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Leighton Primary School

Week 5: beginning 18th May

This week our focus is PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).  The work will be based around a book called 'How to NOT go to school', which has been specially written for children about living through the lock-down.

Day 1:  download the book on this link.

Read the start of the story, chapters 1, 2 and 3.  Chapter 3 has a list of imaginary friends that the narrator has invented.  Discuss the questions at the end of Chapter 3.  Then ask your child to invent 3 imaginary friends that they would like to create.  Either write about each of the 3 friends, or draw a picture of them and label what they are like.  Or you could do both!

(The first 3 chapters also give a good opportunity to ask your child how they are feeling about not going to school.  If there are any problems at home, you could even ask your child to arrange a family meeting like the girl does, and to set an agenda.)

Day 2

Read together Chapter 4.  It explains what motivates the girl to learn at home.  Discuss how your child can motivate themselves to learn new things at home. Discuss whatyour child wants to achieve in their education and later life. What job might they like to do?  Go through together the questions at the end of the chapter and discuss them.  Then your child could either write what their motivations are,or they could come up with a timetable for learning.

Day 3

Read Chapter 5 together.  Then discuss the questions at the end of the chapter (especially the ones by Me and Mum, not necessarily the ones by Bo.)  Talk about your worries about the current situation.   If your child doesn't want to talk about it, you could go out on a walk and try to collect objects to represent each emotion, like the characters in the story collected pebbles for each feeling.  This will help your child to discuss feelings in a general way, and this might help them to understand and discuss their own feelings in the future.

Then read the final chapter, and draw up a list of things your child wants to achieve while they are not at school.

Extra activities

You could encourage your child to write a diary in the style of the story to tell people about what life is like for children during the lock-down.  This could even be made into a time capsule and buried,or made into a book which future generations of children could read in their history lessons.  (Remind children that in Year 2 they read a lot about life during the Great Fire of London from Samuel Pepys' diary.  Could children in the future use your diary to find out about life for children during the lockdown?)

If children don't want to write it down, they could record their experiences on a computer with photos,or make a film using Windows Movie Maker or IMovies.  Or they could record a film from video clips that they take on a phone.