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  We have set up a 'Home Learning' page under the 'Key Information' tab.  This will provide more information for you about how to access a quality education  for your children at home.  Please remember to check your child's class page under the 'Children' tab for regular updates from your classteacher.  Please collect a paper pack if you cannot access technology.  If you would like more information please phone the DFE coronavirus helpline 0800 046 8687 or visit the full government guidance at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Thank you for your tremendous support and understanding in this matter, if anything positive can come out of this then it is the wonderful community spirit and offers of help that have been overwhelming.

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Coronavirus and Wellbeing

Below you will find advice, ideas and activities to help through these unusual times.

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support

 

Some great advice and support that cover the topics below; practical advice for staying at home and taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#collapse7fa89%C2%A0%20%20Some%20great%20advice%20and%20support%20that%20cover%20the%20topics%20below;%20%20Plan%20for%20staying%20at%20home%20or%20indoors%20Take%20care%20of%20your%20mental%20health%20and%20wellbeing%20Checklist:%C2%A0are%C2%A0you%20ready%20to%20stay%20at%20home?%20%20%20https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/%20%20Links%20to%20videos%20and%20articles%20that%20will%20help%20you%20to%20answer%20questions%20your%20child%20may%20have%20during%20this%20difficult%20time.

 

Coronavirus questions and answers from children

https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/

 

Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler (suitable for 5-9 year olds)

 

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/bedford/UploadedDocument/30301c57992748cbb4de187cc5eedaca/coronavirus-a-book-for-children.pdf

 

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman

A picture book for children who are worried about the coronavirus.

https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx

 

Exercise

Exercise releases chemicals, in your body, like endorphins and serotonin that help to improve your mood. If you exercise regularly, it can reduce your stress and symptoms of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.

 

Cosmic kids

A great website full of videos that make Yoga fun for everyone.

cosmickids.com

 

Go Noodle

Go Noodle gets children up and moving to fun, engaging content and games. It allows children to wake up their bodies as well as engaging their minds.

https://www.gonoodle.com/

 

BBC Super Movers

These are videos that will get your child up and moving, and they are linked to the curriculum. The can also be selected based on which key stage your child is in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

 

Meditation

This can help children to regulate their emotions, thereby having fewer meltdowns, reduce their impulsivity and improve concentration and focus.

 

New Horizon: Kids meditation

Struggling to get the kids to sleep? Allow these relaxing Sleep Stories, Guided Meditations and purposely-designed Sleep Meditations to get your little ones off to a perfect nights rest (also a free app that can be downloaded).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWOHcGF1Tmc&safe=active

 

Guided Meditation for Children

This website offers guided meditation through the form of audio clips.

https://annakaharris.com/mindfulness-for-children/

 

Mindfulness

Mindfulness colouring is a relaxing and calming activity which can also encourage children to explore their creativity while improving fine motor skills.

 

Mindfulness Colouring In Sheets

https://www.teachingideas.co.uk/2d-art/mindfulness-colouring-images-animals

 

More Mindfulness Colouring

On here there are some beautiful intricate designs that can be printed for children and adults.

https://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/mindfulness-coloring-pages.html

 

Mindfulness Activities

A list of 5-10 minute mindfulness activities you children could do daily.

https://www.teachstarter.com/gb/blog/classroom-mindfulness-activities-for-children-gb/

 

Reflection

Personal reflection allows us to grow as human beings. It allows us to review what we have already done and think about targets and goals we would like for ourselves. 

Children could keep a diary to write down their thoughts, feelings and emotions. They may even want to add newspaper articles about the current situation, as they are experiencing a unique moment in history.

 

 

This can be used to make sense of new emotions and uncertainty. This is an unusual time in our history and hopefully will not be repeated, so use this diary not only for wellbeing but also as a memento of this time. 

 

Kindness Calendar

Below is a link to a kindness calendar with ideas on for your children during this lockdown period . smiley

https://www.redcross.org.uk/get-involved/teaching-resources/kindness-calendar##

 

Self-esteem

Self-esteem helps children cope with mistakes and build their resilience. It helps them try again, even if they fail at first. As a result, self-esteem will help them do better at school, at home, and with friends. Children with low self-esteem feel unsure of themselves, so improving self-esteem, improves confidence.

 

Self-esteem and Character Building for Kids

This website offers lots of lovely activities and games that you can complete with your children.

https://www.kidsplayandcreate.com/self-esteem-character-building-activities-for-kids/

 

Self-esteem Printable Activities

There are some wonderful activities here that you can print off for children.

http://www.plantlovegrow.com/self-esteem.html

 

Nutrition and Diet

Eating a nutritious diet helps you keep a healthy body. It also helps reduce your risk of developing some chronic diseases. New research finds that your food choices may also affect your mood and mental health. This is sometimes called the “food-mood connection.”

 

Food Facts

Lots of free resources that teach children where food comes from, hot to cooking and about healthy eating. There are also some lovely recipes on here if you are struggling for ideas with meals.

https://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/

 

Hygiene

Important now more than ever but educating children on good hygiene is the best way to avoid the spread of infection and disorders; teaching the principles of correct hygiene at an early age can help keep individuals healthy in later life, and be taught to future generations.

