In our second week of the current situation, with the majority of our pupils learning at home, we would like to share some advice for home learning. It is important to highlight that all of staff are continuing to work, just not in school. We still want to provide help and support for you all in this challenging time and ensure that pupils continue to learn. To help you further, we have put together an advice sheet on home learning. We hope that you find this useful. If pupils have any queries about their work in particular they can email their teacher directly on their school email or message them through Show My Homework.
Parent advice for home learning throughout school closure
The importance of home learning
- Whilst the current global pandemic poses many problems, this is certainly true for education and the progress and qualifications your child will be set to achieve.
- For most year groups the timeline for completing exams has not changed. Subject leaders and teachers strategically plan the curriculum for pupils to peak at the end of year 11/13 in regards to their learning.
- We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for pupils who were due take exams this summer and we await further guidance from the government and Ofqual on this matter.
- For others the timeline has not changed and so the learning your child would have been accessing at school must still be covered in this time of school closure.
- The extent to which your child will be in line with their expected progress when school re-opens will be determined greatly by your support, encouragement and demand of their completion of the learning tasks set by the teachers.
- If some children in the class do not complete work that is set, whilst others are completing that work, I am sure you will be aware there will be gaps in that child’s knowledge when we return.
What you can do
- Children learn best when they understand routine. They already have a school timetable – they will make the appropriate progress in all subjects if they stick to this timetable.
- The night before/in the morning, check Show My Homework to see what tasks have been set. Some are longer projects; others are set for that day’s lesson or for the duration of the week’s lessons. Look for work for the subjects they should have on that day and complete those.
- Lots of celebrities and online platforms are offering good and exciting free learning packs/opportunities. These should only be done in addition to the lesson/learning tasks and not instead of, unless specifically set by the teachers. The learning the teacher sets takes into account the required curriculum, challenge and suitability for the pupils they have been teaching all year.
- All teachers can be contacted through Show My Homework or school email so pupils can ask questions relating to the tasks set. Although teachers are not in school, they are working from home.
- We do not expect you to teach your child, as we understand many of you will be working from home. Just make sure your child completes the tasks set and sends them to their teacher if requested.
- Break the day up and allow ‘break time’ and ‘lunch time’ to be fun. Try to get some fresh air in line with government guidelines of course and encourage social communication with friends through phone calls etc. from the safety of their own home.
- Encourage and celebrate their hard work – explain the importance of their learning at this time.
- The learning tasks that we expect them to complete will provide them with the necessary distraction, familiarity and purpose in these anxious times.
- If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to make contact via email@example.com and your email will be directed to the most appropriate person.
N.B. Teachers will not be setting work over the Easter break as we believe that students need some downtime. Over the next few weeks, teachers will be having a staggered Easter break to allow for in-school provision to continue, therefore you may find that on some days after Easter work has not been set for students.