Parents and Carers
Although we sent home learning packs and our intention is to continue to upload ideas to our website, there are no expectations from school about what you do or don’t do. We would, of course, like to think that as many children as possibly can and will engage with the home learning. However these are unprecedented times and the priority has to be your well-being and the well-being of your children. As a school we will do what we can to try and support you as best we can.
I am very aware that all the children have had their routines and structures disrupted. Some may feel tension from the adults around them. It is a completely new situation for us all. Children may be expecting the weeks ahead to feel like the summer holidays; we know that they will feel very different. They may react to all this by changing their behaviours and showing behaviours you have never seen from them before. This might be difficult for you and your family but it will be a natural reaction for many children. Children will need to have these feelings acknowledged and to be reassured that you understand that life is just that bit less predictable at the moment.
Children see and hear a lot, even when we think they don’t. The news at the moment is dominated by the Coronavirus pandemic. Under these circumstances, home learning for some of you may well add to this anxiety and stress – for them and for you. If that is the case, leave it, you can go back to it at a later date. Your children need to be reassured, comforted, loved and feel secure before home learning can be productive. So, please don’t argue and fall out about any of the learning ideas we have sent home or provided. Instead, cuddle on the sofa, share a book and talk about it. Watch a film together. Bake a cake, pie or some biscuits. Cook a meal together. Paint pictures, design, create and make cards for people who are special to you. Play some board games. Build some lego models. Become scientists and do science experiments. Go on virtual tours of art galleries, zoos, museums, famous buildings, football stadiums, whatever, where takes your fancy. Travel the world via Google Maps. Look at old photos, cards and share stories about family members, some of whom your children have never met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment. You will be able to find many special things to do and enjoy together.
However, for some children, a learning routine is often exactly what they need. Children (and many adults) often thrive on structure and routine. They may feel bored or anxious about not learning. They might be desperate to feel connected to their class mates or school staff. They might love their learning packs/ learning online and fly through the activities.
Your child/children might be both of these types of children: most children are! Follow their lead and use your gut instincts. You really won’t go far wrong. Don’t worry or get stressed about their academic progress. All of the above suggestions will help you and the children.
At the moment every child is in the same position. They are nevertheless usually more resilient than we give them credit for. When we get back to school, after celebrating being back together again, we will pick up from where we left off, re-assess need and do our utmost to meet your child/children’s needs like we always do. That’s our job and we can’t wait to do that again!
So for now, use the learning resources – or don’t. Or anything in between. Try to spend time having fun together. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing – and yours – is far more important than anything else. How they felt during this time will stay with you/them for the rest of your /their lives, far longer than any worksheet or online learning task. Please take care of yourselves. You really matter to us.
Please get in touch with us if you feel you need support. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact school on the usual number 01484 452128 for general enquiries.
Well being or safeguarding concerns:
If you are in a position where you or your children are unsafe and in immediate danger, you should contact the police, dialling 999.
Please be sure to make contact with school if you need well-being support or have safeguarding concerns. This could involve the safety of a child, a child's physical or emotional well-being or you are a family struggling to keep safe, healthy and well. We will do whatever we can to help you.
You can contact Mrs Debbie Whitehead or Mrs Wendy Holdsworth, on either of the numbers below. If you text, please first state your child's name this will allow staff to store your number in the phone.
Mrs Debbie Whitehead 07984 019 065
Mrs Wendy Holdsworth 07984 028 242
Remember if you have general school enquiries please continue to telephone the school on 01484 452128.
Please do stay safe and well. We are all looking forward to seeing you soon. I also need to tell you that my retirement is on hold for a little while. I need to be part of our return to school as you are all far too important to me. I need to see your beautiful children’s smiling faces and know that they are settled back into school routines.
Ten Top Tips for Home Learning
1. Stick to a daily routine
- Wake up at a similar time each day
- Make your bed and change out of your pyjamas
- Eat at regular times in the day
- Use a daily timetable as a guide.
- Make sure clear boundaries are set between 'work time' vs 'being at home’
- Choose a working space (if possible use a table and chair)
- Stay hydrated and try not to snack throughout the day
- During the school day children usually snack during morning break
- Getting started
- At the start of the home learning session sit down together and agree some ground rules
- Incorporate non-screen activities
- Set guidelines around when your child can access technology.
- Remember children are used to being around lots of people throughout the day it is important to talk.
- Allow children to contact family and friends at scheduled times of the day
- Encourage independent and creative learning
- Give children tasks they can do independently if you have things you need to get done
- Have creative and / or quiet times planned throughout the day
- Children may have lots of questions about the current situation, try to reassure them that things will be ok. Use the downloadable book (link below)to explain the Coronavirus https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/?fbclid=IwAR3RlJ4sea_doaf-HyiJEf-hgHwB9aGlr03uW9LdCETA5EYj1llEy94MLpA
- Look after your well-being
- Try to get some fresh air
- Make time to play
- Keep active
- Every day is a new day, start it positively!
Home Learning Packs
Please click the link below for your child's year group.
We have tried to ensure all links can be used on all devices, however this is not always possible. A small number of links therefore may only open on a laptop with flash player enabled. They will not open on a tablet or phone. Where this is the case please use alternative activities provided.