Home Learning Guidance For Schools and Parents In Primary Schools
These are unprecedented times for schools who are now needing to support home learning. Educators, teachers and education companies are coming together in a shared goal of keeping learning going throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.
With this in mind, we think one of the best contributions we can make to support everyone through these uncertain times is sharing what we already know about teaching maths outside of the traditional classroom.
Third Space Learning has been teaching children maths online for over 6 years now. Our one-to-one maths programmes take place online with tutor support, but central to the learning experience are the teaching resources we provide for all classes and pupils at primary school, not just those who require the one-to-one tuition.
Online Learning Is Not Enough
When it comes to home learning, as any Headteacher or Senior Leader knows, it’s not enough to just provide an online learning equivalent. Not only does the quality and quantity of online devices and computers at home vary hugely, but parents will also have varying capacities in their time or confidence to keep children going.
So, to help your parents get the most of the free resources we know you will be providing them with, we’ve brought together the following collection of guides, advice, tips and additional teaching resources, all centred around teaching maths. Every blog post contains ideas to keep children busy and engaged in maths at home and they’ve all been written with parents in mind.
We recommend adding a link to this page on your own school website to provide another source of support and guidance for parents on their home learning journey.
Free Home Learning Resources
As part of Third Space Learning’s provision for primary schools we have an online Maths Hub of thousands of KS1 and KS2 maths resources, many of them linked to the White Rose Maths scheme. Our teachers have been busy compiling categories of those most suitable for distance learning.
Here’s the full list of free home learning resources, including home learning packs, maths packs, daily practice and lots more. We will be adding to these resources regularly so to stay up to date please be sure to register for your free Maths Hub account here.
Maths At Home: What Parents Should Know
You may be surprised both by how much they know about some aspects (ask them about partitioning!) and occasionally by how little (who knew the difference between area and perimeter was so tricky to grasp?). The following guides will reassure you that it’s all normal, but there are specific things you should know and can do to help your child with maths at home.
Home Learning Activities for Primary Maths
Each of these blog posts is packed with ideas, tips and activities to turn to when children are struggling to remember, understand or move forward in their learning.
Maths At Home: Making It Fun
As educators, we know it’s not all about fun but, when you’re trying to keep spirits high, injecting a bit of fun into maths at home doesn’t go amiss. Here are our favourite fun maths activities and games for kids to do at home when they’ve had enough of online learning.
Primary Maths Curriculum Knowledge Buster
Much of the 2020 primary maths curriculum will be new to parents, and the terminology may flummox or confuse, so we’d encourage you to point them to our Primary Maths Dictionary for Kids and Parents, deliberately created to help explain some of the trickier and more unusual terms.
Home Learning and Your Homework Hub
Never will parents have such respect for teachers as they will after 48 hours of home learning. Read these blog posts to find out how to make the most of your homework time together – with a particular focus on maths homework.
Home Learning For The Summer And Beyond …
Some of the regular blog posts we have written in the past about summer holiday learning and home study are just as relevant now when it looks like we may be seeing school closures across the sector from early years to GCSE and A Level right through to September. Lots of ideas to keep home learning in maths going throughout the year…
KS1 And KS2 SATs For Parents
Every year we give over 7,000 pupils online maths interventions to support them for their Key Stage 2 SATs. Whilst the 2020 SATs will not be going ahead, parents may still find some of the tips and information helpful at this time. Plenty of the teaching content and revision techniques are applicable for Year 6 as a whole, not just the end of year assessments. Here is everything parents need to know about the KS1 and KS2 SATs.
We hope this blog helps in some way to support schools and families. Third Space Learning will be operating as usual through the crisis and we’re setting up all children to continue to receive their 1-to-1 maths intervention programmes from home. Get in touch at email@example.com or on twitter or facebook if you need any support in maths, want to set up your own pupils with online one to one maths lessons or just generally fancy a chat. We’re all working as normal but from home. Good Luck!