Things have been changing in education at a rapid pace and we have endeavoured to keep you as up to date as possible. While we are still bound by the directives of our government, we want our families to be aware that we have a plan in place should we need to continue with distance education throughout Term 2. We hope that the following information provides you with some clarification about how this will look.
All communication will now be through electronic media.
- Seesaw App - this is your main portal to access learning tasks and teacher support, unless you have organised an alternative arrangement with your child’s teacher.
- Email - all school updates and the newsletter will be sent via email.
- Website - all school updates plus other useful links will be available on our school website USEFUL LINKS
What will Learning at Home look Like?
- Learning at Home will start if the government gives a directive to do so. This will be ready for the start of Term 2, Wednesday 29th April.
- Timetables for each class will be provided via the Seesaw App each week.
- Supporting work packs will be made available to all families. The first work pack will be ready for collection Tuesday 28th April. More details about work pack collection will be provided early Term 2. The logistics of this will be dependent on the government social distance requirements at the time.
- Each week, parents will be provided with sufficient work for five days for Pre Primary - Year 6 students, and two days each week for Kindergarten students.
- Timetables will include suggested daily time allocations. Parents can modify the programs to meet the needs of their individual children.
- Teachers will clearly indicate activities which are;
- Can do (Orange) Additional activities that can be completed if possible
- Assessment (Green) Three pieces of work for students to submit each week via seesaw. Teachers will provide encouraging comments and feedback for these pieces.
- Teachers will inform parents of a communication window (two hours per day) where they will respond to questions and queries they receive. This will occur via Seesaw or email.
Suggested Daily Time Allocation for Parents / Students
- Kindy - 60 minutes throughout the day
- Pre-Primary - Year 2 - 90 minutes throughout the day
- Year 3 & 4 - 2 hours throughout the day
- Year 5 & 6 - 2½ hours throughout the day
The timetable your child’s teacher provides you with should be used as a guide. We suggest you take regular breaks throughout the learning sessions. You should time the learning sessions around home routines. For some families a morning learning time will suit. For others the afternoons will be better.
Achieving Success at Home
Throughout the week, parents should feel free to mark, comment and give feedback on their child’s schoolwork as it is completed. Teachers value the participation of parents. Communication is a two-way process and we encourage parents to remain in regular contact with teachers.
A Learning at Home support package consisting of 10 strategies has been uploaded to the school website (https://boyanupps.wa.edu.au/support-strategies-for-home-learning.html) . This will provide information and strategies to support families with learning at home. We strongly encourage you to read this information, and complete the activities where possible, to help create the best learning environment for your children at home.
Children with Additional Needs
Children with learning difficulties or special needs may need a modified learning program developed for them. Your classroom teacher is your first port of call and they will work with your child’s Special Needs Assistant to best support your child. Your child’s education assistant from school will prove to be a wealth of knowledge in this area.
Online Subscription to Support Learning at Home
All students from Kindy to Year 6 will have access to the following subscriptions.
K-6 Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress
Your child’s teacher will be in touch with their login details.
Now is the time to be extra vigilant when your child/ren are using devices online. Children will innocently engage with popups, messages and anything that looks interesting on the screen. To keep your child/ren safe when using devices;
- Establish strict rules and stick to them,
- Educate about Cyber safety;
- Never post or trade personal pictures,
- Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location,
- Use only a screen name and don't share passwords (other than with parents),
- Never agree to get together in person with anyone met online without parent approval and/or supervision,
- Never respond to a threatening email, message, post, or text,
- Always tell a parent or other trusted adult about any communication or conversation that was scary or hurtful.
- Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behaviour,
- Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets,
- Bookmark kids' favourite sites for easy access,
- Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges,
- Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
As you are aware, the COVID - 19 pandemic directives are ever changing and unpredictable. As a school, we continue to act upon the regular updates and advice provided by the Federal and State Governments, and the Education and Health Departments. We will continue to keep you informed as things progress over the next few weeks.