Have you heard the words ‘I’m bored’ yet? Are you trying to juggle working from home and looking after your children – making sure they are feed and watered – never mind also becoming their teacher?
Well, fear not, experts and some of our favourite celebs, have pulled together to help families across the UK to keep their children entertained and their brains from melting.
Here is a list of what we think are some of the best resources and challenges to take part in.*NB: This is a list for you to make some choices from unless you are superhuman, it is not realistic to think that you will do them all!
Daily activities can include:
9am: Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach will be doing a daily PE session
10am: A daily dose of science, engineering and technology activities to do at home by Dr Chips.
11am: Popular children’s author and comedian David Williams with an audio book half hour.
4pm: The Night Zookeeper will be doing online story events
The above times do not have to be set in stone – for example, if you want to do your Joe Wicks workout before teatime – you can follow the YouTube link and it will still be available then.
Other free resources we have found that will be helpful can be accessed at any time and cover a broad range of subjects.
Twinkl covers every school subject from early years up to Key Stage 4, SEND and EAL with downloadable work sheets, Brain Pop also covers all subjects but is an online resource that lets children enjoy a video on a certain subject matter and then complete tasks about it; from making their own videos to comprehension, spellings, and game play. For those young coders among you, try Code.org, if your youngsters love a story you can access free audiobooks from Audible, for all things maths Times Tables Rockstars is popular among teachers and kids alike and power up spelling with Spelling Frame. For a bit of both maths and English IXL has free resources.
For subjects outside of the core, PIE – an educational social enterprise –has online resources and daily challenges and is encouraging young people to share them on social media for their ‘hall of fame’. Tasks include improving communications, digital skills, project management, community and cultural capital tasks.
Kirsty Day, Media Cubs project leader, said: “It is fantastic to see how so many amazing teachers, education experts and some of our favourite celebrities have been pulling together to come up with some fab ideas and challenges for our children while they are on lockdown, helping to ease some of the pressure that parents are inevitably going to put on themselves.
“But it’s important to remember that although as parents you are caregivers and primary educators – you are not trained teachers – so do feel pressured or guilty into thinking you have to run your household like a school day!
“Experts like Mr P ICT says you should have realistic expectations and only look to set around two hours a day of challenges – with daily reading on top of that – but do what is realistic for you – each household with be different.
“Stay relaxed and your children will too – and have some fun with all the extra time you will be able to spend together!”
Click here to see a list of ideas our Media Cubs put together in their last newsroom session in preparation for lockdown.