Brackenfield Character Learning
We will be adding new activities linked to our Brackenfield Characters for you to take part in at home. Email photos or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share on our school community page.
Te Derbyshire Mental Health and Wellbegin team have provided the following resourcres:
This is a link to enrol onto a free course offering support in preparing Autistic and SEND children for going back to school.
The NSPCC have a lot of amazing resources for supporting everyone during this time, this is one link for supporting parents/carers with children with special educational needs and disabilities.
This is a link to an eBook called “Everybody Worries” which could be used to support anyone who is working with or has worried children at home in this current climate.
This is a link to an eBook about coronavirus which can support teachers/parents in explaining coronavirus to children and young people.
This is also another really helpful website with loads of helpful resources which can be accessed in various languages.
Here is an NHS website offering wellbeing support through a selection of apps: https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/
Here are some Derbyshire County Council recommended websites:
Kooth - Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people - https://kooth.com/
Young Minds – Resources and advice about emotional wellbeing for young people - https://youngminds.org.uk/
Qwell – Online counselling and well-being for adults and carers of young people - https://www.qwell.io/
Papyrus – confidential advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide - https://papyrus-uk.org/
Brackenfield Characters activities
Need to get more creative and hands on? Why not have a go at something together, get the whole family involved, below are two recipes for play and salt dough. You could make these together, have fun and don't forget to share your picture with us.
Best ever No-cook play dough. There are lots of variations on this website for, different smells and textures.
How to make the best ever, no-cook play dough recipe in just 4 minutes, that will lasts for 6 months!
- 2 cups plain flour (all purpose)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (baby oil and coconut oil work too)
- 1/2 cup salt
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 to 1.5 cups boiling water (adding in increments until it feels just right)
- gel food coloring (optional)
- few drops glycerine (my secret ingredient for stretch and shine!)
- Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil in a large mixing bowl
- Add food coloring TO the boiling water then into the dry ingredients
- Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough
- Add the glycerine (optional)
- Allow it to cool down then take it out of the bowl and knead it vigorously for a couple of minutes until all of the stickiness has gone. * This is the most important part of the process, so keep at it until it’s the perfect consistency!*
- If it remains a little sticky then add a touch more flour until just right
How about making some salt dough shapes, numbers, letters or decoration, getting the children to help you make the dough and shapes, once they are baked you can decorate them, that is two days of activities!
You will need:
1 cup salt
2 cups of flour
¾ cup of water
- In a large bowl mix salt and flour together.
- Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
- Turn the dough onto the bench and knead with your hands until smooth and combined.
- Make your creations using the salt dough.
- Place the salt dough creations into the oven at 180C. The amount of time needed to bake depends on the size and thickness of the salt dough creations.
Paper chains with supportive messages
You could design a beautiful poster to hang or stick in your window at home! Lots of children are designing posters for their neighbours, many are using the picture of a rainbow to make people smile during a difficult time. You could use different materials to create your posters, including crayons, paints or felt tip pens! They can be as bright and as eye-catching as you like! 🌈
Click link here: Help build the chains of Brackenfield School; colour in the chains and put them up in your house. You could even email us a photo to share with everyone in our school community.
We teach children in school to be kind to other, we are asked as adults to be kind to neighbours, colleagues etc. but the person we need to be most kind to is ourselves. During these unusual times, it can be easy to forget to be kind to ourselves, giving all our energy to looking after everyone else. Taking time to do things that protect our own mental health, enables us to look after our children better. Five ways to wellbeing is a good way to make sure you do something for yourselves each day, even while at home. Why not encourage your children to join in too, giving them these skills will increase their ability to manage uncertain times.
Click here for PDF-Kindness and wellbeing advice
- Connect - Video call, Text, or Call someone; Join an online group like a book club, or knit and natter club, join a virtual group related to your interests/hobbies.
- Be active - A daily walk (while permitted), or YouTube has lots of exercise videos, set up a circuit, in the house or garden, something simple like 2 minutes of Star jumps, lunges, squats and skipping; you don't need expensive equipment, dance around the living room is just as good.
- Take note - Stopping to appreciate the world around you helps to calm and connect. Take 5 minutes to notice the world around you, look out the window, listen, and take notice of 5 things you see, 4 things you feel, 3 things you hear, 2 things you smell and 1 thing you taste.
- Keep learning - Do a crossword or puzzle, join a free online course, learn a language.
- Give - check up on a neighbour before you go to the shop to see if they need anything. Drop a card through you neighbours doors offering to help if they are isolated with shopping, or a phone call for company
For older children
With Summer just around the corner, why not make a ‘bug hotel’? This insect habitat is a great educational tool for children and can help them understand where insects and minibeasts live.
With the help from an adult.... You could use:
* Brocken crockery (ask parents for help)
* broken terracotta pots (ask parents for help)
* stone chips or gravel
* wood chips, bark or mulch
* twigs and sticks
* moss and dry leaves
* corrugated cardboard
* old pipes
Or if you’d prefer, you could keep it simple and use empty household items like bottles and plastic containers. Just make sure to ask an adult for help.
Try some mindfulness colouring and hang in your house to lift your family spirits. Send a picture to email@example.com and we can share on our school community page!
This Be the brightest star mindfulness coloring, is a great way to introduce mindfulness to children, while they are quietly coloring, ask them to think about the colour they are using, how if they press harder or lighter it changes the colour, how slowly they need to go in the small spaces but how they can colour quicker in the larger areas.
Coping with emotions
5 star breathing, is a great way to support children who are feeling a bit worried, or upset, the sheet below has a lovely star picture, you follow the straight edges breathing in and out, and hold you breath at the points, you can repeat this
Talking and setting a supportive routine
This is a lovely booklet to help children manage their feeling, while they are at home, life will no doubt be confusing for them, and this might help them to map feeling throughout the day. It also might help you to identify where there are times in the day that they get more worried, or angry, so you can make changes to the day to manage these times.
Social Stories about the Corona Virus
We have gathered together some social stories for if your child is struggling to understand why they are not in school or able to do the things they usually do. If we find others we will add them.
This story talked about the virus, and school being closed, it uses simple words and pictures. You can ready this whenever you child asks about it/school, and also refer them to it " Remember we read that story" ask them " what did it say" to help them remember https://cdn.flipsnack.com/widget/v2/flipsnackwidget.html?hash=fxt9ypmcb&t=1584407416&fullscreen=1
How to make sure we get on in our house
This story talks about being at home, how they might be bored, and mums and dads might still need to work. It gives them ideas to keep them entertained, and gets them to write a plan for the day, helping to provide a structure, and daily goals. Writing daily goals will help them focus and give you things to talk about at the end of the day "you really wanted to do your maths today, I was so proud at how you didn't give up"
This story talks about the virus and washing hand.
Following on from the above story is a poster about handwashing that you might use to remind them, when they are washing
Here is a step by step visual aid for washing hands, that you could print and put in the bathroom, to remind them about all the steps
Wellbeing resources to support understanding of Covid-19
- National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff: https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdf
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing: https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Carers UK - Guidance for carers: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Amaze - information pack for parents https://amazesussex.org.uk/faqs-about-the-coronavirus-for-parent-carers-of-children-with-send-brighton-hove/
Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education. You can download it here.