Learning From Home
To provide learning continuity for your child, it’s important they have as much routine and certainty as possible. School plays a large role in your child’s routine. To support learning at home, you’re not required to be a subject expert, teacher or educator. Your role is to partner with Harvest Home Primary School to support your child’s home learning.
Harvest Home Primary School will:
• communicate with you and your child regarding our teachers’ responsibilities and what students and families need to do
• communicate with you and provide learning activities for your child to do at home
• use regular communication tools, which include Compass, HHPS website and our school Facebook page.
Please click here for an overview of the Harvest Home Primary School Online Programs.
How to Support Your Child
You can provide support for your child by:
• establishing routines and expectations
• providing a quiet space for your child to work in
• providing supervision appropriate to your child’s age
• monitoring communication from Teachers
• checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their set work
• monitoring how much time your child is spending online and using technology
Student Responsibilities During Remote Learning
*You should adjust these responsibilities according to the year level of your child.
Student responsibilities include:
• regularly monitoring digital platforms and communication to check for messages, instructions and/or feedback from teachers
• completing tasks with integrity and academic honesty and always ‘being your best’
• doing their best to always meet timelines, commitments and due dates
• communicating regularly with their teachers
• collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning where possible
• showing our school expectations, ‘Being your Best, Being Respectful and Being Safe’
Setting Up a Learning Environment
We recognise that every home is different. Where possible, it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable learning space. Your child may have a regular place for doing home learning under normal circumstances, but this space may not be suitable for an extended period of time. For some families, having all children around one central table may work best.
Where possible, home learning should take place in a space your family shares.
For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where:
• it can be isolating for your child
• supervision can be more challenging.
The Learning space should be a place:
• that can be quiet at times
• that has a strong internet signal, (where possible)
• where you or another adult is present and monitoring your children’s learning, especially whilst online
Establishing Routines and Expectations
• Start and end each day with a ‘check-in’.
• Encourage regular exercise/brain breaks. Options could include exercise DVDs, apps, dancing, floor exercises, yoga, walking around the garden or using home exercise equipment. For example, a stationary bicycle, basketball hoop, or other sporting equipment.
• Encourage healthy eating habits and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
• Keep normal bedtime routines for younger children. You should expect the same from your older primary aged children as this will be key to keeping them well rested and ready to learn each day.
It’s important that you set these kinds of expectations as soon as learning from home begins, rather than several days later if you notice your child is struggling and feeling confusion which they may do it they do not have a consistent routine.
Managing Screen Time and Online Safety
It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks. This will be especially the case during HHPS’s Phase Two and Three, (if required)
For children in Prep/Year 1, it’s recommended that a couple of 30 minutes sessions per day involve screens. For students in Years 2-6, hourly exercise / brain breaks are suggested.
It’s also important that during this period of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes:
• the appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection
• respectful online communication.
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