Dear Families and Carers,

Our staff have compiled some learning packs to support you working with your children at home. I want to acknowledge the work of some other schools in the state who have allowed us to use some of their resources. This is a time when we are all working across the Department of Education community to support families who choose to start learning from home or who have no choice but to do so. These Learning Packs are for use until the end of the term. Once Term 2 begins we will have more comprehensive information for you.

We acknowledge that learning at home looks very different than learning at school and being flexible is the best way to manage.

Next week, when working at home please know there is no need to complete every activity – we have provided choice rather than a list of tasks that has to be completed. There is a tick box on the front page of each learning pack where you can keep check of what you get covered in a day. A range of resources for different areas of the curriculum are available in the packs.

Please ask children to record their work in a new exercise book or folder.

Class teachers are available to answer email messages in work hours where time permits. We recognise they are also teaching those children who are still here at school.

If you need a hard copy of the packs, please call the school office and there will be one available for pick up.

I want to mention outside time too. Outside time is also a really critical activity, especially at the moment.  For those of you lucky enough to have a backyard there is a lot of learning that can happen there too especially while the weather is so lovely. Perhaps this is the time to look at establishing or re-establishing a vegetable garden even if it is one pot where you grow silver beet. Helping children develop a love of living things will help their well-being, especially at the moment. I have included a clip here form Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/coffscoast/programs/breakfast/radio-school-costa/12088372. He has some ideas about helping children to be nature detectives. A connection to nature will help those children who are missing their school friends.

As the weeks unfold we will have a range of other clips to support parents and carers with home schooling. There is also of course a wealth of information available on the internet.

I want to acknowledge the hard work and professionalism of our fantastic staff who are dedicated to making a contribution to the learning of students now working at home.

Please stay in touch with us

Sue Bullen

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Learning Packages Kinder and Support

 

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Home Learning Packages 

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