Day 11 of school closures.
Term 5 has started and it’s time to try and encourage our children to take part in some learning again. It will be different for every family, and everyone needs to think about what is manageable for them and their children, and do what they can.
I know some families feel very pressured by what they see on social media. This is not a competition; it is about doing what works for you. Many children will benefit from the structure of a routine and a series of activities to stimulate their brains throughout that day. This will cause stress and anxiety for others, with the crossover between home and school being too difficult for them to manage. You know your children and what they are capable of.
Teachers have prepared home learning grids and packs to assist you. Pack two is available from the school office, if you cannot access the online grids from the school website. Packs can be dropped off to you if you are in self isolation. Just let us know. These contain the activities that will be the most relevant for your children.
There are other resources available to those of you on the internet:
While schools are closed, you can have free access to the following link:-
There are books and stories for children of all ages. You don’t get the familiar faces that you get on the school YouTube channel but there is a good range of stories to listen to.
The story library on YouTube is growing every day so it’s worth checking in every now and again to see if a favourite book has appeared.
BBC Bitesize has expanded what it offers from today. The website:-
has been expanded with daily Maths and English lessons for all ages. There will also be lessons on TV via the Red Button and iPlayer. There are loads of ideas and links on the website if you are looking for ideas or support with home schooling.
The government has published a list of resources to help with home learning too:-
PE with Joe is still going on YouTube. Live streaming every weekday morning at 9.00am or catch up later on his channel. This morning he announced that he has been able to donate over £91,000 to NHS charities from the income he’s generated over the last four weeks. He is giving away 100% of what the workouts earn in revenue. The more streams he gets, the more will go to the NHS!
Remember, it’s not all about ‘lessons’. We’ll look at more ideas for practical activities another day.
I really hope that everyone is keeping safe and staying in as much as possible; but you can make the most of the opportunity to get out for daily exercise and allow your children to run off some energy.
Please contact Sharon or I if you have a support need or need to check in and have a chat. We miss everyone and want to do the best we can to support you in these unusual times. Without regular contact, we can’t tell who’d like a call or needs to offload. We can call you back if you’re able to let us know you’d like a call.
We’d love to hear from you.
Take care, Emma