Silkstone Primary School

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Safer Internet Day

Whether we like it or not, technology and the Internet are firmly fixed in our children’s lives. Use of the internet can be a wonderful thing, opening up new worlds and supporting children’s learning and development in many ways, as well as being a fun way to relax and keep in touch with friends. However, we are all aware of the pitfalls and dangers of the online community, and since most of the current generation of parents grew up in the days before smartphones, we can feel a little clueless as to how to best protect our children. Please look at computing curriculum area of our blog for useful information on how to keep your children safe.

This week in school your children have been spending time learning about keeping safe online and taking part in activities for Safer Internet Day. The theme for this year is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you.’ It would be a good opportunity for you to chat with your child about this and their knowledge of keeping safe online.


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E-Safety

Christmas time can bring lots of exciting new online games and phones for children. So we thought we would take this opportunity to bring to your attention lots of e-safety guidance for parents. The guidance looks at different areas of how to keep your child safe online.  We have placed this guidance in the curriculum area under computing and will remain on the school website for you to look at at any time.

Curriculum – Computing

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact school.


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Adverse Weather Plan

Adverse Weather Plan

Winter weather is fast approaching and hopefully we will all have easy and safe journeys through the bad weather.  We will endeavour to open the schools every day to make sure that children and their learning come first.  However, if the School’s Leadership Team feels that the weather would put children and adults at risk, we will take appropriate steps to minimise this.

The steps taken may include:

  • Opening school as normal whilst delaying registration;
  • Closing the school when it is not safe to open.

We take a number of factors into consideration when making any decision relating to school opening/closure including:

  • Current weather conditions
  • Forecast conditions up to school closing times
  • Availability of staff
  • Availability of key non-teaching staff (premises and catering)
  • Possibility of injury

There are 4 ways you can find out about our decision if we decide to close:

  1. We will send a text so please make sure we have your most up to date number, (sometimes when the service is busy it can take a while for the messages to be arrive on your phone)
  2. Updates will be posted on the school website https://silkstoneprimaryschool.com/
  3. Listen to Dearne FM 102 and 97.1 or check their website on http://www.dearnefm.co.uk/news/school-closures/
  4. Via information on the Barnsley website https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/education-learning-and-childcare/schools-and-colleges/school-closures

If it does snow but we feel that it is still safe to be open, please send your child(ren) in suitable clothing so that they can make the most of the weather and go outside to play during the day.