Dear Parents and Carers,
I wrote to you at the beginning of the week to say well done – and it is time to say it again already. I’m sure, like us, you are experiencing a range of emotions and sometimes finding it hard to reassure your children, when you are feeling less than reassured yourselves.
Make sure you tell yourselves you are doing okay, even when you think you are not – it is really important. I’ve certainly found it useful to limit the amount of news that I, and my children, listen to.
Well, you made it to the end of another week and the end of the Spring term and that deserves a small hoorah!
We want to confirm with you that there will be no activities set for your children by their teachers over the next two weeks. Posts from teachers with activities will resume on Monday April 20th at 8am.
We also wanted to remind you of the support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:
- Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency)
- Internet matters (support for parents and carers)
- Parent info (support for parents and carers)
- LGfL (support for parents and carers)
- Net-aware (support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)
In the meantime, we include a list of activity sources below that you may find useful during the next two weeks at home.
60+ Virtual Tours and Trips Here you can do virtual tours of aquariums, art galleries and museums, famous places, landmarks, buildings and history museums. There are also sections on music and film, science centres, space and planets and zoos.
YPTE_Learning_pack_PLANTS.original These home learning packs have been compiled by the Young People’s Trust for the Environment to support you whilst your children are at home. They aim to suggest activities which require no special materials other than those you may already have. If you don’t have the materials, the activity is not for you!
First News 03.04.20 The pupils are used to having access to this newspaper in school. This edition is fresh out today so will be good for reading during the week ahead.
Watching daily Newsround clips is a nice quiet moment for parents/carers. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
Listening to David Walliams at 11am is great every day. That’s a nice quiet 15 minutes for parents and carers each day too! https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
The wonderful PTA have put a list of fun activities together. https://heaversfarmparentteacherassociation.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/pta-ideas-for-quarantine-1.pdf
Singing songs from our assemblies this term can also be fun!
- We are family – Sister Sledge https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyGY2NfYpeE
- 3 little birds – Bob Marley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LanCLS_hIo4
- Celebrate good times – Kool and the Gang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GwjfUFyY6M
- If you want to sing out, sing out – Cat Stevens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDq36YD1ESM&list=RDNDq36YD1ESM&start_radio=1
- Aint no mountain high enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terril https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IC5PL0XImjw
- Schoolhouse Rock – 3 Is A Magic Number https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU4pyiB-kq0
- Respect – Aretha Franklin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0
We hope you enjoy your time together as a family and look forward to hearing from your children again once the summer term begins.
Stay safe and look after each other.