At NRC we work closely with the CAMHS in PRU team and you may have already met the CAMHS worker linked to the PRU site your child attends.
The Christmas break can be a challenging time for children and families, and stresses can build up and lead to concerns about how a child may be coping with their feelings. If you want to speak to a CAMHS worker during the break, the CAMHS in PRU team are available. Below are details of who to contact on each day, and how to get in touch.
Christmas break cover (21st – 1st Jan)
A member of the CAMHS in PRU team are available to speak to throughout the Christmas break. Please see dates and contact details below:
If you are very concerned about your child and an urgent response is needed, please contact your GP, or in the event that you feel your child is a great risk to themselves please attend A&E or call emergency services.
On behalf of the CAMHS in PRU team we wish you all a happy and healthy new year.
Dear parents, due to the circumstances, schools have to momentarily change the way how we teach pupils. We are sending some work packs and, additionally, we are publishing here some useful websites to support home-learning for Primary pupils.
If your child is struggling to sleep well, see some learning resources and activities to help improve this.
If you think that your child is struggling with understanding what is coronavirus, or if you are unsure how to explain it in a child-friendly way, please see these wonderful book story and worksheets.
Reading at home!
Please see below for lots of links to different channels, where your child can access lots of fantastic resources. We understand it can be difficult to get your child to engage with reading at home and I hope that these links take some of the pressure off. Lots involve videos where the children are read to J You can have a chat about the books once you have watched together.
The Little Angel Theatre Company, based in Islington, are adding stories regularly to their Youtube channel.
The fantastic author, Oliver Jeffers, is reading one of his brilliant books each day and uploading to his website and Youtube. You can also access the books he has already read. Lots of our children will be familiar with these books!
Encounter Edu designs and
delivers sponsored STEM programmes transforming education in the classroom.
Their immersive experiences give students the necessary understanding and
skills to tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues.
BBC Teach and BBC bitesize with live lessons, topics with
Plus advice from the BBC about parents teaching from home
Free videos, crafts and activities to keep you entertained at home
Little Angel Theatre staff has contacted us to let us know that they have been “creating a whole host of free activities to help primary aged children keep creative whilst they’re at home.”
“The activities include video stories (read by our performers), arts and crafts activities including puppet making (presented by our Creative Learning team), and a series of ‘Make a Puppet Show at Home’ videos (presented by our Artistic Director and her two primary aged children). The art and craft resources also suggest ideas for follow up activities to support other curriculum areas such as English. Next week will be themed around Easter, ready for the school holidays.In this week’s highlight, you can watch Three Little Pigs written, illustrated and read by Alex Bloomer, and then join in as our Head of Creative Learning Sarah takes you through how to make your own pig and wolf puppets to re-enact the story at home.”
Non-internet ideas – Plants and animals: these can be
done over a few weeks. Some can be done inside, some outside during exercise
time. If you don’t have packets of seeds, look at the seeds inside tomatoes,
peppers, apples etc.
We are changing from winter into spring, look
out of the window, is there a tree? How is it changing? Take photos of trees
and plants each week and compare the changes. If you go outside once a day to
exercise, take photos of trees and other plants too. Ask them questions before
they go such as – how many plants will we see? Are they all the same type?
Which plants grow in the cracks in the pavement, which grow in someone’s
garden, which grow in the park etc?
Ask your child to draw you a picture of a) a
plant b) a flower c) a leaf (remember that a tree is also a plant and that
plants do not always have flowers. Can you find some pictures of flowering and
non-flowering plants? Can you see some during your daily exercise? You may see
some blossom on trees – blossom is the trees flower)
When you go outside to exercise, collect 5 different leaves
from plants and trees.
Try to sort the leaves into 2 different groups,
what have you based your sorting on? Can you find another way to sort them? Try
to develop the language around colour – what type of green? What shape etc.
This can be done several times
over the spring/summer as different leaves emerge. If you can, get some
deciduous and evergreen leaves and maybe a variegated (2 colours e.g. some ivy
Pick one leaf and let your child pick one leaf.
Draw the leaves as well as you can. Can you name any parts of the leaf?
Split a piece of A4 paper into 3 sections. In
the first section one person looks at their leaf and describes/writes down what
they can see in great detail. On the last section, the other person writes down
their description. You then look at both and write the similarities between
your leaves in the middle section of the paper. If you want to, you can look up
the names for some simple parts of the leaves.
