Learning From Home
The following is a resource for parents and caregivers for learning at home if your child has been identified as a ‘household close contact’ and is required to isolate. It is our shared belief that learning from home should complement school-based learning and should be used as an opportunity to reinforce, revisit, and revise prior school learning and concepts. Given the vastly different environments for students at home, learning at home should be simple and allow for choice based on individual contexts, access to resources and levels of confidence in delivering learning. When only select students are in isolation, it must be understood that classroom teachers are still planning and teaching to the remaining students in their class, face-to-face as per the usual school day. Students isolating at home should access the resources and links on this document while they complete isolation. In periods where significant numbers of students are in isolation, teaching staff will alter their planning to ensure new key concepts and new learning points are not covered at school.
My child is isolating and is unwell/has a positive COVID test
There is no expectation to participate in learning at home. Your child should rest and recuperate as per usual sick leave. Please notify the school to report a positive case of Covid-19 or other sickness.
My child is isolating but is of good health and can participate in schoolwork
There is an expectation that your child is completing some at home learning. If your circumstances change and your child becomes unwell, please inform the school as soon as possible.
ADVICE FOR LEARNING AT HOME:
COMMUNICATION: SeeSaw will be the primary source of communication between teaching staff and students, parents, and caregivers. Please be mindful that classroom teachers are still planning and teaching to the remaining students in their class, face-to-face as per the usual school day and will not be available to you throughout the day.
RELATIONSHIPS: It is important to maintain relationships for your child when in isolation. Where able, consider arranging communications between your child and their peers through technologies such as Web-X, facetime, etc.
TECHNOLOGY: Please be mindful of quality use of screen time. Use appropriate websites and apps to encourage high quality online learning and closely monitor digital technology use at home.
ORGANISE A LEARNING SPACE: If possible, dedicate a space to assist with making learning as normal as possible and for children to focus on their learning and not be distracted.
Oral Language: hold frequent conversations with your child about as many topics as you can. Encourage speaking for a purpose and active listening.
Reading: build reading at every opportunity. Encourage reading for pleasure. Have your child read to you and read to them. This could look like reading a recipe to assist with cooking, instructions to assemble something or literature for enjoyment. Ask questions and prompt your child while reading such as, what is the book about, predict the ending, why are characters behaving certain ways, have they changed etc.
Writing: encourage your child to write each day. This could be from an online prompt, an isolation journal, a narrative or persuasive text or short burst free writing on random topics.
Mathematics: encourage basic multiplication facts and times tables. Use everyday events such as online shopping , digital catalogues and stores. Measure objects around the house with tapes or scales. Build 3D objects and look at all the attributes, for example: how many sides, edges etc. Utilise online links.
Spelling and Vocabulary: identify words during reading tasks for students to practise. Ask your child to scan a text for new or interesting words to study.
Board Games: Uno, Monopoly, Boggle, Scrabble, Pictionary, Chess, Trivial Pursuit, Snakes and Ladders, Numero, Cranium etc are great ways to integrate Literacy, Numeracy and critical thinking and make learning fun.
The Department of Education has sourced and created several online resources that should assist you with learning from home for a school week during an isolation period. You may select areas of interest from the links below.
Most of the links below require student login details. These can found in student homework diaries (Room 8) or obtained from the teacher via SeeSaw.