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What’s on 1-3 Jun. Whitehaven Festival 2 Jun. Diamond Jubilee weekend at South Tynedale Railway (01434 381696) 3 Jun. Party in the Park, Rec ground Hawkshead. 12-6pm ( FREE ENTRY £2 PARKING 3-7 Jun. Muncaster Castle Jubilee Festival (01229 717614) 4 Jun. Diamond Jubilee Hog roast and Beacon lighting Lanercost Priory, Brampton (01697 72538) 5 Jun. Diamond Jubilee Brass and Bunting, Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway (01229 717171) 5 Jun. Diamond Jubilee and Bunting, Ullswater Steamers (017684 82229) 7-13 Jun. Appleby Horse Fair 20 Jun. Carlisle welcomes the Olympic Flame, Bitts Park (01228 817590) 21 Jun. 2012 in the lakes welcoming the Olympic Flame, Bowness on Windermere (01539 822222) 22 Jun. Woolfest Cockermouth 6-8 Jul. Dalemain Fair Crafts, gifts, children’s entertainment, Morris Dancing, Punch & Judy, Maypole, Adele Tribute Act + much more 7 Jul. Get biking with the experts FREE Brockhole. 11am-4pm Bike and helmets provided for all ages. 14 Jul. Cumbria’s Fairy Day, Highhead Sculpture Valley, Carlisle Under 6’s go free. 20 – 22 Jul. CockRock U12’s go FREE when accompanied by an adult (18+) with a valid ticket. 27-29 Jul. Kendal Calling 14-16 Aug. Adventure days at Brockhole . 1,2 or 3 day programmes 25 Aug. Community Spirit Celebrating diversity with a fun day of events. Samba dancing, musical sculptures, Asian cookery, family crafts. FREE Event. 26 Aug. Eden Foodival at Brough.

Inside this issue: Child’s Play


Beatrix Potter


First Aid


Parental Separation


Cyber Bullying


Family Walks


School in the Spotlight


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So here we have it the very first issue of Kids in Cumbria and what a few months to cover! Late half term, Jubilee celebrations, Olympics, Summer Holidays and festivals galore. We can’t mention everything and there is a lot we probably don’t know about so if you think our readers should know about something that is happening let us know and we will add it onto the website. We hope you enjoy the mag and gets lots from it! If not then let us know so we can improve. Thank you for the companies advertised in our first edition for having the faith in us and most importantly thank you to our fantastic schools who are distributing the magazine for us. Have a super summer and stay safe.

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which learning can be expanded, both by the supporting adults and by the children themselves.

Child’s Play is an independent publisher, specialising in whole child development, focused play, life skills and values.

In her review of the EYFS, Dame Clare Tickell saw communication and literacy development as a primary focus of children’s learning in their early stages. This plays a fundamental role in the development of their understanding of the world around them. Books that include questions, dialogue, rhymes and songs are identified as crucial tools for engaging children and encouraging positive language responses. The Child’s Play programme consists of books, games, toys and associated materials aimed at 0-8 year olds. Each is chosen and interwoven to cater for a range of different learning styles, and provides a variety of approaches to developing a child’s understanding. We believe our books create an invaluable starting point from

Our range provides children, parents and teachers with opportunities, not only to read together, but also to learn through play, practical activities and interactive communication. The effectiveness of this type of learning stems from the fact that it enables the whole person to be

stimulated by fully engaging all senses, and allowing the intellect to develop alongside creativity and imagination.

A BOOK FOR THE SUMMER REVIEWS BY REBECCA BARWICK Lucy and Tom at the Seaside by Shirley Hughes This story does not need the beautiful illustrations added by the talented Shirley Hughes. It is so well written you will have memories of visits to the seaside and day trips come flooding back. I can almost taste the salty air as I read about the ‘very special seasidey smell.’ Join Lucy and Tom as they go for a day at the seaside, and follow them as they spend a wonderful day outdoors, no exciting adventures but that is what makes it so magical! From a delicious picnic to fun in the sea and on the sand. Donkey rides, ice-cream and writing your names in the wet sand (remember doing this?) The last line in the book says it all ‘It’s been a lovely day.’ My 3 year old will go to sleep informing me that she is “going to dream of going to the beach” when she has had this calming story at bedtime. A perfect read at anytime of the day. iPop! - Turn your iPhone into a mini TV! iPops are fun display stands designed for iPhones by Cumbrian lad Tom Salmon. The stylish stands that you pop up yourself are designed to look like a mini retro TV, all that’s left to do is slide in your iPhone, sit back, use apps, listen to music and watch your movies, videos and TV shows! Follow @ipopproducts on Twitter and Facebook and be apart of the iPop! adventure.

