Welcome to our home learning newsletter! We will endeavour to use this as a way of updating you all with any decisions but more importantly an update of how you are all doing with the home learning!
Firstly I'd like to thank all the families who have supported us in the difficult times which have led up to this point. I would really like to sit here and say I know what I am doing however a world wide pandemic wasn't covered in my head teacher training! As a school we are incredibly lucky to be part of HCAT and have their strength and support during these times. All decisions that have been made have been made in the best interests of children, staff and families.
It was such a weird feeling on Friday as staff stood on classroom door steps waving goodbye to pupils. This goodbye is something that no one has ever experienced. It was a goodbye for now however we will see you all differently on Monday! I have said in previous communications that Worsbrough Common is an amazing community to serve and the WCPS community I have seen so far this week is magical!
Staff are working incredibly hard but are absolutely overwhelmed by what children and families are doing. The amount of learning going off is incredible and please do not forget that you are doing a grand job! This time spent with your children is something that hasn't been planned so make the most of it (even if you are counting down to bedtime!)
We had an assembly on Friday to try and normalise this for pupils. We explained that it is ok to feel a little worried but that school isn't closed it just looks different for some time. As you know our teachers are working to supply daily learning opportunities and are available through SeeSaw, Twitter, our website and Arbor for support if needed.
Thinking back to September and my first newsletter to you I explained how excited I was to be part of your children's learning journey and this hasn't changed! The fact that the learning journey may have taken a slightly different route doesn't change tat we are here for you and your children.
Where possible we are posting videos and live streams, I have already seen story times and maths lessons and feedback being posted by a number of year groups. There is planned to be a weekly assembly posted which will include weekly Smartie Pants awards for children who have been nominated by staff. Thinking about it there may be awards for parents! Ha Ha
So for now I wave at you through phones, screens and monitors. I promised communication and that will continue just maybe not face to face for a little while.
A D V I C E F O R P A R E N T S A N D C A R E R S
• Schools have not ‘shut down’ – Although most children will not be able to physically attend school you will still be able to communicate with senior leaders and class teachers via the website .
• Don’t try to replicate a full school timetable – It won’t be possible to replicate a full school timetable for a variety of reasons. Giving yourself and your children permission to accept this can be a big weight lifted.
• Expect stress – This is an uncertain and unpredictable situation, stress and anxiety are normal.
• Reassure children – Children can sometimes believe they are responsible for things that are clearly beyond their control. Reassure children that it is the adult’s job to make sure things are OK and to keep them safe.
• Help children stay connected to their friends – Friendships are a key resiliency factor for children and young people. Most children see their friends nearly every day of the week and so not being in contact with them for some time might be upsetting. Is it possible for children to talk to their friends on the phone? Perhaps establish a group Skype or WhatsApp call? Perhaps they could write letters to each other.
• Normalise the experience – Normalising the experience is likely to reduce anxiety for many children. Reassure children that lots of adults and other children are in the same situation.
• Have a routine and structure – Having a plan and a predictable routine for the day can be very reassuring. As adults we like to know what is going to happen, and children like this too. A consistent routine lets everyone be secure about the plans for the day. It is often useful to involve children in creating this routine, so that they feel part of the plan, rather than the plan being imposed on them. You could display the routine using a timeline, or maybe pictures and visuals. Encourage children to develop independence by referring to their own routine/plan themselves.
• Don’t worry if the routine isn’t perfect – Remember, this isn’t a normal situation. If you find that planning and sticking to the routine is causing more stress, friction or conflict, then it’s OK to be more ‘free-flow’. Perhaps be guided by the activities that children want to do.
• Avoid putting too much pressure on academic work – Most parents and carers aren’t teachers and so it’s OK not to be doing ‘school work’ for the full six hours a day., although please do encourage them to do the home learning set by our teachers if you can. It is important to be spending time together, building relationships, enjoying shared activities and reassuring children, as opposed to replicating the school timetable.
• Try to keep work in one place – If children are doing school work or project work at home, try to keep it all in one place so that it doesn’t spread out over the house. This can help to maintain a work/home boundary.
• Reduce access to rolling news – It is important to keep up to date with new developments and announcements, but it can be hard to switch off from the constant stream of news from media outlets and social media. Reduce the time spent hearing, reading or watching news –at the moment it might be overwhelming for adults and children. Try to protect children from distressing media coverage.
• Supervise children with screens – It is likely that children and young people will be using screens more often over the coming weeks e.g. phones, tablets, gaming consoles and the internet and this is OK. If this is the case make sure they are supervised. Ensure appropriate content filters are active – the UK Safer Internet Centre offers guidance on setting up parental control. Try to ensure all children have a balanced range of activities each day. Involve children and young people in these discussions so that they feel part of the plan.
• Play – Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing and development – children of all ages! It’s also a great way to reduce stress in adults. Activities such as cooking together , sewing , gardening , painting , junk modelling can help build positive relationships between you and your child whilst developing resilience,independence and life long learning skills .
The internet has a vast array of free activities that you can download or adapt to your own circumstance.
