Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people
The government have published guidance for parents and carers on the opening of schools and other education settings to more children. This guidance provides information on when and how we will open education settings to more children.
The guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june
Bedford Borough Council Survey
Friday 27th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you are all surviving and discovering new and exciting experiences together after your first week of being at home. To help you to take care of your own and your child’s well-being in this trying time please see the Well-Being section for support and advice.
Many of you have telephoned the school and spoken to Mrs Horobin this week for advice on how to use the learning tasks at home with your child, managing new routines and behaviour. We are always here if you need us, so please do not hesitate to call or email your questions, queries or concerns. The teachers will read your emails and respond if you use the school email: email@example.com
We are very busy in the background trying to set up more ways to support you and the children with home learning. If you would like to share the great learning experiences/outcomes from home with your class teachers, they would be delighted to see them. Please send them into school by email.
Please remember the resources that are available on the school website to support your children’s learning at this time. Please also find below some additional ideas and websites that are available at this time. Remember there is a specific YouTube for Kids https://www.youtubekids.com which is easy to set up.
PE with Joe https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1
Dance Class with Oti Mabuse https://www.youtube.com/user/mosetsanagape
Diversity dance classes https://20dv.co.uk
Drawing with Steve Harpster https://www.youtube.com/user/tgif38
Draw with Rob Biddulph https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBpgrJijMpk_pyp9uTbxLdg
See attached document with further ideas from our Art Lead Miss Jarra – wonderful Zentangle ideas https://tanglepatterns.com/
Top Marks https://www.topmarks.co.uk
Bring maths to life in the house.
- playing games such as Snap, cards, lotto, bingo, pairs and board games.
- singing number songs and rhymes.
- sorting, counting, matching and comparing anything and everything together.
- encouraging them to look at the clock regularly in order to relate times to familiar routines and activities.
- finding shapes in the house or garden
Storytime with James Mayhew https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqq_Iz_q3pFTkkju-PpVOFA
Elevenses with The World of David Walliams a free audio story each day for the next 30 days to help keep children entertained https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Phonics Play https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk
Theatre of Widdershins https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-bZX72ojh6UVqnnN-rrb2g
RSPCA Education resources https://education.rspca.org.uk
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Wellbeing and Mental Health Support:
For Children and Young People:
Kooth describes itself as a free, safe online service for children and young people – you can chat online to a counsellor until 10pm, 7 days a week. (Monday-Friday Noon-10pm and Saturday & Sunday 6-10pm)
To access the site, you will need to register. www.kooth.com
It isn’t just for emergencies when a child is distressed, Childline also have some fantastic online resources in their ‘toolbox’ section on the website, including Games, the Art Box and the Calm Zone to help children feel calmer when stressed online.
To access some of the site you will need to register www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/
For Adults and Children:
The Samaritans is traditionally as service for adults, but children can call too – they’re open 24/7 and you will talk to a trained volunteer if you call, it will however take 24 hours+ via email contact – you just need to bear in mind they won’t advise, only listen.
Phone; 116 123
Shout and Young Minds
Shout is a texting service for adults and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, Young Minds is the branch of the same organisation that supports young people. https://youngminds.org.uk/
Text; Text the word SHOUT to 85258 (for Adults) or YM to 85258 (for Young People) and a trained volunteer will text you back (usually within 5 minutes, but it can be longer at times).
Call the Young Minds Parents Helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4pm)
Wishing you all a sunny weekend.
Take care of yourselves, keep safe and well.
With kindest regards and love from all the teaching and support staff at Broadmead Lower School.