Some tips to help you get organised for home learning.
Routines: Children enjoy routine. Agree a family routine for days at home. Remember, for younger children learning activities will be unlikely to last for an hour. It is better to do short 20 or 30 minute sessions and then allow some free play time.
If you have several children at home, or you
are working from home too, be realistic.
Agree times when you will help your children
with their work and other times when they
need to find something to do on their own.
You do not need to organise every part of the
day - allow some time when they can choose
their own activity or play on their own.
Screen time: Children should not be spending all day looking at a screen. Try to break up this time and encourage them to do something practical or active.
Organising your space and equipment: The amount of space and the technology you have will be different for each family. Think about how to organise your home so everyone knows what is expected and you can avoid arguments.
Draw up a timetable for sharing technology so everyone who needs to gets a turn. Older children and adults may need to use it more than younger children.
Think about where different activities can happen. If possible try to keep technology use in a space you can supervise to ensure the children are safe when they go online.
Make sure everyone tidies up after themselves.
You might need a family agreement on when you are having quiet times and when people can be noiser.
Look after yourselves: Remember this situation is new for everyone and is likely to be difficult for many people at times. Children in particular will be feeling unsettled and missing their friends. It is most important to keep everyone happy and healthy. If you or the children need a break from school work then take one. They will learn much better when they are relaxed, happy and ready.
Help: Everyone needs help from time to time. Keep in touch with friends and family and email the school if there is anything we might be able to help with.
An example timetable
8:00 Get up, get dressed and have breakfast.
9:00 Join in with PE with Joe Wickes.
9:30 Start a learning activity using ideas from your teacher.
10:30 Have a break and a snack.
11:00 Learning Activity 2.
1:00 Do a physical activity together - dance, play a game or go for a walk.
2:00 Do a creative or free choice activity.
3:30 Snack and Free Time