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25th March 2020 - Ideas to Support Home Learning (including timetable)

How to support home learning

Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home

Be realistic about what you can do 

  • You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
  • Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing



Keep to a timetable wherever possible

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life



Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

  • Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks

Start each afternoon with Tedfit – our own Teddy Hastings has set up his own work out at


  • If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
  • Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

  • Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
  • Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
  • Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake 
  • Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits



An example of home-learning timetables


Suggested length of time

Possible activities

Activities set by my teacher

1 hour

Every day log on to Active Learn to complete online and paper based activities set by your teacher


10 mins

Look cover write check, write in a sentence, spelling test, mnemonics, etc.  See your year group word list for what you need to practice.

Timetables/ number bonds etc

10 mins

Online games, paper based or quiz from parent/brother etc. See on-line Class Pages  or handout for what your year group needs to practice.


At least 10 mins

Joe Wicks

Go noodle

Just dance – youtube just dance

Or play wii fit or just dance if you have one

Practice mindfulness


10 mins

get an adult to create a free account and practise 10 mins a day

Life skills

20 mins

Learn a new skill eg knitting, tie your shoelaces, whittling, cooking, sewing, calligraphy, telling the time etc.

Read for pleasure

20 mins

Read a book, comic or magazine


At least 30 mins

Do something creative – draw, dance, sing, paint, write a poem make something etc

Fresh air

At least 30  mins

Go outside into the garden and get some fresh air if possible. Play football, go for a run, walk a dog, ride your bike, go for a walk etc if you are allowed

Do something for someone else!

20 mins

Help your family e.g. Lay the table, tidy your bedroom, help a sibling, read a story to a younger relative, make dinner, wash up etc.

Do something fun

At least an hour

Do something you enjoy and makes you happy each day – play, watch TV, read etc.

Connect with others

20 mins

Skype, phone, text, email, write a letter or go on social media to connect with family and friends, especially elderly