Lockdown 3 - the story so far.
With Week 2 of Lockdown 3 successfully navigated, I'm overwhelmingly proud of and impressed by everything which our pupils are achieving. Engagement with remote learning is very high and the quality of work that is being produced is excellent. THANK YOU to everyone who is logging in to remote lessons and submitting work and photos back to teachers. You are all doing a brilliant job!
We recognise that juggling home learning and your own jobs can be a real challenge as can coordinating the work and live lessons for siblings. I have received some questions about why lessons are being scheduled and are not available for downloading the night before. This is because we are trying to help the pupils to keep a good routine that mimics life at school as much as possible. Often, teachers wish to explain a piece of work or teach new concepts before the children complete it, so the work is scheduled to become available after these live lessons. Teachers are supporting children at home and critical worker children in school and live lessons involve both these groups and allow the class to come together to ask and answer questions.
If you are struggling because you do not have enough devices at home for your children, please do get in touch. We have had some devices very kindly donated by members of the community; these are available for loan to children working at home.
Finally, please do not let the home learning cause you or your family undue stress. We are providing the 3-5 hours learning for primary school children as required by Ofsted; if this seems like an impossible amount to get through, please do get in touch and talk to us – we are here to support you.
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Excellent resources gathered by the School Library Service
A fantastic overview of resources available has been collated by the School Library Association
School Closure Resources - books and reading (sla.org.uk)
The National Literacy Trust offer support throughout lockdown with their parent-facing platform
Words for Life | National Literacy Trust | Words for Life
Book Ideas Hub
Book ideas hub – brilliant stay-at-home ideas & free resources - World Book Day
Fun activity sheets from Walkers Books
Picture Book Party: Fun Activities
Tiny Owl have posted lots of stories and book related activities
Access library of resources for home learning – Tiny Owl
Michael Rosen’s YouTube channel
Kids’ Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen - YouTube
Free story books and games from The Book Trust
Stories for kids online and fun games to play | BookTrust
Free audiobooks whilst schools are closed
Audible Stories: Free Audiobooks for Kids | Audible.com
Advice from the BBC: Lockdown Mental Health - Tips for helping your child
An update message from Devon County Council can be viewed here.
The new year has continued to offer lots of challenges. Unfortunately, the latest restrictions mean that it will be difficult to hold PTA events this term. However, we are discussing with the school ways to spend some of the money you helped raise last term and will keep you posted.
We hope to hold an auction of promises and raffle at some point in the spring or summer terms. Therefore, if you have any unwanted Christmas gifts it would be hugely helpful if you could hold on to them for these events at a later date.
Also, as most shops are currently closed, many of us are doing more shopping online. It's really easy to install the Easyfundraising link on your PC, tablets and phones and it's a simple way to raise funds and completely free to you! Here's how you do it...
There are just 3 easy steps:
1. Open the following link: You shop. South Tawton Primary School PTA gets money. For free. And click the button 'Support this cause'. Create an account/login or download the app.
You shop. South Tawton Primary School PTA gets money. For free.Help us when you shop with 4,000 shops & sites. Join now.
2. Use the website or app to choose the retailer you'd like to buy from - there are over 4000 including Amazon, ebay, Sainsburys, John Lewis, Argos, etc.
3. Just shop as normal and when you check out, the retailer gives your cause a donation.
Lovely Ideas from the Change 4 Life Team
A message from The Oak National Academy Virtual Library
About our the Virtual School Library
Every week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads.
Having access to a school library is really important for children. School libraries nurture a love of reading that can enrich children’s literacy skills, academic achievements and mental wellbeing. Our Virtual School Library will complement existing school libraries and will ensure that children have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether they are learning at school or at home.
We’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in our Virtual School Library will support children’s wellbeing through reading.
The Virtual Library can be found here.