Children & Young People’s Mental Health

Dear Parents and Carers,

Due to Government Funding in the Adult Education Budget. We have several Free online Accredited Courses available to Parents to help better understand some key issues around young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We currently have the following subjects available. 

  • Understanding Autism (learn how individuals process sensory information, understand characteristics, understand conditions, learn how speech, language and communication differ in people with Autism)
  • Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health (Understand factors which may affect Young Peoples mental health, the impactthat they have and how to support them with these issues)
  • Understanding Behaviour That Challenges (supporting positive behaviour, effective communication & how to manage challenging behaviour)
  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (understand characteristics of ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia & Dyscalculia, importance of early diagnosis, assessment methods available to diagnose learning difficulties)

On average the courses take between 20-30 hours to complete within in a 6-week window and are completed on a laptop or computer at the learner’s home. No Exams, end point assessments are involved, the courses are purely Q&A based and are available to you 24/7. 

 The only criteria the learner must meet to be eligible, is the following..    

  • Aged 19 or over on or before 31st August 2020    
  • Have lived in the UK/EU for 3+ years    
  • Not already on a Government funded course (Apprenticeship for example)    

The course is completely free, but the learning provider reserves the right to charge an admin fee of £150 in the event that someone enrols, but then makes no attempt to complete the course without a valid reasonThat said, the college will grant extensions if the learner has a genuine reason as to why they feel they won’t be able to complete it within the 6 weeks.

If you are interested in undertaking one of these Free Online courses, then please complete the following link asap.  This will then allow me to contact you and send over the relevant Enrolment details.
https://formstack.io/TyZSZjXRWndR4L6rW7HXEpqpL8_drGsA9XWS0F15Xgj56D1utKVODIduJM61p1nhsYqF2DWgISdLBdG6xPPEoQ

Year 4 Autumn 2020

Inquiry:

This Autumn term in Year 4 we are starting to learn about the Anglo-Saxons and how their arrival to Britain impacted life here. We have started to learn about the push and pull factors that cause people to migrate. It is a fantastic resource for learning about the Anglo-Saxons can be found on BBC Bitesize.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxsbcdm/articles/zq2m6sg

Home learning tasks:

1) Create a poster about facts you’ve learnt about Anglo-Saxon life.

English: 

In English we are about to start writing a story based on King Arthur and the magical sword in the stone Excalibur. You can read a version of the story via your child’s Myon account using the same passwords that your child uses for Purple Mash.

https://www.myon.co.uk/login/

Have a practise at writing some simple sentences here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z88t97h

We have started the year looking at Grammar and different word classes. There are lots of helpful explanations and activities that can be used to practise here.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn

Maths:

In maths we are looking at number and place value. There are lots of great maths activities and games to complete and play on the BBC Bitesize page.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

We also use Sumdog where your child’s class teacher sets weekly challenges and links activities to the learning they are completing each week.

https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in

We are learning our times tables up to 12 x 12 and these websites are good for speeding up children’s recall of facts. Select the times table you wish to practise and away you go!

We recommend learning them by practising them in the order we teach them which is:

Start with 2s, 5s and 10s.  

Then, 4s and 8s. 

Next, 3 and 6 followed by 9 and 12.  

Finally, 11 and 7 times tables.

Children need to be able to recall them in order and randomly. We suggest always warming up with a practise of the times table before moving on to rapid recall.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Geography:

We have been learning about the seven continents, five oceans and different biomes on planet Earth. This web

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z849q6f/articles/z7dkhbk

We have been watching BBC Seven Worlds by David Attenborough on BBC Iplayer whilst eating our lunches. It is brilliant and highly recommended to rewatch!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p07dzjwl/seven-worlds-one-planet

Science:

In Science, we will be looking at electricity and conductors before moving on to circuits. There are lots of helpful videos and activities you can work through.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2882hv

Mandarin:

In Mandarin, we have been recapping what we started to learn in Year 3 with introducing ourselves and how to greet others.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkr3gwx/articles/zfw9d6f

RE

We will start of the year looking at Christianity. We will start with questions like what is the difference between knowing and believing? What are beliefs? What is religion? What do Christians believe?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztkxpv4

PE

In PE, we are learning invasion games and developing our ball control and spacial awareness in football. If you are at home, we highly recommend the Joe Wicks Body Coach YouTube videos. Here are a selection of short 5-minute workouts to get you started.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s learning please contact the school office as we are happy to help in any way we can.

