Learning From Home


If you are seeking additional Learning From Home tasks and resources for your child, please visit the homework section of our school website.  We will endeavour to update these tasks regularly throughout term 2.

We will also be uploading learning tasks that correspond with ABC ME television programmes for each fortnight during the Learning from Home period.  Please visit our ABC ME Learning Activities page to find out more.

The Covid-19 pandemic has certainly affected how we function in day-to-day life.  Education has been no exception and Westgarth Primary School is fortunate to have exceptional teachers with the skills and resources needed to continue delivering meaningful and engaging learning programs whilst working remotely.

From Monday 27 April 2020, Learning From Home will be delivered via the online platform Seesaw. All students will require access to the Seesaw website (via a computer, tablet or smartphone) in order to access the learning tasks provided by teachers.

Teachers will be communicating with students via Seesaw daily. They will outline learning tasks to support students and families and provide feedback and assessment for some completed tasks. Some tasks will be labelled “Must complete and return” enabling formal assessment to occur.

The school is currently working to establish safe and reliable video communication through the Webex platform.  This is a videoconferencing solution that the Department of Education and Training offers all Victorian government schools.  We aim for face-to-face communication between teachers and students to begin in the coming weeks.  If your child needs to talk to their teacher in the meantime, please advise them to make contact with them via SeeSaw, which may include a request for a phone call.

We understand that many parents and carers will have more than one child, may have limited access to digital technologies and may be limited in the amount of learning support they can provide due to their own work commitments. Teachers will have this in mind when designing tasks and many tasks will be able to be completed offline. For these very same reasons, we understand that students may not complete all set learning tasks, and that this is simply one of the unavoidable situations we face at this time.  If your family requires an iPad to loan from school, please contact the office.

Please also consider that your child/children will need time to adapt to learning in a different way. They will not necessarily be able to work independently to begin with. However, with continued home/school connections, they will become more familiar with the new format for learning and may be able to work more independently.

To support this, we recommend developing a daily timetable for learning. This will be most effective if you develop the timetable together with your child, scheduling in breaks for play and lunch, just like a normal school day. You may like to start out small and build up the amount of time spent on Learning From Home as your child becomes more familiar with the new way of learning.

Please also keep in mind that learning tasks provided on Seesaw will not be intended to cover the equivalent amount of time as a normal school day. Time at school includes recess breaks, specialist classes, transitions, class discussions, lesson explanations, silent reading, developmental play etc.

 

What teaching to expect daily:

Grades Prep, One and Two

Grades Three, Four, Five and Six

Literacy: 45 - 60 minutes

Numeracy: 30 – 45 minutes

Additional play based and physical activities: 30 – 45 minutes

Literacy: 45 – 60 minutes

Numeracy: 30 – 45 minutes

Physical Education: 30 minutes

Additional Curriculum: 90 minutes

 

Typical learning in the classroom involves teacher modelling and supported completion of related learning tasks. As this is not possible, modifications will be made to the way teaching and learning is delivered. These changes are to enable students to work more independently without the availability of ongoing, face-to-face teacher support.

 

A typical Learning From Home lesson may include:

  • A learning intention (description of what the child will learn)
  • A list of materials required for the task
  • Attachments (e.g. Photo of teacher example, worksheet)
  • Links to websites or online videos
  • *Video of teacher modelling (e.g. teacher reading a story or demonstrating writing)
  • A description of the student learning task

 

The typical structure of a Learning From Home lesson may be:

  • Student reads the learning intention and lesson description
  • Student views any teacher examples
  • **Student completes assigned tasks

 

*Teacher instruction videos will not be provided for all lessons. They will be provided where judged by the teacher to be necessary. Any teacher instruction videos will be deliberately brief and concise to provide the best opportunity for student engagement and understanding (strong consideration has been given to the challenges students will face without teacher instruction being delivered in person and the need for modified teacher instruction)

 

**Not all tasks will be viewed/assessed by the teacher. Some tasks will be labelled as ‘Must Complete and Return’. These tasks need to be photographed and sent back to teachers via SeeSaw. This is to support teachers in assessing for reporting.



Library and Book News

While many of us are at home, we would like to share some recommendations for accessing reading material for the children.
Firstly, Darebin Library are providing free access to their ebooks and educational online games:
https://www.darebinlibraries.vic.gov.au/kidszone/. If you do not have a current membership, you can simply sign up online.

Audible have also released all of their children’s audiobooks for free. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

The CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) have also released their shortlist, so you may find some titles of interest here: https://www.cbca.org.au/shortlist-2020

Children’s author Oliver Jeffers has released some free stay at home story times videos, which can be accessed here: https://www.oliverjeffers.com/abookaday

The Department of Education have links to The Premier’s Reading Challenge book lists. You can search for suitable reading material by age and there is also information about choosing suitable books. https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/prc/Pages/booklist.aspx or https://vprc.eduweb.vic.gov.au/home

Lastly, for lots of book reviews and interesting book related material, view Australian children’s book blog by Megan Daley. She also provides lots of book lists under particular themes. https://childrensbooksdaily.com/blog/