From author Mike Forde:
Three weeks ago, I wrote a little story to help the kids in my class come to terms with school shutdown. Since then, it’s been read by thousands of families all around the world. Now, I’ve teamed up with incredible illustrator, Rebecca Sampson, to create this marvellous free storybook!
Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”. The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up.
Use the link below to download the book.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) have provided a comprehensive set of resources to support mental health and well being for all ages during the pandemic. The link below will take you to a set of resources provided by Sheffield Children's NHS foundation trust.
There are many additional quality resources - too many to list on here. If you would like information on resources for further support, please let me know through the news@ email.
First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds that aims to get kids talking about the news in an easy to understand and non-threatening way.
It covers issues which are relevant to children and which specifically affect them. Inside you’ll find a mix of world news and UK news, but also loads of fun stuff, such as entertainment, games, animals, sport and puzzles. If you would like any further information, please use the link below.
A digital copy of the newspaper is below, in pdf format.
Are your children ready for an engaging home learning challenge? Something creative and thoughtful that broadens their awareness of wider concepts, yet is simple to do at home?
Well, look no further.
Below you will find the Big Idea challenge cards. These are enjoyable, purposeful tasks that children can do independently or with family members while learning from home.
The challenges are linked to the global concepts and themes that thread throughout our curriculum. The 10 Big Ideas are Humankind, Nature, Processes, Significance, Comparison, Place, Investigation, Materials, Creativity and Change.
The first set is focused on the Big Idea of Humankind – what makes us human, the human body, emotions, how we interconnect, and so on.
Here’s what you need to know:
The Pickle London Happy Kids Club has loads of printables for you to enjoy. Colouring, wordsearches, origami and much more!
Dyson engineers have designed these challenges specifically for children. They encourage inquisitive minds to get excited about science, technology and engineering.
Sign up to www.globalguardianproject.com for free for 30 days. They have beautiful resources and projects you can do. There are also some mindfulness, meditation and yoga resources on there.
Information booklet for children on Coronavirus - illustrated by Axel Scheffler
The link below offers advice for parents and carers on talking to your child about the current situation.
The table below enables you to focus on your own wellbeing through positive activities for the mind.
Coronavirus related support material
Newsround - has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.
Mencap have produced an excellent easy read information sheet about coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved with visuals and when information is given in bitesize chunks.
Sensory Integration - Supporting those with sensory issues around handwashing is a question that has been asked a lot. See below link for advice
Brain Pop - This is an informative animation for older children and young people
A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand
Young Minds - information about coronavirus might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self-isolating.
Mind has an excellent page providing generic advice for everyone about maintaining wellbeing. The page has two distinct sections: 1.Plan for staying at home or indoors. 2. Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing
Calm – free content to support wellbeing including meditation exercises, sleep stories and ‘calm kids’ exercises.
Go noodle – Hundreds of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos as well as videos just for fun.
This will take you to the live webcams of a variety of animals at Edinburgh Zoo.
This link takes you to the Wildlife Trust's live webcams.
Chester 'to zoo at home'
Lots of fun activities on here.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum enables you to view some of their collections online.
See what you can discover here.
WW2 Webcam Live
If an adult has access to Facebook, you could check out this live history lesson. Details below:
Live History Lesson from secret WW2 bunker in Liverpool