I hope you have all had a lovely half term and enjoyed the rest! The weather was absolutely beautiful and I have had a lovely time with my family, relaxing and preparing for this next half term. I hope you have all had a similarly calm experience. As I am sure you are now aware, the next half term is going to look different for each year group. For children in Year 1, the government have stated that they can now return to school. Some of you will decide it is the right time to return and for others, they will decide it is not. This blog will still be here to support you with your learning at home. As I am teaching on Monday and Tuesday, I will not be able to reply as quickly to e-mails as I have up to now on these days. Please rest assured that I will continue to access this e-mail address on those days but in the latter part of the afternoon and evenings. On Wednesday to Friday, normal service will resume.
Some of you may be wondering what the children will be learning at school and how home learning will look from this point forward. In truth, I am hoping to keep the home-based learning as similar as I can to what you have previously experienced. There will be a Maths and English task for each day and an overarching wider curriculum target for the week.
The children who are returning to school will firstly be focusing on their emotional and personal wellbeing. It is important to give children a chance to speak about their experiences and how it has made them feel. We will be engaging the children in understanding emotional check-ins with themselves and registering how different emotions make their bodies and minds feel. In addition to this, we will be learning about how to be safe in our new school environment and the reasons for social distancing. We will be writing a new set of class rules, focusing on keeping us all safe. We will learn how to follow these rules and how our habits and behaviours may have to adjust. Of course, this will all be done in a child-friendly, fun way.
The government have expressed a keen desire to ensure that the children experience ‘catch-up’ Phonics and reading sessions. This will be another priority for us and we will be playing lots of social-distancing games and reminding ourselves of any sounds we may have forgotten. Our aim is to hear as many children read a day as we can, again, following social-distancing regulations.
Although the classroom may be different and the rules the children will need to abide by will have changed, please rest assured that my team and I will continue to make the environment as friendly, caring and productive as we possibly can. We will be easing the children back into routine slowly so it is not a shock to the system.
I hope this has eased some concerns you may have had. I look forward to seeing some of your wonderful faces on Monday!