HOME LEARNING PACK – please take time to read.
UNHCR Rights of the child:
Article 28 You have the right to a good quality education. You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.
Article 29 Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Article 31 You have the right to play and rest.
These are the rights of every child. We will all work together to ensure they are upheld.
We all need to make sure children do not miss out when not in school. This is a fine balance - we don't want to add to the stresses you may encounter in the following weeks, but every child has a right to an education, so we all have a duty to make sure their education suffers as little as possible.
The aim is not to 'do school' at home. If you try to 'teach' your child the way we do in school, it may well cause a push back and stress for everyone. They can develop skills and build knowledge through play, reading (paper and audio books), videos, making documentaries, researching their own books and fun things like science experiments and craft kits. The more you can engage with these activities, the easier it will be. Try getting them involved in making a big list of ideas to pin to the fridge. We will try to offer as many ideas and as much support as we can. There has also been an explosion of useful ideas on line.
1) Make a timetable. We run schools on a timetable, so everyone knows when it’s time to learn and when it’s time to play and relax. We highly recommend setting out a structure for how you and your child will organise learning at home. Knowing when learning will happen, and how long it will last, makes everything much less stressful.
2) Stick to the timetable. As soon as things are allowed to slip, children will wobble, as the boundaries that give structure to daily life will not feel secure. This is especially important in unusual times. If there are changes, make sure your child knows why they are happening and that things will return to normal as soon as possible. Children, like the rest of us, like routine, safety and consistency.
3) Use the pack: Teachers have put this together to help you help your child – please use these activities and ideas. We will feed in more ideas as time passes. Children in Reception class will not receive a pack, but will be communicated to via Tapestry.
4) Remember the rights. Your child may want to continue playing when it’s time to learn – remind them that in school they have play time, but they also have learning time. That’s because they have a right to both – and there has to be a balance. That is our job as adults to make sure children understand that balance.
5) Ask us; you will have access to your child’s teacher via their work email;
As these are exceptional circumstances, teachers have agreed that parents are able to contact them to ask questions about the work set. As time progresses, we will also suggest more ideas of other activities you can do at home. You can also share great ideas you have had with our learning community – teach the teachers something!
Please respect working hours of teachers when using these emails. Teachers will not be expected to respond to emails out of working hours (working hours are between 9 and 5, weekdays only). This will apply to the Easter Holidays, although teachers will be asked to check at intervals during this period. This communication will remain open during the period of closure.
Teachers will have parents’ emails too, so we can contact you. We will use these with the same respect. Emails are not always the easiest way to communicate as we all know. Face to face is a much more natural way, but there is no choice at the moment – we all need to remember to use this communication sensitively and with respect. If there are any issues, please email me.
Safeguarding: these contact emails are also for parents to contact us if there are any concerns over the safety of a child, as would happen if the school were open. It is one of the duties of schools to be in the front line of child protection – this is what we do. If you have any concerns over the safety of any child in the community, please email your child’s teacher or the Designated Safeguarding Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy DSLs: Kimberley.email@example.com
MASH – Devon County Council Safeguarding Hub – 0345 1551071
Outside of office hours contact Emergency Duty Team – 0845 6000 388
Childline – 0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
KOOTH – www.kooth.com
Emergency services – 999 (emergency)/ 101
6) Check on-line content: some may be rubbish, some may be unsuitable, some may be potentially harmful to your child. Please ALWAYS CHECK before allowing your child to use. There are a lot of ‘educational’ websites out there which don’t do what it says on the tin, so please check yourself. Try to do on line activities with your child – sit side by side; they will learn more with you there – children plonked on a screen often stray or quickly lose focus. The interactions you have with your child will be the best learning. Please remember to use the on-line safety links below.
7) READ! As we have said so many times before, this is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Share, read together, learn a poem, share a family story at the end of the day and turn off the screens – these are opportunities we can make the most of.
8) Keep in touch: Schools are a support service; we will do what we can to help. If we can help you directly, we can signpost help from somewhere else.
Keeping your child safe on line:
Advice by age
Some children may ask to be on certain apps. Many have age guidelines (0-5, 6-10, 11-13 and 14+). The following website has some useful information:
As parents you may want to follow these two simple steps to keeping your children safe online:
1. Look up the device on YouTube by using a simple 'how-to' query, e.g. 'how to restrict in-app purchases on Playstation 4'.
2. Look at the following site for help in setting up restrictions on devices:
Many children will want to use their time for gaming. This can cause challenges. You may wish to look at the following site for guidance:
Once again, Internet Matters is a useful source of information for parents:
There is a YouTube app or site for children (<13) and may be of use for primary aged children.
Social Media Advice
Once again, Internet Matters has a really useful hub for parents, it explains both the risks and the benefits: