Following Government advice, school remains closed and we will be continue to support you with distance learning for your child/ren. We understand the pressure you are under as parents and know that a lot of you are juggling working from home and teaching your children. We know this is far from easy, so we wanted to take this opportunity to say well done so far, and if there is any way we can support you, please do not hesitate to contact us.
All teachers have been working hard to put together a weeks’ worth of learning at a time. We’ll endeavour to send this out the weekend prior to starting each week. We do not expect you to stick to school hours, and hope you will tailor what is being sent into a working format to suit you. Timetable your day with what works best for you and your family. Do not forget to feed back regular to the teachers; they are expecting to hear from you on how the children are doing – and will contact you directly if they hear nothing.
If you are struggling, then as a minimum, please try to focus daily on the following:
1. Phonics (for EYFS and KS1) and Reading (for everyone): Use the daily RWI phonic lessons on line https://t.co/xZHLYegQyV?ssr=true
Speed Sounds 1 – 9:30am (Revision for YrR)
Speed sounds 2 – 10am (Year R and revision for Year 1)
Speed sounds 3 -10:30am(Year 1 and revision for Year 2)
Don’t forget Joe Wicks, the Body Coach, is doing daily PE lessons on YouTube at 9 o’clock. It is a great way to start the day, then sit down, and complete some schoolwork. Again, try to stick to a routine & have lunch at the same time every day: your children could prepare this with you.
Do not forget some of the suggestions from the previous letters. Could the children play outside? Could they build obstacle courses, make dens, practice some ball skills, run around the garden (their own Golden Mile), go on a nature trail around the garden, do some bird spotting or decorate the patio with chalk, or write words on fences / patios using water squirted from a washing up bottle? Inside, are there jigsaws, board games, colouring or craft activities they could complete independently or with help?
It is easier said than done, but try to limit screen time – perhaps timetable it in as part of the day. However, do not feel guilty about letting your child have screen time: you need time for yourself too. Check out the internet safety guidance recently posted on our website.
We will continue to keep in regular contact with you through weekly class overviews and emails with any relevant updates: please also continue to email us both, if you need anything at all.
Until we’re back together again, we encourage you all to follow the government guidance and hope you all stay safe and well.
Lesley Middleton & Kirstin Howarth
Head of School & Exec Head Teacher
Please also see the attachments below for some useful websites to try out with your children.
We now have a Class Blog where Year 6 can communicate with each other securely. Children are able to post questions and comments they have about the home learning they have been given. Do take a look by clicking on the link below.
In addition to our Class Blog we have a Music Blog and we would like all children to share their musical learning through this blog and our Video Resource Centre. To upload your child's photo/brief video please email it to our school office.
With children spending more time online during lockdown, we wanted to share some resources you may find helpful at home. ThinkUKnow is the national online safety education programme from CEOP, the online child protection command of the National Crime Agency. They produce some great material which we use to teach online safety at school and they have developed weekly home activity packs for each age group to keep those important online safety conversations going at home. Click on the link below to access the home activity worksheets for your child:
We also want to draw your attention to their Parent Info article which signposts what to do and where to report if you see something online which concerns you:
Lastly, there is some advice for families on mental health and wellbeing if you are concerned about the impact COVID -19 is having on your child(ren):