Welcome to the start of the summer term. This is certainly a very different way for it to begin. We hope you and your families are well and had a lovely Easter. The weather was kind to us and it was great to see the sunshine. We were keen for the children to have a rest from school work over the holiday period, (and parents too!).
The teachers have been working hard to prepare new learning activities based on the work the children would have been doing in school. Each year group has uploaded work to the school website and will continue to do this daily. In addition, on Monday this week the Department for Education (DfE) launched some new learning resources which will support you and your child with home learning. These include BBC Bitesize (bbc.co.uk/bitesize) which deliver 3 new lessons daily and the Oak National Academy (www.thenational.academy) which provides video lessons each week for all year groups.
When schools closed, we were not sure how long this would be for. All children were provided with a 2 week resource pack, along with exercise books, stationary and reading books. We have a full portfolio of online learning, but we are aware that not everyone has access to the internet or that there are multiple children in the house. With this in mind, we have ordered English and Maths work books, these will arrive in school next week. We will be calling each year group and requesting a member of the household collects the books for all children in their house. The work will consolidate much of the learning from Autumn and Spring, and allow for independent work alongside the online activities.
As schools will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future, the DfE has released guidance on helping primary school children continue their education. It states that no-one expects parents to act as teachers or provide activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning.
In terms of structuring the day for children it recommends:
Get up and go to bed at the same times each day
Have regular meal times
Have regular breaks
Make time to be active – children are used to regular play and lunchtimes.
It is important to try and maintain a routine. The suggested timetables for each year group can help with this.
The school is open to the children of key workers and this will continue for this term until the school reopens to all pupils. If you are a key worker and have no alternative child care, please contact the school.
Reception Intake 2020
The offer of places for our Reception intake for September 2020 was sent out by the Local Authority on April 16th. We are delighted that we have so many siblings joining us. Currently we still have a few spaces left in Reception and Nursery, please contact the school office to request an admission form. We are looking forward to welcoming the children into school and will send out details of the induction when school reopens to all pupils.
Keeping in Touch
This week our teachers have been calling all their children. They have loved hearing what the children have been getting up to and offering any support and guidance. Parents are welcome to seek advice about the work set by contacting the class teacher via email or please ask during the phone calls which take place at least fortnightly. If we can help you in any way please do not hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are certainly missing you and look forward to seeing you when the school reopens.
Take care and stay safe.
Mrs Lees and the Brookfields' Staff