Class in session: Resources and tips for parents teaching at home

Class in session: Resources and tips for parents teaching at home

With schools shutting as of yesterday, parents need not panic about educating their children at home with an endless amount of resources freely available at a touch of a button.

The closure of schools in the borough is an important next step in the fightback against Covid-19 and will hopefully help efforts to minimise the spread of the virus and in turn look after our families, ourselves and our communities.

While we appreciate that the classroom is a unique environment, parents can still play an active role in their child's development and in ways that make it fun for all the family.

That is why Wigan Council has put together a list of some of the best resources online and everyday tips that can go a long way in normalising the day.

Library users can also renew books and access the free eMagazine service online - no fines will be applied for unreturned books during the closure period.

Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “While the closure of schools to the majority of children is unfortunate, we are facing unprecedented times and need to act accordingly to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

“While a lot of us are at home, it does offer an opportunity for families to spend more quality time together and helping to educate your children does not need to be boring with the level of resources available.

“It doesn’t even need to be something online; parents could get creative with paint, build something in the back garden, cook in the kitchen or simply read a book on the sofa, it’s all about enjoying time together.”

Keeping structure and routines can also go a long way in ensuring normality so there are a number of practices parents can look to embed into daily life along with learning guides. These include:

  • Set times for going to bed and getting up in the morning where possible.
  • Create a variety of activities such as games, art activities, music, play, garden activities and reading.
  • Make a daily plan with your child and share them with your child the night before so they know what to expect. Place this somewhere your child can see it.
  • Embrace digital and everything technology has to offer.
  • Take time to review the day's activities to help them get a sense of accomplishment.

The online platforms are external sites so please choose depending on the age and appropriateness for your children.

Online Resources
BBC Bitesize (external link) A hub of free videos, guides, activities, games and quizzes by varying level and subject.
Chatterpack (external link) Recently updated to ease burden on parents. The website has everything from homework examples and tips to set your own home classroom.
Love my Books (external link) Literacy - Lovemybooks brings together brilliant books with creative reading activities specially designed to engage and excite young children’s interest.
WWF - Resources for the classroom (External link) Wildlife - Fantastic amount of presentation/learning materials that cover a wide range of topics like climate change, species and food growing activities.
My mini maths (external link) Mathematics - Endless home learning packs ready to download that allow parents to support learning through easy to work maths tasks. Online videos too.
NASA for kids (external link) Astronomy - Website dedicated to learning about space and NASA with games populated on the website to aid education.
Weebly (external link) Interactive site that cover all topics at KS5 level with educational games and simulations.
The Action Pack - Part of Recycle Now campaign (external link) Recycling - Recycle Now is dedicated to one revolutionary mission - make recycling the new norm. Packs include tips on how to make videos as well as poster templates.
Transport for Greater Manchester (external link) Air quality - A toolkit that combines curriculum-linked lesson plans with the latest scientific understanding and campaign tools so everyone can learn about the air we breathe.
Eat the Seasons (external link) Food - Updated weekly list of ‘In-Season’ ingredients and recipes.
Story of Stuff (external link) Environment - Free movies on plastics, clothing and other environmental issues.
Real Bread Campaign (external link) Food - Resources, instruction and downloadable Guide on how to grow and Bake your own school Bread.
The British Library (external link) Interactive online resources for KS3 and KS4 aligned to Citizenship and Geography curriculum outcomes.
Countryside Classroom (external link) Environment/farming - Resources for teachers and links relating to themes of food, farming and the natural environment listed by age and curriculum area.
Canal and River Trust (external link) Health and wellbeing - While we are discouraged to stay away from big groups, it’s important to still exercise and this website has information on good walking/cycle routes.
Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2020

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