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Managing Home-learning


Managing learning at home for your child or children can be challenging for lots of reasons. You may have work or other commitments that you are having to juggle at the same time. You may find that your child finds it difficult to engage with learning at home - we know that it is particularly tricky supporting young, infant children at home. Please be kind to yourself and remember that we cannot do it all!! Everyone's circumstances are different, and we completely understand this. Your teacher is happy to support you and to answer any questions that you may have, so please email them or do phone the office if there is anything we can help you with. If you feel overwhelmed with home learning, please try to focus on the basic skills of reading, writing and maths with your child.


What do our parents say?                 


Parent 1.


My daughter is having a difficult time during this lockdown and she is very reluctant to engage in homeschooling.  I take it day by day with her, sometimes hour by hour, and I use tablet time to motivate her.  At the start of the day we put together a list of between four and six short activities that she needs to at least try before she’s earned 45 minutes free tablet time in the afternoon.  She won’t sit down and concentrate for long so I find doing shorter tasks more often to be more achievable.  Not all of these activities are school related.  I look at the school website in the morning and decide what I think she’s most likely to engage with.  Maths and reading are always on the list.  Success varies from day to day.  Somedays she’ll do two sheets of maths without complaint, and other days will only do one question before getting restless or upset, but she still gets a tick either way for giving it a go.  Other things I might put on the list include yoga, a walk, some Letterjoin or a few minutes of Nessy on the ipad (a reading and writing programme we’ve signed up to), violin practice, a bit of craft.


All that being said, there are some days that are much more challenging and so I pick my battles.  If it’s really clear something just isn’t going to happen, I’ll swap it out for something she’s more likely to do, like more yoga , watch a bbc bitesize programme, listen to an audiobook, or help me with something round the house instead.  We tick off each activity as we go and she gets a sense of progress and accomplishment from this. And of course the all important reward of ipad time.


Mental health and wellbeing is high on my list of priorities.  I try to put things on her list that will bring her a little bit of joy and happiness. 


Parent 2.


Being a third lockdown we have adapted our life according to lockdown restrictions. Daily activities vary and some days we tweak them to suit our needs, we like routine in my family especially as I'm an early riser!  My son really enjoys the live video calls as he gets to see his friends. We do weekly calls with family and friends too.


Daily activities vary due to school tasks but routine is roughly the same.


8am Wake up/shake up (they usually catch me finishing off yoga or Tabata)

8.15 am Breakfast (we eat together) 

8.45 am Miss Choudhury's morning call is always motivating. 

9am Maths PowerPoint/ worksheet/99 club, independent work and some I talk through.

10am Hot chocolate and snack

Break in the garden

10.30 am English/Grammar/handwriting/reading

11am Fruit/snack 

Depending on topic browse

YouTube kids/bitesize/oak academy 

(Gives me some time to prepare lunch)

12pm Lunch- eat lunch/play in garden

1pm Afternoon return to class, depending on what subjects are set, 



Rising stars-Reading 


3.10pm Story time with Miss Choudhury


4pm onwards We go out for a walk usually to Sarehole Mill or to the top of Petersfield Road, Marion Way, a little park or the garden.

5pm Allowed to play on his tablet or watch his show on Netflix, 

After supper, a sit-down, unwind, and then to bed at 7.30pm with some  reading in bed. 


 Friday's we plan longer walks in the afternoon and it's games night, movie night or both!! 


My son loves Monopoly and gets very lucky landing on iconic streets, Ludo is another favourite, snakes and ladders, Guess who, Articulate, charades, he has also been introduced to the world of X Box!! Being obsessed with Marvel/Avengers, he was gifted a game and thoroughly enjoys it.


We enjoy Disney plus, it couldn't have come at a better time, going through classics to new releases. He particularly enjoys the Marvel collection. 


Parent 3.


I’ll firstly introduce myself simply as a mum of six children who are currently between the ages of 2 and 14. This in itself brings many challenges but during the pandemic we, as a family, have been tested more than ever. I don’t think any day can be described as ‘normal’ as everyone’s normal means different things and is never constant.


I wake up every morning positive that today, “I can do this!” I know full well that the day will never go to plan and my cleaning, ironing and dreams of baking daily bread will still be on the list the following day! Most of my older children will happily get to work and complete their daily work and ill help where needed only disrupted by cries of “the wifi is not working!” and “I’m hungry!”. I know I am not alone there.


Teaching my infant aged child is completely different. He is a reluctant learner and we have daily battles when it comes to any kind of school work, resulting in times where writing a few words on a page takes up a whole morning. No amount of bribery or encouragement seems to help, and yes, I have tried chocolate! I sometimes feel like giving up but then isn’t that just an easy way out when at school he would happily compete the work in a few minutes? Surely everyone else’s children are sitting there doing work? Wont other children be learning more than mine and he’ll fall behind?


It’s at that point I have to take a step back and think differently. Will it really matter if we don’t do maths every day? Probably not. Will it really matter if he doesn’t remember how to use an exclamation mark properly this week? Probably not. Sometimes the added stress we put on ourselves trying to do the same job as a teacher can do more harm, and working with your child should be enjoyable, so instead of sitting learning doubling and halving numbers on paper, we go bake cakes and double the mixture. It makes him happy, we get to eat cake and do some maths at the same time!


I do believe that coming out of this pandemic the children will learn, play, explore and get to where they need to be academically faster that we will and ensuring their mental well-being is priority. We try our best to complete the important work but if there’s no time or it’s just not a day where pencil meets paper then that’s ok too. I just reward my child for the effort he makes and not the volume of work completed.


 Parent 4.


As a parent working from home I am finding it hard to stick to a set routine with home schooling my children. Trying to keep them motivated and focused is a particular struggle. We keep to our regular morning alarm call so that we are up dressed and ready for the day. I do try to familiarise myself in the evening with what school work we have for the following day, although this doesn’t always happen. We don’t always make the morning Teams sessions but the days we do I find my children are more motivated and eager to learn after seeing their teacher. The children take it in turns using the laptop, the other one doing paper based activities. I set them up and then try to get on with my work. Thankfully my work are understanding of the situation which does take some of the stress off my shoulders. Snack times & lunch are kept as simple as I can with easy to grab snacks. I try to make packed lunches the evening before so I don’t have to spend time making sandwiches when I could be working. Trying to stick to normal work/ school timings didn't work for us so we just do what we can, when we can. Sometimes school work gets done in the afternoon. Other days when school work is going well we do as much as we can, I often then find myself catching up on my work later in the afternoon or evening.