Advice to parents on supporting learning at home

As we embark on what looks like it could be a long period of working at home it is crucial that we work together to keep our students learning. When we do get back to school they will have missed several months of teaching time and the older they are the harder this will be to make up in the time remaining before GCSEs.

Schools organise their day in a clear routine and set clear expectations. If you can do the same at home it will make all the difference. Encourage your child to have a set routine each day. Getting up at the same time they get up for school, having breakfast and being ready to start work before 9:00am.

You can see what work they have been set by checking E-Praise. If you don’t have your own login access please contact Mr Poulston and he will help you set that up.   Encourage your child to work in 40 minute blocks with short 5 minute breaks. Have a longer break and a snack around 11:00am and lunch at the usual time too. If they do this they will probably get through all the set work so they can do something different in the afternoon.

They should not be going out with friends but should go out for a run, cycle or walk with you or on their own. We are lucky that we are in an area with good places to run and walk where ever you live.

If they do catch the virus they will be able to fight it off more effectively if they are fit and healthy, this means:
• Eating well
• Having a good night’s sleep, having a routine
• Getting regular exercise

Mrs Townend is encouraging everyone to do the daily work out with Joe Wicks available on Youtube. There is so much available in the internet to support the students with their learning they should always be able to find something to help them. If not they can message their teacher using E-Praise, they are all keen to help you. If they need to collect anything from school we have set up a collection table just inside the front entrance. Students can walk up on their own as part of their daily exercise or drop them off. There is no need to come into school just collect and go.

The doors are open each day from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

If you want any help you can also message any of the teachers or support staff via E-Praise or e-mail (all staff e-mails have the same format, or use and it will be forwarded to the right person.

The school may be closed but we are still here to support you and your child.

Stay Healthy and Keep Learning!

Released March 26, 2020

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