“The Mental Health Support Team is open over the summer holidays! If your child is experiencing low mood or low level anxiety, we may be able to help. Between 21st July – 27th August you can call 01283 504 487 between the hours of
9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday – Thursday. Leave your name and number and one of our practitioners will give you a call back to see what support we can offer.”
Please note, this method of referral is only available over the summer holidays. For full details please read the document below.
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer, providing lots of fun as well as seeking to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.
Each year the Challenge motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter.
With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries the 2020 Challenge has launched in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading.
The website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities designed to encourage children to take part in reading related activities.
The Challenge launched on Friday 5th June and will run until mid-September. For further information or to sign up to the Challenge, please visit:
Just click on The Body Coach TV link https://youtu.be/K6r99N3kXME
For family fun exercise follow the link https://family.gonoodle.com/
Yoga for kids follow the link https://www.cosmickids.com/
We're here to help
We know that this is a very challenging and anxious time for families. Our first priority as a charity is supporting children and families during this period. As a response to school closures, we have developed a comprehensive web portal for parents to support children's learning during this time.
Family Zone is a one-stop shop for parents full of helpful resources, videos, apps, websites and more. It's full of ideas and guidance for simple activities that will engage children at home, while also benefiting their reading, writing and language development.
Over the coming days, weeks and months we will be updating this as often as we can to ensure that Family Zone is the most useful resource for parents that it possibly can be.
A reminder that hundreds of fiction and non fiction reads are available to borrow for free through our e-book and e-audio service https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Libraries/Library-services/eLibrary/eLibrary.aspx
We also have a range of useful general knowledge and information e-resources which can be accessed from home. These can be found here https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Libraries/Library-services/Free-online-resources.aspx
A Staffordshire Library card and a PIN are needed to access all the above but if your students do not have these then they can join online at https://www.yourlibcat.staffordshire.gov.uk/web/arena/self-registration
We’ve got maths covered!
In these unprecedented times we’re doing all we can to support teachers, parents and carers as schools start to close. We know lots of you are following our progression and wanted see what we could do to help. So that your pupils don’t miss out on valuable learning time, we are providing access to some high quality resources, allowing children to continue learning maths during school closures.
These FREE resources are available to ALL schools, teachers, parents and carers. Updates will be posted regularly on social media, so keep checking and spread the word to as many colleagues and schools as you can! They can also sign up to receive newsletters like this by completing the brief form on our home page, to keep up with developments.Free resourcesWe have prepared some video tutorials with new resources for children to work on at home – ALL FREE. We will also be providing guidance notes to help parents and carers. Download a letter for parents and carers that outlines our plans for home learning and explains how to get involved.
We are making plans to further support teachers and schools should there be a prolonged period of closures.
To access these resources visit our new Home Learning page.
And there's more so #MathsEveryoneCanAtHome