Day one of the lockdown and day two of homeschooling.

Officially, school’s are now closed until further notice. The general expectation is that they’ll be closed through to the summer holidays and reopen again in September. This summer’s exams have been cancelled. GCSE’s and A-levels will be awarded based on predicted grades and existing teacher assessment/evidence. However, schools have been asked to stay open to look after children of ‘key workers’, doctors, nurses, police officers, armed forces, supermarket workers, delivery drivers, financial industry workers and a few others. Without school’s these children may be looked after by their elderly grandparents – something the government needs to avoid as over 70s are being asked to self-isolate – or their parents who would have to take time off work, keeping them away from the effort to save lives and save the economy.

School leaders aren’t ones to walk away from their children. Almost unanimously schools decided to issue work for children to complete at home. Each school is approaching it in a different way, like everything at the moment, there’s no rule book, no instructions, no right way to do things. Chloe has been given a pack of work to complete over the next couple of weeks, while her sisters are receiving daily emails from teachers who are setting work. Some want the work emailing back for marking, some say they’ll mark it all once school reopens and some have said if you don’t want to do it, you don’t have to. Everybody is learning as we go, there is no single approach, it comes down to what each of us feels is the right thing to do.

Amelia sat down to get on with her maths and history work and Chloe did some maths work, while Hannah quite happily sat on the sofa all day playing on her phone and watching TV. I left her until around 3pm before saying she’d have to do some schoolwork or I wouldn’t let her have tea. School work isn’t a legal obligation right now, but I can’t just let her watch TV all day for the next few months, so some schoolwork needs to happen to keep her mind active, and make sure she doesn’t fall behind everybody else who seem to have been made to sit and work all day according to the posts parents are making online.

After some maths and science work I got her engaged with art and even a bit of PE out in the garden.IMG_7562