Home Learning – Year 1 and 2
Here are five top tips on how to keep your children engaged, learning, healthy and happy if they have to remain at home and not with us in the classroom...
1. Plan and prioritise: The core subjects
We do not expect parents to take on the role of a teacher. We advise to give yourself some realistic goals - trying to conquer the whole curriculum is probably going to be overwhelming.
There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the humanities. We will create a weekly menu with creative ways to cover other curriculum subjects.
There is an abundance of free online resources which we would recommend to support your child’s home learning such as –
White Rose Maths
We will provide you with our home learning plans to cover a week so that you can manage you and your child’s time and choose the most appropriate learning path for your home circumstance.
We find that with the children we work with, starting with "why" is key. It helps the children understand the purpose of the task and enables them to understand why they're being asked to do it.
Each household's "why" will be different: it could be "because when we go back to school, we need to be up to date with the learning,” it is important for your family to choose their own “why.”
After starting with "why" we give the children an element of choice: we've found this to be a brilliant motivator. Allow your child to choose between activities and that way they will be self-motivated to complete the task to the best of their abilities.
It is important for children in Key Stage 1 to maintain an element of daily Maths and English including reading and phonics into their work program.
Include your children in the discussion around the different topics you cover and when you're going to do so.
3. Fresh start: Establish routines
It is impossible for parents to continue with a daily school routine but it is very important for young children to maintain some links to their usual school experience, consider setting break and lunch times.
Try to design the learning schedule together and if possible, allocate a specific work space for your child. This way they can primarily associate this space with their learning and will find it easier to switch off when in other areas of the house.
4. Tips on teaching core subjects
Try to see home learning from your child's perspective: this will shape a lot of your decision-making and allow you to optimise their learning experience.
Praise and reward effort and progress. It is a great opportunity for your children to not have to compare themselves with their peers. Instead, they can focus on doing their best and beating their own scores.
A great way to monitor progress and understanding is by flipping the classroom dynamic. After you've covered a topic, swap over the pupil/teacher roles and get the children to teach you what they've learned.
If things aren't working out and your child is not grasping a particular concept, don't carry on. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher for help and support in helping you and your child move forwards.
This is your opportunity to inspire your children and foster a love of learning.
5. Take care of yourself and your family!
We completely understand how difficult this is for you and your family. It is extremely important that you look after yourself and your family more than anything.
Exercise is something we'd advise should take place early in the school day to get your child energised, but not fatigued. Take time to relax and engage with your children away from their home learning by playing games, sharing a story, going for a bike or a walk.
It's the dream job you never expected. Stay positive, don't be too harsh on yourself or your child, and remember... your best will be enough.