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8th April – Coronavirus – Regular Update to all Early Years, Children’s Social Care, Schools and Further Education Providers
08 Apr
Please find attached the latest update from the Department of Education to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
5 YouTube Channels to Support Curriculum Music
08 Apr
In the current climate, teachers and parents alike are looking for resources to help children learn in new ways as the majority of pupils are at home. The internet can be a treasure trove of resources, but with all this choice it's difficult to know where to start - so our National Curriculum team of qualified teachers have got you covered with these five recommendations for YouTube channels that will get kids moving, learning, and enjoying their music lessons from home! 1. Ollie Tunmer Ollie Tunmer from The Beat Goes On is posting regular rhythm warm ups and exercises during the crisis on his YouTube Channel – great for a bit of movement, rhythm and pulse work! 2. Koo Koo Kanga Roo Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Great for Kids of all ages, stay active, learn the dance moves, keep the rhythm and follow the pulse to the music. Our favourites are Dinosaur Stomp and Unicorns R Real! 3. Musication The Musication Youtube Channel has lots of really good videos to use in their Percussion Play-Along Playlist. Get the pots and pans out and get a few children in school or the whole family at home involved! 4. Mr D. Morley A youtube channel that includes lots of useful short videos ranging from how to read notes to the history of rock music. 5. Brian Gossard A youtube channel built by Brian Gossard that includes lots of educational videos explaining how rests and different dynamics work. To see even more online resources for home learning, you can visit our "Resources During Covid-19" page for schools, or our "Home Learning Resources" page for section-specific learning resources. Keep up the music making!
COVID 19 - Schools and Settings requiring Additional Staffing Capacity
08 Apr
The Local Authority's wish is that schools should remain open and we are doing all that we can to support you with this. If you are experiencing severe staff shortages which mean that you main need to close, please could Headteachers contact us as a matter of urgency at DCS.alert@leeds.gov.uk. We have staff we can draw on to support you. All staff recommended have the appropriate qualifications and are DBS checked. Practitioners in Leeds City Council’s Culture and Sport section can deliver Dance, Animation, Drama, Musical Theatre, T shirt design and printing, Mindfulness, Positive Mental Health and Healthy Hands sessions as well as a range of sports activities. Leeds Museums and Galleries is offering some great projects such as ‘Build a Mini Museum'. If you would like to find out more about these, please contact sally.coe@leeds.gov.uk Active Leeds has an array of motivated multi-sports coaches who can deliver PE sessions and more general Sport and Physical Activity within schools. Plus, for example, the Children and Young People Prevention Service can deliver some PSHE workshops to educate and inform children and young people on various life skills including Internet safety, positive and healthy relationships and body image. Active Leeds also work closely with Barca and the Police to deliver workshops on the consequences of young people’s actions if they get involved in Youth Violence. For further information on all Active Leeds provision please contact Neil Jones, Partnership Development Manager, Neil.Jones@leeds.gov.uk
School Building Maintenance During COVID-19
08 Apr
Whether school buildings are closed or partially open all essential maintenance and statutory tests /inspections must continue, to ensure the safety of building occupants. Further advice is shown in the table below. If the building is closed for significant periods: Ensure your fire alarm panel does not show any faults and that battery back-up and line / Web way device connections to the Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC) are operational, so the fire service can be summoned in the event of a fire occurring. All fire doors must be closed. Review your testing and maintenance records to establish when servicing of fire alarm, emergency lighting, sprinkler systems are due and consider how access for contractors can be safely managed to allow these works to be carried out. Heating systems can be set to frost protection and hot water systems can be switched off; however, weekly flushing for a minimum of 2 minutes of all hot and cold water points, for legionella control, must be carried out and recorded. Once a week site staff should walk around the site to ensure the site is secure and there are no leaks. If the building is fully or partially open: Carry out the following key procedures as usual: Fire alarm weekly test by school staff(including links to fire doors, smoke curtains, shutters, suppression systems, fire dampers, emergency communication devices in refuge areas) Fire Alarm maintenance by appointed contractor. Sprinkler system weekly tests by schools staff and maintenance tests by appointed contractor. Emergency lighting school checks and maintenance test by appointed contractor. School daily checks on means of escape to ensure these remain clear / accessible. Additional areas of consideration: If it is not the usual key holder opening up the building, ensure an agreed route is followed to avoid anyone being locked in and that ALL doors each day are opened on arrival so that means of escape can be safely maintained. If you have new occupants on site, ensure they know the fire evacuation procedures and where to assemble. If you have new occupants who will need assistance to evacuate ensure there is a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) in place. Ensure you have sufficient staff to fulfil the fire warden role. This includes designated checking zones to ensure no one is left behind and directing occupants to the nearest exits.Provide training if staff are new to this role. For further information: a) On adjusting your heating system or hot water system, speak to your heating engineer or Leeds City Council’s Leeds Building Services (LBS) on 0113 37 82390. b) On legionella control measures, speak to the company who carry out your Legionella monitoring or LBS on 0113 37 82390. c) On Fire safety systems management, speak to your appointed maintenance contractor. For advice on fire procedures, speak to your fire safety advisor or the Fire Safety Manager on 0113 37 87203. This initial advice does not cover all statutory duties, additional information will be issued once we have further advice from the Government / HSE.
