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In September will the kids who have done homelearning have to sit bored at school while works repeated for the ones that haven't. Or will they start there new' year ' work as normal. Either way it's(539 Posts)
It's not fair either way. The bright kids who have done their homelearning will be held back while it's repeated for the ones which were unable too .....or if it's a new year start with work as normal the ones who didn't do homelearning will have missed work and won't understand. So either is unfair to either groups. So what are the plans for education for September? Repeating work missed from march or new work from sept? Which group will be disavantsged the ones who have done work or haven't ?
The swots are usually in the higher band classes.
I imagine there will be sets and those that are on top of it will be together and those that aren’t will be
There’s likely to also be an expectation of after school clubs they will catch them up quickly
But who knows
The work set from March onwards should have been consolidation and not new topics, as the curriculum was officially frozen. So none of the kids should have missed anything new?
In English at my school we wrote different content for lockdown - so still practicing the same skills but with different texts and tasks.
When we return, we’ll slot back in to a similar ish curriculum and students will study what they would have been studying without lockdown. Some modifications are being made for groups we know particularly struggle with English.
This isn’t so easy for Y10 - we’ve taught some new content in terms of texts which some students will have missed, We’ve chosen a unit where that is less impactful because if students only study the bit we teach when we return, they’ll still manage. The challenge will be squishing everything in next year with no material modifications to the exams.
In secondary there are different bands but primary ? My kids haven't done any home learning but I know the bright kids will be bored re learning work from march and because they are bored will effect their behaviour and disrupt the class so will effect the ones who haven't done work.
I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer to this really, it’s a damned if you do/don’t situation! I fully expect DC to repeat a lot of what they’ve done at home, but I gather from what teachers are saying, they’d do that anyway- eg go over and over new concepts etc. I know my DC, being a bright but easily distracted Y3, will have benefited from the home learning but also will benefit from repeating. I’m only talking about my D.C. at primary though of course, I appreciate it’ll be different depending on age, ability etc.
At the secondary I work at, all of the work has been consolidation with mastery and extension tasks- especially spiral curriculum subjects.
In September when we do topics that build on previous learning we always do a quick recap lesson anyway - we will just make sure to see anyone needs extra support.
Your kids have done no home learning? You couldn't stick the daily bbc programme on for them a few times?
Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking “the bright kids” will have done the home learning and others won’t have. I teach secondary English, all mixed ability classes. I am getting work from across the ability range. Whether pupils are working at home depends on a lot more than ability.
Personally, I’ll be cracking on with next year’s curriculum, addressing gaps where they crop up (as ever) and offering intervention to those who need it (as usual).
That’s arguably easier for English than for some other subjects, but I suspect it’s the approach most schools will take.
You may be right OP but honestly, it’s v v hard to know how much DC has actually’learned’ during this time, or will retain over summer. Maths eg shes has a lot of new concepts introduced and has grasped at the time but if I think back to stuff she learned in April, If asked to apply it now she wouldn’t be able to without revision. I think you may see some differences in things like reading or times tables recall but even if no ‘home learning’ has been officially undertaken I can’t believe many parents won’t have at least kept up the basics for those?
The curriculum is differentiated anyway. That is a core part of being even the most mediocre teacher. Children do not go to school and sit there side-by-side been told exactly the same thing at exactly the same rate. All of the schools around me seem to be working with the council to come up with a new curriculum which will enable them to catch up things which have been missed whilst also having a varied and interesting time at school. Sometimes in life you do have to go over things you’ve done before but I encourage my children to see that as useful practice and confirmation of their confidence - not a waste of time. They only missed three months anyway it’s not like it’s going to take a whole year to catch up.
Hold on? You are worried that the children who have done some work at home will be disruptive? This will affect your children, who have done nothing?
Whether primary or secondary, I can assure you this is very unlikely.
My DS is year 7, probably working around year 4/5 level - his classes are all mixed ability, the teachers are used to differentiating.
The bright kids who have done their homelearning will be held back while it's repeated for the ones which were unable too
What makes you think the ones who haven’t been doing work at home aren’t bright? There are loads of children with heaps of potential and are bright but unfortunately homeschooling didn’t work for them.
I am a primary teacher. In September we will assess all children to get a good idea of where each individual is at, then plan work to suit that, as we always do after the long summer break. In every class work is adapted to the different abilities, so children are still working at the right level for them.
Our school has already extended the school day for September. They’ve now added a new extra period dedicated to catchup GCSE work for years 10 and 11.
Years 7-9 will also have a school extension working in electives and various other gap filling but without the urgency of the upper years.
I have a massive problem with you describing the kids as bright. Plenty of parents are struggling to keep their jobs and can’t get their kids engaged with home learning, it’s about opportunities not how clever you are.
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Teachers generally have tasks set for a variety of ability and so will be able to support all kids even though this will be harder this year. My son has done some home learning but he will still benefit from recapping it. I expect the task assigned to the topic will be different so thats fine.
The bright kids who have done their homelearning
My dd has now started refusing to do her work, it just makes her cry because she misses school so much. I'm not willing to punish and nag her at a difficult time. Most of her class are in school thanks to their "key" worker parents. It's pure discrimination that they're receiving an education and aren't isolated at home like her. I won't apologise for them having to repeat stuff for her if needs be. She, like many children, have been treated like shit by this government.
I think what kids have or haven't done at home is irrelevant it is more about their social and emotional development when they get back. Some will have had very positive experiences at home some won't. Some will have first hand experience of coronavirus and death some won't. Some will be scared and anxious coming back some won't. I think the academic side of school will take a back seat initially as teachers and staff try and transition kids back in under what will still be unusual circumstances with a lot of new rules and restrictions. As long as my kids are safe, happy and healthy when they return to school I couldn't give two figs about anything else
You do realise that teachers already differentiate work to allow for the fact that ability is a broad spectrum, and children have different homelives?
If a child turns up from abroad in the final year of school, do you not think the teachers already assess what they know and their skills, and go about trying to catch them up on the curriculum as much as they can?
The ‘bright kids’ won’t be bored as they will be doing different work, it’s always been this way.
My child has been doing five hours of work every day so I imagine if they are in the same class as yours mine would be further ahead even if they were in the same place before lockdown. So your child would be in the lower end of however your child’s teacher manages his or her classroom now. The kids who have been working over lockdown won’t be sitting there whilst the ones who haven’t catch up, don’t worry.
There are lots of children from poorer backgrounds that have struggled with homeschooling due to lack of resources. I assume you mean these thicko children op? You might as well just say it.
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