27th March 2020
Re: unusual times.
As I write, I wonder how everyone is; children and families alike…I know this will vary and I’m aware of some who have been ill. I sincerely wish everyone well.
Here at school we’ve had between 21 and 12 children and the school is marked out in two metre spaces! The children (and some staff) start their day with JW and then head off to a Year 3/4 classroom and a Year 5/6 classroom where they do some learning and other activities. Lunch is between 12.30 and 1.30, with new games having been invented for the playground which mean everyone stays two metres apart. There is a lot of creativity, as I’m sure there is at home.
School is open again for the provision of the children of key workers for the next week, where key workers have no other alternative and safe option for their children to be looked after, as this week. We anticipate that school will be open for the same over the Easter holidays, including the bank holidays, as some key workers may need that provision. We will confirm this when we ascertain the need next week. The staff have been willing and able to help and are working on a rota. I am grateful for their contribution and am also determined to safeguard their wellbeing.
Hopefully by now you have been able to access the home learning. I think it’s important that children do some learning five days per week to keep up good learning habits; it will make it easier for when we return, although that date is as unknown to me as to you. You will probably be aware of LOTS of other home learning that has become available from a wide variety of sources and we will update our website with some next week.
For now: Home learning is on the SIMS ParentApp. and on the school website. In the folder for each year group, there is an accompanying letter from the teachers to help prioritise what should be done to help specific learning in our school. It will be of great benefit to the children if the learning prioritised is done at home.
If children exhaust the work, we have been made aware of a lot of other possible learning projects, which are being offered to all to help at this time. If parents search Robin Hood MAT (based in Birmingham), and then look under the heading Inspire, they will see seven weeks of learning projects.
Our own children have their own logins to Times tables Rock stars and the LGFL network to access J2E resources including: J2lbast, Spell blast and j2office.
To be clear, please prioritise the work that our staff in each year group have outlined.
You may, or may not, get the government update daily. We continue to have advice daily here at work. This link may be useful. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
Many thanks for your support and I wish you well.
Mrs S Gruffydd
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