We are working hard to try and support our community as much as possible at this unprecedented time. This section of the website will be updated with work for the week, website ideas and anything we think will help at home.
We have created a YouTube channel for St. Michael’s which allows us to upload videos. The staff have started to read stories each night for the children. Mr Houghton has also recorded some Maths videos for the children.
We are also sending out daily messages on our Class Dojo page. If you have not registered please download the free app and register. If you can’t do this get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Daily Essentials list below shows what we would like children to do each day. Again, this is a guide as we know how hard it is for parents at this time.
We will publish a weekly Grammar lesson for each year group. The timetable is below.
We will publish a Maths lesson for the children to use. The timetable for the different year groups is below.
We have created individual class pages with all the work we have set for the children. This includes the work the teachers send home every Monday and will have the daily Maths Quiz on.
Light A Candle and the Lord’s Prayer
Each Thursday at 7.50pm, we will be lighting a candle and say the Lord’s Prayer. We thought this would bring us together as a community allowing us time to prayer followed by celebrating our key workers with the 8pm clap.
Sports Resources for Parents
Link to our School Sports Partnership Resources: https://durhamcls-ssp.co.uk/home-resources/
Links from the School Sports Partnership for Online dance videos and activities:
From Durham Constabulary’s Cyber Protect Team:
With schools now being officially shut because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is likely that there will be an increase of internet use for families and children over the coming weeks. With that in mind, here are some great tips for parents on setting up the right controls and privacy settings to ensure their child stays safe online. You can find these in detail in our ‘Parents Guide to Cyber Safety’ advice booklet which is attached to this email.
The booklet looks at the following areas:
- Smart Devices
They are a number of different ways to secure your child’s device within the phone settings. Some of these are turning off location settings, blocking inappropriate content and disabling app purchasing.
- Broadband & Mobile Networks
Did you know you can restrict certain websites on devices connected to your home router? You can also use these settings to make the home Wi-Fi unavailable to a device after say 9pm for example!
We look at questions to ask when buying a games console, such as if the console or games have chat facilities, is your child able to make purchases using their games console, or does your child’s gamertag reveal their identity?
- Social Media
There are many features that you can put in place to ensure social media is safe for your child, like ensuring accounts are private not public, filtering out inappropriate comments and setting up two-factor authentication.
There are also a number of websites that give detailed advice on staying safe online, such as:
We are on social media! We post regular cyber safety updates on social media and you can find us @DurhamCyber on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact the Durham Constabulary Cyber Protect Team at email@example.com. Please be aware that our inbox is not staffed 24/7. Ring 999 in an emergency or 101 to report an incident.
Well-being Resources for Parents
Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they may feel the tension and anxiety present in society. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for an extended period may sound great to some children, they are probably imagining a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you may see an increase in some issues with your children such as anxiety, anger, or frustration that they can’t do things normally. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What all children need right now is to feel comforted, loved and reassured. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cakes and paint pictures. Play board games and do a science experiment together are all good ideas. Start a book and read together as a family.
Learning is important and we are providing resources to support this at home. Included in this are the resources on well-being and exercise on DB Primary. Please do make use of these.
The following links from Durham County Council may also be of use:
Links to support pupils and adults with anxieties
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
BBC: How to protect your mental health
CBBC: Video and Questions
ChildMind: Talking to Children
ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus