With the MCO (Movement Control Order) extended, Alice Smith School students will continue their learning online, virtually and at a distance. We recognise this creates different types of challenges for families.
The Alice Smith School Primary Pastoral Team has outlined 3 tips for creating a positive virtual learning environment at home.
Be realistic about what you can do
- You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household.
- Experiment, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too.
- Share the load, if there is more than one adult at home; split the day into one hour slots to support your child.
Keep to a timetable wherever possible
- Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
- Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership.
- Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible.
- If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household.
- Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over.
- Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day.
- Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life.
Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day:
- Start each morning with some activity: check out the school’s PE website or some of the YouTube content like 'PE with Joe'; try something which helps the whole family get active.
- Do something nice to celebrate that the ‘school’ day has ended.
You can read more about how distance and virtual learning takes place at Alice Smith in our other blogs 'What makes excellent distance learning?', 'A day in the life of a distance learning teacher' and 'Keeping learning on-track, online'. And if you have any concerns or questions please contact your child's teacher or email the school leadership teams on firstname.lastname@example.org (Primary) or email@example.com (Secondary).