26MAR20 - Head's update - Week 1
25th March 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
We are now into our third day of partial closure and already life has changed for all of us with Boris Johnson’s latest announcements. We have very few children in school, much smaller numbers than we anticipated, and we are working hard to keep the numbers of adults to a minimum whilst observing some rules about social distancing. We have placed a maximum number of 10 children to a classroom to allow teachers to spread the children out. I know we have only had three full days in school but I have been amazed at what the teachers have planned for the children. School work has continued in the mornings but the afternoons have become a really exciting time, with a mini bake-off in Year Four, pear crumble in EYFS and some very clever animal drawing in Year Three. Lots of outdoor learning and activities for the other year groups, the weather has been on our side.
So, the original message was schools would be open for children if one parent is a key worker or children are considered vulnerable. On Monday 23rd March this changed with the wider closure expectations and the message is, if there is an adult at home it is expected that children will be kept at home, we have to be mindful of how many children the teachers are coming into contact with on a daily basis. The exact wording from the guidance states ‘Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading’.
Hopefully, everyone who can has accessed their Google Classroom by now. If you are experiencing any difficulties with this please post a comment on the classroom or email the office team at email@example.com and they will give you a hand. You may have noticed that it is not always your class teacher posting the daily work. To minimise the number of adults in school we are working on three-week rotations. One teacher from each year group is teaching the small number of children in school, one teacher is working from home uploading learning and one teacher is taking one week of their Easter break. Your child’s teacher will be online at some point during the next couple of weeks, however, the work across each year group is the same.
If your child has any worries or concerns about not being in school there is a teacher answering the phones between 10am and 11am to take calls from children. Please let them ring school if they need any reassurance.
It is very important for your child’s well-being that you establish some kind of routine throughout the day. Starting with a getting-up routine with an expectation that they will be dressed and ready for learning by 9am, or maybe taking part in the Joe Wicks’ children’s P.E. session. Please build in breaks and snacks and reading time, time for focused work and time to do more fun things like art or baking. David Walliams is reading a story on his twitter & Instagram pages at 11am every day if you need some light relief. The need for an evening routine is also important, maybe a drink and snack with a calming activity before brushing their teeth and bed with a story. My son and I always spent time colouring or doing a puzzle before bed.
Routine is the key along with children knowing what to expect during the day.
Keep safe and well everyone,