Information for Parents
Coronavirus - Mental Health
Earlier this academic year, we held our very own Mental Health Awareness week in school and finished the week with FREE BREAKFAST for everyone followed by a whole school dance. Do you remember? It was definitely a much talked about event and brought us all together as a school family in a very special way.
We are delighted to tell you that we have lots of lessons for you to access on Mental Health and we are going to start these next week which is national Mental Health Week. Please click here for more details
Mrs Pollard (PSHE Lead) and Mrs Martin (Science Lead)
At present the Coronavirus is the cause of much anxiety and concern for young people and families. Here are some resources designed to help cope with such stress and uncertainty at this time.
Dr Ranj explains Coronavirus - BBC iplayer - Get well soon Coronavirus
These 3 helpful resource packs were designed to help young people and families cope with anxiety and worry around Coronavirus:
(Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team)
The current situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a scary and uncertain time for everyone. However, it may be a particularly difficult time for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This download has specific advice about managing OCD during this time.
(Credit: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
This PDF download is a worksheet to help parents explain the virus to young children in a way that can help reduce the fear and worry it can cause in children.
Coronavirus the Science
EBUG - Information about the Coronavirus
Public Health England's E-Bug Education Programme has been developed to teach children through primary and secondary school good hygiene practices as well as the science of microbes, illnesses and medicines. They have a dedicated Coronovirus page to support children and families with their understanding of the virus and ways to stay safe and well during these times.
The need for personal hygiene has never been more important. Please see below a number of informative videos to help understand Coronavirus and the need for good hygiene practices in life.
Tom Fletcher - How soap removes dirt and germs from your hands (Good Housekeeping)
This video is a demonstration of an activity from Public Health England's E-Bug Education Programme aimed at teaching children from primary to secondary school how to develop good hygiene practices and become more informed about the science of microbes, illnesses and medicines. You can watch this video and discuss what is happening with your child/ren or enjoy recreating it at home yourself. All you need is a bowl, water, ground pepper and antibacterial soap.
Giant Sneeze - What's in a sneeze?
E-bug school activitie to teach about infection prevention - Giant Sneeze - Coughs and Sneezes - How do germs spread from our mouth?
Public Health England's E-Bug Education Programme explores good respiratory hygiene which is especially important during the current Coronavirus Pandemic around the world. After watching the video demonatrations look at the examples of different spread and 'sprays' of germs depending on whether you leave your mouth uncovered, cover it with your hand or for the best respiratory hygiene cover your mouth with a tissue to then catch, bin and kill any air borne germs. If you want to recreate this activity at home you need a spray bottle, water, a large area to record your results (for example a long roll of paper/tablecloth or similar) and a tape measure.
N.B. The green dye in the water and face marks for the sneez action is optional but adds to the YUCK factor.
What is Coronavirus?
From the INEQE Safeguarding Group, this video animation helps to bring the Science of Coronavirus to life to educate and inform children of all ages in your home.
Another Coronavirus explanation video for children including supportive images and Makaton to ensure all children can access and understand the information shared regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic around the world at the moment.
Watching the news can be an informative but also sometimes overwhelming experience during times like these. Newsround is a child friendly programme that is updated throughout the day and aims to share necessary information with children at an appropriate level. Instead of the Daily Briefing you may want to use Newsround to keep your family informed during the pandemic to ensure a good level of talk and understanding continues around the topic of Coronavirus. Instead of making the topic a scary, taboo topic, use the talking points and facts from Newsround to support yours and your child's developing understanding of the situation in the world right now. Talking about something factually can make it feel less intense, help ease stress levels and make you feel closer as a family and Newsround is a child friendly way to approach current events and discuss them.