Giving children reliable information and an opportunity to engage in activities related to the pandemic helps them to make sense of what is going on.
It gives them agency.
What children need to know
I created this short animation with the help of some pupils. It was becoming increasingly clear that misinformation, rumour and the rapidly changing nature of official guidance was confusing and scaring pupils. I have spoken to the very youngest in our schools and even up to college age. The short video is a response to that with a positive message for children in terms of what role they will play. It does not touch on the nature of the pandemic, just how children will encounter it and potentially stop it. It is intended as being both informative and a stimulus to discussion and potentially additional response. The resources on this page allow teachers to take that further. They will continually be added to over the coming weeks.
Some basic facts
This fact sheet focusses on some of the key ideas found in the video. It can be used as a discussion piece or stimulus when children are doing some work about the virus. Again the focus is on the direct impact on the children in the short term and what they can do about it.
Responding with facts
This letter was sent to a school by a member of the public. Teachers can show the children the letter and ask them to write a response using information that is reliable. Links below and the other information sheets on this page will be of use.
What are we doing about it?
This document adds information and questions about what is happening around the world on a purely organisational level.
Short video showing how germs spread through touch and how to wash hands effectively.
BBC website with simple info around symptoms, what to do and how to avoid spreading the disease.
More in depth data for current rates of infection around the world. Excellent for discussing use of data with older pupils.