Dear Parents/ Carers,
We know that working from home is difficult when your child has additional needs or struggles with an aspect of their learning. Children may be experiencing a wide range of emotions during this transition, from fear and anxiety to excitement and enthusiasm. Even positive emotions can be unsettling. It is common to feel like they are not accessing enough or that they are not coping with the work they have been set. Please do not worry. Your child is safe. You are doing a wonderful job.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact us via telephone, the school Facebook page, Class Dojo or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of your child’s class teacher.
Please also find below advice from the government about supporting your child at home as well as some online links and resources. There is also a social story about Coronavirus to help explain to the children why we are in this situation.
The BBC has launched a Parent’s Toolkit for SEND. It has lots of advice and tips for supporting children at home.
- Basic skills: This should include handwriting, spelling, reading and simple number work to keep these skills ticking over.
- Little and often: Work to your child’s attention span and ability. Short snippets of quality work are better than trying to complete long activities and putting the child off.
- Routines: It is impossible to replicate the whole school day but setting up a rough timetable for the day that fits around your family’s commitments will help your child feel secure. This should look similar each day on as many days that you as a family can fit in home learning. We have included some examples of simple visual timetables and now and next boards in this pack.
- Work Space: Where does your child complete their work in the home? Can you work together to set up a station with all their resources in one place? This will help them to focus and avoid distractions around the home. Making sure they have a comfortable chair and a water bottle handy will help too.
- Ask your child: Children know how they prefer to be supported and what helps them in school. Talk to your child about what you can do to help when they are working at home. It might be drawing pictures or diagrams for them to follow or writing down key words before they start to write. Start by showing them what to do and gradually encourage them to become more independent.
- Talking: talking through problems and topics throughout your day even when not at the workstation will help your child remember what they have learnt. When they call a friend or family member, you can encourage them to talk about what they have been learning.
- Praise: There is nothing a child needs more than to be told they are doing a good job. Try to be specific and tell them exactly what they have done well to build their self esteem. For example, ‘I love the way you have spaced your words so that your writing looks very neat, great work!’
We hope this information helps you and your child. We will continue to contact parents while we are not in school to check that your family has everything they need to support each other at this time. If you have any questions please call, message or email and we will be happy to help.