How to help children learn at home during Covid-19 - Y3, Y4 and Y5
While staying at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19), I am sure you will be concerned about your children’s education and the impact of missing school. Your child’s teacher will be uploading things to your child’s class blog pages every day and the Government have provided advice for parents on how to help children learn at home during Covid-19.
No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning.
Structuring the day
Do not worry about trying to maintain a full routine for your child like they had at school. But children will feel more comfortable and learn better with a predictable routine to the day, even if this is difficult.
When schools provide children with work they may give you advice on how to structure the day. But generally, you should try to make sure that they:
get up and go to bed at the same time each day
have regular meal times
have regular breaks
make time to be active - children are used to regular play at lunch and break times
The best way to help children aged 7 to 11 learn is to:
give them support and direction, but encourage them to do work independently too
include active and practical things, rather than trying to make them sit and work for long periods
try to break down the work into shorter periods, based on how long they can concentrate
take frequent breaks
praise or reward them when they do well
To check if they are learning try to:
ask them questions as they go
talk about things they learned
Ask children to talk through what they have learned during the day and find time to talk with them more generally.
Talk to your child about what they are reading. This will help them understand what they have read and encourage them to read for fun.
Ask your child questions about what they are reading. For example:
ask questions that make them think about the story, such as how a character is feeling
ask them to tell you what has happened in the story so far
Libraries are currently closed, however, you can find digital services they are providing at Libraries Connected.
Try to help children practise their writing. Work from school may be sent digitally, but using pen and paper will help children be ready for when they go back to school.
Click on the BBC Bitesize picture above to find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.
Pick your year and start homeschooling