Support for speech, language and communication needs

We hope these additional resources will be of use.

‘Speech and Language Link’ Parent Portal

‘Speech and Language Link’ have put together some games and activities for parents/carers to use at home to encourage their child’s talking and listening. The speech activities develop a child’s ability to hear speech sounds and the language activities focus on supporting understanding of language. For more information please visit: https://speechandlanguage.info/parents/activities

Local resources and information

Don’t forget to also keep an eye on our local websites for further examples of activities and information about resources and support available in Devon including from Children, Family Health Devon and Babcock LDP:

Devon Local Offer- speech, language and communication

CFHD resources and information for parents/carers

CFHD preschool speech and language FB page

CFHD school age speech and language FB page

Babcock LDP resources for parents/carers/pupils

The Christmas message for St Paul’s Church

Christmas mural

Children from Year 4 have been inspired by the Christmas message to create a complex mural for display outside of St Paul’s Church in Church Street.

We’re so proud of the effort that has gone in to the hand painted mural, made of more than 60 separate pieces, each created by individual children. The artwork will be unveiled on Christmas Eve.

Demystifying SEND – free session for parents and carers

send info

Whether you are new to SEND or already on your journey, this session from DIAS is aimed at parent/carers supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who would like to find out more about how SEND support should work.

The sessions are aimed at parents starting their journey or part way through. Helping parents to understand how they can access information and which services may be available for them, highlighting the graduated response and the terminology around send in schools.( Universal, targeted , specialist services terminology, working with school in a plan do review type approach).

The sessions aim to signpost to information and service websites that are already out there and linked to the Devon Local offer webpage.

To book sessions:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-send-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-tickets-127732273669

Some people will know from birth that their child has a disability and will have information given by health professionals. For many parents the special educational needs of their child emerge over time. Wherever you are on your journey you need access to clear information and this session has been designed to get you help you find information relevant to your child.

This session is aimed at parent/carers on the journey of supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Often parents do not know where to find the information they need to support their child or what to expect in terms of support.

This 2 hr session aims to signpost and highlight pathways for supporting SEND children and their families.

The sessions will be delivered in a varied virtual format, a combination of presentation and participation with a questions segment at the end.

If you would like to know more about the sessions please email: megan.kenneallystone@devon.gov.uk

send info

 

Guidance for returning to school in September

The following videos will help our children understand where they need to go in the new terms to access their bubbles. Start with the ‘Welcome’ video please, and please also see the document explaining what the school now looks like, to share with your children.

What does the school look like now?

How does the school look now PDF

Letter to parents and carers

This is a copy of a letter that has been sent to all parents and carers.

Start of term letter to parents 2.9.2020

Other useful documents

You may also want to read these useful information guides about how children can better understand the concept of a bubble and social distancing; helping children feel less anxious about coming back to school in these difficult times.

Back-to-school-September – ELSA story to share with children

COVID19_My Back to School Bubble

SEMH_Managing_Anxiety

Information on returning to school in June

How does school look now?

Parents will drop of children and collect at the school gate.

No parents will be allowed in the car park

Children will be met in the car park by their teacher/TA of their bubble. Older children will be able to walk to their classroom following social distancing rules.

Different groups will start and finish at different times during the day to reduce the number of parents waiting outside the school dates

The classrooms

Classrooms will look and feel very different in order to take into effect government guidelines.

For the majority of the classrooms children and staff will see a lay out like this.

Pupils are expected to sit within the orange, or black tape.

Reception:

Nursery:

Year 1 upwards:

The cathedral:

No longer can there be shared pots of pens and pencils to share. Each child will have their own tray of resources.

Breaktimes:

Bubbles will have their own designated space on the playground/field

Theatre Alibi – Poetry and illustrations

alibi

We know that a lot of our children have enjoyed the tasks that Theatre Alibi have set over the past few weeks. This is another fantastically fun activity.

Click on this link to hear Shaban, one of the actors from Theatre Alibi, reading aloud the poem that has been written by one of the Theatre Alibi writers, and beautifully illustrated by their designer.

And the best thing is that you can read the poem and then add to it! This funny and imaginative poem is about not being able to go out, and instead travelling around by mouth. What food adventures would YOU go on?

Can you write another verse, or two, and perhaps draw a picture to go with your verses?

Send your verses and drawings to info@theatrealibi.co.uk, and they will add them to their book, and Shaban can read a few of them out. You may prefer to write your own poem from scratch or perhaps draw some pictures inspired by Daniel’s poem.

