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By Oxford Owl, posted on 8th January 2021

Learning at home: lockdown tips for parents

With UK schools closed once again, we’ve pulled together some of our most popular blog posts from the first lockdown to help you support your children’s learning at home. Follow the links below for tips on how to organise the day, how to buy yourself some time, and how to continue developing the skills learned at school.

Organising the day

Education expert and writer James Clements offers up four different approaches to structuring your child’s day learning at home.
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Making a start

James Clements’ top tips for getting started with teaching your child at home, and how to make sense of conflicting advice.
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Learning to read

Everything you need to keep your child’s reading skills developing during the school lockdown.
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Teaching maths at home

Mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey suggests ways you can support your child’s maths development at home without needing to be an expert.
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Buying yourself some time

Ideas for keeping the children busy – in a constructive way – when you need to be getting on with something.
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What would they be learning at school?

James Clements explains what your child would be learning at school, and how we can use (or not use) the curriculum at home.
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What can we learn from teachers?

James Clements talks about the lessons we can learn from teachers about helping your child to learn at home.
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Books to support learning at home

Read with Oxford

Exciting levelled readers to help children develop at home, including favourite characters like Biff, Chip and Kipper, non-fiction books to explore the world around us, and even some superheroes-in-training. For ages 3–8.

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Progress with Oxford

Fun activity books, created to help children practise essential English and maths skills. Fully aligned to the curriculum and designed to support children to work independently. For ages 3–10.

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Bond SATs Skills

Bond SATs Skills workbooks are designed to be worked through by your child at their own pace. Each workbook contains ten units of activities, packed full of SATs-style questions covering the topics children need to master. For ages 8–11.

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Oxford Children’s Dictionaries

Oxford Children’s Dictionaries are specially created to help children develop their vocabulary and understanding, with age-appropriate definitions carefully levelled for different reading stages. For ages 4–13.

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