If you are currently scratching your head or throwing your hands up in despair at the prospect of educating your child at home for this period of home learning; then read on for some guidelines which may be of help.
Every student has a timetable which they should follow. Your child has a copy of his/her timetable written in their planner, they also often carry a copy in their blazer. It will tell you which subjects they should be tackling each day. If your child has access to the internet, then they can find a multitude of lessons all ready for them to access on our website by going to STUDENTS/YEAR GROUP SYSTEM/ Yr7-11 (they click onto the relevant Year group). They will find that every subject has uploaded lessons for them to use. If you do not have a home computer, the website can be accessed on any mobile device in the same way. If your child follows any of our Instagram accounts our teachers are putting regular links to lessons on Google Classroom, Seneca Learning, and are also streaming live lessons in their Instagram stories.
Do we expect your child to do five hours of study every day? No. Please use the timetable as a ‘guideline’ to structure learning. Having a regular study structure every day will help your child to be ready and willing to learn.
So now that you know what they should be focusing on and how to access it; here are some tips to help make learning go more smoothly.
Get rid of distractions: Televisions or radios blaring in the background will only cause your child to become distracted. If you can set up a dedicated place (at a table if possible) in a quiet room, this is ideal.
Help them to organise their day. Help your child to set up a realistic timetable that will work for them and cover their subjects. Divide up study time with periods of activity. Make sure that they get some fresh air every day.
Limit screen time. Try to keep your child off their phone during dedicated study time. Maybe use it as a reward for successfully completing lessons for the day.
Have a back-up plan for when your child is struggling with a new concept or is unsure how to find information. There are many websites which can help ‘BBC Bitesize, Save My Exams, and S Cool are useful sites. They can also communicate with their teachers through Google Classroom, Seneca Learning and by commenting on the relevant subject’s Instagram page.
Get them exercising! Youtube has a multitude of great free exercise resources if you need to break up the monotony of studying all day. Exercise releases ‘feel-good’ endorphins, improves mental health and will alleviate any stiffness from long periods of sitting still.
Read something every day. Encouraging your child to pick up a book and read it every day is a life changing practice. Reading opens up new and fantastic worlds, improves spelling, grammar and vocabulary too.
Finally at this most stressful time; just do your best. We don’t expect you to replace our role as your child’s educator; do what you can to provide structure and space for your child to learn. We will continue to set work and be in regular contact with you and your child via the MyEd App, social media and the school website.
Follow the links below to useful websites and for tips to help children develop healthy online habits as well as a good digital diet, to help them thrive on and offline.
London Grid For Learning
UK Safer Internet Centre
Click here for advice and guidance on how to create a balance digital diet with screen tips
Click here for tips on how to keep children happy and safe online during COVID-19
Important Update regarding dangers of online Games website Roblox - updated 02.04.2020
03.04.2020 - We have just received this important update from Merseyside Police:
The Merseyside Police Digital PCSO would like to highlight to parents that due to the current COVID-19 incident, there has been an increase in young people accessing devices to socialise, learn and play and with that comes potential added risk.
Please click here to view this document put together by the Merseyside Police Digital PCSO. The document contains simple top tips that parents and guardians can follow to help keep their child safe online, there is also a list of useful resources that can be accessed via the links which will direct parents/guardians to a range of activity packs that they can complete during home learning.