New assessment programmes
Our school have purchased two new assessment programmes to help us further support children in our school:
CoPS 4-7 pinpoints specific areas of need and gives a more detailed indication of a pupil’s particular strengths and weaknesses that may impact learning. It comprises nine short tests which cover working memory, phonological awareness, phonological processing, auditory discrimination and colour discrimination.
LASS 8-11 pinpoints specific areas of need and is taken by pupils who have a high probability of dyslexia. It gives a more detailed indication of a pupil’s particular strengths and weaknesses that may impact reading.
For more information on these assessments, please read the document 'CoPS & LASS' below.
If you think your child would benefit from this assessment, please speak to their class teacher, Mrs Jackson or Miss Berry
Online support for children aged 10+ years
Commissioned by your local Clinical Commissioning Group, Kooth.com is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform which is available to young people aged 10-16 years across Lancashire.
Kooth allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their mental health and wellbeing.
To find out more about Kooth, please see the document below.
Changes in children's behaviour
You need to acknowledge when your child is behaving differently. A change in behaviour may be the result of different emotions, such as: anxiety, stress, uncertainty.
They may often find different ways to express the feeling they have - for example they may suggest they have a sore tummy. A sore tummy is much easier to talk about than sadness.
Talk to your children about how they’re feeling often and how you’re feeling. You don’t want to overwhelm them but you do want to normalise the way they’re feeling. Let them know that when it comes to things that are unknown, it’s ok to feel anxious but reassure them you’re going to look after each other and things have changed for a reason.
Putting on a podcast is a fantastic way to ignite your child's imagination, help them relax and help them engross in a range of topics. Here are some of the many child friendly podcasts available:
Story Pirates is a captivating audio show by real actors, comedians, and entertainers who tell stories that have been written by kids.
Created by 4 Emmy winning journalists, KidNuz is a daily 5-minute news podcast made with kids in mind. The podcast provides briefings on the day’s top stories that are appropriate for kids ages 8-14
This series is a great way to test out your kids' interest in podcasts, since most of the stories hover around the 10-minute mark.
For the ever-curious kids who ponder our existence, this podcast answers questions that are based in reality. Topics like how butterflies fly and why the sea is salty.
“What if monsters were real... but made of chocolate?” The host, My Eric, takes incredibly random, hypothetical situations sent in by children, and improvises stories based on them.
Childline: Calm Zone
There are lots of way to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Childline have created a 'Toolbox' section of their website, where children can try some of our breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.
Click on the link to access the site: https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
The lockdown has changed all our daily routines but it is important for us to develop a new daily routine. A routine can help us to feel more in control of everything and help us to make room for all that's important. Routine can aid our mental health. It can help us to cope with change, to form healthy habits, and to reduce our stress levels.
I have attached an editable visual daily routine below, which can be adapted for child/ren, carers or whole families.
If you require any help in adapting the timetable, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Reward charts allow children to visualise positive reinforcement and this helps encourage a clear link between the chart and good behaviour.
Click here for more information.