Distance Learning Plan Junior School

Schooling is always a partnership in an online Distance Learning environment, especially so at the Junior School Level where this partnership becomes the champion of learning. Over the course of this Distance Learning time period, our staff will partner with parents to engage students in experiences that stretch their understanding and expand how they approach new learning.

 Teachers will continue to carry forward their instrumental role in guiding, supporting, and challenging students to take on new responsibilities and to become excited about new learning. Our families will have options and sources for flexibility that will give them choice and ownership as the Distance Learning experience progresses.

Teachers will communicate with parents through email and will use Seesaw/One Note, along with other online platforms, to engage students in rich learning tasks. All Junior School teachers will also invite students to interactive synchronous lessons on Zoom.

Role Of Parents

As Junior School students are still developing their independence, a teacher-parent partnership is necessary for students to engage in distance learning tasks and to access on- line resources. The designed learning tasks and activities will provide direction and support to families with the understanding that task completion depends on each individual families’ circumstances.

We recognize that parents may have more than one child to guide, therefore we have framed the support for the learning experience within one day to ideally not exceed 2 hours of computer time; time that will both inform and help prepare the student to engage in the learning tasks that the teacher has designed on that given day.

We ask parents for the following support:

  • Read the email updates and weekly overviews from your child’s teachers
  • Increase your familiarity with Seesaw and OneNote as these are our primary instructional tools for home learning during a campus closure. The Seesaw Class app and the Seesaw Family app are two platform applications our students and their families will rely on and will learn to appreciate. Your child’s classroom teacher will provide detailed instructions regarding how students/parents can download the Seesaw Class app (or how to access Seesaw through a web browser if using a PC) by using individual home learning codes and then downloading the Seesaw Class app.
  • Read home learning tasks and activities posted on Seesaw with your child.
  • Designate a place in your home or where you are temporarily located so your child can work independently on their assigned tasks and complete independent reading each day.
  • Promote and encourage Digital Citizenship.
  • Work to have balance in your family life with physical activity, family obligations, and student responsibilities.
  • Ensure you are modelling behaviours and attitudes towards distance learning that promote engagement from your children.
  • Reply to emails from the school in a timely manner.
  • Contact the teacher, or Dean when you have concerns, suggestions and questions via email. Staff will respond accordingly.  Please do not use personal contact details for staff.  Text messages or messages via social media throughout the day will not be responded to as the teachers are engaged in working with your child. As with a normal school day, they will respond to you as and when they can, either via a phone call or email as appropriate.

Role of the Students

These are the expectations we will have for all students:

  • Know your timetable. Check each Sunday night when getting organised for the week.
  • Have a set study space and keep it neat and organised with your supplies.
  • Take a lunch break at the designated time, as well as other smaller breaks during the day. During these breaks ensure that you do not use your computer!
  • Participate positively in your live lessons, dressed appropriately. Be active in the discussions and be prepared to turn on your camera/microphone to facilitate communication. Do not use the Chat function unless advised by the teacher to do so relating to the class discussion.
  • Year 5 and 6 students, check your email frequently, as well as Teams.
  • Complete assignments and tasks in a timely manner.
  • Ensure work is completed to the best of your ability.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • Strive to find balance in your life with physical activity, family obligations, and student responsibilities.
  • Ensure you are remembering key Learner Profile attributes such as being Principled, Caring, Open- Minded and being a Risk-taker.
  • Remember to show respect, kindness and love in all our interactions online.
  • Seek assistance from your teacher if and when encountering technical difficulties.

Learning Plan

Assessment & Progress Monitoring

Teachers will monitor student progress through the activities that students engage in on Seesaw, One Note and other digital platforms. Classroom teachers will provide timely, specific and constructive feedback for each student. Teachers will adjust lessons as needed to meet the learning needs of their students. Specialist teachers will provide regular feedback and updates on their programmes and modify as required. Formative assessments administered will be included in the daily time guidelines for each subject area. Upon return to campus, a more formal one-on-one assessment will be administered to redesign units and measure progress.

