Members of staff will support the children in outside play, or activities in the school house, where social interaction, turn-taking, politeness and learning to lose will be developed, helping to resolve feelings of unease amongst some children, instilling confidence in others and helping with behavioural issues where needed.
These steps will help the learning journey of the children and will support any challenges to their mental health associated with isolation from their friends and peers.
School is constantly looking at strategies to help children, taking note of national and international research projects. This supports the view that an over-emphasis on core curriculum subjects can disadvantage some children. We currently cover subjects such as music, dance and art during the school day, but we are looking at the logistics of offering a choice of these activities during after-school clubs. The provision and costs of these areas will be shared later, and are included to show that the earlier start time is part of a wider strategy to do our best for our children.
The final decision on this lies with the governing board, but the views of parents and carers are of significant importance and will be taken into account in the final decision.
Please follow the link to complete a short questionnaire by Friday 26th January. This issue will be considered by governors at their next meeting on the 4th March, 2021 and they would like to take your views into consideration.
On behalf of Thorogate Governing Board,
Paul Johnson, Kate Battersby and Stephen Burke