Class Pages

Dear Parents/ Carers and Children,

Please look at our returning to school booklet (see below ~ St Bernadette return to school booklet for pupils) if your child is coming back to school as a key worker or returning class. Useful to talk through and prepare for transition back to school in the "new normal" . Take a look in emotional well being at social stories about school.

September 2020 ~ welcome back to all our families . Well done for the positive attitude and the enthusiasm , this has made the transition back to school successful.

Gaps in vocabulary can affect children of all ages , see below for flexible ideas to immerse your child in an enriched language environment. " Closing the word gap ".

July 2020 As we prepare for September and our "new normal" have a look at the social story explaining about "bubbles" . Talk through this with your child , especially clarifying language such as they won't actually be in a real bubble.

June 2020

Anna Freud " Coping with unexpected endings and loss" is a useful tool to talk to children about how the school year has changed, particularly for our Year 6 children . See below.
Communication and Anxieties ~ see ideas to support children who maybe withdrawing and finding things challenging. See below.
A new schools and families advice line SFAL has opened to support pupils with anxieties and emotional regulation 0300 777 0707 You will get a call back from a mental health practitioner Monday to Friday 8-5 . See attachment below for more details
You may not be with us in body but we are with you in spirit and in prayers. We will use this section of our website to give you ideas to support pupils with additional needs and anyone who needs a little emotional reassurance.

There will be useful links and some ideas for use to use at home such as choosing the right level of reading book to managing worries. Plus, some ideas for creative thinking.

Keep checking in and together we will be strong, resilient and OK. Remember we use Zones of Regulation to support managing emotions.

Book Club ~ have a look at SEND Reading section for link to Wizarding World and Harry Potter.

SEND links during lockdown ~ This is an update from our local support group DSPL7. The links should all open to relevant Herts or charities websites. Please check out “Special Needs Jungle” a parent-led information, resources and informed opinion website and has lots of really useful and practical ideas from first-hand experience.

Running out of ideas ~ see literacy and maths new activities.

God bless. Keep safe and well.

Ms M Walsh

June 2020 New telephone helpline/ contact website for Autism and ADHD ~ see ADDvance summer contact dates.

Supporting SEN Child ~ see new attachment SEN Links and resources.

19th May 2020 Oxford Owl have a wonderful ebook Winnie and Wilbur Stay Home about home learning / exercise /rainbows. See the book and others in that series at Oxford Owl - Winnie & Wilbur.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week with the theme of kindness. Can you do something kind for someone every day this week?

Coping with anxiety ~ as we move towards another change some ideas for adults and children " When anxiety feels overwhelming".

12th May 2020 see updates for pupils with SEND Links during lockdown DSPL7.

5th May 2020 Support during Isolation ~ Resources for families.

27th April 2020 see new advice top tips sheet for parents for internet safety.

23rd April 2020 See new support sheets under wellbeing to explain about Covid-19 to children and how to keep healthy.

20th April 2020 Additional contact lines for parents , see posters below , for Specific Learning Difficulties ( Dyslexia etc) and Communication needs ( Autism , speech and language etc).

New 25th March 2020 Please see attached contact line poster for Educational Psychology Service. This is a helpline that is open to parents to call if they have any concerns.

News 24th March 2020 We have signed up for Clicker for pupils See extra information in SEND reading & writing page.

Your unique Clicker 8 serial number is: 897HY 0G1V4 U3C4U UPP8P

This will give you an initial six weeks of free access for all pupils and staff ( You do need to have Windows 8 for it to run.)
Music Mark School
Diocese of Westminster