First of all, Happy New Year to you and your family. This is not the start of the year any of us imagined, but we as a school endeavour to support and continue your child’s learning as best we can through our recorded lessons and tasks. This of course cannot replace or match what they receive in school, but having the recordings will hopefully go some way in supporting your child to carry out their lessons.
This letter is aimed to give some guidance and support for the physical and emotional impact this lock down may have. Some children will thrive on learning from home or be able to access and complete their learning with minimal impact. Others however, may find it extremely difficult to focus, they may miss their friends and the school environment or they may have moments where they feel they can’t cope or be worried about something.
Wellbeing at Long Row is of high importance, and during the last lockdown we provided some web links for parents and activity ideas for parents to read or children to do to help with these things. We would like to point you in the direction of some of these again, and of course teachers will do their best to help in any way we can.
To begin with, physical activity and exercise is extremely important during this time and of course getting out in the fresh air (in your garden or for a walk) will benefit. Daily exercise is vital, as getting moving improves our physical and emotional wellbeing. Try to encourage your child to raise their heart rate for 30 minutes every day. Brisk walking and jogging/running are great for doing this. There are many fitness workouts online, e.g. Joe Wicks YouTube channel which has a specific section for ‘kids’.
The following are links to support your child’s wellbeing and mental and physical health. Keeping active, getting outside (this can just be in the garden), being creative (e.g. baking, art), mindfulness time (e.g. mindful colouring, yoga, meditation), can all help support your child and yourselves.
We hope this goes some way to helping should the need arise.
Thank you and keep safe,
Year 5/6 teacher
Supermovers have numerous videos that will get your children active. The videos link to the curriculum so will keep the children active whilst still learning. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Childline Tool Box has a calm zone where you can access activities, breathing exercises, yoga, games and videos on ways to cope and expressing emotion https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calmzone/?fbclid=IwAR2UDQqDr54URa1T6_pXFAJTxI3PpVt6dkR1dDHiyN4IrWpuocfTuRpUPQ8
Go Noodle have both an ‘At home’ and ‘For families’ option where you can access free movement and mindfulness videos https://www.gonoodle.com/
Imoves have ‘Active blasts’ including workouts, yoga and Pilates - https://imoves.com/the-imovement
The Muddy Puddle Teacher is offering a 30 day free trial. This includes activities for the outdoors, yoga and meditation. https://themuddypuddleteacher.co.uk/
Action For Happiness produce monthly calendars to support mindfulness https://www.actionforhappiness.org/calendars
Blissful Kids share mindful game ideas https://blissfulkids.com/mindful-games-mindfulness-for-kids-andteens/?fbclid=IwAR0QjYSYGUBrOUEa-aMGKycMpBLfOkIpHEO7GumcIGZJlDzYrQ2co3y9eDI
Babbledabbledo share creative activity ideas https://babbledabbledo.com/80-easy-creative-projects-for-kids/
Joe Wicks Kids Workouts e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3LPrhI0v-w Cosmic Kids Yoga- e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-BS87NTV5I Jumpstart Jonny Workouts e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfbTvJMcRow
Guided Meditation For Kids e.g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_qU7l-fcU
The mental health charity Mind.org offer advice and support on mental health and wellbeing. You can access support specifically relating to the corona virus for both children and adults here. https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-yourwellbeing/?fbclid=IwAR3tgvHybSo2cIYe-uOq2iKh0XFXpT12Q-TFP4IxadPa0TZw9UY9rEjf5Jo If you are concerned about your child you can also find contact information here.