Children's Mental Health (for Parents/Carers)
The Government has published guidance to help parents/carers look after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak and how best to communicate what is happening to children of different ages:
HOME LEARNING - COVID-19
During this very difficult and different time, we are using 'Google Classroom' (https://classroom.google.com/) for setting home learning for our children. All children have their school email and password to gain login and have been sent the join code to gain access to their classroom. If you have any difficulties, please contact the school office. The teachers will be setting and monitoring the work on a regular basis.
PLEASE LOOK ON THE CHILDREN'S PAGE FOR WEBSITES, YOUTUBE LINKS, OFF SCREEN LEARNING LINKS.
Home Learning - Online Safety
If you choose to supplement the school online offer with support from online companies, and in some cases individual tutors, it is extremely important to ensure the online support is from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
YouTube Moderation for Parents
Given the circumstance we find ourselves in, it's likely that children will spend more time on YouTube. Alan Mackenzie, Internet safety guru, has recorded a brand new video giving some tips on the few functions available within YouTube to help parents.
YouTube link HERE
This app has been around for years, but has just reached number 1 in the download charts, suggesting that more children and young people are using it to communicate and socialise. Houseparty is rated as 12+ in the App Store.
What do parents need to be aware of?
As with all social media apps and platforms it’s important for Parents and Carers to be aware of some of the risks and dangers on platforms and apps. With Houseparty all chats are unmoderated within the app. Friends of friends can also enter rooms and join chats. The app does notify users however – when a stranger enters a room.
Note: Taking screenshots of videos and images is possible within the app and these could end up getting posted or shared across other social medial platforms or the internet.
Wayne Denner has put together an article which will be of use to parents. The article is HERE.
The current topic overviews can be found on our 'Curriculum' page.
Year group learning letters and grids can be found on the children page under their class 'children'.
Home School Learning
The relationship between home and school is extremely important for children to develop and learn. Our homework tasks are linked directly to the work in school for continuity and consistency and ensuring it is a valuable learning experience for our pupils.
Reading - We would like our children to read regularly (at least 3 times a week) at home to an adult, this is recorded through our reading miles and celebrated through milestone certificates. We encourage pupils to discuss the text and record thoughts to the focus provided in their homework books. Sharing the experience with an adult enhances a child's reading skills and creates time with a parent, developing the love of reading and sharing books. At other times it is important for a child to immerse themselves in a book without the need to question, but a balance between the two methods is important for children to flourish.
Maths - Maths activities will also be directly linked to concepts being taught in class. Pupils will be provided with a maths problem, question or answer, statement, pattern or investigation. They will be encouraged to share their findings in the class as the learning journey continues. Please remember it isn't always about getting the right answer as we learn a great deal from our mistakes; the emphasis in class will focus on sharing methods, explanations and reasoning.
Topic Enquiry - Some pupils produce amazing homework centred around their current topic, using a range of skills across the curriculum from art and design to historical and geographical knowledge and understanding. We encourage this independence, discovery and immersion of a topic and we will continue to celebrate any work brought into school.
Take a look at the 'Homework Survival Tips!' booklet below for suggestions on how to make homework a sharing and more positive experience for your child.
If you are unable to find the information you require on our website, please contact the school office on 01243 375878 or email@example.com for further information, support and assistance.
Term dates and inset days can be found on the 'Term Dates' page.
Statutory documents and policies can be found on the 'Policies and Documents' page.