 

Hygiene Activities

Great list of fun, engaging and exciting hygiene themed activities to do with children, particularly for younger children.

https://www.childfun.com/themes/people/health-and-hygiene/

 

Food Hygiene

There are some free food hygiene worksheets here for KS1 and KS2.

https://www.highspeedtraining.co.uk/hub/free-food-hygiene-worksheets/

 

Hygiene and Health Games

This website will give you links to a variety of resources that link to hygiene and health. For example; personal hygiene, staying fit, nutrition, human body.

https://www.ellipticalreviews.co.uk/health-games-for-kids/

 

Self-care

Self-care is about the things that we can do to look after our own mental health.

 

Self-care Tips

A variety of activates that will help you and your child to manage your wellbeing.

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

 

Calm Zone

Plenty of breathing exercise, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.

https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/

 

Self-care Journal

You can set your child up with a free account where they can keep an online mood journal, along with plenty of other self-care activities.

https://www.childline.org.uk/login/?returnPath=%2flocker%2f#journal

 

Helping the Local Community

This helps to create stronger communities that are concerned with the well-being of each and every individual and creates a  happier society for all.

 

Writing letters to family members that we cannot see or even the people who are currently isolated in our local care homes. It will allow the children to practise their letter writing skills as well as put a smile on someone else’s face. 

 

Litter picking – This would need to be supervised activity and may not be able to occur if you are self-isolating, gloves would also need to be worn for this activity. The children often talk to us about wanting to litter pick around school and where they live. This is a great time to for us to focus on cleaning the environment around us.

 

Gardening

Gardening is educational and develops new skills including: Responsibility – from caring for plants, Understanding – as they learn about cause and effect (for example, plants die without water, weeds compete with plants), Self-confidence – from achieving their goals and enjoying the food they have grown.

 

You do not need to plan or prepare complicated projects or activities, you could:

  • Weed the garden together, discussing which plants are weeds and which are not.
  • You could dig some holes and look for worms. Who can find the longest worm?
  • Start a compost bin using the grass cuttings, weeds and food scraps from the kitchen. 
  • Now is also a good time to be planting potatoes, carrots and onions if you wanted to start a veggie patch or some herbs in pots.

 

BBC Gardening with Kids

Different educational gardening activities developed with RHS.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/gardening_with_children/

 

Gardening Activities

Fun activities for families to learn together, while encouraging love for nature.

https://kidsgardening.org/garden-activities/

 

These simple garden projects are a great way to get the kids outside, entertained and away from the TV or computer screen.

https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/10-gardening-projects-for-kids/ 

 

Some great tips and ideas for those that are beginners to the world of gardening.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/7-tips-for-gardening-with-children

 

Check out the Scouts website for lots of stay at home activities for a whole range of ages.

https://www.scouts.org.uk/

 

Outdoor Learning Activities

Shadow Drawing

Equipment needed: different shaped objects/toys, paper, pencil

Make the most of the sunshine and create shadow versions of your favourite toys. You could even try and use everyday objects around the house and then turn them into something else! Once you’ve drawn your shadow outline, you could colour it in different colours using pens/pencils/paint, give it a funny face or practise your shading skills using a single pencil to create tone and texture.

Stone Balance Towers

Equipment needed: Different shaped stones.

For adults and children, go on a stone hunt and find different shaped/sized stones in the garden then give this a go and see how high you can go! It seems simple but is surprisingly addictive! Take it a little bit further by sketching or photographing your masterpieces.

Stick Raft Building

Equipment needed: Various sticks and string, paper/material for sail (not essential)

If you have a river/stream nearby or even a pond/paddling pool in the garden, then why not try making some little twig rafts. If we’re in total lock down then why not try using some materials from the recycling bin and try them in a bowl of water in the garden or even in the sink or bath!

Think about the design before you make it. How big/small will the raft be? Are you going to make a sail? If so, how will you attach it to the raft? What design features will it have? Experiment with different joining techniques and discuss which ones would work best, why/why not? Then once it has been tested: what worked well? What did not work so well? How could it be improved? And the joy is, you’ll have time to make these improvements!  

Useful outdoor learning websites

Learning through landscapes

https://www.ltl.org.uk/free-resources/

 

Outdoor Classroom Day

https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/resources/lesson-ideas/

 

RSPB Wild Challenge is a great way to engage with nature and also earn rewards

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/

 

Other Ideas

50 Fantastic ideas to try at home -  A collection of ideas and activities, to help parents and carers find fun things to do if they find themselves unexpectedly at home with younger children.

https://abcdoes.com/home-learning/

 

100 Things to do indoors

https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/product/100-things-to-do-indoors/

 

Non-screen ideas you can do at home from Pobble

 

The Listen Up Mentor team have put together some resources covering:

Connecting with others

Physical activity

Learning something new

Giving

Being present

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