We are very aware that many children, seeing daily reports on the television and hearing adults discussing their concerns may have fears and anxieties about the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the wider implications of this. We are also aware that some children will know a lot more than others and some may not know much at all. However, as the children come back after half term, there will be playground talk which could heighten some of these fears. We recognise that some children may have questions that they want answers to and some children may need support to understand the facts, as far as possible for their age.
Within class, pupils will always have opportunities to share any worries with teachers (not just related to this content) and have age-appropriate discussions. We will respond to pupils as needed by sharing factual information on a needs to know basis. We will also encourage them to talk to an adult at home and in school if they have questions or concerns, to ensure that they are getting accurate information and the support they may need.
In KS2, we already regularly watch CBBC Newsround and discuss what is in the news within the class. However, we recognise the need to strike a balance and do not want to increase anxieties amongst our children by making it too much of a focus.
Below are some useful links that you as parents can chose to access if you wish. We hope that they will support you in discussing the conflict with your child should you wish to or if your child is asking questions. We fully appreciate that there will be different opinions on this matter and understand if you do not wish to read this information.
Current information for adults regarding Ukraine
Information on the language which children may hear and not understand
Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation (Department for Education)
Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine (Childnet)
We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine (Schools Week/Children’s Commissioner)