School Closure for Covid-19 Emergency

These are Extraordinary Times.  However challenging things are at the moment, we will never forget this period of history and will be sources of evidence for our grandchildren and great grandchildren!  Look after yourselves, keep in touch with us, make memories.   We care about you, our whole Burnhaven Family.

Continuing Learning Online Policy

Not our words, but we couldn’t agree more.

Such great advice 🙌

Dear parents with school aged children,

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. We’ll certainly be providing you with lots of ideas for learning and keeping spirits up. But here’s the thing…

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for a number of weeks sounds brilliant, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being isolated at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Go on a walk. Bake and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be okay. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during the weeks off is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay safe.

Burnhaven Staff 💙

However, if you want or need some ideas to keep you busy or entertained Grids for Week 1 are below:
P5-7   `                                                                   P3-5                                                 P1-2
If you are looking for ways to structure your day then consider these.  Routine helps but don’t be too rigid.
          
Access to Seesaw
  • Children can see learning activities and messages from their teachers and can post their work for feedback through their own log in on the Seesaw CLASS app.
  • Parents can communicate with teachers through the Seesaw FAMILY app.  Please avoid leaving personal messages against children’s activities.  If the children’s activity is tagged to more than one child, all children might see the message so this message will not be approved.  Please use the inbox.
  • Mrs Massie and Mrs Buchan will use the same log in so we will always sign off with who has written the message!
  • From week 2, weekly lesson focus will be posted.

Websites for learning:  A number of these are based on the English Curriculum.  Its not exact but in general Early Years is Nursery and P1, KS1 is P1-P3 and KS2 is P3-P6, KS3 being P7 and above.

Literacy family Zone

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

BBC Schools Radio – lots of lessons and content including maths quizzes etc

http://mathsframe.co.uk

http://Spellingframe.co.uk

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/

https://mathszone.co.uk/

https://codecombat.com/ – coding with python and Java for P6-7

Hour of Code – P2-7

Scratch

Consider the beebot app for coding for P1-2

cbeebies – alphablocks and numberblocks amongst many other things

National Youth Choir – Daily Singing Games

Subscription Sites which have been made free during this extraordinary situation:

https://www.themathsfactor.com/

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/ – Free story every day at 11am for next month

Phonics play

Audible – the app by amazon, I believe children can listen to audio books for free

Sumdog

To Keep Us Active

Go Noodle

Cosmic Kids Yoga  This is on youtube so should be accessed by a parent

PE with Joe – This is on youtube so should be accessed by a parent

OTI Mabuse – kids dance class – This is on youtube

Premier League Primary Stars

Supermovers

BUT WE ALSO WANT YOU TO ENJOY THIS TIME AND MAKE SOME MEMORIES