Activities at Home to Support with the Transition Back into the Academy
Dear Parents & Carers,
In preparation for your child’s return to Bradfields Academy in September, we would be grateful if you could begin to undertake some activities at home to support with the transition back into the academy.
Here are some activities which you might like to try to prepare your child for returning to Bradfields Academy in September:
- Talk about Bradfields, what are your child’s favourite lessons? What are they looking forward to?
- If you take your child out to the shops, encourage them to recognise the visual health and safety signage that is in place for social distancing. Explain that Bradfields will have similar signage.
- You will have been encouraging your family to wash their hands more frequently, but if you have not really been going out try to ensure that you expect everyone to wash their hands every time they leave the house, come inside and every time they blow their nose.
- Consider drawing up a list of songs to sing when washing hands and voting on your family’s favourite – or the one people find most annoying!
- Meet another person in the park or another outdoor space: talk without breaching social distancing to allow your child to see that it is possible to meet someone safely without needing to ‘get up close and personal’: consider taking a storybook if they also have a copy playing games such as ‘Simon Says’ / Eye Spy which do not require any physical contact.
- Consider taking snacks or a drink with you – introduce the need to clean hands with gel before consuming these.
- Consider how much support you are giving your child. This is a time when we all need emotional reassurance and children should be confident that their families will provide this. However, with everyone at home, you may well have been helping your child to do things which they were previously doing independently at Bradfields. Think about getting dressed – can your child put on their coat/ shoes without help? If not, why not teach them now to reduce the need for close contact. What about washing hands and using the toilet? Blowing their nose? Cutting up food?
- Think about school uniform – are there items your child has difficulty with? Could they practise at home? Check whether they have grown! Items which are now too small will be harder to put on independently.
- When your child returns to Bradfields will they have a school packed lunch or packed lunch from home? If they usually have a packed lunch from home, are there items which they usually rely on staff opening for them? Could they learn to manage these themselves or could you try out different brands/ decanting items into different packaging – this might be better done at home initially so that the child understands that this is, in fact, the same food that they like, but may just look slightly different.
- Depending on your situation, children may have been used to getting up/ going to bed at different times recently. If your child has been used to going to bed very late or having breakfast at 10.30, now would be a good time to start gradually shifting things back to more ‘normal’ times.
- Try to ensure that your child has some experience every day of doing tasks that you have selected for them – don’t let them always choose. This might include jobs such as putting items away/ making their bed/ not just ‘work’.
- Consider using visuals to show the pattern of your day so that children can predict what will happen rather than relying on you to tell them. These can also be used to identify ‘jobs’ which need to be done and when e.g. ‘tidy toys’ before ‘drink and snack’.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Ms M Sweetlove