Tomorrow the whole country moves to the realms of ‘home learning’. I just wanted to share a few thoughts and suggestions about this before the inevitable chaos begins!
- Home learning cannot replace school – if it could, schools wouldn’t exist. With this in mind, be fair to yourselves and set realistic expectations. This is a strange time for us all and undoubtedly most significantly strange from a child’s perspective. School is school in a child’s mind and home is home. The mindset of home becoming school cannot change instantly.
- Encourage, support and facilitate learning; don’t force it. The last thing you need right now is a battle with your child. Establish a routine ‘with them’ and not ‘for them’ so that they are a part of the process and get a say.
- Every child is different and in school we treat them all differently. Don’t place expectations on your child based upon what other parents are saying their child/children are doing. If you have any concerns about doing too much/too little, contact us and ask our opinion.
- If you are struggling to access the work on the website don’t panic. We may be able to help if you send us an email. Alternatively, we may be able to suggest other sources of work.
- Take this opportunity to allow your child to grow and develop in other ways: becoming more independent, developing life skills, developing their personal skills and interests. The work that we are providing is aimed at keeping children stimulated and covering some of the aspects that they may have been learning in school. You can substitute activities and work that we suggest with other activities and tasks that you feel are of greater interest or benefit to your child. Ultimately, learning is learning!
- The benefits of keeping active and spending time outdoors can never be overplayed. Spend as much time in the fresh air as possible each day and find ways to ensure that your child gets at least 30mins-1hour of exercise each day.
- Being socially active is also really important. Usually, we’d be discouraging the use of apps and social media etc for children to be keeping in touch with each other. In the present circumstances however, with constant monitoring from adults, I actually think that it would be a really good idea for children to spend at least 30mins (if not more) each day communicating with friends and relatives. Phone and video calls are probably better for social skills than messaging apps as it is easier to hide behind a persona when typing as opposed to being real.
I’ll be adding to this regularly and ensuring that it remains towards the top of the website homepage so that these points can remain a focus.
In the main home learning page there is a document which contains links to lots of online learning resources for the different curriculum areas. Do take a look at these and register for some of the services on there as they can be used to supplement your child’s home learning over the next few weeks. The staff will constantly be adding additional links as we find them so do keep checking back for updates.