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Talking to Children and Young People about COVID - 19

Talking to Children and Young People about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Advice for Parents and Schools

  • Children and young people need factual, age appropriate information about the virus and concrete instruction about how to avoid spreading of the virus. Without the facts, they often imagine situations far worse than reality.

           See https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

  • Let the child/young person’s questions and their age guide as to how much information to provide:
  • Very young children need brief, simple information and reassurance that they are safe and that the people they care about are safe. They may ask Will I get sick? Will granny/grandad die?
  • Reassure them that the Government is working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
  • Explain that at the present moment very few people in this country are sick with the virus.
  • Tell them that not everyone will get the virus and that the vast majority who get it recover fully.
  • Older children may need help to separate reality from rumour and fantasy. Either provide or direct them to where they can find accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
  • Children and young people look to the adults in their lives to guide them on how to react to worrying and stressful events. If the adults in their lives seem overly worried, their own anxiety may rise.
  • If they are anxious, let them talk about their feelings and guide them in reframing their thoughts and concerns to a more helpful way of thinking.
  • Give them extra attention and time, to talk about their concerns, fears, and questions.
  • Remember they do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes etc.
  • It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing and then come back with further questions.
  • Reassure children and young people that many stories about COVID-19 on the internet may be based on rumours and inaccurate information.
  • Remember factual information about the virus can help reduce anxiety.
  • Avoid constantly monitoring or discussing updates on the status of COVID -19, as this can increase anxiety.
  • Try to limit their access to information on the internet/television/social media that might be upsetting to them.
  • Remind children/young people that no individual or group is ‘responsible’ for the virus.
  • Remind them that they should not make negative comments about others in relation to the virus.
  • Challenge any negative comments they make or any stereotyping. Explain what negative comments mean if they are different to your values.
  • Encourage children/young people to continue with their schoolwork and extracurricular activities, but don’t push them if they seem upset or overwhelmed.
  • Maintain a normal routine as much as possible, keeping to a regular schedule can be reassuring.




Writing tasks


1. La Vuelta al Colegio

Classroom objects and school vocab


Describing how you feel about being back at school

El Futuro ‘Informal’ – IR A & INFINITIVE


El Futuro Simple – INFINTIVE & ENDINGS


12 irregular future tense verbs (page 10)


Nouns: gender, plurals


Sample email/letter(informal writting)


Sample diary entry

Informal writing (letter/email):




Besos/Un abrazo/Hasta pronto/Un fuerte abrazo/Besos y abrazos


Diary entry:

. Top right corner:

Martes 8 june, 20 horas.


Querido diario:

Te escribo unas lineas desde mi cama.

. Sign off:

Hasta luego/Buenas noches/ Hasta pronto and your name


2. El Verano Pasado

El verano pasado




El Tiempo/ pronòstico del tiempo – vocab & weather forecasts


El Pretérito Indefinido (Past Simple)

Irregular verbs (page 30)


El Pretérito Imperfecto (Used to)

Irregular verbs (page 32)


Sample dialogue

Dialogue writing is worth 30 marks

Use expression that you have prepared for your oral exam.


. Y: (E)

padre e hijo/ Juan e Inès

. O: (U)

mujer  u hombre/ Antonio u Oscar


3. Mi Colegio

El sistema educativo español


Describing your school, facilities, uniform, subjects, teachers, rules


La ropa – vocab


Mi Rutina Diaria 

El Presente

Radical changing verbs


Usos de TENER

Ser v Estar


Reflexive verbs



Opinion writing




Opinion writing is worth 50 marks( 25 for language and 25 for content)

Max 150 words


. 1st paragraph: say if you agree or disagree with statement

Eg: Personalmente, opino que...


En mi opinion....

En cuanto a mì,....


. Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 should have a different argument

Eg. Estoy totalmente de acuerdo porque....

Me parece una buena idea que....

Me parece exagerado decir que...

No estoy de acuerdo con ...

Desde mi punto de vista...

Parece ser que...

No se puede negar que...

Es verdad que...


.Closing paragraph to sum up ideas just made.

Eg.  En conclusion, podemos decir que...

De esto se puede concluir que...

De lo que acabo de decir se puede concluir que...


4. Todo Sobre Mí

Describing yourself and others: age, birthday, personality, appearance, profession, relationship, interests


La familia: describing relationships


Expressing large numbers


Mi mejor amigo

La importancia de los amigos



Adjectives – agreement, comparatives & superlatives

Demonstrative adjectives


El Pretérito Perfecto



Descripciòn fìsica y caràcter

Lo + adjective

Eg: Lo interesante/ lo bueno

5. Mi casa, mi barrio y mi ciudad

Describing your area & your city

La casa – vocabulario

Describing your room


Las tareas domésticas

(La igualdad de género en el hogar)

Adverbios de tiempo


El Condicional



Vivir en la ciudad

Vivir en la ciudad


Sample email