15th June 2015

Welcome to our blog and I hope you have had a lovely weekend.  The weather has finally changed for the better and I hope that you have managed to spend some time in the beautiful sunshine.

 Internet Safety

We take the security of our children on the internet extremely seriously. Therefore it is very important that we work together to ensure your children’s safety. Whilst use of the internet and different forms of technology are second nature to many children, they can often lose sight of the dangers they are facing.  There have recently been allegations circulating that a particular app called ooVoo is being used as a vehicle to groom young people. To sign up for this app there is a minimum age of 13. If you are aware that your children use this app then we recommend that you delete it, as it is not appropriate for children of primary age.  It is important that parents and guardians understand the potential dangers and what can be done to avoid these dangers. We do, of course, talk to the children about internet safety, but it is important that this message is reinforced at home and that you regularly talk to your children about their use of the internet.  Some sites, which you can access at home to find out about the dangers of the internet, are listed below. Some of them have materials on which are suitable to access with your children to help reinforce the messages we deliver at school.





If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at school.

Year 6 Writing Assessments

As their parents and carers will already be aware of, our Year 6 children are working exceptionally hard in preparation for their final writing assessments which will take place on Thursday this week (18th June). Each and every one of our children have remained so focused on producing their best writing ever and it has been inspiring to see some of the fabulous work they have already produced, demonstrating just how much progress they have made in this area of their work. Keep going! We are immensely proud of you.


Last week at Copthorne we held our Personal, Social and Health Education Week.  The week proved to be a fantastic experience for both children and staff.  It was lovely to see all the children smiling and enjoying themselves as they came in and out of school from their various activities.  We were also blessed with beautiful weather all week.  All the children took part in a cooking competition, where the children in every class produced a healthy meal and a smoothie.   Mrs Whalley and myself have thoroughly enjoyed the food that was presented to us last week and I think it is going to be very difficult to choose a winner!  I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the week in any way and especially Mrs Shah and Mr Darr for making this week such a well organised and thoroughly engaging one.  The children have learnt a lot about how to cooperate with and care for one another as well as how to keep healthy.  We will be holding an assembly today in school to present children with certificates and awards for the poems, posters and meals they produced.

This week at Copthorne

Cricket Education Day

We are pleased to be taking a group of 30 Year 5 and 6 children to a cricket education day at Headingley Cricket Ground.  The trip will take place on Friday 26th June.  The day will involve an assembly hosted by some special guests, a range of cricket-based educational workshops, a tour of the stadium as well as an opportunity to play Kwik Cricket on the Headingley outfield.  As only 20 schools from around the whole of Yorkshire have been invited to this event we feel very fortunate to be taking part in this educational and truly memorable day.  I am sure the children will have a fantastic time and, as usual, be great ambassadors for Copthorne.

Copthorne’s Got Talent: Semi Final

On Friday 19th July, we will hold Copthorne’s Got Talent semi-final.  Everyone in school is very excited and looking forward to seeing who will go through to the finals which will be held on Tuesday 23rd June.  The judges have reported that they have seen some amazing acts this year and we wish all our children taking part in the competition, the very best of luck!

Dates for your diary

Bag to school Collection (Collection of unwanted or used clothes, shoes, belts and handbags ): Tuesday 23rd June 2015

Wishing you a lovely week

Mrs Shepherd








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