What’s Happening at Home? Some GREAT Home Learning!
08 Apr
It’s been really inspiring to see the excellent examples of home learning that have been happening across the City. Staff in Leeds schools and settings are doing a brilliant job of supporting our children and young people in lock down. Some of the latest highlights include: Churwell Primary who have been focusing on D & T – this week’s amazing lego challenge has been from NASA, to build a spacecraft and go and find aliens…and Mrs Hutchinson’s ‘Crafty Challenge Number 3’ has commenced and is up on the school website! Carr Manor Community School have been using some of the brilliant resources on www.mylearning.org, learning about prehistoric animals, Romans and insects with an amazing code cracking challenge. The most tasty example of the week so far is Roundhay Primary with Mr Goldsmith’s Year 2 Cake Challenge…we look forward to seeing how the children get on following his instructions with their own ingredients at home! Supporting our NHS… Christchurch Upper Armley Primary have produced some excellent drawings of NHS Superheroes.. and you've also been working in school to support our wonderful NHS…Lawnswood School have joined in the production of PPE equipment that’s being carried out across the City’s secondary schools, making great use of their laser cutter to produce protective masks, and Roundhay School have been making scrubs. Well done, everybody. We’ve loved reading about these on twitter! Teachers! Please let us know at leedsforlearning@leeds.gov.uk about the great things that you're doing with your pupils to support them at home in these challenging times. We'd love to share your fabulous work across the Leeds Learning Community.
Leeds Libraries From Home - Easter Holiday
08 Apr
We have put together some ideas to help keep you and your family busy at home over the Easter bank holiday! There is a selection of theatre from your sofa, outdoor activities, seasonal craft projects and virtual days out. This weekend remember to #StayHomeSaveLives Theatre From Your Sofa Last year M6 Theatre came to Leeds Central Library with their touring family show One Little Word. This year you can watch Whatever The Weather from your home as well as download the accompanying resources. https://m6theatre.co.uk/latest/wtw/ Northern Ballet are sharing their retelling of the classic fairytale Little Red Riding Hood on Friday 10th April at 9:30am. This is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre. https://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/events/northern-ballet-digital-season-little-red-riding-hood You can also watch the big West End production of Wind In the Willows and download the accompanying resources to enjoy at home. https://www.willowsmusical.com/ Outdoor Activities Spot and identify garden birds in your garden or from your window with this brilliant guide from the RSBP. https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/birds-to-look-out-for/ Rainbows are popping up in the windows of many houses in local communities spreading joy as families spot them on local walks. See if you can find one thing in nature for each of the 7 colours of the rainbow as spring unfolds in your community. You could even photograph them to keep a record or use what you see to inspire some colourful artwork when you get home. Join in and create your own rainbow to put in your window for others to enjoy. Plant a sunflower seed this weekend and watch it grow over the coming weeks. You could have a competition amongst your family, school or friends and share pictures to see who's grows the biggest. https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-grow-sunflowers-from-seed/ Virtual Days Out Here’s a comprehensive list of virtual tours to museums and galleries from around the world which you can explore with your children. https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/free-virtual-tours-of-world-museums-educational-sites-galleries-for-children/?fbclid=IwAR1g6T88hqseXLQ1Xli4fQ3Gl3eUhf71n-Tv9p-hZNJK95v3FHwP4TNOwyA Take a trip to zoos and wildlife parks around the world with this list of live streams. https://www.holidaypirates.com/travel-magazine/13-zoos-that-offer-live-streams-see-giraffes-koalas-pandas-tigers-penguins-more_35765?fbclid=IwAR1hjY61tGrviSSPPaFjcSgvHtEUXt_CpFrEIlExcy-51rYUUNU2J6caJGE Craft Project ideas Time Capsule: Create a time capsule of all the things you are doing during this time at home. It could include drawings, writing a short story or poem, a message to yourself, take pictures on walks and at home, collect little things around your home and write a list of your favourite books. When you have finished creating your time capsule you can put it somewhere safe and set a reminder to open it up next year during the Easter holidays or take it to school when you return and share it with your teachers and friends. Easter Bonnet: Create a story themed Easter bonnet. Think about your favourite stories and use ideas from them to decorate an old hat. You could draw and stick on pictures of characters or objects from your chosen books or add items to create a hat that a character from that story might wear. You