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series of celebratory Tea Parties to mark Peter Rabbit’s 110th Birthday taking place on 20th May, 24th June, 11th July, 28 July, 8th August and Wednesday 22nd August. The popular parties feature a scrumptious

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction celebrates the most successful year to date and announces exciting events for 2012

afternoon tea, a visit from Peter Rabbit, a special guest reading a Beatrix Potter tale along with entry in to the Attraction. The fun is set to continue throughout

To continue the success of last year,

the summer as we launch our special

the Attraction is hosting a line-up of

Windermere Olympic Relay on 30 June

exciting events in 2012 including: a

with five other superb family attractions around Lake Windermere. Lakeland Olympians can form their own family team and take part to win Gold, Silver and Bronze as they complete the challenge and collect a relay stamp at each of these fantastic Attractions: World of Beatrix Potter, the Lake District Visitor Centre at Brockhole, Windermere Lake Cruises, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway and Lakeland Motor Museum. To find out more about the fun packed events programme simply log onto

Safety Tips To Stop Bath-time Scalding Bath-time for children remains one of the most important part of a child's day - not only to keep them warm, but also to help children learn about bath water safety and spend valuable family bonding time together - which is why Megaflo, the hot water experts, has created these bath-time safety tips to help parents keep their kids safe in the bath. Temperature Control The temperature for young children should be around 37째 centigrade. Use your elbow to test the temperature and give the water a good swirl to ensure even heating. Constant Supervision The fundamental baby-bathing rule is to never leave your little one unsupervised. If the doorbell chimes or the phone rings, scoop your baby up in a towel and take them with you. Depth Drowning can occur in just an inch of water so never fill the tub more than waisthigh when your child is sat up. Run the bath before your little one gets in Never put your child in the tub while the water is still running; the water temperature could quickly change or the water could get too deep. Safety seats and bath mats Make the family tub safe by using a rubber bath mat for more secure seating while in the tub to prevent your child from sliding under the water and have a bath mat with a non-skid bottom next to the tub to prevent slipping and sliding. For more information visit


Parental Separation - Preparing children to lessen stress Chris MacGregor

All parents have to leave their children at some point for demands such as employment, to look after loved ones or a passion for sport or a hobby. It is just not possible to be with your children 24/7 - and some ‘quiet time’ is needed by all adults to keep sane.

So what can be done to prepare children for separation?

It is important to be honest with each child about the separation. Anxiety is bred by a lack of resources.

The travelling parent should explain why it is that they are leaving - that it is not caused by the child - and they will still love their son or daughter during their absence.

The likely return date should be discussed . Most children count separation using the number of ‘sleeps’, but after 5 or 6 nights this is lost on small children. A jar of jellybeans or a colourful paper chain can be used - take a bean or paper ring away each day or period of absence.

When separation does occur, however, it can be very stressful - and this is especially true on the first few occasions or if the separation is prolonged - as all parents of toddlers now at nursery will understand. Stress affects each child and the carers who are left behind - it also affects the  parent who is away from home and separated from their family. This can manifest itself in various ways but for a  child with limited vocabulary it is often displayed as negative changes in behaviour. This in turn further upsets the  carer (and can be reflected back onto the child) and if presented during a phone call or email, this stress will transfer to the separated parent who, by distance alone, is incapable of support. This is likely to reinforce stress all round in a vicious cycle and if unchecked, may affect mental and physical wellbeing and performance at school or work.

The separation should be discussed with other carers in each child’s life teachers, family and friends. The travelling parent should tell each child how they intend to keep The parent should leave behind a memento or voice recording of a story to which each child can listen.

It must be remembered that preparation is key to successful performance - anything done before the separation is useful, but by following these little steps before deployment a family can build resilience and save hours of heartache.

Chris MacGregor is a psychology graduate, father of 2 and is a serving Lieutenant Colonel in The King’s Royal Hussars and is currently working in Kabul, Afghanistan. He is also author of My Daddy’s Going Away… a colour picture book for young children designed to help all families develop separation coping strategies. It has sold over 8000 copies worldwide and is available online at

JOIN FORCES WITH BULLYING UK TO TACKLE CYBER BULLYING By Suzie Hayman Suzie Hayman lives in Kendal and is a trustee of Bullying UK and Agony Aunt for Woman Magazine.

