Staff have now had opportunity to reflect on our distance learning provision and we now are set to launch a more consistent and clear approach for all of our families which we hope will be more easily accessible and hope you will find useful in providing some structure to the day should you wish to use them.
The activities you are working on at home are not home schooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Home schooling is a choice made by parents, which they have considered, plan for and where they are their child's school teacher in whatever form they choose. This is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to do their best.
You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. If you decide to play outside, bake, or watch TV (educational or otherwise), then that is your choice – these types of activities also often involve lots of incidental learning. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about. We would just ask you continue to read with your child on a daily basis, encourage your child to take part in some form of physical activity (Joe Wicks 9am on Youtube is proving to be very popular) and spend some time each day supporting your child with the activities school have provided, as much as is feasibly possible – we appreciate that this may vary from day to day.
We understand that it can be very difficult to facilitate distance learning with a primary aged child and work from home at the same time. If you're trying to work from home and teach (and probably look after pets too!), stop now. We realise that your focus is your job and survival. Again, these are unprecedented times. As a parent myself, I am literally typing this letter and trying to teach multiplying fractions to my Year 5 daughter at the same time – this really is not possible and believe me, it is incredibly difficult, so do what you can do! Remember you are supporting your child through a difficult time - I hope you find the above information both helpful and reassuring. Don’t let this be something that stresses you - it is vital that you look after yourself and your own mental health in order to provide the best possible care for your child.
We want all children to be able to engage so please do contact us via the school email which will be checked throughout the day if you need resources or help - email@example.com.
Please click below to find detailed information for your child's year group:
The children can also access an online reading resource https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/portal.aspx to access colour banded books. Please use the student login below:
We also thought these general ideas would be useful for any year group.