Greetings everyone – this is an unusual newsletter given that I am writing from my living room
with a cat on my lap. I am really missing everyone and our school environment. Your teachers
have been keeping me up to date with what you have been sharing about your learning and
the fun you are having at home.
I know that some parents are struggling to manage the pressures of working from home with
childcare and home learning. During this unusual time the key thing is to look after the health
and wellbeing of your family first and foremost.
We ask that all children in the EYFS use the online Tapestry portal to communicate with school
and receive suggestions for tasks to do at home. The class page has updated information too.
For Key Stages one and Two, teachers are providing enough work to keep children going for 3-
4 hours every day, but parents will know how to organise this and how best to manage
learning at home. We have no preference regarding whether this is online work or paper
based. As parents, you need to decide which best fits with your family life. That said, there will
be regular updates on class pages for parents to access and there is obviously more that self isolating
teachers can set which is internet based. As a rough guide, Children in Years 1-6 could
complete some English, 30 minutes reading, Maths, exercise and another subject of the child’s
choice. Parents are not full-time teachers and we don’t expect them to be able to deliver
lessons. The next two weeks are the allotted Easter holiday break, so whilst Teachers will be
posting activities, you may choose to relax your timetable to make it feel more like a holiday.
Please remember that teachers are available via email if you are struggling with anything that’s
been sent home.
I have spoken with quite a few families this week and have really enjoyed hearing how you are
using this time to prioritise family and doing non-school things together. We have been lucky
that the weather has been good, allowing for lots of time for activities outside. I have dusted
off my bicycle from the garage and got out for a few cycles in the sunshine which has been
great for my overall health. Moreover, I have been doing the Joe Wicks daily workout, which I
know many of you have been doing too- I have even managed to complete some workouts in
the garden with the dog trying to join in!
I will aim to get a newsletter to you every week that we are away from the school building to
keep you up to date and maintain a sense of community.
Stay healthy and SMART- Mrs Figes