How to Support your Child during Lockdown

Tips for parents on how to support your child during lockdown

We are aware that this is a difficult time for all and we are all having to work in ways that are unusual to us.To help support you as parents and carers we have put together some tips and advice to create an effective working environment at home.

Top ten tips:

  1. Establish routines and expectations: ensure that start times, breaks and lunch are at clear times and the same time each day. Maintaining this routine can help maintain a positive work ethic. Ensure students get up and dressed before staring work and avoid spending the day in your pyjamas!
  1. Identify a clear physical space in which to work: this will make it easier to focus on your learning, without other distractions.
  1. Talk about the plan for the day, and the lessons ahead: spending extended time working at home is unfamiliar territory. Talking about how things are going can help pre-empt any problems and establish an understanding between all members of the household.
  1. Set times to be on and offline: there will be more screen time than normal whilst working at home. You may have to share devices with family members, and setting time limits in  advance can help manage this successfully. Equally, spending time offline is important to maintain a sense of balance in the day. Ensure that no child spends a prolonged period of time on a computer, and build in breaks where they can move away from the screen.
  1. Remember to exercise: your will feel better emotionally and physically when you exercise, so do make time for this. Joe Wicks does a workout each morning at 9am and you can access this here. Movement is good for wellbeing and releases positive hormones in the brain.
  1. Talk about things on your mind: it will be a big adjustment working from home every day and it is normal to feel anxious or worried about what is happening when the national and international situation changes daily. Talk about how things are going with the others in your house. Be conscious of how much of the news you watch and talk about what you are  watching – limit this to once a day to avoid unnecessary worry or anxiety. 
  1. Read a book: escape, relax, unwind. Look after yourself and use this to enhance your learning and relax at home.
  1. Keep e-safety in your mind: as your child/children will spend more time online, there is an increased need to monitor their activity. Ensure that you use parental controls where they are available and supervise them as much as possible during the times they are using the computer. 
  1. Spend time with your child/children: during this time, it is easy to look to the school for work to keep your child/children busy. Please use this time to also teach your children keylife skills such as cooking, cleaning, baking, drawing/painting, learn a new skill, DIY, budgeting, gardening/plant care etc. 
  1. Ensure your child stays at home: during these times it is tempting to allow your child/ren to leave the house and allow them to see their friends. As children are known to be ‘silent carriers’ of the COVID-19 virus, it is essential that they do not leave the house  unaccompanied by an adult and, if they do, it should only be for the reasons stated by the government.

What else can I do with my child/ren during lockdown?

There are a whole host of activities and ideas online that you can do with your children at home. Here are some links you can use to help with some ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my child/ren be doing every school day?

Your child should log in to Google Classroom every morning to see what work they have and the should be following the remote learning timetables that are available on our website by clicking here.

Where is my child’s work?

Your child should login to Google Classroom every morning to see their learning activities for the day. If you do not have access to the internet at home, please contact the school and we will post out work in paper format for your child or provide them with a loaned laptop for them to be able to complete their work (if available). We can also provide exercise books or other learning resources if required.

My child can’t login to Google Classroom. What should I do?

We sent login reminders to all students and parents in the Autumn term. Parents/carers also have logins, as well as students. You should be able to see the work your child has been set when you log in as a parent. If there an issue with this and you do not have access to Google Classroom, please contact the school reception between 8.40am and 3.00pm and they can provide this information.

When will my child’s learning activities be available?

All teachers will be aiming to have lesson activities uploaded to Google Classroom and ready for students to do by 8.40am each morning. Some teachers and departments will set work weekly. All students should follow their normal timetables and this is available on Google Classroom. Students should be spending approximately 50 minutes on each single lesson and 100 minutes on each double lesson.

How should my child complete the learning activity?

All work should be completed on Google Classroom and submitted online. Instructions will be given by individual teachers about which form this should take. Students can submit work directly to teachers on Google Classroom. If they are using paper resources which we have posted, the work should be neatly presented and should be dropped to reception each week. 

My child does not understand how to complete the work. How can they get help?

Google Classroom has a messaging feature that enables them to contact the teacher who set the work. Teachers will endeavour to respond to questions as soon as they can. If your child can carry on with another aspect of their learning this will give the teacher time to respond to their question.

How do I get in contact with someone if I have a question?

If you need to contact one of your child’s teachers, please call reception and they will get a message to the teachers to call you back if they are not immediately available.

If you have a general ‘year group’ or ‘house question’, please call the academy and speak to reception staff who will direct your query by email to the relevant member of staff. Alternatively, please email info@cityacademyislington.org.uk. Please provide your child’s name and year group and/or provide the details of the relevant staff member(s) when emailing us with a query so that we can direct your email to the right person.

As most staff are working from home, there may be a brief delay in response and we would appreciate your patience with this.

Please only use one method of contact at a time. Please do not send a message, call and email as this may cause delays in the response.

I have a safeguarding issue that I would usually discuss with school. What can I do?

The Designated Safeguarding Lead, Laura Campbell (Vice Principal) and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead is Ruth Johal. They are both contactable by email on safeguarding@cityacademyislington.org.uk . Please only use this for safeguarding concerns and for nothing else. If the concern is urgent, please do not use this email address. If a child is in immediate risk of harm, please contact social services and/or the police, numbers for which can be found on the COVID-19 Safeguarding section on the website which can be found here

My child usually sees a CAMHS clinician in school. What happens now?

CAMHS clinicians are providing a remote service and will be in touch with you and your child directly during this time. They will try, where it is possible, to do consultations over the phone.

My child works with Think Forward and Nayaab. Will they have any contact while school is closed?

Yes. Nayaab will contact the students by phone and work with them going forward over phone and messages.

How will SEN support operate now?

We have our SEN support team working with department leaders to ensure that work that has been set is accessible by all students during the time of school closure. If you have a specific question about SEN needs, please contact the school by phone and the reception staff will contact the SEN team by email.

My child is eligible for Free School Meals. Can you help?

Yes. The government voucher scheme will be reinstated from 4th January 2021 using the EdenRed scheme as before. Please ensure that you have updated the school if you have changed your email address or mobile number as this is how the vouchers will be distributed. 

Can my child come back to school to collect books while we are closed?

No. Schools have been closed to create ‘social distancing’ for everyone’s protection. If this changes, we will let you know. We may be able to post books home if they are absolutely necessary for your child’s home study.

Can my child come to school even if there is an adult at home?

The guidance clearly states that in all cases, children should stay at home wherever possible. It is only if there is no alternative to this that we are open for the children of key workers and students who are deemed as vulnerable. The updated list of key worker categories can be found here. This includes children with a social worker and those with EHCPs.

What do I do if I am worried about my child/rens’ mental health?

Reassure them that being worried and anxious during times like this is completely normal and encourage them to talk to you about how they are feeling. Be sympathetic and understand the difficulties they may discuss, such as not being able to see their friends. 

Child Mental Health and Wellbeing

We understand that lockdown can take its toll on the wellbeing and mental health of our students. We continue to offer a range of support services to help support them during this difficult time. The ‘COVID-19 Safeguarding’ section of the website has details of support services for students and families. 

Please find below some guidance produced by SSS Learning where you will find some advice and tips on how you, as parents and carers, can support your child’s mental health and wellbeing during this time. 

Child Mental Health and Wellbeing – 10 top tips for Parents