Our Schools Distance Learning
As our school works through the challenges and impact of COVID-19 on our community we are excited to have commenced the development of our distance learning journey. It is important that we provide as much continuity as possible for each student’s education and are working hard to ensure students at school and home receive the best education possible. Right now for families this may seem daunting, however, we are trying to make sure the transition from school to distance learning is as smooth and easy as possible. Distance learning has commenced rolling out from this week and will develop over the next two weeks.
Please keep in mind at CCS we are still open as usual and you are welcome to pop in to ask questions or discuss your child’s learning at any time from 3.15 pm. You are also able to send your student to school for days you chose appropriate.
With this in mind the following email will outline the key tools students will be using for both their education and teacher contact while distance learning. It also includes helpful information for you as a parent on how you can support your student at home. Next Monday we will be having a parent ‘online information session’ to work through any challenges or questions you may have (a link to this will be sent via the newsletter on Friday).
Currently there are three options for parents to chose in relation to students attendance. Please make a choice and contact accordingly.
- If you are not sending your student to school and are choosing to self-isolate and engage in distance learning, please send a message to your student’s teacher (via Seesaw) to let them know. This will be recorded as attending school and the teacher will follow up with your student each day to ensure distance learning is being completed.
- If you are not sending your student to school and are choosing to self-isolate and NOT engage in distance learning, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know. This will be recorded as absent.
- If you are sending your student to school they will be marked as attending school.
Tools Used for Distance Learning
Students will be asked to used Seesaw and Zoom for online and offline activities during distance learning. These can be accessed using a digital device such as an iPad, Computer, Phone, etc. connected to the internet. If you have no device available please contact the school so we can discuss additional support for your child.
- Seesaw is an app our students and families are already familiar with. Teachers have now set it up for distance learning. All parents were sent a unique learning code for each child via Seesaw yesterday. If you did not receive this please contact your teacher via Seesaw. Please watch the video via this link on how to set-up and use Seesaw for distance learning. Seesaw will be used to set work, respond to class activities, connect with links and hear class announcements. Teachers will be available at specific times during the day for interactions with students via Seesaw (these times will be clearly communicated with you and will be between the hours of (9:00am and 3.15pm).
- Zoom is an online conferencing tool that enables live communication for the teacher and class (similar to Skype, Facetime, etc). Students are already familiar with Zoom as we have used it at school. If you would like to know more about Zoom please click this link. Zoom is accessible through a link sent to students. When it is time for the meeting to begin they click on the link to access the meeting (no additional app required). This will enable teachers to interact with students at specific times during the day.
You are also able to communicate directly through email if you are having trouble connecting through Seesaw or Zoom and hopefully we will be able to help you troubleshoot any issues you may come across.
Timetable for Distance Learning
As we roll out distance learning you will see that work is posted to Seesaw by 9am each day. There will also be a plan of what the day/week will look like so you can assist your child in preparing for the day. Typically students thrive in a structured environment, so we recommend that while your student is at home they follow a learning pattern similar to their usual school day. More information about this will be sent home by your students class teacher.
Key Parent Considerations/Tips During Distance Learning
Provide support for your children by:
- establishing routines and expectations
- defining a space for your child to work in
- monitoring communications from teachers
- beginning and end 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 Distance Learning
These responsibilities should be adjusted according to the age of your student:
- 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 monitoring digital platforms and communication (Seesaw) to check for announcements and feedback from teachers
- completing tasks with integrity, doing their best work
- doing their best to meet timelines, commitments, and due dates
- communicating proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support
- collaborating and supporting their classmates in their learning
- seeking out and communicating with school staff as different needs arise.
Communicating With Your Student
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 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?
- how will you be spending your time?
- what resources do you require?
- what support do you need?
In the afternoon, ask:
- what did you learn today?
- acknowledge one thing that was difficult. Either let it go or come up with a strategy to deal with the same problem if it comes up again
- consider three things that went well today. Why were they good?
- are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?
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.
These are certainly unprecedented times and we know challenging in a number of different ways. However at CCS we will ensure to offer support, guidance and continued direction in your students learning journey. Please feel free to contact us at any time for support and assistance.
Additional Sites for Activity Ideas (Free)
Phonics Games and reading practice:
- https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/ computer version is free
- https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ free books
- https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ maths lessons – more added each week
- https://www.stmath.com/coronavirus?utm_campaign=Free%20Home%20Access%20to%20ST%20Math%20%7C%202020&utm_source=External%20Site%20Referral&utm_medium=website%20modern%20teaching%20aids%20au free access until June 30th
- https://mysteryscience.com/ Science lessons
- https://thekidshouldseethis.com/ interesting and quirky videos for kids
- https://www.redtedart.com/ free art activities for kids
- https://www.abc.net.au/abckids/ stories and games
- https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/kidslisten/live story time on the radio
- https://www.gonoodle.com/good-energy-at-home-kids-games-and-videos/ some active brain breaks for kids
- https://www.zoo.org.au/animal-house/ live streaming animal cameras
- https://www.rsc.org.uk/shakespeare-learning-zone Royal Shakespeare Company – information about all plays and some short videos;
- https://www.si.edu/kids Smithsonian Museum and Zoo – online fun activities
- https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour# Virtual tour of Natural History Museum
- https://www.nasa.gov/ Look up information on missions; see images from telescopes and STEM learning