Support during Covid 19
Surviving Lockdown & Social Distancing - Advice from School ... You will find information and advice helping your child at home, how to keep a positive outlook, how to promote emotional health & well-being for yourself & your family.
How to support home learning
Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home
Be realistic about what you can do
You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household.
What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
Take care of your own health and wellbeing. Take a look at the links for some advice on mental health and wellbeing.
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
- Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
- Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
- If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
- Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
Mental health and Wellbeing
Contact procedures during the Christmas period.
As the UK is now in a third lockdown, we have some advice that we would like to share. Schools will remain open for keyworker children. If you are having difficulty having enough devices to support home-schooling, you could use an Xbox or PlayStation as a device (click the link below for instructions) or contact the school. You may still be concerned about your child's emotional wellbeing — Follow the link below for lots of useful resources that can help support your family. We've also put together some creative ideas to help parents find new ways to mark special occasions during this time.
9 Things Every Parent With an Anxious Child Should Try
Free information booklet explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler