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Updated Thursday 26th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I hope that you and your family are well. I would like to thank each and every one of you for trusting that we are making the right decisions for you, your child/ren and our staff.

Although we have sent home packs last week and will continue to upload ideas to our website and through Parentmail, there are no expectations from school about what you do or don’t do. It’s up to you, as parents, about what you feel is best. These are very unusual and unprecedented times. The one area we will always encourage as a daily activity though is reading!!!

Please remember:

  • Our children might be scared at the moment. They see and hear a lot, even when we think they don’t.
  • Their routines and structures are disrupted. They will feel tension and anxiety from the adults around them. It is a completely new situation for us all.
  • Children may expect the weeks ahead to feel like the summer holidays; we know that they will feel very different.
  • They may react to all this by changing their behaviours and showing behaviours you have never seen from them before. This might be difficult for you and your family but it is natural and to be expected. Your child just needs these feelings to be acknowledged and to be reassured that you understand that life is just that bit less predictable at the moment.

Under these circumstances, home learning may well add to this anxiety and stress – for them and for you. In that case, leave it. Your children need to be reassured, comforted, loved and feel secure more than they need to be learning.

 

So, please don’t argue and fall out about any of the learning ideas we have sent home or provided. Instead, cuddle on the sofa and watch a film. Share a book and talk about it. Bake and cook together. Paint pictures, create and make. Play board games. Do science experiments. Travel the world via Google Maps. Go on virtual tours of museums, art galleries and zoos. Look at old photos and tell stories about family members, some of whom your children have never met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment. Sew a button. Design an outfit. Hoover. Wash up! Tidy up! Anything!

 

However, for some children, a learning routine may be exactly what they need. They might thrive on structure and routine. They might be bored or anxious about not learning. They might be desperate to feel connected to their class mates or teachers. They might love learning and fly through tasks.

 

Your child might be both of these types of children: most children are! Follow their lead and follow your instinct. You won’t go far wrong. Don’t worry about their academic progress. All of the above will help them.

 

Every child is in the same boat at the moment. They will all be ok. When we get back to school, after celebrating being back together again, we will pick up from where we left off and meet your child’s needs like we always do. That’s our job.

 

So, use the learning resources – or don’t. Or anything in between. Try to have fun spending time together. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing – and yours – is far more important than anything else. How they felt during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives, far longer than any worksheet or online learning task.

 

Any concerns or worries please get in touch either through; admin@churchgate.essex.sch.uk or directly to me on head@churchgate.essex.sch.uk

All class teachers will be writing to your children tomorrow and learning ideas will also be sent out.

Stay safe and stay well.

Lots of Love

Mr Tye