For many parents, the news that
schools were again closing left them wondering how they were going to cope with
the demands of home schooling their children especially for those that are
trying to work from home at the same time. This time there is an expectation that
children will complete three to five hours of schoolwork a day which is proving
to be a huge undertaking for parents with children of different ages.
Schools are doing their best to
provide contact with teachers and tasks for children to complete along with
feedback for work completed. Each school is taking a slightly different
approach trying to find a way to support children and their parents in their
area whilst also teaching critical worker children who are coming into school.
So, what should the children be doing during this time to ensure that they do
not fall behind in their learning?
The main idea is that they should
still do some school-based learning every day from Monday to Friday, so a sense
of routine is maintained. This should include some mathematical work and times
table revision, writing and reading in literacy and some topic-based work such
as a research project, art or design and some amount of PE. Most schools are
providing resources to support this learning and can be contacted by email if
there are any queries.
can’t wait to send their offspring back to school after the many months of home
schooling they have been forced to do but is it safe for children to go back to
school and how confident can parents be that their child will be safe?
There is an
enormous debate going on between politicians, teaching unions and parents about
the measures that are needed to allow schools to open safely in September. Data
has been produced indicating that in other countries schools have been able to
reopen without any significant rise in Covid infection rates so what do schools
need to do if we want our children to restart their education again?
been lots of talk about having bubbles of staff and children and this worked
well when only a few children attended school but how well this will work when
the majority return remains to be seen. Break and lunch times could be
problematic as the space required for groups of children to play in whilst
remaining in their bubble may be insufficient.
It is a
relief to many of us that children seem to be less likely to catch Covid and
become seriously ill but the adult staff members will need to be vigilant about
their close contact with pupils who may carry the disease unknowingly in order
to keep themselves safe.
and head teachers are frantically trying to sort out how the schools are going
to open back up to some year groups on the first of June. Initially it is only
going to be reception, year one and year 6 but over the coming weeks more are
likely to return. They are going to have to try and socially distant the
children as much as possible and the whole day is going to be very disruptive.
On top of this they need to try and look out for the mental health and
wellbeing of the children and try and keep things as non clinical as possible so
as not to upset them.
It is going to
require a lot of thought and planning as start and finish times will have to be
staggered along with lunch and break times. They are going to be expected to
teach as much as possible outside and instil strict hand washing at all times.
are worried exactly how this is going to work or indeed if this is going to work
but as this is new times for all we really don’t know and it may be that things
have to be reviewed and changed as we go along.
With computers, tablets and phones becoming ever increasingly popular and used in most of our daily lives, it makes sense that schools are teaching pupils about these forms of technology and how they can assist us.
There is a lot of educational material available in terms of apps and such like that can be used in a classroom situation. From recent studies, I have found out that most school now have a few Ipads or other Tablets available for the children to use. These are normally pre loaded with educational games and research aids and other content is restricted.
Children are becoming use to using touch screen IT and even preschool children seem to have grasped the touch and slide concept that many of these gadgets use. IT has vastly improved over the last few years and no longer just involves teaching the child of how to type on a PC and search on the internet.
Over the last few years we have seen an increasing trend of school students putting down their writing books in favour of laptops, notebooks, and tablets. The internet was the impetus for this change, as with the networking capabilities that the internet connection allows can hold large and accessible databases which a classroom of students can access and contribute to. In addition to what the internet allows, the advancements in computing power, and with the new tablets available, the level of convenience with using them has increased exponentially. This all begs the question, with people no longer needing to write out by hand, when will we stop teaching people to do so? In fact, recently, a school in the USA has instituted a new policy, whereby all students will be using tablets in their education, and the written word is no longer taught. So, how long before the rest of the world follow suit? Or will we always foresee a situation where the written word is preferable?