Plant some seeds on your windowsill and watch them grow over time. Once they appear, carefully measure how tall they get each day and plot on a simple graph…..this could be done by cutting out a strip of paper each day for the height of the plant and sticking on paper to make a bar graph.
Choose 3 leaves. Which one might be the odd one
out and why?
Go back to the picture of the plant. Can you
label stem or trunk, stork, roots, leaves, flowers or berries? You will need to
come back to these names several times during spring/summer. When you are out
during exercise time, find a plant, can they point to the stem, leaves, and
where the roots might be?
Pick one leaf from your collection. When they go
out for exercise, can they find the plant that it came from?
they begin to name trees and simple plants e.g. Plane tree, Oak tree, Chestnut
tree, dandelion, daisy, rose, bluebell, daffodil – depending on what you can
see in your area. Take photos of things you cannot name and look them up later.
www.Ispotnature.org is a good place to identify things you can’t
find the name of elsewhere. Register (free) and upload your photo – someone
from the helpful community will identify it.
Can you tell which plants grow from bulbs
(daffodil, bluebell) and which grow from seeds? Look out for seeds as we move
outside and find a tree. Bend over and look through your legs. Move backwards
and forwards until you can see the top of the tree. The distance you are from
the tree at this point is roughly how tall the tree is! Tree to measure that
distance in strides.
you have some packets of seeds and bulbs, get out a selection of the seeds.
Look at them. How are seeds and bulbs different? How are they the same? Can you
put them in order of size?
small seeds grow into small plants? Do larger seeds grow into taller plants?
Plant some seeds and find out over time.
of a menu for a soup, stir fry, salad etc. What are the ingredients? Which
ingredients can we grow? Which can’t we grow (milk, salt, eggs in the
mayonnaise, etc). Which things can be grown but then have to be changed in some
way (oil – has to be pressed by a machine to release the oil. Think of olive
oil or oil seed rape). Of the things we need to grow for our chosen recipe,
when would we need to plant them? Which months of the year and when would they
be ready to harvest? www.Rhs.org.uk and
similar websites can help you plan planting times and conditions.
exercise times close your eyes, what sounds can you hear? Can you hear any
birds? Can you see any birds? Take photos of birds and try to find out what
type they are. Again, use www.ispotnature.org for any you can’t
find elsewhere. Can they name crows, pigeons, sparrows, seagulls, blackbirds
etc? Which plants do you see the birds near or on? What are they doing? What
are they eating? Can you tell the difference between the birds song and their
a story with pictures about a bird you have seen, what made it sing out an
alarm call? How did it feel? Who was it singing out danger to? How did it feel
when the danger went away?
you find any animals/minibeasts living in the houses or outside? Can you draw
them? Can you name them (spider, bee, wasp, ant, fly, worm, woodlouse,
butterfly/moth, etc) Can you label the head, body, legs and any wings? Any
other parts? Can you find out where they live and what do they eat? How do they
you collect fallen leaves, twigs etc and use any pencils or crayons or
materials to make pictures of the animals you find?
you are lucky enough to live near a pond on your daily walks/exercise, look out
for frogspawn and watch each week to see if tadpoles emerge, when do they
change into froglets and finally frogs. Can you draw the life cycle? Can you
find out about other life cycles such as butterflies and bees? Can you draw
Science ideas KS2
You may not be able to deliver all of your planned curriculum. Do what you can, but maybe some slightly outside curriculum will be sufficient in the short term.
Little booklets that can be printed and folder on A4 paper. Students could be asked to make a poster of the information or answer some questions or asked to find out the shapes of galaxies, draw and name them for instance.
Here at Primary we are organising exciting activities for our students to enjoy the end of Winter Term, celebrate Christmas, and also giving key dates to ensure a smooth beginning of Spring Term in January 2020.
A letter will be given to parents and carers with invitations to special activities in school (Christmas Show included!), Christmas Dinner, among other exciting activities to bring families together.
In the mean time, have a look at the calendar we’ve prepared and if you have any questions, we will be more than happy to help.
Also, as a friendly reminder, please have in mind that these January dates are set, and should we change them, we would inform you in writing.
Have a wonderful break and see you on Tuesday 7th January on structured conversations.