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Supporting Home Learning

 

Although we can’t directly teach your child for the time being, we have provided some learning tasks for home. We will upload work every week onto the school website and have supplied exercise books for this to be completed in. 

 

We have tried to make the process as straightforward as possible and have provided the answers where practical. There is also a range of other resources for you to access at home provided by our teachers.

 

 

Reading and English Resources

The following are some useful sites to support home learning:

 

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/   phonics activities. Use the username: March20 and password: home for free access 

 

https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/ is free at the moment and provides access to a wide range of ebooks. It seems particularly useful for setting non-fiction texts to read alongside a Science or Learning Enquiry unit. Thanks to Laura for finding this resource. 

 

https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ LGFL have lots of resources. Busy Things has activties for all subjects. The children log in using their computer login. 

 

www.topmarks.co.uk  interactive games for all subjects. 

 

https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/grammar-vocabulary  The British Council has a range of English activities. They are mostly aimed at younger years. There are grammar games and spelling activities. The 'listen and watch' section has short stories, poems etc. You could set a story and add some comprehension questions as a quiz on DB for children to respond to. 

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zhrrd2p  grammar and spelling activities for KS2

 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/subject/worksheets/grammar/all The School Run is a website aimed at parents. It contains explanations of key terms and has some free resources/worksheets to use. It has a subscription, but there's a free trial that can be used.

 

https://collins.co.uk/pages/big-cat-ebooks?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200319_COL_Primary_SLFH%20(1)&utm_content=  access to 330 Big Cat ebooks from our primary reading programme 

 

https://www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities/ A list of children authors who are reading their own books, with some being updated daily

A Message from Morag Preston

(Counselling Services Manager, Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership)

 

During this challenging time, I will be available to support parents by telephone or email on Fridays from 8am to 4pm during what would normally be term time. My telephone number is 07923319392. My email is mpreston18.307@lgflmail.org. You are welcome to book a slot in advance.

 

If you are in crisis and require immediate support, please contact your GP, or visit your nearest A&E, or call the NHS 111 service for advice. You can also call Samaritans on 116 123. You can also access information and advice on mental health issues through Mind (www.mind.org.uk or 0300123393) 

 

Best Wishes, 

Morag Preston

Counselling Services Manager 

Ealing Schools Counselling Partnership

 

 

How to talk to your child about the Coronavirus

 

There are lots of big changes happening around us and panic can easily take over. It is normal to be feeling confused, scared, and angry. Children can feel particularly anxious. How can you help?

 

First: look after yourself

 

As we face so much uncertainty, we can feel powerless and helpless. It is important for us to manage our own fear so that we can support our children with theirs.

 

  1. Use your PAUSE button: when you start to worry, stop what you are doing and take a few deep breaths.
  2. Notice your thoughts: when there are gaps in what we know, our mind naturally wants to fill them up with stories. Unfortunately these stories often make us worry and can grow and grow like a snowball. When this happens, pause and notice your storytelling mind; it is working hard to try to keep you safe, but remind yourself that you don’t know yet if these thoughts are true. Take a few more deep breaths.
  3. ​​​​​​​Avoid excessive exposure to news updates: they can feed our fears, which can make us ‘flip our lids’. We find it very hard to think straight, which can also make us feel less patient than usual with our children.
  4. ​​​​​​​Stay connected with your loved ones through calls, texts, and the internet as much as you can.

 

Now… how to support your child
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  1. Reassure their story-telling minds: children have big imaginations and their storytelling minds might be making up all sorts of scary stories about the virus and what might happen to them and their loved ones. Talk about it with your child: but first, ask them what they have already heard about the coronavirus. This gives you a chance to reassure any fears and to correct any rumours that aren’t true. It is also important to limit their news exposure.​​​​​​​
  2. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​They may have many questions: it is OK for you to say that you do not have the answer but that you can think about it together. Empathise with how difficult it is not to know what will happen. Then find something they can repeat to themselves to help them feel better: “My job is to wash my hands and sneeze/cough into my elbow. My adults’ job is to keep our family as healthy as possible and they will do their best.”​​​​​​​
  3. Offer them a sense of control: taking belly breaths, washing hands, wiping surfaces after they have used them, and do offer them choices wherever you can.​​​​​​​
  4. Create a routine and structure: this can feel reassuring, especially when things are uncertain. Creating a daily schedule can be helpful but also allow some downtime: children release stress and big emotions through play, movement and creative activities. Creating new family rituals can also help everyone feel safe and connected.
  5. Comfort their ‘flipped lids’: listen to your child’s feelings. If they find them hard to talk about, perhaps they can show you how they feel using drawings or acting them out with toys. Empathise with all feelings. And then reassure them that:
  • Grown-ups are doing all that they can to keep them and everyone safe.
  • There are experts working really hard to find a cure.
  • There will be big changes: some places, like schools, have closed to help to better control the spread of the virus.
  • There are also lots of positive things happening: people are helping each other in creative ways around the world: “Can we think of ways that we can be kind to each other and our neighbours?”
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