Chapter 3: For primary school children

Once your child has begun Key Stage 1, they will get more and more work as the years go by. For this reason, it’s even more important that they have time to relax, so that they don’t get overwhelmed before they have even started secondary school.Many parents ask us how they should divide their child’s time between school and extracurriculars.This will vary depending on the school and the individual, but we’ve put together a potential timetable of what your child should aim to do:

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
Timings & suggested activities SCHOOL SCHOOL SCHOOL SCHOOL SCHOOL FREE FREE
After school:

30 mins – 1 hr of sport

 

After school:

Free play or playdate

 

After school:

30 mins – 1 hr of music/art

 

After school:

Free play or playdate

After school:

Free play or playdate

 

Spend most of the day outside or playing

Spend most of the day outside or playing

Evening:
Complete any HW
Evening:

FREE

Evening:
Complete any HW
Evening:

FREE

Evening:
Complete any HW
15 mins reading before bed 15 mins reading before bed 15 mins reading before bed 15 mins reading before bed

Free evening, maybe watch a film

15 mins reading before bed Evening: prepare for week with 30 mins of school work

As the red zones in the table above show, every child should have an occasion to play every day.

A good rule of thumb to follow is:

• 2 extra-curricular activities per week are more than enough. It doesn’t matter when your child does these, but it is best to space them out to allow time to rest.
• Make sure your child plays with other children! Organise extra-curricular activities for your child and a friend, or just make sure they do plenty of socialising outside of school.
• When it comes to homework, do not spend more than 20 minutes per day, or half an hour as your child gets to Year 5 and 6.

Some schools do not give homework at all, but simply encourage children to read. This means children can spend more time playing and chatting, which is really great for their development!