Friday 15th January 2021
Dear Parents and Carers,
I would like to thank you all for everything you are doing to support your children’s remote learning during this difficult time for all of us. We have tried to personalise our communication with you during these last two weeks and you should all have had a phone call from your child’s class teacher. Please be assured we are not phoning you to put pressure on you but to check on your child’s and your family’s well-being.
We realise that some of you are under immense pressure trying to work from home and manage your child’s learning, and in some cases, their behaviour! We have agreed to give the children three tasks per day as some are keen and able to do this. However, if you are not in a position to do this much home learning we totally understand and are happy for you just to do as much as you can. We will be sending out a questionnaire this week to get some feedback from you as well as a quick well-being questionnaire for your child to alert us to any difficulties.
Please be assured that teachers do understand how hard it is as many of them also have children and are trying to manage the same challenges.
We have further plans to give even more personalised feedback to your child and we hope this will help them, and you, to feel their efforts are valued. We will also be meeting as a staff, remotely of course, to review how things are going.
Well done to everyone who managed to join a Class Catch Up on Teams this week. We had a fabulous turn out and it was lovely to see the children on screen, each isolated at home but all together as a class. I know some children found this quite overwhelming and I can understand this as I felt quite emotional myself at times when joining classes!
Please bear with us while we iron out the challenges of these meetings. This is a new venture for all of us and we are already discussing ways to make these sessions feel less ‘chaotic’! We think you will see a difference next week so do join us again if you can.
Remote learning will continue until at least the end of January and possibly beyond so it is important that we get this right. We are open to feedback and will do our best to keep your children learning and happy. I will be in school all day from Monday to Thursday and Mrs Davies will be in on Friday. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you want to discuss anything. We are here to listen and to try to help.
Above anything else, please stay safe and look after yourselves.
C M Hewitt