Resources for Parents – At Home Learning

At this stage and  the latest announcement by the WA State Government,  schools are to stay open.  We acknowledge and understand parents who choose to keep their children at home.  All staff have been directed not to prepare or send work packages home to students.

As a school we will continue to prioritise the two essential tasks of teaching the students who attend and preparing for alternative means of curriculum delivery.  Consequently, it is not possible for teachers to support students at home at this point in time.

Please see the new tab at the top of the website menu ‘At Home Learning.’  The menu will have a tab for each room from Kindy to Year 6, including the Specialised Learning Program for ASD.  Teachers are working hard at preparing curriculum in the event of a school closure.  For those students who are at home, learning activities will be added to the student class tab for parents to access.

Please do not email teachers directly requesting online work materials at this stage.

The Department of Education (WA) is working to provide online access to resources for parents, caregivers and students.  This will be through the Learning at home website.  The website is now available and resources will continue to be added over the coming weeks.  Please click below to access:

https://www.education.wa.edu.au/learning-at-home

We have listed and updated a variety of websites on the website tab in both the junior and senior tabs that you can access at home.  Many of these websites are familiar to your child such as Mathletics and Bug  Club.

MATHEMATICS

Number – Encourage students to improve their basic number facts and times tables by calculating the change from shopping, or the difference between sale price and retail price. Conversations about how they get their answer helps confirm their understanding.

Measurement – Students really enjoy measuring different objects around the house. Try measuring the volume of different shaped glasses/cups, or the length/area of their room. Better yet, students could redesign their bedroom or houseGood way to get them to clean it!

Geometry- Building different 3D objects with old boxes is a great way to learn about 2D shapes and 3D objects. Make sure you have conversations about the different shapes and 3D object you make together to develop an understanding of shape properties.


Chance –
Chance is all about the different possibilities. The best way to learn about chance is by playing board games and encouraging discussions about different possibilities before rolling the die or playing cards.

Data – Collecting information about how many smarties in a packet or chips per person can be represented on a graph or in a table.

Dr Paul Swan

EXCELLENT RESOURCE!!!

Here you can find  free materials organised and bundled.

Parents working at home with their children won’t have access to the range of materials that schools have available so they have created activities that require only the most common materials.

Make sure you visit the site often, as the plan includes making tons of new student-focused videos and activities as we go.

https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/

Peter Nowland

Peter Nowland from k7maths has kindly created and shared an at home package that parents can use at home.

The package contains 3 Teaching Plans for Early, Middle and Later Childhood.  It covers all Learning Areas and related subjects.  It also provides guidance, timetables and many resources via links.  This is a very comprehensive and excellent resource to use at home for parents.

https://www.k7maths.com/help/2107

LITERACY

Oral Language– Have conversations and encourage lengthy responses from students. Oral language is an important foundation for reading and writing.
Spelling & Vocabulary– When writing, encourage students to ‘have a go’ at tricky words and reread their writing to look for editing opportunities.
Reading– Build reading into every opportunity possible.

Before Reading • What is this book about? Make a prediction • Make a connection to the text so children can share experiences that may relate to the topic
During Reading • Model good reading for your child where possible • Ask clarifying questions about characters, events and motives for actions (who was..? why do you think..? why did the character react like that..?)
After Reading • Reflect on what has been read and ask further questions (What would you have done if you had been in the same situation? Who was the most important character? Why do you think this? Have you ever felt..? What would happen..?)
Writing– Work with your child to create persuasive writing on a topical issue. An information poster or narrative could also be jointly constructed. As they write, discuss the use of interesting language and vocabulary to enhance sentences (rich adjectives and verbs).

BUG CLUB

The school uses Bug Club as a resource to support the teaching of reading skills.  This award-winning, blended literacy program delivers clearly defined learning outcomes for the Australian Curriculum: English and caters for all primary students with reading levels 1-30.

The range of components in Bug Club addresses the literacy needs of all schools, whether traditional or technology-driven. The engaging and finely leveled fiction and non-fiction guided readers, comics and graphic novels make up a database of over 335 titles available as printed books or as eBooks accessible through the innovative online platform. Bug Club Digital extends students with over 1,500 interactive online quizzes and fun games embedded into the books. Educators are supported with easy book allocation, automated assessment and quick and easy reporting tools.

Bug Club also includes its own specifically developed books for phonics. Phonic readers allow students to learn and apply phonemes and graphemes, and segmenting and blending. Phonic fiction readers are enjoyable stories ideal for boosting students’ confidence when practicing and consolidating phonics skills.

Your child has been given a log in name and password by the school.  If you don’t know it or have not received it, please see your child’s classroom teacher.

Bug Club for Parents

David Walliams, the author of titles such ‘The World’s Worst Children’ and  ‘Gangsta Granny’ is will be sharing an audio story from one of his best-selling World’s Worst Children short story collections.  Click on the link below to access:

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

For those parents who want to keep their children active and need some ideas, there is a teacher doing daily fitness classes on you tube.  You can search for ‘PE with Joe’ on you tube or click on this link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0go1pTda8&list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Another great resource is the ABC.  I have included a link for you with all the great resources they have including television series, websites, apps, even the radio!

http://about.abc.net.au/

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

https://bit.ly/FreeDigitalANZ?fbclid=IwAR3dYvz-C-EemSx8bCzaawv26_k7oxBnivRpZe9tLqoaThD0M3LgQVS5ouY

National Geographic are offering a free subscription for 3 months. We hope this helps parents through the weeks ahead by providing content that engages and inspires kids about the world outdoors – even when they’re stuck indoors ???

Reading to and/or having your child read daily is also important.  Take them outside and get some fresh air – throwing, catching and kicking a ball, jump on the trampoline or make an obstacle course using things from around your house!

This is a fast-moving and unprecedented time we are in as we grapple with the challenges of changing our regular routines to deal with COVID-19.  There is lots of online technology that your child can use to keep in touch with their friends – Skype, Zoom, Facetime etc – I’m sure your children know them all!

Take care.