What a great offer from Tacpac. An amazing resource that lots of our children would benefit from at home. Take a look at the videos on their Facebook page and website about the set 5 resource.
During this difficult time it is important we look after our mental health. As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the topic is Kindness. Have a look at the resources below for some activities and stories to help your child’s understanding of what kindness is and how they can be kind to others.
Don’t forget your mental wellbeing as a parent or carer is important too. Some of the links below are for adults. Talking to others can be helpful, our family support workers are available if you need to talk about yourself, not just your children. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
This week in school has been all about mini beasts! The children have explored the garden and play area for little creatures - some of the children have been brave enough to hold some! There’s been art work, baking sessions and the week’s not over yet.
I am the family support manager at Daisy Chain and I am currently managing a specialist ASD, ADHD and sensory differences telephone support service. I wanted to provide an update on how the service is supporting young people, families and adults. Since the 16th of March when our team began working from home we have supported over 180 young people, families and adults affected by ADHD, ASD and sensory differences across the Tees Valley. We want to ensure that families across Tees Valley are not alone during this really challenging time.
We have been providing a variety of support from advocating for adults, creating personalised packages of support including visuals and social stories for families, well-being check ins and supporting parents/carers to understand and manage their child's needs.
We have now opened our free telephone support line 0800 031 5445. We also have a short video clip and poster that we would really appreciate you sharing in any way you can to ensure those who need our support know about us.
The video is available on Facebook and Youtube as well as on our website:
Family Support Manager
Easter is a special time and we usually celebrate with fun activities, special assemblies and of course... the Easter Egg hunt! Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to do that this year so instead we sent our Springwell Easter bunnies out to spread happiness and deliver Easter eggs to our children. It was so lovely to see our children at home, safe and excited. We hope you had a lovely Easter!
Have a look at the link below from Hartlepool and Stockton Safeguarding Children Partnership on some top tips to keep safe whilst surfing the web.
Please see below, information from Daisy Chain -
I am the family support manager at Daisy Chain and currently managing the telephone service we are delivering. Although our Daisy Chain site is closed I am emailing to let you know that all members of the family support team are still working hard from home to offer support to families and professionals during this challenging time.
The family support service offer support to young people aged 0-18 years and families of those affected by a neurodevelopmental condition including, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing differences. The service is open to those pre, during and post diagnosis.
Please continue to signpost families to our service. The link below will take families to our online enquiry form. If a family is unable to complete this form they can directly email email@example.com to ask for support.
The support offered by the service is below (this is not an exhaustive list):
If families making the first contact is a barrier, with their permission please email the family.support email address with the families details and a brief description of the support needed and staff will make contact with the family first.
We are also here to offer support and advice to professionals during the time. If you are a professional and need advice around supporting a family with a neurodevelopmental condition please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have tried my best to sent this email to as many of my contacts as possible but I am working from home without access to my usual contact list. Please forward this email to any relevant teams, staff or families.
Thank you, stay safe.
Family Support - Daisy Chain
We are delighted to announce that we have received our Bronze and Silver certificates for the Attachment and Trauma Sensitive Schools Award during our first assessment visit. We are one of only 2 schools in the country to earn both awards in one visit. WOOHOO!
Take a look at some of these great activities to enjoy with your family.
The Book Trust
There are lots of free online books, games and quizzes on the book trust website. There are even videos on how to draw your favourite characters.
The Body Coach
Keep active with Joe Wicks on YouTube doing daily P.E. Lessons, parents are encouraged to join in too....good luck!
World of David Walliams
Join the World of David Walliams for lots of free activities, games and resources to keep the whole family entertained.
BBC - Kids’ Cooking recipes
there are lots of exciting recipes to try wit the whole family. Enjoy a home made rainbow pizza for tea!
Take a look at the RSPB website for lots of activities to do in your on garden. Try the ‘upcycling for nature’ page for lots of exciting recycling ideas.
NHS - Change for life
Have a look at some of the 10 minute shake up ideas to keep everyone active
We love World Book Day so much that we have celebrated World Book Week!
We set ourselves a challenge of reading 100 books over the week and we've done it! The children brought in their favourite stories from home to share with their friends in class. Have a look at our amazing week.
Our first parent/ carer group of the year, 'Makaton Mates' was a huge success! Makaton signs were modelled by staff and resources were given to parents and carers to take away to practice. We hope everyone who came to the session found it beneficial.
We hope you can join us for the next session on Wednesday 26th February.
Happy New Year and welcome back to another jam packed year at Springwell School.
Our first event this year is 'Makaton Mates.' A communication session held with Dani and Cheryl to help parents and carers understand Makaton and learn some signs to hopefully promote communication at home.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Christmas is on its way. Please see below for a list of all the Christmas dates in school.
Our Christmas Fayre is on Friday 29th November 9.30am-1.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and support the school. All money raised will go towards our fundraising effort, the hydrotherapy pool.
Any donations of cakes, raffle or tombola prizes and gift bags would be gratefully received.
15th October 2019 - Communication
Today we had our first PACTSS session of the term. Cheryl our Speech and Language Therapy Assistant joined our group to discuss all aspects of communication within school. We talked about Makaton, symbols, pictures, communication aids, social stories and loads more. Parents were able to explore and try different resources that we have in school and ask any questions.
