North Lanarkshire Council, like other local authorities, try wherever practicable to keep schools open in order to minimise the impact on education provision and associated disruption for families and communities. Schools will be closed in circumstances where there are justified concerns for the safety of pupils, staff and users.
In those exceptional circumstances, there are things you can do with your children at home:
1. They can write a winter diary and keep track of all the things they have done whilst not in school. Each day should be sequenced and in order. Each diary entry should be personal and written in the past tense. You can find more on diary writing on http://www.kidsonthenet.com/adventureisland/teachers/worksheet_diary.pdf or http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/kids-diary.html.
2. They can also write a story about a snowy day. They should try to remember all the usual rules they use in school (e.g. to check the punctuation, to check the spelling using a dictionary, to add meaningful details and exciting vocabulary…). For some tips on how to write a good story, check http://www.coreygreen.com/storytips.html.
3. Children could continue reading their class book at home – they also get a library book every week. They can then write about their reading: who the characters are and what they did; what they thought about what they read; share their favourite part, etc. For other ideas, follow http://www.readingrockets.org/article/25-activities-reading-and-writing-fun.
4. There are simple experiments children – even at a younger age – can attempt with simple cupboard ingredients such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, yeast… Why not try making ‘Gloop’ by mixing a little bit of water with some custard powder or cornflour. Children love it! A great example of experiments using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar is onwww.science-sparks.com/2014/04/30/amazing-baking-soda-experiments
5. How about some observational drawings of what they see outside, through the window?
6. For some fun activities indoors, why not try some of suggestions on http://www.netmums.com/activities/g/boredom-busters-activities-for-bad-weather-days/13631
7. Finally, our website includes a lot of links to other websites which we recommend. Just simply click on the ‘Pupil Zone’ tab on the left hand side and follow the ‘Useful websites’ link to find a list of websites and apps for tablets.