Welcome to our new staff blog to help the school community keep in touch during this period of school closure.
Message from Mr Curtis
I hope you are all keeping well and looking after each other. School seems very quiet without you all here and I can’t wait until we are all able to come back together as our William Levick Family.
The whole team have been updating the website with lots of learning and activity ideas for you to do at home. Lots of the activities we have put together use skills we have been building on this year and the best thing you could be doing is reading lots and lots with your child/ren. Try not to worry about children ‘missing’ teaching or leaning whilst on isolation- we have a very talented group of teachers and teaching assistants who are experts at finding out what the children know; what they need to know and how to best teach them and this will be our focus when we come back together, whenever that may be.
I would also like to highlight the wellbeing section of the website (in the ‘Parents and Carers’ menu) that has lots of resources to share with the children about Covid-19 and the measures taken to combat the virus. This page also has lots of links and guidance for wellbeing, emotional and family support if things are becoming challenging for you. I will keep updating this page with any new links and guidance I receive.
We are into the third week of isolation and if you have a structure to your day, are finding some time for yourself and your hobbies and managing to support your children’s learning activities at home without pulling your hair out - YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!
If you are sometimes sticking to a timetable and taking time out for yourself whilst doing some fun stuff with your children - YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!
If you are getting a little work done, haven't yet managed to get your children out of bed every day before midday, but are still managing to keep just this side of sane - YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Mr Curtis (Thursday 16th April 2020)
Something For All Our Families and Children...
The William Levick Team (Thursday 9th April 2020)
The staff at WIlliam Levick love a good quiz, we have been sharing quite a few on our staff What's App group. Mrs Peckett and Mrs Astley decided to have a go at designing their own for people to solve. Good luck!
I started to write a diary about two weeks ago, initially as an outlet for my thoughts about what was happening in the world and how it was affecting me and my family right now. Life as we know it has rapidly changed and we have all had to adapt very quickly to keep up. Nothing like this has ever happened in my lifetime, so keeping a record of it seemed like a good idea. Changes were happening every day and I wrote daily or whenever I felt the need. I intend to continue writing my diary for as long as this terrible virus is around, until hopefully things go back to normal.
As it turns out, it has actually been quite therapeutic for me to write. Once I start writing it just seems to flow out and I can’t stop it. I never thought I had so much to write!
Why don’t you try to write a diary about your life right now? How things have changed, your worries and fears, even if it’s just for a day or a week. Imagine looking back one year from now and seeing how things have transformed. It can be a great way to vent your emotions, whatever they might be. Writing down how you feel on a certain day can also help you come to terms with your feelings. Give it a go.
Mrs Smith (Thursday 2nd April 2020)
In school this week (with children of critical workers) we have been doing lots of artwork -creating rainbows with positive messages on them. Lots of these will be put on the gate outside school so if you get chance come for a walk to see them. Children all over the country have been creating these rainbows as well so you can go on a hunt and see how many you can find! Please send in pictures of your rainbows and artwork to your teachers on Seesaw, we love seeing your posts.
Miss Tomlinson and Mrs Youdan (26th March)
Being at home
Hope you’re all keeping busy and spending some time outside enjoying this lovely weather. I’ve been busy in my garden planting and tidying. We also built a garden seat for me to read in. Thanks to Mrs Peckett I’m reading the book 'Then' by Morris Gleitzman, which is the sequel to the book 'Once' which is the book the Y6 children have just finished. I’ll let you know what it’s like. Keep putting your photos on Seesaw, it’s great to see what you’ve been doing.
Mrs Karen (25th March 2020)
We are really lucky to announce that we now have 14 healthy chicks that have hatched over the last 36 hours. We have waited until they fluffed up their feathers and then transferred them into a pen with a heating lamp. They seem very happy in there, chirping away and hopping up and down! It is such a shame that most of you won't get to see them close up but hopefully the photo will give you a bit of an insight into what is happening at school. We are looking after them until Thursday afternoon and then they will be going back to the farm.
Mrs Smith (24th March 2020)
Thoughts About Home Learning
You will have noticed that we have not scheduled a minute by minute routine for your child/ children. You might have high hopes of hours of learning, including a mix of online and paper activities. However, you might also be juggling working from home with children who need entertaining. Just thought I would try and give you some reassurance.
Firstly when learning at home, it is more intense and actually your child usually works for a shorter, more concentrated time. Imagine in a classroom, with 30 children, time will be occupied in various ways: time taken to ask/ answer questions, discussion time in partners, teacher explanations, brain breaks and time for children to work independently and in groups. Learning is very different in a home setting.
- Devise a rough timetable and try to stick to it.
- Children do not need to work from 9 until 3- you can be more flexible than this.
- For most children their ability to concentrate is 10-30 minutes (depending on their age)
- Have a mix of activities, for example reading/ phonics, maths, English, physical exercise and maybe an activity from the wider curriculum like art, music or science.
Please note children will need time to adjust to this new life. They might be scared about events happening around them and they will also start missing their friends. Over the coming weeks you might see an increase in behaviour issues with your children: anxiety, anger or melt-downs. This is normal and expected under the circumstances. Try to spend some time together - like going into the garden, playing games or watching films.
Finally don’t worry about your child/ children regressing in school. Every single child is in the same boat. They will be ok. Your child’s mental health is more important than their academic skills.
Mrs Peckett (24th March 2020)