For Term 2, the directive from the Government and the Education Department is that parents are encouraged to keep their children at home. There is provision for those families who need to send their children to school because it is necessary to maintain employment or are regarded as essential workers.
Students who need to attend school next term (according to the guidelines outlined above) will be using the learning at home modules/package in the same way that all other children who are learning at home will complete the same modules.
As a school, we will provide a series of lessons and learning activities that will form part of the ‘Daily Learning’. The modules and lessons have been designed in such a way that they are simple to follow, provide feedback on and revise/continue on the learning that the students have already begun this year.
The learning at home policy ensures that students and their families are supported to continue their learning at home, despite isolation, potential school closure and regardless of personal circumstances such as technology accessibility and language barriers.
“Learning at Home” refers to the ways in which students will work towards the curriculum objectives outlined in the WA Curriculum, as directed by Boyanup PS teaching staff, with support from their parents/carers.
Modes of Learning
- All communication will now be through electronic media; email and Seesaw.
- Online via 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.
- At home via prepared paper work packages (for those families without online access and to supplement online lessons)
- Email - all school updates will be sent via email.
- Online via the school Website - all school updates plus other useful links will be available on our school website USEFUL LINKS.
Learning at Home: Modes of Delivery
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, between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Work packs will be organised in class groups under the verandah in front of the administration. Government social distance requirements will apply.
- 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, email, SMS or phone call.
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 majority of this time will focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Other learning areas included each week are; Science/Technologies, HASS, Visual Arts, Health and AUSLAN.
The timetable your child’s teacher provides you 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 school work 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 STRATEGIES. 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 Subscriptions to Support Learning at Home
All students from Kindy to Year 6 will have access to the following subscriptions to further support and extend their learning.
K-6 Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress
Your child’s teacher will be in touch with their login details.
Further Educational Websites
If you find your child is ahead of their work pack or is requiring further extension, there is a list of available websites that may be useful. listed under the Learning At Home tab on our school Website, USEFUL LINKS.
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.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Student/adult at home takes a photo of student work and uses Seesaw to send it back to the class teacher.
- Student/adult at home takes a photo of student work and emails it back to the class teacher.
- Teacher checks for understanding via Seesaw or by return email from parent or student.
- Older students can upload their work to their teacher using the Seesaw App.
- Students or their parent/carer may return specified work after isolation.
- Teachers to maintain a weekly checklist of which students have handed in their ‘must do - assessment’ activities.
- Teachers will contact families weekly if no work has been handed in.
- Teachers are expected to regularly communicate with families each week to touch base and provide support.
- The school will consider the following when making a reasonable judgement that the student is attending/participating in a learning program:
- Satisfactory submission of work according to the work schedule; and/or
- Teacher/student contact; and/or
- Logging in to online sessions (Seesaw).
How can I support my child when Learning at Home?
Parents can support student learning in different ways.
- Be positive and enthusiastic, and take interest in your child's work. Discuss the work with your child during the study time so that he/she receives immediate feedback or extra assistance if needed.
- Be consistent. Most children look for order, firmness and fairness.
- Encourage learning beyond the classroom. – Playing, cooking, and outdoor activities.
- If you have more than one child allow them to work together. For example, an older child could conference a writing task with a younger child, or read to a younger child.
- Check your child's work and go through any incorrect work with them. It is important to leave any incorrect work, showing with corrected attempts underneath because this informs the class teacher's understanding about the processes your child is using.
- When you receive teacher feedback discuss this with your child.
- There will be times when you need to be flexible. Your child may be ill or you may be busy with other demands. Speak to the teachers about your child's workload.
- 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.
School Chaplain and Psychologist
Both the School Chaplain, Lois, and School Psychologist, Iona, will continue to work with the school supporting our students. If you would like support from either or both, please contact the school.
Child and Adolescent Health Services
Urgent Mental Health Support – 1800 048 636
Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800
Beyond Blue Australia – 1300 224 636
Lifeline – 13 11 44
Thank you for your ongoing support during this extraordinary time. I hope you and your families are both healthy and well.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher to ask for clarity or help. We are all on this new learning journey together.
Mr J. Grasso