Letter from Mrs Smith to our Pupils
I am writing to you as it is now just over a week since you have been at home getting on board with the home learning tasks that have been shared with you.
It is wonderful to hear about the successes that so many of you are having with your home learning. I know that your teachers are continuing to work really hard to make sure that there are new resources ready for you for after the Easter break which starts on Saturday, April 4th 2020. Your teachers will be in touch with you shortly about these. If you have any questions or queries about your home learning, then do remember that there is a dedicated page on our website that offers you advice. It can be found at: https://northmanchester.coopacademies.co.uk/pupils/home-learning/
Adjusting to being at home each day can be difficult, especially following the government guidance that we are all following. It is important however that you get yourself into a routine and that you have structured your day. We are encouraging you to do the following:
- Agree a time to get up and set your alarm like you would when you are in school. Get up, get dressed, and have some breakfast. This will help you feel ready for the day.
- Organise your day into chunks of time as we do at school. This will help you to establish a routine. You may wish to produce a timetable.
- Find a suitable place to work and remember that others may also need to work at the same time, so be considerate about the amount of space you take up and make sure you keep your area tidy.
- Remember that your home learning is really important and that this should also include some physical activity and reading. You should not spend all day on the computer screen, you do need a break from this.
- During break or lunchtimes, make sure you move away from your work area and do something else other than work.
- Remember to help around the house by cleaning up after yourself, keeping your area tidy, taking your turn doing some daily chores and helping out other members of your household when they need it.
All these things will help to make your day more positive and as a result, will help others in your household as well.
It was once said, “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen” and I am sure that we can all relate to this quote at this moment in time. Much has happened in the last week that has resulted in many different changes for us all both in terms of the ways in which we work, communicate and go about our daily lives. Change can be difficult for us at different times, but unlike other situations that we might find ourselves in, we know that we are not experiencing this one on our own. This might make it easier for us to talk about how we are feeling and more willing and able to listen to others as well. May I take this opportunity to remind you that if you do have any questions or concerns and you would like to discuss these with a member of staff, then you can always get in touch with us through the school year group email addresses, or the other forms of communication that you have been using. There is also important information available on our website regarding organisations that you can talk to should you need to do so, and we will be sending out a reminder of these next week.
I have been really encouraged by the positive messages that we have received from so many of you. It is good to see you enjoying the different activities that are being posted to our social media channels such as the PE tasks, ‘read-along’ activities and a range of other challenges and to also see you getting your families involved in these. If you are not on these social media channels, then please encourage your parents/carers to sign up and share these activities with you.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to remind you to follow the government’s advice both on staying home and social distancing. By following this advice you are not only keeping yourself safe but others safe as well. If we work together then we will be able to improve the situation for everyone and there has never been a more important time than now to demonstrate our values in action and to work together as a community.
I am in regular contact with the staff at school, and I know that we are all missing being in school with you at this time. However, just because we are socially distancing and spending time at home, does not mean that we need to feel socially isolated. If you need us, we are still here, and more than willing to answer any questions that you might have, listen to any concerns that you may have or celebrate your successes, just as we always are.
Stay home, stay safe, save lives.
With the warmest of wishes to you and those within your families,
Mrs R Smith