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For our lovely children and parents who are working at home. This is a letter home today. Wednesday 23rd March 2020 Also posted below the following poem.
Stay safe everyone and keep in touch with us on our teacher emails.
Wednesday 25th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. This includes the work being sent home for your child. I wanted to just give my perspective on it all as a Headteacher and I hope this can help with that somewhat.
A few points to note first:
1) This is not home schooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Home schooling is a choice, where you considered, you plan for it and you are your child's school teacher in whatever form you choose. This is, at best, distance learning.
2) You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage with anything sent home and is going to spend the entire day playing in the dirt, or baking, or watching TV, then that is your choice. That is your right. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.
3) Schools don't know what they're doing either. They had no notice, no preparation time and we were NOT told to 'continue to plan lessons as normal and just send them home' – that’s NOT possible. If it were, we'd all be out of a job!
4) It is absolutely not possible to facilitate distance learning with a primary aged child and work from home at the same time. The very idea is nonsense. If you're trying to do that, stop now. You can certainly have activities where your child learns, but your focus is your job, and survival. Again, unprecedented. Please stop trying to be superheroes.
So, a few FAQs:
My school has sent home lots of physical work. Pages and pages, hours and hours. How am I supposed to get through it all?!
You're not, don't try.
Someone in my child's class has everything done and we've barely started. Will they fall behind?
Even if everything were equal in terms of support, time and number of children (which it’s not) all children learn at different rates. In the class there's a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work. It's almost impossible for teachers to differentiate at the moment, so you don’t have to do it either. Your child will not fall behind. This is all revision and reminder work.
Is it ok that all they're doing is building Lego, cooking and playing outside?
All of this is learning -very valuable learning. Give yourself and them a break.
How can I get three different lots of work done with 3 different children of different ages?
You can't, stop trying. If they're old enough, try to get them to do little bits independently. Otherwise try to do something they can all engage with, reading a story together, some free writing, baking etc.
My ideal for the children in our school?
- A bit of reading every day (independent or to them or via audiobook etc)
- Some free writing now and then. If they'll keep a diary or something, great. If not, would they draw a comic?
- Practical hands on maths. Be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.
- Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys.
- Physical exercise everyday
- Some art/music where possible through the week. Doesn't need to be guided.
-Stretch goal, if old enough getting them to independently work on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Get them researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to you or family.
- If younger, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better.
You are doing enough. You are loving your kids and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself. Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health. Don't let this be something that stresses you. Only you can control that by accepting it is in your circle of control, you are the primary educator and this is all your call.
We want to support you as much as possible. Check our website for resources, ideas and support – www.crackleybank.staffs.sch.uk
Ms Sara Stevenson
The following letters can be found in the link and also below if you scroll down.
Date: Friday 20th March 2020
Dear Parents & Carers,
Covid 19/Coronavirus – School Closure
You will be aware that the Government has announced that all schools must close today until further notice.
We have spent considerable time preparing for this eventuality and aim to support you in ensuring that your children can still access education whilst at home. We have ensured that there is a mix of on-line activities and paper based activities.
Your child came home with a folder containing: a pencil, pencil sharpener, rubber and a variety of booklets to complete covering subjects such as Reading, Maths, Science etc. Where possible we have utilised existing resources and so you will find materials that have previously been used as tests but have been replaced by more recent test papers. Depending upon year group there may be other booklets linked to Health etc. You may notice that the year group on the booklet is not the year group that your child is on, please don’t be concerned about this – we differentiate in class every day, the teachers have used their knowledge of your child to ensure they have got access to work that they can do with little support.
Your child has also brought home additional homework in their homework folder, sheets linked to their History and Science topics and a spelling sheet to practise. We will try to ensure that they have an extra reading book except where older children are reading lengthy books. You can also ask your children to read any home books.
We will ensure that the class pages on the website have a wide range of online activities for your child to access. The teachers will update resources regularly to ensure the children access a variety of resources. The teachers will not set any work that needs to be printed. Go to www.crackleybank.staffs.sch.uk – Home Learning.
If you require support with the work that has been set, please feel free to email your child’s class teacher. Email addresses will be text to you via teachers2parents. The teachers will all be working from home and will aim to answer emails as soon as possible between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Please do not expect responses after this time or over weekends or the Easter holiday.
If your child’s class teacher is taken ill, we will endeavour to ensure that another member of staff responds to your emails but please bear with us – this is a unique situation for us all.
Once we return to school we will not require the return of the work that has been completed or the resources but we will require the homework and reading books to be returned. Of course, completion of work is entirely your choice, we are aiming to support parents to support their children and maintain their education during this extraordinary time.
