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frozendaisy Fri 26-Jun-20 08:39:26

Ok being honest, home schooling with our Y4 has been part-time and school transition Zoom meeting said they are going to look at the Y4 & Y5 circulumn on return and cover the essentials from Y4 march and remove some of the stuff they like but are not essential from Y5. With all this in mind would you continue a part-time, very part time, bit of home-schooling over summer holidays? I am thinking we are going to have time to kill seeing as our go to activities and travel are presently not available (subject to change of course).

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StrawberryJam200 Fri 26-Jun-20 08:42:32

Presume you transitioning to Middle School then, or do you mean just the transition to the next year?

I think it depends on your child.

Also, it's possible to do educational activities without them feeling like school.

motherrunner Fri 26-Jun-20 08:44:05

I’m a teacher and have been teaching live to timetable via video link since the start of lockdown. This has meant my children have had very little support from me their home schooling has been rushed through. I am planning on ‘catching lunch my children up through the summer.

motherrunner Fri 26-Jun-20 08:44:44

*up - don’t know where the lunch fits in! 😆

onemouseplace Fri 26-Jun-20 08:44:45

We’re going to do a bit of homeschooling over the holidays - very relaxed but we’re not going anywhere on holiday and DD has 11+ in the autumn so want to identify any gaps when things are a bit calmer.

DamitJanet Fri 26-Jun-20 08:48:13

We’re going to carry on through the summer, very minimal but will make sure some if the basics at least are reinforced each day.

Beamur Fri 26-Jun-20 08:48:55

Same here, DD is at high school and has just selected her GCSEs choices. Some of the teachers for those subjects are setting some low key work to be done over the summer.
For my DD this is great (she won't entirely agree) as her mental health deteriorates over the holidays and a bit of focus and structure really helps keep her on track.
I'm not sure if we will get away or not and otherwise that's a lot of Instagram...

frozendaisy Fri 26-Jun-20 09:11:34

Yeah similar feelings bit of low key, almost learning via not learning whilst we have time to fill. And to ensure they can still write when they go back.

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zoemum2006 Fri 26-Jun-20 09:16:07

My DD has her 11+ in September so we'll need to keep up a bit of home learning.

BogRollBOGOF Fri 26-Jun-20 09:16:23

I probably will 2-3 days a week, which is what we've managed anyway. My 9yo has SpLDs and my 7yo is just not educationally mature enough and neither are handling effective learning without the positive role modelling of their peers. There will be a few more opportunities to go out and visit places, but largely our lives have been in the same gear since March.

Keepdistance Fri 26-Jun-20 11:15:29

Probably yes. Reading, writing and maths. We are quite behind on the topics stuff so may do some of that.
Plus there is Bitesize (or Oak which we havent really used much)

MrsWombat Fri 26-Jun-20 11:33:05

My year 7 has missed nothing except reading for pleasure as he's too busy with his normal school work/homework. He will be reading every day before he goes anywhere near a screen.

I will be reading and working on number bonds/adding/subtracting in a low key way with my reception child.

Hopingforsummer1 Fri 26-Jun-20 12:08:11

I'm going to ask dd (7) to do a few minutes of maths and a bit of writing each day just to keep ticking over (she likes writing so hopefully this will happen naturally). Very short bursts because I want it to feel as much as possible like a proper summer break.

Livandme Fri 26-Jun-20 12:11:09

Not a chance. I'm sick of falling out with the kids about it and trying to do it all on my own.
I need a break even if they don't!!

CMOTDibbler Fri 26-Jun-20 12:20:16

I've already agreed this with ds (14, going into yr10), and have got a maths tutor starting next week to see what he needs help on and push him. He has online resources for german and sciences, and needs to read all his english lit books, watch versions of the plays of them and so on.
So it'll be 5 days a week most weeks, but only 4 hours or so

TheDrsDocMartens Fri 26-Jun-20 12:33:08

We will carry on similar to now (1-2 hours a day) unless we are going anywhere.
We have pretty much started DS handwriting from scratch (as he doesn’t form his letters properly) so I daren’t stop completely.

Orangeblossom78 Fri 26-Jun-20 12:47:14

No- we are tired and had enough - going to secondary after the summer as well so will just do the transition day and then start agin in September. We need a break.

NeurotrashWarrior Fri 26-Jun-20 12:48:21

I'm a teacher, ds is in y2. I'm going to keep up with a bit of reading and reading eggs over the summer. He's very secure in maths. I think as a teacher I drop random bits of 'teaching' in all day long anyway, force of habit...

CaptainMerica Fri 26-Jun-20 15:27:08

We will do the library summer reading challenge, occasional sums and some fun things (virtual tours of museums are a favourite).

manicinsomniac Fri 26-Jun-20 20:14:26

Nah.
My 6 year old has been in school full time throughout in key worker class so she's fine.
My 13 year old has just finished prep school so has completed one curriculum via full time Teams lessons and will start new one in Sept.
My 16 year old has had full online support for largely practical subjects and has had a few sessions in school over the last week or so.

Lemons1571 Fri 26-Jun-20 20:26:08

Same as @Orangeblossom78 though my youngest is year 4 going into year 5. I’m far too miserable trying to work 14 hour days to cover my full time hours and a full school day on top. He’s miserable and getting prone to tearful episodes. I think he’ll have to make his way in life somehow without a few additional twinkl worksheets.

Plus his feedback today was to check his maths answers (most were wrong). He says he’s never seen this topic before. I thought the curriculum had been suspended? Am I really supposed to attempt to start teaching new stuff at 7pm??

I read somewhere else that from September schools will probably take some of the “nice to have” year 5 stuff out and put in the catch up “essential year 4 learning” instead.

So no, won’t be engaging in anything further.

NeurotrashWarrior Sat 27-Jun-20 08:06:33

In September it's highly likely that children will be taught what they need rather than what people think they need.

And to be honest, that's long over due.

As a consequence, lost learning, especially at primary level, is going to be zilch for the majority of mainstream children, minimal for others. Later secondary is a different kettle of fish but at that age you're doing more self study and self directed learning.

Any holiday stuff I do with them is going to extremely minimal. Mainly reading. Tonnes of practical stuff.

Unschooling theories are definitely extremely useful in these circumstances.

NeurotrashWarrior Sat 27-Jun-20 08:08:41

I am concerned that most schools aren't going to be able to do as many practical subjects in September eg art, dt, cooking, music, singing, drama, practical science etc so actually doing this sort of thing might actually be of more value at home.

ineedaholidaynow Sat 27-Jun-20 08:13:24

Y10 DS has been given revision packs for the summer holidays. His school normally do end of year exams now but will do them early September, which I assume will highlight any major gaps that need to be quickly filled.

Nquartz Sat 27-Jun-20 08:14:49

We signed DD up to the maths factor when it was dree, we've decided to pay for it from July because DD likes doing the 30 day challenges which means she does 1 module per day. We'll encourage her to do a bit of writing (if she's in the right mood she enjoys it luckily) and read most days.

Apart from that she'll (hopefully) be at holiday club some days and then we'll do the stuff @NeurotrashWarrior talked about on our day off just to have some fun!

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