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CalamariDreams Wed 13-May-20 20:53:13

Just pondering over the return to primary schools and wondered how many are actually still doing regular homelearning with their primary kids?

E.g a few hours a day of worksheets, online, some sort of learning?

YABU = Yes, still home learning
YANBU = Not currently/haven’t ever

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Teacher12345 Wed 13-May-20 20:58:14

We only do an hour or two a day (plus some sort of baking/cooking) but yes, we are homeschooling.

Glitterblue Wed 13-May-20 21:06:19

We're not doing hours and hours every day and we have some days where we don't do any, if DD has had a bad night or whatever (she's very anxious about everything that is going on just now and she isn't sleeping well at all ) but we are doing something most days, and days that we don't do any actual schoolwork, we do some baking or something that she is still learning from without realising it!

septemberismyfavouritemonth Wed 13-May-20 21:16:53

No, we are both working from home full time. 9yo is pretty reluctant to do any school work independently, makes a huge fuss and does the bare minimum. We don't have time to spend with him so we are just doing what we can when we can. Feel guilty, conflicted and hating the situation but grateful we both have jobs and an income. He will survive I'm sure and hopefully won't fall too far behind.

Di11y Wed 13-May-20 21:18:48

between an hour and 2 every day. but she's v reluctant and I'm not convinced she's actually retaining anything.

Xmasbaby11 Wed 13-May-20 21:22:40

Here and there. DC are 6 and 8. It's become harder as the weeks go by and the dc feel more disconnected from school and less motivated to try. an hour a day maybe which takes a big effort to focus them. Dh and I are both working from home and pretty busy.

Lucindainthesky Wed 13-May-20 21:23:12

Yes. Aim to start at 9am but it has been getting a bit later! Spend until lunch doing all the work set by school. After lunch more relaxed, try to listen to an audiobook together.

I'm lucky in that I only have one DC and have been furloughed so it's manageable.

elliejjtiny Wed 13-May-20 21:23:24

Yes we are still doing it. 13 and 12 year olds are doing it willingly, 9 year old needs a lot of nagging and the 5 and 6 year olds need loads of help.

Youngatheart76 Wed 13-May-20 21:24:51

Try this, have some fun

Blankiefan Wed 13-May-20 21:25:42

We're doing 2-4 hours per day depending on her mood / my mood / the weather. This includes 30 mins of educational tv (we watch Maddie Moate's Let's Go Live every day and do follow up activities to consolidate it) and some sort of structured arts & crafts or baking.

We're doing most of what the school sends through plus a few wee extra bits and pieces (mostly the Maddie STEM things as school doesn't seem to so much STEM for some reason).

MsAwesomeDragon Wed 13-May-20 21:26:14

Dd is in year 5. We do maths and English in the morning (at the kitchen table where I am also working, responding to emails from my pupils from school), then in the afternoon she does one of the more independent "fun" tasks, like today for art she followed a YouTube tutorial about how to draw a cartoon elephant and coloured it in. Tomorrow she'll have a go at some music games from the website the school has signed up for.

She's not doing hours and hours of school work, but we're keeping up with a lot of it. 1:1 or independent learning is more intense than school learning in s classroom with 29 other children though, so the same amount of learning can take place in a very different amount of time.

TwoKidsStillStanding Wed 13-May-20 21:33:34

Mine is 4. He does around an hour to an hour and a half of work (school suggest 15 mins reading, 20 mins writing, 20 mins maths plus another activity), and we usually start the “school” day with a story and phonics video. We don’t always do all three bits but he is doing other things like baking, drawing and learning lots of board games.

We’re balancing this around a very clingy 4 month old and DP home working so let’s just say some days get more done than others and there’s a fair amount of Peppa Pig involved....

CoronaIsComing Wed 13-May-20 21:34:31

Yes DS (in year 6) is doing 9-3 every week day with his usual break time and lunch time. I’m WFH at the kitchen table next to him, but I don’t have a huge amount to do. DH is crazy busy and works upstairs in his office. I’m actually really grateful for this time for DS to get started on some year 7 activities ready for secondary school as it’s going to be very full on.

