28th May – Coronavirus – Regular Update to all Early Years, Children’s Social Care, Schools and Further Education Providers
Please find attached the latest update from the Department of Education to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
New Virtual Training and Development Through Leeds for Learning
We are very pleased to announce that colleagues in schools and settings are now able to ‘virtually’ access a range of development opportunities through a new pilot scheme which offers:
· Live virtual delivery using secure Skype networks
· Pre-recorded videos via the new Leeds for Learning eLearning platform
We are delighted to say that during this pilot stage, many of our eLearning videos will be available free of charge. This will enable us to test out the new training platform, whilst at the same time supporting colleagues’ training and development needs ‘virtually’ during the current situation. Our eLearning videos will be available in June 2020, details of how to access these materials can be found in the attached 'How to browse LfL eLearning videos' document.
We are asking you to help us with the smooth running of this initiative by ensuring that your staff can access secure Skype networks. If you do not have ‘Skype for Business’ in your school or setting, colleagues will need to download the appropriate app on to their laptop or smart device, guidance outlining how to do this can be found in the attached 'How to Join a Skype Network' document. All Skype networks can be found and booked through our usual Leeds for Learning training area.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and following Government guidance we have decided to extend the postponement of all Leeds for Learning face to face events until 31st July 2020 and prioritise the development of this virtual support offer to schools and settings.
Please direct any questions regarding the new virtual learning offer or any aspect of Leeds for Learning to firstname.lastname@example.org
Urgent: Transport 'Suggest a Scheme' consultation now open: space for drop-off, walking, cycling... what does your school need?
What do you need to keep everyone safer outside your school? From pop-up bike lanes and restricting traffic to tackling illegal parking and creating more space for drop-off and pick-up, please let us know. As part of its response to Covid-19, Leeds City Council needs schools to suggest schemes that will help everyone maintain social distance, support safer walking and cycling and improve air quality. We need schools, head-teachers, governors, parents, and communities all to share ideas and comments as soon as possible. Please go to the Commonplace consultation site, and open the section called ‘Creating more pedestrian and cycle space outside schools’ (sign up to the newsletter too). And please help us spread the word about this important Commonplace resource – thank you.
Home Learning Resource Area. Find What You Need in One Place!
Leeds or Learning is committed to providing a high quality, continuously improving service for schools and settings. In a bid to help teachers with the school closures and the coronavirus emergency, our teams have compiled details for you of the huge range of companies and organisations currently offering their services to support learning at home. From our brand new Home Learning Resource Area, you can follow links out to resources to support different key stages, curriculum areas, specialist subjects, health & wellbeing, etc.
Covid-19 is uncharted territory- we’ve never had to respond to a situation like this before, and the picture remains fluid. In terms of home schooling, what is clear is that there should not be an attempt to replicate the school day in the home environment. Some specific guidance has been released by the teaching unions as follows: ''It is not possible to replicate a usual school experience at home and we cannot expect pupils or parents to replicate the classroom. Instead, the advice urges a focus on “bite-sized chunks of work which are more likely to be completed and could be part of a bigger project.’'
‘Many schools will lack the resources for this and families will have very different home circumstances, with some pupils not having internet access and others having very limited access as parents adjust to working from home....Schools are urged to consider alternative or complementary learning activities that do not require technology and staff should collaborate to produce these in order to reduce workload.’'
‘Safeguarding must not be overlooked either...teachers should not be asked to personally contact individual students, except where there is an agreed, formal system in place for contacting vulnerable pupils.’
We have seen many excellent examples across the City of challenging, instructional and fun home learning activities. Here are some more ideas...and we invite you to pick and choose your way through our suggestions. If you find something really helpful or if you have any more suggestions please let us know at email@example.com. Please keep checking back, these pages will be continually updated with more resources for you.
Leeds Libraries From Home - May Half Term
Welcome to the May Half Term issue of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service weekly newsletter. We have put together a list of activity ideas and a fantastic reading list to help keep you and your family busy at home over the May half term holiday during lockdown! Remember to stay home as much as possible and stay alert.
