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Time for a break and 'Screen Free' Wednesdays

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Time for a break and 'Screen Free' Wednesdays
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 3 April 2020, 3:47 PM

Dear Parents,

We have come to the end of a very different term. We have all faced challenges, but despite these, learning has continued and the children have progressed. 

  • The highlight of the week has been the Egg Hunt. We have received many photographs and videos of you hunting for the eggs that your children decorated and hid. Their clues must have been well written because you appear to have found the eggs, even though some were in very tricky hiding places. Thank you for joining in and supporting your child(ren). We will remember this special Egg Hunt for many years to come.

  • Our Early Years and Year 1 children have all enjoyed individual meetings with their teachers this week. They were all very happy to see each other and have the opportunity to talk or show their teacher their toys. 

  • Now that we have finished our third week of online learning, we know that we must reduce the amount of time the children are spending on a screen. Whilst teachers are trying to design activities to support this, we are also going to introduce ‘Screen Free Wednesdays’. This means that each Wednesday children should be engaged in activities that do not require a screen. Teachers will not post work or be on their screens during that day, but will be planning and preparing learning activities. Please support us, by ensuring your child(ren) stay away from their screens too. On Tuesdays, teachers will post and explain the activity or activities for the following day. These will be based on two-weekly themes that will go across the whole school. For the first two Wednesdays after the Easter break, the theme will be ‘families’ and children from Pre-School to Year 6 will be engaged in age appropriate activities based around this theme. We hope that this will encourage engagement between siblings as well as with their parents. On Wednesdays we would also encourage the children to read, play board or card games, take some exercise and help with chores around the house.

  • As you know we will be holding Parent/Teacher Meetings on Thursday 23rd April. There is a link to enable you to make an appointment with the Class Teacher in your child’s class newsletter. 

  • As it is the holiday, and a time to rest and relax, no tasks or activities will be posted for your children on our learning platforms over the next two weeks. However, to help support you with some ideas of what to do, we have attached a document to this email. It is a list of a wide range of activities, both on and off screens, which we hope you will be able to enjoy together.

All that remains is for us to wish you a healthy and restful break. Happy Easter to those of you that celebrate the tradition of Easter.

We look forward to seeing you again, albeit virtually, on Monday 20th April.

Best Wishes,

The Leadership Team