Chichester Festival Theatre has announced that two more of its productions will be streamed online for free.
The venue's musical adaptation of David Walliams' The Midnight Gang will be available from 30 April for 30 days. Penned by Bryony Lavery with music and lyrics by Joe Stilgoe, the show opened in the autumn of 2018. The cast included Jennie Dale, Matthew Cavendish, Marilyn Cutts, Dickon Gough, Tim Mahendran and Lucy Vandi.
From 21 May, Anna Ledwich's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor) will also be available for a month. The show originally ran in Chichester in 2017.
Both productions will be captioned for Deaf/deaf and hard of hearing audiences, and Polish-language captions will also be available. Audio introductions will help set the scene for blind and partially sighted audiences.
Children of Britain invited to share their designs to create a “super-bear”’ cuddly toy using #DesignYourSuperBear to be sold at Christmas - with 100% of the profits going to the NHS
This marks the start of The Partnership’s “Feel Good Friday” campaign, designed to bring the nation together in a time of isolation
John Lewis and Waitrose are today launching a soft toy design competition for children around the UK to raise critical funds for the NHS.
With homeschooling recommencing across the nation, the retailer is inviting children (and adults) to create and share their designs for a “super-bear” cuddly toy that celebrates the spirit and fortitude of the fearless men and women working on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis.
The winning design will be turned into an exclusive Christmas toy and sold by Waitrose and John Lewis from October, following in the footsteps of a number of beloved characters from the retailer.
The company Mercer have produced this activities pack. It has some great ideas in and also includes a list of online museums and attractions such as zoos which you can visit from your own home.
To support parents and carers with home learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subject experts have put together a selection of activities and materials, all of which are completely free for everyone to access.
This website has some brilliant maths games on! Some of them are free too. This week Mrs Palmer's children have been playing a game to help them tell the time and it has really helped them master it!
Lets Go Live with Maddie and Greg is brilliant fun! This channel is where Maddie (from Cbeebies) and Greg like to share adventures and discoveries as they ask questions and go in search of answers. Packed with videos about animals, plants, travel and technology, there's always something new to learn and explore! They do live sessions where you can make things with them too!
This is a nice little ebook which explains what a virus is to younger children and might be of use. :)
This is a lovely booklet from the NHS for kids which thinks about handling our emotions, staying healthy and connected, and saying goodbye to our worries.
Timetabling and Structuring your day
Some parents have been asking us for ideas for structuring their day while we are all trying to "homeschool". One size definitely doesn't fit all when it comes to homeschooling and I think it is fair to say that your timetable needs to be flexible because home just isn't school! Also, lots of you will be trying to juggle your own jobs alongside supporting your children.
There are lots of ideas of how to structure your day out there. The document above has some top tips from theschoolrun.com and there are some downloadable timetables too. At our house we have found that it has been easiest to decide on the number of tasks we are going to complete at the start of the day and this has been based on work, the weather, how we are feeling etc. Then we have used window chalks to write them up on the patio doors, creating our timetable. We include some independent activities where we can, and also lots of life skill activities and outdoor time. When the children have wanted screen time or if we have had particularly long meetings, we have been sneaky and let the children play on something like Minecraft, but with a mission. For example, last week they could play on Minecraft but they had to create a world that had something in it for everyone- Mummy got a spa! The week before they had to create a world that looked like our village. This is working for us as it is flexible enough for myself and my husband to try and work, and the kids have a say in what their day looks like. They have really enjoyed ticking off the activities and it has helped to keep us relatively sane!
Just remember nobody expects you to be working with your child from 9am until 3pm. This just isn’t practical, and is likely to end in tears – for you and your child! During a typical school day, your child’s teacher splits their time between them and other pupils and a lot of time is taken up in discussion between lots of children, whereas at home, they have your undivided attention, and fewer children to share attention with. This means homelearning is also much more intense for them. Your ‘school day’ doesn’t need to be six hours long. You’ll probably find your child gets through their home learning in a fraction of this time and needs a lot more break time.
Don't be too hard on yourselves - from the look of the Google Classrooms, you are doing a fabulous job!