Please find below details and resources to help your child structure their day and minimise the disruption to their learning over the coming weeks during this exceptional time.
We fully appreciate how challenging this is going to be for all families. We understand that for many, juggling work, childcare and now facilitating education is going to be extremely difficult. We know that you may well be dealing with sick or vulnerable relatives, you may be sick yourself and on top of this, you may have serious financial concerns.
In order to support your child in continuing to access education, developing a routine and a sense of purpose are going to be incredibly important in determining how successful this will be. However, we must also be realistic and education will not continue ‘as normal’. Individual family circumstances will be different for us all and therefore we understand that we can all only do what is possible within our personal limitations.
Keeping a daily routine, maintaining some form of exercise, and making time for reading all have significant benefits to mental health and well-being. We would strongly encourage you to set up a daily schedule.
The main school platform for setting work will be through Show My Homework (SMH), however, we also understand that what works for some students and families, may not for others. This is why we provide a range of other learning platforms and opportunities, which include a mix of direct internet providers such as ‘My Maths’, virtual learning (e.g. Google Classrooms) or reading and response tasks. We anticipate this will enable a greater number of students to engage with the planned learning.
The information set out below provides a summary of our home learning expectations for students for the summer term.
How can I support my child?
It is important that your child has access to a space that is quiet and ideally in the vicinity of an adult where possible.
Encourage independence and encourage your child to try to think through problems or issues on their own as far as possible. However, please do encourage your child to communicate with their teacher (emails must use their school email address) if they have genuine difficulties; support will be available.
Ask questions that help your child find solutions e.g. ‘where could you find the information for that?’ or ‘what will this work look like if it is your best effort?’, or perhaps ‘what would your teacher say/think?’.
Ensure your child uses SMH to check tasks that should take between 30 - 40 minutes to complete.
Do please ensure your child has reasonable breaks and encourage social activity during these times with others at home.
Encourage them to be active for between 30 - 60 minutes per day in moderate physical activity or recreation activity.
The following link provides helpful advice and guidance for parents:
Please also remember that;
- Learning is not just about passing exams; it is important and lasts forever.
- Learning deepens our knowledge and helps us understand the links between subjects.
- Learning and knowledge are never wasted.
- Keep on seeking to understand new concepts to improve and take your learning further.