Dear Parents and Carers,
As we settle into this new and very strange routine we hope you are all coping well and managing to get some ‘down time’ and enjoy your family.
Remember we do not expect your child to work on ‘school type’ more formal learning every day, just make it age appropriate and learn together when it feels right. It is helpful to get into a routine as children are used to this in school- something like 11 am-12 noon and 1-2 pm school work which could include maths, spelling, reading and writing as a suggestion but by no means necessary if it doesn’t work for you and your family. Learning can be through crafts and making, cooking, cleaning jobs, car washing, gardening, forest walks if they’re local. We have seen some very creative activities going on in your homes and thank you for your support.
On Friday we would have been breaking up for the Easter break so we will not be expecting children to learn formally through the two week Easter holiday period. Everyone needs a rest and be ready to start again next term. Staff will continue to run the emergency provision. Remember the safest place for your child right now is at home.
Initially we sent home learning packs for pupils and I expect some of you may be nearing the end of these now, if not that’s fine- just keep going. We initially prepared for a three week closure but now it seems this will be longer.
You may know of other schools who are putting work online for pupils to do every day as a formal lesson, particularly older pupils in secondary school. We do not believe this is the best way forward for our pupils in this initial period and are happy with the learning packs we distributed as an initial response.
I would like to thank my team for responding so quickly and willingly to the crisis response, also for working in our emergency care provision. We are all putting ourselves at risk to meet the needs of our pupils and their families as key workers.
We hope to set up further class work through our electronic systems for next term so we will let you know more about this in time. In the meantime remember learning can take all sorts of forms, particularly learning through play so feel free to let your children enjoy this time. Hopefully the sun will keep shining and we can at least enjoy the outdoors.
Stay safe, stay home.
Mrs Anita Boyd