End of Term Newsletter
Dear Parents and Carers
As we start our final week, we have the snow! I do hope the children manage to go outside and have the chance to play in it whilst it lasts.
Thank you for your continued support with online learning. Lockdown fatigue is hitting us all, especially these last few weeks.
I keep saying it, but we all desperately want our children back in school. We heard from the Prime Minister that schools will not return until Monday 8th March at the earliest.
For most of the children online learning is going well. For those parents, whose children are struggling, please just do your best with what you can. Revisit work that has been uploaded or read with your children; this will help the teachers immensely.
It is important for us all that when we do finally reopen the transition back to the classroom is as seamless as possible. This week’s assessments will be invaluable in helping teachers plan for after half term and to address any gaps they have found.
We will be back soon, I promise.
Following meetings with the teachers, they have asked me to highlight some pointers. Though many are common sense, you would be surprised at the number of households not following these simple guidelines.
- Please read over the Home Learning Policy on the Website
- Whenever possible, children should be sitting at a table or at least in an appropriate place when undertaking their work to be able to produce their best efforts
- During the live sessions with teachers, the behaviour of the children is so important. Please ensure your children are in a communal area of the house and are supervised
- Finally, the children should be appropriately dressed during Google Meets.
Well done those children who have been nominated by their teacher for something special they have done over the course of online learning. We would normally give a range of rewards in school for impressive effort and attitudes. This consistency and seeing so many different children receiving awards from the teachers makes me so proud that the learning continues to be strong.
Review of Online Learning
We will be sending out a link to a simple questionnaire to gauge your views on the schools online learning. It is important for us to recognise what is going well and what can be improved so please fill in the form when you receive the text.
Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent is during Half term. Please share some of these online resources in preparation for this special time:
Resources to Download:
- 40 Ideas for 40 Days: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical- year/lent/activities-and-resources/40-ideas-for-40-days/
- Catechetical Activities for Lent: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/activities-and-resources/catechetical-activities-for-lent/
- Lent at Home: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical-year/lent/activities-and-resources/lent-at-home/
- Lenten Activities for Children: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic- resources/liturgical-year/lent/activities-and-resources/lenten-activities-for-children/
- Lenten Family Calendar: https://www.loyolapress.com/catholic-resources/liturgical- year/lent/activities-and-resources/lenten-family-calendar/
Holiday Dates 2021/ 2022: Please see link to next year’s term dates on our website: https://www.ourladyofgracecatholicprimaryschool.co.uk/196/term-dates
Over the course of these past weeks, I would like to thank all the Support Staff and PPA teachers who have come into school to work within the Key Worker and SEN Bubbles.
I would also like to pass on my thanks to the office staff who have been in school constantly and who have quite literally kept the show on the road, by giving parents the necessary information needed to access Home Learning.
To the teachers, who have tried their very best to keep the learning fun and interesting over these past 7 weeks. Remember, this learning platform is new to them too!
Finally, thank you to all parents. It has been a tough 7 weeks and its clear, we would not have been able to achieve the outcomes without your help and efforts. The juggling of your work, housework, cooking, being the teacher, the husband, the wife, the parent, and the shoulder to cry on. I thank you all and say well done, you have all earned your stripes!
Have a safe and restful half term!