Covid-19 Support


BBC Bitesize

Pick your year and start homeschooling

You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more. Click on the link below. 

We appreciate that any type of enforced isolation will be difficult for parents as well as children. This can be avoided by trying to create a structured timetable to support your child to access different activities throughout the day. There are some examples of this below with links to websites that can support you. We have put together a "self-isolation" project for all the students at Tuition Service. We are posting it on here in case there are any parents who are gnashing their teeth at the prospect of having bored teens at home. It's important to establish routine and to stay positive!

  1. Keep a journal. Each day spend 6 minutes writing a response to the following points:
    I’m grateful for… (make 3 points)
    This is how I’ll make today great…
    My good deed today…
    How I’ll improve…
    Great things I experienced today… (make 3 points)

    2. Stay fit. Joe Wicks 7 days of sweat. Hit link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXmdXilQaqA
    Post selfie!

    3. Photography challenge. Document your time in self isolation in photographs (your mood, what you did, how you felt).

    4. Cookery challenge. Look in the cupboards. What do you have? Can you come up with a meal idea from it? Can you possibly beat my “Curried banana soup”? Extra marks for putting together a totally original/mad/weird recipe.

    5. Learn a skill from the internet (for example, learn to juggle. Hit the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZmmOdnljG4

    6. Learn a magic trick from the internet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWw_1-gEdLA

    7. Learn a dance step (for example “How to moonwalk”). Hit the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYT48mu-TIc

    8. Pick a type of food that you like and grow it. Get the seeds from a shop (or fruit) and actually grow your food in a pot.

    9. Make an origami crane (hit the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfnyopxdJXQ)

    10. Learn some basic sign language (hit the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OU8XdJgK3aY)

    11. Read a book that you haven’t read before. Challenge yourself!

    12. Pick a household chore and take it over (want to know how to iron? Hit the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnkHbDKnSJ4.)

    13. Learn how to recycle (Visit “Terracycle”. Hit the link: https://www.terracycle.com/en-GB/)

    14. Calculate the value of pi (3.14) to as many decimal points as you can (it goes on forever!)

    15. Go on line and find a World Record that you can try and break at home (hit the link: https://kids.guinnessworldrecords.com/activities/try-this-at-home/)

    16. Stay positive!

20 ideas for parents when schools close

From board game Olympics to round the world night, here are twenty ideas to banish
boredom in lockdown, learn new skills and have family fun when schools are closed:

1. The great outdoors. Fresh air and exercise will help to banish boredom
and housebound blues. The National Trust has offered free access to all
their gardens and outdoor spaces during the pandemic, or go for a walk
or bike ride, giving your kids the map to plan the route. With younger
children, give them a bag and collect ‘treasures’ on the way – a
beautiful leaf, stone or flower. Nearer to home, try tree climbing in
your local park or set up camp in your garden and use stargazing apps
like Nightsky.

2. Create a routine. Many children will benefit from a daily routine – it’s
something they are used to at school. Build a plan that works for
everyone and is age-appropriate. Ensure there are regular breaks and a
set lunch hour and include screen-time as part of your schedule so
children know what to expect. 

3. Reading for pleasure. Encourage your child to read daily. Set older
children book reading challenges such as ‘a book a day/week’ to
motivate them, or create virtual book clubs with their friends using
video chat apps, Google hangouts or Group FaceTime. If you run out of
books, swap with friends (while following the guidelines for social
distancing) or search for free audio and ebooks online. With younger
children, create book-themed treasure hunts around the house or
encourage them to make their own books or draw book covers featuring
their favourite characters. 

4. Free resources. Many educational websites (including Teachit) are
offering free access to learning resources during the Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic. Ask your child which subject/s they think they need to
work on most and search online together to find worksheets and
resources to suit. 

5. Train like a champion. Keeping physically active is particularly
important for children. Research the training regime of a famous
sportsperson or idol and get your child to create their own daily or
weekly training programme, using videos and apps to help. Keep a
record to track their progress and use rewards to motivate them, or set
them the challenge of creating a family workout with DIY circuits and
time trial challenges. Younger children might enjoy Go Noodle or
Cosmic kids yoga for their daily workouts. 

6. Learn a lingo. While foreign travel may not be possible, virtual
language lessons are. You can find a rich selection of videos and free
apps to help your child learn some of the basics of any language in the
world. Set them a challenge – how many languages can they count to
ten in by the end of the week? How do you say hello in Japanese? 

7. Good neighbours. Think of ways your family could help neighbours or
older people in your community by running errands, picking up shopping
or walking a dog, while following the guidance on social distancing.
Could your children write letters to residents of local care homes,
create little gift boxes, bake some biscuits or simply pick a bunch of
flowers from your garden to brighten someone’s spirits?

8. Be more Greta! Take this opportunity to get back to nature as a family.
Plant a few veg seeds or a bee-friendly wildflower patch. Try your hand
at making seed bombs, a bug hotel or a birdbath and feeder. Trees for
schools and the RSPB have lots of child-friendly ideas, upcycling
projects and resources online

9. Family jobs. With families at home, even very young children can be
encouraged to help with jobs around the house. Older children might
enjoy projects such as room makeovers and DIY, mowing the lawn or
cooking family meals. Younger children might like to get involved in
looking after pets, cleaning the car, sweeping up or using the vacuum
cleaner.

10. Making movies. Encourage your children to make stop motion shorts
and Lego-style movies with apps like Stop Motion Studio, or use
Telestory to make themed tv shows with backgrounds, costumes and
special effects, or create cartoons with Toontastic. They might also like
to experiment with green screen apps. 

