Friday 12th February 2021 update from Scott Moorhouse.
Foster Primary School Remote Learning
Welcome back to Term 3. Please read the updated resources below to help you understand what learning will look like at Foster Primary School.
We are aiming to be very flexible in how we teach our students through Google Classrooms and Compass. We have made recommendations for routines and timetables but make sure you adapt the work provided to suit your home environment.
Please feel free to contact your classroom teacher or the Principal if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.
Learning At Home
The Victorian Education Department has developed a fantastic collection of resources to support learning at home. Link to learning at home resources. The main areas covered are:
How you can support your child
Your child’s responsibilities during remote learning
Setting up a learning environment
Establishing routines and expectations
Communicating with your child
Advice for parents of children with additional needs
Resources and tips
Managing screen time and online safety
Mental health and wellbeing check-in
- Learning at home advice in your language
- Remote Learning Support from Mannagum Community House
- Working From Home with Kids
Proposed Daily and Weekly Timetable
Teachers will upload the weekly learning program for your child by Monday morning.
How Will The Day Look?
Curriculum for the Junior Grades will need to be supported by an adult or other family member.
45-60 minutes of Literacy (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
30-45 minutes of Numeracy
30-45 minutes of additional curriculum areas
30-45 minutes of Physical Activity
Grades 3-6 (more independent)
Students have access to their teacher using Google Classroom and Compass.
45-60 minutes of Literacy (reading & writing)
45-60 minutes of Numeracy
30 minutes of Physical Activity
90 minutes of additional curriculum areas
As we move forward teachers will begin to provide video tutorials to support lessons and activities. Initially we are just working to make sure all children have access to the learning environment and establish a learning routine.
Availability of Teachers
We are mindful that families will need lots of additional support to manage remote learning. Our staff will be prioritising communication and connection to make sure students still feel part of the school community. Teachers will be available during regular school hours (9:00-3:30) with the exceptions of when they are teaching on site and in staff meetings.
Teachers will either be working from home or on-site at school. They will be using their time to have class meetings, give lessons using Google Meet, providing feedback to students and families, meeting with other teachers to plan and create new activities and resources for students. Teachers will also be spending lots of time recording video tutorials for students/families to make learning at home as accessible as possible.
As we move into our Remote Learning this term we would like to encourage you all to include reading into your daily routine. Our children take their cues from us, therefore seeing us read for a variety of reasons including reading for work and pleasure is really important. Please take the time to sit with your children to read each day, and encourage them to pick up a book and read independently. Our classroom teachers will provide every child with the opportunity to continue their reading development throughout the term.
Please visit the eSafety website. The website is https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents. This site contains essential information about the best way to support students using technology at home. Setting up clear guidelines, expectations and routines will help your child manage screen time and get the most from the amazing technology we have available. It’s important to remember that parents are in control of digital devices at home.
Need some technical assistance…?
We understand when learning remotely you may face technical challenges and questions. Please contact Compass directly on 9005 5217 or via Google Classroom to your child’s teacher.
Digital Learning Statement
At Foster Primary School we will continue to investigate, develop and implement best practice to support learning that promotes personalisation and lifelong learning in a globally connected world, whilst maintaining privacy requirements. Our digital learning platforms include Compass, Google Classrooms and Student Performance Analyser (SPA). Students use Compass and Google Classrooms to develop their digital skills and communicate with peers and the wider community. As an eSmart school, online safety is paramount and students/ staff are constantly developing their understanding and skills in this area.