Supporting children at home – FAIRMEAD SCHOOL

Supporting children at home

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly I hope you are all well and beginning to settle into the strange routine we find ourselves in!  I have been very pleased to hear that families have been managing to complete some of the tasks set by the class and subject teachers and that young people are coping well.

Some of you, however, may be anxious that your child may fall behind with their learning while others of you may be struggling to support the learning you have been sent within your home environment.  In these exceptional times, I would just like to take this chance to reassure you that really good learning for our young people happens in all sorts of ways.  Please take this time to explore opportunities presented by the home environment.

For example, why not try cooking with your child/ young person, or teaching them how to carry out typical household chores such as cleaning, washing up, washing clothes?  There are also lots of fun games that build social skills such as Monopoly, Uno, Frustration (the list is endless).  Making telephone enquiries and putting together internet orders (eg weekly shopping through Tescos) really support young people in building skills for life.  Basically, get them practising the things that will make them more independent and sociable in the future. Try to build some good routines for this so that young people don’t slip into spending too much time online/ gaming or developing poor sleep habits.

We can’t predict how the current situation is going to develop over the coming weeks, however we can say that after Easter we will be uploading weekly learning activities on our school website.   This will include both traditional learning tasks such as diary entries, reading, maths games etc and more practical challenges to keep young people learning in different ways.

For now, please try to enjoy this extra time you are able to spend as a family and remember we are only a phone call away.

Stay safe

Tracy Felstead


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