Dear Parents and Carers,
This is an unsettling period for us all and we want to support you as much as possible whilst school is closed. Children’s learning is important to us as well as their wellbeing.
Packs have been created to encourage children to remember previous learning and to be challenged further. There are activities for a range of subjects as well as ones that promote good physical and mental health. Try and avoid too much screen time by creating a routine or timetable. We understand that access to devices might be restricted due to multiple needs within your family so a timetable might help everyone.
We are not setting any work that needs to be completed and sent back into school at this time. The work will be sent out in 2-week cycles so the next cycle will be sent out after the Easter holidays. If it takes longer, please don’t worry. Look at other year groups for work that is easier or harder. More details will follow about accessing the home learning.
Parents please look after your own wellbeing. These packs are there to support you and your children. We understand that home learning might be difficult on some days so take a break and simply read, relax and do what works for your family. We hope that, in these difficult times, you can help to continue a love of learning amongst your children in the best way you can.
Read, read, read!
Look at this link to see why reading is so important:
Children get a lot out of activities that are sensory or involve interaction and physical movement; here are a few suggestions:
- Lego or other construction kits
- Practising multiplication tables and number bonds
- Jigsaw puzzles – mindfulness and concentration
- Board games – promotes turn taking and social interaction skills
- Cooking – there are lots of recipes online
- Exercising such as yoga
Here is an example of what a Home Learning timetable could look like:
Starting the day with exercise gets the brain ready for learning. You could let the children choose their device time and how the day will look. You might decide to have a 4-day week or be more spontaneous and not have a timetable at all.
Promote speaking and listening and have your own no pens day. Explore and investigate and let them be a scientist, an author or a performer. Be creative; the most learning takes place when children are engaged and emotionally involved in their learning.
This is just one way to plan home learning and you know your children best so please do what works best for you in your approach to home learning.
In this unprecedented time, the most important aim is to help our children feel happy and safe.
The following MindUP link has many activities that will support wellbeing and help encourage a calmer, happier and more optimistic home.
Below are some helpful links to help talk to your child about the Coronavirus:
Thank you for all your support.