Welcome to the Home Learning area of our website!
Since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic, we have all found ourselves in a position to do things differently - we’ve become masters of change and flexibility!
As we head into this new phase where Omicron is active in our communities, schools have also had to further develop and change how we offer distance learning. With the new self-isolation rules now in effect, whole classes are no longer moving to a distance programme - but now it is individual students and families who need distance learning support when required to isolate. So in any classroom around the school, there could be a mixture of students learning from home or on-site. We need a distance learning system that provides opportunities for all of these students and that takes into account that students will be coming in and out of the distance programme at varying times.
In creating our distance learning programme, we have considered:
Community feedback - including hearing from whānau, staff and learners
Diverse family situations in our community - e.g. adults also working from home, essential workers, availability of digital technology
Learner / whānau / teacher wellbeing
Whole class focus for distance programme (rather than individual needs)
Workload and additional pressures on all
Distance learning key philosophy:
Keeping learners connected to their class - friends, teachers and learning
Provide balance of screen based, hands-on doing activities
Encourage creativity, talk and exploration
Independent as much as possible - enabling caregivers to balance their responsibilities and family illness
Learners will be offered 3 opportunities per week to connect to school via Zoom. On Mondays and Fridays, students will have a Zoom session with their classroom and teacher, and on one other day this connection will be with the Team Leader. In these sessions students will take part in a whole class activity - story, morning meeting, discussion etc - or have a chance to connect with their teacher or classmate.
Zoom links and invites will be sent out to students/whānau via Seesaw.
Zoom “how to” videos can be found below.
These have been developed by our teachers to provide learning activities that students at all levels will be able to access. There is a mix of independent activities and some that will require support from an adult. We have made these grids with a balance of screen related learning and hands-on activities. There are two learning grids per team (Junior, Middle and Senior) which contain enough activities and ideas for up to 2 weeks of isolation time. A suggestion is to use Grid A for the first week of isolation, then Grid B if your time in isolation continues.
Grids can be downloaded by visiting our school website:
We have also compiled several learning based websites that can be found here.
We have a range of curriculum levelled learning resources that we are able to distribute. These could include Homework books or school developed and printed resources. The purpose of these resources is to provide tasks that can be completed reasonably independently by your child. The level of difficulty of the material will not reflect where they are learning in class.
If you require hard copy learning material, please request this by contacting the school office: email@example.com
For Middle and Senior students - if you need to borrow a school chromebook while you are in isolation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Seesaw is a great tool for communication between home and school.
Every week on your child’s Seesaw feed, you will see posts of learning that has been going on in the classroom. This is designed to keep you and your child connected with what is happening while they are at home so they feel more “in the loop” and ready to jump back in when they arrive back at school.
For parents / caregivers
Access to students learning journal / connecting with teacher / receiving school notices / announcements
Throughout the pandemic, the key focus for us as a school has been the wellbeing of our community. We understand that there can be significant pressures, change and situations of uncertainty affecting our families that can impact on their wellbeing. Rather than adding another element of stress, we have hoped to provide opportunities to engage you and your children in activities that bring you together, engage in talk and share in learning and experiences.
We want you to know there is no pressure to complete any of the distance learning tasks and activities - these are not assessed pieces of work. They are there to support you and your families as you manage through your isolation time. There is no pressure to complete any of the learning tasks if your child is unwell or it is unmanageable, however the options provided will support their progress if they need to isolate and after previous lockdowns where students missed significant amounts of school, we have designed these options to optimise the opportunities for learning at home.
We also want you to know that we are here for you. If you need anything, please get in touch with us.
Learning support - email your child’s teacher (addresses can be found on our school website)
To access hard copy pack / borrow school device - email email@example.com
Questions about COVID Response Plan - email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any other family needs (food / resources etc) - email email@example.com
Helpful links / videos
MOE Information for Parents and Whānau: Distance Learning: https://learningfromhome.govt.nz/distance-learning/advice-for-parents-and-whanau
Home Learning | Papa Kāinga TV started education broadcasting in 2020 when we first found ourselves in Lockdown.
Content is grouped for early learners and students by age range, and includes play, literacy, mathematics, science, te reo Māori, physical education and wellbeing. All of the programmes feature highly experienced teachers and presenters, along with wellbeing and movement experts.
You can access this through the TVNZ On Demand website here: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/home-learning-tv