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Week 4: Little and Often

Week 4: Little and Often

This article has been written by parent blogger Emma Bradley.

School is on holiday for the Easter break but home learning is still taking place here. I mean, home learning happens naturally and all the time anyway. Every time you set up a crafting activity you are encouraging children to explore textures and develop manual dexterity. Therefore, whether playing a musical instrument, painting or creating models you are developing your children.

When you are in the garden and play ball games you are teaching hand eye co-ordination and keeping the family fit at the same time. These games are all important for fun and for development. If you plant some seeds you are investigating what plants need to grow, it’s science for kids.

Therefore, learning takes place in many guises whether school is out or not! However, we are keeping up with some academic work too because I find little and often works for us. This week we have been doing volume in Maths. It progressively got harder, but Erin is pretty confident now at managing to multiply decimals too and I have finally grasped the methods her school use including partitioning and the bus stop method! It was hard to get my head around different methods initially, but I feel that it is important to stick with how the school teaches these concepts as otherwise it isn’t going to help Erin when she is back in the classroom doing it the school way.

I am breaking up the academic work with some Easter activities this week, Erin has made cards for family and wrote a little note in each. This is a good time to make up a batch of cards that can be used throughout the year. Get children making cards that can be used as birthday cards – it will give them something to do and save you money for the rest of the year at the same time!

We have also been searching out creative challenges online. To celebrate the release of their brand new My Awesome Year series, Collins have launched a competition on their website where they are sharing challenges from the books and if you get involved and share them on your social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) using the #MyAwesomeYearBeing you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win the whole series at the end of the month.

Life on lockdown is taking shape and I’m actually enjoying teaching Erin. I think we will look back at this time with some good memories too. Life is precious and often time goes too fast, I feel that we have had time to reconnect in many ways and take pleasure in simple things. I am also more confident that I am covering things at the right level for her now, providing enough challenge but not making it impossible. Using age related workbooks really helps with this as we don’t know the curriculum and where to pitch work otherwise. Even coming from a teaching background, I don’t know what Year 5 cover really.

We have moved on to read some of my favourite classics that I enjoyed at her age. Anne of Green Gables was an absolute favourite and it is beautiful to be reading them together - it really helps improve her vocabulary too.

We have also made a time capsule to remember this time and to keep for our future generations. We are living a period of history that will impact on wider government policies and certainly be referred to in the history books. There have been a few other times in history where governments have ordered lockdowns, notably during the plague and Cholera outbreaks, and those have found their way onto school curriculums and history books and I imagine Covid 19 will be the same. We are storing out time capsule in a large box and so far it includes post we have received, pictures of rainbows, newspaper headlines and it will include our journal when this is all over. We will then store this away in the attic or garage ready to be discovered in the future when the initial memories and experiences have faded. 

Missed Emma's previous learn at home blogs? Read the previous installments today: 

Week 1: Introducing your weekly learn at home blog 

Week 2: The new normal 

Week 3: Keeping emotional health in mind 


About Emma

Emma Bradley, a qualified secondary teacher and current primary school governor with many years experience of working in different childcare and education settings. She has three children, the eldest is Chloe a second year university student, a son Dylan who is 16 and just found out his GCSEs are not going ahead and Erin who is 10 and still at primary school.