Today would have been the first day of the Summer Term 2020. As schools remain closed in the UK, for most it is a return to homeschooling.
With no indication as to when schools are meant to open again, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson did, however, throw parents a bone in the form of an online learning platform.
From today, 20 April 2020 you can access 180 lessons a week of every year group. These classes cover year groups from Reception to Year 10.
The new online platform is Oak National Academy.
Oak National Academy
The new online platform was created by teachers and funded by the Department of Education. The lessons will consist of hour-long lessons with worksheets and quizzes to accompany them. A total of 3 hour lessons per day for primary and 4 hours per day for secondary school children. The curriculum-based lessons comes as a heaven-sent for many parents.
To access this learning platform, go to their official site for Oak National Academy.
The Oak National Academy, alongside BBC Bitesize Daily and schools themselves, are bringing the national curriculum to homes across the UK.
In addition to Oak National Academy, the BBC also launched their Daily Lessons today.
BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons
Not only did the government announce the new online platform, but today also marks the beginning of the BBC’s daily lessons for children between Year 1 and Year 10. The new website offers newly created daily lessons in Maths and English and one other curriculum topic.
The weekly schedules are available if you want to source your own content.
Some examples of the schedule for this week:
BBC iPlayer also offers 20 minute shows each designed to target a specific age group. These will be available on BBC iPlayer, on any device, and on TV via the Red Button.
For older students, BBC Four is devoting time each weekday evening to programmes that support GCSE and A-level curricula. These programmes will include broadcast versions of various Shakespeare plays; reruns of classic drama adaptations; and some of our award-winning science and nature documentaries.
These measures are all put in place to help parents who are having to juggle working from home and home learning. As the UK enters the 5th week of lockdown and subsequent school closures, these resources are welcomed by many parents.
However, many headteachers and experienced home educators continue to encourage parents to not put too much pressure on children (and themselves) in these times. Try and make learning as fun as you can and use some of these FREE online resources to help you manage this time with your children and maybe find some interesting ways to explore the world yourself.
Working from home with children can be a bit tricky, but there are so many resources out there.