5.4.20 Update Contents: Easter Childcare, Lunches, Additional Pupil Work and Letters to the Children
As we hit what would have been the Easter holidays, we remain id this new way of working. We will be open for child care for those key workers who need it. We will be one of the few schools, in South Tyneside, open over the Bank Holidays.
Good Friday – we will be open from 10am – 2pm. Please supply your own packed lunch.
Easter Monday – we will be open from 10am – 2pm. Please supply your own packed lunch.
There will be a new sign in sheet for the whole week in the main entrance. Please just initial under each day when you sign your child in and out.
There will be no Facebook event. If you are unsure or suddenly need to use the childcare, please just turn up on the day. Feel free to drop me a message the day before so I can update the team for that day.
Google Classrooms won’t be manned by staff over the Easter two weeks. We are asking them to focus on their own families and health during this time. I will continue to check into the Facebook page and to my messages but not as frequently. Thank you for supporting this.
For children using the child care in the next two weeks, please keep Parent Pay topped up if you plan to take a school packed lunch. You are more than welcome to bring your own.
Free School Meals – packed lunches being collected will continue for now. The office is working on the voucher scheme which should start after Easter. You will be contacted directly about this.
Additional Pupil Work
Staff will release extra work after these two weeks (if still closed). Most will find this on Google Classroom whilst Key Stage 1 will have new work posted out. Please continue to exercise your own judgement to support your child academically and for their mental wellbeing.
Letters to the Children
As some of the pupils don’t have access to their class teacher, letters will be posted to the Facebook page and school website across next week. Where staff have access they may respond to any comments left, else any comments will be passed to the teacher by other means. We hope this helps continue relationships and support your children.
Happy Easter holiday to all our families and staff! May it be a healthy and happy one to all.
It officially starts now with our virtual conga.
Hello everyone, it’s Mrs Cunningham here again.
Well, it was another odd day at home today. Sam kept lying on my computer keyboard as I was trying to type! I think he is enjoying having us all at home to give him lots of attention.
I do hope everyone is okay and enjoying their time in the house. Eventually, I’m sure that we will all look back and remember these times and have a chuckle. You are all officially part of a history topic which children will be studying when you are older (perhaps even your own children and grandchildren!)
All of your teachers have been working really hard, and I hope you agree with me in saying that they deserve a little holiday from setting you work and being on Google Drive. I have also been setting your teachers work to be doing at home so I have decided that I am going to give them a break from that as well. Although lots of your teachers are still going into school over Easter for a day or two, I hope you agree when I say they have been working really hard and have earned a rest.
Have a wonderful Easter. I can’t wait to see what you have been up to in two week’s time.
Oh and I really want you all to conga at 1:15 and take a photo if you can! Let’s see if Sam is up for it!
Miss you all,
Tips for Looking After your Emotional Well-being During
Isolation and School Closures
- It is really important to to look after you general health where possible as this can have a huge impact on your emotions. Being asked to stay at home means you may do less exercise. Exercise is really important for your emotional well-being.
- There are a number of things you can do at home to keep yourself active.
- Walk in your local area (unless we are told to stop doing so) , walk the dog, go for a run, go on a cycle ride, exercise in your garden, do some cleaning or gardening, use a trampoline, use a hula hoop, use your stairs to walk up/down on.
You can use the videos below to inspire your exercise or try some from YouTube
- Make sure you are sticking to your routines where possible. It can be very tempting to sleep in or nap during the day but sometimes this can make us feel worse. Regular bed times and similar sleep/wake times are good for keeping our bodies in a routine.
- We are very lucky to have lots of open spaces and parks where you could go for a walk or run. Being outdoors – even if this is on your doorstep or in your garden will lift your mood.
- Learn something new, staying at home is an ideal time to learn a new skill, some new words in a different language, a new recipe, or some key facts about a certain topic. Learning something that interests you is extremely good for your well-being.
- Do something creative – make a photo collage, learn how to draw something new, paint your nails, learn some origami, or build something. This gives us a sense of achievement and is guaranteed to lift your mood.
- Connect with others using technology. It is important to keep connected with your friends and family
- Think about your social media use- whilst it can be very good for connecting with your friends and family members- it can negatively affect our well-being. Limit your social media use where you can. You can put your phone on flight mode if you still wanted to use it for other things like listening to your music.
- Be careful with the information you read. There is lots of incorrect information online about the Corona virus- only trust information that comes from the government or NHS websites. Misinformation or reading people’s opinions may increase your anxiety unnecessarily.
- Think about how much time you spend talking and reading about the current situation as this can affect your wellbeing. It’s perfectly fine to say to people ‘can we talk about something else..’ or log out of social media/ click off news websites to give your brain a break.
- You may find that with everyone staying at home that it is busy and more stressful. You may need to ask for time or space out. Run a bath or use head phones and relaxing music to switch off and have some time for you. There are lots of free relaxation apps (Headspace, CALM) or music on YouTube.
Useful Sources of Further Support
|KOOTH||Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people aged 10-25||https://www.kooth.com/
|Telephone , email or online chat counselling support
|Advisors trained to help you focus on staying safe from suicide. They can provide advice and support that may help you to stay safe.
|0800 068 4141, or text 07786 209697|
|The Mix||Offer a helpline, email, live chat, telephone counselling service and crisis text line for anyone under 25 years old wanting support.
|0800 808 4994|
|Wellbeing.info||Local support information
NTW Printable Leaflets
|Self Help Leaflets for Young People or Their Families
NHS Choices Young People’s Hub
|Information, advice and useful video clips about Mental Health||http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/youth-mental-health/pages/Youth-mental-health-help.aspx
|An information guide about mental health medication|
|Alumina||Online Counselling for young people who self-harm
Peer Support Message Boards
There might be other message boards or online groups that you find. But sometimes you might see posts, images or comments that are upsetting. It’s a good idea to look for groups that:
- have moderators, who can make sure everyone sticks to the rules
- have guidelines about what you can and can’t post
- are for your age group
- make you feel better, not worse
- don’t encourage you to do anything dangerous or harmful to yourself.
Support in a Crisis
If the young person is open to a service currently- You can contact that service for urgent support.
A young person in crisis can be triaged through the non- emergency ambulance number 111 (*please note this service by be extremely busy*)
You can also contact Children & Young Peoples Service – If you are under 16
Intensive Community Support Team
If you or a family member is an immediate danger to themselves or others then call 999
Hello everyone, it’s Mrs Cunningham here again.
Well how was Wednesday? Did any of you fall for any April Fool jokes, or did you do any on your mams and dads? I have seen some funny videos of parents telling their children that school was open and they had to get their uniforms on. Some children were really happy, but most were sad. Then when they were all ready to leave the house, the mams and dads said, “APRIL FOOL!”
I went into school this morning and while I was there, Louise put salt instead of sugar into Rachel’s cup of coffee, for a joke. Louise thought is was the best joke ever, but Rachel didn’t agree. When I got home I had to get cross with them both as they were still arguing about it!! Then, later they became friends again and carried me into the garden and locked the back door!!!! How naughty are they? I am going to put them both on reflection tomorrow.
Have a lovely Thursday. Keep finding new things to do, and don’t argue with brothers and sisters, or your parents might ask you to go on reflection!