May I first thank you for continuing with your engagement with the home teaching and learning with your children. We have loved to see the work that you have continued to share with the class teachers and via email. It is hard to believe that another half term has passed. Next week is the half term holiday and so we want you, your families and our teachers to enjoy a rest and a break from school learning. Let us hope the sun keeps shining and you have a chance to be outdoors!
I am sure you have been awaiting news around school openings and particularly what this will mean for the children in Y 2,3,4 and 5. From 1st June, schools will begin to open for Early Years, Year One and Year Six. This comes with much guidance on the safe opening and how this will be managed. As we will be teaching in smaller groups, of no more than 15 children, we will need to use the other classrooms in the school to manage this. Currently the government has the ‘ambition’ of more children returning to school but we do not yet know when this will be possible. Therefore all children in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 will continue to stay at home. The class teachers will continue to teach remotely as they have been doing. At present these teachers are not being required to take classes in school and will therefore be available from 9am-12pm as usual. You will also continue to receive your daily videos and activities.
The children of Key Workers and Vulnerable children in Y 2,3,4 and 5 will continue to come to school as they have been.
From after half term we will be asking all teachers to not set learning on a Wednesday. Instead we will be sharing wellbeing activities to be done instead. These will include things such as physical activities, baking, making and mindfulness/calming activities. We appreciate that there must be quite a lot of home learning fatigue at this point of the year and we want to recognise that and ensure there is time and permission to step away from the books!
We think trying to maintain the suggested timetable is important for many reasons – for the children’s mental health and well-being and for their education. The idea is that the children complete some learning each day to help them consolidate and practise key skills by accessing the activities and tasks the teachers share. We see it as our moral duty to provide a structure to the children’s day and to guide parents to support them with their home learning. To remind you, this is our suggested daily timetable:
Area of learning
Up to 60 mins
How long your child works for every day is going to be determined by what is practical for your family. You don’t have to do it all – do what you can.
Paper-based resources have been sent to a very limited number of families whereby they:
- do not have access to the internet,
- are not able to engage using Seesaw
- have multiple siblings and very limited access to technology
Entitlement to Free School Meals
The voucher scheme will continue after half term. These will be ordered for all FSM children for the first two weeks after half term. Going forward, if you have a child at school who is receiving their daily lunch you will no longer receive a voucher for that child. Whilst children in Yrs 2,3,4 and 5 can not attend school they will continue to receive a weekly voucher. If you have any queries regarding FSM vouchers or are struggling with being able to afford food, please contact the school office. These vouchers are only available to those who are entitled to free school meals. If you think that you might now be eligible, please apply here .
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. I would urge you to use it, as your feedback is important to us. The form will allow you 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
Specific matters related to your child and home learning should be directed to their teacher.
DfE educational resources
On the 7th April, the Government produced this for us to share with you:
Educational resources to support remote learning: Over the last two weeks, schools and teachers have stepped up to the challenging of keeping children learning remotely. To help you with remote lesson planning and support learning at home, we have published a set of high-quality resources, which will be updated over time.
You can use these sites to supplement the learning we provide but be warned there are quite a few!
Please see a new page on our website for detailed age-specific advice on supporting your child.
“Children's mental health (for Parents/Carers): COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing”
I want to reiterate that we are still here for all our families and, although we will be working with a much smaller team in school, you can still contact us using the school email or phone) – we might not always be available straight away but we can support you and someone will get back to you promptly. Please don’t hesitate to call if you need someone to talk to.
There was a section about this in my last letter but since then WSCC have also published the links below.
Below is also a selection of resources that could be useful for both staff and parents:
- NSPCC Net Aware provides a useful guide to social networks, apps and guide.
- Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline for different age groups and parents.
- Childnet has produced a Parent and Carer Toolkit which is a collection of three resources designed to help you talk to your child about their online life, manage boundaries around family internet use and point you in the direction of where to get further help and support.
I would like to remind you that there will always be a Designated Safeguarding Lead at school that you can speak to if you are concerned about the health, safety or well being of any child. Please do contact our team of Designated Safeguarding Leads at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our school is a drop-off point for donations (9-2:30pm Mon-Fri). Mrs Durnford will be taking what is collected at school to the Foodbank every Monday morning. Please could you keep in mind the foodbank when you do your weekly shop and consider donating. Alternatively, if there is a drop off point nearer to you, please drop off there if you can; Bolnore Village Co-op, Whitemans Green Cuckfield Co-op, Lindfield Co-op, Cuckfield Parish Office - Queens Hall between (10.30am-2pm), Waitrose, Franklands Village Office (between 8am-10am).
Getting in touch:
If you need to contact us for any reason, please email us at email@example.com or call 01444 451264.
You are doing a brilliant job of managing through this really difficult time. It has been great to see how creative you and the children have been and how you have risen to the challenge. I very much look forward to seeing you all soon but, until then, seeing how busy you all are in our virtual world.
Take care of each other, Mr Davis