Our PACTSS sessions are open to all parents and carers of Springwell School. We encourage everyone to come along and share experiences and knowledge with other parents. We will hold monthly groups around different topics. If you wish to attend or if you have any suggestions for topics for future sessions, please just turn up or speak to Dani, the Family Support Worker.
We're back after a brilliant summer holiday. The children all look outstanding in their new school uniform. Thank you for all your support during the consultation. Please check the notice board on the home page for our Autumn term newsletter. Inside the newsletter is a list of important dates for the coming months and some reminders around P.E. kit and swimming kit. Remember Dani and Sarah are in school to help with any queries or questions, give them a ring in the school office, 01429 280600.
Looking forward to a great term!
Thank you to all the parents, carers and friends that joined us for our annual sports day. All pupils and staff had a great time, enjoying lots of races, activities and a jump on the bouncy castle! We raised over £200 from the tombola and the raffle. Thank you for your continued support.
CAMHS - 21/05/19
Heidi from CAMHS was in school today to discuss behaviour. Heidi gave the parents and carers who attended the session some advice and tips around managing and helping to reduce behaviours. Heidi gave us lots of examples of putting ourselves in our children's shoes, 'how would you feel if...?' 'how would you react if...?' She also discussed the importance of breaks, time away, enjoyed activities etc. to help reduce stress and anxieties and help limit behaviours. CAMHS are in school on 18th June at 2pm to talk about ASD and ADHD. All parents and carers are welcome to attend the session.
Community Dentist - 14/05/19
Thank you to everyone who came to our PACTSS group this morning. Nicola from the community dental team was in with lots of advice and tips around teeth brushing and oral hygiene. Nicola discussed different toothbrushes and toothpastes and techniques to try and encourage your children to brush their teeth. She also informed parents and carers about sugars in foods and how to choose healthy alternatives. Nicola even gave away some free toothbrushes and leaflets on oral hygiene. We also had a chat about what children do in school. Every child has their own toothbrush and toothpaste and are supported to brush their teeth every day at lunch time. If you would like any more information from Nicola or about oral hygiene in school please give Dani, our family support worker a ring.
Introducing 'The Reading Café'! As part of this term's topic, Stories, we have decided to put on a reading cafe for every class. Parents will be invited into school to read and take part in activities with their child. We are hoping this will encourage some children to read at home and will be a brilliant bonding experience for children and parents. It will also give parents the opportunity to come into class and see what their child is learning. Look out for your invite to come and join your child's class in The Reading Café.
The Kids' Cafe - Anaconda Class
For Autism Awareness Week, Anaconda Class invited their parents and carers to The Kids' Cafe. The class spent a lot of time making sandwiches, quiche and cakes to serve to their customers. Parents and carers were greeted and shown to the cafe by our head waiter where the
children waiters were ready to take orders. The children used menus with photographs of the food and served the customers with treats and drinks. The experience helped develop social skills, life skills as well as promoting independence, all of which are massively important for our children. Hopefully this is a project we can repeat!
The Reading Cafe - Caiman Class
Caiman Class invited their parents and carers to the reading cafe. Children were encouraged to bring their favourite book from home to share with their parents. The class have visited the library to look at different books and have brought some back to school to explore. We also explored Andrew's favourite cookery book. The children enjoyed following instructions, weighing out ingredients and making bread with their parents. The bread was then taken home to enjoy...whilst reading a story.
Jaguar Class enjoyed going on a bear hunt this afternoon with their parents and carers. We read the story and took part in a sensory walk.
'We can't go over it, we can't go under it, oh no, we've got to go through it!'
The children, parents and staff enjoyed getting wet in the river, dirty in the mud and cold in the snowstorm. Here are the photos of our adventure.
Lion Class enjoyed the Reading Café this afternoon. Parents came in to school and enjoyed a teddy bear's picnic with cake and custard! We read different stories about bears and even played pass the parcel. All of the children, staff and parents enjoyed the afternoon and can't wait for the next one!
World Down Syndrome Day - 21.03.19
Children and staff enjoyed wearing their odd/coloured/patterned socks to raise awareness for World Down Syndrome Day!
Our Christmas Fayre was AMAZING! We had lots on sale, including crafts the children had made and crafts our Parent Group had made. Our raffle went well and the chocolate tombola was a popular choice with the children. We raised a massive £1047! This will help towards our new soft play area. Thank you to everyone who came.
Maisie, a therapy dog and her trainer came into school to spend time with the children. Maisie was extremely well behaved and enjoyed the attention off all the children. Here are some photos of Lion Class
A big hello from Sarah and Dani our new Family Support Coordinators. Their role is to provide additional support to families to encourage positive outcomes for all pupils. This can include telephone queries, attending a variety of meetings and offering support and advice where necessary.
Sarah and Dani will also be monitoring pupil’s attendance, please ring before 9am to let them know of any absences.
Sarah and Dani are hoping to organise successful family support sessions that will offer guidance and activities for families. These sessions allow for informal chats and information sharing. Everyone is welcome to attend.