School for the few, not the many

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By Fe Luton
Director of Research & Content at; author of the The Big Book of Primary Club Resources: Science and Outdoor Learning & The Big Book of Primary Club Resources: Creative Arts

*Original article published 25th March 2020.

In this article, educational expert Fe Luton suggests a range of fun activity ideas suitable for children of all ages.

Children doing craft activities

Schools may officially be closed, but they remain open for those children of key workers and those who are most vulnerable. The question is – in reality, how can these ‘school days’ work? What does in-school childcare will look like? Since March 2020, this has been uncharted territory. While it will doubtless vary considerably from school to school, logistics will be key and maintaining some sense of routine will be crucial.

Many schools are looking to have a mix of activities across the curriculum spectrum, but without following the National Curriculum. Classes will most likely be mixed age, especially in smaller form entries, and the teaching may vary from day-to-day or week-to-week. Maintaining a clear routine will be important for both children and staff, as will ensuring variety and enjoyment. Keep in mind that maintaining the mental and physical health and wellbeing of all involved will also be essential.

You may be able to do a weekly theme, or focus on a clear end product. This would give children some kind of purpose without making it stressful for them or you!

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