A day of home learning

Since Friday 20th March, most students have been at home, learning remotely due to the Covid-19 school closures. Whilst days at school are shaped by a regular timetable, we know that it can be challenging to find some structure when learning from home.

At Hopscotch, we want to help! We’ve pulled together a suggested “learning from home” timetable to help children aged 4-14 (and parents!) manage their study time. We have also included some of our favourite resources, created by teachers or education specialists, to support pupils in this challenging time.

9.00am – Get moving

It is good to start the day with some exercise in order to stay active and secret some well-needed endorphins. Check out Joe Wicks’ daily workout on his YouTube channel, every day at 9am.

9.30am Study Time: STEM Education  

Time to study! We suggest looking at Carol Vorderman website’s Maths Factor, where she shares free online maths lessons and activities for kids aged 4-12 years.

For more STEM resources, we rounded up some of the most innovative, free resources in last week’s blog post. These include a range of experiments and DIY projects from the Met Office, for students aged 7-14, or some online modules from GSK, to explore technology within healthcare.

10.30 - 11.00am Break

11.00am –  Study Time: Humanities

History lessons can be supported by videos from Dan Snow, on the Timeline YouTube channel. They will allow children to learn more about WW1 or the history of pandemics with renowned Professors.

Still on YouTube, Mr Buff offers daily English lessons and free worksheets on grammar or literature. The National Literacy Trusts also provides plenty of online resources and activities to help children from 4 to 12 with their reading, writing and language development.

12.00pmLunch break

Quick and easy kid-friendly recipes can be found on Jamie Oliver’s website.

1.00pmOutdoor learning  

Studies have shown that outdoor learning offers a range of wellbeing benefits, which are much needed at the moment in times of uncertainty. The RSPB’s School Wild Challenge resources will teach children how to look after the environment through a range fun and engaging activities that can be completed in a courtyard, in a garden or even during a walk in the park.  

2:00pm - Reading

Plenty of online resources are available to give young people a taste for reading. On Bookclubs for kids for instance, they can read about books and get their hands on lots of games and activities. It is also worth noting that Audible has made all of its classic children’s stories free during the pandemic – including the Harry Potter collection!

2.45 – 3.15pm Break

3.15pm Get those creative juices flowing

Time to get creative! Aspiring artists can try their hand at cartoon drawing with some step by step lessons with Pete McKee.

Young people looking for inspiration can check out the work of other artists on the British Museum website, which has made its online collection free, or take the Tate Modern virtual tour to discover Modern Arts.

4pm – Time to relax

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