Supporting Children and Young People With Worries About Covid-19
This is a time of uncertainty and a lot of children and young people will be feeling anxious and worried about what is going on. This is a normal response to the situation, and the document below from the University of Reading offers advice about what adults can do to help and support children and young people. There is a lot of information out there and this can be confusing. However, this document pulls together advice and useful links, all in one place. We hope this will be helpful.
Supporting the Family During Lockdown
Over the past few weeks, the Coronavirus crisis has brought a lot of sudden changes for families with children. Parenting can be very rewarding. However, in these uncertain and challenging times you may be feeling stressed as you try to balance work, childcare and self-care while dealing with worries – both your children’s and your own. In recognition of this, the NHS has put together some of the best, reliable and free sources of information and advice to help you and your family to cope under lockdown.
‘The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown’, is completely free for all children and families. It includes a collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures. Its contributors include: Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Online Safety Advice for Parents
With children spending more time online at home, the NSPCC has produced some useful guidance for parents on having a conversation with children about online safety. There are some useful hints, tips and videos. Follow this link for further information.
There is also a helpful sheet of hints and tips aimed at parents and carers of primary-aged children, produced by think-you-know, an online safety organisation.
Links and Resources for Home Learning
There are a variety of online lessons that have been created by Educationalists and teachers for every year group.
You can stream a large collection of children's KS2 audio books for free using this site.
Your child should have their own log-in that can be found in their reading record. If you cannot find this, please contact the school for assistance. There are lots of great resources on this site including, maths, English, creative projects and topic-related activities.
Your child should have a log-in that can be found in their reading record. If you cannot find this, please contact the school for assistance. You will find a range of educational resources and games on this site.
Oxford Owl for Home is a website with free resources available to download without registering. Aimed at primary children, they offer activities for reading, English, Mathematics and interactive games. There’s also handy “How to” videos to explain tricky concepts. Oxford Owl’s free e-book section is wonderful. It’s still free but you need a log-in to access it.
National Geographic is a great platform for learning and it’s totally free. There’s online games, resources and competitions too.
Free subscription and resources during closures.
A range of activities here but especially good interactive activities for maths.
There are lots of space- related activities for children to access here.
White Rose is a fantastic maths resource. They have prepared 5 lessons for each year group and they will be adding more each week. Every lesson has a short video to show your child how to complete the work set.
This site has puzzles, games and activities for your child to complete around books. To access the site, parents will need to create a login but this is free.
For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out these '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators.
Here you will find a variety of science challenges that your child may enjoy and an information pack for parents each week.
Do Your Children Love To Sing?
At school, we enjoy learning and singing songs together. One of the schemes that we use is Sing Up. This company is providing free access to Sing Up to children whilst schools are closed. You don't even need to sign up. There is a Song of the Week including the music, lyrics and harmonies (very fancy!). The children will be very familiar with this format. Who know, maybe they can perform a weekly concert at home!
Follow this link: https://www.singup.org/singupathome/?endbutton
Other Online Music Resources
Please have a look at the attachment below which has lots of ideas for music resources.