Structure to the day
One of the benefits of being in school is that the children know how things work, what is going to happen and when it is going to happen. Getting into a daily routine at home during any school closure is really beneficial, in terms of making it a more positive experience for the children and also for the adults who are supporting them.
Each class has a timetable in place so that you can plan your day according to when the children need to be online for lessons and when they have more flexibility with their work tasks.
It is helpful to maintain the normal school routine, including getting up at the usual time, having breakfast, getting dressed and setting up the expectations for the day.
It is difficult for your child to concentrate on learning when they are sitting in their pyjamas and eating their breakfast. Some children work visually and benefit from a visual timetable of what the day will look like (similar to school). You could print off the timetable and/or home learning document and tick off the tasks and lessons that they have achieved.
Preparation for learning
If you haven’t already done so, it is helpful to create a study area where your child can learn each day. Try to find a quiet place away from distractions, ideally away from the TV and sitting at a table if possible, rather than on their bed or the sofa.
Before each online lesson begins, ensure your child has all tools and equipment that they will need e.g. paper, pencil, computer access, headphones (if you choose to use them). Being prepared to learn will help focus on the learning taking place.
Expectations during Nearpod lessons and Google Meets
The expectations of behaviour during online learning are the same as when learning in the school classroom. Expected and unexpected behaviours are shared as a reminder to all students (see below). Students should be respectful of each other, and of the teacher, throughout the lessons. When they log on to Google Meets, they should mute their microphone and use agreed ways of asking questions (e.g. typing into the chat, or putting their hands on their head so the teacher can see to ask them). Any student who is showing inappropriate behaviour during the lesson will be asked to leave the Google Meet but can remain on the Nearpod lesson.
Just like at school, it is important that students join the lesson in time for the beginning. Joining part way through or towards the end will mean that they miss vital pieces of information and learning.
Health & Wellbeing
Working in a different way and in a different environment can bring challenges and stresses for both students and parents. Try to alleviate this by helping your child to stay focused during their study periods, but also scheduling regular breaks in their learning. Exercise or physical activity can help to alleviate stress and improve your child’s mood. We encourage children to go through some of the mindfulness activities set by the class teachers. They are familiar with these from school and it helps them to focus and eliminate stresses.
Keep in touch
We recognise that it can be difficult juggling life and home schooling, so please reach out and ask for help if you need it. Our staff are all willing to give advice or to support you with activities in any way that they can.