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Home Learning letter to Parents/Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,


Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. This includes the work being sent home for your child. We wanted to just give our perspective on it all as a staff and I hope this can help you.

A few points to note first:

  • This is not homeschooling. This is an unprecedented emergency situation impacting on the whole world. Let's keep perspective. Homeschooling is a choice, where you considered, you plan for it and you are your child's school teacher in whatever form you choose. This is, at best, distance learning.
  • Please stop worrying. We sent home a variety of work to help your children reinforce the learning they have achieved over the months they have been with us this session. This should provide depth and new application of their skills without their teacher there to support them. Some of it will be challenging, some they may need to remind themselves of.
  • Work at your pace and make learning fun. We have put up sample daily schedules with other forms of learning apart from written and online. They are all valid. It’s important to have a mixture over the days.
  • We have sent home a variety and will update it as we can because we don’t know how long the situation will be like this. We prepare too much rather than too little; it’s in our teacher DNA, we can’t help it!
  • These are suggestions and ideas -Use them if they suit you, don't if they don't suit.
  • Don’t worry if someone in your child's class says they have everything done and you’ve barely started. It’s not a race.
  • All children learn at different rates. In the classes there are a wide range of levels in all subjects, there's different paces and there are many children working on differentiated levels of work.
  • It’s ok if they are building Lego, cooking and playing outside. All of this is learning -very valuable learning. Give yourself and them a break.

Some FAQS

  • How can I get three different lots of work done with 3 different kids of different ages?

You can’t always- stop stressing if it’s too hard. If they're old enough, try to get them to do little bits independently. Otherwise try to do something they can all engage with, reading a story together, some free writing, baking etc.

  • What do we expect for the children in our school?
    • A bit of reading every day (independent or to them or via audiobook etc)
    • Some free writing now and then. If they'll keep a diary or something, great. If not, would they draw a comic?
    • Practical hands on maths. Be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.
    • Some fine motor work. Lego, cutting, playdough, tidying up small toys.
    • Physical exercise everyday. Joe Wicks on You Tube 9am is amazing!
    • Some art/music where possible through the week. Doesn't need to be guided.
    • Personal Challenge- if old enough, getting them to independently work on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Get them researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to you or family.- If younger, lots of imaginative free play, the more independent the better.

Please remember- You are doing enough. You are loving your kids and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself. Minimising stress is absolutely vital in a time like this for mental health. Don't let this be something that stresses you. Only you can control that by accepting it is in your circle of control.

Be safe look after yourselves & your families.

Take care,

From Everyone in the Bankhead Family