The Welsh government has announced that schools will not reopen until after half term. As a result, our current arrangements will continue for the next two weeks – activities being shared on Google Classroom and Seesaw. The HWB arrangements will also remain the same.
It is a difficult situation for us all but I would like to thank you parents for the excellent support you give the children when they are working online. A very high percentage of our children, about 94%, join in the live lessons and complete their tasks online. Thank you very much!
Teachers use a wide variety of different strategies when teaching online and I’m sure you have noticed the increase in live streaming sessions, especially in the Foundation Phase classes. Thank you to those parents who have contacted the teachers and me in praising the on-line teaching that is going on – those kind words have been a great boost to the teachers as they work in challenging circumstances.
The Glantaf Cluster INSET day was earmarked for next Wednesday, February 3rd, but that has now moved to February 10th. There will be no work set for the children on that day – that will give them a time to relax.
This week, the School Council has been discussing the welfare of pupils and the time spent in front screens. As a result, next Wednesday, February 3rd, will be a ‘Screenless Day’ and the School Council will circulate a list of alternative activities to do.
The government has referred to the possibility that some children may be able to return to school after half term. I very much hope that this will happen and that this will be the start of the process of getting all the children back to school in the near future.