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holidaydisaster2020 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:25:34

Hi! Just wondering this really. As a teacher and as a parent (year 2) the general expectation seems to be that either the children will have gone backwards or stayed pretty much where they were when they finished in March. Not sure if our schools have low expectations but it seems as if the best case scenario is that the education provided at home will keep them "ticking over"
So, I just wondered, does anybody feel that their child has actually made progress at all and if so, how have you achieved that? Thanks.

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Hellohah Thu 18-Jun-20 11:31:58

Not sure if you were asking about all children, or just Primary. DS is Year 10 so a bit different?

TankGirl97 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:37:22

My 5yo is back in reception class at school now (part time). His reading definitely improved during lockdown, but his writing stayed the same (at best). Easy enough with that age group though as it's mostly games and reading one book a day.

My Y2 child is probably treading water, no real improvements but we have been doing the assigned work so hopefully no going backwards either. He shines at maths so we download the Y3 work as well as Y2, otherwise he gets bored (or even more bored I should say 😆). They've both learned from me so it's things I like/have knowledge of, for example their ability to identify plants and trees has improved!

Also Steve Backshall, Horrible Histories and the Homeschool History podcast have educated them a lot. I occasionally quiz them on the podcast topics and a fair amount seems to have sunk in! Perhaps not all within the curriculum but I'm not too concerned.

holidaydisaster2020 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:40:05

I suppose I'm very primary focussed because I teach primary and my ds is in year 2. Interested to hear any experiences though really.
What are the expectations for secondary?
Hope your ds has got on ok @Hellohah?

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SandieCheeks Thu 18-Jun-20 11:41:02

My Year 1 has made loads of progress with reading. Did the phonics check with him and he passed.
He’s definitely where he should be in maths and has made some progress with his 2/5/10 times tables.
Writing maybe less so as it’s hard to motivate him but he has at least not gone backwards.

Year 5 child has continued to be taught new topics in Maths so has progressed.
Learnt lots of history and science, hopefully kept up in English.

TankGirl97 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:42:05

I should add, I've been furloughed so am able to focus on homeschool with the dc, if I had to work every day it would be a different story. I hope no-one feels they are letting their kids down if they can't do much as we all have different circumstances.

NeilTheBaby Thu 18-Jun-20 11:44:45

My 6 year old has made accelerated progress. She was already exceeding expected levels anyway and I'm a teacher so she been having 1:1 lessons for months. So of course she's going to have done well 🤷‍♀️
I've seen her progress slow back down now she's been back at school for a few weeks but what school has given her mentally and emotionally just can't be matched at home.

Elisheva Thu 18-Jun-20 11:47:55

My children have made progress in the basics, (reading, maths and handwriting) but they’ve had nowhere near the breadth of education that they would receive at school.

Drivingdownthe101 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:48:43

Mine are year 1 and reception and made progress at home, year 1 mainly with maths and reception with reading and writing.
They’re back at school now though and loving it.

ArfArfBarf Thu 18-Jun-20 11:51:16

We’re abroad (but school follows English curriculum). Kids are back at school but had several months off.
My Y3 dd made really good progress, particularly in maths which she finds hard. I think she really benefitted from 1-to-1 help with it. She was also set work for all other subjects and was able to complete it without much input from me so I think has made normal progress there.

My Y1 ds also had a big improvement in reading but I struggled to help him with his writing and I’m glad he’s gone back to the experts!

My0My Thu 18-Jun-20 11:51:25

For peope who are not teachers and are not able to teach the full curriculum, their children will not have made progress. They also do not have the experience to assess this either. Even in schools progress is finely judged with lots of evidence to ensure progress is attributed accurately. Those with 1:1 teaching from qualified parents will no doubt bre fine. Others will be really struggling nd may well have gone backwards therefore the gaps will be very obvious.

I thought teachers were so unbelievably busy they did not have time for any home teaching outside school based work(!) I can now see they gave their own DC 1:1 lessons but others who needed it more were not so lucky and did not get their full attention. Its the equivalent of the rich get richer........but in education.

staplegunner Thu 18-Jun-20 11:51:28

My DD is in reception. She has made some progress but only had an operation to fix her hearing at Christmas so was playing catch up anyway.
Reading has improved but her teacher told me in feb that she wouldn't meet the expected standard by the year end. Her maths and writing haven't made progress. My son is in year 5. Very bright but has only been set two hours of work a day. I'm hoping he has stayed the same.
I have a DD in year 7 as well. She has improved. She was quite shy but has found new confidence in doing her work during lock down.
I'm most worried about my youngest DD. I've been working from home full time and she hasn't had to attention or resources she deserves.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Thu 18-Jun-20 11:52:51

My Yr4 has progressed in Maths. I'm not sure on other stuff. I've taught my Yr2 some new maths. We've looked at a wide range of things, done writing and reading. They are currently making 'books' on dinosaurs and animals, concentrating on a different one each day.