It may be that you require additional paper work, if this is the case please email your child’s teacher and we will create some, Work packs will need to be collected from school (we will tell you how when we know!) It may be that we cannot produce the work for the next day so please give us as much notice as possible.
Finally, I would like to express my thanks to the many parents who have been so totally supportive and positive during this difficult time – your comments really have kept us going in these uncertain times. I have found it hard to process that we are closing our doors today until further notice. When we return to school full time we will return as strong as ever. Take care and keep safe.
Social distancing and remote learning
Dear Parents and Carers,
I know that I am sending daily updates re: Covid 19/Coronavirus but the information school are receiving is constantly evolving. Please take the time to read the information that I am sharing with you.
This is the most current information regarding social distancing for everyone and for protecting older or vulnerable people.
As always, if you are unsure how your individual circumstances relate to this guidance please telephone the helpline on 111 or seek further advice online. As a school we are not in a position to make these decisions for you or provide medical advice.
Thank you for the support and positive feedback we have received from many of you. All of our staff are working extremely hard and supporting each other with the full intention of keeping the school open. Your support in achieving this is important to us.
Over the coming days I will provide clarity on our home learning offer in the event of a national closure. Some families are currently self-isolating and we have provided home learning packs to support families during this time. We have ensured that the school website has a wide range of online resources for children to access. Visit www.crackleybank.staffs.sch.uk and follow the “Home Learning” tab.
Please find on the link an extract from the Government Guidance regarding social distancing and groups that are classed as vulnerable. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND NOT THE ADVICE OF THE SCHOOL 18th March - Government advice
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure you are all aware that the Prime Minister announced a change to the self-isolation guidance at yesterday evening's press conference. It is no longer the case that children should attend school if they don't have a continuous cough or high temperature themselves. It is now necessary for everyone in a household to self-isolate for 14 days if any member of the household exhibits symptoms.
This change to advice could well impact on staffing levels. In these unprecedented times, our priority will remain the children's safety. This means that if we need to, we will combine or split classes to counter staff absence but not to the point that pupil safety is compromised. It could be the case that we are forced to partially close the school. For the time being, we continue to deliver the full curriculum.
I will send a separate letter detailing the changes to planned events.
At this point I think it is important to add context and reality. Despite the Education Minister’s announcement that schools will remain open for the time being, we are doing what we must, including preparing for a national closure. We are currently compiling work that will be shared with all children if the school is closed – I will send further details out regarding this should this eventuality arise. Work will be a mixture of paper and online learning. With this in mind, it is important that you make us aware if your child will not have access to a computer to complete school work and please make sure we have your correct email address and ensure you are checking your Teachers2Parents regularly. During this period, we will endeavour to use Teachers2Parents for only essential communication, so when you get an alert, please read the messages carefully.
Please can I stress the importance of staying out of the school building. We can communicate via phone and email but will heavily restrict visitors to school. All parents are asked to ensure that they hand their children over to staff at the door and do not come into the building - this affects Nursery and Reception parents in particular.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the staff team during this time, it is hugely appreciated.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following further guidance issued by Boris Johnson yesterday the following decisions have been made to ensure the safety of our pupils, families and staff:
We do not have any guidance yet regarding the residential trips to Standon Bowers (Y4: May 5th – 7th) and Laches Wood (Y6 – 29th June to 3rd July) but when I have any information to share I will let parents know.
We appreciate that these decisions will be disappointing however I am sure that you will support them due to the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in.
Wednesday 11th March 2020
As events have evolved over recent days regarding the spread of coronavirus, I wanted to give you an update regarding our current actions and potential future actions, in-line with the government’s action plan.
Please note that we will act upon the advice of the DFE, informed by Public Health England.
In light of the government’s action plan and the potential movement from the contained phase to the delay phase, please be advised of the following actions that have been carried out in school, many of which apply to both the contain and delay phases:
Potential Future Measures and Considerations
Please note that these are included by way of reassuring you of our capacity to quickly respond, if necessary, to any change in the advice to schools. Unless this advice changes, there is no intention of carrying out the following.
What Can You Do?
Please note that we are acting on the very clear advice of the DFE, informed by Public Health England.
Our message to the children has been around hygiene and germs and we are not overtly referencing coronavirus or sensationalising the situation in the way that some aspects of the media are. We are dealing in facts and expert guidance. There has been no advice to remove children from school or to self-isolate other than in the clearly stated circumstances. In that respect, it is ‘business as usual’ for us and the children other than the increased emphasis on personal hygiene, albeit with a clear understanding of how it might develop and how we would act, if necessary.