SEND Home Learning

Ideas for learning at home

We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but please be assured that we’ll continue doing everything we can to keep supporting you and your child. It is a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel worried at the moment. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please contact their class teacher via the class email addresses or contact me at 

I know many parents and families are juggling home learning with work and other commitments, so it is important that we look after each other and do what we can to offer support. Teachers are busy supporting their class with home learning via email, all children have received textbooks to support with English and maths, Mr Manning has been sending out updates on different websites and Mrs Charlton has been doing a fabulous job at updating our home learning tab on the website. In addition to these resources, I have collated some ideas below which I hope will help those children who are struggling to understand what it is happening right now and also those who may need support to adjust to a different routine. 

Helping your child at home whilst school is closed:

It is important to remember - no one expects parents to act as teachers, there is no expected amount of work to be completed each day and there certainly isn't a particular resource that you have to use. Please ensure that you map out what works for you and your family, whether that be online, through the textbooks, on Times Tables Rock Stars or an activity set by you.

Here are some activities or ideas to help support learning in your home:

Structuring the day

Do not worry about trying to maintain a full timetable for your child like they have at school, however you may find that your child will feel more comfortable with a predictable routine.  Here are some ideas of what you could include in your timetable:

  • get up and go to bed at the same time each day;
  • have regular meal times;
  • have regular breaks;
  • make time to be active;
  • take time to read; and
  • perhaps complete at least one learning activity a day (English and maths). 

Now and Next

It can be really useful for a child to know what they need to complete now and what is going to happen next. In school, we sometimes use a chart called 'Now and Next' to support us in achieving structure and giving children notice. To do this, we ensure we share with the child the activity we are doing now and place this in the box and then we discuss that once this activity is complete we are going to the next given activity and place that in the box. It is also important that we share what is expected for the activity to be complete, this may be that you are spending a certain amount of time on it or it might be that the child has to be able to complete a certain amount- it is just important that we share this criteria. If possible, a timer is a great way to achieve this or perhaps a dot in the margin or a certain amount of questions. 


My Happy Mind

If you are looking for ways to develop relaxation, build self-esteem and improve your whole family’s wellbeing while you are at home, 'myHappymind' are providing access to online activities for nursery children all the way to Year 6. Simply visit the website link below and sign up for your daily sessions. 

My Happy Mind


Emotional Literacy

Mrs Deakin, our fantastic ELSA, has uploaded lots of great resources to help the whole family with their wellbeing and mental health under our ELSA tab on the homepage. 


StarLine is available to all parents and carers of school children nationwide. StarLine’s team of education and parenting experts will share tips, techniques and resources to help young people continue their learning while schools are closed, and to support family wellbeing. Parents and carers will be guided to help their children create regular routines and study habits, offering practical steps to take and access to quality resources. Parents phoning the helpline may require support with a specific topic, such as algebra or English, or simply be looking for tips about how to structure the day, deal with difficult behaviour or manage the learning of several children.

StarLine is open six days a week and covers all areas of the curriculum across all phases of education. In addition to qualified teachers, callers can speak to experienced education and parenting experts who can provide support and advice on behaviour, wellbeing and help for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities. Callers will be asked to provide details of their enquiry so that they can be passed to an expert with the appropriate knowledge and experience. All calls will be confidential.

Website links

Parents' Toolkit: SEND

StarLine Advice

Other resources 

Please find some useful resources below and any letters or updates which we have sent out around SEND. 

Stay safe and please do email me if you need any ideas or help!

Mrs Higginson



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Chester, Cheshire CH2 4LT

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