Newsletter April Week 1

Newsletter April Week 1

Dear Parents / Carers,

Well, we’re at the end of our second week, working from home and learning from home.  Well done to everyone for making it this far.  There’s been so much support from everyone; families supporting each other, staff supporting each other and families and staff supporting one another.  We really are showing that our Friarswood Family is strong and amazing, no matter what life throws at us.

Over the next two weeks (the Easter holidays), the teachers will set some activities for you but they won’t be in contact as much as they have been during the term time.  They need some time to focus on their families and some ‘time out’ for their well being, which I’m sure you can appreciate and understand.

Here are some websites that you may find useful:

Usually paid-for things which are currently free: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2020/03/paid-for-things-they-ve-made-free-boxsets–audiobooks–fitness-c/

Explore the planet mars at: http://www.kids2.space/

The Scouts have produced “The Great Indoors” Activities: https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/

Roald Dahl activities: https://www.roalddahl.com/things-to-do-indoors

20 apps or stir crazy kids:https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/mar/29/learning-apps-for-stir-crazy-kids-while-schools-are-closed

As lots of children will be online, it’s important to check that they are safe.  Below are some helpful websites from the DfE to help you if you need guidance and advice.

  • Internet matters – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • London Grid for Learning – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Net-aware – for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
  • Parent info – for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
  • Thinkuknow – for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
  • UK Safer Internet Centre – advice for parents and carers

The Mental Health Foundation and Place 2 Be have lots of good advice to help you in talking to your child about the situation.  You may also find the following useful for yourselves as well.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/talking-to-children

https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-advice-for-families-staying-at-

I hope you all get to have some quality time with your family at home over the next couple of weeks.  Those of you working on the ‘front line’, I hope that you stay as safe as you possibly can.  We really do appreciate all of your efforts, you truly are amazing.

Please pass on a great big ‘Hello’ to the grandparents and other family members who don’t read the newsletters but who we see at school so often.  We really are missing everyone.  Please do take great care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.

We wish you all well and thank you once again for your amazing support.

Mrs Wilmer, the Governors and the Friarswood Team

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