Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
Nobody expects parents and carers to suddenly become teachers, in fact it's probably the last thing children need you to be at the moment. So don't worry about failing to educate your child. Instead, see this as an opportunity to enjoy bonus time together, a chance to be creative, to share, laugh and play.
The most important thing for both you and your children is to keep physically and mentally active. To help here are a few suggestions.
One of the most important activities you can do to supprt your child's learning is to read together every day. The Book Trust offers some useful tips on reading together.
All our pupils have access to safe, age appropriate online learning through Education City.
Why not join the daily workout for Primary children with Joe Wicks each morning live at 9.00am.
Singing, dancing and making music are great fun. Why not form a family choir and practice your favourite songs every day?
Childen learn a lot through play, so don't worry if you sometimes just let them get on with it. Not only will they be learning through their imaginations, but you will enjoy it too!