Achieving Academic Excellence
Achieving Academic Excellence
As the days get darker and cooler, it’s natural for our children to spend more time indoors.
Before they get hooked on episodes of their favourite show, there are plenty of winter home study ideas to get some extra lesson time that feels like fun.
Bringing the classroom into the home helps your child get ahead in key subjects, and winter activities can also be fun for all the family to get involved in.
As the season changes, you can follow the natural flow of the school curriculum whilst bringing some extra tutoring time through fun home study.
Winter is a great time to explore every subject from the comfort of your home and garden. From identifying plants and animals in Year 1 to classification in Years 4 and 5 and life cycles in Year 6.
Home study can include everything from creating bug dens and ice mandalas to measuring rainfall and learning about the life cycles of seeds and winter vegetables.
It is also a great time of year to explore natural changes beyond the yearly calendar, observing changes in habitat and weather patterns as the years go by.
Following these outdoor observations, explore some cold weather science inside or out: investigate freezing and melting from EYFS up, linking to changing states of matter and environmental changes in Year 4.
Observing the changes in seasons, especially wind, rain, and snow, can be a fantastic way for children of all ages to understand science, geography and even history!
Not only is sledging a whole lot of fun, but it can also be an exciting way to teach children about potential, friction and kinetic energy. No snow yet? No problem! You can create mini snowscapes at home and use toys to try out mini sledges on a smaller scale.
Storytelling is a festive way to bring myths, history and traditions to life. Creating their own stories also helps develop children’s English skills – whether they write them down or articulate them through narration.
How do different animals live and keep warm in winter? Aside from creating cosy bug farms and hedgehog hideouts, older children can also research other global animals, such as polar bears, penguins and birds of prey.
Creating mini hibernation homes for all animals affected by winter weather is a significant environmental project and gets children thinking about our role in preserving natural habitats. You can even combine this activity with science by creating a warm shelter and mixing gelatine with hot water to test how quickly it solidifies.
Whether there’s snow outside or just crisp icy grass, you can use your garden or local park to track animal prints. From dogs and cats to birds and hedgehogs, you can use free educational guides like the one created by childhood by nature to hunt down evidence of wildlife.
Once you have found tracks, your children can create stories about the lives of these animals, even connecting stories back to the track direction to learn about making inferences in reading!
Every good gardener knows winter is the best time for planting seeds and bulbs for Spring. Downloading a free planting guide and planning for Spring is excellent for learning about growing plants and a vital learning tool for preparing for any study or exam.
Planning, regular watering and watching someone grow from a tiny seed are all learning and life skills kids of all ages will benefit from.
Observing any animal habitat is fascinating and easy to bring into any home study routine.
Wherever you are in the world, you won’t be far from a pine tree. Collecting pine cones is fun for making winter crafts and can be a great way to teach children about adaption.
Observing the difference between closed and open pine cones, children of all ages can have fun submerging them in water and watching how it naturally closes when exposed to moisture. Using simple experiments like this can get children thinking about how organisms adapt to survive,
Winter ice is the best way to bring learning about states of matter to life. Check out these gorgeous ice sun catchers —so easy to make with paper plates! Hike around your school grounds to collect nature items like ice pieces, evergreen branches, pinecones, and winter berries. Study examples of mandala designs and create your own using the snow as a canvas.
Make a triangle/square/polygon from twigs; make a circle using stones; find eight brown leaves, find ten stones, find two birds; use natural concrete manipulatives for maths operations.
Here at A Star Tuition Group, we know that studying at home can be fun and transformative. Lessons are fun, interactive and engaging, so you can be sure your child will love learning! At the same time, we follow the National Curriculum and teach the methods your child is taught in school daily. We support pupils aged 6-18.