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27/03/2020 - FURTHER USEFUL INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

The Government has now launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The free service is an automated ‘chatbot’ that will allow people to get answers to the most common questions about COVID-19 directly from government. It aims to further reduce the burden on NHS services, including 111, combat the spread of the virus and ensure people stay at home and save lives.

It’s as easy as sending a message ‘hi’ to the dedicated number on WhatsApp. We would encourage you to share details about the Coronavirus Information Service on your communications channels. More information can be found on the Government website.

LATEST NATIONAL UPDATES

SCHOOL UPDATES

St Elphin's staff message to all.......

St Elphin's

The staff are missing singing with the children and thought it would be nice to record a version of one of our all time favourite songs - My Lighthouse, by Rend Collective. Watch out for the actions ... there are some new ones for the verses. See if you can learn them ready for when we get back to school! Click on the arrow below and get your SUPER SINGING VOICES ready!

OUR AMAZING ARTWORK

A couple of weeks ago we asked you to send in any creative artwork you have been doing. Miss Poxon has put together this video of your beautiful work (and faces!) We think you are already growing and changing but it has been lovely to see you and your creative talents. Thanks Miss Poxon for this lovely treat!

Our Amazing Artwork.mp4

ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY .... ?

Well, we promised you another staff surprise and  ... here it is. Mrs Bonnar has written us a special St Elphin's lockdown story  poem called 'Over the Rainbow', as this term we were meant to be looking at the Wizard of Oz for our PAN exhibition work and also as a performance by drama, dance and choir. In our story you will see some familiar faces - we hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together for you.

Just in case you are so busy watching the video that you miss the important message it contains, we have uploaded a copy of the text so that you can share it with your family - you will find it below the video.

WE ALL MISS YOU VERY MUCH !

Please note, due to the size of the video clip, it may take a while to get started... be patient (it's worth it!)

A CHANCE FOR YOU TO JOIN IN ......

At St Elphin's school you know how much we love reading and how important a skill it is. We would love you to take part in the community reading challenge - it promises to be lots of fun. Click on the document below to find out more and get your READING HEADS ON! Don't forget to let us know which challenges you complete - we love to hear from you!

THE FINAL VERSION EVER.mp4

St Elphin's Sing-a-long Song of the Week

At St Elphin's School you know we LOVE to SING! Many of the children are missing our usual singing opportunities and so we have decided to share a song each week that we would have been doing with the children.

THIS WEEK'S SONG: This week we have chosen a new song linked to our new Christian Value of RESPONSIBILITY. Try and have a go at learning the wordsa/groovy moves! Above all listen carefully to the message it teaches.

Click on this link to take you to the song:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m-3LO74G2g

NEWSFLASH - Update from the Young Voices team about a project that you can ALL be involved in (whether you are part of choir or not!) Click on this link to the Youtube channel to find out more about 'The Power in Me project'.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYN9BxpH5ik&list=PLFTl8WEjeyzLq8NbSzUVFqWabGiEP3YuP&index=3&t=0s

Our AMAZING Musicians.

Even in lockdown we can continue to recognise and celebrate our outstanding Musicians. These children have been nominated by the staff, because of their fab musical talents. Well done Everybody!

Amazing Musicians – Summer 1

Nursery – Sophie, for such beautiful and confident singing of Baa Baa Black Sheep and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Reception – Jazmin, for creating and playing her own amazing musical instruments.

Year 1 – George, who has created some great compositions on Purple Mash, made his own instruments and then filmed himself playing them on the VLE, 

Year 2 – Ewa, for her wonderful singing and dancing video performances

All of Year 3! – for taking part in the Meadowside Project activities with such enthusiasm.

Year 4 – Kenzie, for composing and performing his own songs

Year 5 – Kaleb and Lexie W, for composing and performing their own fantastic pieces of music based on the theme of an extreme weather condition.

Year 6 – Shania, for composing a super rap about ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’

AMSU1

EXTRA ACTIVITIES TO DO

If you want to join the nation in making rainbows to spread hope, please visit

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671  for more details about how you can join in.

YOUNG VOICES 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZte4beVYMAcl_LC0p-GT9Q 

USEFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION

21/04/20 - More useful resources and links

Please find below links to the new BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy websites.  These have been created to help and support our children with home based learning and we hope that you will find them useful.

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Oak Academy: https://www.thenational.academy/

 

The following link is a useful tool to help you talk to younger children about Covid-19 using a child centred approach.  There are also translations available in various different languages https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

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