Welcome to 4EM!
4EM are taught by Mrs Moore and Miss Bee
During this difficult time of isolation we understand that 4EM children may have lots of questions for you as parents. We have included some useful information which may help. Myself and Miss Bee think of you all every day and we look forward to seeing what you've been up to (home learning or home fun.) You can say hello to us any time you like as we check Seesaw every day (apart from holidays.)
COVID-19 Ten tips from Young Minds Parents Helpline
- Try not to shield your child from the news, which is going to be nearly impossible at the moment. The amount of information on the internet about coronavirus can be overwhelming, so ask your child about what they’re seeing or hearing online and think together about reliable sources of information.
- Talk to your child about what’s going on. Find out how they’re feeling and what they’re thinking about, let them know it is okay to feel scared or unsure, and reassure them that this will pass.
- Try to answer their questions and reassure them in an age appropriate manner. Remember, you do not need to know all the answers, but talking can help them feel calm.
- Reassure your child that it is unlikely they will get seriously ill, and if they do you feel ill you will look after them. Your child might be concerned about who will look after you if you catch the virus. Let them know the kind of support you have as an adult so that they don’t feel they need to worry about you.
- Give some practical tips to your child about how they can look after themselves. For example, show them how to wash their hands properly, and remind them when they should be doing it.
- Keep as many regular routines as possible, so that your child feels safe and that things are stable.
- Spend time doing a positive activity with your child (such as reading, playing, painting or cooking) to help reassure them and reduce their anxiety. This is also a great way of providing a space for them to talk through their concerns, without having a ‘big chat’. Have a look at our conversation starters and ideas for activities you can do with your children while isolating at home.
- Encourage your child to think about the things they can do to make them feel safer and less worried.
- Be aware that your child may want more close contact with you at this time and feel anxious about separation. Try to provide this support whenever possible.
- Remember to look after yourself too. If you yourself are feeling worried, or anxious about coronavirus, talk to someone you trust who can listen and support you.
There are still some activities that can be learnt at home during our social distancing - it's the perfect time to learn how to sew a button back on. How inventive can you be?
The ‘My Activity Passport’ list is part of the Education Secretary’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to enjoy new and varied experiences, no matter their background - comprising of key areas: drive and tenacity; sticking at the task at hand; understanding how to work towards long term goals when reward might be a long way off in the future; and being able to pick yourself up and bounce back from life’s challenges.
The Year 4 passport is below... how many activities can you tick off with your child this year?