Message from Mrs Howley (Head of School)
After Boris Johnson's announcement on 4th January for school closures, the staff at Thomas Hinderwell's Primary Academy have created all the remote learning provisions for the year groups across the school. Please click on the appropriate link for your year group.
Each week, like the previous lock-down, staff will contact you to check that everything is going well and to see if there is anything else, we can do to help. Furthermore, they will be available through Google Classroom marking the children's work and answering questions.
If children are self-isolating, there is an expectation that children will still complete work daily following the timetable of their class and return ALL work through Google Classroom or via photographs on our home learning email firstname.lastname@example.org, so that the teacher can give summary feedback about areas for improvement.
If the year group bubble must close, there is an expectation that children will move to remote learning and continue to follow their learning journey at home and their timetable. The school will support you with this.
Should you have any further queries please contact the school on: 01723 373 110
Stay Safe Everyone
Mrs C Howley
PS: Don't forget to check out the assembly link for access to the weekly assemblies and the Key Stage Assemblies for each year. It would be lovely to see the whole school join.
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Meeting with Mrs Howley
Live Session Guidance
At Thomas Hinderwell we regularly discuss the importance of your mental health and wellbeing. During lockdown it is important that you follow the tips and links below.
Think about your new daily routine. Life is changing for us all for a while and you will have experienced some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines – try to engage in useful activities (such as exercise) or meaningful activities (such as reading or talking). Some people find it helpful to write a plan for your day or week.
Consider how to connect with others. Maintaining relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. If you can’t meet in person, think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family via telephone, video calls or social media instead – whether it’s people you normally see often or connecting with old friends. Join the live sessions in school. Talk to your teacher on your weekly phone call.
Help and support others. Think about how you could help those around you – it could make a big difference to them and can make you feel better too. It is important to listen to and accept other people’s concerns, worries or behaviours. Remember to smile. We always try and smile in school.
Talk about your worries. It is quite common to feel worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember that this is a difficult time for everyone and sharing with family and friends how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope can help them too.
Look after your physical wellbeing. Your physical health has a big impact on how you are feeling emotionally and mentally. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which, in turn, can make you feel worse. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink enough water. Remember, a thinking brain is a drinking brain.
Where possible, exercise. Remember, we have lots of PE video clips and extra sessions going on. Follow the links in your google classrooms.
Look after your sleep. Feeling anxious or worried can make it harder to get a good night’s sleep. Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how you feel mentally and physically, so it’s important to get enough.
Here are some websites where parents can get advice if they are concerned about their child:
www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds are the leading children’s mental health charity. This website is useful for children (mainly the older children) but there is a designated section for parents and carers. You can also speak with a professional on here for further advice.
www.familylives.org.uk – On here you can find advice about a range of different things connected with family life, school, mental health and wellbeing.
www.mind.org.uk – Leading mental health charity where you can access information and advice from professionals.
Specifically for COVID-19:
GOV.UK released this document for parents/carers to support their children through the current crisis. They released a partner document directly to use with children which is useful.
The following websites and Apps are those that children may find useful for expressing their emotions and are a place for them to seek further support.
Monarch’s Mission is a really useful game which has been designed to help younger children understand their emotions, facial expressions/body language and appropriate ways to cope with each emotion they face. This is a good basis for those infants to being their learning about emotion coaching and regulation.
www.memotional.co.uk: allows the children to explore their emotions by selecting the ‘mood monster’, ‘word’ or ‘colour’ that they feel. This then takes them to a page where there is advice and coping strategies linked with that particular emotion. There is an activities page where children can ‘doodle’ or ‘sync your breathing’. Additionally, the ‘My Plan’ page provides a space for the child to create their own emotion plan. They select an emotion and then create ‘ideas’ of coping strategies and activities to use when they feel that particular emotion. The explore page can help them to do this. They can then save the plan and/or print it off. This is a really useful tool for expressing emotions, particularly for children who struggle to verbalise and understand how they feel.
www.kidshelpline.com.au is broken down into different sections for different ages and also has a section for parents/carers. The children select their category and then, similarly to Memotional, select the emotion they are feeling. They then choose from a range of reason categories, for example, they could choose ‘school’ or ‘home’. From here, the children are taken to a page which provides them with activities and social stories which are related to their selected category. There is also a webchat/email support service. Younger children should be supervised when on the website. The webchat may be useful for older children who feel they need to speak with somebody outside of their home, especially during our current situation where they are completely isolated at home and away from friends and extended family. The service is available 24/7.
www.mindofmyown.org.uk can be used as a webpage or as an App. This website is brilliant in so many ways. For those children involved in regular review meetings, social worker meetings or are under CP, it gives them space to express how they feel, write it down and send it to their key workers.
childline.org.uk offers every child access to counselling around the clock, as well as their own personalised area to express themselves, get advice and update their ‘mood journal’. Each child can create their own space within a place called ‘My Locker’. They sign up using email & password – for younger children, you may want to supervise this. For the older children (top juniors) and teenagers, this is a good way of getting professional advice privately.
www.kooth.com is another online counselling service open to children aged 11-18. Here, like ChildLine, children can long on and create their own profile where they can also access a ‘daily journal’. Professional advice is available from the online counsellors and there is an online ‘Kooth Community’ where like-minded individuals can support each other.
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Remote Learning Guide
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