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Navigation Primary School Covid 19 response - January 2021
Navigation PS is currently open only to the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable. If you believe your child is in one of these categories and you have not yet had to access provision but now need to, please contact the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org
The rest of our school community is once again learning from home and I thank our parents & cares for the fantastic efforts they are making to support the children at home. Navigation's Remote Learning Policy and a summary for parents/carers can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please also note the most recent DfE advice about school closures can be accesssed here - https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/952443/210114_School_national_restrictions_guidance_FINAL_14012021.pdf
In the event of Navigation School closing to key workers, the council has set up a link on its website to support parents who require assistance in locating provision in the event of a school closure. Queries should be raised on-line via the Family Information Service on https://www.trafford.gov.uk/residents/contacts/secure/family-information-service.aspx
Government guidance to support home learning
Clicking on the links below will take you through to a DfE document which gives general advice and links to websites and organisations that can support at home.
For ages 2-4
For Primary aged children
For children with SEND
We understand this is a very difficult and anxious time for us all. We are doing our best to support families from afar and we have gathered together some resources to hopefully support you all further at home.
To start us off, here are some top tips that will help you if you are feeling worried or anxious during this time:
1. Maintain a routine everyday to stay focused. We are creatures of habit and routine gives us some sense of security - much needed in times of uncertainty.
2. Talk about your worries. This might be through a worry book / worry time - set aside this time for children at the end of each day so they are able to voice their concerns and parents can give support and encourage them to “express and let go” of the worry.
3. Mindfulness games / apps / techniques (Calm and Headspace are a few out there). Meditation is good too.
4. Exercise together as a family or individually to release endorphins which enhance our mood.
5. Stay busy - chores etc
6. Do activities that are enjoyable - read, take up a new hobby e.g learn a new language, skill etc
7. Connect with others online as this gives us a sense of social well-being and reduces the feeling of isolation.
8. Get enough sleep - there are sleep apps out there plus YouTube. Michael Sealey on YouTube does sleep hypnosis amongst other things like mindfulness etc on there and is free.
9. Remind yourself it is temporary and things will resume back to normal eventually and do not beat yourself up if youhave a bad day - we all have those!
Are you wondering how to talk to your child(ren) about coronavirus?
Here is a link to the Trafford Directory where there are information websites, videos, comics and stories to help you explain what the coronavirus is and guidance to help answer the questions your children might have.
Are you feeling anxious or worried?
Here are some websites that focus on supporting your wellbeing whilst at home:
Is your child feeling anxious or worried?
Strategies that can be done at home to ease anxiety or promote wellbeing
Addiction or substance abuse worries
Activities for you and the family to promote health and wellbeing
Having time and space for play, fun and creativity is a great way to boost mental health and wellbeing. So, here are some website links that include lots of activities to promote play and creativity.
Supporting your child's behaviour
Understanding the importance of Play
Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
This is a difficult time for all children and for those with SEND it can be even more challenging and they may be finding the adjustment to a new routine as well as accessing the work set more difficult than others. If your child is struggling with their learning then please contact the year group emails that were sent out (e.g. email@example.com). If your query is related to your child’s additional needs then please do email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org. Below we have gathered together additional advice and resources for those parents supporting children with SEND.
Here is a link to current information on Trafford Local Services that are still available and how to access them.
Please remember that, even though we are all not physically in school, we still care a great deal about you and are very much here for you if you need anything. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are worried about anything we may be able to help you with.
0161 912 5937