DHHS Website: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Practice correct, regular hand washing: https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/Api/downloadmedia/%7B315232D5-002E-400F-BEF3-AC457586851A%7D
Watch videos on how to wash your hands properly and practice at home: https://www.ausmed.com.au/cpd/articles/hand-hygiene-101
Parent considerations for home learning
Provide support for your children by:
- establishing routines and expectations
- defining a space for your child to work in
- supporting communications from teachers
- beginning and ending each day with a check-in
- taking an active role in helping your children process their learning
- encouraging physical activity and/or exercise
- checking in with your child regularly to help them manage stress
- monitoring how much time your child is spending online
- keeping your children social, but set rules around their social media interactions
Student responsibilities during remote learning
These responsibilities should be adjusted according to the age and needs of your child:
- establishing and/or following a daily routine for learning
- identifying a safe, comfortable, quiet space in their home where they can work effectively and successfully
- regularly using digital learning platforms and communication to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
- completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work
- asking for help when they need it
- collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning
- seeking out and communicating with school staff as different needs arise
Suggested Timetable / Daily Schedule
From the first day you will need to establish routines and expectations. You should use the timetable or schedule provided to set regular hours for school work.
7am – Wake Up & Get Ready
8am – Healthy Breakfast
9am – Reading
9:30am – Writing
10am Inquiry / Play-based Learning / World of Work
11am – Break / Outdoor Activity
12pm – Maths
1pm – Lunch / Outdoor Activity
2pm – Other (Specialists / PBIS / eSMART)
3pm – Learning Finished / Reflection
Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children and expect the same from your older primary and high school-aged children too.
It is important that you set these expectations as soon as distance learning is implemented, not several days later after it becomes apparent a child is struggling with the absence of routine.
Daily Teaching & Learning Allocations
- Literacy – 45-60 mins
- Numeracy – 30-45 mins
- Victorian Early Years Learning Development Framework (Prep-2) / Inquiry (3-8) / World of Work (9-10) – 90 mins
- Physical Activities – 30 mins
- ASDAN / VCAL Outcomes (11-12) – 200 minutes + 30 mins Physical Activity
Setting up a learning environment
Try to create a quiet and comfortable learning space. A space/location for extended learning should be a public/family space, not in a bedroom. It should be a place that can be quiet at times and have a strong wireless internet signal, if possible. Above all, it should be a space where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning.
Being confined to home for an extended period of time can cause stress and conflict. Tips for looking after your children during isolation include:
- Talking to your whole family about what is happening. Understanding the situation will reduce their anxiety.
- Help your children to think about how they have coped with difficult situations in the past and reassure them that they will cope with this situation too. Remind them that the isolation won’t last for long.
- Exercise regularly. Options could include exercise videos, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the backyard or using home exercise equipment, such as a stationary bicycle, if you have it. Exercise is a proven treatment for stress and depression.
- Encourage your children to keep in touch with family members and friends via telephone, email or social media (where appropriate)
- The following websites may be of use to our Years 7-12 students anxious about Coronavirus and potential school closures:
Communicating with your child
We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins need to be a regular part of each day and start straight away. Not all students thrive in a remote learning environment; some solder students struggle with too much independence or lack of structure and the check-ins help keep them on track.
In the morning, ask:
- what are you learning today?
- what are your learning targets or goals?
- what support do you need?
In the afternoon, ask:
- what did you learn today?
- are you ok?
- Do you need help with anything tomorrow?
These specific questions matter because they allow your child to process the instructions they have received from their teachers and help them organise themselves and set priorities. Older students may not want to have these check-ins with parents (this is normal!), but they should anyway.
Communicating with the school
Make sure that you know how the school and your child’s teachers will be communicating with you through Xuno or the school answer phone 03 9366 4322.
Make sure you know how to contact teachers for learning support and who to contact for technical support if your school chooses to use digital devices as part of their remote learning plan.
Communicating with teachers
Teachers will have set times where students can chat with them online and they can schedule activities for your child through SeeSaw. When digital options are not possible they may have set times for calling your child on the telephone.
It is important for you and your child to remember that teachers will be communicating with all students and that your communications should be meaningful and short. You may also need to remind your child to be patient when waiting for support or feedback.
There are a lot of educational websites that are offering free logins for parents/carers to use whilst the children are out of school. It is strongly advised that parents do not purchase software from third party providers in response to this situation unless specifically advised by the school.
We already have a wide range of software and devices available and these have been specifically chosen to provide your child with the support they need.