Have they progressed? No idea.

purpleme12 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:56:16

My year one's gone back to school now but I guess it's been pretty much consolidating learning.
We did white rose maths so I guess some of that might have been new
She's lost any small motivation she had for reading which is a bit shit
Anyway I could not be more relieved that school have taken it over again she's not a child who took well to doing it at home

SionnachRua Thu 18-Jun-20 11:57:20

I thought teachers were so unbelievably busy they did not have time for any home teaching outside school based work(!) I can now see they gave their own DC 1:1 lessons but others who needed it more were not so lucky and did not get their full attention. Its the equivalent of the rich get richer........but in education.

So you expect teachers to work 24/7 and not spend any time with their own children? Don't be ridiculous. As all parents know, you can have a heavy workload and still spend time with your kid.

CazM2012 Thu 18-Jun-20 11:57:41

I have 3 primary aged children, my Y3 has stayed where she was but she has always been a bit ahead and was ready for Y4 when we had parent evening just before lockdown. My Y1 is the same, possibly a bit further on than March as we have been working on Y2 maths work and a few new areas. My reception child has come on a lot during lockdown, 1-1 time has suited him, maths is much better and he is now doing work aimed at Y1, he’s grasped his phonics and writing more than ever before (the school set him up and I’ve encouraged and spent time going through it with him)

Drivingdownthe101 Thu 18-Jun-20 12:04:20

I thought teachers were so unbelievably busy they did not have time for any home teaching outside school based work(!) I can now see they gave their own DC 1:1 lessons but others who needed it more were not so lucky and did not get their full attention. Its the equivalent of the rich get richer........but in education

I bloody hope the teachers at my children’s school had enough time to care for and homeschool their own kids!

holidaydisaster2020 Thu 18-Jun-20 12:06:10

I thought teachers were so unbelievably busy they did not have time for any home teaching outside school based work(!) I can now see they gave their own DC 1:1 lessons but others who needed it more were not so lucky and did not get their full attention. Its the equivalent of the rich get richer........but in education.

Is that aimed at me op? As I can only see one other person on the thread saying they're a teacher.

In my case my ds' dad has done 70% of the teaching and during my time I had a fair amount of juggling to do between my students and my child.
I don't really think that you can take the fact that teachers have set aside time for their own children as evidence that teachers are not working hard or giving their students attention.

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cinders222 Thu 18-Jun-20 12:07:24

My P2 child has come on leaps and bounds. Really improved maths and reading. I have been using reading eggs and also following work school has set. The 1 to 1 has really benefited her. I am not a teacher. Both me and husband work full time but on opposite shifts so have managed home schooling without too much difficulty

AriettyHomily Thu 18-Jun-20 12:07:55

Y4 DTs have come on massively, presumably because of the 1-1 attention. They were querying dyslexia before this but they are now getting 100% in the maths and English testing.

megletthesecond Thu 18-Jun-20 12:07:57

No. Year 6 here. She will have regressed.
She has not picked up a pen or looked at the classwork since March.

Aroundtheworldin80moves Thu 18-Jun-20 12:12:11

Why wouldn't teachers teach their own children?

holidaydisaster2020 Thu 18-Jun-20 12:12:43

Y4 DTs have come on massively, presumably because of the 1-1 attention. They were querying dyslexia before this but they are now getting 100% in the maths and English testing.

That's brilliant, it's obviously what they needed.
I've noticed with my ds (also query dyslexia) that he benefits from one of us saying "no, that won't do try again" he understands about something being a first draft and can produce better second time around. There's no way that that can be maintained in school though.
I hope your twins carry on making progress when they're back at school smile

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unlimiteddilutingjuice Thu 18-Jun-20 12:13:39

Interesting question.
DS7 is 7. He probably has ASD and ADD (waiting for assessment) and was academically behind at the start of this. He's in Gaelic medium education.
Hes made steady progress in Reading (in English) and maths.
Hes made Stella progress in history because that's his "special interest" and no one is preventing him from watching 4 to 6 hours of YouTube documentaries about it.
Hes gone backwards in Gaelic reading and writing because I cannot homeschool in my second language.
Hes hopefully maintained some ability in spoken Gaelic because I've been paying a high school kid to do Skype chats.
He can ride a bike without stabilisers and he's calmer and happier.
I'm weirdly relieved to hear that the school will be expecting regression because I've been feeling a bit shit about the Gaelic tbh.

Yurona Thu 18-Jun-20 12:15:33

Mine has progressed tons (year 2 with SENDs). School (independent) kept following the curriculum with a zoom based approach, plus I don’t have to commute in the moment so invested about 3 hours a day in 1-2-1. It was incredibly hard though

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