could add paper shapes, bunny ears made from socks or even add some flowers from the garden. Easter Lego Challenge: For the Easter holidays we are setting our first Lego challenge, to build an Easter egg. Your Easter eggs could be 2D or 3D with patterns, surrounding stories and even hinged to reveal something in the centre. We would love to see all your Easter bonnet and Lego creations so please share with us on social media. Facebook - Leedslibraries Twitter - @Leedslibraries Instagram - @Leedslibraries Reading together And finally there is no better way to spend time with your children than reading together. It helps to develop children’s language and reading skills as well as their ability to imagine and visualise. So don’t forget to put your digital devices and screens away for some time and snuggle down to read some of your favourite stories together. We hope you have a lovely Easter!
COVID 19 - Updated 6 April ESSENTIAL RESOURCES AND ADVICE - PSHE and SEMH support for children & young people during school closures
06 Apr
*** Please note that our resources for settings and parents are updated weekly *** In light of school closures, we wanted to provide a range of advice and resources for schools, as well as a resource for parents/carers. We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty and to signpost schools and settings to resources that start valuable conversations with pupils and students. These resources also provide tested tools to maintain wellbeing at what can be an anxious time for children and young people. At the end of the documents, we have included some resources which support pupils and students to continue learning at home. There are 2 documents attached to this article - one for teachers and one for schools to to give to families at their school. These resource documents are also hosted on www.schoolwellbeing.co.uk and will be updated weekly if appropriate whilst schools remain closed. We will also be posting updates and resources and advice on the Knowledge Hub group - PSHE/ Healthy School Teacher Network - please find us on khub.net or drop us an e mail and we will invite you to join the group. Please share this information far and wide so that we can all do what we can to keep children happy, learning, laughing and calm! We want to thank everyone for all the hard work that is taking place at this difficult time.
Leeds Libraries From Home #2
05 Apr
Welcome to issue 2 of the Leeds Libraries & School Library Service newsletter, featuring links to online resources, as well as our top picks from all the incredible content currently available from authors and illustrators. Leeds Libraries Digital Resources - supporting school and home learning Reading for Pleasure We have over 19,000 comics and graphic novels, suitable for all ages, available for you to borrow https://www.rbdigital.com/leeds/service/comics We have added a number of extra eBook and eAudiobooks for children to our library catalogue, which can be downloaded by multiple people at the same time through Borrowbox https://leeds.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/default. This week’s title highlight: The Boy Who Grew Dragons - Andy Shepherd (KS2 eBook and eAudio) Join the Library - https://leeds.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/default/search/registration/$N/SYMWS/true If you are having issues with joining please contact libraryenquiries@leeds.go.uk or 01133785005 Study Support For those of you taking part in local walks why not find out more about how your neighbourhood used to look. The Leodis website has over 66,000 images of Leeds dating back to the 1690s, see if your house is on there, your school or your local shops and parks. http://www.leodis.net/ Code Clubs in libraries have paused for a while but you can still access all the brilliant resources online. Most of the projects are web based and won’t require any equipment. https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub Curated Activity World Book Day UK has created a Book Ideas Hub, containing resources for educators/students/parents to use at home https://www.worldbookday.com/ The Leeds Year of Reading Team continue to update their detailed list of resources to support teachers and families, and to sparkinspiration around the Year of Reading. http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/page/15600 Top Picks of the Week Under 5's – Join in with Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) as he reads his much loved story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt https://www.youtube.com/embed/2OI7fe766nk Children (5-7) – Join picture book author/illustrator Rob Biddulph (@RobBiddulph for #DrawWithRob every Tuesday and Thursday http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob Children (7-11) – visit Faber Booktime and hear Chris Mould (@chrismouldink) talk about his role as illustrator for the new edition of Ted Hughes' The Iron Man. Hear Chris read from the book and draw the Iron Man along with Chris. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtNE2Fm-3Y Young People – Marcus Sedgwick (@marcussedgwick) has recorded an audio version of his brilliant novel, Floodland https://marcussedgwick.com/floodland/ Understanding COVID-19 for children – https://nursedottybooks.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/dave-the-dog-coronavirus-1-1.pdf And finally, visit MyLearning and access free learning resources from arts, cultural and heritage organisations. Managed by our partners @LeedsMuseums https://www.mylearning.org/
