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Learning starts at home
With the Easter break fast approaching, what better time to get involved with your child’s studies. Aside from the traditional academic lessons like maths, science and English, the key stage 2 curriculum also requires children to learn PSHE and Citizenship which helps them to develop life skills and tackles sensitive issues.
This is a great topic to help your children with as the intention of Citizenship and PSHE lessons is to help children develop the skills they need for a happy, healthy childhood. For this reason we have put together a few tips to help your sessions at home run smoothly.
Planning and structure are the most important part of a lesson. There are steps you can take to keep your lesson running as smoothly as possible. This can include thorough lesson preparation, playing to the strengths of your class through group activities. For inspiration look at some home schooling lesson plans online and be sure to make use of free teaching resources online.
Initially you could facilitate oral question and answer sessions with your child to gage what level they are at and how they respond to certain questions. This can be really beneficial to understanding your child’s development.
Try and structure your lesson around learning activities that are easily accessible to you. Find online resources who supply free teaching resources. You can find educational online games and activities for topics including healthy lifestyle for children, citizenship, equality and family and home life.
You could start with an easy opening task, such as a brainstorm of the key takeaways from the previous lesson. This is a good way of finding out how much information sank in during the last lesson and how much your students have progressed in the subject. You can then move onto the main topic of the lesson.
Lastly, you should allow your child to give feedback – is there anything they didn’t understand? Subjects such as Citizenship and PSHE are great for helping pupils develop their interaction skills. You can find resources and materials for teaching these Ks2 subjects online, in order to ensure your child gets the most out of these sessions.