Here you will find lots of information and advice on how best to support your child to continue their learning journey if they need to be at home.
Below are our year group home learning activities that can be completed with little or no equipment. These are quick jobs that if practised every day can support learning in reading, writing and maths in each year group.
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 to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household.
Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too.
Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work.
Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing
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
If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended
Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities
Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
Ask them to help you cook and bake
Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits
If you need to contact school please email us on
Remote Learning Using Google Classroom
Newsome Juniors will continue providing educational activities for your child to complete at home during any period of isolation or lockdown. Over periods of COVID related absence, learning resources and activities will be provided to cover the range of National Curriculum topics. Most topics will be covered over a two week period.
Tasks will be set via the children’s Google Classroom account. Children have already signed into Google Classroom at school and should be familiar when navigating to their class page. Teachers may also direct children to complete work using Purple Mash, TTRockstars and Charanga YUMU. Your teacher will monitor the work that children complete and will provide feedback/next steps when appropriate. All log-ins have been added to your child’s home school learning record.
If your child has difficulty in accessing Google Classroom or you do not have the appropriate equipment to support online learning, then please contact the school office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper packs can be made available for those families unable to access tasks. For children accessing paper based tasks, we would encourage adults to take photos of work if possible and send them in via the school office so teachers are able to check and provide feedback.
As it is a government requirement that all children should take part in home learning if they are unable to be in school, a member of staff will contact you by phone if we notice that your child is not engaging with their home learning. Hopefully we will be able to support you so that home learning can take place each day.
If you do have any other enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Extra Learning Opportunities on the Internet:
This is where we will suggest websites for you and your child to access that will help you continue learning at home!
Kirklees libraries have some fantastic, free online resources!
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