First of all, I would like to say how amazing parents have been in their engagement of remote learning. We appreciate that remote learning provides a range of challenges for many families.
Last week, the government stated that children in KS1 should receive 3 hours of planned learning a day and for those in KS2 - 4 hours. For some families, this can be a challenge and we completely understand that. As a school, we are obliged to offer the relevant amount of learning and we encourage parents to support their children in being able to complete this. However, in reality, with many parents working from home, siblings sharing laptops/iPads, we know that it is not always possible to complete all of the work assigned. In those instances, our message to parents is - don’t worry! Where children are able to complete all of the learning provided, this is brilliant! But on occasions, when this is not possible, we would ask that priority is given to the completion of core subjects; reading, writing, spelling, phonics, grammar, maths and times tables. These are the most important areas of learning when time is limited. This is not to say that the other subjects are not important, because they are. But if time is a limiting factor in what the children are able to engage with, then please do prioritise.
Also, please don’t forget how important it is to engage in physical activity and exercise; go for a walk, cycle, kick a ball in the garden, etc… Physical and mental health and well-being are of paramount importance during these challenging times!
Tracey Robinson (Headteacher)