• Provide reassurance about SATS being cancelled – Young people may now be concerned about the announcement that exams later this year will not be going ahead as planned. They may feel like all their hard work has been for nothing. Reassure young people that the Prime Minister has said that all children and young people will get the qualification they worked towards, but acknowledge that the plan is a bit uncertain right now. Reassure young people that the government and Department for Education are working on a plan and that we are proud of them!
Thankyou so much to all children and parents who have made Nursery so far this year one of my favourite since I have been teaching! Every single little learner comes to school each day full of enthusiasm and ready to learn which as a teacher is all I can ask for!
Miss Grainger and I are really going to miss everyone's smiling face in nursery and hope that we get to see you again really soon! I hope you have found the workpacks that have been sent home useful and that this gives you a little guidance about things which children can be doing at home.
Remember that at this age children learn best through play and positive interactions so do not put too much pressure on yourselves or them. Please do upload videos and photos of these and any other activities you do together onto Early Essence when you can. I would love to keep seeing children's learning at home and these entries will make great evidence for assessments.
If anyone has forgotten passwords or usernames please send me a message and they can be sent out again. I will be posting lots of activities to do on twitter and the blog too. You will also find inside packs a username and password for Busy Things. Children are familiar with these games, particularly the phase 1 phonics game in the phonics section.
We would love it if Nursery Children could do dough disco every day to continue developing their finger muscles ready for writing and there is a simple recipe for playdough inside packs. Children who are going to be moving to F2 in September your challenge while you are at home is to try to write your names! Practise using brushes and water, on big pieces of paper anyway you can! We hope to see Nursery full of little learners again very soon.
Love from Mrs Evans and Miss Grainger.
Firstly let us say thank you for letting us be part of your child’s education, we cannot believe how much they have achieved since September! They really are remarkable.
This half term we have really enjoyed our literacy based around animals, the children have loved the books and you should be able to find these stories on Youtube;
- What the ladybird heard
- What the ladybird heard on holiday
- Detective Dog
- Dr Duck (Steve Smallman version)
- Doing the animal Bop.
Other books f2 have loved this year include, The paper Dolls, Oi frog, The book with no words and lots of traditional tales.
Our numeracy skills have really developed and we cannot wait for the children to show off lots of counting at home. They have all started working on addition and subtraction. The children love ordering numbers to ten and counting real life objects.
Before we left on Friday we planted our seedlings. Keep an eye out on Twitter for updates on how they are growing while you are away.
Please check our website and SeeSaw for regular updates for home learning and we will be available on twitter daily. We absolutely love seeing pictures of your children on twitter so please share. We may not be with your child but we will still be working hard to support their learning so please feel free to make contact with us on SeeSaw and Twitter and help us stay connected to your family.
All of the F2 team.
If you are learning from home there are resources on our twitter and blog to help you. You will also have access to our seesaw account for additional activities.
Have fun completing your learning pack and stay safe and healthy. Keep up the hand washing skills we have been learning. You’re all amazing and I can’t wait to get back on our learning journey together. 😊
Keep learning year 3! Remember to complete your home learning packs and look out for new learning tasks on the blog and twitter!
We will add links to the PE coaches (9am on a Monday) and links to books and authors! Keep reading your Stig of the Dump book. We will set some questions on seesaw, look out for this on Monday! Upload your home learning to seesaw and we will comment and leave you feedback.
We can’t wait to see your home learning projects about the Stone Age and rocks!
Practice your times tables - there are lots of YouTube clips to help.
Stay in touch through Twitter and SeeSaw and remember if you need anything answering just ask us a question. We are always here for you! Be kind to each other and your grown ups! See you all soon x
We have had such an amazing time so far. It really is worth celebrating being part of such a wonderful school ‘family’. We will continue to support each of you over the blog and seesaw and look forward to recieving your learning, whilst continuing to watch you grow. If you need to, you can always contact us via twitter or the blog. Stay safe and we’ll see you soon ❤️ from the Year 4 team
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie The Pooh
We can't believe the time has come where we say goodbye (for now) to our amazing Year 6. For many of you WCPS has been your second home from being a baby, for some you joined us later, but slotted right into our crazy school family. You have so many wonderful memories and we are so happy to have been part of them all.
We are so incredibly proud of each and every one of you. The effort you have put in has been inspiring, and you've pushed forward even when it was hard. You never stopped amazing us. It hasn't always been easy, but each day has been different than the next, and each day was wonderful because it had you in it.
We've had tantrums (sometimes even from teachers!) and tears (Mainly from Mrs Bell), but we have had so much fun too. You laughter is infectious (poor choice of words?), your smile's are contagious (Probably shouldn't say that either!), and you have made this year simply brilliant. I know you will all go on to do incredible things, and to be incredibly happy. You have grown and learnt so much in the past two years and it has been an honour to be your teachers.
From Mrs Bell and Miss Douglas
During isolation we will continue to hold our Smartie Pants assembly which will be live streamed over Twitter and Facebook at 10am on Fridays.