Home Learning update April 4th 2020

Dear Families, 
The last few weeks have seen unprecedented changes to our way of life and these have been difficult for us all to adjust to. Teachers have been using Eschools and work packs (through the book boxes and sent home) to set work for the children to do at home. It has been lovely to see so many responses to these and the creativity of you all! Equally we want to emphasise that as parents you did not sign up to home education, and indeed some of you may be unable to access online learning, so although we are setting work we do not expect everyone to complete this. Our main wish for our children and their families is that they are managing to cope and stay mentally and physically well in these challenging times. So, please, no pressure!
We will not be setting any formal work over the Easter holidays and hope that you are able to manage to enjoy some family time amongst the restrictions to life. We all recognise the importance of protecting our NHS by staying at home and saving lives, although this is challenging to families especially as the weather improves and children want to play outside with their friends. We can do this though! If you need to chat or are finding things difficult we are still here to talk. Please email head@st-marys-bromesberrow.gloucs.sch.uk or get in touch with your child’s teacher if you need to. 
After Easter (wk beginning Monday 20th April), our approach to home learning will be:
• Using Eschools to set 2 activities per day. These will be Maths, English or topic based. Teacher’s will upload these for you to access and will respond as much as they can, just as they have been doing. Each class will be doing this.
• At some point, using Microsoft Teams, a video conferencing app, which will allow our children to connect with each other and their teachers. This will happen once a week and you will be alerted by text message, once this is up and running and when sessions will take place.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, make sure that you make time ‘just to be’, spend time in the garden if you have one and make the most of your daily walk/exercise as a family. Also, remember to forgive yourselves as parents for all those frustrations and ‘grumpy days’- we are all allowed those!!
Take care all,
Laura Hankins, Sue Thornley and all the staff at Bromesberrow.