Stars of the week are everyone that has engaged with our Online Learning – including the adults.
In class, Mohammed is our ‘Star’ this week as he is working really hard with his Reading and Maths.
Thanks again to everyone who has helped and supported us over the last few months. Have a great weekend.
As usual our ‘Live Lessons’ will be at 10am. Our last live lesson will be on Thursday as we have decided to have a ‘No Screen Day’ on Friday so stay away from technology and just enjoy your favourite books to celebrate World Book Day.
Below are lots of great ideas to make the most of World Book Day.
I hope you have all had a lovely week. I certainly have enjoyed spending lots of time with my family. It has been really nice to get outdoors as the weather begins to get warmer. I have everything crossed that we can all get back to school as soon as possible as we miss you all so much.
In the meantime, we will continue with our Google Classroom and the ‘Live’ lessons will be at 10 am.
The expectation is that you come to the Google Classroom live lesson and complete the daily tasks that I set. Also please click on the daily lesson links that will take you to our Curriculum lessons; this week we have everything from Science to Music and History to RE.
As always any questions please just send me an email.
Once again all the children have made me proud to be their teacher. They have continued to produce some fabulous work.
In English, we have been investigating Simple and Compound sentences and also creating Fact Files, We have been learning about Fake News as part of our Safer Internet Day. In Maths, we have been improving our knowledge and understanding of money. We have been drawing dinosaurs and I think that they are great!
I always ask the children to send me photos of their walks and they enjoy taking pictures of nature.
Looks like we have some budding photographers in our class.
Our Bubble has loved playing and being ‘arty’ in the snow.
Safer Internet Day 2021 will be celebrated in the UK with the theme: An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day explores reliability online.
The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.
An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
Safer Internet Day 2021 celebrates the amazing range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at how young people can separate fact from fiction.
The campaign focuses on how we can decide what to trust online, supporting young people to question, challenge and change the online world for the better. It will explore how influence, persuasion and manipulation can impact young people’s decisions, opinions and what they share online.
The day will also look at the emotional impact navigating a misleading online world can have on young people and why it is important to create a supportive, critical and questioning culture online that encourages debate and discussion. We want to give young people the skills to support one another, and the strategies to spot and speak out against harmful and misleading content online.
In order to decide on a theme that was important to young people we spoke to them about the types of content they see online and found fake news and inaccurate content to come up often. Young people said they saw:
‘I see alot of Fake News content, alot of fake celebrity gossip, fake gossip (general)’
‘Adverts on webpages showing celebrities with extreme weight loss transformations and stuff like that.’
‘Adverts and pop ups or even occaisionally strangers messages and such.’
‘Ppl on tiktok making up news, conspiracy theories…’
Through Safer Internet Day 2021 we will look at why inaccurate content exists, where it comes from, and what young people can do in response.
We know that the issues of misinformation and ‘fake news’ do not solely affect young people, but that these issues do have a great impact on how young people feel about their time online.
We want to help equip young people with the skills they need to spot inaccurate content, which can sometimes be a complex task. Once young people feel more comfortable separating fact from fiction it is important that we then help them to take the next steps in helping to create an internet full of trustworthy and reliable information.
The online world is a great source of information for young people and adults alike, and opportunities to research, learn new facts or skills, and even broaden viewpoints are extremely important to all internet users. The internet is also an important way for young people to build positive relationships – to play, interact and share their lives with their peers. As they navigate these social spaces, they are constantly making decisions about who and what to trust online in the context of playing games together and socialising online. Safer Internet Day gives young people the chance to build the skills they need to be able to make the best decisions as they navigate an online world where everything is not always as it seems.
We invite everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet.
How could you support Safer Internet Day at home?
Join us TODAY to help us break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ TITLE
Step 1 – Visit 2simple.com/GWR
Ask your children to visit this webpage between 10am GMT 9th February and 9:30am GMT 10th February 2021 and click “Make a pledge”. (Please be aware 10am may be a busy time, so aim to space your attempts throughout the 24 hour period.)
Step 2 – Make your pledge
Learners can add further drawings or text to their pledge and click save.
Safer Internet Day with Liverpool FC
Returning for another year, Liverpool FC will be joining us for a live event (1;30pm) this Safer Internet Day to talk about the theme of reliability online. With their support, this important topic around online safety will reach as many young people as possible. This event will take place on the UK Safer Internet Centre Youtube Channel.