Pokémon Go: a parent’s guide Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go: a parent’s guide Tips and advice for keeping children safe on Pokémon Go

PokémonPokémon Go is a game where you collect and trade cute creatures called Pokémon (Pocket Monsters).
It’s one of the first popular games to use “augmented reality” – a kind of cross between real life and an online world. The game makes it look like Pokémon appear in real life places by using the GPS and camera on your phone.
It’s already become a craze in Australia and America, and has made it’s way into the news across the world.
Here, we’ll take you through what you need to know about the game and how you can help keep children using the app safe.
Pokémon Go explained
Pokémon (Pocket Monsters) are little creatures that can be captured by Pokémon Trainers using a small spherical device called a Poké Ball. There are different types of Pokémon, with different moves, abilities and stats. The aim of the game is to capture as many Pokémon and to win as many ‘gyms’ as you can to become the Pokémon Master.
Pokémon Gyms
Pokémon Gyms are buildings located throughout the world where Pokémon Trainers can train and compete. Pokémon Gyms are usually located in public meeting spots, like parks or churches and memorials. This is done using a Google-style in-game map that shows you where the Pokémon and locations are in your real life location.
Poké Ball
The Poké Ball is a spherical device used to capture Pokémon. The Poké Ball is thrown at Pokémon and when it hits them, the Pokémon are sucked inside.
Pokédex is an electronic device which stores the data of Pokémon once they’re captured. The Pokémon Trainer must attempt to fill the Pokédex by capturing the different types of Pokémon.
The risks
There are loads of good things about the game, and there’s a reason it’s become so popular. But it’s important to learn the risks involved:
  • Meeting people they don’t know face-to-face
    The game is designed to bring people together. Usually strangers. So you never know who they might meet.
  • There’s a physical risk
    It’s easy to forget to look where you’re going with this game, but they need to be careful of where they end up. There are already stories of people being lured to places that aren’t safe for children.
  • It can cost a lot of money
    There are in-app purchases and other incentives which can cost up to £79.99 (14,500 Pokécoins). Make sure the app’s set up without payment options.
  • Access to personal data
    Pokémon Go asks for personal information like your child’s birth date and email address, which they’re asked to enter or receive through social media accounts. Parents have the right to contact the creators to stop them from using their personal information.

New Late Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

We are very concerned with the punctuality of your child, and we are writing to you to ask you to work with the school to improve this. Certificates are given out weekly in assembly and unfortunately, your child’s class are not receiving any because of the amount of lateness.

Please find below the new Late Letter.

New Late Letter

Ripple Primary School: a good school with outstanding features

It’s with a great deal of pride that Ripple Primary School can report that, following the recent ofsted inspection in May 2016, the school has been awarded: GOOD with OUTSTANDING features. 

Many congratulations to all the staff, pupils, governors, parents and the wider community for all your hard work in making Ripple Primary School such a wonderful place to attend.

Food Waste Addressed by School Council

Sharon, the School Cook at Westbury Site, attended our School Council meeting today (5.5.16) and heard the concerns that school councillors have about the amount of food waste at lunchtimes. The menus were discussed and a Tasting Session is going to be planned in the near future to make sure that the right things are on the menus. We will then need to speak to Mr Mitchell about us creating a bespoke Ripple Menu in the future!

How exciting!

Ripple Primary wins a national award and so does one of its pupils!

Wonderful news for Ripple Primary School and one of its pupils, Sajid, who is in Year 2.

The school has won a national Reading Recovery School of the Year award and Sajid in Yr2 has won an individual pupil award as well!

It’s a fantastic achievement for both the school and Sajid; many congratulations to them both. A special thank you too for all the hard work everyone has put into achieving such prestigious awards!

5 children from each Y4 class were chosen to represent our school at the Eastbury Community games


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On Wednesday 23rd March, Y4 pupils were chosen to represent Ripple Primary School at the Eastbury Community Games along with three other schools. Children competed in activities such as fencing, handball and judo. Although they did not gain the most points, … Continue reading

Sport Relief Bake-off raises over £76!

Bake sale team 1 Cakes

On Friday, three of our Y6 girls (Amrin, Sabiha and Safwa) organised a bake sale in aid of Sport Relief.  They planned what to do and made posters to advertise the event.  They then baked a variety of cakes at home ready to sell in the playground after school on Friday.  The stall was very popular with lots of children and adults buying their delicious cakes and biscuits.

The girls efforts managed to raise £76.19 for Sport Relief.  Very well done and many thanks for all of your hard work, girls!

Addressing the Late Collection of Children

Extract of a Letter from Mr Mitchell. Please see the link below for the full details.


Friday, 12 February 2016

Dear Parents and Carers

Late collection of children at the end of the school day

Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank the vast majority of parents/carers  who always pick up their children on time.