There has been lots in the press recently about cyber-bullying. Cyber bullying is when people use digital social networks, internet forums or specially set up pages, mobile phones, email and instant messaging to abuse, humiliate, threaten or otherwise make someone feel ‘got at’, unhappy and unsafe. Girls are far more likely to experience this kind of bullying than boys. As the number of young people using iPhones and other technologies to communicate increases so does the use of these gadgets to bully, isolate and intimidate others. Whilst new technologies offer a wealth of opportunities to children, they also open up new channels of harm, and young people - and their parents may not be sufficiently aware of how to manage this when it happens to them. Technology is owned by or available to many children and young people. This means that while old style, face to face, bullying tended to stop at the front door, it now follows children home, not only into their living rooms but into what may no longer be the sanctuary of their bedrooms.

The Effects of Cyber Bullying All forms of bullying impact on children’s lives, and for some children it can be so traumatic it leads to lasting mental and emotional health problems and can result in self-harm and suicide. Children who are bullied often avoid school and this persistent truancy can affect their life chances. A quarter of children bullied by their peers reported experiencing long term harmful effects which lasted into adulthood. The charity Beatbullying calculated that at least 20 children in the UK commit suicide every year because of bullying. Research is beginning to show that cyber bullying shows the same harmful outcomes for children as face to face bullying. Whilst the perpetrator of a cyber bullying incident could be an anonymous stranger that a child has met online, they may also be a friend or schoolmate. They may present themselves to the victim behind a screen of anonymity, leaving the victim unsure who is behind the bullying and so unable to trust any of their friends or seek support.

This can add to the trauma of the experience, and leave children feeling isolated, terrified and uncertain how best to deal with the situation. Cyber-bullying may be an extension of face to face bullying, in or around school, or it may happen separate to it.

school’s anti-bullying policy, and must reinforce it in the home, if it is to be effective.

Family Lives advises parents that there are simple steps that they can take to protect their children from harmful online bullying, in addition to working Preventing and Protecting Young with the school to reinforce messages People From Cyber Bullying and build resilience in their child. One An effective strategy to prevent cyber simple step is keeping personal bullying and its harmful effects must computers in a communal space in the involve parents, schools, children home, rather than in a place where a working together. In schools, children child can be online in private. can be taught how to keep themselves However, we believe that these safe online, how to recognise bullying messages are not being heard widely behaviour in themselves and in others, enough and many parents do not and what to do if they believe they are understand the importance of being bullied online. Because when monitoring their child’s online and cyber bullying takes place the child social networking presence, and of being hurt cannot be seen, children raising the issue so it can be who are involved in doing it often say discussed. they thought it was just a joke and not really serious. By helping children and The most important thing that parents young people to understand bullying, a can do to protect their children from school can help build resilience in their the harmful effects of cyber bullying is encourage them to talk about their pupils and a sense of community and experiences online and on social support, and reinforce a strong networks as much as possible. message that bullying and cyber-bullying is unacceptable If you want to find out more behaviour.

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Schools should have an anti-bullying bullying visit policy that is created by pupils, parents and staff. It’s really important to include pupils in this process as their voice is important to ensure that the anti-bullying policy reflects the realities of children’s experiences. Equally, parents must understand the

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Family Walks Family Walks Photograph Ben Barden courtesy Cumbria Tourism Article by David Powell-Thompson

Honister to Grange in Borrowdale. This walk has the advantage of going downhill most of the way; well away from the road and has spectacular views. Start at Honister Slate Mine. There are all the usual services there - Tea Room and Toilets. Start off the road and walk down the track behind the Youth Hostel which comes out at the road. Cross the road and follow a path down towards Seatoller. After less than half a mile follow the obvious track off to the left. There is a signpost and the track has been recently resurfaced. Go through a gate beside a sheepfold and continue to a second gate. The path follows the line of a wall. Keep left and avoid a path that drops down into Seatoller. There is a slight climb to a point where the path looks down into Borrowdale. There a nice spots for a picnic along the way. The path passes Castle Crag on the left and drops down the steepest part of the walk. The path has been reconstructed here. It eventually enters woodland and comes out on the banks of the River Derwent. follow the path and then a track downstream into Grange in Borrowdale. Again there are Tea Rooms and Toilets. Getting to the top of Honister is easy there is a bus that climbs to the top called The Honister Rambler. Timetable_23144_86%20(Keswick).pdf. It can be picked up in Grange at the lay-by on the village side of the bridge near a small chapel. Although parking in the village can be difficult. Alternatively the bus can be caught in Keswick where there is much more parking. If that is the preferred option then the bus that runs up and down the main road (often an open topped double decker) can be caught, back to Keswick, by crossing the bridge to the valley road. The whole trip can include a trip on a launch from Keswick, but that involves a little more walking, mainly on the road side.

