We know that the latest school closures have caught everyone off-guard! And, as with the previous closures of March 2020, this may be a time of real challenge and heightened pressure for students, parents and teachers.
At EdPlace, we really want to help keep learning moving forward while classrooms are closed around the UK. One of the greatest assets at our disposal is our talented team of fully qualified teachers, who are on hand to provide engaging content and specialist advice for you as an EdPlace parent.
Our lockdown lesson plans are straight from them to you, and we encourage you to use them however you feel will work best for your child and your own personal circumstances.
Check out the full range of plans here: https://www.edplace.com/blog/tag/learning_plans.
What are the EdPlace lockdown learning plans?
Put simply, our teachers have created a half-termly (or 6 weeks) learning plan covering English, maths and science for every school year group. We really hope that you can use some, or all, of this content as you see fit, whether that’s to compliment, vary or boost work set by your child's school or, of course, just to give some extra structure to your usual EdPlace approach.
How have our teachers identified which topics to cover?
Each classroom teacher has provided you with short 5-part lessons on those ‘sticky’ topics that students in each age group tend to find most tricky. They’ve based this on their own extensive classroom experiences and, needless to say, each plan is totally aligned with the age-related expectations of the English National Curriculum.
How do the plans work?
In a nutshell, all of our lesson plans work by assessing your child’s current levels of understanding, completing 4 weeks of focused work, and then reassessing to check that progress has been made in key areas.
- Week 1: Initial assessment;
- Weeks 2 -5: One English, maths, and science lesson-based project per week;
- Week 6: Summary assessment.
The reason for this approach is to engage your child in the learning process, boost confidence (which is particularly important at this unsettling time), and to show how, in a short period of time, focused work can really pay off! Ultimately, we want to encourage more of the same in school and at home when things return more to normal. For further advice on how to follow an EdPlace learning plan please click here.
How can I use them to support my child?
There are several ways in which the learning plans have been designed to support your child.
The assessments are there to provide you with clear visibility of your child’s current levels of understanding. You may choose to use this part of the learning plan on its own and to create your own plan. Why not use our template schedule here to create your own personalised learning plan?
The weekly lessons all follow the 5-step approach which will introduce, explain and provide opportunities for practice on key topics. They are written by teachers, addressed to parents, as mini-lessons including everything you will need so you can work through them together with your child. They also all provide suggested follow-on activities for your child to complete independently to test their own understanding, and you can easily keep tabs on their progress through your EdPlace parent account.
We hope that these resources will enable you to support your child at home during school closures with minimal effort and no stress - hopefully, everyone involved will learn and enjoy themselves! The independent practice element has also been specifically designed to ensure that you have some essential free time as a parent to catch up on work or anything else, safe in the knowledge that your child is still learning skills that will be so valuable when they return to school.
If you need any help with this or have any more questions or suggestions, please contact our friendly Customer Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy home learning!