January 2021 School Closures
During the Covid 19 crisis the LSP has developed and refined a cross Trust strategy for supporting pupils unable to attend school.
This evolving approach has continued to be developed and you can find out more about what we have done in the past and what we are able to offer when children are unable to attend school.
We have been preparing for a long time for this eventuality and whilst the practicalities of a whole school closure are being resolved you can see our Remote Learning offer in the document below entitled Teams Plan.
We have set up year group emails that you can share work to or ask questions. Only parents should email and a member of staff will answer within 2 working days.
Home learning Tips
- Create a learning space with your children where they can do some learning - it may help if you have some spare cash to treat them to some new pens, pads etc that they will be keen to try out or even cushions for reading on etc. This is not essential and you should practice social distancing.
- Some children might like a quiet space, other will prefer music or even the TV on in the background. They are all different.
- Meal times are learning opportunities - get them planning menus, measuring and helping with prep, laying the table and washing up! (It may help with workload to batch cook or prepare packed lunches during this challenging time.)
- Reward effort. Being positive and encouraging has the most impact.
- Don't panic if children don't want to do any learning......They will get bored and give in! Stay in control and set them smaller achievable tasks rather than getting in to a confrontation or battle. (Easier said than done sometimes but if it makes you feel better, as a headteacher I can tell you that it is just the same for me!)
- If you feel yourself getting cross or angry - just walk away. We just need to win the war not every battle.
Behaviour Tips to support home learning
Children may not want to do school work for lots of reasons......if you are home working ask yourself how easy it is for you to get motivated in all honesty, especially if you weren’t going to get paid!
- Children may be anxious - Be supportive and use non-judgemental language. I can see that.... I have noticed that....Go in slow, stay calm, offer support and/or a break.
- Children may escalate from anxiety to becoming defensive which is an escalation often from refusal to a change in tone, expression or volume- Be directive and try to deescalate the issue using distraction and humour. Remind them of the expectation in a clear and concise way e.g. You can get down from the table when you have...(but make it achievable e.g. completed 3 sentences rather than written a whole page). I need you to complete 3 sentences and then we can....etc
- I am sure you will have a range of successful strategies at home. Try not to worry if your child would rather play than do lots of formal learning. It is very, very common.
- Play is especially important in the EYFS and KS1 but all children need to be able to let off steam and relax. EYFS staff will tell you that play is learning. It most definitely is!
This is a stressful time for so many different reasons. Being safe is the most important thing right now.
With children being at home for a significant period of time, there is definitely a necessity to review your internet settings and be very mindful of what your children can access, who they talk to and also how they behave towards others online. There are so many apps that can be misused to take advantage of the young and the vulnerable. Please be mindful of this and the opportunity this could offer to those who would seek to take advantage of our children or elderly relatives. It is a sad thing to share but we must all be open to this possibility.
If you are worried about a child or a family during the time the school is closed to most pupils you can still contact the police or social care.
Outside of school hours any concerns can be made to: The Social Care Duty Team 01454 615165 or Police 101