Home Learning – COVID 19
During these extraordinary times we appreciate that home learning may be organised very differently in each household. In addition, each individual student may have very different needs even within the same household. Some students will appreciate a set routine and usual school pattern where others may find that very difficult or not even possible.
As a parent/carer, we realise this can make supporting your child quite difficult when it comes to knowing what work needs to be done and by when. Consequently, we have produced a simple ‘At a glance’ sheet to give you an idea of the topics and general learning outcomes that each pupil is expected to have covered each term. Each student can also track their confidence in the learning of each topic by RAG rating (red amber green) their progress as they go along, which will hopefully prove useful when schools reopen.
Whilst staff continue to provide a wide range of engaging and enriching materials, the reality is that replicating a school environment at home is very challenging. Therefore, the following guidelines about home-learning should help you and your child understand what is an acceptable and manageable approach:
- Up to four hours of solid study a day will suffice. Study can mean a whole range of tasks like reading, watching a play, watching science experiments on YouTube, Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize, completing online maths, painting and drawing and thinking deeply about academic questions. Completing all tasks to the very highest standard in these difficult times when access to technology can sometimes thwart the best intentions is not always advisable if it means students are exhausting themselves and becoming stressed. Sometimes a “60% is good enough” approach has to be taken. Of course, no one is suggesting that students don’t attempt work or become slapdash in their approach, but common sense and trying one’s best must be the order of the day. Getting your time management right – and even better, wrong sometimes – is a valuable process in itself and builds resilience in self-study. If somethings piques your interest then run with it. No learning is ever wasted.
- Keep in touch with teachers, Heads of Year and SEND (if appropriate). Submit work, even if you know it’s not your best work, but is the best work you can do given the circumstances.
- Empty inboxes regularly so you don’t miss information and try to read your emails at least once a day and/ or keep in touch on study groups via apps. Parents: do contact Heads of Year with any concerns. Check the website. There are some helpful health and guidance resources here https://www.rainhammark.com/attachments/download.asp?file=3794&type=pdf