During the current period of school closure, we want to support parents and their families in whatever way we can. One of the concerns you may have is how to answer children's questions about coronavirus. You may also be worried about your children's (or your own) mental health and general wellbeing. On this page we will aim to bring together various advice, information and strategies to help you.
Please contact the school by email if there is anything you particularly want advice about.
School Health Nurse Service
The School Health Nurse service is available for support at this uncertain time. Although they are not running face-to-face interventions at present, the team are offering support and advice on emotional health concerns that young people may experience during the Covid 19 crisis.
Call the School Health Nursing Team and have a confidential chat on:
01454 862 441
10 days of mindfulness for grounding and relaxation https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2026/mindfulness-calendar-daily-5-minute-activities.pdf
Everybody Worries (click on the title to read the free e-book). https://en.calameo.com/read/000777721945cfe5bb9cc?authid=Xu9pcOzU3TQx Written and illustrated by Jon Burgerman In this bright and friendly picture book, children learn that it’s okay to worry about coronavirus. Everybody Worries offers your child the reassuring message that this crisis will pass, we are there for them, and we will get through this together.
The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown https://issuu.com/bloomsburypublishing/docs/thebookofhopes_interactivepdf
Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.
Advice and information
Advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people: this is a really useful document that provides an overview. It's quite long, but is a good starting point. Click on the link in the text above to access this.
Ideas and resources to promote wellbeing
DO some SINGING
Go outside for exercise
Here's a link to a local permanent orienteering course.
Something creative please see Music and Art pages on this site
Please support music education and instrument teachers by taking up offers of on-line lessons if you can.
Drop Everything And Read (or listen to an audiobook or watch authors online)
A collection of pages with information and short clips on "asking for help" with e.g. anger, loneliness and depression. For years 5, 6 and above.