School Closure - Update Number 23

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your families are keeping well and continuing to enjoy the time together.

Since school officially closed on 20th March we have had to adapt to various ways of working and living in a lockdown. Even though the Government recently announced an easing to some of the current lockdown restrictions, this is still an anxious time for many of us and we are aware that many of our pupils will also be feeling just as anxious as they change to the realism of being at home for extensive periods of time.

How a child reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. You may find your child’s behaviour is changing during the period of lockdown as they feel anxious or angry, frustrated or fearful. Any or all of these behaviours are understandable; your child will be trying to cope with the unusual situation.

Like all of us, your children need to believe that everything is all going to be okay. That means you may not achieve what you have planned for the day or your child may not finish a piece of home learning. Do take a break, give your child a hug, play a game or read a book together or perhaps do nothing for a while. Do not worry about your child falling behind in their learning. If your child gets stuck on an area of learning, try not to worry too much and simply make a note of what they found difficult. When all the children are back in their classrooms, our teachers will adjust lessons and revise the curriculum to meet all the children’s needs.

A good way to help a child when they become anxious over learning is to say that understanding will come, but just “not yet”.

As well as thinking about the children, it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When we deal with a situation calmly and confidently, we can provide the best support for our children.

Please do take care and contact the school for guidance and support if the need arises for any member of the family.

Kind regards,

Bannockburn Primary School

 

Helping children and young people cope with stress

1. Listen and acknowledge

2. Provide clear information about the situation at the child’s level

3. Be aware of your own reactions

4. Connect regularly, with your child and remotely with others

5. Create a new routine

6. Limit exposure to media and talk more about what your child has seen and heard

For more information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Take Care of yourself.

Connect with others – through phone and video calls

Exercise – take some time every day to move.

Eat healthy meals – try to keep a well-balanced diet and drink enough water

Get some sleep – try to develop a calming bedtime routine – for example, do 10 minutes of yoga or listen to calming music

Turn off the news – Limit your exposure to the news to only a small amount of time, just enough to know what the latest government guidance is

Do things you enjoy - Try a new hobby

Set goals - Try simple daily and weekly goals

Connect with the outdoors

Support Agencies

National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 (24-hour service) or contact them via their contact form at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk.

In an emergency, always call 999 if you are in danger.