Blisland School was built in 1880 and serves the village of Blisland and surrounding countryside area. Blisland School is located just outside the beautiful village of Blisland in a hamlet, named Waterloo, on the very edge of Bodmin Moor.

The school is situated only a mile from the A30 and is five miles from the nearest town of Bodmin, bordered to the north by St Breward parish; to the west by St Mabyn and Helland parishes; to the south by Cardinham, Warleggan and St Neot parishes and to the northeast by Altarnun parish. Matt Avery, Head of School.

Blisland School has a nursery which caters for children from the start of the term of their third birthday. There is one infant class and one junior class, all staffed by caring outstanding practitioners. We have three playgrounds and a field. We regularly visit Forest School with the children and believe that outdoor learning is key to children's wider development. All children have access to laptops and ipads.

In December 2011, Ofsted inspected Blisland School and recognised the school as Outstanding. The Ofsted inspection team said, "The school is a happy place. Through the strong family atmosphere which permeates the school, pupils learn to take very good care of each other. As a result of excellent teaching throughout the school, pupils achieve very well and attain significantly above average by the end of Year 6".

Blisland School is a very special place offering a unique, quality education.

Matt Avery, Head of School.

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Week Beginning Monday 3rd February 2020

Sugar Smart Juniors:
This week KS2 children took part in a 'Sugar Smarts' workshop with Alex from Arena. They learnt which foods are high and low in sugar, scanned them using the change for life sugar app and looked at healthy eating. The children also learnt some playground games and activities to support the whole school in leading more active lifestyles.

Internet Safety: TikTok and Robux:
It has come to our attention that some online games and apps are becoming popular and pose some risks to children.
When you download the app, users can see all the content without creating an account although they are not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set up your account by using your existing Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone. By default all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your child shares. However, only approved followers can send them messages. Users can like or react to a video, follow an account or send messages to each other. There is the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app. Children may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share and with who.
1.Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game. You can read more about the Roblox chat features and the way that these are moderated on the Roblox community guidelines and within their safety features. 2. Content: what content is available that might not be suitable for children The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online. However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very life like, some of the games feature weapons and blood. 3. Costs: How children might accidentally run up costs By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club. . If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange their Robux for real money.

If you have any concerns around online safety, please do get in touch; if a few concerns about a particular issue arises I can organise a parent forum meeting around this.

Library Visit:
This week KS1 and reception visited Bodmin library. Many of the children got their first library card and all were able to borrow a book. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and the activities. On Monday 10th Feb, KS2 will visit the library and explore the labyrinth of books. If you are yet to return your library consent form, please ensure it is with us by Monday morning.

KS1 Multi-skills Morning at Callywith:
Year 1 and 2 took part in a multi-skills sports festival on Thursday. They took part in mini-competitions and sporting activities led by students from the college. All children worked really hard and enjoyed the morning - representing our school superbly.

Kahoot Quiz night and air ambulance fund-raiser:
Next Friday - 14th February (Valentines) - we will be wearing red to recognise the work that our Cornwall-air-ambulance do. If you have any change that could be spared, it would be gratefully received and donated to the charity. In the evening, we will be hosting a quiz night to raise further money for the air ambulance. If you have your own iPad or iPhone, this can be used to take part in the quiz; if not, we do have some iPads. The night cost £5 per adult (children free), any sized quiz team, pasties provided kindly by Barnecutts. There will be two quiz games with 50 questions each and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each quiz. Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday 12th February at school or the village store. If successful, we will host another event in the summer to raise money for a school project to be decided.

Well done to the following children who received an award this week:
Star of the week: Lilly H, Ottilie W and Billy R
Headteacher Awards: Izzy, Alina, Sophie for amazing writing, Lilly H for such good progress in her reading, Carter B for great expanded noun phrases and Thomas H for his perseverance

Have a lovely weekend,

Matt Avery


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