We hope you had a good weekend. Despite the unpredictable weather, hopefully you managed some social time with family or friends while respecting social distancing. On my last few Sunday morning walks, I’ve spotted quite a few familiar faces up and about which is lovely to see.
As with previous Mondays, we kick off the week with an addition or alternative to some home learning…
Living and Learning is the name for all the teaching and learning we do around Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE). Each week in school, we’ve a Living and Learning statement. I make healthy choices… is our statement this week. One of the Sphere Federation Health Leaders writes:
This week in school, we would have been enjoying one of our themed weeks: Being happy and healthy. Right now, it’s even more important to look after our own physical and mental health. To help, we’d like to share some ideas to look at the theme of being happy and healthy at home. Start by watching this clip from BBC Bitesize and reading these top ten tips from Child Friendly Leeds for families to keep healthy and happy at home.
Can you encourage your child to make a new healthy choice every day this week? Or think about one new healthy change your child can make? Try to help them make sure the choice is a realistic, achievable one, such as avoiding being on an electronic device after a certain time to help sleep, or adding one extra daily portion of vegetables to their diet each day.
Here are some links to support you with this learning at home which may be as well as or instead of some of your child’s home learning for this week:
- Healthy eating – Change4Life, British Nutrition Foundation Healthy Eating week, Food a fact of life
- Physical health – Government guidelines recommend at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day, get active with National School Sports Week resources, imovement, ThisisPE, GoNoodle
- Mental health (including reducing screen time) – Tips for reducing screen time, Anna Freud centre, MindMate, Childline calm zone, listen to meditations, try yoga, look at our suggested mindfulness techniques
- Sleep – Good-Night Guide For Children, Top tips to help children sleep well
- Teeth – Keeping our teeth healthy
- Hygiene – e-bug KS1, e-bug KS2, hand washing
Talking of handwashing and being healthy…
Is everyone in your household still washing their hands carefully? After weeks of lockdown, perhaps not. This experiment might prompt you to get back into the habit: invisible flourescent paint (think of this as coronavirus or any other bug) was applied to the hand of one person (imagine the person has just coughed into their hand)… watch how it spreads.
(Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: go to the settings cog (it’s along the play bar) and turn off autoplay – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip…)