Freetodowhatiwant Wed 13-May-20 21:37:46

No, nothing really for my 5 and 7 year old. Feel awful but they hysterics the 7 year old has had when I try to get him to do anything is unbearable. I am trying to work too and H Is often out at work. I feel such a failure sometimes and there have been tears but now I’m just not bothering to open the school emails as I can’t face it and just hoping they can catch up at some point.

KKSlider Wed 13-May-20 21:38:08


DC1 does online learning set by school and is supervised by either me or DH, who is working from home.

DC2 and DC3 do home learning with me, a mixture of work set by school and work set by me. Their teachers sent out copies of their lesson plans for the term so we have a steer on what to do. They have a flexible schedule which goes:

- Joe Wicks or Cosmic Kids to get them woken up ready to learn
- DC2 does English worksheets with me while DC3 does Timetable Rockstars and Duolingo then they swap
- DC2 does Maths with me while DC3 reads to DH and practices spellings then they swap
- they're both still learning their timetables so we do some of the multiplication songs and dances from YouTube
- both DC play a learning-based game with me (e.g., pop to the shops, sight word bingo, scrabble, etc)
- break for lunch and a play outdoors
- afternoons are spent doing art and crafts, baking, history (both doing Kings and Queens of history, comparing Britain/monarch of the past with Britain/monarch now), French, science, etc but in more practical ways rather than worksheets. DC4 joins in with either us or DH and DC1 depending on who she thinks is being more interesting.

It sounds a lot but really it's not and a school day at home is no more than 3-4 hours. On days where they really haven't been up to learning or have needed a day to relax and do nothing, we've scrapped off learning and let them do their own thing.

TrophyCat Wed 13-May-20 21:38:47

My 10year old has lost all motivation, but is doing a tiny bit of maths with her dad and a teeny but if English with me most days.

My 6 year old knows he has to do one tiny bit of writing, read a book, and does some online maths.

But we are nowhere near the level we were at a few weeks ago!

IckleWicklePumperNickle Wed 13-May-20 21:39:16

My husband is furloughed and does homeschooling every day. DS's teacher sends the whole week's work on a Monday. There is a time table they follow. He's P7.

I'm working from home.

magicmallow Wed 13-May-20 21:40:36

failing miserably, as a working single mum. bare minimum the last couple of weeks.

things should ease up next week so I will attempt to get back on track again. he's very resistant though sad

icelollycraving Wed 13-May-20 21:43:21

I do between 2-4 hours I think. We did start at 9 but that’s moved moved much later. Ds is 8.
We don’t do anything one day a week when we deliver shopping etc to family.
He’s an active boy but had become physically quite lazy! He was doing 4-5 days of football a week and now it’s hard to get him out for a walk.
Just doing my best, it’s not a competition (as I have to remind myself pretty often).

ofwarren Wed 13-May-20 21:44:59

My 5 year old does the work sent from school plus some reading, Duolingo and doing some workbooks I bought on Amazon.
My 4 year old is doing Khan Academy Kids and Reading Eggs, reading books from Oxford Reading Tree and a few bits in workbooks.
I'm not working though so I'm able to do this.
My 5 year old is shielded so can't go back when everyone else does.

stopandListen Wed 13-May-20 21:45:10

Not really as my YR3 child only gets one worksheet per day, some spellings and maybe a project once a week. I work and she goes to school and does it there.

She's also learnt to ride a bike, make various simple meals, tie shoelaces that stay tied, how to manage boredom, money skills, etc so some good life skills.

Poing Wed 13-May-20 21:45:28

Yes. Our kids head back to school next week for 3 days there and two at home (not in England), so I am making sure they are up to speed with all their work this week so the teachers don't go ape at me.

Foobydoo Wed 13-May-20 21:45:48

Yes we are enjoying it. Oak academy in the morning and teacher set activities in the afternoon, lots of reading plus extra learning led by dd.

Figgygal Wed 13-May-20 21:47:43

Dh is furloughed so it’s school of dad

They do 3-4hrs a day of activities, some additional reading also a documentary and pe with joe wickes

lovinglavidaloca Wed 13-May-20 21:50:10

We’re trying really hard to still do 9am-12 noon.

As long as we’re in this situation we’ll do it. I feel so responsible for keeping them doing something.

So lucky to have great support from school with new work sent every week.

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