All parents/carers: If you haven't answered my e mail sent yesterday I really need you to so that I can move forwards with planning for re-opening, thanks.
Thanks to the many of you who answered so quickly.
A message from the Governing Body.
On behalf of the Governors and, I hope, yourselves, I would like to say a big thank you to our teachers for all the thought and effort that they are clearly putting into providing work for your children during this most unusual time.
I know they miss seeing the children’s smiling faces each day and know that each and every one of them is dedicated to reducing any negative impact that this enforced absence from school will have on their charges education.
I am also certain, that for most of you, this will be your first experience of ‘formal’ home education. I hope that you are finding the work set useful and are encouraging your child(ren) to make the most of it. I hope it’s not too difficult for you!
Best wishes and please stay safe.
(Chair of Governors)
Do your children need a bit of help with processing all of this?
Do you need some advice or mental support?
Please see the below resources or e mail Miss Strutt who might be be able to help you.
If you have a concern about safeguarding please contact Miss Strutt and myself (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the person who sees the e mail first will get back to you.
Resources for talking to children about coronavirus
https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/talking-children-about-coronavirus British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 Newsround video clip for children
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus Tips for families
https://www.thedadsnet.com/this-free-book-is-great-for-explaining-covid-19-coronavirus-to-your-children Conic book style story about coronavirus
https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ Guide for parents and professionals
https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/ Animation for older children
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584464333506 A comic exploring coronavirus for young people
https://www.adamspsychologyservices.co.uk/coronavirus.html Comprehensive guide for adults to manage a range of situations related to coronavirus
https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone-else/#Update Advice for parents of children with SEN
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ Advice from The Child Mind Institute
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/ ELSA coronavirus story for children
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists
https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20UPDATED%20130320%20SD%20editsAH.pdf Easy read information page about coronavirus
Anxiety Resources (generic and targeted)
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2 World Health Organisation advice for maintaining good mental health at this time
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/ To support young people in managing virus related anxiety
https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/covid-19-research-findings Advice for managing the volume of anxiety inducing news
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources Range of resources from American Psychiatric Association
https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/ Generic tips from Anna Freud Centre
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799 Generic tips to support good mental health
https://www.gozen.com website with activities to support children experiencing anxiety. Their YouTube channel has guided videos with relaxation, deep breathing and meditations
https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids List of creative ways to practice deep breathing
Birds nest Art.
Purely optional if it helps keep them busy!!
Children: Would you like to help Miss Strutt to make a new birds nest display? If so please draw, paint or collage a bird for her nest. Any bird, it could be based on a real bird or a make believe bird. No larger than half a sheet of A4 paper please as Miss Strutt's nest won't fit them all in. Bring it with you when school opens again, thanks. Miss Strutt will be pleased. Here are some pictures to inspire you. Stay Safe!