Returning To School – Help For Students After Lockdown

by | May 31, 2020

With many students returning after the school closures throughout the coming months, we wanted to find a way to help teachers welcome their students back to school.

That’s why we have created this free resource and supporting discussion points. The Returning To School – Help For Students video will help to explain some of the changes that students may experience once they are back at school, normalise their worries or concerns, and provide an easy and age appropriate way to start a conversation about social distancing.

Watch the video below with your class, then use the discussion points to prompt further conversation:

Now talk about it…

Write the five points from the video on the board. You can use each one to prompt further discussion and talk about any changes your students can expect now they are back at school.

 

1. Listen to your teacher.

Talk about the new changes and social distancing measures at your school. This may involve explaining staying inside your class bubble or a new one way system throughout your school.

 

2. Tell your teacher if you feel unwell.

Explain that if we feel unwell it’s important to tell an adult. If your school will be using PPE, this could provide an opportunity to show students what the equipment will look like so that they can become familiar with it.

 

3. Be Kind to others.

Talk about the importance of being kind to each other and showing support, ask students how they can do this and give examples. If you have any changes to your behaviour or anti-bullying policy, this could be an opportunity to talk about it.

 

4. Tell Someone If You’re Worried.

As mentioned in the video, let students know that feeling worried or nervous is okay. You can provide an opportunity for students to talk about their feelings by doing a check in at the start of the day. Why not try the How I Feel Today Template to help students get started.

The first days back can also provide an opportunity for students to talk about their home learning experiences and process what this has been like for them.

Once you’ve watched the video above, try these 5 Resources and Activities for helping your students return to school.

Along with our online resources and support, from September 2020, we will be providing theatre-based anti-bullying workshops, internet safety training and wellbeing workshops for schools. If you would like to arrange a visit for the next academic year, get in touch.

In the meantime, we hope you found this video useful, and if you are currently welcoming students back to school we wish you all the best.

 

Student Survey

Student Survey for the Start of Term

As the next academic year approaches, we’ll be thinking about meeting our new class of students. Getting to know our students as individuals can help us to feel more fulfilled in our role as a teacher, it can also help us to identify how we can best support the...
Teacher wellbeing Check up

Teacher Wellbeing + Mental Health Check Up

As the academic year draws to a close, it can be a good opportunity to take time out and reflect on where we are, and where we want to go. A great starting point for this is doing a 360 review on each of the main areas of our life. Reviewing our life in separate...
Student Wellbeing Tips

How to Support Student’s Mental Health

As a teacher, young people will often turn to us for support. It’s important for our own wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our students that we are prepared for this, and that we have an idea of how to respond. Here are some useful ideas to keep in mind to look...
Bullying Parent Guide

Dealing with bullying – a guide for parents

Parents and Carers understandably want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their children and young people. If there are concerns that your child is being bullied, what can you do to support your child and to help prevent further bullying? This short guide has been...
Childrens Wellbeing Guide parents

Child Wellbeing Guide – Top Tips for Parents

What is mental health? Everyone has mental health. In the same way that we all have physical health, everyone also has mental health. Having positive mental health is made up of different parts including: Positive Self-Image: A positive self-image means that we feel...

Free Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan

Teach your students the difference between conflict and bullying with this Free Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan.

Free Anti-Bullying Lesson Plan

Thank you. Your Lesson Plan will now be in your email inbox.