Parents' and carers page
We understand that weeks of lockdown and school closure are putting a lot of stress on many of our families. This page aims to offer advice and support that will help you and your family stay safe, stay well and stay calm during these difficult times. There are links to useful websites, helpline numbers and advice on home learning. As always you can call 01482 351013 for support or advice.
Home schooling can be tough - many teachers would rather be faced with a class of 30 children than have to try and teach their own children at home. The key to success is not to pile on the pressure but keep things as stress free as possible. Here are a few ideas to reduce the stress:
Have a routine - build in plenty of breaks and fun activities and don't expect the children to sit and work for hours on end. Keep time on school tasks short.
If they're struggling and you don't know how to help that's fine - leave it and move on to something else.
There are lots of different ways to learn. Follow their interests - get them to do a project based on something that interests them. Lots of you have been baking and gardening - this is a fantastic time to pick up those essential life skills that often get left behind. How about teaching them to sew or knit? Make the most of this time together and have fun.
You don't need a printer to do the work set by teachers. Just get the children to do the work into their exercise books. If there is a colouring sheet for a younger child get them to create their own picture, collage or model instead.
Use the Useful Websites page - if your children love playing on their tablet or laptop get them playing and learning at the same time.
Spend time reading - whether you're reading to them or they are reading on their own, whether it's a book or a comic all reading is good and can be a great way to relax.
Don't worry about whether your child is keeping up with their friends or is falling behind; we will be ready to pick up where we left off and support them with any catching up that is needed. All we ask is that you keep their minds lively and interested and most importantly, that you all stay safe, well and happy
Mental Health and Well-being
The stresses of lockdown are putting everyone under strain. If you are struggling to cope there is a lot of help out there click on the images below for suport - don't wait the sooner you get support the sooner you will begin to feel better.
If you or someone you know is in crisis click here for crisis support.
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