This page is designed to help you support your children in the best way that you can during these challenging times, here are our top tips for teaching at home.
Prioritise your child’s wellbeing
It goes without saying but great learning only happens when children feel happy, safe and secure. Provide your children with reassurance and love. Talk to them. There will be wellbeing activities on the class pages.
Keep to a routine
During these times of uncertainty one of the best ways to help you and the children is to create, and stick to, a routine. Therefore our class pages will be organised in a timetable, please feel free to adapt this timetable, it is just a guide. Children need normality, familiarity and structure, so try to keep to a routine. It makes home schooling easier and helps children to realise this is not a holiday, and that teachers are expecting learning to take place to some degree.
Give your child some autonomy
Involve your child in creating the structure of the timetable combining their ideas. Come to an agreement of how it will look. Plan in brain breaks and healthy snack time.
Limit tablets, phones and TV
Now more than ever we need to keep in touch with family and friends virtually but avoid an unhealthy overreliance on screen time. Too much screen time has very negative effects on physical and mental health and it disrupts sleep patterns as well. Variety is key: exercise, reading a great book and learning a new skill are all excellent ways of avoiding the screen.
English and Maths Focus
Continue to practise essential English and Maths skills. Review fundamental maths skills such as number bonds, times tables, division facts and addition/subtraction strategies. Encourage your child to write for pleasure about what they’ve done that day, or make a comic. There is a link below by Rising Stars where you can find exactly what your child should know in each year band.
Try to keep learning fun and practical
Making learning fun is vital – so baking, painting and getting out and about in the garden are all good ways of mixing it up. Chalk on the path is brilliant! Encourage your child to research something that is of interest to them and show their learning with a creative project. This could be making something with play-dough, junk modelling, papier-mache or a presentation. Let your children experiment. There are so many benefits to outdoor learning: children develop an appreciation of the world around them, enhance their problem solving skills and increase their sensory skills, not forgetting the benefits for physical and mental health. Maybe you could learn about all the plants and trees near your house, or create your own outdoor circuit and do a daily workout together. Doing something physical keeps our mind healthy too.
Encourage reading every day
Whether it’s reading to themselves, you, a sibling or even a pet or toy, it is essential children continue to read. Reading anything counts!
Don’t overdo it
We recommend around two hours’ learning in total a day for children in key stage 1, which covers reception to year 2. That should include arts and crafts, and hands-on activities. Children in key stage 2, which covers year 3 through to year 6, would be able to do more: about three to four hours. But again, that should include PE activities and more creative tasks as well.
Praise children’s efforts and behaviour
Positive constructive praise that targets effort, behaviour and specific aspects of a child’s work is much more powerful than just saying ‘well done for completing your English’.
Above all – just do your best! There is no pressure to complete everything that is set by the class teacher. See our useful links below.
Mr Toon [email protected]
Weekly Home Learning Packs will be posted in your child's year group page by 9:30am on a Monday morning starting after the Easter Holiday on Monday 20th April 2020.