During lock down, should we still do schoolwork in the Easter Holidays?

Officially we are in our Easter Holidays so this normally means we should have two weeks of no school work.. HOORAY!! But we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation due to coronavirus, meaning its nothing we have experienced before. With this in mind, should we consider carrying on with some sort of schoolwork, even throughout the holidays?

On social media, Google, etc. there is so much information and advice telling us how important it is to keep routine. Getting up at the same time as usual, getting washed and dressed, not just staying in our pajamas, all of which are part of a routine. Routine gives structure and purpose to our day so that we actually have an idea how the day is going to go. If we don’t have a structure and just sit around all day, we could develop some anxiety or stress issues. Continuing with school work doesn't have to mean lots of math's and English, there are other and more creative ways to learn such as clay-modeling your favorite character from a book you are reading , writing a story and then draw a picture for it or just an art lesson in general since this is a lesson that you do in school anyway. This may not be what you would consider a ‘normal’ school day, but your brain is still ticking, and you have structure to break down your day – win all round!

On the other side of this, some people might still feel that they shouldn’t have to do any work due to the fact that it is their Holiday break. This is understandable as they would usually have little or no schoolwork to do during this period of Easter. However, as I mentioned before this is not a normal situation and we have already missed two whole weeks with our class and teachers. If some do decide they do not want to do any school work during holidays, instead of spending the time gaming and on screens, it may be best to play outside as much as possible as that is amazing for your mental and physical health.

Therefore, using skepticism with an open mind, I feel we should do a small amount of work each day as It keeps structure so when we re-enter the real world after all of this it won't be such a big change. I also feel that we should try our very hardest to keep up with our schoolwork. This is a worrying time and I believe it is so important that we stay in routine to keep our mental health stable.

Thank you for reading


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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    08 Apr 2020

    Hi loyal_insect,

    Thank you for this post. Although it isn's directly linked to our topic about the NHS, many of the 'stay at home' measures, such as closing schools, are all linked to our health and supporting the NHS.

    I've given you a star for this post because you've used reasoning well to consider whether to continue with school work over the Easter break. Your argument around maintaining some structure and routine to the day was particularly convincing.

    What are some of the challenges you're finding when working from home? For example, at the BNC, we're finding it takes longer to ask and answer questions...especailly if our internet is slow! Are there also some perks?

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School loyal_insect | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Apr 2020

    Thank you so very much for giving me a star, and to answer your question about the flaws with home schooling in this current situation are:

    Since everyone is going on online, school websites such as MyMaths, Times Table Rockstar's etc. has very slow connection whereas at actual school our teachers would give us sheets or teach us new things which don’t need us to constantly be online.

    Because my mum isn’t an actual teacher, I sometimes find that I don’t have as much to do, or I am doing the same type of things over and over. I am not blaming my mum at all as she is doing a great job; no one knew or knows how long this is going to go on for, so we are all just doing our best!

    I feel that for you all at the BNC, you all must feel like you are under a lot of pressure due to the fact that everyone is going on it to post or comment. I hope that it isn’t too bad for you all, and actually, I like waiting for a response as I love surprises!

    One last slight problem is that everyone is getting under everyone else's feet and all arguing over silly little things only because, like I said in my post, this situation is unprecedented, and we weren't really ready so this is all a bit of a shock and a stress but we will all get through this and we are already getting a lot better.

    Thank you so much again for giving my post a star and for reading this.


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  • Lyons Hall Primary School intrepid_hurricane | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    09 Apr 2020

    I think that you have asked a very interesting question here, loyal_insect. I have come up with a balanced argument as to which we should think about. On the one hand, I think that we shouldn't do and work in the Easter Holidays even thought we're on lockdown. This is because if we weren't on lockdown, then we would only have to do a little art project or even a topic PowerPoint. I think that we wouldn't have to do much, or even anything at all. But, like you said, schoolwork doesn't just mean the basic topics.It's also our holiday and we wouldn't really want to do much 'learning or schoolwork'. In my spare time, I like to comment on the Hub, play some games or do something artsy.
    On the other hand, some people might think that we should do some school work as we are on a break. We have already missed quite a few weeks which has taken time off of our usual school period so we should do some learning to make up for that. I'm sure that most of us have online school or homework packs to do at home if your not in school as well. Our teachers would have given us some work as well to keep us busy and we even have a BNC Easter Egg hunt!
    So, to conclude, I think that we should do some school work during the Easter Holidays because that is what we would normally do if we weren't on lockdown.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    13 Apr 2020

    As I am in year 6 my school has provided everyone reading maths and grammar CGP books and because they are expensive, everyday I do work from them just because we are in Easter holidays we should probably still do work

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    20 Apr 2020

    Should we do work in the Easter holidays, or not?
    On the one hand, I think that we should all do work. This is because the people that are in schools are all doing work so I think its fair if we all do a bit of work and a bit of fun everyday. Also, we are not doing the amount of work that we are normally doing on a day to day basis so if we work in the holidays, we will not fall behind. We would normally be set homework for the Easter holidays anyway so our online work replaces that.
    On the other hand, I think that we shouldn't all have to do work in the Easter holidays. The reason for this is because if the coronavirus wasn't a thing we would all be at home doing whatever we want and despite the fact that people in schools are doing work I think that we don't have to.
    To conclude, I think that we should all be doing work in the Easter holidays because there are more reasons to than not to.
    Thanks for reading,

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School generous_seagull | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    29 Jun 2020

    I think the fairest thing to do is to just do work one day then next day don’t until the Easter holidays end. Once it ends then carry on doing work every day.

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