I’m always a bit wary of writing down my plans, as inevitably things change as the children state their own interests and things come up that take us in a different direction. But, I have been asked by others to share some of our plans, so it seems like there is some value in doing so.
The core subjects
I make no apologies for focussing on the core subjects. We think it’s important the children get a good grounding in the basics. Time has taught me that little and often works well for us. We cover maths most days, as well as English and this will continue in 2020. I want to introduce some grammar work for the children, as well as working on Emma’s spelling – something that Daniel has never really had any issues with, but something that she needs a little help with. For Daniel it will be working on his handwriting skills.
D – Year 2 – To continue with Maths no Problem and consolidate with other work where necessary. I hope to have completed the current book by the end of the academic year. English will see us continue to work on comprehension work as well as bringing in some grammar work and working on creative writing skills
E – Year 1 – To continue with Maths no Problem and consolidate with other work where necessary. We will continue with the comprehension work as well as looking at some structured approaches to spelling. This will be a bit trial and error as Daniel doesn’t struggle with spelling so I need to find an approach that will work for E. Also plan to introduce some grammar concepts.
H – EYFS – To continue on mark-making. He is keen to work on pen control so we will do that as well as working on some basic mathematical concepts. He can count and recognise his numbers so we will count further as well as introducing ideas of basic addition.
Science – I need to do more on this, and I plan to get back into the Sassafras work we had been doing as well as having regard to topics that the National Curriculum suggest for the children. A friend (who happily has a science-related PhD) is running fortnightly science sessions so my plan is to use these as a catalyst for our science learning
I love the humanities subjects, but that, in turn, makes it a struggle for me to teach. I want the children to love it as I do, but I’m also conscious of keeping it age-appropriate. I plan to use the CGP books as a basis for our learning and plan to order some books next week to form the basis of our curriculum. We will follow these at a low level this year, with a view to building on the depth of knowledge next year.
I am hosting some events at home based on Australia and New Zealand as well as some based on the Ancient Civilisations of the Mayan, Aztecs and the Incas. I also want to do something around World Religions.
We will most likely do a range of small projects to cover off much of this learning.
D and E will continue their Spanish class and I am trialling a home ed one next week for H (and them). I’m not sure if i will work for us as it might be below the level D & E are working at currently, but we will see how we get on. I hope we can make it work out for us.
We will continue to attend swimming lessons each week, and this year will see H join in (he is a bit reluctant at the moment). We also have the weekly PE and Football groups and of course, we get out and about for a walks and exploring etc. E is keen to come running with me, and I hope to get her to parkrun level by Easter so we can do that together and get her running around 10K by the end of the year. She is capable and I hope this is something we can enjoy doing together this year. As well as the physical benefits I hope to enjoy the time just the two of us
So, our plans are quite loose at the moment. I need to spend some time assessing where the children are up to, and where the gaps in their knowledge and understanding are. Whilst I don’t think the National Curriculum is perfect, it does offer a good basis to look at how the children compare to their schooled peers.