Year 0 to 4
The Distance Learning plan in Years 0 to 4 will include home learning engagements and/or activities that parents can assist their child in completing.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, classroom teachers will email an overview for the week. Years 0 to 4 students will participate in Literacy (reading/ writing), Math and Units of Inquiry. Specialists such as Art, PE, Te Reo and RE will share lessons to align with the current timetable. A variety of tasks will be included, and some learning tasks may include other online platforms (eg Sunshine classics, Mathletics etc). If another online platform is required, teachers will share specific instructions for parents to access the platform. Students will participate in weekly interactive synchronous lessons on Zoom. Specialist teachers will deliver their lessons as per the normal school timetable and homeroom teachers will communicate what times in the week these will occur.

Learning Timeframe: The described learning is designed to take approximately two hours/day. It is important to observe your child as they engage in the task and to use this observation to help guide your support. We encourage you to explore familiar experiences and activities like that of reading for pleasure, journal writing, and play to extend and enhance your child’s learning.

Learning Specifics: The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the student learning experience. More specific details will be shared by classroom teachers in the weekly email.

Approximate Time per DaySubject Area
20-35 minutesReading (with connections to Science/Social Studies content as appropriate)
20-35 minutesWriting and spelling (with connections to Science/Social Studies content as appropriate)
20-35 minutesMaths (and/or Heads up/Maths mate)
20-30 minutesUnit of Inquiry
20-25 minutesSpecialist subjects (in line with student timetable)
Additional learning opportunitiesLooking at books and reading aloud to your child is something we always recommend. We encourage you to spend as much family time as possible engaged in activities that bring meaning and joy together. For example, play a game that requires strategy and critical thinking. Something as simple as a Naughts and Crosses game being turned into a graph of wins/losses/ draws is one such simple idea.

Year 5 to 6
The Distance Learning Plan for Years 5 to 6 will include home learning engagements and/or activities that parents can assist their child in understanding for independent completion.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, classroom teachers will send an email with the weekly overview. This will be discussed in detail by the teacher at 8:30am via Zoom each day. Years 5 to 6 students will participate in Literacy (reading/writing), Maths and Units of Inquiry. Smaller, more focused groups, will also take place using Microsoft Teams and discussed in the morning meeting. Specialists such as Art, PE, Te Reo and RE will share lessons to align with current timetable. All work will be located on and accessed by students through Microsoft OneNote or Seesaw.  Any homework that is set by the classroom teachers will be marked accordingly and feedback given where appropriate. A variety of tasks will be included, and some may include other online platforms (e.g. Mathletics, ARBs, Read Theory etc). If another platform is used as part of an activity, teachers will share specific instructions for parents to access the platform. Students will participate in weekly interactive synchronous on Zoom.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage in Distance Learning in designed and described ways for approximately two and a half to three hours/day. The quality of this experience is most closely associated with how deeply the child is connecting to the experience. Over the course of this timeframe, students will engage with varying degrees of independence. The more challenging the task, the more support that may be required. Encourage your child to seek support while allowing your child to accept responsibility and take on challenges with increasing independence. Support from classroom teachers will be available on Microsoft Teams between 8:30am-10:45, 11:15am- 12:45pm and 1:45pm-2pm. Students will be encouraged to engage help when required.

Learning Specifics: The purpose of this document is to provide an overview of the student learning experience. More specific details will be shared by classroom teachers in the weekly email and discussed at the daily 8:30am morning Zoom meetings. It is beneficial for students to have a quiet space to focus their learning where possible.

Approximate Time per DaySubject Area
25-30 minutesReading (with connections to Science/Social Studies content as appropriate)
25-30 minutesMaths
30-60 minutesInquiry/ Writing/Spelling (with connections to Science/Social Studies content as appropriate)
25-30 minutesSpecialist subjects (in line with student timetable)
Additional learning opportunitiesReading regularly is something we always recommend and below is a list of ideas that will serve as resources to engage your child and encourage progress. We encourage you to spend as much family time as possible engaged in activities that bring meaning and joy together. For example, play a game that requires strategy and critical thinking. Something as simple as a Naughts and Crosses game being turned into a graph of wins/losses/draws is one such simple idea.

Learning at Home Plan

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