Home learning and wellbeing resources
In light of Coronavirus, we have provided home learning resources for children to complete while the school is closed. These activities are not compulsory but have been put together to provide as much academic stability for your child as possible when out of school.
Below you will find a letter with guidance along with the resources. Clicking on the links will automatically download the resources as PDF files to view. If you are unable to access PDF files then please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home learning activities
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Additional learning activities
Some extra resources if parents wish to use them.
Apps to help children stay safe online
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
For parents preparing to return home with a new baby to build confidence with a set of resources they can draw on later.
Open Minds is an early intervention service that supports the emotional wellbeing and development of young people. Starting from the week beginning 30th March, it will be offering 40-minute online sessions via Zoom for parents, carers and education professionals.
The themed sessions every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons will help children and families find a sense of calm and manage this tricky time. There will be different tools to take away and use in every session.
real PE at home
real PE at home includes an online programme which supports families to be active, play and learn together. It includes a programme specifically for children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 with 12 themes, 6 areas, over 250 activities and challenges and 1000s of hours of fun and activity. This programme is also great for family play and fun.
It also includes a programme for children in Key Stage 2, with daily and weekly guidance provided for both programmes (starting from this week) in addition to an option to choose your own themes and activities.
There are so many benefits to being active, not only to our physical wellbeing but also to our emotional and mental health, especially in such testing times for all of us. We hope that the ideas help support you and your family to stay fit and healthy in the coming months. Here are the details to access real PE at home:
Digital library books
If you’re a member of the Devon library service, you can download a selection of digital books via the ‘Libby’ app.
• Once downloaded, search ‘Devon libraries’
• Choose ‘Devon Library and Information Services’
• Log in using your library card number.
Parents are also able to access books linked to coloured book bands through the ‘Oxford Owl’ learning platform. Link – https://home.oxfordowl.co.
First click on the tab ‘Browse ebooks’ and then select an age group. On the next page, click on ‘levels’ and then select ‘Book bands’ to see the colours that your child will be used to.
Oxford Owl also has a wealth of other resources which will support you at home, including some good information about phonics for parents. Click on the ‘Phonics Guide’ section.
Key Stage 1 Pack: https://
Lower Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.
Upper Key Stage 2 Pack: https://resource-bank.
Note you can also buy additional resources from the online Scholastic Shop, and we can earn 25% rewards from orders placed over £10. At checkout it will ask parents/carers to donate rewards to a school of their choice. Online shop link – https://shop.scholastic.co.
Supporting Speech and Language needs at home
We are pleased to announce that the team at Speech and Language Link have provided a range of materials which can be accessed by parents via the Parent Portal. The link for this is https://speechandlanguage.
If your child is currently completing targeted support for speech development or language skills from any of our staff then this will provide you with some activities that you can continue at home during this period.
Lots of these activities are fun games so good for everyone!
Children may like to access some games to further support their phonics learning. The learning platform Phonics Play is offering a free subscription for parents to support home learning. The website link is: https://www.phonicsplay.co.
Alibi Theatre activities
Make flying puppets: https://heathcoat.devon.sch.uk/theatre-alibi-flying-puppets/
The Link Academy Inclusion and Improvement Hub have put together a pack to support mental wellbeing at home. The pack begins by exploring how we can connect and support ourselves as adults so that then we can feel better equipped to support our children. Some parents may be feeling anxious about having children at home for sustained period of time so there are also lots of ideas for activities parents can do.
We hope you will find this a useful resource to share with your families. You can also access the Facebook page which you can find by searching: @inclusionhubdevon. They will be posting regular updates with ideas and activities that support parents and children’s mental health.
This PDF is packed with information and support links: COVID-19 support pack
BBC Bitesize offer some great video’s and short clips for children and parent’s to support emotions and mental health.
There is also a leaflet ‘You’re Never Too Young to Talk Mental Health’ offering tips for parents and carers to talk to children about mental health.
How to tell children about Coronavirus
This PDF is a useful guide on explaining Coronavirus to your children. Talking to children about Coronavirus.
Devon Family Advice Line
ECI will be launching a new phone advice line for parents and carers across Devon on Monday 1 June. The number for the new service is 01392 949059 and it will be manned from 10 – 2pm Monday to Friday. People will be able to leave a message outside of these hours, or when the operators are all busy.
It will offer advice on a specific issue around their children and their family relationships, including any communication issues or conflict they are having with their partners or co-parents of their children. It is not meant to be a replacement for more targeted work, but just a way to offer people a place to be heard and a few tips on how to deal with a particular situation or to signpost them to an organisation which may be able to help them.
Guidance on Internet security from One West
1. Social Media
· Don’t always consider content as true and accurate – use fact checking sites such as https://fullfact.org/
· Be careful about what you post/share – remember anything you post can be copied, shared or forwarded, and some employers look at social media profiles when recruiting.
· Be careful of giveaways, freebies & surveys – they usually require you to share/like a post, and then go on to try and obtain personal information from you or infect your device with malicious software (malware). The blue check mark (on Facebook Profiles) gives you confidence the page is legitimate.
· Make sure you regularly check your Privacy Settings (which are not always easy to find) and if multi-factor authentication is available then use it – this requires something else from just your username and password to login (such as a code sent as an SMS), and does not need technical knowledge and is an excellent protection.
2. Identity Theft
· Scammers try and obtain personal information from you. Even your name (which can often indicate your sex) and age, along with your mobile number and/or email address is enough for them to target you again with posts/emails/SMS which are designed to draw you in to clicking and proceeding.
· Don’t throw away anything with your name, address, or financial information without shredding it.
· Don’t get tempted into posting/replying to posts on “20 random things you didn’t know about me” – many of these are for manipulating you into divulging confidential or personal information.
3. Scams & Phishing
· Unfortunately, during this pandemic, we have seen an increase in attacks which use the current situation to their advantage. Such as emails/SMS purporting to be from NHS (re Vaccines), Couriers (such as Hermes/DPD).
· Rule #1- Never click links or open attachments on emails/SMS/DMs you were not expecting – most content will be developed to entice you to click (aka clickbait).
· Rule #2 – Does the email look and feel right?
o Does it have poor spelling/grammar?
o Does is address you by name? (and not Dear Customer)
o Look at the sender’s email address – does it look right? (often a slight spelling mistake is there to trick the eyes, e.g. email@example.com)
4. Cyber Bullying
· You may feel scared, ashamed, or afraid to flag something to your parents or teacher – make sure you tell someone
· Be available for your child to talk to you about their worries and make sure they know where they can go to for support.
· As children spend more time online, they can be exposed to more advertising that may promote unhealthy foods, gender stereotypes or age-inappropriate material. Help them recognise online ads and discuss together what is wrong with some of the negative messaging you see.
5. Obscenity & Grooming
· Ensure you have web filtering in place with your broadband provider – most have made this easy to setup/configure.
· Be really careful and not trust people online if you can’t be sure who they are.
· Ensure you have a culture of openness with your children to allow them to talk openly about online behaviour – how they behave online, and how other behave online.
· Look out for the signs – often groomers will:
- Send you lots of messages
- Ask you to keep things a secret
- Start sending you sexual messages
- Get you to share personal information
- Try to blackmail you