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St Peter's Catholic Primary School

St Peter's Catholic Primary School

Advice Centre

Learning at home - General Advice for Parents 

This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and as a school, we want to support our families and children during this challenging time. We hope that you find the resources that we have prepared useful. If you have any questions, please email your class teacher, whose details can be found at the bottom of the page.

On your child's 'Learning at Home' year group page, you will find ideas and guidance for work that children can do at home. 

Screen time

Is inevitable and not necessarily undesirable in a home learning situation. The online resources and programmes that we use in school provide high quality, engaging learning activities that can now be accessed from home.  These programmes are very intuitive and children are able to generally use them independently. This makes them perfect for children to work on while an adult may also be working from home.

Screen time can also be used as a prompt for children’s work. If children are watching a film, why not make it an adaptation of a children’s classic? Alternatively, after watching a film, younger children could spend some time writing or drawing about their favourite character or retelling the story. Older children could be encouraged to turn cinema critic and create a detailed review; what did they think of the plot, acting and cinematography?

BFI 'Into Film' have produced resources to support learning through film. A film review template and game can be found at the bottom of this page.  

Keeping children motivated

It can be hard to be motivated when the normal structure of the day changes. If your children are finding the change to learning at home more challenging, you might like to try some of these ideas:

  • Keep things as similar as you can.  Get up at a similar time and get dressed
  • Make a workspace for the children, somewhere they know they need to be when completing their tasks for the day
  • Make a timetable - this way everyone knows what is happening when. Schedule in blocks of work, meals, playtime and outside time.
  • Try a reward chart or work tracker that shows the learning tasks for the day. Tick them off once they are completed. You might want to give stars or similar for effort or concentration. A certain number of stars achieved could perhaps be exchanged for a small treat after dinner.

Need more resources for home?

Online educational publishers, Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all its resources for a month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started. Twinkl also has a Parents Hub that has a number of different guides designed for parents to support them with different curricular areas.

And another idea: While everyone's home, try giving the children more responsibility around the house, including cleaning, cooking a meal or doing the laundry. Develop those essential life skills!

Keeping in touch

If you are at home, keeping up connections with each other will be important. You might want to use FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype or other video calling apps to catch up with family.

You might also want to consider setting up a remote play date so your children can still see and talk to their friends. We would advise that children using video calling do so in a place where they can be supervised by a responsible adult. 

We will keep in touch with parents via ParentMail. As soon as we have any new information about the school closure situation we will pass this on. Please make sure that you check your ParentMail regularly.

You can also keep in touch with your child’s teacher, via email or Tapestry in EYFS and KS1. Teachers are happy to give advice and support about children’s work during the normal school working hours.