Tuesday 31st March

Dear Parents/Carers,

I just thought I would check in with you all and try to answer some of the queries that have been raised regarding home learning. Can I start by expressing my heartfelt thanks for the support received, for your considerate response to emergency child care provision and recognition of staff efforts to provide a service to support learning at home. I hope that you are all managing to keep you and your families safe and are able to juggle the varied roles expected. As I said in my previous message, these are uncertain times and the information that comes out daily requires changes to be made to systems and practices that are currently in place. Some of the information received has been open to interpretation and all schools have tried to ensure a coordinated response. However, we have also had to respond taking our pupils, parents and staffs need into consideration.
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The message from The Education Minister Kirsty Williams initially was that the Easter holidays were being brought forward. However, some schools, such as ourselves made home learning tasks available straight away whilst some informed parents that they would do so after the initial Easter holiday break. Many schools have now made tasks available to pupils. My initial message stands, you simply do what you can at home and when it is possible. We all have different family circumstances so try not to feel pressured when you hear or see what others are doing via social media platforms. The notion of holidays and breaks seem somewhat redundant in these times of self-isolation. However, we will continue as teaching staff to provide childcare for critical workers but will not make home learning tasks available during the period of Friday April 3rd to Sunday April 19th. This will enable us all to have some rest and relaxation with our families and a well- earned break for the children. The current situation is bound to have affected them in particular. Home learning tasks will be uploaded ready for Monday, April 20th.

As regards recording any tasks set our guidance is as follows:

– If you have access to a printer you can print sheets out and complete. If you don’t just record on paper if available however It is not compulsory to evidence work.

– Many tasks can be completed online as normal.

– A reminder that the suggested home learning tasks will be posted on your child’s class page of our school website.

– If your child is part of a “Teams” or “HWB Class” Group, please ensure this is checked weekly for updated tasks and ideas.

If you are having any technical issues logging into your child’s account on a learning platform, please email the following address: Gowerton.primary@swansea-edunet.gov.uk.

We really appreciate your efforts and our main concern remains the well-being of all our pupils, parents and carers. Please take care of yourselves and keep safe. Try to enjoy the sunshine whilst you can, making sure that you observe the rules on social distancing!  If we can help and support you in any way we will do our utmost to do so. Keep checking the website for updates on Coronavirus, useful websites and activity suggestions.

I will update you as soon as I have any more news.

Best wishes to you all,
Mrs Ralph

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Thursday 19th March

Dear Parents/Carers,

We will be uploading resources on to the school website via class blogs on a weekly basis to enable you to supervise learning at home with your child. However, our major concern in these unprecedented times is the health and well-being of our pupils and families. We understand that home learning will be new to many of you, and that due to current circumstances you will be asked to undertake a role that might potentially cause conflict within the home, such as pupils refusing to complete tasks set. We are well aware of the strain that asking children to complete homework can put parents under alongside other pressures that you may be currently facing.
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We believe that you as parents/careers are best placed to decide when, or indeed if, any activities should be undertaken. Please decide what is feasible and be reassured that we understand if activities are not completed. If you try something that seems too difficult try something else. Whatever decisions you make you have our full support.

Whilst some parents can communicate through their child’s account on platforms such as Seesaw, Hwb and Teams, we are asking you to direct any urgent questions or concerns you may have through the main school email address. This is gowerton.primary@swansea-edunet.gov.uk

As circumstance will undoubtedly change over the coming weeks and months please be assured that we will review systems accordingly and make any changes that are required. We are thinking of you all and look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Mrs Ralph and all of the staff at Gowerton Primary School.
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