The impact on a child of not being picked up from school on time cannot be underestimated. The child that has been left behind will feel an increasing level of anxiety and distress the longer that they are unsure of where their parents are. Clearly this is not a good thing to happen to any child.

The impact on the school of having a child left behind at the end of the day is also great as it requires two members of support staff to supervise that child. This means that those staff will not be able to undertake their duties in preparation for children’s learning the following day and this also incurs an additional staffing cost to the school.

Unfortunately, we are seeing an increasing number of occasions where children are being picked up late.

I am fully aware that there are frequently valid reasons or emergencies where the parents/carers have been delayed and, when the school is informed in advance of this, I will always take an understanding view.

However, some parents/carers appear to be unwilling to acknowledge the impact that this has on both their child and the school and seem to think that the school is able to offer a free, out of hours childcare service. It is because of these few who regularly pick up their child late with no prior contact being made to the school that I am forced to take the following action.

Addressing the Late collection of children

A reminder to parents and Carers

A reminder to parents and carers: Friday 18th December is the last day of the autumn term. School opens on Tuesday 5th January, 2016 at a quarter to nine.

From everyone at Ripple Primary School: a merry Christmas to you and a peaceful new Year!

PS if you’d like a reminder of the official school open and closed days please click here.

School Council Reps liaise with Miss Jackson

School Council Reps met with Miss Jackson and here’s Miss Jackson’s reply. Many thanks, Miss Jackson for your speedy response!

Hi, Mrs Ziane and Mr Mann,

I just wanted to email you both to let you both know that I was able to catch up with some members of the school council this afternoon to gather some of their ideas about how to encourage parents to stop using their mobile phones at school.

Bobby and Divine in 1MK had worked with the rest of their class members to think up some great ideas to help with the issue. They suggested the following:

  • Signs to say no mobile phones around the school playgrounds
  • New rules to be set in school to say stop using your phones
  • Children to remind their parents that they should not use their phone when they collecting them from school
  • A week to trial ‘no phones’

I then met with Irem from 3RB and Tasmia from 5AK who, again, both had some great ideas to help too. They suggested:

  • sending a letter home to parents saying that the children would like them to ‘stop looking at your phones and listening to your children’. This letter would also explain about the no phones for a week trial.
  • tell parents to switch off their phones

The girls also agreed with the ideas that Year 1 shared about the posters, and thought that ‘No Phone Zone’ would be a good phrase to use on the posters.

All children thought they could help to make the posters for me as I don’t have one to use yet, so we thought that maybe if the children made the posters we could choose a few of them to use around the school playgrounds to remind parents to stop using their phones.

Please can you pass on my thanks to the school council for their brilliant ideas and I will aim to get this ready to trial in the new year.

Thank you

Miss Jackson

Barking and Dagenham Post praise budding Ripple Primary actors!

The Barking and Dagenham Post has written a wonderful article on the budding Y6 Shakespearean actors who performed Romeo and Juliet on Thursday evening at the prestigious Kenneth Moore Theatre, Ilford.

You can read all about the fantastic acting by reading the Barking and Dagenham Post article and also have a look at the Barking and Dagenham’s tweet by going to www.twitter.com/rippleprimary

All trained up and ready to go!

School Council Reps have had their training. They’ve written the Ground Rules for carrying out their meetings efficiently and effectively. They’ve also received last year’s Constitution and will bring their thoughts and amendments to the next meeting.

As for how to make choices:

  • That are not what they’d personally like to do
  • Where they would want to do them all, now!

School Council Reps have learnt that they are representing their class and is what the class wants and not want they want. They will have to listen very carefully and make notes in their notebooks.

They’ve also learnt that Reps have to prioritise when they’ve lots of things that they want to do. Again, lots of listening will be needed to decide the priorities! It will take practice but:

School Council are all trained up and ready to go! 

Learn how to keep your child safe online

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The Government has launched a new site called ParentInfo. It’s a site designed to help provide expert information to help children and young people stay safe online.

Here are just a few of the articles:

What are parental controls and how can they help children stay safe online? (Ripple Primary School uses a powerful filtering system to help prevent any inappropriate material from reaching the computers)

Screen time and young children: finding a balance

Digital parenting tips


Work Scrutiny Summary

Effective marking and feedback are crucial to help your child make progress in their learning. The senior staff regularly carries out book scrutinies (checks) to ensure that your child’s learning progress is as great as possible. The following summary (July, 2015) identifies how marking and feedback have been made even better:

Work Scrutiny Summary

Some real improvements to the quality of marking and feedback provided.

The most common findings were:

Marking is regular and follows school policy.

Children follow up on teacher’s marking and their response is acknowledged by the teacher.

Teacher expectations are high in terms of children’s presentation.

All groups of children making good progress over time.