Summer Reading Challenge

Encourage your children to keep reading this Summer – Silly Squad, the 2020 Summer reading challenge is here!

You’ll be pleased to hear, that whilst our buildings are still closed to the Public, we’re still able to offer children the chance to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge this year. The challenge has gone digital, and so have we! Find out everything you need to know about how to join, find events and borrow books below.

Normally, a member of our libraries team would come in to school to tell pupils all about the challenge. This year, we’re bringing assembly home. Watch Apryl and Adam tell you all about the Summer Reading Challenge in Norfolk in this Youtube video.

How to join the 2020 Challenge

Step 1: Join the challenge at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk Parents will need to set up their own account first before setting up their children to make sure they have permission to take part.

Step 2: Set your own challenge.  We’re still encouraging children to read at least 6 books but you can set your own challenge for more – it’s a long time until September! You can even adjust it as time goes on.

Step 3: Get reading!

Step 4: After you finish your first book, log back in at www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk and log your book! Get virtual rewards and unlock new buddies as you get closer to your target.

What to read?

You can ANYTHING you like – books you have at home, books you have bought home from school, library books you still have on loan. We’d love you to try out our ebook library, which you can browse here: https://norfolk.overdrive.com/library/childrens you can borrow books to read and books to listen to. It’s free, you just need a library card.

If you don’t have a library card, don’t worry, you can still join the library here: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries-local-history-and-archives/libraries/your-library-account/join-the-library

All of our elibrary is free to borrow, you can use the Libby app on your tablet or smartphone, or read online on a laptop or PC.

As well as books, we have lots of magazines and comics you can read on the Press Reader app or website, wwww.pressreader.com. From the Beano to horseriding, gaming to pets, there are lots of topics to keep you interested.  To sign up for free, sign up with a library card, not a social media account.

If your children are not reading yet, or just starting out, books you read to them, or read together count too. Enjoying books as a family is important too. The library Youtie channel already has some great picture book recommendations (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXWPpCCxMthT-mb3dPdzWZA) and there will be new suggestions added very week for children of all ages.

Events and activities

Whilst we can’t welcome you in to our library buildings for events, our Facebook page, Norfolk Libraries for Families, has lots of different things going on. Storytime, bounce and rhyme, book recommendations and activities – find out the latest events here: www.Facebook.com/NorfolkLibrariesForFamilies

Mondays and Wednesdays at 12pm – Storytime – let your children sit and listen to a story from one of our library team – you can even count it as a book toward your target afterwards!

Mondays at 2pm – a new book for our ebook club. Listen to one of the library team share the first chapter of our library book club read and find out how to download it yourself for free.

Tuesdays at 10am – Bounce and Rhyme time. Songs and rhymes for under 5s and anyone else who enjoys a song!

Wednesdays at 4.30pm – Brick builders challenge. A new theme for your buildings set every week.

Thursdays at 10am – Silly Squad book time. A member of our library team will share their favourite book for 7-11 year olds to download from our ebook library, and suggest some book related activities to do as well.

Fridays at 12pm – story and activity time. Another story from our libraries team with a fun activity to do too.

You can even message the children’s team, who’d be happy to help with anything to do with children’s reading.

*Due to publishers’ permissions, story times have to be deleted after viewing. All other videos will be available to watch later and on our Youtube channel.

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Parry-Jones
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage