Online and remote learning

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Learning from Home

This term our teaching and learning model will be very different to what our school

community is used to and the staff have been very busy learning how to use new tools and

skills.

Teachers will be starting the online/remote learning activities with your child using

Seesaw.

We will be constantly monitoring and evaluating what is working and we will no doubt

make adjustments. We will learn what are the best ways to deliver content and stay

connected with each other.

Our guiding principles for this new online/remote learning environment are:

  • Learning activities must be self-contained and manageable and should not rely too heavily on parents as educators  as parents/carers may not be available at all times during the school day to support learning from home – many will have work, caring or other responsibilities.
  • Mental health and wellbeing is vital and should value the importance of checking-in with each other .

Setting up a Learning Environment

We recognise that every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing home learning under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for an extended period of time.

For some families, having all children around one central table may work best. Where possible, home learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where it can be isolating for your child and supervision can be more challenging.

The learning space should be a place that can be quiet at times and that has a strong internet signal, (where

possible) and where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning, especially whilst online.

Establishing Routines and Expectations

Start and end each day with a 'check-in'. Encourage regular exercise/brain breaks. Options could include exercise, DVDs, apps, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the garden or using home exercise equipment. For example: a stationary bicycle, basketball hoop, or other sporting equipment.

Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children. You should expect the same from your older primary aged children as this will be key to keeping them well rested and ready to learn each day.

It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins, rather than several days later if you notice your child is struggling and feeling confusion which they may do it they do not have a consistent routine.