Despite understanding why schools have been re-purposed in these unprecedented times, this period will be difficult for many children and adults, both those working from home with families and for those children of key workers who are coming into school.
Teachers at Barker’s Lane have provided a menu of activities to support your child/ren to continue practising and consolidating their learning at home. For the younger children, these have mainly been shared on Seesaw and for older children, in addition through their Hwb learning platform and Google Classroom. From week beginning 20th April until schools re-open fully to pupils, new updates will be provided by class teachers.
There is also a page on Safeguarding and Support in the Parents Section, this has important information about digital safety, mental health, safeguarding all children and support for domestic violence.
Welsh Government have produced guidance and support for parents on Hwb in the Parents / Carers section. This includes information about accessing learning, supporting and staying safe online.
Please also look out for updates on the school app and news section of the website. We will be sharing regular updates for families in this way.
These are challenging times for all, as parents, please do not feel that you have to try and replicate a school day. Many of you many still be working and trying to balance childcare. There will much learning going on in your household through practical tasks that you might involve your child in.
It is vitally important to look after your own and your child’s mental health and wellbeing. Many restrictions have been placed on what we consider ‘normal life’, please don’t feel guilty for taking time out to relax and recharge the batteries.
Hafan Cymru have produced activity packs and support with wellbeing and resilience for children and young people of all ages from ‘below 4 yrs old’ to ‘over 14’. These can be accessed here.
Your child may be asking questions which are difficult to answer. There is lots of advice and support for health and wellbeing at Parent Zone
Don’t forget that we have FREE access to Real P.E at home. Your user name and password was sent by text from school on 27/3/2020.
Many other sites are offering free access to parents for support, one which has a wealth of resources is Twinkl. You may recognise some of the activities as teachers may also use this site.
Free access to Twinkl website for one month with lots of resources and support for parents:
Enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS
You can share this website and code with anyone who you think that it might help.
Your child is likely to be accessing the internet more than usual for learning and recreation.
There is lots of information about setting rules, dealing with fake information, grooming,etc – how to keep safe as a family on Hwb
Further information is also on our Safeguarding and Support Page.
If you require any further support or are having problems accessing Seesaw / Hwb.
Please email school on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have specific questions about distance learning tasks, please contact your child’s teacher through Seesaw.
Our office services are limited, therefore please do not telephone, emailing school is the best way of ensuring that you can contact us. We can always arrange to make a phone call back to you then.
We will always do our very best to get back to you as soon as possible.