27th March Letter from Mrs Stuart

27th March 2020
Dear Parents and Children
 
I thought I would write to check in with you all and give you an update on this week.
 
Myself and all of the staff and governors want to send you all our very best wishes and hope you are all keeping safe and well.
 
It has been a very eerie week in school with so few children and very sad to walk around the building, looking into empty classrooms and listening to the 'sound of silence'.  We miss you all very much!
 
I just want to give you some further information on home learning:
 
There is no expectation on how much work should be done each day or each week.  Every family's circumstances will be different and it is important we all try to remain as calm and happy as possible.  For some, that might mean enjoying doing daily activities from school but for others, they might prefer to do a few pieces weekly instead.  There is no right or wrong way but the main thing to prioritise is reading so, as much as possible, try to get your child reading books at home or from our online links.
 
I have seen a lot of videos on social media (some of which are very amusing!) of parents all over the country, teaching their children and helping them to complete work.  Whilst it is great for parents to help support their child's continued education at home, please do not put any pressure on yourself or expectations of how much you should be doing.  Encouraging your child to complete some of the set activities each week and sharing a story or book is more than enough.  The last thing we want is for parents to feel any additional pressures or worries at this time.  
 
To that end, the staff are currently putting together  an Easter newsletter for each year group with fun activities for you to choose and complete at your leisure.  Again, this is optional but might just give some ideas to keep your children busy and entertained.  We will put this up on our website later next week.
 
As soon as I have any further information to update you with then I will be in contact but, in the meantime, I have had no further messages than you have about school closures and how long they will last.  All I can say is that I hope we can all be back to school again very soon, filling our building with lots of children and lots of noise (I never thought I would say that!)
 
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!
 
Mrs Stuart