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Talking About Covid-19 And Managing Anxiety

It is normal for both children and their parents to feel anxious and stressed at this difficult time.  While the school can't make any recommendations about managing mental health, we would like to share with you some resources which you might find helpful. 

You can download the book 'My Hero Is You', written especially to explain COVID-19 to children.  

Playmobil have made a short video to explain COVID-19 to children.  

You can read advice from the Anna Freud Centre here

The NHS 'Every Mind Matters' website has suggestions for staying at home.  This is aimed at adults.  

The following documents may also be useful.

Home Learning

Spiritual Development and Prayer Opportunities

There are 12 prayers to say during the corona virus pandemic provided by Ten Ten here.  

Dan and Emily from One Life Music have kindly recorded a liturgy for schools and home. This will be a weekly event from now on (hence the title Weekly Worship and Song) and can be accessed here.

Wellbeing and Staying Healthy

Sport England have lots of ideas for staying fit at home.  

Cosmic Yoga is a fun way of keeping healthy.  

Chartwells, our school dinner providers, have been working on a project - The Super Yummy Kitchen.

They have created cook along videos aimed at school children to help entertain by enabling them to create yummy, healthy snacks made from store cupboard ingredients. Nutritional messages will feature throughout the videos and there will be a curriculum activity and a health and wellbeing challenge set everyday.  These videos will be launched on their social media pages Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm. 

Instagram: chartwells_uk

Twitter: chartwells_uk

Facebook: Chartwells UK

YouTube: Super Yummy, Simply Delicious

Online Safety

Your children are likely to go online much more frequently than they usually do, so it is worth talking to them about online safety.  The CEOP 'ThinkUKnow' website has lots of useful resources, including age-appropriate lessons designed for parents to do with their children at home.  They recommend these 8 steps to keeping your children safe on the Internet:

1. Explore together: Ask your child to show you their favourite websites and apps and what they do on them. Listen, show interest and encourage them to teach you the basics of the site or app.
2. Chat little and often about online safety: If you’re introducing them to new learning websites and apps while school is closed, take the opportunity to talk to them about how to stay safe on these services and in general. Ask if anything ever worries them while they’re online. Make sure they know that if they ever feel worried, they can get help by talking to you or another adult they trust.
3. Help your child identify trusted adults who can help them if they are worried: This includes you and other adults at home, as well as adults from wider family, school or other support services who they are able to contact at this time. Encourage them to draw a picture or write a list of their trusted adults.
4. Be non-judgemental: Explain that you would never blame them for anything that might happen online, and you will always give them calm, loving support.
5. Supervise their online activity: Keep the devices your child uses in communal areas of the house such as in the living room or kitchen where an adult is able to supervise. Children of this age should not access the internet unsupervised in private spaces, such as alone in a bedroom or bathroom.
6. Talk about how their online actions affect others: If your child is engaging with others online, remind them to consider how someone else might feel before they post or share something. If they are consider-ing sharing a photo/video of somebody else, they should always ask permission first.
7. Use ‘SafeSearch’: Most web search engines will have a ‘SafeSearch’ function, which will allow you to limit the content your child can access whilst online. Look out for the ‘Settings’ button on your web browser homepage, which is often shaped like a small cog.
8. Parental controls: Use the parental controls available on your home broadband and all internet ena-bled devices in your home. You can find out more about how to use parental controls by visiting your broadband provider’s website.

English And Drama

All children's books are free with audible while schools are closed.  

Writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers is reading aloud one book each day during the pandemic.  

Frank Cottrell-Boyce is doing creative writing sessions for Key Stage 2 children on instagram Monday - Friday at 10am.  

Visit the Roald Dahl website for lots of activities linked to his books.  

Are you a Harry Potter fan?  Join 'Harry Potter at Home' to be sorted into a house and to try the quizzes.  

Watch a play online.  Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals are being streamed every Friday night and The National Theatre is streaming plays every Thursday night.


Try Maths with Carol Vorderman.  You need to register but there are lots of activities, including a daily Maths lesson.  


Go on a virtual tour of Longleat Safari Park.  There is a quiz about the animals if you download the app.

Try some of the activities on the Science Museum website.  These are organised according to age. 


History and Geography

The National Geographic For Kids is a fun and interesting website with lots of information about Geography and Science. 

The Louvre is offering free virtual tours, including a tour of its Egyptian galleries.   This site requires flash.  

The British Museum has an interactive timeline with information about its exhibits.  

Perhaps more suitable for Upper Key Stage 2, The Anne Frank House is offering virtual tours and a dramatisation of Anne Frank's diary on You Tube.  

Art and Design Technology

Try drawing with Rob Biddulph.  

Can you work with your family to recreate a famous work of art?  

Sign up at First Site to receive an artist activity pack.  

Try the 30 day Lego Challenge.  

The Van Gogh Museum is offering free virtual tours combined with suggestions and activities for children.

The Louvre is offering free virtual tours.  This site requires flash.  

The Vatican Museum is offering free virtual tours.  


Have you ever considered applying for a Blue Peter badge?  Perhaps you've never had the time?  This could be your moment!  Find out more here.  

Each week, Girl Guiding are releasing adventures and activities for children aged 4 - 18.  

Especially for our younger pupils, Spread The Happiness has lots of ideas for activities to do at home.  

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