We want to encourage our students - and you - to continue reading as many positive things as possible. Looking online, the NHS clearly state that you should "try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone." (sourced from here)
Here you will find many opportunities for students, parents and staff to engage in reading as many non-coronavirus related materials as possible!
The following sites might be helpful:
- There is a 30 day free trial on "Audible.uk" which you can cancel before any payments are taken. One bonus is that you can keep the e-books you download even if you cancel your subscription before the monthly fee kicks in!
- David Walliams has released some stories free on his website here.
- "Book trust" online; there are a lot of free resources we can recommend to children and their parents: click here
- If you have Amazon Prime, you can read a good selection of free books; take a look at their website.
- Most local libraries also have an online section where you can read books online.
- Audible is also doing free books for students to listen to. They cover everything from littlest listeners to classics such as Frankenstein. You don't need to add any personal detail or anything to listen to them just click on a book. The link can be found here.
- Audible have also made all kids books free during the school closure.
- Another one is World book library.org.
- Liverpool libraries free app where you can download books for free. You just need a library card which gives you a log in to get access to Read Liverpool. They are now issuing cards online so our staff and students can join up from home. Click here.
- Author Katherine Rundell has put together 'The Book of Hopes', an amazing collection of inspiring and hopeful stories, poems, essays and pictures. It contains work from 110 authors and illustrators and is completely free to read online. The book is applicable to all ages due to its different contributors, so could even be used with younger siblings or read as a family. Click here.
More websites for students to enjoy whilst at home.
A virtual day at Chester Zoo - https://www.facebook.com/chesterzoo1/
PE with Joe Wicks - https://youtube/6v-a_dpwhro
Maths with Carol Vorderman - https://www.themathsfactor.com/
English with David Walliams - https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) - https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/gets-kids-cooking/
Music with Myleene Klass - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
Dance with Darcey Bussel - https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065
History with Dan Snow (free for 30 days) - https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
Art - daily cartoon workshops on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjpNMljkGJ-vxuOhsN2xxTA
Computer science 5-13 year olds - https://code.org/
Science with Professor Brian Cox - https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
The National Theatre - A free showing from the National Theatre https://bit.ly/2yhEku0
CORONAVIRUS and SEND
We’ve been approached by a team of researchers at the University of York who are interested in how children with special educational needs and disabilities are feeling during the Coronavirus outbreak and how parents/guardians would like to be supported. They would like to invite you to complete a 10-15 minute online survey by clicking this link
They’ve also compiled a list of online resources to support your wellbeing and your child’s wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak (see below). If you have any queries about this survey, please contact the research team directly on email@example.com”
Coronavirus and Your Child’s Wellbeing
- Autistica - coping with uncertainty for autistic people and their families - https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coping-with-uncertainty?dm_i=4U0R,BB4Y,2UR4W7,18O1Z,1
- The Anna Freud Centre - supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption - https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus
- The Mental Health Foundation - talking to your child about scary world news - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news
- Young Minds - blogs aimed at young people on wellbeing and Coronavirus - https://youngminds.org.uk
Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing
- Mind - your wellbeing during the Coronavirus outbreak - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The Mental Health Foundation - looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The NHS - how to look after your wellbeing whilst staying at home - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- The NHS - list of helplines if you need to speak to someone about your mental health - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
- British Association for Counselling Psychotherapists - how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during self-isolation - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing
Every Monday we are sharing our Mindfulness Monday tips supporting mental health and well being. Please view/download our tips so far below.