Today we are going to ask children to draw a picture of what they think Covid19 looks like (being sensitive to our children - some may not want to do this, we will not force them). We will then ask them to write words, phrases or sentences around it about what they think coronavirus means. This may bring out different fears from the children and may start conversations. Underneath this there is a link to an online book which you may want to use to talk to children about Coronavirus some more. There is also an activity related to 'what are your worries' and 'how will you cope' which may be more benefical to your children if they are worried at this time.
We have asked some of the adults in school 'What does coronavirus mean to you?'
Here are some of their responses:
- dry hands from washing them all the time - Miss Spooner
- a new period in human history. In some form, coversation about 2020 will go on forever. In forty years time , people will look back and say, "What did you do during the Coronavirus outbreak?" just like I remember doing with my Grandad about World War 2 - Mr Wilding
- a challenging time that will not last forever - Mr Wade
- fear of the unknown of something invisible - Mrs Hull
- only making essential journeys and social distancing - Mrs Hall
- being very organised about my food shopping so I only go once a week, supporting family and friends can caring for my elderly father - Mrs Bailey
- using lots of tissues! 2C know that I suffer with hayfever, every time I sneeze I am uysing a tissue to catch it, bin it, kill it. I think I have bought 28 boxes so far! - Mrs Chard
- a very quick change in life, keeping 2m apart, washing hands to 'Happy Birthday', the uncertainty and things being out of my control - Miss Carter
- being aware of good hygiene, being in isolation, being aware of others' loss and illness, NHS - clapping together, caring for each other, the country pulling together - but most of all I see it is as the invisible enemy that is affecting everybody! - Mrs Wray
- having dry hands, the unknown - it's not in my control. - Miss Doolan
- not leaving the house without hand sanitiser, learning to adapt to a new normal - Mrs Traveller
- teaching Bronson how to count backwards from 20 every time he washes his hands - Mr Seaman
- A moment to reflect on what is really important in my life - my family, friendships, good health and the joy of showing and sharing kindness with others - Miss Georgeson
We are also going to ask for the children to think about what lockdown means to them. For every single person in the country it means something different! Some are still working, some are supporting and caring for others, some are not living with loved ones at the moment, some have moved back home, some have not left the house in weeks, some have had to leave to work, support others ...
First of all we will get children to note who they are living with at the moment (include pets if you want).
Then we will get children to create either a poster or poem about what lockdown means to them (see attached). The poem may be written or you could get your child to record their ideas or video themselves. They could interview the people they are living with to create a video or a newspaper article.
Listening to the news regularly with sadness and aniticipation
Opening doors with my hands covered or my elbows and arms
Changes overnight - in my job and how I live
Keeping in contact with friends and family as much as I can
Doing all the jobs in my house that I have been meaning to do for a while
Opportunity - to stop, think and change the future world for the better
Walking to school and back surrounded by windows full of rainbows
Noticing things around me - the blue sky, the birds tweeting, the silence
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