I do hope you are all keeping well. It is a difficult time for all of us at the moment. This includes you as parents, the children and staff. It is a time of the unknown and this leads to feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed. These feelings are normal to have and I want to reassure you of a few things.
We have sent home some learning packs and we will be posting additional ideas for activities online, but don’t feel under pressure to complete it all. You must find a balance and if you find home learning too stressful then please leave it. For some families the home learning packs will be very helpful but for others it might feel like too much to cope with. Your health is more important. There will be plenty of time for us all to help when things return to normal.
Please don’t feel guilty if your child prefers to do other activities rather than the home learning packs. This might be playing in your garden, baking, board games, music, art, chatting with friends and using technology. All of that is important and still learning.
Your main focus as a family needs to be to stay safe, stay well and support each other. You can support other families through social media and other virtual platforms.
Remember that there are always members of staff at school. Ring the office if you would appreciate a chat with a member of staff – we will always be happy to help. If you prefer to communicate via email you can email the office and it will be passed on to a school leader or teacher. firstname.lastname@example.org
A parent has sent me the following links and attachments that might help you and your child talk about this current situation and to help you all manage your mental health:
If you are really struggling don’t forget that you can also contact the Wellbeing Service, either to refer yourself for some support, or there is a good self-care section on their website. I’ve been informed that they will also be running online webinars that you can sign up to for advice on looking after yourself through this crisis. https://www.wellbeingnands.co.uk/norfolk/
Let’s all look after each other’s mental health. Focus on what is important to you and your family. We miss you all already and can’t wait for normality to resume.
Please take care and keep in touch,