Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all our parents and carers who are leading home learning – we appreciate that it cannot be easy. This has been a very strange time for all of us and we have all had to adapt to a new way of working. We recognise how hard home schooling can be, particularly if you are also working from home, have multiple children or indeed have had illness in the home.
Secondly, as we are now in the final half-term of this school year and continue to find most of our pupils still learning at home, we just want to offer some reassurance with regards to home learning.
These are not, and haven’t been for some time, ‘normal’ times. We need to adjust our expectations of what successful learning is during these times. To set your sights on a full day of home learning is ambitious and might be achievable for some. However, it is best to look at what is realistic, what will be consistently manageable, and what it best for your family – this will ensure that learning, of any variety, is successful.
When approaching the learning of your child(ren) at home, have in mind: “Something is always better than nothing” and “little and often”.
It is hard to sustain motivation and interest in everything that school sends home, each day is different, our moods change regularly, technology doesn’t always work, etc. We must remember these factors, and many more, will affect home learning. Therefore, if home learning is proving a challenge you should know that changing a schedule or doing a little less than usual is not awful. What matters is that our children are getting ‘something’ each day.
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Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation during these challenging times.
The Whole Staff at St. Augustine’s Primary School