IMPORTANT: Head Teacher Letter to Parents/Guardians Friday 27th March 2020
We understand it continues to be a very unsettling time for families because we have never experienced anything like this before.
All our staff will continue to support you as much as possible during this period and can be contacted on email@example.com.
We continue to update our school website and send ParentMails with home leaning material and website links to support you whilst the children are at home.
I am also including here, some additional suggestions for activities that you may wish to consider.
- A bit of reading every day independently (book or online) or an older child or adult reading to them or via audiobook etc.
- Some free writing now and then. If they'll keep a diary or something, great. If not, would they draw a comic?
- Practical hands on maths. Be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games.
- Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys.
- Physical exercise every day. Maybe join in at 9.00am each day with Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel or have a game of football or swing ball in the garden.
- Some art / music where possible through the week to relax to.
- You may wish to start a project on a hobby or interest. This is great for keeping brains ticking over. Get them researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to you or family.
- For younger children, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better
I appreciate that a lot of you may be feeling overwhelmed and under pressure to complete work that has been provided for your children and hope my following comments will provide you with some reassurance. Please just continue to do the best you can in your personal circumstances.
- This is not home-schooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting the whole world. Let's keep perspective. Home-schooling is a choice, where you considered, you plan for it and you are your child's school teacher in whatever form you choose. The current situation is at best distance learning. In reality, it's trying to separate every-one to stop the spread of Coronavirus.
- You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with anything sent home and is going to spend the entire day playing in the garden, baking or watching TV; that is your choice.
- Please try not to worry about your children falling behind as they are all in the same situation at the moment. Even if everything were equal in terms of support and time and number of children etc (which it is not) children learn at different rates. In the class there is a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated level of work and support. It's almost impossible for teachers to differentiate at the moment, so you have to do it by expectation and by time.
Together, as the whole school community, we recognise the importance of “family” and working together to keep our children safe, happy and doing our very best, to develop their learning and life-skills. Just as important as children’s academic learning, is spending precious time together, with each other, in our family settings and very often, as parents/guardians, we feel we cannot always provide as much time as we’d like to, just doing that!
I know you will do what you can to “be there” for your child/ren and we will also do what we can to help and support you.
Thank you again, for the kind comments and emails sent in to us as a school, and to our staff; which have been received, read and passed on to staff colleagues. I and the Governing Body, really appreciate the support and thanks that so many of you have offered for everything my staff and I are also trying to do, as part of our school community.
With our ongoing best wishes to all our children and families – take care and stay safe.
Mrs S J Stringman and ALL the Staff and Governors at Dulverton Primary