This Saturday, 23rd May, we will be celebrating Elmer Day 2020 at home this year. To join in the celebrations you can create your very own rainbow patch work elephant using lots of thing you can find around the house or garden. This could include leaves, petals, fabrics, coloured paper, paint or crayons. You can hang your rainbow patchwork Elmer in your front window for other children to discover on as they walk past during daily exercise. Elmer makes the world a much brighter place, spread the positivity of Elmer. We'd love to see and share your creations on our social media channels, tag us in your pictures @leedslibraries #Librariesfromhome
We will also be sharing a special Elmer Storytime on Saturday morning at 9:45am on our Facebook and Twitter and you can find lots of other Elmer activities here.
Have a go at some fun book-based bakes, from a Gruffalo cake to Bumblebear biscuits. There are lots of recipes to try out and you can read the story whilst eating your delicious creations.
The Woodland Trust have put together a list of 10 nature activities for kids which you can do at home in your garden or out whilst enjoying green spaces!
Some of the brilliant Tutti Frutti artists have been commissioned to take over the Tutti social media each Tuesday in May to share with you some activities and games. Next week, Tuesday 26th May, Christella Litras, who created the beautiful sound for Yellow is the Colour of Sunshine, will be doing all things music and fun! You can also look back over the previous artists takeovers for more activities, we particularly love designer Catherine Chapman’s story den! #TuesdayTakeover
Stay inspired with Firstsite’s artist created activity packs, featuring contributions from UK artists including Grayson Perry, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas and more. Art is where the home is’ will give you ideas about how to get creative at home. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, plus it’s completely FREE to download!
Enter the 'laugh out lobster' story competition and you could see your work published in an e-book, printed in 'The Week Junior' and win a whole stack of books! .
While the Scouts normally love the great outdoors, they’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep learning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors.
#REIMAGINE2020 is a new digital creative project from Derby Theatre. If you’re aged between 13 and 25 they want to hear from you!
Take part by submitting a creative response reimagining a future post Covid-19 for a chance for your work to be shared across Derby Theatre and partners' social media channels. All submissions and creations will also go towards a final, collective digital creation. Your creative response could use performance, art, photography, poetry, song, dance or a short film of up to 2-minutes (you could even use TikTok). Responses can be made alone or with friends within this age range, as long as you follow social distancing guidelines and remain at least two metres apart.
Homeskool Beatbox Adventures with Shlomo is a weekly live streamed interactive show empowering kids and their families to find their true voices and create their own music. We are hosting the live stream every Thursday at 2pm on our Facebook page, for 30 minutes families around the world will learn new vocal skills from SK Shlomo, the critically acclaimed world-champion beatboxer who has previously collaborated with Bjork, Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen, played at Glastonbury and broken world records with his jaw-dropping vocal gymnastics.
Enjoy a front-row seat to awe-inspiring moments of the larger-than-life Cirque du Soleil shows of KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, ‘’O’’, and LUZIA.
Holiday Reading List
Please find our holiday reading list attached with titles in eBook and eAudio for under 5's right through to teens. Use your library card to borrow any of these titles from Leeds Libraries BorrowBox. Our holiday reading list is available to be downloaded by multiple people at the same time so no one misses out on these great reads.
Join the Library - If you are having issues with joining please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0113 378 5005
Child Friendly Leeds Half Term Competition
Child Friendly Leeds have been running fortnightly competitions to keep young people busy during lockdown. The next competition theme, launched 26 May, is ‘Skills for Life’ and they have joined up with the Sustainable Energy and Air Quality Team to create some ‘climate-friendly’ ideas for young people to try. These include cooking a climate-friendly meal, riding a bike, growing a plant or making a recycling poster for their household! Entries are made on social media by using the hashtag #OurChildFriendlyLeeds. The closing date is Friday 5 June. Visit Child Friendly Leeds social media for more details.
Check out the Child Friendly Leeds live blog which has been created to keep children and families busy, safe and well during lockdown. It includes fun & creative activities, competitions for young people to enter, educational & useful resources during school closures as well as guidance, advice and support for families. Be sure to check back regularly for new content!