Home Learning with Covid-19
Dear Parents and Carers ,
These are tricky and unusual times that we are in and this has suddenly change for everyone very quickly. Please use the information below to help. Firstly, don’t worry! The most important thing you can do is show an interest in your child’s learning and spend time talking to them about it. Take it easy on yourself and each other.
Guidance to help create a positive learning environment at home.
Be realistic about what you can do
- You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household.
- Experiment in the first couple of weeks, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too.
- Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This 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
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
- Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership.
- Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, 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 for your household.
- Distinguish between weekdays, weekends and holidays to separate school life and home life.
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
- Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am 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)
Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day
- Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video to get the heart-rate going
- Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
- Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
- Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
- Ask them to help you cook and bake
- Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limit
- Take this time to have a go at learning some key life skills – Click here for a few ideas
Establishing any routine can feel overwhelming and hard work at first, but once your expectations are shared and agreed with you child/ children things should run more smoothly and happily.
Mindfulness and wellbeing – it is important to make sure everyone is ok.
- Check in on your class pages to find some mindful activities you could do for your well-being.
- Remember to talk with the people at home if you have any concerns or worries.
How do I help my child with their learning?
Unsure how to help your child? Our advice is simple: aim for some daily Maths, daily English, some other subject for example topic, art, science and some physical exercise.
Early Years (Nursery and Reception)
Each week the Early Years staff will be sending some suggested activities to support your child’s learning at home. We recommend that you do a little Phonics/Literacy, Maths and physical activities each day and you can choose some of the other suggestions if you wish. We have put together a bank of websites that will support the learning in a fun, interactive way.
We will post the home learning through Tapestry where you can upload your photos and add comments about the different activities you are doing at home. We will also post the home learning on the class pages.
Year 1 to Year 6
On your child's class page, the teachers have links and work to have a go at. Keep checking back regularly as they are constantly adding new things to help engage your children.
Maths - here at Botley School we are following White Rose Hub
- The White Rose website has daily maths lessons for each year group. Each has a short animation explaining one maths concept (so you don’t have to), and a related activity for your child to complete. Answers are provided so you or your child can check their work.
- Remember to practice basic number facts on Numbots / Times Tables Rock Stars, they will continue to develop their understanding and skills.
- Check in on your MyMaths to see if there are any activities your teacher has set or have a go at some of the games.
English - There is Hamilton Trust unit for each week.
- The Hamilton Trust has ‘Learning at Home Packs’ for Years 1-6. The English packs offer advice to parents and have activities covering the important strands: Reading, Writing, Spelling and Grammar. These can be found on your class page.
- This is also a lovely time to get the reading bug! Have a look at the books you have a home, revisit favourites. There are many online resources for reading too.
- Oxford Owl – many eBooks to share
- Audible - All Kids stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. - Click here
- ELEVENSES WITH THE WORLD OF DAVID WALLIAMS - Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! - Click here
- Harry Potter at Home - where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom! - Click here
- We all need to keep fit and healthy. We recommend PE With Joe (on The Body Coach TV YouTube channel) . Joe Wicks is uploading a daily ‘School Workout’ video. You might like to join in with your child on this one! Click here
- Keep an eye on your class page for other ideas to keep active.
- If you have your own garden, encourage your child to spend time there, moving around lots. Be careful outdoors: some public parks have become crowded, making social distancing rules hard to stick to, but do get out if you can find somewhere quiet
Here are some website with further support if you wish.
The Class Blog is where we will communicate with you. You will be able to access your class blog and post questions or comments you have about the activities you are completing.
We are working on getting every child a login in order to access the blog and to start to communicate with their teacher - please bear with us whilst we get this sorted. In the meantime, keep checking back and seeing what people have been up to. If you have something you would like to share, email it to the class email which can be found on the class page and staff will post it.
We hope this helps answer some of your questions – please contact us if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay Safe, Stay at Home