For Your Information
The summer holidays will finally be here at 215pm on Tuesday 23rd July and hopefully the sun will make an extended appearance too!
 
There are lots of things available to families throughout the summer and we have displayed this information on the noticeboards in the alleyway between the main gates to both sites. We have listed activities to do, cheap or free places for children to eat and information about courses happening for families supporting children with additional needs. Don't forget to take a photo when you are collecting your child at the end of the day!
 
We are aware that the holidays are not always easy as normal routine and everyday life is suddenly changed (and that's for children too, not just us adults!). If you are finding it challenging, then please visit our website page which lists the support agencies available: Signposts to support home adults
 
We hope you all have an enjoyable break and can't wait to see you back on Wednesday 4th September for another exciting year ahead!
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Emotionally Based School Avoidance Support

By Mrs Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Thursday, 23 February 2023

School avoidance is difficult for everyone involved.

Herts Parent Carer Involvement and ANGELS are offering both person-to-person and on-line workshops for parents who need support dealing with this to:

- Develop an understanding of the factors what might be causing this

- Explore strategies that can help to support you child

Person-to-Person Workshops:

Monday 13th March 10am - 12pm at The Oval Community Centre, Vardon Rd, Stevenage, SG1 5RD

Monday 20th March 10am - 12pm at Marshalwick Community Centre, The Ridgeway, St Albans, AL4 9TU

On-line Workshop:

Monday 27th March 7pm - 9pm via Zoom

To book a place and/or get Zoom details please email: claire@hertsparentcarers.org.uk

Ancient Egyptian Half term activities

By Year 3, in SEND SUPPORT - Saturday, 11 February 2023

If you're looking for something to do with your children this half term, Stevenage Museum having some Ancient Egyptian themed activities which we know year 3 pupils would love after our Autumn topic!

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb in February 1923, we are exploring all thing ancient Egyptian this half term.

Wednesday 15 February -  Egyptian Clay Day

Thursday 16 February - Mummy Madness

Find out about how the ancient Egyptians buried their dead and make your own King Tut mask to take home.

Friday 17 February - Egyptian arts and crafts for younger children

Please book to avoid disappointment

Cost: £4 per child, £2 for concessions.

Please book in advance as places go very quickly, and if you can’t make it, it would be great if you could let the museum know so that someone else can use the space.

Yoga Workshops

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Saturday, 11 February 2023

Thank you to all those who joined Mrs Toll for one of the after school yoga workshops for Children's Mental Health week!

It was great to see so many pupils and their grown ups having a go at something new and taking on new challenges.

We had great fun playing yoga games, acting out yoga stories and we really enjoyed taking time to relax and unwind after a busy day. 

 

Look out for more yoga at Fairlands soon

 

Namaste 

Curious questioning

By Mental Health lead , in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 3 February 2023

We know it can sometimes be tricky for pupils to leave their grown ups in the morning. To support you in helping them get ready for school, we have created a document of 'curious questions'. 

The purpose of these questions is to help pupils identify what they are feeling, how it is making their body feel and what might be the root cause of their emotion. 
These questions will be on display in your child's classroom to help with transitions but please use them at home too to help you child prepare and re regulate after the school day. 

 

Help videos and information

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 27 January 2023

Nessie is a team we work with who support the positive mental health and wellbeing of young children. They have a great range of short videos on their website including: coping with anger, dealing with anxiety and supporting children with neurodiversity. They also have a section containing 'bite-sized' documents which are fantastic quick reads full of information and ideas. It's definitely worth a visit to their website to have an explore!

 https://nessieined.com/additional-resources

 

 

KS2 Games Library

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 20 January 2023

Thank you to all of the pupils and families in years 4, 5 and 6 who visited the relaunch of the Games Library after school today. It was a roaring success! Lots of familes stayed to play with the wonderful selection of (mostly brand new) games and over 40 have been borrowed to take home. If you didn't get a chance to visit today, remember the Games Library will be open every friday straight after school for you to return your games and borrow a new one. 

 

Any questions about the games library, speak to Miss Pollen or Mrs Toll 

Free online workshops for you

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Pleae see attached poster containing details for free online workshops for parents. 

Three 1 hour lone workshops are available to you for free and include advice and strategies to support:

Emotion Based School Avoidance (EBSA) Workshop aims to support parent/carers to understand EBSA, the common triggers and maintenance factors. We will support parent/carers to intervene early to promote prevention of EBSA and equip young people, families and school with the skills to support reintroduction.

Understanding And Improving Your Child's Sleep aims to support parent/carers to understand sleep, common sleep difficulties and tips to improve your child's sleep.

Understanding my Teenager's Brain aims to support parents/carers to understand teenage development and ways to interact and communicate with your teenager more effectively.

 

The National Sleep Helpline

By Mental Health Lead, in SEND SUPPORT - Wednesday, 18 January 2023

Does your child have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep? Would you like to create a peaceful sleep routine? 

Sleep plays a vital role in a child's development and well-being and we know bed time is something many families struggle with.

The National Sleep Helpline is available for you. Call and speak to trained advisors who can give strategies, support and services who can support you with good, evidence based advice. 

03303 530 541

See posters attached for more details and the contact information. 

ANGELS Autism & ADHD Support - Spring Term 2023 Programme

By Mrs Dunthorne, in SEND SUPPORT - Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Please find attached details of the Spring Term 2023 programme of events being run by ANGELS Autism and ADHD Support.

Join us for a coffee and a chat!

By Mrs Jeffries, in SEND SUPPORT - Friday, 13 January 2023

Welcome back, I hope the first week back of school runs and rushed mornings hasn't been too painful for everyone! Our coffee and chat session for parents will be happening next week on Wednesday 18th January 215pm - 315pm. We have a representative from Herts Parents Carers Involvement coming along and she will be able to answer your questions and give advice. It would be super to see many of you there to catch up, share ideas, get advice and generally take the time to have a quick breather from parenting!

If you are interested in more information about Herts Parents Carers Involvement, feel free to browse their website https://www.hertsparentcarers.org.uk/

Have a lovely weekend!