TOP TOPS FOR HOME LEARNING
Supporting your child's learning during lockdown is a new role that has been thrust upon parents, with many juggling this amongst their many household and/ or work commitments. It can be difficult to know how to help when for many of us the Key Stage 2 Curriculum is something that we haven't interacted with for decades, and methods of learning have changed.
Remember that you aren't expected to replace your child's classroom teacher, but checking in with your child about their learning can have positive effects on their progress, their confidence, and your relationship. We hope that these tips will help you feel more confident in being able to support your child at home and empowering them to take ownership of their learning.
Keep it simple
Aim to support your child’s education with a small number of high-quality resources that you can keep coming back to as part of a weekly routine. This familiarity will help both you and your child to make progress quickly
Consistent routines are important for supporting behaviour and creating a new rhythm for home learning. Choose a suitable and set up a physical place for learning
Find your home learning routines
A helpful study tip is to talk through with your child a ‘5-minute plan’, before they begin an activity, to try and make sure they understand what they need to do. Then establish times for quiet reflection, physical activity and time for connecting with friends
Support your child to manage their own education
After you have decided upon a high-quality resource, help your child to get organised and to best manage their time. Talk to them about:
how long they may need to complete a task
what resources may be required
how confident they feel about the task
Help students ‘own’ their learning
Provide support and encouragement, and expect your children to do their part.
Encourage planning and reflection
Look for the positives
When your child is engaging with home education, try and catch them doing things right and praise this behaviour. Celebrate their successes, whether that is:
working hard and not giving up
Begin and end the learning by checking-in
At the start, you might ask:
• What classes/subjects are you studying?
• Do you have any assessments coming up?
• How will you spend your time?
• What resources do you need?
• What can I do to help?
At the end of the day you might ask:
• How far did you get in your learning tasks this session?
• What did you discover? What was hard?
• What could we do to make the next session better?