A Personal Look into Breaks in Online Schooling – Wait, Do They Even Exist?

So, you’re probably wondering – online schools, they’re all the rave these days, but do they give you time to nip out for a biscuit and a brew like the good old brick-and-mortar ones do? It’s easy to imagine everyone trapped behind screens, isn’t it? Right, let’s dive into this burning question: does online school have breaks?

Why Breaks Aren’t Just for Biscuits and Brews
Before we hop into our digital exploration, let’s remember the unsung heroes of our school days – those little breaks. No, they weren’t just for trading footie stickers or chatting about the telly from the night before.



Taking a step back from learning helps your brain to, well, breathe. Sounds daft, but it’s true! Ever tried to memorise the entire script of your favourite show in one go? It’s a bit much, right? Breaks help our noggins to process and refresh.

Do Digital Classrooms Have… Non-Digital Breaks?
Now, onto the world of pixels and virtual hand raises. Here’s the scoop on breaks:

  • Structured Teatimes: Okay, maybe not actual teatimes, but many online schools do stick to schedules akin to their offline counterparts. So yes, there’s time to rustle up some toast or chat about the weather with your mum.
  • The Joy of Picking Your Own Breaks: One fab thing about online schools? The freedom! If you fancy a stretch or a wander around the garden every hour, who’s stopping you? Sure, there’s a recommended structure, but a bit of leeway lets you find your own groove.
  • E-Clubs and Other Fun Diversions: You’ve got your chess clubs, music sessions, and even virtual trips to cool places! Breaks don’t have to mean shutting off; sometimes, it’s about switching gears.

Too Much Screen Time? Pull the Plug and Streeeetch
Remember the joys of spending hours on your favourite video game, only to have square eyes by the end? (Kidding, that’s not a real thing. Or is it?) Online schools get it; they don’t want you to become part computer. When break time rolls around, it’s off-screen antics for the win.

A Cheeky Peek at How Our School Does It
Alright, time for a little toot of our own horn. We’ve nailed the online school game, if we say so ourselves. But we also cherish those break times. Our virtual days mimic the rhythm of traditional British schools – there’s always time for a sandwich and a chinwag.

But here’s the magic – there’s wiggle room. Some days you might need more breaks, some days fewer. We get that. Also, pro tip: teachers have a sixth sense about when you’re fading, so don’t be surprised if they suggest a quick break!

Wrapping It Up
Online schools? Absolutely smashing, especially for our digital age. But breaks? Still as golden as ever. Whether it’s to ponder over the wonders of the universe or simply daydream about your next holiday, these pauses, virtual or not, are essential. And, if you’re studying with us, remember – breaks are when some of the best memories happen, even if it’s just you and your cuppa.



Brilliant Ways to Make the Most of Your Online School Break

Isn’t it just the bee’s knees when you see that notification pop up saying, “Time for a break”? You might be thinking: What’s the best way to spend these precious free minutes, especially when you’re all settled in at home? Fear not, dear readers. Whether it’s a quick 15-minute respite or a longer hour-long break, we’ve rustled up some top-notch ideas to help you make the most of it.

1. Embark on a Mini Adventure
Now, before you get too excited, we’re not asking you to pop over to Spain and back! How about a brisk stroll around the block? Fresh air does wonders for the brain. Not to mention, if you’re in Blighty, there’s always that unpredictability of weather. One minute you’re under clouds, the next there’s a drizzle, and suddenly, a rainbow!

2. Treat Your Taste Buds
Prepare a nice cuppa or whip up a quick sandwich. The great British sandwich isn’t just a midday meal, it’s a symbol. Chicken tikka, egg mayo, or the classic cucumber – there’s a sandwich for every mood! And if sandwiches aren’t your jam, what about baking a scone or two? A cheeky treat to reward yourself for all that hard work.

3. Engage in Musical Merriment
This isn’t about belting out Adele at the top of your lungs (though if you fancy it, why not?). How about just taking a moment to listen to a new British artist? The UK music scene is brimming with talent, from Stormzy to Ed Sheeran to Jorja Smith. Let your hair down and groove out.



4. Catch Up on the Telly – but Only a Bit!
We all have our favourite shows. ‘Peaky Blinders’, ‘The Crown’, or maybe even reruns of ‘Fawlty Towers’. Whatever tickles your fancy, just make sure you don’t fall down the rabbit hole. Maybe just a clip or a trailer, eh? Save the binge-watching for the weekend.

5. Dabble in a Bit of Artistry
Sketch, doodle, paint! You don’t have to be the next Banksy to enjoy this. Let your imagination run wild. Or for those less artistically inclined, how about solving a jigsaw puzzle? It’s strangely therapeutic.

6. Get Physical
No, we’re not suggesting a full-blown workout (unless you want to). A few stretches can go a long way. Maybe even a mini yoga session. Say ‘Namaste’ to relaxation.

Breaks, whether virtual or in real life, are an institution. They are those little pockets of time that let you be you. Here at our school, we believe that taking breaks and enjoying them is just as important as the learning itself. After all, a fresh mind absorbs knowledge better, doesn’t it?

So, next time that break notification pops up, remember – it’s your time. Make the most of it. And always, keep that unique British charm alive, even if it’s just sipping tea or complaining about the weather. That’s who we are, and it’s blooming marvellous!

Thomas Keith Independent School is a top British online private school catering to students from Year 1 to Year 13, covering Primary, Secondary, and Sixth Form levels. This includes all Key Stages from 1 to 5, leading up to GCSE and A Levels. We teach the British curriculum, with all subjects being taught live in real-time classes online.

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