We are now entering our sixth week of lockdown and we know that this prolonged time away from school, friends and loved ones will be impacting on you all in different ways. Our primary concern for the students and families in our school community is that we are all safe and well. There are many resources to support you and your well-being on our website and our social media platforms. We hope you find this useful.
From the start of lock down, home-learning has been supported through Microsoft Teams and through the distribution of paper packs in an attempt to keep children engaged with learning. We wanted to reassure you that we understand how every home has their own unique circumstance. Balancing home schooling along-side work patterns, siblings, household chores amongst other factors can be very challenging. Therefore, our advice to you is to try to establish a routine with your child to develop good study habits that fits in with your own household and do not worry about completing every task that comes your way. There are no right or wrong answers about how much you should be doing, when work should be completed or how often you should be on online learning platforms. However, we recommend that two to three hours a day is a good balance. There should be a clear focus on English, Maths and Science over the course of the week, although there should also be time for non-core subjects and non-academic activities to achieve a well-rounded week. You may decide to concentrate on a different subject each day, or you may decide to have shorter bursts of a variety of subjects in one day. Find out what works best for your child and go with that! Exercise is well known to improve both physical and mental well-being. If you haven’t already, try Joe Wicks’ daily work out or Mr Russell’s weekly challenges to get you going.
Here are some tips to support your child:
- try to create a work space with resources that your child can use to complete their tasks- such a pens, paper, colouring pens, ruler and pencil
- try to keep get up times, breakfast times and work times to a regular pattern each day
- keep practising academic skill such as reading, writing, times tables and basic arithmetic
- decide which tasks you will offer support with and which tasks can be done independently
- allow breaks around every 20 minutes or whatever work best for your child
- 1 hour of successful happy learning is better than 3 hours of frustrated uhappy learning
- make use of a variety of learning resources including what is set in Microsoft Teams or in the paper packs
- supplement tasks by tapping into other resources such BBC Teach, BBC Bitesize Daily or the online lessons from Oak National Academy
- encourage your child to develop life skills such as making the bed, helping with tea and chores around the house or garden
- try to keep up communication with the school and friends
- find time to talk – have lunch sat together, discuss your favourite shows, quiz each other
- if you have any worries about the well-being of your child – inform the school as there is support available
Teachers and support staff are available throughout the day via Microsoft Teams to respond to queries related to home learning. Form tutors will continue to make weekly calls home to offer a line of communication to see how you and your child are and if there is anything further we can do to support you. The school office can be contacted during normal working hours via email@example.com
There continues to be speculation in the press about reopening of schools. The consistent advice from the Department of Education is that schools will remain closed until further notice, except for children of critical workers and the children who are most vulnerable. Schools will re-open schools when the scientific advice indicates it is safe to do so. We will continue to update you on any changes to this statement over the coming weeks.
Mrs E Leftwick and Miss J Wilson