Day plan – Simplicity

30th March 2020

It’s Monday and I think it’s beginning to dawn on me that we are probably going to be doing this for a pretty long time. This week, I’m making a big effort to keep it simple and make it sustainable – you don’t need to do anything to prepare today at all. It’s all about getting the routines down this week. (For more on that see How to: embed routines).

The day


Marnie Makes provides short drawing tutorials/inspiration to complete at home. They are easy for young children to understand and inspire some beautiful work. You only need pencil and paper. I did my first teaching job alongside Marnie and not only is she a stunning artist, she’s also the kind of person that children just adore right away, which helps a lot for following her online instructions.


We’ll start the week with a simple review of sounds, delivered by Read Write Inc in their daily Speed Sounds session online.


Children of all ages love Pop See Ko by Zoo Koo Kangaroo. Listen, join in with the actions and have fun making up your own moves and verses.


I hear a lot of people are baking bread these days, which I massively encourage – it’s cheap, simple and quite therapeutic. But I’ll be honest, I was going to use this time to get lunch done, so the children can help wash and cut the vegetables and measure ingredients for a cauliflower soup.

There are a lot of ways to use cooking to help children develop language (narrate what you are doing and encourage them to use all their senses to describe the food), healthy habits (talk about why this food is good for us) and maths skills (talk about quantities, sharing, the numerals in the recipe). NRICH have produced this excellent one-page guide for using cooking to teach maths.



Oliver Jeffer’s reading his beautiful story, Up and Down, especially for us stick at home in the lockdown.


The children choose what they want to do. If they are at a loss, I will suggest my old friend Cosmic Kids Yoga (this is a really easy one for even young toddlers to follow). I really want the children to do more physical activity than they are right now, but we just don’t have the coordination or space for Joe Wicks.


Time for the children to enjoy that soup they made. They can have a bit of runabout time afterwards if they have time.


Quiet time for me and them. They can look at their own books (if you don’t have enough at home, here are tips on finding free books online) or listen to the fabulous Story Pirates podcast.

Time for the children to choose what they want to play with. I’ve recently discovered the great children’s games made by The Science Museum and could introduce them to the addictive and free Launchball, which allows you to play and design your own levels.

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