Welcome to the Home Learning Resources section of the website.
Working at home: advice for all students
Create a designated space to work. It needs to be somewhere quiet, and away from other distractions. It’s not a good idea to work sitting on your bed, for example; this can cause difficulty separating school work from the rest of your day. Although your work needs to be taken off the school website, wherever possible, try to work on paper to give yourself a break from screens.
Follow a routine. Get up and get dressed in the morning – even though you’re not going anywhere, being ready for the day gives your brain the signal that it’s time to start work. Try to follow your timetable; we design timetables to give an appropriate amount of time to each subject area based on your key stage, so that’s a good place to start. It will also mean that you take regular breaks.
Look after your mental and physical health. Try to eat sensibly, at regular intervals, and to move your body during the day. There are lots of resources available online for excellent home exercise routines which can be done with minimal space and equipment. Stay in touch with friends and family whilst being sensible and protecting your health. If you find things are starting to get on top of you, we have collected together some mental health resources which can be found towards the bottom of the list of menu options on this page.
Advice for parents
Be realistic about what you can do. You're not expected to become teachers and we aren't expecting children to learn as they do in school. Provide structure, a place to work and encouragement to keep trying with their learning.
Remember that every household is different. The routine you create may well be different to other families you know, and that’s fine. It’s important that you find systems and structures that work for you and your children. If you have more than one child, consider combining their timetables.
Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. The practice of mindfulness can be a helpful tool in managing anxieties and maintaining good mental health. Pearson Education has some useful resources to get you started, both in supporting yourself and your child.
Follow a routine. This is what your children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas! Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership. Having said that – be flexible. Check in with your children as they are working; if a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible.
Separate school and the rest of your home life. Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over. Try also to distinguish between weekdays and weekends; there is no need to do school work at the weekends.
As well as the work prepared for you by DJCS staff, there are some excellent online resources available. BBC Bitesize, Seneca Learning, and TED Ed are great places to start. Lots of companies have also made their resources available as a response to the current situation; check subject areas for their recommendations over the coming weeks.