Remote Learning Timetable and Advice for Coral Class
With this unprecedented change to your family’s routine this guidance is designed to support you and your children through this time as positively as possible. Each and every family is different and how you choose to apply this advice will reflect this.
We all benefit from simple routines and structure and children more than most! It helps them to feel safe and secure. They are very adaptable and if we start as we mean to go on, this time together could prove to be a very valuable experience. It is, understandably, very easy to be tempted to use this as an extended holiday, however, your child’s learning would be seriously affected by this choice and in the long term so would their mental well-being and physical health. The suggested activities below bear in mind individual needs for physical activity, academic learning, mental well-being and time for free choice.
Suggested time table which reflects the children’s school routines
Please adapt to your family’s needs and opportunities. Parents who need to work from home may focus all learning time with their children in morning and ‘work from home’ in the afternoon/ evening for instance. Try to establish (where possible) a routine that will continue throughout the week
9am Activity 1 then a physical activity.
10am Activity 2 then a mindfulness activity.
11am Activity 3 then play a game.
12am Lunch time – free self-chosen activities and eat together
1pm Activity 4 then outside time
2pm Activity 5 then call/ contact a friend
3pm free self-chosen activities
This daily routine consists of 5 ‘Activities’ which should last for about 30 minutes and are then followed by an activity to improve mental, physical and social well-being. Ideally there would then be some ‘down time’ when the children can rest or play on their own. The activities themselves are not prescribed but 3 will need to include and develop the ‘core academic’ areas.
The Early Years Curriculum is very much play based and centered on the interests of the children, you can see from ‘Tapestry’ the sorts of activities your child is engaged in at school. Miss Scott has provided paper resources for you to use and there is information on ‘Tapestry’ about what your child is working on.
The following websites are also very useful for your child to use:
twinkl.co.uk - all subjects, good for print outs
sumdog.com/user/sign_in - maths games
phonicsplay.com - phonics games
home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - e books to read
theimaginationtree.com/ -creative ideas and activities
Daily mental, physical and social well-being activities (around 5-10 minutes)
(Physical Education & Personal, Social and Health Education)
|Physical activity||Mindfulness||Play a non-screen game (social)||Outside time||Social contact|
- scrunched paper throwing
- Get heart rate up for 5+ mins
- You tube dancing
- Colouring in
|- Simon says
- Noughts & crosses
- Board games
- Eye spy…
|- Go for a walk
- Treasure hunt…
- Encourage practising skills they may have learnt in ‘clubs’
|- Phone/text/face time a friend/family member; especially if they are in self-isolation
- Consider who they can help and how in their town/village (safely)
Helpful resources to have on hand:
To encourage your child to invest in the activities and do their best you may need to plan a reward system. Every child is different, some love stickers, others watching a favourite programme, playing a game, going for a walk. It’s always good to have a ‘treat’ in reserve like this, but many children will relish just being with their parent… time with you is their best treat!
From 3pm (in suggested timetable) your child can have their own ‘down time’. This is when they can access their screens, play with their games/toys, go for a walk. It will be up to you and your child whether you wish to do any ‘formal’ activities at the weekend too or whether these can be put aside to relax. Many parents avoid letting their children get bored, however, it is only through this experience that the child can begin to develop coping mechanisms and strategies/games to keep boredom at bay.