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Online Parent Workshops

A message from Harriet Amos, the family learning coordinator from the Westminster Adult Education Service:


I hope you are well and staying safe during this unusual time.


We are sad not be visiting schools this term and we miss that interaction with our learners. We know that during lockdown it is more important than ever to stay connected and that this is particularly true for families. With this in mind we have designed a range of free online workshops for families (please see below) to keep their learning fresh and to stay connected. Our aim is to compliment the work that schools are sending out to parents, and also to provide practical help and guidance to support their children in their learning.


During the Easter break we trialled lessons via Zoom and we noted how appreciative learners were to be able to connect with others and see other families.

Our workshops via schools will ensure families stay connected and may even spot friends and families they know from their school – either the playground or indeed their classroom.



We hope to run these workshops on Teams and if not then on Zoom. Families would require access to a computer, laptop or tablet ideally, though a smart phone would work as well. No printer or other materials are required. However, for an enhanced experience printing out follow up materials would be helpful.


These are the workshops they will be running:

English and Maths

Fun with picture books EYFS for families

For children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 with their parent. Two workshops over 2 weeks. We will read a story together, learn about key parts of the story - the characters, the setting, the plot- and then make something together to help enrich our understanding and love for the book. Families will need a few materials including scissors, paper, card - recycling is fine, and colouring pencils or felt-tips. Access to a printer is helpful though not essential. A parent or carer must join the child with this workshop.


11/05/2020 – 18/05/2020:

Mondays 10:15 – 11:00


08/06/2020 – 15/06/2020:

Mondays 10:15 – 11:00

Reading in KS2

Develop good reading habits in the family and share books you love with other families. These sessions are perfect for families who already like reading but are unsure where to go next, and also for children who need some help to develop good reading habits. For parents and their children in Year 3, 4, 5. We will meet for two sessions over two weeks.


13/05/2020 – 20/05/2020:

Wednesdays 14:00 – 15:00

Book club for 9-12 year olds and their parents

For families with older children who are already good readers. Join us for three afternoons of sharing and discussing your favourite books, and for connecting with other reading enthusiasts. We will dig a bit deeper into what makes a good narrative, our favourite characters and what makes a good setting. We will meet for two sessions over two weeks.


15/05//2020 – 22/05/2020:

Fridays 14:00 – 15:00

Summer reading Challenge

Parent workshop with practical tips on how to ready your child for the reading challenge! Sessions with strategies on how to help them get excited about reading, find books they love and share their ideas on what they read with reviews and reading diaries. We will meet for two Sessions.


12/06/2020 – 19/06/2020:
 Fridays 14:00 – 15:00

Creative Writing

Parent workshop with practical tips on how to help your child get excited about, develop and feel more confident in their creative writing. Workshops will cover a wide range of helpful tips on working with your child on imagery and description, story boards, generating ideas, developing characters whilst experimenting with poetry, diary writing and short stories. 3 sessions.


10/06/2020 – 24/06/2020:

Wednesdays 14:00 – 15:00

Creative writing for Competitions

Parent workshop for budding writers... With so many writing competitions coming up over the summer, why not get ready to support your little Shakespeare? Workshops will cover a wide range of helpful tips on working with your child on story boards, planning, narrative structure, developing heroes and villains, and literary techniques to make their writing award winning.


10/06/2020 – 24/06/2020:

Wednesdays 11:00 – 12:00

Homework surgery for Primary

For families that would welcome weekly or twice weekly support. Schools to invite families especially those with ESL.


13/05/2020 – 22/05/2020:

 Wed / Fri 11:30 – 12:30



Family Wellbeing, Health and Safety

Staying safe during lockdown /lockdown First Aid New hazards in the home while we are all self-isolating together including increased fire, electrical and kitchen hazards and safely sharing a small space together; discussing the rules together as a family; dressing cuts (minor /heavy bleeding), treating burns, dealing with poisoning: e.g., swallowed cleaning products etc..; keeping an organised medical kit, contents of kit (kit to include records of medical conditions and allergies)– all the family should know where kit is – keep medicines out of reach of children; importance of seeking advice re: accidents/ injuries that can't be dealt with at home and calling ambulance in life-threatening medical situations e.g. heart attack.


18/05/2020 Monday 14:00 – 15:00

29/05/2020 Friday 14:00 – 15:00

Preventing infection and dealing with the COVID 19 virus at home

Based on guidance from the Government and NHS England, this is a one hour 45 minute workshop for children and adult family members. We will explore the following topics: preventing the COVID 19 infection entering the home/ spreading at home, how to boost the immune system, recognising symptoms of COVID 19 and what to do and when to do it if someone in the household seems to have COVID 19 and repercussions for other people living in the home. How to support a member of the household who seems to have COVID 19 while they are ill at home.


11/05/2020 Monday 14:00 – 15:00 25/05/2020 Monday 14:00 – 15:00

Transition to secondary School

Parent and child workshop with guidance on how you and your child can successfully make the transition from primary to secondary school. The sessions will cover a range of topics on managing the changes in things like homework, transport, navigating big school corridors, feeling lost, mobile phones, and friendships.


09/06/2020 – 30/06/2020:

Tuesdays 11:00 – 12:00


Mindfulness for Families

Learn the basics of mindfulness to help you and your family support each other during the school closure. These workshops are about staying calm, observing, not judging and feeling connected. Uz Afzal has taught mindfulness in schools and to adults for many years. Please join us for this inspiring workshop.


27/05/2020 Wednesday 09:00 – 10:00

Massage for families

Enjoy a session of family massage. Learn how to massage the back, neck, shoulders and arms of your siblings, children or your grown-ups. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to feel relaxed! This workshop is led by Uz Afzal. Recommended for all the generations in the home, even teens and grandparents!


27/05/2020 Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00

Family harmony during lockdown

Learn how to guide you family towards a calmer, happier and more considerate household. Know how to help all members of the family communicate positively with each other and discover the six human needs we all share. A workshop for parents and children.


13/05/2020 Wednesday 16:00 – 17:00 26/05/2020 Tuesday 15:00 – 16:00


Getting creative

Cards for special occasions

Save your recycling (card and paper) to make fun and original cards for your friends and family - themes could be I Miss You, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, Good Luck. Collect the odd bits and bobs around the house, some glue and scissors and prepare for some creative fun with artist Cleo Harrington.


25/05/2020 Monday 10:00 – 11:00

Making sock puppets

Create a talking and nibbling animal sock puppet using just an odd sock and found materials from around the home. Learn how to bring this magical creature to life and entertain your family with your new friend. This enchanting workshop is led by the wonderful artist and puppeteer Tinka Slavicek.


28/05/2020 Thursday 14:00 – 15:00


These free workshops will all take place on line using zoom or a similar platform. To join a workshop please email or text 07971 092054 We look forward to meeting you!