Headteacher Update April
As we find ourselves at the end of an extraordinary Spring term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support, both for those staff supporting key worker pupils in school, and those of you supporting your children with remote learning. We really appreciate the effort you are all putting in. We have seen some amazing work from pupils in the Nursery right through to Year 6.
Over the past week we have received feedback on the remote learning resources provided and have, as a result, made a few additions to the website.
We have created an area called the ‘Forum’ where you or your child can communicate with their class teacher. You can do this by following these instructions:
- Click on your child’s year group and ‘Forum’ within this year group area (‘Curriculum’ tab).
- You will see a message from the class teachers (we will aim to update this at least once a week).
- If you wish to ask a question or respond to the teacher’s message, leave a comment in the box below. This message will only be published on the website once it has been approved by the Remote Learning Team so please don’t worry if it doesn’t appear straight away.
- Once your class teacher has seen your comment, they will reply below to your message.
Following the school closure, a number of parents contacted the school to ask if we could provide paper copies of the online work for their children. In order for us to adhere to the latest government advice, we must request that you stay at home rather than come into school to collect work to minimise essential travel. Work provided does not need to be printed off to complete but instead can be viewed on a screen and answered in an exercise book or on paper of any kind. Please don’t worry, if you are unable to print, simply take the learning from the screen and adapt it in any way you can.
Please do not be anxious about your child’s work. Be realistic about what you can do – home is not school. You are not expected to be a teacher and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. We don’t know how long these measures will be in place; the important thing is that we keep the children in the habit of doing some learning and physical exercise every day. Please rest assured, when school starts again, we will do everything necessary to support our pupils with any missed learning.
During this period of remote learning we would like to reinforce the importance of children being safe online. It is especially important for parents and carers to be aware of what their children are doing online.
Support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online includes:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Finally, as I have said previously, we have no clear understanding of when we will all return to some sense of normality and when the children will come back to school. Your efforts so far have been ‘inspirational’ so please continue to do what you are doing. The school remains open for key workers. Teachers and safeguarding leads are available for support and, should you have any welfare concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Take your 1 hour of exercise per day; it is good for your metal and physical wellbeing. And remember, whether you are at home or on the frontline, each of you are playing your part in supporting this unprecedented national effort to defeat this horrendous virus.
With very best wishes for the Easter period - ‘Stay Safe’