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Letter to Parents about Home Learning

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

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.

 

Our top tips:

  • We suggest prioritising subjects like Maths, Phonics, Reading and Writing in the morning.
  • Topic sessions set by teachers can be turned to in the afternoon. However, if your child is really taken with the subject then it could be done any time of day.
  • Similarly, you might want to ask your child what they would like to learn about or what kind of activity they would like to do. It is often amazing what they come up with. You could then help to organise how they could learn from their interests – it could become a project over time.
  • Talk to your child(ren) about their learning so that they feel their view matters too. It might help their willingness to focus and persevere going forward.
  • Take a photo of your child’s work, whatever it is, and send it to their class teacher. You will get a response. For children’s work to be praised and acknowledged will really boost them to keep going.
  • We are here to support you. Please do email class teachers with any questions, queries, or ideas about home learning. We want to continue working with you for the best interests of all our children.

 

 

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation during these challenging times.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 The Whole Staff at St. Augustine’s Primary School

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