11. Time travelling. Keep a daily diary for future historians studying the
Coronavirus pandemic or create and bury a time capsule for future
generations to find.

12. Pinspiration. Pinterest is a great source of ideas and step-by-step photo
guides. Search for craft tutorials, fitness workouts, ideas for rainy days,
tips for room makeovers and incredible recipes. If your child has a
special interest, you’ll find something to excite them.

13. Photodiary. Get your children to make a photodiary, collage or
scrapbook for something they are learning about, cutting and sticking
images or using a tool like Bookcreator to make their own digital
book. Older children could use this for school work or revision. 

14. A night at the movies. Dim the lights, get your favourite snacks or
popcorn and settle down for a family night in with a favourite film.
Work your way through the classics, or let a different family member
choose each night’s entertainment. 

15. Friends in need. Help your children feel connected to others.
Younger children might enjoy exchanging messages with friends in
secret code or swapping drawings with each other. Older children can
sign up for an international pen pal online or join Post Crossing to
send and receive postcards from around the world, while teenagers
will enjoy virtually hanging out with friends using Zoom or Skype. 

16. Board game Olympics. A great way for siblings to play together at
home, set up a board game competition based on the Olympics
including all your favourite family games. Compete for medals in
each ‘category’ and keep a medal tally. 

17. Learn a new skill. Encourage your child to try something they have
always wanted to do – learn to touch type, bake a cake without adult
help, use Morse code, make a fire or master football tricks etc.
Challenge them to perfect their skill over a week by practising
regularly. 

18. Round the world night. Take it in turns to cook a meal or order a
takeaway from a different country. Make it more authentic by
listening to music and watching films, cooking or travel programmes
or even cartoons from that country – search YouTube or Spotify for
playlists. 

19. Virtual museum trips. While museums may have closed their doors,
you can still visit their collections online. The Science Museum,
British Museum, Museum of London and Natural History Museum all
have resources for children, and NASA has a range of space projects
for kids. You can even do a virtual tour of over 500 international
museums using Google Arts and Culture. 

20. Wonders of the world. Extend children’s natural curiosity about the
world with specially selected Ted talks, or use Common Sense Media
for suggestions for children’s documentaries and podcasts, along with
reviews and age ratings. The Week Junior and the BBC’s Newsround
will help to keep kids up-to-date, along with a weekly online news
quiz. 

 

With children spending more time on the internet during lockdown, it's more important than ever for parents and carers and their children to know the best reporting and support routes, should they be worried about something online.

As a parent, you are in the best position to notice if something isn’t quite right with your child. 

While most children only have positive experiences online, occasionally things can go wrong. And with children likely to be spending more time on the internet during lockdown, it is more important than ever for you and your child to know the best reporting and support routes, should either of you ever be worried about something online. 

Click on the link below for a breakdown of where to go for support. 

 

Talking to your child about coronavirus

If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, here’s our Parents Helpline experts’ advice on what you can do.

Ten tips from Young Minds Parents Helpline

1. Try not to shield your child from the news, as it’s likely they will find out somehow from school, being online or from friends.

2. Talk to your child about what is going on. you could start by asking them what they have heard.

3. Try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking can help them feel calm.

4. Reassure your child that it is unlikely they will get seriously ill, and if they do you feel ill you will look after them. Your child might be concerned about who will look after you if you catch the virus. Let them know the kind of support you have as an adult so that they don’t feel they need to worry about you.

5. Give some practical tips to your child about how they can look after themselves. For example, show them how to wash their hands properly, and remind them when they should be doing it.

6. Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.

7. Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (e.g. reading, playing, painting, cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’. For activities ideas, visit our starting a conversation with your child guide.

8. Encourage your child to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.

9. Be aware that your child may want more close contact with you at this time and feel anxious about separation. Try to provide this support whenever possible.

10. Remember to look after yourself too. If you yourself are feeling worried, or anxious about coronavirus, talk to someone you trust who can listen and support you.

For more information please click on the link below. 

Oaka Books have also produced a excellent booklet to help you explain Covid-19.

To support parents and guardians with structuring and delivering home learning for children, Tes have gathered a collection of teacher-created learning resources designed to engage both primary and secondary students and help them learn and study outside of their usual classroom environment. All of these resources are completely free to download and use and include lessons, worksheets, workbooks and activities across a multitude of subject disciplines, ranging from EYFS to KS4 (GCSE). With these resources, you can be confident that students will remain engaged and challenged throughout this period of social distancing and isolation. For more information please click on the links below.

 

Word Aware


‘Word Aware’ is a whole school approach for developing children’s vocabulary.
Just because schools are not operating usually, does not mean you can’t still
develop children’s vocabulary. And with so much happening we all need a little
bit of fun, so why not kill two birds with one stone and play word games?
Included here are lots of simple-to-play word games. Tweak them as you wish to
adapt to your child’s needs or play your own words games. Whatever you do,
show your enjoyment of words and children will too.
You can find out more about Word Aware at www.thinkingtalking.co.uk 

 

These tips are designed to help both you and those you care for look
after yourselves and protect your mental wellbeing. For more information please click on the link below.

Place2Be supports children who are vulnerable and children with SEND. Click the link below for more information from two Principal Educational Psychologists who have suggested some ways to support children who may be especially vulnerable at this time.

For more resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress, and fears; including specific Covid-19 please click on the link below.

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