Our tips on keeping children and young ones entertained through the second lockdown
With the second national lockdown coming into force tomorrow on 5th November, many parents are now faced with the prospect of having to keep their children entertained without ever leaving the home environment. With many schools operating shorter hours, and four full weekends during the lockdown period, that could mean a lot of bored children, so we have put together some useful links and resources to make this second lockdown as productive (and peaceful) as it can possibly be.
1) For those parents out there with younger children, Save The Children UK have put together an absolute treasure-trove of resources to keep you and your family entertained through lockdown and beyond. From printable resources to videos that you can follow along and make crafty items with, this website is certain to be of use for the next month or so https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/what-we-do/coronavirus-information-advice/keeping-kids-entertained-during-lockdown
2) Over the first lockdown period sales of flour went through the roof thanks to a boom in home baking and something of a resurgence for traditional past times, such as cooking. If you are facing this lockdown with trepidation then simply open the cupboards and get the kids involved – baking a cake can be a rewarding activity for all involved and gets your little ones comfortable in the kitchen environment, invaluable for later life. If you are looking for simple recipes, then try here or if you are unsure as to what to make then visit this website which will allow you to enter ingredients you already have and it will produce different recipe options using only those items.
3) Somewhat of a favourite amongst teens, YouTube can also be a handy option when it comes to filling those long lockdown weekends. If you want to try something sporty and use up some of that youthful energy, why not look through Joe Wickes’ channel here
4) No matter what age your children are, it is never too early (or too late) to start learning a language and doing something productive during lockdown will help the whole household to feel more upbeat. Languages are a great way to expand horizons and research has shown that the process of learning a language can improve a child’s performance in other areas of study, such as Maths and English. At the moment, Lingvist have made their platform free of charge so that students can use their resources and begin the process of learning a whole new language! If you are learning French, Spanish or German then using television streaming services such as Netflix will also help you thanks to their selection of foreign language programming with cartoons such as Le Petit Prince freely available.
5) With this second lockdown coming into place, many parents will be worried about the effect on their child’s education as we have never seen such long periods with reduced schooling, or no schooling whatsoever. If you would like to supplement your child’s education why not sign up for a free trial of one of our Arlen Academy group online classes? The trial lesson is completely free of charge and our lessons are taught by qualified, DBS verified teachers who specialise in online learning. See our full timetable of classes below and feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01335 388 355. You can also peruse all of our lessons here.
|Year 13 Chemistry||Mondays||6:10 – 8:10||Sheralynne|
|Year 13 Biology||Wednesdays||5pm – 7pm||Claire|
|Year 13 Maths||Thursdays||5:00 – 6.30pm||Kara|
|Year 12 Biology 1||Mondays||4:30 – 6pm||Rachel|
|Year 12 English||Tuesdays||4:30 – 6pm||Helen|
|Year 12 Maths 1||Thursdays||6.30 – 8pm||Kara|
|Year 12 Chemistry 2||Thursdays||6:10 – 7:40pm||Sheralynne|
|Year 11 English Language Higher||Mondays||4:30 – 6pm||Helen|
|Year 11 Biology||Tuesdays||5:00 – 6.30pm||Anish|
|Year 11 Chemistry||Wednesdays||5:00 – 6.30pm||Anish|
|Year 11 Maths HT 4-6||Thursdays||4:30 – 6pm||Alan|
|Year 11 Physics||Mondays||5:30 – 7pm||Abi|
|Year 10 English Language Higher||Tuesdays||6:10 – 7:40pm||Meera|
|Year 10 Maths HT||Thursdays||4:30 – 6pm||Sheralynne|
|Year 10 Maths FT||Wednesdays||4:30 – 6pm||Sheralynne|
|Year 10 Science||Fridays||4:30 – 6pm||Abi|
|KS3 Maths Silver||Wednesdays||4:30 – 6pm||Ashley|
|KS3 English||Fridays||4:30 – 6pm||Vicky|
|Retake Maths||Mondays||4:30 – 6pm||Sheralynne|