Dear Parents and Carers
Following the government’s announcement about school closures we are still waiting for clarification about which parents are classified as key workers and which pupils are designated as vulnerable. However, as I stated in my letter yesterday evening, we do now know that schools will be closed to the vast majority of pupils from the end of the school day this Friday.
We expect to receive a list of key workers from the DfE by the end of today.
However, so that we can get an idea of how many children may fall into this category, we would be grateful if you could email the school office if you think this description applies to you. Thank you to those who have already been in touch with us regarding your situation. We will need to abide by the government stipulations so I cannot make guarantees to individual families at this point.
Any families who have a designated social worker and children with an EHCP will be contacted directly by us tomorrow.
Home Learning for Reception pupils
Mrs Claridge will use the Tapestry system to provide home learning for children in Reception Class. You will also be able to use this system to discuss the children’s learning with the class teacher during the time of school closure. Please also look at the Reception Class page on the website from Monday.
Home Learning for Pupils in Years 1 - 6
Each class teacher will provide home learning on the relevant class page of the school website. This will be ready for you to access by Monday.
To help us to provide communication between teachers and pupils during the period of school closure we have set up an email address for Yr 1 – Yr 6 classes. This should be used to send in any learning the children have done at home or to ask for any additional guidance on the work set by the teachers. We will send you this email address by Monday at the latest.
We will also be sending a new exercise book home with each child. This is to ensure that children can continue to practise their writing during time away from school. If you would like to celebrate their learning with the teacher, please feel free to photograph any of this work and send it via email.
If your family is currently self-isolating, please let us know if someone is able to call in to the school office to collect your child’s new book on your behalf. If this is not possible, please let us know and we will endeavour to find a way to get the book to you.
Reading books will be sent home on Friday.
It is vital that we all attend to our own wellbeing during this time. As well as the home learning, please allow the children time for reflection, for example through chatting with the family over a meal, mindfulness colouring, listening to music, expressing themselves through art. We will provide some ideas for these activities on our wellbeing page next week.
Exercise and Outdoor Learning
During the school day there are many opportunities for physical exercise and rest breaks. While following the government’s guidelines for social distancing we are sure you will agree that time outside where possible will help your children’s wellbeing.
As you will appreciate, teachers are as vulnerable to the virus as the rest of the community.
If teachers are unwell they will not be expected to come in to school, post new learning on the website or respond to emails until they are well enough to do so.
Thank you so much for the messages of encouragement and appreciation we have received over the last few days. It has made a significant difference to our own wellbeing. With this in mind let’s all try to follow the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ to help us through this unchartered territory (more information on the wellbeing page of the website):
- Take notice
- Be active
- Keep learning
We will continue to provide updates as and when we receive them from the government. We will also keep adding new ideas and suggestions for this time away from school on our website.
With every good wish to you and your families
Alison Rafferty and the whole staff team