Dear Parents/ Carers
We hope you are continuing to keep well and have managed to find some time to enjoy the sunshine this week.
We recognise that parents are facing many challenges at the minute and that it is very difficult to manage work commitments alongside home learning for your child/ children (school staff are finding this challenging too). It must also be frustrating that some children are in school whilst your child/ children remains at home.
These are very challenging times for everyone and we appreciate the feedback that parents have provided over recent weeks.
We are trying to address some of the suggestions and move forward in a way that recognises the needs of as many children and families as possible, whilst also working with the constraints that we are currently experiencing e.g. lack of appropriate computer hardware in school (and at home for some families), no 'hands on' technical support etc.
On considering all options currently available to us, we will be making some changes to home learning over the next few weeks. For example you will notice some additional activities this week, a new home learning plan from next week with an increased focus on the use of video lessons and some opportunities to access live sessions with a member of staff.
This week’s home learning includes a PSHE activity plan and a reflection PowerPoint. PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and is an important part of your child's national curriculum learning linked to their ongoing wellbeing. Over the next few weeks and as we move into the new school year, we will be focusing on continuing to develop your child’s social and emotional development through our PSHE curriculum. We will be planning learning, activities and times for reflection that support children in building their own values toolkit that they will be able to draw upon as they meet new, exciting and challenging situations both at home and school.
Some of the resources are internet based and can be accessed through YouTube. To get the best out of them, we advise that you watch the films before your child, so that you are aware of the themes and questions that might arise. Also, as YouTube can sometimes show video stills of links to other websites, please ensure that your child is viewing them with an adult or in line with your online safety measures at home, so that they don’t click on anything you would not what them to view.
Virtual Sports Day
Due to the current circumstances we will be unable to take part in a school Sports Day this year; but we are pleased to inform you that Mr. Gascoyne has invented ‘The Earlsdon Primary School Virtual Sports Day’. On the class pages you will find instructions for the activities and a sheet for the children to record their scores. These activities require some assistance from an adult but please feel free to try them alongside your child!
The activities can be completed on one specific day but could also be undertaken on separate days throughout the week. When your child has completed the activities, they can fill in their scores on the sheet provided. It would be great if you could take some photos of your child doing the activities and return them to teachers using our J2E platform – or even using the class message facility on J2E as the children could discuss scores and successes with each other!
We hope you can find time to have a go at the activities and make ‘Earlsdon Primary Virtual Sports Day’ a success.
We hope you have a relaxing weekend.
With best wishes,