I hope you and your families are keeping well. We are missing everyone hugely and school is so very quiet! We have a small group of children enjoying their activities on the sunny roof space and we are also getting on with some jobs that need doing like painting the playground walls and weeding the edible garden!
I hope the paper resource packs and the online learning has been helpful so far. If you still need a log in, please email email@example.com. The google classroom how to guides are on the school website in the parents section. Next week, teachers will be sending a daily Maths and Literacy lesson and topic work.
The topic work the children have returned so far has been super! I have enjoyed reading some very informative presentations about World War 2 in Year 6 and looking at Reception ordering things from biggest to smallest. Lots of children have been very hard at work and I think parents have too!
Some parents have asked for the holiday dates for the next academic year, as holidays this year are being rebooked. Here are the dates for 2020 / 2021 https://www.learningtrust.co.uk/content/check-school-term-dates#jumpnav-school-calendar-for-202021
We have three INSET days planned on Thursday 3rd September 2020, Friday 4th September 2020 ( the children are back on Monday 7th September) and Friday 18th December.
During the school closures, many organisations have made resources available for adults and children, but just in case you missed them here are some which you usually have to pay for
• Enjoy 100s of free ‘Audible’ kids’ audiobooks, incl Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland and The Secret Garden. Normally £11- £15. Handy if you’re struggling with home-schooling or entertaining the kids, as they’re available for as long as schools are closed. See Audible Stories.
• Free workouts for 6 weeks with Chris Hemsworth. Normally £23 month. The actor (aka Thor from the Marvel films) has free high intensity (HIIT) and other online workout classes right now – see free fitness classes.
• Free meditation sessions created for the crisis. Normally £50 – £60 year. The Headspace and Calm apps, which normally require a subscription, have both released free content to help with understandable stress and anxiety right now. Free meditation & mindfulness resources
• Free 3-month language course for kids from Rosetta Stone. Normally £50 for 3 months. Incl French, German and Spanish. Free language courses
• Free home-schooling resources, including Carol Vorderman’s maths school normally £2 week Access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2 week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.
• Spelling app Sir Linkalot
You can also access popular spelling app Sir Linkalot for free until 12 June 2020 normally £6.99 month. You’ll need to sign up to its mailing list and you’ll be sent a code for free access
• Free ballet and opera broadcasts from the Royal Opera House. As its London venue is closed, it’s bringing opera and ballet into people’s homes, including Peter and the Wolf and Acis and Galatea. See free online opera performances.
• Free online guitar lessons for 3 months. Normally £10 month. It’s a great time to learn something new if you’ve extra time on your hands, and manufacturer Fender is offering free guitar classes.
I will be sending a weekly email to our families and will keep obviously keep you updated about the school closure.
In the meantime, we have set up an Instagram account william_patten_n16 to keep in touch. Send in your photos of work your children are doing or anything that your family is doing to keep healthy, fit or amused during this time. By sending in any photos, you agree to the photo being posted publicly on Instagram.
Thank you and we look forward to sharing what the WP families are up to!