Structure, structure, structure (and flex)
Schools offer social learning which can’t be replicated at home, but the structure of the school day and week really helps to give a clear sense of purposefulness and achievement. Paradoxically, we also suggest more time for flexibility being built into a home-school day, especially in the early stages. A clear sense of underlying structure though, in timetabling the days of the week, helps children to experience vivid contrasts between activities and subjects. Even if nothingelse, extensive readingof carefully chosen age-appropriate literature will be valuable.
Crucially, children who have smartphones are much better not accessing them for the majority of the day – just as school. Many tasks set from school will not require them to use screens but, given the circumstances, parents may want to relax this a little at breaks and lunchtimes for purposes of social contact.
Home schooling suggested structure
At primary, children would be expected to engage in three learning sessions each day, which would reflect what happens during a regular school day: an hour of English and an hour of maths in the morning, and then afternoon time spent doing something topic related. In Secondary, students are used to studying in 6 blocks of 50 mins: English and mathematics are part of the daily diet for students.
The key to dealing with this change is creating and maintaining a daily routine. Below is a suggestion forourstudents:
|7:30am||Get-up, healthy breakfast||Get-up, healthy breakfast|
|8:30am||Devotions / reflections / prayers / reading||Devotions / reflections / prayers / reading|
|9:00am||Daily Maths task||Maths studies as set|
|10.00am||Play outside (no screens); small snack||English studies as set|
|10.30am||Daily English task||Breaktime –exercise outside if possible|
|11.00am||Science studies as set|
|11.30am||Creative time: art, craft, practice musical instrument, lego, drawing, board game, learn a new skill|
|12.00pm||Creative time: art, craft, practice musical instrument, drawing, board game, learn a new skill.|
|12.30pm||Lunch / outdoor play if possible (recognising that Government advice needs to be followed).||Lunchtime –including outdoors, exercise if possible (recognising that Government advice needs to be followed).|
|1.30pm||Topic work set by teacher||RE / History / Geography / French as set|
|3.00pm||Household duties –being helpful to parent / carer.||Practical and performing subjects|
|4.00pm||Free and social time, care for others, dinner and quiet readingbefore normal bedtime||Household duties; caring for others in the community; social time; reading; exercise; creative activities|