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  1. I hope everyone enjoyed the sunshine over the Easter break and found ways to relax and unwind. I also hope that the time we are all spending together as families has been as positive as it can be, it may not feel like it at times but I am sure all your children are really enjoying the chance to slow down and experience new routines and activities with you. Be kind to yourselves you are all doing an amazing job!

    Thank you for embracing class dojo our new learning platform. I have the privilege of being able to access all the class pages and I have been overwhelmed by the work the children have been sharing and the constant contact between yourselves and staff. The staff really appreciate your constant efforts with keeping on top of the home learning but they are also very mindful that this isn’t always easy and parents are also home working too! As we keep saying the most important message is to keep safe, healthy and laughing!

    On the website we have added a mental health and wellbeing page in the parents section. Ms Tranmer our ELSA teaching assistant will be adding weekly activities for the children to do and there is some really useful information on there for parents in connection with supporting our children through this challenging period. We will keep adding to this.

    I hope you have all been able to get involved in the sponsored events to raise money for the NHS, we have been doing them in school too and hopefully we can get an idea of a whole school amount raised.

    School life for us as staff is still busy, we are all getting used to weekly meetings held remotely and conference calls as well as teaching from home. Staff are also taking this opportunity to embark on new training online that will impact on our practice when we eventually return. Daily government updates are certainly keeping me busy!

    Please do not hesitate to contact us either through class dojo, by email or phone during the school day, we are here to help in any way we can.

    Stay safe and enjoy this time together before we all return to the normalities of everyday life !

    Kind regards,

    Mrs Chambers.

     

  2. Thank you for another fantastic week of home learning and thank you to families that have shared what the children have been doing with the teachers, it is really great to see how creative you are being with the learning and it really cheers the teachers up to have the regular contact with the children. We are going to send you a separate letter about a new learning platform we want to launch after Easter which will help with sharing learning between home and school and one that we can develop further once the children are all back in school. As you are, we are still finding our feet with how best to tackle remote learning and try to provide some consistency as we realise for families with children in different year groups this is important. Just a reminder that there will be no home learning over the Easter holidays to give everyone a rest but teachers will have everything ready to start again on Monday 20th April. We will be keeping school open over the holidays for 3 days each week to provide child care for our key workers.

    We realise that this period of change can be really difficult for us all including the children and I have provided a link to a great well being booklet which may be useful to look at with your children and chat about over the holidays, it has some lovely activities in to complete together  -

    https://indd.adobe.com/view/5237deef-2311-469f-9e2d-b5ee89c2000f

    It will be a very different Easter for us all and without the chance to attend church I have included a link to Easter reflection, music and prayer for families should you wish to use it.

    https://www.emmausproductions.com/special-feature/spiritual-comfort-for-troubled-times-holy-week-2020/

    I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all our families a very happy and holy Easter. We hope that you can enjoy the break together and the sun shines so we can make best use of our daily exercise as a family and children can enjoy playing outside in gardens too helping  us all to keep positive and reminding us that there definitely is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Best wishes from all the team at English Martyrs,

    Alison Chambers