School is currently closed to all but children of key-workers for who we are providing a childcare setting.
Home Learning Resources can be found on our Learning Resources page below or found under the parents tab on our homepage.
How to Support Home Learning
Thank you for all of your feedback over the past week regarding the work online for pupils. We are continually looking to ensure this is as accessible as possible for both parents and children and your feedback has been key to this. We fully understand that the closure of schools will be having an impact on many parents and carers who are working from home alongside trying to maintain routine and education for their children. As a school, we wanted to put some of our ‘top tips’ together which we hope will be of some reassurance that you are not alone and that this is a situation that many have not faced before.
Top Tip #1- 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.
- Experiment in the first week, then reflect. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children and involve them too by discussing it as a family.
- Do what is right for your family! If your children need longer breaks between working, do this. It needs to work for you and your children and every family will be different so don’t compare yourself to how other people are doing it.
- Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. The links below provide some helpful information about tips for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing during isolation:
https://thenationalcollege.co.uk/guides/wellbeing-during-isolation This has a free downloadable poster with some great tips.
Top Tip #2- Keep to some kind of timetable wherever possible but be flexible
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to and it might be helpful to continue this. 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 and they are more likely to follow this if they have helped create it.
- 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 or, equally, stop it if it is not working or they are getting frustrated. Leave things to one side and come back to them if needed.
- 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 and weekends, to separate school life and home life
- However, recognise that it is okay to have a pyjama day once in a while! We will all be doing it! Some days are harder than others and it is important to recognise and talk about this together. If everyone needs a break, the work can wait.
Top Tip #3- Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day
- 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)
- If the weather is nice, go the work can wait! Make the most of the sunny days and save some activities for days when the children are not going to be able to go outside.
- Joe Wicks is doing daily PE lessons on his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl
Top Tip #4- Have fun together as a family!
- Make the most of being home together to spend time as a family. Eat meals together, take time to play games and any other fun activities that everyone can be part of!
- Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals to keep in touch to those who might be further away or more isolated in these difficult times.
- Use FaceTime or video calls to ask grandparents to listen to your children read or just generally keep in touch with these family members.
- Involve your children in home routines like cooking and household chores. These are all useful life skills and this is a perfect opportunity to share the load a bit!
- 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 limits and monitor what they are using to ensure it is age appropriate and being used safely.
We hope that these tips are useful and helps to alleviate some pressure that some people might be feeling about maintaining the same education that the children would be receiving at school. The teaching staff have been busy planning activities for next week which are less paper-heavy and are a bit more creative to support the tips we have suggested above!
As always, please continue to contact the teachers with any questions or to share any work that your child has produced as we would love to see it! These email addresses can all be found on the individual year group pages using the following link: https://spurcroft.w-berks.sch.uk/learning-resources/.
Continue to take care of yourselves and keep safe.