During the period of National lockdown, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, School will remain closed to all pupils except for vulnerable children or children of key workers.
Whilst the situation across the country is challenging us all, I hope you have found more time to spend together.
In school we have been supporting the children of our front line parents and we extend our thanks to them for the tireless work they are doing and also for the respect they have shown our staff who themselves, are leaving their families to come into work. We hope you are finding the things we have sent home and the Purple Mash and Mathletics websites useful during this time. Lots of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and under pressure with everything that's happening at the moment. This includes for some parents the work being sent home from school. But, your child's wellbeing and health is priority now. Keep them safe. Keep them happy. So a few points from all the staff at St Bernadette's:
- You do not have to become full-time teachers to your children. This is a worldwide emergency and no-one has chosen to home school, this is at best distance learning. It is, in reality, everyone trying to fathom it out together because none of us know if what we are doing is right or wrong right now.
- You are, and always have been, your child's primary educator. You know your child best. If you decide that your child isn't going to engage in an activity sent home and instead spend the morning playing in the mud, baking or watching TV, then that is your choice. There is nothing to stress or feel guilty about.
- We completely understand it is very difficult to facilitate distance learning with a primary-aged child and work from home at the same time. If you're trying to do that, don't. You can certainly have many activities where your child learns but your focus may need to be your job and your family, and that we understand.
- Your child will not fall behind. This is all revision and reminder work. If children could all learn new concepts without specific teaching, we wouldn't need teachers. They will cover all of this again, multiple times. Moreover, the whole country's schools are in the same position and we can figure it out together.
- Cooking, building lego, playing in the garden are all types of learning. Give yourself and them a break.
- You may have children of different ages - just try to get them to do something they can all engage with instead of juggling different work - reading, free writing, baking.
You are doing enough. You are loving your children and helping to keep an element of normality through this difficult time. Look after yourself. Stay safe and look after your families - together we can get through this.