It has been a real joy to see some fabulous home learning activities over recent weeks across all year groups. We must say that we are in awe of the effort and support you are all giving right now. I know that staff have been speaking to many families this week and it has been so positive to hear how you all are adapting to these challenging times - working from home, caring for family members, completing school activities amongst a whole host of other things - it really is a tall order and you are all doing so well!
It is important to acknowledge that this situation is hard for everyone, teachers included. We appreciate your understanding that remote learning is not able to replace regular teaching and that teachers' responses to home learning need to be managed differently. We are all trying to make the best of the situation that we find ourselves in. Your support at this time will never be forgotten. It has never been more important for us to support each other and to be kind to ourselves and others.
I am asking staff to make phone contact with all families over the next 2 weeks. The quick calls are to remind you that you are part of a really strong school community. It will hopefully be good to hear a familiar voice and to know that we are here to support you in whatever way we can. They are not to ‘check-up’ on how much work is being done, although some children may want to discuss their activities.
There is much speculation about when schools will reopen and what that will look like. We are awaiting further announcements from the Government for our next steps; however, it is important that we are living in the present and ensuring we are providing the best support now. It is clear that the current social distancing regulations, which are supporting the capacity of the NHS to cope with the demand of Covid-19, will be continuing for some time.
I often feel very lucky to work in primary education as I have the perfect excuse to read children’s literature. There is great wisdom to be had in children’s books. A particular favourite of mine is “The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse” by Charlie Macksey and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
The author has adapted one of the illustrations to make it more pertinent to our current situation and I have shared it with you below.
Please remember that this Friday is a bank holiday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE day. We can’t have the national celebrations and street parties that we would have normally planned, however I hope that you get the opportunity to mark it in some way. We will not be setting school work on Friday to enable you to do your own family activities.
Take care everyone and continue to stay safe.
With very best wishes