Staying at home can be hard for everyone, but please do not feel that you are on your own. If you need any help or support at all, please phone me at school on 0161 368 2848.
SEND Parent Helpline. The Tameside Pupil Support Service is now offering a Parent Helpline. The service is for the parents/carers of children with EHCPs. The SEND team may be able to suggest strategies to help you as parents to engage your child with work set by school. The helpline will be available to parents from Monday 30th March, and will operate between the hours of 9am-1pm.
Helpline details as follows: Mon-Fri
9am to 11am 0161-3438381 11am to 1pm : 07971132375
The story below might help your child to understand why things are so different now, and why they cannot come to school as they usually do. Click on the picture to read the story.
The CLASS team are offering support to children who are already known to the service. You can either initially phone the helpline -
9am - 11am 0161 342 8381
11am - 1pm 07971 132375
or you can phone 07898 424965 on Thursday mornings to speak to Netty.
Information from Tameside
Click on the link below for additional information, support and guidance from the local authority. There are lots of links relating to support for you as parents, and for activities that you might like to try with your child.
The attachment service are also offering help and advice to parents. The poster below explains how to contact them if you have noticed behavioural changes in your child during this difficult time.
The links below will take you to pages that have lots of ideas to support mental health and well being. Some children will be finding staying indoors tricky and some of the activities that are suggested might help them to feel less anxious, or give them an opportunity to use some extra energy, or give some ideas about how to relax.
Cosmic Yoga is a great way to help children relax, while at the same time strengthening muscles and keeping them active. There are lots of different themes and suitable for all ages. Click on the link to find one to match your child's interests.
The children are very familar with the Five Ways to Wellbeing - we use them a lot in school to support our mental health and wellbeing. It may not be the same as it usually is, but we can still CONNECT - facetime or skype a friend or relative,
BE ACTIVE - go for a walk with your family, or do a PE session in your house,
GIVE - make some cakes for your neighbours, or a card for someone special,
TAKE NOTICE - look for things to be thankful for in your home and out doors when you take your exercise, can you spot something you've never really noticed before?
KEEP LEARNING - you're all doing lots of learning at home, but if you wanted, you could take a rest from the learning being sent to you and choose something you're really interested in finding out more about. You could teach us all something new when we're back in school.
There are lots of apps available to help children become more relaxed. Smiling Mind is one that we use in school. Ten minutes everyday can really help children to feel more relaxed and less anxious, and give them strategies to cope when they are feeling frustrated and worried. There are lots to choose from such as Smiling Mind, Ninja Focus and MIndful Family to name a few, and they can all easily be downloaded onto a tablet or a phone.
Gross and Fine Motor Control
Below are some links and ideas for activities to help to develop gross and fine motor skills. A little bit of practise everyday can make a huge difference. Lots of children at school do short sessions daily to develop their skills to improve co-ordination, sequencing, muscle strength and handwriting.
BBC Dance Mat
Dough is a fun and easy way to get your muscles working in your hands. Click on the link and choose your favourite song to make your fingers dance in the dough.
Easy playdough recipe
250g plain flour.
1 to 2 tablespoons cooking oil.
few drops food colouring (optional)
Mix all the ingredients in a pan and cook over a medium heat until the mixture bonds together and looks like dough. Leave to cool for a few minutes then have fun!
Speech and Language
Below are some links to activities or websites that might be useful to help develop children's language. The printed activities are similar to the Colourful Semantics activities that the children use in school.
Activities to help with motor control
These activity ideas can all help develop motor control - the big exercises and the samll fine ones needed for handwriting. If you do not have access to a printer, please contact me at school and I can get a copy to you.
We use Makaton a lot at school, particularly when we are singing. Makaton signs can be very useful for children who are developing their vocabulary and their understanding of language as is gives a visual clue as well as something to hear. This link shows lots of signs and is an easy way to learn some common signs that might be useful to use when your child is not in school.
Coming back to school
This document might be useful to use at home to prepare and support children coming back to school. If you would like me to make a copy that is personal for your child, please get in touch by phoning school or emailing Nursery@st-georges-hyde.tameside.sch.uk
Below are links to documents that might be helpful in preparing your child for transition - to High School or to a different class.