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?
The book below is appropriate for children ages 3–6
The story telling teaches children how to
navigate powerful and sometimes overwhelming emotions. The rhythmic writing,
recurring cues, and engaging illustrations support early literacy skills as well as
social and emotional learning. The back matter includes additional practices to
support the use of self-regulation and mindfulness techniques for children and the
adults who care for them.
This book supports educators, parents, and caregivers in sharing strategies to
identify, name, and manage difficult emotions. It empowers children to cultivate
skills for emotional intelligence that can be used throughout their lifetime.
We understand that the times we are finding ourselves in are unlike any other. As a result, we may be finding that our wellbeing is affected.
The below document will provide further information on how we can all look after our own wellbeing and also how we can look after children’s emotional wellbeing during this time. There is also guidance on how parents can support young people at home. We’d particularly like to draw your attention to the Catch it, Check it, Change it framework over the final pages. This is a fantastic way for children, parents and staff alike to see how their thoughts influence their wellbeing.
We hope that you are all well and continuing to stay safe.
Please find attached the latest resources from Oldham Wellbeing Team. The documents will aslo be available on the COVID19 section of the school website:
• the ABL Lockdown Survival Guide which is full of useful tips and packed with activities to get involved with
• the flyer for Bounce Forward’s Raising Resilience Programme. The final cohort begins on Monday 18th and the booking details are enclosed. Feedback has been fantastic and I would truly encourage you to take part if you can.
If any parents have taken part in the Bounce Forward’s Raising Resilience Programme, I would really like to know how you have found it and if it has been beneficial.
As always, we are here to offer what support we can should you need us.
Assistant Head/ Year 4 Teacher