The children have had a great first week back at school. Monday was an active maths day and we spent a lot of our day outside doing maths. The children were superstars and I am already so impressed with their attitude to maths this term.
On Tuesday we were so pleased to FINALLY be able to start our swimming lessons. The children walked really well to the swimming pool and we very excited to be there.
Please see this term's newsletter for details about this terms topics and any important information.
Year 5 were so pleased to be able to finally start their swimming lessons.
Home Learning Spring 2021
All your home learning activities for this term will be posted on Seesaw. You have been using Seesaw since the first lockdown and are very used to this system. Please check on there everyday for your new activities. If you would like to do more learning during lockdown, please check out the termly overview for an idea of our topics this term.
Tips for home learning:
Try to set and keep to a timetable each day.
Take brain breaks in between your activities.
Complete the work to the best of your ability.
Remember I am here if you need any help, so please do send me a message on Seesaw if you are unsure about any of the activities.
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Science Day - Monday 16th November 2020
For science day today, Lime Class have been investigating the craters on Mars and thinking about how the size and shape of these could be different depending on the object that has caused it or the distance it has travelled. We carried out two investigations based around this using flour as the surface of Mars.
For the last part of the day the children had a go at explaining how we get night and day using torches to represent the sun. I was really impressed with how they were able to discuss the earths rotation and the part it plays in night and day.
Today was also the day we were supposed to be going on our trip to the planetarium. Unfortunately that was cancelled due to lockdown so at the end of the day we turned our classroom into a mini planetarium. It was lovely to see how excited the children were looking at the stars on the ceiling. I really hope we are able to visit the real planetarium in the new year.
Year 5 had a fantastic day and children thoroughly enjoyed investigating all things space today.
Lime Class had a fantastic first day back to this half term. We have begun to think about our new topic - space - and the children investigated the size, shape and distance of the Moon, Earth and Sun in relation to each other. It is safe to say the children couldn't believe how small the Earth is in comparison to the Sun. We found out that if the Sun was the size of a gym ball then the Earth would only be the size of a peppercorn and the Moon would be the size of a coriander seed. We then went outside to try to estimate how far away the objects would need to be from each other.
During our PE sessions with Mrs Barlow we are using our understanding of planets and their orbits to create space inspired dances.
I am so pleased with how enthusiastic and eager the children were with this new topic and I am looking forward to seeing what we learn this half term.
The children found out that if the Sun was the size of a gym ball, then the Earth would be 35 metres away from it.
During maths week, Lime class investigated 3D shapes and learnt how to measure area and perimeter by building pyramids from different materials.
Ancient Egypt Learning Journey
This half term the children have been learning all about life in Ancient Egypt. They have really enjoyed learning all the gruesome facts about mummification and have produced some fantastic pieces of work about life along the river Nile. Additionally, they brushed up on their art skills by creating their own Egyptian self portraits using oil based pastels. In English our writing focus has been writing to explain and the children have produced some fantastic explanation/instructional texts about mummification. They also enjoyed mummifying Elliot in class too. Here are some of the things the children had to say about our learning this half term:
"I really enjoyed learning how to mummify someone because it was really weird and was different to what I expected. I also liked learning how they lived in Ancient Egypt and all about the river Nile." (Leo)
"My favourite part of learning about Egypt was building a pyramid. I also really liked mummifying Elliot because it was really gruesome which was fun." (Alice J)
Welcome Back Lime Class
It has been so lovely to welcome the children back to school and it is fantastic to see how well they have settled in to year 5 already. They have shown great working with others skills during the first couple of weeks at school and I am looking forward to seeing even more Team Bartons spirit as the term goes on.
Developing a love of reading for children is so important, particularly in UKS2 where the children will have to develop a greater stamina for reading longer or more challenging texts.
We work hard at school to provide the children with a wide range of books to enjoy both in library and within our classrooms. In order to help children to continue to challenge themselves and to encourage them to read a wider range of texts, Mr Hayne has put together a recommended reading list of 50 books to read in Year 5 which I have shared below. Some of the these texts are available to borrow from school.
Our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday and children are expected to take part in all PE lessons. They should come to school in PE kit on these days.
The water fountains are out of use at the moment so please make sure that your child comes to school with a named water bottle.
Homework will be set via Seesaw on a Friday and unless specified, will be due in the following Wednesday. Your child should upload their homework to Seesaw by this day. Additionally, Children are expected to read either to an adult at home or to themselves for at least 15 minutes a day. Their reading record should be signed every time they read so that we can keep a track at school. If your child reads competently to themselves, ask them some questions about the book so that you can see if they have understood what they have read. Discussing different texts with your children will help them to develop their own love of reading. Maths homework is often set via MyMaths (https://www.mymaths.co.uk/) which the children have a logon for stuck inside their homework book.
Privacy and cookies policy
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
3. Using your personal information
3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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We use first party and third party cookies for several reasons. Some cookies are required for technical reasons in order for our Services to operate, and we refer to these as “essential” cookies. Other cookies enable us and the third parties we work with to track and target the interests of visitors to our Services, and we refer to these as “advertising” or “analytical” cookies. For example, the embedding of YouTube and Vimeo videos, as added by individual schools, will require “advertising” cookies to be enabled in order to successfully play them. Schools that, for example, opt to track visitor data using Google Analytics will require “analytical” cookies to be enabled in order to do so. These third party cookies are used to tailor content and information that we may send or display to you and otherwise personalise your experience while interacting with our Services and to otherwise improve the functionality of the Services we provide. We also enable schools to employ cookies and similar tracking technologies in connection with their use of our Services in order to allow them to track visitors to and interactions with their school website.
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