Advice for parents during our temporary school closure
How to support home learning
Dear Parents and Carers,
Please follow this guide to help create a positive learning environment at home for your child. This is to remind you that your child’s remote learning work can be found by clicking this link. Further learning activities that your child can also undertake can be found towards the end of this page.
It is also important that you note the addendum to the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy which can be found here.
Be realistic about what you can do
You are not expected to become teachers and your child is not expected to learn as they usually do in school. Simply providing your child with a good level of structure within your home, will help your child to adapt. Please use the tips below to help you to make remote learning arrangements work successfully for your household.
Since the start of the national school closure in the past few weeks, many of you will have been experimenting with remote learning. It is now time to take stock. What is working and what isn't? Ask your child as it is important to involve them. Share the responsibility if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work.
Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This situation will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing.
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
Do your very best to create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what your child is used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure your child is dressed before starting the ‘school’ day. Avoid allowing your child to stay in their nightwear all day.
Your child should aim to follow a weekly timetable that they have agreed with you for each school day. Your child’s school timetable should be used as a guide when agreeing your child’s timetable and it will be helpful for you to ensure that you and your child produce the timetable together. Your child’s school timetable is in their Planner and this will support the process. Through this process, your child also has further opportunities to develop the vital skill of managing their own time and this will develop your child’s organisation and independence.
Aim to keep to the timetable that you have agreed but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or your child wants more time on an activity, let it extend where possible. If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works best for your household. Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when and tick off completed activities throughout the day. Distinguish between weekdays and weekends so as to separate school life and home life.
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
You may wish to consider adapting your child’s timetable so that they can start each morning with a PE lesson at 9.00 a.m. with Joe Wicks.
If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others).
When lessons on the timetable are over each day, get your child to write in a diary what they did – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended.
Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day
When creating your child’s timetable with them, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going.
Get your child to write postcards to their relatives e.g. grandparents, their friends, or to pen pals. If possible, you may wish to ask grandparents or other relatives to listen to your child read on FaceTime or ask them to read to younger children.
Give your child chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home. Ask your child to help you cook and bake. Accept that your child may probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits.
To listen to audiobooks for free using Audible stories go to Audible.com.
Further learning resources
From the 20th April, BBC Bitesize will be providing access to regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects. The content of these lessons will be backed up by new videos, practice tests, educational games and articles. Regular lessons on other subjects, including Science, History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.
Parents can get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).
Please click the links below and select your child’s Year Group, for direct access to the lessons available for your child.
1. Bitesize Daily lesson resources - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons
2. Bitesize Weekly schedule of lessons on offer -https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/znbnscw
3. BBC Bitesize app – BBC Bitesize also has an app. This will be providing daily lessons for 14 and 15 year olds. Find out more about the app here.
5. Department for education additional resources - list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education
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