- SeeSaw (Online Digital Platform)
- Maths Seeds
- Reading Eggs
- Wusha Reading Books
- Zoom (Year 11/12 VET)
Accessing digital learning platforms
To support your child in using online and digital resources as part of their remote learning consider the following questions.
- Does your child know how to access the student portal / SeeSaw?
- Does your child know how to log in to devices and websites / programs?
- Does your child know their username and password or know how to reset their passwords if necessary?
Managing screen time
Screen time refers to the amount of time a user spends on a device to access on-screen activities.
There are limits as to the amount of time everyone should spend online, but the amounts and the rules for screen time vary by age up to a maximum of 2 hours.
Video conferencing and social interactions using video do not count towards screen time.
- Ages 2 to 5: 1 hour, broken into sessions of a maximum of 30 minutes
- Age 6 and above: no specific screen time limits, but screen time should not affect physical activity and face-to-face interactions at home and school. Consistent limits on screen time are also very important.
Some screen time activities such as online socializing and gaming can be very addictive. Make sure that non-school activities are limited in length.
It is important that during this period of remote learning that we maintain safe, respectful and responsible use of ICT. This includes appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection, respectful communication and how to deal with online issues.
Reading (30 mins a day)
- Read to or listen to your child read everyday
- Read or listen to books on Reading Eggs (Prep-Year 4) https://readingeggs.com.au/login1/
- Read or listen to books on Wushka (Years 5-10) and complete set activities
- Read news on https://www.kidsnews.com.au/news (3 reading levels)
- Watch news on https://www.abc.net.au/btn/ and complete activities
Writing (30 mins a day)
- Write about you reading today
- Write about your daily learning
- Practice writing alphabet and name
- Take a photo and label the picture with who, what, where, when on iPad and upload to SeeSaw
- Draw a picture and write a sentence about your picture
- Complete recount writing journal
- Practice spelling on reading eggs/Wushka
- Help your family around the house (cooking, gardening, games) and write about what you’ve done
Speaking & Listening (Ongoing)
- Practice using the Communication Board
- Record yourself taking about your daily learning and post to SeeSaw
- Practice the Words of the Week
Maths (30 mins a day)
- Complete set activities online and complete worksheets on Mathletics https://login.mathletics.com
- Complete set activities on Maths Seeds https://sso.readingeggs.com/
- Count collections of objects around the home
- Practice telling the time with an adult
- Fill different kitchen containers with water to measure the volume or compare full, half full, empty
- Use a tape measure or ruler to measure objects around the house or compare which are longer/shorter
- When at the shop, practice giving and receiving change or order coins at home
- Count and order bedroom objects by size (books, socks, toys)
Specialists (30 mins a day)
- PE: Get outside and be active by playing sport or a game
- Art: Do a virtual tour of an art gallery / museum https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
- Performing Arts: Record yourself singing or dancing and upload to SeeSaw
- Design Tech: Design a new model and build it out of recycled materials
- Food Tech: Help your parents cook breakfast/lunch/dinner
- Digital Technology: Download the Makers Empire App to design your own 3D Model
- Career Education: Complete My Career Profile (Years 11&12) https://myfuture.edu.au/login
PBIS/eSMART (Friday 2pm)
- Create a video about how to be safe, respectful and responsible at home
- Discuss rules in your home (how to be safe, respectful and responsible) and create a poster
- Make a reward chart for home if your child does their learning tasks or follows instructions
- Watch Hector’s World https://www.esafety.gov.au/educators/classroom-resources/hectors-world
- Watch Be Deadly Online https://www.esafety.gov.au/educators/classroom-resources/be-deadly-online/student-community-home
Free Apps / Websites
- Brainpop – animated online videos about learning topics
- ChatterPack – Free resources, articles and an A-Z information directory of SEND information
- Epic – Free 30-day trial – instant access to a range of books (age 12 and under)
- Virtual Tours / Aquarium – Virtual online tours – including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
- Survival tips for parents- Activities for home – 3 Psychologies
- Twinkl– Free access to all Twinkl resources for schools and parents for a month
- 50 ideas of activities to do at home – ABC Does
- ASDAN Free Resources
Allied Health Resources
- Click here to access Allied Health Resources
- Therapy Grid (1 activity a day)
- Getting Ready to Learn (OT Resource)
- Communication Board (Speech Pathology Resource)
- Daily Visual Schedule
- First – Then with Visual Supports
eHELP IT Support
Reading Eggs / Maths Seeds: https://www.3plearning.com/uk/readingeggsvideos/
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