FLO Newsletter 5 - 24 February 2021
“Just keep swimming!!” - DORY
Firstly, welcome back everyone! I hope you all had an enjoyable half-term break.
For me and I am sure many of you, the week off was one of the hardest during this lockdown. The weather was unpredictable and still quite cold and all the things I might normally have done to entertain my children, going swimming, cinema, etc… were out of the question. However, the break from “Home Learning” was very welcome and the early signs of spring and warmer weather that we have started to see from Saturday have really helped to lift people’s spirits.
I am sure many of you will have mixed feelings about Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday and the LOCKDOWN exit strategy that he has laid out. There will be some that feel it is too slow and would like everything opened back up more quickly, and others who are still very anxious about the spread of the virus and who would like to see a much slower lifting of restrictions. In particular, the return of all pupils to the classroom on 8 March.
Personally, I am very reassured by the dramatic drop in infection rates both nationally and locally in particular. There were just 3 confirmed cases in our area of Folkestone last week and the infection rate for Folkestone and Hythe had already dropped by 43% up to 11 February.
By the time children return to school the majority will have missed almost a year of being in a classroom. Not only will this have impacted on their learning, but they will also have missed out on socialising with their friends and spending time with people outside of their immediate bubbles. We are very much looking forward to welcoming your children back to Castle Hill and helping them settle in to school life.
We recognise there will be some children who also feel very anxious about returning to school, so I have attached some resources and links below with ideas of how to help your child transition back into the routine of school life.
Changing Faces- After lockdown: Worries about returning to school
One of the best ways you can help your children adapt to the return to school is by trying to re-establish routines, especially bedtime, as soon as possible. If you can, gradually get them used to getting up earlier and going to bed earlier. This will make the first day back at school much easier for you all.
Remember that the FLOs have a supply of second hand uniform, in good condition, and quite a few pairs of school shoes in various sizes should you find your children have had a growth spurt over the last few weeks! We can also issue uniform/shoes if you need some. Please contact either Sharon or myself and we will do what we can to help.
I have included, below, another easy and basic recipe to have a go at with your children.
Sharon and I are still available to contact every day during the week if you need any help or support.
Alice 07889 349144 Sharon 07889 34914
EASY FAMILY MEALS
Veggie Hot Pot Recipe - Serves 2
Tomato base sauce 100ml
Peel and par boil potatoes, then set aside to cool
Dice carrots and onions and slice mushrooms
Gently fry the vegetables for 5-10 minutes until soft
Add the base sauce and simmer for 5 minutes
Slice the cooled potatoes
Layer vegetables into a dish and top with sliced potatoes
Bake in a medium oven, appx 200c, for 30 minutes