Summer Reading Challenge - Torfaen Libraries
The theme is ‘Silly Squad’ and, this year, they are encouraging all of their younger readers to set up an account at https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ (with parental help) to use the online materials.
Via the website, participants can record all the books they read over the summer, find new titles to try and have a go at a range of online games and downloadable activities that can be completed at home.
As for what to read, as we come out of lockdown children can use their ‘Request and Collect’ service to pick up books from Torfaen Libraries (https://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/Libraries/Request-and-Collect/) and there are a range of ‘no queue’ titles now available to download and read via BorrowBox for all Torfaen Library members (It’s easy to join with their quick online registration form at https://tinyurl.com/jointorfaenlibrary).
Think U Know have been producing e-safety resources for families at home. You can find them on our e-safety webpage (link below). The activity sheet below focuses on watching videos online. With a choice of 3 conversation starters, 3 online safety actions and 2 fun family tasks, you can learn together about watching videos safely online.
There is also a short video for parents/carers to help you with online safety at home on the following topics:
- Watching videos
- Online gaming
- Social media
- Sharing images
It is really important to remember that we all need to stay as safe as possible when we venture outside; whether this is for essential supplies or for our daily exercise. Even though there is currently less traffic on our roads it seems that some drivers are using the situation to drive recklessly, by speeding through built up areas and overtaking dangerously. We need to stay alert and vigilant, which can be difficult at such a stressful and anxious time, when it is easy to lose our concentration. Whether driving our car or crossing a road thinking about and using road safety is as important as ever.
With children off school they are not getting the same opportunities to practice and learn road safety skills. Therefore it is really important for parents to talk about and practice good Road Safety with their children.
There are a number of online resources for various age groups including children, which can help with Road Safety.
The Government Think website, has resources for different age groups.
- Learn the catchy stop, look listen and think song - Journey Anthem
- Play the be bright, be seen game
- Read with you child the interactive Teds Tumble Story
- Watch a group of children learn about crossing roads safely in this film
- Take the lead game - Older children can play by themselves or you can discuss the different road safety scenarios and help them decide which scenario is the correct decision to win the game.
- Expect the unexpected video - In this film, CITV presenter, Sam Homewood, encourages children to be ‘road ready’ and be safe on the road. Discuss with your child what mistakes the children made and what they changed to make things safer.
- First Journeys - In this film, children discuss first solo journeys they’re looking forward to and older children share what their first journeys were like. Both groups of children share their top tips to stay safe.
Summer of STEM
Technocamps will be hosting “Summer of STEM”, open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 16.
Starting in August, they will be going live for 15 days, with activities and experiments to try out at home.
Their livestreams are absolutely FREE and they will be doing something different every day.