A daily routine
- Remember that every child is different and different people need different routines
- Set some structure and routine, put in things you all enjoy and offer choices
- Keep to good bedtime routines, sleep is very important
- Put in some daily physical activities
- Make sure you do as much movement as possible
- If you can, go out and use the garden
- Make sure your plan is achievable for your child, don’t plan too much
- If some things don’t work out change it
- Eat regular meals rather than snack throughout the day
Timetable for learning
At the top of each home learning page you will find a suggested timetable for the day. This shows how much time we expect children to spending on each subject and the importance of regular breaks throughout the day.
If this timetable does not work for you and your child then please feel free to adapt it to suit your needs. Your child may prefer to start the day earlier and finish earlier, take a longer lunchbreak for a family walk or swap the order of some subjects around; all of this is absolutely fine. We know that most children share devices and we suggest that you make your own family timetable for this.
Aim for a minimum of 3 hours a day (EYFS and phase 1) or 4 hours a day (phase 2 and phase 3). If your child has worked for this length of time and has not completed all of the work set please don’t worry. Children work at different rates and the teacher will understand.
My child has to share a device. What should I do?
Firstly, it’s important to know that the vast majority of primary school children share devices with siblings and often parents. There are not many families where everyone has their own device!
Sharing devices can be a real challenge, especially when older siblings may need to log into live lessons at specified times of day. This is what we suggest you do:
- Prioritise any ‘live lessons’ for secondary age children.
- Stagger breaks, including lunchbreaks, for siblings. One child can be working whilst another is having a break.
- Have a look at the activities for the day as not all of them require an electronic device so a child in one year can be getting on with the activity away from the device whilst the other has access to it.
- Negotiate start and finish times with your children. One child may be happy to start the day an hour or so before the other and finish earlier.
Is my child expected to work on their own?
Activities are designed for children to be able to work independently and without intensive support from parents. Children in EYFS and Phase 1 will usually require more support as they are still very young. In KS2 (Years 3-6) children should be able to work independently through the activities for each day. Teaching videos and written models explain to your child what needs to be done, and the layout of the work should be familiar as it is largely the same as in school.
Printing off worksheets is not required. Children can work in an exercise book (collect one from school if you need one.) There are also times when teachers will request work to be submitted online, such as via an online quiz or Purple Mash in KS2.
How will my child know how they are getting on?
Assessment is an important part of teaching and learning and teachers will continue to assess what children know and are able to do during this period of remote learning. Teachers will look closely at the work that your child submits and make weekly phone calls home to talk with you and your child about how they are getting on. For children in EYFS and KS1, the teacher will speak with a parent or carer about progress and what to work on next; where your child feels confident, they may also have a short chat to them too. In KS2, teachers will speak briefly with a parent or carer and then to your child to discuss their learning, help with any queries and talk about how to learn and remember more.