3 April 2020
Good evening everyone.
Please see below a letter that has been emailed to families today.
We send all our good wishes to you and your families.
The Burrowmoor Team.
We are writing to you today, the day which should have been the last of the Spring term, to wish you as peaceful an Easter holiday as is possible in these strange circumstances.
As a staff, we hope that all of you are staying safe and looking after each other – we are trying our best to do so too and I can tell you that currently we are all doing well.
Over the last two weeks, we have enjoyed seeing the children of some our Key Workers in school,cthey have behaved beautifully and taken advantage of the wonderful sunshine we have had recently. We support all of our Key Worker families both in school and out, and appreciate all the decisions you have made to keep your children as safe as possible whilst working in the industries that are keeping us going.
Over the Easter break, we will continue to post ideas of Easter related activities that you could carry out with your child/ren on Facebook and Twitter. We would expect the children to have a break if possible for the next two weeks, so the activities will all be fun and not work related!
When the Summer term starts on Monday 20th April 2020, we will be launching a new area ‘Home Learning’ on our website. This will be organised into year groups, with weekly lessons for Maths, English, Phonics (YR and Y1), and ‘Other Stuff’.
Nursery children will be provided with a full range of activity ideas by Mrs Aziz which will be changed twice over the half-term, as they will need to be practised and embedded. These will be arranged by Learning Area in the Nursery section of the ‘Home Learning’ tab on the website, where you will be able to select an area then choose an activity. So, it will look slightly different to other year groups but is easy to navigate.
The Maths and English will be comprised of a daily lesson with tasks, resources, and answers to check when the children have completed the work. The Phonics folders will have activities and links to websites for the various phases – YR and Y1 parents will be emailed to clarify the phase in which
their child is working.
The ‘Other stuff’ folder will contain five lessons per week that have been planned by your child’s year group teachers. From Y2 – Y6 they will be a mix of: Reading, Spelling, Geography, History, Art, Music, PSHCE, Science, RE and Design and Technology. These lessons will follow, as closely as possible, the Curriculum Map that we had already set out for the children. There will be a visual for the children to follow and work from, as well as resources where relevant. We have tried hard to make these lessons as much like a ‘real’ one as we can. Teachers have written on them as if they were in the class with your children in the hope that they will be able to engage with them and enjoy the tasks set. Answers to the tasks will also be provided, this may be on the original, but also may be at the end of the week.
In order to normalise this further, we are collating exercise books for you to safely collect from school for your children to work in: Plain for Nursery and a lined and squared book for all other children. There will be further information about collection times next week, we are in the process of putting them into family groups to make it easier for you. We will not be collecting these back in, all work should be marked at home, we just want to make the home learning in your households as easy and relevant as possible.
We will also be available for email contact during our working hours from 20/4/20 should you have any queries about the work set, more details to follow on this too.
We hope that by providing these resources, we can keep the children engaged until such time as we can welcome them back in to school – we really miss them. This system is a trial, we’ll see how it goes and we will maintain it for as long as we have the staff to do so, but rest assured that we will keep you updated.
We would all like to thank you for your continued support. Your positive comments about our school community help us to keep thinking ahead and looking forward to the end of this period of uncertainty when we can get back to what we enjoy most – teaching your children.
In his most recent update, our Trust CEO Stephen Chamberlain said: ‘The reassuring rhythm of the school year, with its challenges and celebrations help to promote that sense of belonging and community for us all. However, this is now not the case so we will need to find new ways to do maintain this spirit in our schools and communities.’
We feel that by staying in touch with the children and engaging with them in this way, we will be able to maintain our school community spirit – we are all in this together and we will be together when it is over.
Stay safe everyone.
The Burrowmoor Team.