As I said to the children in my Welcome Video, never in my craziest dreams did I believe we would ever start a summer term like this!
We know that nothing can replace actually being in school, and being taught and cared for in person, but we hope that, through our Online Teaching and Learning Programme, our children will continue to love learning and be challenged.
We are currently in such unusual and unprecedented times, which can be extremely unsettling for our children. As well as prioritising their physical health as we remain at home, we also need to be looking after their mental health and wellbeing, keeping a sense of normality and daily routine, whilst providing opportunities for them to flourish. For this reason, we have tried to include some structure to the children’s timetables whilst also allowing flexibility so that parents can also successfully work from home. For the children’s physical health we are offering daily workouts with additional lessons in yoga and dance to follow.
The coming weeks will undoubtedly contain many new challenges, but we are sure that, by working together as a school community, our children will have structure, as well as the time to be creative and pursue more open-ended activities, maintaining a happy balance between academic work and play.
My thanks to you all for the support you have already shown and all the wonderful feedback that teachers have received. Sadly there is not a one size fits all solution to online teaching and learning and we need to adjust and develop as we go. We have a parent forum providing weekly feedback, but please do let me know anything that we can do to improve the online offering that we are providing via the usual school email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Best wishes and keep safe,