A weekly update will be posted on this page during the period of school closure
Friday 27th March 2020
Please share the following with your children:
I’m sure you are being brilliant stars at home, like you are at school?....
These are very different times to normal but we are going to use all of our skills to get through this time positively through learning, being kind and helping as many people as we can. You have some really important jobs to do:
- You need to take care of yourself and your families by being sensible about when you go out for your daily exercise and by not seeing other people for a while – don’t forget you still need to wash your hands! This will help us not stop the spread of Coronavirus.
- You need to keep learning – you have to use your independence, perseverance and curiosity to respond to your learning challenges as they are set by your teachers - this will help to keep your brain fit and healthy.
- You need perseverance as you will need to learn how to do things differently – you won’t be able to go out and play football with your friends but you can work on how many times you can kick a ball and keep it in the air. It is a time to be creative and think - so what can I do that will be fun? Can you pick up that ukulele or try to break your own skipping record? Can you learn how to do a cartwheel or count to 10 in as many different languages as possible? Is there something you could cook together as a family?
- You will need courage because when things are different, they can be unsettling – you need to know that we are here still looking after you – your teachers are online talking to you and I am working hard looking after the staff so that they can continue to do this. We are all being looked after by the government who is working to keep us all safe. You are being well looked after.
Although we are not all still together in the same building, we are still all together in our hearts and we will continue to be there for each other. Just think of the stories we will have to tell and how brilliant it will be when we are back together.
If you want to share your learning with me or have something to tell me that you are really proud of you could ask your parents to email me MrD@wardenparkprimary.co.uk. I will keep checking in and sending you messages.
You are doing brilliantly and I will think about you every single day and keep supporting you to be the wonderful, creative, talented, courageous young people that you are. Take care of each other and try to have as much fun as you can – keep up that learning.
With much love,
I hope you have made it through the week in one piece?! It is important for me to start by saying, you are not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn exactly as they do in school. Experiment, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Please see our website for updated guidance on how to create a positive learning environment at home.
During this period of school closure, Seesaw is our main way of communication with you. Please ensure that you check the Seesaw app on a daily basis. Your child’s teacher will send a video in the morning each day and they are keen to receive photo/video updates of how you are getting on. Equally importantly, regular communication from you via Seesaw helps to reassure us that everything is OK at home. Please contact the school office as a matter of urgency if you are not able to access Seesaw.
Parents of children with SEND - please contact Ms Baxter via email@example.com if you require any support with your child’s learning.
Please see your child’s year group page on the website for guidance on daily expectations of home learning;
The home learning booklet that we sent home with the children was the first step of our home learning provision. Based on completing 2 activites from it per day, the booklet should provide your child with activities for a while longer. When your child completes their booklet, we will not be able to provide further paper-based resources. As I’m sure you are aware, the ‘skeleton’ staff team that are in school are here for the essential child care of keyworkers and vulnerable children and are not in a position to prepare or print resources. In the meantime, please see the following pages of the website for further ideas and activities:
After the Easter period, our provision will solely be based on online activities and resources and we will share a suggested timetable in due course.
Remember - children are used to being physically active during the school day so keeping some level of activity during the day will ensure their physical and mental health. See the PE page of our website for lots of ideas to help you keep active.
Keeping safe Online
During this time, we are fortunate to have huge opportunities to stay connected and to learn online. At school we often talk about the many positives of being online but we also advise on the risks. With so much use of the internet at present we thought it would be helpful to revisit some of this guidance. There are many good sources of advice for parents but for your convenience we are suggesting the NSPCC and Get Safe Online, as these sites give clear access to a wide range of advice. If your child is using a phone, tablet or computer, please ensure you have parental controls in place to block access to any inappropriate material.
Easter holidays (6-17th April)
Children are not expected to complete home learning during this period, although some may choose to do so.
Keeping in touch with the Leadership Team
In order for you to let us know how you are getting on at home and to make sure you can easily keep in touch during this period of school closure, we have created the following contact form. Please feel free to use this to:
- Give us feedback on home learning
- Share good ideas, activities and tips on thriving at home
- Ask questions
- Praise staff
- Raise a concern/request further support
You can communicate in this way whenever you need to, but please do not feel that you have to.
Specific matters related to your child and their home learning should be directed to their teacher.
Entitlement to Free School Meals
Those families who are entitled to Free School Meals should have received a text message link and email to a Sainsburys Evoucher yesterday. The same arrangement is in place for next week and the vouchers will be sent to you on Monday 30th. Apologies for the delay this week and thank you to Mrs Horan and Mrs Goodenough in the school office for all their hard work in organising this as quickly as possible. These vouchers are only available to those who are entitled to free school meals.
Families with SEND children - frequently asked questions
Every Minds Matters - expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Audible - For as long as schools are closed, children can instantly stream a huge collection of stories, including titles across six different languages. All stories are free to stream on desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
If you need to contact us for any reason, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01444 451264. Emails and answerphone messages will be monitored daily, Monday - Friday.
Take care of each other. I’ll be thinking of you...