It has been a little while since I wrote to many of you although I have been involved in lengthy correspondence with the year groups identified by the government for potential return! It is difficult to turn on the news without some reference to the debate about schools’ wider opening. We are planning to open at Yardley and Denton to the designated year groups and key workers unless we are told otherwise! The government has not clarified plans for further opening to other year groups. I am so sorry for those families where there are older siblings who cannot come back. I promise I would take them if I could!
As soon as we hear any indications of an even wider opening I will, as usual, let you know. Once we know how this may work, we will share the plans with you. As with the year groups identified in the first phase, we will ask you whether you intend to send your child back and take it from there. Let’s hope we can have that dialogue soon!
From talking to many parents this week, it is clear that many people are working from home or are furloughed. If you have to return to work and your job falls into the key worker category, we can offer a place in school, if necessary on a part-time basis. Do get in touch if this applies to you. Please see this link for clarification of who is defined by the government as a key worker: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision#critical-workers
For the next week (half-term), the teachers will be taking a break from adding curriculum work to the Google Classrooms. I hope that you will be able to take a break too and be able to enjoy the half-term without the pressure of home schooling! For those of you who want to continue the routine you can work on reading, times tables, maths problems involving money, writing a diary etc. The government promoted oak national academy is still available: https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom. There is also ‘BBC bitesize’. The government has also produced a document about home learning you may find useful:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Obviously when we get back after half-term we will continue supporting home learning primarily via Google Classroom. We are continually looking for different ways of engaging the children and maintaining interest. Please bear with us initially. With more children returning to school, your child’s class teacher will now, more than likely, be teaching children in school. They will continue to plan the remote learning but it may be another member of staff who responds to work or questions on Google Classroom during the day. Should you be struggling with ICT, please let us know and we will provide you with paper copies or learning packs especially as there are now more staff in school. These would be left outside for you to collect.
Please let me know if you need any help or support. Whilst your children cannot yet come back to school, we want to do everything we can to support learning and emotional wellbeing. I do know there are some lovely Zoom sessions happening amongst class groups. I too can Zoom and phone whenever you need but am having a couple of days downtime at the beginning of next week.
I really hope we can see you all in school at some point soon.
Enjoy the bank holiday!