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Upcoming Training

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05 May
Early Years New SENDCo Training - EY SENDIF and EYFFI
New SENCO training
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06 May
Mental Health First Aid Training (Adults)
This is a comprehensive awareness and skills course, which includes a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. "Helen has such a wealth of experience which allows her to teach very effectively. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt new skills to be able to support anyone suffering with mental health. A fabulous 2 days, get yourself booked on it!" Business Manager at Hollybush Primary School. "A really insightful and supportive course which has given me a much greater understanding of mental health and how I can support people more effectively. Helen's own experiences and brilliant, open personality made the course highly accessible and enjoyable too. A must for anyone and everyone" Headteacher at Spring Bank Primary School.
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06 May
Early Years and Primary 'Children's learning through movement'
When working with movement we are looking at a developmental process 0-8 years.Throughout the training opportunity will be given to explore resources and engage in practical ideas that support the receiving of key information and discussion around the benefits of specific early movement and the links to early writing. 'Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements' Montessori (n.d.)
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06 May
Early Years: Phyiscal development - Children’s learning through movement
Throughout the training opportunity will be given to explore resources and engage in practical ideas that support the receiving of key information and discussion around the benefits of specific early movement and the links to early writing.
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06 May
Individual Pupil Risk Assessment (IPRA)
The first part of the day will involve working through key documents including the Equality Act, Health and Safety at Work Act, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and recent case law. We will consider the question around when to put an IPRA in place, the relationship between IPRAs and IHCPs, and other key documents and services that feed into or inform the IPRA document. The second part of the day will be working on the wording of hazards to ensure effective controls can be written, then moving onto the accurate calculation of risk ratings for the hazards. A key addition to the training is the interactive quality assurance where the delegates will work in small groups to assess a selection of IPRAs and make a judgement as to the quality of those IPRAs. The day will consist of individual work as well as small group and whole group work.
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06 May
Governor - Induction Course Module 1 for Governors
The courses are a combination of presentations, group discussions, group and individual activities and plenty of time for questions. Hand-outs will be provided and it is recommended that these are circulated to the whole governing body for information.
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06 May
Playful interventions to support children with SEND
This twilight session will equip practitioners with a range of playful and practical strategies that can be used to support children’s learning and increase their access to the early years play provision. It will look at some individual play strategies, such as start and finish sessions, whilst also considering some fun and interactive small group activities, using everyday resources that are widely available to settings. You will have opportunity to develop some of your own resources, enabling you to implement your ideas with immediate effect!
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07 May
Mental Health First Aid Training (Adults)
This is a comprehensive awareness and skills course, which includes a mix of presentations, discussions and group work activities. "Helen has such a wealth of experience which allows her to teach very effectively. I would highly recommend this course. I have learnt new skills to be able to support anyone suffering with mental health. A fabulous 2 days, get yourself booked on it!" Business Manager at Hollybush Primary School. "A really insightful and supportive course which has given me a much greater understanding of mental health and how I can support people more effectively. Helen's own experiences and brilliant, open personality made the course highly accessible and enjoyable too. A must for anyone and everyone" Headteacher at Spring Bank Primary School.