Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home.

  • 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 two 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



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 one 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



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

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

  • 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


Examples of home-learning timetables

ACTIVITY Suggested length of time Possible activities
Activities set by school 4 hours Every day log on to the Student Portal to complete the morning and afternoon online lesson. Remember to take breaks within the lessons!
Spellings 10 mins Look cover write check , write in a sentence, spelling test, mnemonics, rainbow write etc.
Timetables/ number bonds etc 10 mins Online games, paper based or quiz from parent/sibling etc .

Timestable Rockstars

Exercise At least 10 mins Joe Wicks

Go noodle

Just Dance – YouTube Just Dance

Or play Wii Fit or just dance if you have one

Practice mindfulness

Spanish/Language 10 mins

Get an adult to create a free account and practise 10 mins a day

Life skills 20 mins Learn a new skill eg knitting, tie your shoelaces, whittling, cooking, sewing, calligraphy, telling the time etc.

There will be suggested activities on the Student Portal.

Read for pleasure 20 mins Read a book, comic or magazine
Create At least 30 mins Do something creative – draw, dance, sing, paint, write a poem make something etc

Choose an activity from the creative page on your class DB and share it with your class

Fresh air At least 30  mins Go outside into the garden or go for your daily allowed walk with your family.
Daily blog write 10 mins Post a picture of what you have been doing etc.
Do something for someone else! 20 mins Help your family e.g. Lay the table, tidy your bedroom, help a sibling, read a story to a younger relative, make dinner, wash up etc.
Do something fun At least an hour Do something you enjoy and makes you happy each day – play, watch TV, read etc.
Connect with others 20 mins Skype, phone, text, email, write a letter or go on social media to connect with family and friends, especially elderly relatives.


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

Coronavirus and your wellbeing –

Supporting young people’s mental health during this period – Anna Freud Centre