Nice to hear from so many of you this week and I even got to see some pupils and parents when I came into the village on Tuesday and Thursday! (From a safe distance)
We have had lots of people sending us videos for SeeSaw and Flipgrid and some lovely work submitted into google classrooms. We have also had lots of people say that the children are finding it difficult to settle to work. Don't panic! We understand! Many of our staff are also trying to get their children to do school work whilst also preparing and assessing the work for your children. We are all just taking it one day at a time and doing what is right for our children and family. That is all we can ask of you so please, be kind to yourselves and don't compare or feel guilty. We are here to help you access the learning as best we can. Hopefully those of you who have struggled with getting suitable devices have had your email by now and have arranged a time to pick up your loan device. The local authority are coordinating the effort to get those without the internet some access. And if stocks allow we will try and help out those of you who are having to share devices between the family.
Other ways we can help? Well I have had some requests to speak to children to encourage them to work. If this is what you need, just let me know and we can make some more phone calls. We can provide resources such as paper, pencils, scissors and exercise books. We can't provide reading books unfortunately as we would not be able to safely have them returned to school to be swapped however we have links to online reading libraries and have signed up for Headsprout details of which will be released to classes by the teachers. We also can't provide worksheets, logistically it is not possible for us to supply the whole school with paper copies of work and to get them out to you on a weekly basis. We do however suggest you access the free worksheets at Twinkl. They have a huge range of work that is age appropriate and you do not need to print them out. You can open a screen with the work on it and write the work into exercise books. We are setting tasks that are school work related, but also engagement tasks like telling classmates a joke. This will all keep the children feeling connected to each other and to us. Lots of you have had a go at keeping a diary or making a time capsule with your children or cooking or art projects of their own choosing. That all counts as learning too. We would like you to share any home activities like cooking or art with us either on Twitter or SeeSaw/Flipgrid as it is important that children see that what they are doing has value to us as well as them.
Keep in touch if you can and keep doing the amazing job you are doing and try not to worry about what happens when school resumes because as soon as we can, we will be all about giving your children the education they need in the classroom.
Mr Cass, Headteacher