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.
How to tell children about Coronavirus
This PDF is a useful guide on explaining Coronavirus to your children. Talking to children about Coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.