Robert Ferguson Primary School, East Dale Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle, CA2 5LA 01228 535091
Headteacher Mr Graham Frost BEd (Hons) NPQH MA

Learning at Home

During times of school closure, we will update the school website frequently, so keep checking back. You can find the class pages in the Learning menu. Children also have their own username and passwords which give them access to activities, games, the teacher noticeboard and the opportunity to communicate with their teachers.

Early Years Routine

Children benefit from routine. We recommend you plan a daily routine and try to stick to it.

Early Years children will benefit from a routine which includes many of the following:

  • Reading stories together and talking about them (this could happen more than once).
  • Playing a simple board or card game and completing jigsaw puzzles.
  • Drawing, writing or colouring activities.
  • Making a den indoors and enjoying a picnic lunch in your den.
  • Watching some TV together and discussing what is happening.
  • Baking a cake or delicious cookies.
  • Enjoying some time in the fresh air (we recommend you do this more than once).
Storing different types of toys in separate boxes is a good idea, getting them out and putting them away at set times. Children play more purposefully and with more concentration if they are not distracted by a mixture of things.

Children are more interested in writing if it has a purpose, such as writing a note to give to someone. A neighbour or friend might be delighted to receive a picture or note through their door, particularly if they are self-isolating.

Routine for Older Children

Routine is just as important for older children, for their mental well-being as well as their learning, but they can manage longer periods of time concentrating on a particular task. Getting up and getting dressed at a set time is very important. School routine includes getting outside for exercise if at all possible, so try to keep this up. Make sure reading, writing and maths feature during each day. Using their login details they can access Purple Mash and other online activities, as well as finding suggestions from their teachers for what they can be doing each day.

As they may be doing online learning, it is important to ensure that screen time is limited to set periods of time each day.

Daily routine should also include some project work, art, crafts, toys and games.