support for students
Hello Students! Welcome to the new look Support for Students section. Hopefully you will find everything you’re looking for. we have tips for your well being, working from home and much more. Use the navigation buttons below to explore.
Mental Health Support
Your school work is important, but so is being happy. If you feel a little overwhelmed at the moment, don’t worry, you’re probably not alone in feeling like that.
If you do feel like you need a little extra help please visit the Safeguarding Centre or have a look at the following link to the Mental and Emotional Health page. It will navigate you to a place with lots of links to different organisations which will hopefully be able to help.
You can also contact the Safeguarding Team directly for further guidance.
YP Mental Wellbeing in Pan Cheshire
This week intel has been shared by CAMHS in Pan Cheshire highlighting that the key covid-19 impact to wellbeing for young people is in relation to anxiety and separation anxiety.
The NSPCC has an extensive page of resources which can help parents and carers to support children and young people who may be suffering from anxiety during this period.
This blog highlights key messages about loneliness and social connection, looks at how they can be applied to social care practice and contains access to useful resources.
Think Ninja App – Free during Covid-19
The Think Ninja App is a commissioned child mental wellbeing app. In response to Covid-19 the app has been updated with specific content and made freely available to young people aged 10—18 years old.
Visyon is a charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in the Cheshire and Staffordshire moorlands areas.
If you are a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life. If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, you can come to us to gain the skills to give your child the support they need.
The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents. BBC Bitesize can be accessed here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
We’ve not only created home learning and school closure packs, but have also introduced an offer for all of them to be completely free. Whether you’re a teacher, parent or home educator we’ve put together a simple, step-by-step guide about this offer of help, for you to use. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures
Help with School Work
If you are finding things a little tricky, just get in touch!
You could e-mail your class teacher or form tutor, and they may be able to help you find a solution. You could also have a look at the other areas within the student support section and see if you can find what you are looking for.
Working from Home
Create a study area
Although you may be competing with others in your household, try to mark out a work space. Set boundaries with others. If your study space is now the kitchen table, try to get an agreement that it is yours for a set time period.
Plan your day
Set yourself a plan for the day. Look at the lessons you have that day but be realistic about what you do at what time. For example it might be better to complete more academic subjects in the morning and save practical tasks for the afternoon. Recognise that different tasks require different levels of concentration. Watching a video can be easier than reading a complex text and taking notes. Divide your work in to manageable time slots and take proper breaks.You do not have to stick to the school times of the day. You might wish to work in smaller chunks of half an hour – 40 minutes per subject
9.30 – 10am Reading
10 – 10.30am Maths
10.45 – 11am Break
11 – 11.30am English
11.30 – 12pm Spanish
12 – 1pm Lunch
1 – 1.30pm PE
1.30 – 2.15pm Art
2.15 – 3pm Well being task
Although you may miss school and socialising in person, reaching out and connecting with staff and other students can maintain a sense of community. Email your teachers and form tutors if you require support or to share the work you have been doing. We love seeing what you have been up to.
Reach out for help
Not everyone has access to a laptop and reliable wifi. Some students are relying on mobile data to connect to their online lessons and many are missing physical resources such as art materials. We are trying our hardest to make sure that the tasks that we set can be accessed by the vast majority of our students, but get in touch with us if you are struggling
Well being tasks
These tasks are designed to support learning in a different way. It’s important to continue to connect with those in our households, friends and family members we can no longer go and see. Why not try some of the tasks below, we will aim to update these regularly to give your more ideas.
- Make a story jar. You need to fill a jar with the names of different places, objects, people and situations. Take it in turn to pick out 4 pieces of paper and have to write a story using them, or ask a relative to write the story and then read it to them.
- Make a memory jar. For each day of lock down, each member of the family write down something they have done that has made them happy. Place in the jar then when lockdown is over spend the night as a family reading all the memories.
- As well as rainbows in the window add a teddy bear. Local children are also doing bear hunts
- Make a treasure hunt with clues for all the family around the house and garden.
- Choose a country from around the world – maybe one you are studying in Geography. Look up a recipe from that country and cook it for the family.
- Go to websitesfor different museums and galleries , they have lots of fun activities to do at home.
- An enterprising idea – Think about an idea for an enterprise that would work during these times. There are lots of ideas on social media where small businesses have adapted what they do to try and help the community and/or keep their business running. Try and think of something that hasn’t been done yet – Blue Sky Thinking! Think outside the box!
- Complete an inventor scavenger hunt – Find something you can turn, something that is bumpy, something metal, something you put together, 3 round things, something you can twist, something shiny, something you can roll, a tube, 3 squishy things, something clear, something you can bounce. Who can do it in the quickest time!
- Design an exercise routine for my family and show them how to do this; make a training circuit around the house or garden. At each station, complete a different exercise for 30 seconds (think dance moves, stretching activities and circuit training activities used in PE lessons.)
- Play the Alphabet Game. Choose a few categories (for example, an animal, a country, a fruit, girl’s name, boy’s name) and go through the alphabet, thinking of an example that begins with every letter. Some of the letters are quite tricky. For example – A – albatross, America, apple, Alice, Alex.
- Design a new waist-coat for Gareth Southgate for Euro 2021. This can be on a computer or on paper.
- Research, plan and deliver a meditation / tai-chi / mindfulness / yoga session for your family.
- Draw or paint a landscape picture (showing the view out of your window / a fantasy land).
- Think about your favourite book and design a new cover for it.
- Plan the menu for the family meals for the week , can you stick to a budget?
- Write a letter or email to a relative that you cannot see, telling them what you have been learning and how you are filling your time.
- Take part in the weekly photography challenge
- Take a daily walk with your family – can you spot the rainbows in windows?
Suggestions to support home learning
Music to Study to
We are constantly looking at new ways to support our school community and have launched this section on the website to support our pupils when studying at home. Whilst independently studying it is important that we keep our minds healthy so we are then able to focus on our work without distraction. This includes sleeping well, eating healthy and ensuring we all have quality time with family. Modern life brings many barriers to learning which can clog up our thoughts and emotions. Below are some tips for mindfulness at home to support learning.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is being fully present and aware of who you are and what you are doing in order to support you feelings and actions for what is going on around you.
Mindfulness is not about sitting in silence, cross-legged and meditating. (Try getting children to do this for very long!). It’s not about ‘stopping’ your thoughts. It’s about being able to be in the moment, realising exactly how you feel, and letting go of worries and negative emotions. It’s about bringing some stillness to the mind; something we could all benefit from.
The benefits of mindfulness for children
Studies have shown that mindfulness has some great benefits for children such as:
- Improving focus and concentration
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Improving mood
- Improving relationships with others
- Better sleep
- Improved sense of wellbeing