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Children learn better when their parents and grown-ups get involved. When grown-ups at home echo what the teachers are saying in school, learning becomes deeper and broader. Our family learning courses promote the joy of learning together, they will help you understand the school curriculum and update your knowledge on how children learn and develop. Together, you can raise your children’s attainment and help them on their exciting learning journey.

WAES offers a range of workshops, many of which are free.

Learn practical skills or engage in fun activities. There is something for everyone here.

Family Learning Festival 26–30 October 2020

Come join us at the WAES Autumn Family Fest: fantastic online activities for the family - all from the safety of your own home. The WAES Family Learning Festival, Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October is a good time to rest from the routine of work and home schooling and try something new.

We have craft activities, first aid, mindfulness and many other fun workshops suitable for all ages. Meet new people and invite your friends to connect with them in the safe learning environment of our online classrooms. Discover new skills you didn’t know you had. We will support you using new technology and help you become more confident online.

All you need to join us is a smart phone, laptop, tablet or desk top computer with camera and audio, some items from around the home such a pencils, glue and recycled paper.

All children must be accompanied by adults during these workshops.

All are welcome and workshops are FREE. All classes are on line. It’s easy to sign up via the website or email familylearning@waes.ac.uk

  Monday, 26 Oct Tuesday, 27 Oct Wednesday, 28 Oct Thursday, 29 Oct Friday, 30 Oct
10:00 – 11:00 Family Yoga Mindfulness
Animals of your
Heart
Family Harmony Family First Aid Hallowe’en
Monster Making
14:00 – 15:00 Hallowe’en
Monster Making
Family Yoga
or
Living Safely with
Covid-19
  Witches and
ghouls: shadow
puppets
and window
decorations
 

DON’T MISS OUT – If you live in Westminster and you sign up before Wednesday, 21 October, you will receive our FREE activity pack!

Family Yoga

For everyone in the family who would like to feel happier, calmer and fitter. Yoga for families welcomes all levels, from beginners to advanced. It is a chance to relax your mind and work your body so it feels stronger, more flexible and less achy.

Hallowe’en Monster Making with Learning Unlimited

Design and make your own monster hand puppets - a practical workshop for developing art and craft skills and language. Fun for adults and children working together.

Mindfulness for Families - Animals of your Heart

Come and find what Animal lives at your Heart. It could be a lion, a crocodile or an enormous whale! Whatever animal it is they will be your friend for life! This is a very simple mindfulness technique for kids & adults that helps them through the ups & downs of life!

Making Shadow Puppets

Discover the wonderful world of shadow puppets. Learn how to create a shadow puppet using found materials from around the home and create a shadow theatre performance for your friends and family. This inspiring workshop is led by the wonderful artist and puppeteer Tinka Slavicek.

Family 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) – and much more.

Living Safely with COVID-19

Preventing infection and dealing with the 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.

Family Harmony

Learn how to guide you family towards a calmer and happier household. Know how to help all members of the family communicate positively with each other and discover the six human needs we all share. Learn to establish positive routines and to avoid the quick fix solutions that create problems down the line. The aim of the workshop is to help parents and carers to make their lives easier by leading positively, feeling in control and taking good care of their own well being rather than just surviving the busy day fulfilling the needs and demands of others. A workshop for parents and carers.

 

 

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BAME books matter - empowering all our children to thrive in a diverse world online

Next Starts: 18/01/2021
"Parent workshop on the transformative power of books. Learn how important and empowering it is for a child to read about people from their own culture and people who have similar experiences that they can relate to; discover how to choose the best books to help your child expand their knowledge, and their potential, by learning about and appreciating the experiences of others. You will need access to a screen: smartphone, laptop, computer or tablet. A FREE activity pack will be sent out to all Westminster residents enrolled on this course. "
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Out and About part 1 - online workshop exploring your neighbourhood and beyond

Next Starts: 23/04/2021
A chance to discover the many learning opportunities and enjoyable excursions in our neighbourhoods as well as exploring further afield - visiting parks, museums and galleries in London. Parents will develop confidence and knowhow to plan and carry out trips by public transport and increase their confidence in travelling and exploring London with their children. They will also learn how to make the most of these trips to enrich their children’s learning beyond the classroom.
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Reading in KS2 3

Next Starts: 14/11/2020
For families with older children who are already good readers. For parents and children age 9-12. Share and discuss your favourite books. Four workshops over four weeks. For parents and their children.
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Reading in KS2 4

Next Starts: 28/11/2020
For families with older children who are already good readers. For parents and children age 9-12. Share and discuss your favourite books. Four workshops over four weeks. For parents and their children.
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Family Harmony

Next Starts: 30/10/2020
Learn how to guide you family towards a calmer and happier household. Know how to help all members of the family communicate positively with each other and discover the six human needs we all share. Learn to establish positive routines and to avoid the quick fix solutions that create problems down the line. The aim of the workshop is to help parents and carers to make their lives easier by leading positively, feeling in control and taking good care of their own well being rather than just surviving the busy day fulfilling the needs and demands of others. A workshop for parents and carers.
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Yoga for Mothers and Daughters Aut 1

Next Starts: 31/10/2020
Come and enjoy sharing this time together and get you body fitter at the same time. Bring your auntie and grandmother too or just come by yourself. Yoga for mothers and daughters is an online yoga class for women and girls only.
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