Monday, 4 January 2021

School's Out! But learning isn't.

So, here we are again. School may be out (again). But learning isn't. 

Yes, it's daunting, challenging, and frightening; true, it's undoubtedly a disadvantage for some. But, as I said back in April when we did all this before, you're not alone. And it might be worth having a look at that post if you're in need of somewhere to start. Here's the link: Kids At Home? You're Not Alone!

Since then I've also come across a really great free resource that's well worth a serious look: Oak National Academy. Their online classroom contains nearly 10,000 video lessons, resources and activities, covering most subjects, from Reception to Year 11. It really is an amazing resource and well worth spending some time familiarising yourself with, although extremely easy to use. Indeed, it seems to be intended for pupils to be able to work through themselves:

And if you're looking for something fun and educational, but not necessarily school-based, The Scouts - so long advocates of the Great Outdoors - are now promoting "some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves) to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to coronavirus. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors."

So, as before, it's unusual, undesirable of course, but ultimately, necessary. You are not alone. Schooling, while vitality important, isn't the same as learning. Kids will continue to learn (it's what they're genetically programmed to do) with support from you. It doesn't have to be like a classroom, or timetabled. You don't have to ring a bell. Just support them in their own curiosity, have some resources on hand to help them find the answers to their questions and have an oversight of what they're doing each day, and be gently encouraging. 

It's hard for them, too! 


As a result of this post I've been asked to contribute to a couple of items on BBC Radio Lincolnshire over the past fortnight, the latest of which is still on Sounds should you want to listen (I'm on approx. i hour 39 mins in): 

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