As children will be starting to complete their home learning packs, I wanted to write to you about our plans and expectations around home learning in the weeks ahead.
During the first two weeks of the closure we were keen to not overload any of the children or any of you, the parents/carers either. This situation is completely new for everyone and we all need time to adjust and to process everything that is happening. We appreciate that many of you will also be working from home while trying to care for your families at the same time and the last thing we want is for home learning to be an added stress or pressure for anyone. Right now, the most important thing is that all children feel as safe as possible, that they play and have fun and that they are loved. During the originally scheduled two-week Easter holiday and beyond, this will remain the priority but for those looking for greater structure and further learning tasks, I wanted to outline our plans.
From Monday 20th April, onwards, home learning will be shared through the class pages of our website and will take on the following format:
Reception, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
- Weekly units of Maths work with a teacher-led presentation, instructional videos and set tasks for children to complete in the exercise books provided. Answers to each question will be provided for checking.
- Weekly collections of reading and writing activities based on a set story/text.
- Reading to/with an adult as much as possible.
- Half-termly collections of topic-based activities for children to select independently.
- Play-based learning activities around a theme, familiar story or nursery rhyme. This will incorporate communication and language, number and knowledge and understanding of the world.
In addition to the previously mentioned learning, we will post a weekly arts and crafts project and hopefully you will have already seen some of the Collective Worship videos we have been adding to the website on a daily basis and this will continue after the Easter holiday. During the scheduled Easter break, we will be providing a dedicated page of fun Easter activities and learning opportunities for children to enjoy if they wish to.
Further instructions and information will be provided on individual class pages by the teachers.
Finally, can I once again stress that the physical and mental well-being of the children and all our families is the most important thing to us at this time and so please do not worry if there are issues with any of the above, just contact us in school. I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe and please do let me know via e-mail or telephone if there is anything further we can do to support you or if you simply need to talk.
Mr. H. Bray
You may also wish to use the following websites (log-in details were in the letter accompanying the home learning packs) or try the suggested activities below.