Make sure you send them to your teacher as well as to Theatre Alibi – we would love to see them!

Mental Health Awareness Week 18th – 22nd May

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week. You will have received this letter as a parent, with resources from Karen Moore:

This year’s theme from the Mental Health Foundation is ‘Kindness’. The Mental Health Foundation would like us to celebrate the many acts of kindness that are important to our mental health and wellbeing. The challenge is to try to show kindness to another person throughout the week, and attached is the St Johns Ambulance Kindness Calendar that can be used to help with this.

Some ideas for random acts of kindness to others could be:-

  • Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while
  • Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
  • Make a cup of tea for someone you live with
  • Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
  • Help with a household chore at home
  • Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
  • Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
  • Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them
  • Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling
  • Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
  • Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal
  • Send an inspirational quote to a friend
  • Send an interesting article to a friend
  • Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange a phone catch up
  • Spend time playing with your pet
  • Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbour who is experiencing loneliness or self-isolation
  • Donate to a charity
  • Lend your ear – call a colleague and ask how they’re finding the change in routine
  • Give praise to your colleague for something they’ve done well
  • Arrange to have a video lunch with a colleague
  • Send an inspirational story of kindness people around the world are doing for others to someone you know
  • Donate to foodbanks
  • Offer to skill share with a friend via video call – you could teach guitar, dance etc.
  • Offer support to vulnerable neighbours.

Not only is the challenge about being kind to others but also, in these difficult times, it is about being kind to yourself. The suggestion is that we take some time out of each day for ourselves, by being active for 30 minutes whatever your physical ability. This could include baking, walking, cycling, yoga, gardening or even dancing around the kitchen!

Below is a list of ideas and tips that can help to look after adults and children’s mental health, while having to stay at home :-

  • Stay in touch with others using different methods than usual, such as phone, email, WhatsApp and Facetime. These are ways of being close to the people that we care about.
  • Create a new daily routine, keeping meal and bedtimes consistent.
  • Limit exposure to the news and avoid social media speculation, which can fuel any anxiety or worries. Equip yourself with information from trusted sources.
  • Eat well. Cooking can help detract from negative thoughts about the current situation and can help you to eat well. Children can be included and share the task.
  • Sleep well. This can be difficult when there is a change in our daily routine or we are feeling overwhelmed by uncertainty. Sleep helps our bodies to heal and recover and a lack of it can make us feel physically unwell and stressed. Regular exercise can help (but 3 hours before bed) as well as creating a restful environment, avoiding caffeine close to bedtime and having a relaxing bedtime routine that lets you unwind, which may include reading or listening to music. Sleep and wake times should aim to be the same each day. Worries can often pop into our head when it’s time to sleep and keep us awake, so writing them down as a list to do the next day can help to clear your mind.
  • Both children and adults can become worried about Coronavirus, so chatting through your fears with someone you trust may support you with this. For children facts should be explained in age appropriate language. If they are constantly asking questions or are worried, set aside some time each day to discuss what is on their mind.
  • Distract yourself by doing things that you enjoy and encourage children to do the same.
  • Take time to reflect on what went well during the day and what you are grateful for, no matter how small. Children can be involved in this process too.
  • Try to manage difficult feelings by focusing on things you can control, including where to get information from and anything you can do to help yourself feel better prepared.
  • Set a goal for the day. Achieving it will help give a sense of control and purpose. It could be reading, playing a game or watching a film.
  • Keep your mind active by drawing, painting or completing puzzles etc.

Here are some resources that you may find useful for children to complete:

This Is Me – To complete with your child about what you have been doing recently.

Things to Do – A plan to show 5 things you would like to do each day.

Feelings Tracker – A record of how your child feels each day, which could then be talked through with them.

Twinkle kindness activities – Acts of kindness that your child might like to do.

Kindness Calendar

 

Take care and stay safe.

 

Karen Moore

Pastoral Leader

 

 

Theatre Alibi – Story House

story house

Alibi’s Assistant Designer and maker, Ruth Webb, has created an art activity for you.

This Alibi Exchange is all about windows. So much of life is being viewed through our windows at the moment and Ruth decided to make a Story House, full of windows. To complete the theme, the Story House itself really comes to life when it’s displayed against a window.

You can find all you need to make one yourselves here:

https://www.theatrealibi.co.uk/alibi-exchange-story-house/.