Dear Parents and Carers,
As I sit here in my garden it almost feels that things are normal. However, with the absence of planes in the sky, it suddenly hits me again that we are the middle of a global crisis. Our children will tell their grandchildren about the year 2020 and what we all did to get through it. As their parents they will talk about how you cared for them and turned your homes into schools.
I cannot understand what you are all going through during this lockdown, but I want you to know we are in this together, and the school is here for you. The uncertainty at this time will make many of us feeling anxious, stressed and overwhelmed. Our children may well be feeling this too. It is really important at this time to understand and accept that it is OK to feel this way and recognise these feelings in ourselves and others. I have attached some resources which I hope will help with this for both adults and children, the website http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links/. If you are struggling to cope please phone Mrs Lawrence or Mrs Urwin for a chat. Failing that your class teacher will be phoning every couple of weeks to check in with you and your child/children and you can speak to them instead.
In terms of ‘home schooling’, if you are managing to achieve anything, you are doing a great job. This may simply be reading together. At school we always find that keeping to a routine is the key to success. When we go ‘off timetable’ in the last week before Christmas it is exhausting and the children do become unsettled. If possible I would therefore strongly recommend sticking to a structure. To that end, whilst we would now be on an Easter break, the teachers will continue to upload daily tasks in English, Maths and a topic - but these are completely optional. They are only there if you want to continue with the routine that you have established / trying to start or you need some help entertaining some young minds!
In regard to educational news, I get an update from the DfE on a daily basis and things do change. As things stand at the moment, I have been told that if possible, we should be providing meals to those children who qualify for a Free School Meal because their family receives a level of state benefit. If you qualify for this the school has already been in contact and you can collect a hot takeaway meal from Harris Way. Only for those schools where this service is not possible, the Government is supplying weekly supermarket vouchers. Even if you decline the offer of the hot takeaway meal you will not qualify for the voucher scheme because our school kitchens remain open. If your financial position has changed since the school has closed and you feel you now may now qualify please phone the school and we will talk through what you need to do.
For clarity, there is also the ‘universal free school meal scheme’ where all pupils ordinarily receive a meal if they are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2. However this scheme stopped when the school closed and is not part of the supermarket voucher scheme.
On a lighter note, you may well have heard Mrs Hall on 3 Counties Radio talking about last week’s music video. In case you missed it I have included it below. Also I hope you enjoy this week’s effort! More will follow … please don’t judge us!
… and finally here is this week’s photo of where am i?
Please stay at home and stay safe. Keep your close ones closer.