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  • Camping is such a good idea I might get nick it

  • luckily we have a garden, so planning to do some camping out too

  • We don't have a garden but we've done camping in the front room. Sleeping bags, TV with a campfire video from Youtube, marshmallows toasted on a candle.

  • to parents of pre-schoolers: how much structure are you putting into your days? I've had my son solo for the past 2 weeks and we've just done whatever. Lego, drawing, cooking, bit of TV (limited), jigsaws, 'going on an adventure', playing outside.

    one of the games we like is 'pictures of animals' where we choose an animal and look at it on Google images. i let my son type the animal in, and it's really helped with him recognising letters, but he's not really there at all with writing them yet.

    i guess what i'm saying is what's everyone else doing at that age? I have NO idea what 'level' of achievement they're supposed to be at.

  • I have NO idea what 'level' of achievement they're supposed to be at.

    I'm dealing with a 2.5 yo. And level of achievement doesn't come into it for me. As a secondary teacher the thing that stands out among the higher attainers is inquisitiveness. So the animal picture game sounds ideal. What a search type of game? Find an object that begins with a certain letter etc...

  • ha it literally stems from me showing him pictures of his favourite animal (alpacas) once. then he asked to see pictures of other animals, and i helped him type the letters, which he likes. he's always liked talking about what words begin with, and now we're working on spelling out very simple words like 'pig' and 'cat' and 'dog'.

    so for example he'll say 'daddy i want to look at pictures of lego cows' (genuine request from last week) and i'll say 'ok what does lego begin with?' and we go from there and work together to spell it out. it also helps him understand the difference between capital and lowercase letters because the keyboard has caps on but the GIS search bar shows lowercase, which he's getting to grips with.

  • @fizzy.bleach I think this sounds fine.

    I'm no expert but I'm guessing being around dad/mum and learning and playing and doing is pretty fucking rad.

  • Yep, we have a four year old, and doing similar, if you have a smart speaker you can also get it to make the animal noises, kept ours amused for a long time... me less so.

  • I have NO idea what 'level' of achievement they're supposed to be at.

    Level 1. Child led play, learning through playing, exploring etc. Just have fun and spend time together!

  • Currently in a tent - in garden - in a corner of suburbia with my 4 and 7 yr old - Listening to many sirens and motorbike racers ragging it up the main road . Fully expecting to be woken at 3 in the morning when the little one pisses In his sleeping bag. Wife thinks I’ve gone bonkers.

  • Sounds Awesome, can't wait until mine is old enough to camp in the garden!

  • You both might enjoy this book, if not already got:


  • Wet sleeping bag and only about 4 hrs sleep - kids slept and liked it tho so that's the main thing i guess...no where near grateful enough tho - spoilt buggers ...

  • No one sleeps well under canvas, we're too used to staying up under electric lights rather than going to sleep with the dark.

    You sound all set for another go soon though!

  • Garden camping for the win! Preceded by marshmallow toasting using the barbecue as a firepit.

  • Ofsted inspector has been round...

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  • What’s current guidance re. groups like forest schools. Haven’t seen anything saying out of school settings are off? Ours and another outdoor group (usually attended only by our 3yo and maybe one or two others) have both just cancelled indefinitely after both previously announcing they were going to start up his Thursday for the first time since March. Mrs CYOA probably more upset than baby CYOA. All the local home ed crew seem to be giving up and sending kids to school. Now getting the fear a bit as we’d always planned to home educate but if he can’t go to anything... ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Rule of 6 is killing all kind of activites that slipped through the exemption list

  • Like grouse shooting. Cool.

  • Exactly, just pop the kids in Barbours and give them shotguns

  • Hopefully useful for someone:

    The BBC is to deliver the biggest education offer in its history across more of its platforms. It will bring together BBC Two, CBBC, BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer and online to deliver a new education offer to children, teachers and parents as a third national lockdown begins.

    Reacting quickly to the news of UK schools moving to remote learning, the new offer from the BBC will ensure all children can access curriculum-based learning, even if they don’t have access to the internet.

    Starting on Monday 11 January, each week day on CBBC will see a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as other educational programming such as Our School and Celebrity Supply Teacher and much loved titles such as Horrible Histories, Art Ninja and Operation Ouch.

    BBC Two will cater for secondary students with programming to support the GCSE curriculum, with a least two hours of content each weekday.

    Content will be built around Bitesize Daily secondary shows, complemented by Shakespeare and classic drama adaptations alongside science, history and factual titles from the BBC’s award-winning factual programming units.

    Bitesize Daily primary and secondary will also air every day on BBC Red Button as well as episodes being available on demand on BBC iPlayer.

    This TV offer sits alongside a wealth of online content which parents, children and teachers can access when and where they need it:

    For primary, BBC Bitesize online has an expanded offer of structured lessons in Maths and English for all year groups - these can be used at home or in the classroom. ‘This Term’s Topics’ also covers other curriculum subjects and curates learning content that works for the Spring curriculum. This content can be easily incorporated into a learning plan or used to explore different topics at home. Visit bbc.co.uk/bit…ize, click on the year group and subject and all the content is there.

    For secondary pupils, Bitesize is also home to two-week learning packs for English and Maths in KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9) as well as This Term’s Topics for other subjects to be used at home or to support teachers in the remote classrooms.

    For students in Years 10 and 11, the Bitesize GCSE offer allows students to pick their exam board and subject to find everything they need to help with their studies. Visit bbc.co.uk/bit…ary for details.


  • A humble resources offering but I made some print-ables for my 5 and 8 yr olds. Might be useful for someone - KS1 is a lot of "draw a robin and write some facts about it" right now. The grids are for my 8yo to draw minecraft stuff mostly but probs good for maths and that.

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  • 10 frames for maths today.

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  • Nice one! Thanks.

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