During these unprecedented times, we are currently running two provisions at Chalfont Valley E-Act Primary Academy. Our Critical Care Provision for children of keyworkers and our vulnerable pupils is in operation within our Physical School, and a Virtual School is prepared for the rest of our school community, to be completed at home.
As part of our school community, you will have received our sharepoint link to all of your child’s learning which is being provided by your child’s class teacher.
We do not expect you to be teachers because we need you to be parents. We will help to support and guide you and your children throughout this process and that is why we have made some changes to the way we will be communicating with you throughout this period.
It is really important that we continue to work together to ensure your child or children make progress with their learning during this time.
SATs and Yr 1 phonics tests will not be taking place this year
I would like to reassure you that we will be doing everything in our power to ensure our pupils are awarded the qualifications they deserve and have worked so hard for. We are working closely with the Department for Education and the Standards and Testing Agency, and we will be in touch with parents and carers as soon as we have any more information on the process by which our pupils will receive their marks.
Supporting your child’s mental health during this period of uncertainty
It is important for us to keep ourselves health both physically and mentally. Here are four practical things you can do to support your child:
- Look out for any changes in behaviour: young people may respond to stress in different ways – have you noticed any changes in their emotional state or physical behaviours?
- Provide clear information about the situation: talk openly about what is happening and provide honest answers to any questions they have. Also explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe.
- Acknowledge concerns: young people will be hearing things from friends and through social media. Talk to them about what is going on, listen to them and acknowledge their concerns.
- Create a new routine: routine provides reassurance and an increased feeling of safety, especially if they are not in academy. Make a plan for the day or week that includes time for learning, physical activity and relaxing.
For more detailed guidance, visit gov.uk by clicking here.
Keeping your child safe online
We understand that some parents and carers may be feeling anxious about the fact that your child is likely to be spending more time online over the coming weeks. The websites below contain expert support and practical tips on keeping your child safe online:
You can find more information on gov.uk by clicking here.
If you or your child start to feel unwell over the coming weeks
If in the coming weeks someone in your household is advised to self-isolate by the NHS, please let us know as soon as possible using the email address email@example.com. We will need your child’s name, year group and the academy they attend. The latest guidance from the NHS can be found here.
We find ourselves in uncertain times, yet our pupils and families, our staff and our wider communities have pulled together despite the challenges we face. Thank you for all of your wonderful comments and messages/uploaded work. We are actively trying to include as many of these as we can into our weekly newsletter.
If you need any help or support with this work please contact your class teacher via Class Dojo, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Many thanks for all of your continued help and support