Parent Briefing – 22 January 2021
Dear parents and carers
Thank you for all of the positive messages we continue to receive in College in relation to our remote learner and key worker provision. I know that we are all, staff students and parents, working hard to do our very best to adapt to and sustain a very different way of learning this half term. I know we all want to get the balance right between providing a clear routine and structure, encouraging students to engage and setting the right amount of work for students without them feeling overloaded, tied to screens and unable to take breaks or be active. We do recognise that everyone’s circumstances are different and we understand that everyone is doing what they can, when they can, the best they can. Thank you for everything you are doing to support your child/children at home and please ask for help if you need it, we are all here at College to support you in whatever way we can.
It is lovely to see student work being celebrated on the website in latest news this week. Please do keep an eye on the College website for regular updates about what is going on in College; in additional to important notices and latest news, you can find useful information to support remote learning in the curriculum section and all of our COVID related information, including onsite testing.
We have launched the Year 10 Options process with Year 9 students this week and you can find the relevant information here http://www.launceston-college.cornwall.sch.uk/year-10-options/ including subject specific presentations.
I have also been asked to share the following information with you regarding reading, free school meals, times tables rock stars and the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.
Please encourage your child to read as frequently as possible at home. Research suggests that children who read for 20 mins a day in a year will encounter and be familiar with 1,800,000 words unlike a child who only reads for a minute a day, who will encounter 8,000. The difference is staggering and emphasises the link between reading, educational outcomes and life chances.
Of course, academic attainment is of vital importance, but the benefits of reading for pleasure go beyond this and stretch throughout a person’s life. There are wider outcomes of reading for pleasure, including empowerment, enhanced empathy, reduction in stress levels, improved well being and enjoyment.
Students can access reading resources through their tutor, the Bookworms googleclassroom, Cornwall County Library https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/using-the-library/how-to-join/service including access to ebooks and audio books or alternatively if you have run out of reading books at home please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to send College library books home.
Free School Meals
Vouchers for those who receive Free School Meals were sent out this week by email. Please check your “junk” folders in case they have gone there in error.
The RSBP are running a Big Garden Birdwatch from the 29th – 31st January and for any students who may be interested in this please follow the link to sign up: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
Time Table Rock Stars
All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have been sent their login details for Time Tables Rock Stars to their school email. Students can use this programme to practice their times tables online by playing a variety of games and competitions.
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend