Happy Friday Hansfield families!
I hope that you are all keeping well and settling into the “new lifestyle” that has been imposed on us all.
It’s important, especially for children to establish a daily routine while confined at home at this time. Children feel safer because routines are predictable and routines give them a little bit of independence – which makes family life easier for parents to manage also! Meal times, homework time, house chores time, exercise time, bed time etc
The present situation though catastrophic, presents a golden opportunity for parents to allocate a daily household responsibility to everyone living in your home. Nobody is too young to lend a hand to get through the myriad of household jobs that need to be done for everyone’s benefit. Younger children can “help” adults to do these jobs around the house. An added bonus is that these responsibilities can continue when we’re all back to “normal” again.
If the Corona virus pandemic hadn’t occurred, we would all be beginning our Spring/Easter holidays this afternoon and the children would be on holidays from school for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, as we will all be housebound for the duration, the holiday plans that we may have made will not now come to pass, though we may have discovered some great new family activities to do instead during the past few weeks.
Despite the extraordinary circumstances, all schools and families have been advised to take the 2 weeks holidays from school work. Teachers and families have really worked hard over the past few weeks learning how to learn in a different venue using different methods. We all need a break from our new way of learning/teaching to give us a chance to draw our breath and let the “frenetic dust” die down a bit before we start off again.
As we all know, every family’s circumstance is different. The 2 week break without prescribed learning activities will be welcomed by some while others will need to have a learning focus for their children during that time. The plan that we have come up with will hopefully suit all families’ situations.
We are going to design a project/research-type activity for each class to work on over the 2 week break. It’s completely optional. There is no obligation on any family to engage in the project work. You only engage if it suits your family to do so. The teachers will upload the projects today.
There is no need to upload the project to Seesaw or wait for teacher feedback. The learning from the project is in the family working together and learning together and helping each other out. It’s the process that’s important. Maybe you could make a video presentation mentioning all the “helpers” in the credits. Maybe you could email it to your relatives or friends? Maybe you could print it out, make it into a book with covers and put it in the school library when we all return again?
Because the workbooks (Spellbound/Maths Mastery etc) that you have at home take the 2 week spring break into account, please do not continue to do the daily activities in these books.
I have watched the RTÉ2 programme “School Hub” (which is on from 11am to 12 noon every day during the spring break) and I think that it is JUST FANTASTIC! This is a really worthwhile way for parents to continue their children’s earning during the holidays. It caters for all classes, it’s inclusive and it’s bilingual – BRILLIANT!
Congratulations to all the class competition winners this morning – poems about spring and beautiful spring posters.
If you have any issues with Seesaw or Razkids after the 2 week break, please email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to sort you out within 24 hours.
Thanks to Joe for organising his weekly “Family Fun Quiz” – hope that you enjoyed doing that together at home – Mr.Google is a great man I find J
I hope that you all liked the staff video that Alo compiled. We enjoyed making it too! Must change my glasses!!
A new weekly homework grid will be posted on the school website on Monday 20th April.
In the meantime, enjoy your 2 week learning break and best of luck with the Family Project if you decide to do one.