Dear Parents and Carers,
Today we reach the end of the two week period of closure, social distancing and other social restrictions which were issued by our Government in the fight to control the COVID-19 virus. These are exceptional times and like you and our government, we are working out our response as we go. I would like to take this time to thank every one of you for your accomplishments whilst home schooling at this extremely difficult and uncertain time. We understand that many of you are balancing educating your children now whilst caring for others and doing your own job.
However you have filled your school days, with a range of exciting activities, a slow day , a pyjama day ( we all need these now and again!) an outdoor day, a film day, a cookery day, whatever, remember that you are offering a safe place for your children at this very special and memorable time in their lives. We have never experienced a time like this before and we are all doing our best to make sense of it and that will always be enough. Safety is our top priority.
We do not expect your child to return to school full of knowledge of their designated curriculum, we do not expect you to be a school teacher to your child.
That is our job and we will address your child’s learning on their return. What we do want is for your child to return with happy memories of this time and some happy stories to tell us about their lives with you.
As parents you have always been you child’s first educator and teacher. Since the day they were born they have looked to you to keep them safe, guide them, teach them , comfort them and nurture them and this is what you are doing right now. You know your child best and therefore you know what interests them- if they like phonics , do lots of phonics. If they like playing in the garden then let them do that, if they like play dough or films let them do that. What you are doing is nurturing their well being and keeping them in a healthy mind set. This will be a lifelong gain.
When this is over, and it will be over, we will be there to pick up where we left off and fast track pupils where needed. We are a very strong team and skilled in our work. We will ‘plug the gaps’ and I assure you that no child will be left behind.
So give yourselves a huge pat on the back, you are doing a great job, in fact based on the information I have seen on our FB pages I think you’re all doing an excellent job! We have had rainbows, pets and unicorns, obstacle courses and design and make challenges, wonderful baking, cooking and jobs around the house- drama and role play, amazing!
We will continue to post a selection of our children’s activities to give you new ideas and enjoy seeing each other. Why not allow your child to ring their friend or chat through social media? Alot of children are saying how much they miss each other now. Keep your child’s brain active, understand that this is very different for them too and please allow yourselves some time off school. Remember, no one is judging and we’re all in this together.
Should you have a concern about school please contact us through our website or phone the school during school hours. Thank you for not posting negative comments about our work online, this damages our reputation and our relationship with you and usually matters can be easily resolved once we know about them. Our teachers are working extremely hard and are showing a huge commitment to the welfare of our pupils as well as being key workers themselves and looking after their own families.
I plan to be on my allotment over the weekend digging and getting it ready to plant so I hope the sun shines. Remember to clap for yourselves next Thursday! You deserve some thanks too!
Have a safe and happy holiday break. Look after each other.
As always if you have a concern about a child ring first contact on 03000 267 979.
Mrs Anita Boyd