Review by Kerry and family. It was a cold day in the February half term I decided to take the children to Trotters World of Animals. Having never been, ever! I thought I could kill 2 birds with 1 stone, alleviate some boredom and review the park for the magazine. Very easy to find, and plenty of free parking (I always like free parking!) and it didn’t seem quite as muddy as I had anticipated. So off we went wrapped up warm, armed with wellies, hats, scarfs, gloves (are you getting the drift that it was mighty cold!) oh and of course a picnic. The admission price is reasonable for 2 adults, 2 children and an infant it cost £27.00. The only additional cost inside the park other than for food and gifts was 50p for the kids to do some craft activities. (Meerkat headband making this particular day, filled half an hour away from the cold!) We arrived at the park just after 10am and stayed until 3pm, in this time we saw everything and something’s twice. We missed the Meerkat talk purely as we were on the Meerkat trail at the other end of the park and didn’t make it back in time, as for the reptile talk hmm was a non-starter for Holly and Lois they saw snakes and ran. The kids where obsessed with the rather large pig that was in the park along with its rather large quantity of poo! They were most disappointed when they went back and the pen had been cleaned. We saw the wild bird encounter in the Green Shed. Richard was the host and displayed 3 of the parks Owls. The kids loved it, the whole session was relaxed, funny and informative not boring and droll and above all given by someone who is passionate about what he was talking about. We caught Richard again at the outdoor bird encounter, where he displayed Frankie a Common Buzzard amongst other birds, but it was Frankie who stood out in the words of my daughter “he was just amazing”. It is a definite must see. I have never seen children so intrigued and captivated, but this guy manages it. The park has toilets and hand wash facilities dotted around, along with a café and shop. An indoor and outdoor play area, nice for giving tired parents a rest! I am really impressed with Trotters and would like to give another family the opportunity in sampling it for themselves. See below for your chance to:


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West House has been operating as a charitable provider of care and support for adults and children with disabilities since 1986. Wild West Children’s Service offers families and children a variety of care and support options that include weekends, evenings and school holidays. West House also delivers a Short Breaks programme on behalf of Cumbria County Council for children from 0-19 years of age in Allerdale and Copeland.

Short Breaks provide positive activities for disabled children and young people while enabling their main carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Wild West is a small Ofsted registered activity centre for children with disabilities in Cockermouth. The emphasis here is on having fun, making friends and learning in an environment that promotes confidence and development. For further information please contact: Mark Swanston on 01900 872270

The eatwell plate shows the different types of food we need to eat – and in what proportions – to have a well balanced and healthy diet.

Solway Community Technology College is a small, 11-16 comprehensive school situated in the coastal town of Silloth, which has a population of some 3000 people. At Solway, every child matters and we have the time and the skills to ensure that your child has the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. With a well-equipped music room, excellent IT, science and technology facilities and a spectacular sports hall which is also open to the community; we are fully equipped to help your child develop as an individual. We provide all pupils with an enriching and exciting education which will prepare them for adult life. We are a “Good” school as judged by Ofsted in January 2010, where 94% lessons were judged to be good or outstanding. Pupils’ achievements rated in the top 10% nationally in 2010 and the English department was also judged “Good” in all categories following an inspection in October 2011, when we also beat all our targets; 66% of our pupils achieving 5 A* to C grades, 100% achieving 8 A* to G grades at GCSE. Our value added data continues to show how much progress all our pupils make, whatever their level on entry; we have been one of the top 10 in the county for the past two years. Our pupils have wonderful opportunities; as well as access to small teaching groups, in Year 11 we have a pupil leadership team, of prefects, lead learners and peer mentors led by the Head girl and Head boy, Sports and House captains. In Year 9 pupils can train to become peer mentors in Year 10 working with the new Year 7s. School council, consisting of members from years 8 to 11, to represent all the forms, support the developments within school including the appointment of staff. Pupils take part in a wide range of sports from football to rounders, trampoline to unihoc; our KS4 girls are the county badminton champions again this year. Our interhouse competitions, dodgeball, netball, are keenly contested. The school runs an exchange to Mexico, visits abroad, to Barcelona this year then to Italy skiing next, adventure weekends, residentials in the Lake district, visits to Universities and local outings for example for Science & Technology week. Our after school music club produced a DVD of their own composition, see website, the gardening club grows produce for use in Food technology and in the school canteen and we will have an Archery club in the summer term. Do come and see for yourself. Mrs Lois Baird Headteacher

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