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Posted on: 29/03/2020

Supporting Families

Guidance for Parents

Tip 1 - Be realistic about what you can do 

  • You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
  • Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing

Tip 2 - Keep to a timetable wherever possible

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life

Tip 3 - Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

  • Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks
  • If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)
  • Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended

See guidance on supporting your mental health and that of your children:

 

Guidance for Students

What are we trying to achieve?

  1. To learn subject content that stays in your long-term memory
  2. That you maintain and develop excellent working habits while not in school
  3. That you learn practical skills and knowledge that will help you in other way when you leave Trinity

 

DO

DON'T

Find a work space

  • Have a clear space with all the necessary equipment
  • Sit on a proper chair
  • Be away from noisy people and messy spaces if possible
  • Open the curtains
  • Turn off your phone/notifications
  • Work in bed!
  • Have the TV on in the background.

 

Do anything else at the same time. It is not possible to multitask. Even if you think you can, you will take several times longer!

Organise yourself

  • Plan your week. Establish a routine!
  • Plan your day, a start, a middle and an end
  • Plan rests, plan exercise, Joe Wick at 9am works well for me!
  • Organise your work sensibly
  • Finish a lesson before stopping
  • STICK TO THE PLAN!!!

 

  • Half-do a number of different activities
  • Spend all day using a screen
  • Waste the morning, putting off activities to the afternoon
  • Work so hard on one day, you're too tired on the next day
  • Do so little on one day, you feel pressured to make the next day amazing!
  • Regular, routined work will win the day!

Checking whether it is working!

  • Test yourself, each day spend 5 minutes writing down what you can remember from the day before
  • At the start of each subject's task for the day, list the 5 most important things you learnt last time, then check you got them right
  • Use an APP like Anki to check and check again that you are learning the ideas
  • Get someone else, a parent or even a friend on social media to test what you know
  • Assume that seeing something once means it is learnt!

 

Doing remote learning well will equip you to study A-levels and at university. These skills are necessary for success later in education but are usually not developed until you are older.

Additional Things to Do

  • Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
  • Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
  • Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake 
  • Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits 

Below is a list of other things you could do (we will keep updating it as we hear about new things on offer)

PSHE and Worship

Please look out the links being sent to students by email to the weekly worship videos, and PSHE sessions being developed by staff.

Communication with Parents

You can find all letters sent home to parents here.

Students with SEN

The SEN team are in contact with parents of those children who we have identified need the greatest amount of support.  If your child has SEN and they are struggling please get in contact if we have not already done so via the SENCO email.  There are ways we can support virtually.

Technical Support

Office 365

If your son/daughter is having problems logging onto Office365 please email Mr Fisher using the link here and he will reset their password.

Show My Homework

If you are having problems accessing show my homework please make sure your son/daughter is trying to logon using the “sign in with office 365” button and their school email and password. 

There is a help video on how to logon to Office 365 and SMHW which you can access here.

Safeguarding

Our commitment to the safeguarding of students remains our priority during the school’s closure and throughout these uncertain times. If you have a concern relating to any child please do contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead at tbattley@trinitysevenoaks.com  who will respond to this and confirm to you that your concern has been received.

For more information relating to safeguarding at Trinity please see our dedicated page here: https://www.trinitysevenoaks.org.uk/1643/safeguarding

Letters sent to parents re COVID-19

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