Suddenly we have reached the half term break and what a different half term we have all experienced. It is not one that I would want to repeat, but if we have managed to reduce infection rates and everyone can return to school safely in the near future then it has been worth it.
Thank you to all of you who completed the survey on home learning. We were delighted with the
response and with the fact that so many of you are happy with the provision we are offering. We know we cannot please everyone all of the time, however hard we try, but when some parents say there is too much work and others say too little we are caught between a rock and a hard place. My advice is always, you know your children, adjust the work and expectations where necessary, challenge them with your own ideas and just do what you can. We will send a summary of the responses out after half term.
We are already making plans for all the children returning to school, thinking about what we need to put into place and how best to support their learning. I know you will all have done a brilliant job with your children, being able to give them some 1: 1 time that we can’t do in school, but I am also sure that, like me, you can’t wait until we are told there can be a full return to school, fingers crossed.
However, next week is half term and although you can’t get away, please take a break from the home learning. Make time to do the things you want to do. Give your children a break from Google Classroom. The SPA have set up a wonderful competition for your children to get out and take photographs. So many people just use their phones and ipads these days so you don’t even need to have a camera! Encourage your children to take photos of local wildlife and then email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org If you are particularly proud of the photo, tweet it to @wrpsinfo and we can share it with the whole school community.
Once again schools have been asked to support the track and trace system over half term and therefore I will be on call, at the end of an email, should any of the children test positive during this time. It is essential that you inform me if they do get a positive result and I will contact anyone I feel needs to be made aware of this result.
Hopefully once we return on 22nd February, the Government’s ‘road map’ out of Coronavirus might be becoming a little clearer and we will have a better idea of when everyone can return to school.
Until then, stay safe and well.