Resources and home learning that can be adapted for all Year Groups
Home learning for Term 5
School leaders have developed an LSP wide approach to home learning for the remainder of the time that schools are closed.
We are mindful of the challenge and pressure that home schooling creates to everyone and especially those parents working from home. Our approach will not include a suggested timetable to allow families to be flexible – wellbeing is the most important priority for all of us.
All LSP schools have the same core offer of which includes:
Over a number of days each child will be encouraged to:
- read each day and complete a daily phonics or EGPS (English, grammar and spelling) task - Bug Club and Hamilton Trust.
- Complete a mental and oral task (X tables rock stars, revision of number bonds, counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 10s etc) - Links and passwords sent out via Classcharts.
- Complete a maths task - Follow the Whiterose link on Year Group Page.
- Complete a writing task - Hamilton Trust link on Year Group Page.
- We will also plan other wider curriculum task that you may choose to access - Year Group Page.
No work will be marked but where appropriate you will be able to access answers to home learning so that children can self-check or you can look at it with them. You can also send learning to the year group email addresses and staff will comment back. You can also send any questions to these as well. Staff will not respond to emails from children for safeguarding reasons and will only respond to parents.
We have set up year group emails that you can share work to or ask questions. Only parents should email and a member of that year group will answer within 2 working days. These will be live from Monday the 20th of April.
How much work should we be doing?
This will vary according to the age of your children and your family circumstances.
As a general guide: one session of maths, one that includes some writing, daily reading/phonics. Lots of fun and daily exercise. Being creative and doing some art, cooking, gardening etc all count.
Home learning Tips
- Create a learning space with your children where they can do some learning - it may help if you have some spare cash to treat them to some new pens, pads etc they will be keen to try out or even cushions for reading on etc.
- Some children might like a quiet space, other will prefer music or even the TV on in the background. They are all different.
- Plan a manageable timetable to give structure to the day which includes lots of breaks and play time. This will be even more important if you have more than 1 child.
- Once you have planned this try and stick to the routine...you can start each day by looking at the timetable as the first activity.
- Reading/phonics can be online as well as book or phonics games and apps. It can also be shared. Read together and then challenge the children with some quiz questions.
- A good start to the day is the online exercise with Joe Wicks - Click here for the link to Joe's Youtube channel
- Meal times are learning opportunities - get them planning menus, measuring and helping with prep, laying the table and washing up!
- Reward effort. Being positive and encouraging has the most impact.
- Don't panic if children don't want to do any learning......They will get bored and give in! Stay in control and set them smaller achievable tasks rather than getting in to a confrontation or battle. (Easier said than done sometimes but if it makes you feel better, I am a headteacher and I can tell you that it is just the same for me!)
- If you feel yourself getting cross or angry - just walk away. Win the war not every battle.
Behaviour Tips to support home learning
Children may not want to do school work for lots of reasons......if you are home working ask yourself how easy it is for you to get motivated in all honesty!
- Children may be anxious - Be supportive and use non judgemental language. I can see that.... I have noticed that....Go in slow, stay calm, offer support and or a break.
- Children may escalate from anxiety to becoming defensive which is an escalation often from refusal to a change in tone, expression or volume- Be directive and try to deescalate the issue using distraction and humour. Remind them of the expectation in a clear and concise way e.g. You can get down from the table when you have...(but make it achievable e.g. completed 3 sentences rather than written a whole page). I need you to complete 3 sentences and then we can....etc
- I am sure you will have a range of successful strategies at home. Try not to worry if your child would rather play than do lots of formal learning. It is very very common.
- Play is especially important in the EYFS and KS1 but all children need to be able to let off steam and relax. EYFS staff will tell you that play is learning. It most definitely is!
School Rules - You may wish to refer to them.
- We are kind and honest.
- We play safely and fairly.
- We treat the school and everyone in it with respect.
- We always try our best.