Here are the home learning packs. Find your classes below, then you can download and print these or fill them in on a pc.
Here are also some extra links to help keep you busy:
For free audio and e-books head to Oxford Owl:
David Walliams is reading one of his stories everyday as a free audiobook.
Elsa has lots of fun free resources to print off and complete at home. To help with emotion well being and understanding feelings.
Dave the Dog is worried about coronavirus - a free story by Nurse Dotty Books.
Here is the link to a free downloadable book created by beyond words.
Home Learning can make us all feel a bit anxious sometimes and we can worry we are doing it right.
Here are some top tips for things you can try to help yourself throughout the day:
- Running or jogging
- Mrs Bell’s physical activities
- Taking the dog out for a walk (if you have one!)
- Going to the park
- Kicking a ball
My special relaxing place
- Think about your relaxing place and draw or describe it. This could be a real place you have been to or a picture you may have created in your dreams.
- Imagine sounds, leaves rustling, waves crashing on the sand.
- Think about the smell
Breathing techniques to help you to stay calm:
- Get a cup with a straw
- Fill the cup 1/3 full with water
- Ensure the child breathes deeply through their nose and breathes out slowly through the straw
- Encourage them to blow SMALL bubbles in the cup very gently
- Practice this at least five times
Flower candle - This activity promotes deep breathing. It is wonderful for when children need to pause, take a deep breath and relax. The activity helps a child to re-centre his/her attention through using imagery to find focus in the moment.
1. Hold the left hand in a fist. Ask the child to imagine it is a flower.
2. Hold the right hand in a fist. Ask the child to imagine it is a candle.
3. Inhale, pretending to sniff the flower.
4. Exhale, pretending to blow out the candle.
Encourage the child to breathe deeply, to really smell the flower. Then tell them to exhale completely, to really really blow the candle out.
- What does your flower look like? (colour, size, shape)
- When might you use this tool?
- Why is deep breathing helpful to us?
Ideas for Use:
This is best practiced often so that children understand that deep breathing is a tool that can be used in any situation where they would like to feel more calm and focused.
Create a mood jar:
Here are some additional links to help parents and students regarding support around mental health:
https://mindofmyown.org.uk/ (maybe good for older pupils-there is an app)
SUPPORTING CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH
Mental health and wellbeing during Home Schooling:
Some children and young people may be experiencing feelings such as anxiety, stress or low mood as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the recent change in circumstances.
Schools and colleges will continue to offer pastoral support to pupils working remotely. There are also online resources available to help you and your child with mental health and wellbeing, including:
• www.minded.org.uk/ Mind Ed, a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health
• riseabove.org.uk/ Rise Above, which aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16
• www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ Every Mind Matters, which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing
• www.childbereavementuk.org/ www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/ Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network, provide information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff
Public Health England's advice and guidance for parents and professionals on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing includes key actions you can take to support your child’s mental health and wellbeing, such as supporting safe ways to connect with friends.
Stay Fit and Healthy:
It also emphasises the importance of children continuing to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, having the 60 minutes of daily physical activity, recommended by the Chief Medical Officers. Further advice and support to help pupils remain physically active are available from Youth Sport Trust and Sport England. www.sportengland.org/
The Department for Education has put together some useful links and sources of support so that children, parents, carers, and school staff can get the advice and help they need. https://dfemedia.blog.gov.uk/2021/02/01/mental-health-resources-for-children-parents-carers-and-school-staff/
Where further support is required, NHS mental health services remain open, and they have digital tools to enable them to connect with people and provide ongoing support, so you should continue referring to your local children and young people’s mental health service when needed.
There is also a range of support directed at children and young people, including:
• free confidential support can be accessed anytime from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:
o texting SHOUT to 85258
o calling Childline on 0800 1111
o calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994
• online information on COVID-19 and mental health is available on the Young Minds website
• Think Ninja (freely available and adapted for COVID-19) app educates 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1
•Rise Above (adapted for COVID-19) website aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16 https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/mental-wellbeing/overview
Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage here: www.barnardos.org.uk/c19 or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
It is also vital to report any safeguarding concerns you have about any child. Contact the NSPCC helpline. www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/reporting-abuse/dedicated-helplines/