I hope the suggestions and information here helps you as you learn at home. Supporting your child's learning, whether when home schooling or when your child is in school, has a hugely positive impact on their progress throughout their education. At St Paul's we value our relationships with parents, carers and families very highly and aim to work in partnership with you so that your child is able to reach their full potential.
Our curriculum in Reception Class is rooted in play as children learn best when they are relaxed, engaged and having fun- even if something gets a bit tricky. When home schooling it can be difficult to know how much to do or how to structure your time.
A suggested daily home learning timetable is...
Reading- with and to your child.
Be active, either indoors or outside
Something creative or that your child enjoys doing
Look in the home learning plan for each week for activities. There are also lots of ideas and links in the Reading, Phonics, Maths and Physical Development sections on our class page- do explore them.
I haven't written a time slot for each area of learning. This is because your child may be really absorbed in something and want to work on it for a long time or may not be at all interested and then not much learning is happening so it's usually best to wait and do it another time- or just do something else! Follow your child's lead, what are they interested in? Just try to do a little bit of each area throughout the day, picking a moment when you have time.
Here some some helpful tips and suggestions to support you as you learn at home. Please remember that we follow a play based curriculum at school so have fun and keep active- remember if your child is playing, they are learning!
Here are some ideas for play at home which create learning opportunities for your child.
- Make some playdough. Please see the recipe below.
- Cooking your favourite recipes or try something new. BBC Good Food website has lots of easy recipes for children.
- Use old packaging to make models. Save any boxes, lids or bottles which can become anything at all!
- Water play. Fill the bath, sink or an old tub and provide a mixture of bottles and jugs. Make predictions about how long it will take to fill something, notice which container holds the most liquid.
- Build a den inside or out. Use any old sheets or blankets to create a cosy hideaway- a great place to share a story.
- If possible, go for a walk. Notice what you can see, hear, smell or touch. Make a collection. Make a drawing or collage.
- Go on a treasure hunt, inside or outside. Choose to find things beginning with a certain letter, or a particular colour or an alphabetical set of objects.
- Write a card to someone and post it. Hopefully someone will write back.
- Keep a diary of all the wonderful things you are doing.
- Sing songs, ask your child to teach you some of the songs and poems we learn at school. Maybe learn a new one. Add some actions.
- Perhaps most importantly read stories together, this will instill a love of reading in your child and it's just a lovely thing to do together!
I understand how daunting home learning can feel. I hope these 'golden rules' are helpful...
- Children learn best when they are having fun and being active- small chunks of learning when playing, helping, talking (anything!) are more meaningful than long periods of sitting down.
- Follow your child's interests- if they are really excited about something that isn't in the plan just go with it. We focus on the skills we are teaching, so don't worry about heading off in a different direction.
- Try to create a routine- do some phonics, reading, writing or drawing and maths each day. Short but regular activities will help your child learn. Look on the Phonics, Reading and Maths pages on the class page for more ideas and activities to support you.
- Every little bit you do will be making a difference. We will also be recapping and strengthening all of this learning when we can welcome the children back to school so they won't miss any vital skills or knowledge.
- You are not alone! I hope you are able to reach out to other parents and I am here to answer any questions, give feedback and maintain contact. There are some helpful links on the class page under 'Support for families.'