Sheffield-based company, Twinkl Educational Publishing has just released an e-book which focuses on the experiences that children may have faced during the lockdown and the emotions they may experience when returning to school next month.
The free e-book called In It Together is aimed at children aged 5-7 years and introduces four characters who demonstrate how their life changed due to the school closures. The simple text and child-friendly illustrations show how the characters lived, learned and loved during the lockdown. They are seen practising social distancing, learning from home, clapping for carers, and missing their friends and family.
The Twinkl team understood that returning to school after lockdown would be a challenging and emotional time for all children. According to Barnardos, 88% of school staff said the pandemic is likely to have a signigicant effect on the mental health and well-being of their pupils.
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A number of concerned parents and carers had also reached out to Twinkl through its social media groups and customer support, asking for resources to support their children or pupil’s return to class.
Twinkl encourages parents, carers and teachers to use the story to talk to children about COVID-19 and going back to school. The company also offers further free resources and advice on its site. The Twinkl Originals book was written, illustrated, designed and published in a matter of weeks as the team recognised the need to support children as schools re-opened in stages on the 1st June. The children’s story is available (for free) on the Twinkl website and the Twinkl Originals app, which is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
There is also a reading of the book from a former teacher and team member at Twinkl, available on their YouTube channel. Jonathan Seaton, Co-Founder and CEO at Twinkl, said: “At Twinkl, we understand how extremely challenging the current situation is for parents, teachers and children. We wanted to create a story targeted at young children to support them with their return to school. The team have worked incredibly hard to produce a story which allows children to talk openly about their concerns. We hope that it will encourage conversations and be useful to people at this time.”
Katherine Richardson – a parent and reader said:
“It helped my daughter to show empathy for other children’s circumstances during lockdown and how they might be different to hers. It has given her the reassurance she needed for the next step of this journey.”
Twinkl’s mission is to help those who teach and the company offers over 640,000 teaching and learning materials on its website. All of which, are teacher created and checked. The company has recently created a free Home Learning Hub, full of daily activities and materials, to support parents, teachers and carers during these difficult times. You can access your free account by signing up on their website.
This post has been adapted from a Press Release extract