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  • #wakeupwednesday - What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Monkey​​​​​​​

    Published 07/02/24

    Online video calling with random strangers  It’s hardly a new internet phenomenon – but the recent demise of Omegle has prompted the creation of several similar platforms bidding to fill the vacuum. One such contender is Monkey – a service that randomly connects its users for video calls, using their mobile numbers and Snapchat account details 

    Monkey has surged in popularity since Omegle’s shutdown in November 2023: visits to the site more than doubled within a month and have been climbing steadily ever since. Regrettably, it also seems that Monkey suffers from many of the same pitfalls as its notorious predecessor – our #WakeUpWednesday guide highlights these possible risks to young people in more detail. 


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  • Year's 5 & 6 Meet Jess French

    Published 06/02/24

    Some of our Year 5 and Year 6 children had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jess French - who is an author, TV and Radio Presenter, Vet and wildlife expert - to hear about her new book: Beastlands.

    More than 750 children from seven different schools across the city got to hear Jess French talk about her new book, Beastlands: Race to Frostfall Mountain, as part of a visit organised by the National Literacy Trust in Peterborough on Thursday 25 January 2024.

    Year 5 and 6 pupils were invited to two different talks from the author and television personality, the first at St John’s Church School in the morning and the second at Gladstone Park Community Centre in the afternoon.

    Children heard an extract from the book, asked questions about Jess’s favourite adventures, life as an author and where inspiration comes from, and each school took copies of Beastlands: Race to Frostfall Mountain for their school library spaces.

    The 750 pupils came from seven schools in Peterborough: St John’s Church School, Winyates Primary, Braybrook Primary, Leighton Primary, Gladstone Academy, The Beeches Primary and Fulbridge Academy.

    The children had a fantastic morning and were perfectly behaved while asking some very thoughtful questions of Jess

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  • The Raptor Foundation

    Published 31/01/24

    On Tuesday, Reception and Year 1 children had an amazing experience with the Raptor Foundation coming to Leighton. They got to learn all about different birds of prey and even got to see them fly! 

    The Raptor Foundation team member wished to express how amazingly well behaved the children were. The children should be very proud of themselves for their fantastic listening skills and respect for the birds.

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  • #WakeupWednesday - Online safety

    Published 31/01/24

    What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Persuasive Design Online

    Apps and sites are all competing for our attention 📢👀 Over the years, numerous strategies have been developed which are intended to influence users’ behaviour – making us more likely to remain on a site, game or platform for longer periods of time. These techniques are known as ‘persuasive design’ and can have a particularly profound effect on children and young people 😳

    Despite these tactics’ evident effectiveness, there are still plenty of ways to help prevent yourself (and your child) from being psychologically swayed. This week’s #WakeUpWednesday guide breaks down the potential risks posed by persuasive design online – and offers some top tips for recognising and reducing its impact on young people’s decision making.

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  • Dance Like Nobody's Watching!

    Published 15/01/24

    We are holding our annual Disco on Tuesday 13th February 2024

    - Reception, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 - 3.15pm - 4pm
    - Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 - 3.15pm - 4.15pm

    Tickets will be sold on Parent Pay for £3. The £3 includes entry, a packet of sweets and a drink.

    We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have the right supervision and amount of sweets, therefore Parent Pay will close at 3pm on Friday 9th February.

    Unfortunately, we will be unable to take any payments after this deadline date and children will be unable to attend.

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  • Welcome Back

    Published 08/01/24

    Dear Parents and Families,

    A very Happy New Year! As we step into this promising new year, I hope you and your family had a restful and joyful Christmas break. It is certainly a time of fresh starts and new beginnings, and we are excited to welcome pupils back, energised and ready to learn. Let's embrace the opportunities this year brings, supporting each other to make it a fantastic year for our entire school community.

    I am looking forward to working as Interim Headteacher for this next chapter at Leighton. We've got some exciting times ahead, and I'm here to ensure we all make the most of it.

    Mr Daniel Saull

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  • Scientists From Cambridge University.

    Published 13/12/23


    Today Year 6 had a visit from some female scientists currently working at Cambridge University. They ran a Physics workshop with the children where they were challenged to try and power calculators and buzzers using only coins, cardboard and foil as the cell. The children also used voltage metres to measure the power of their cell. This all consolidated the learning they have been doing on Electricity this half term.
    It was great to see Year 6 ending the session by asking the visitors some wonderful questions about their current research projects.

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  • Christmas Jumper Day

    Published 07/12/23

    A lovely festive feeling in school today for Christmas Jumper Day. Thank you all for your donations

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  • Leighton Winter Fair

    Published 01/12/23

    We are busy making plans for the Winter Fair on Thursday 14th December from 1.30pm - 3.00pm.
    Pop the date in your diary.

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  • Money Talk Week

    Published 22/11/23

    Last week we celebrated Talk Money Week. Children spent the week talking about money and thinking of one thing they could do to improve their understanding of money.

    We held a competition to design a new coin to coincide with the new coin designs, overseen by King Charles, which are being released at the end of the year.

    The first place winner was Subhan in Turtle class; second place was Aras in Lobster class; and third place was Archie in Barracuda class.

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  • Read for Good Readathon

    Published 20/11/23

    On Monday 27th November, we will be taking part in a Read for Good Readathon. Your child will be bringing home a sponsor form and a bookmark so we would be grateful for any help to encourage them to read and gather sponsors from family and friends.

    All the money raised goes towards the wonderful Read for Good charity who provide books for children in hospitals across the country.

    The end date is Monday 4th December

    Attached is a video with more information about the charity and how to pay for sponsorship online an attachment will be added to this weeks newsletter.

    As always we thank you for your support.

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  • All the fun at the book fayre!

    Published 09/11/23

    A huge 'Thank you' to all families who attended of book fayre last week. We were able to fundraise £271.58 for the school! We have put this towards new chapter books for our developing readers. Thank you!

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