At Kelston Primary the health, wellbeing and learning needs of all our students and their families are of vital importance to us. With COVID-19, these are uncertain times, but we want to assure you that we are working hard to continue offering the best education for your children. We are actively monitoring the situation to ensure we are able to deliver learning opportunities in flexible ways. With this in mind, we have created a home-based learning guide, this includes practical activities, internet/app-based learning for core curriculum areas as well as general tips on how to be successful with learning at home.
Please see below for more information.
Guidelines & Tips
The transition to home learning is a big change for your child. The resources and guidelines below can help you work with your child’s school to make home learning a positive experience.
1. Establish a schedule.
During a big transition, students need consistency. Keep normal meal and bedtimes, and start learning when school typically starts each day.
Write your child’s schedule where they can see it
(Tip: Put all family members’ schedules up together!)
- Here is a list of free online/app based programmes you can use at home
2. Create a designated learning space.
Organise learning materials and designate a common area for learning. Ideally, the space has a strong wireless connection, can be blocked from noise at times, and is located where family members can participate in your child’s learning.
3. Begin and end each day with a check in.
Designating a time to check in with your child helps your child feel more secure and supports them to process the situation.
Questions to ask: What are you learning today? What materials do you need? What did you enjoy learning today? What was challenging?
4. Schedule physical activity and social interaction.
Physical and social activity are essential to your child’s wellbeing. Scheduling time for movement, social interaction, and play helps your child have a positive experience at home.
Ideas: Create a family dance, act out a scene from a book, interview a family member, play your favourite game, cook or bake your family’s favourite recipe
5. Support your child’s emotional needs.
In stressful times, children need supportive and stable relationships with trusted adults. Stay close with your child and provide age-appropriate information.
6. School Communication
We will continue to update families via facebook, the school app (Skool Loop) and Seesaw, so please check these daily.
In The Event of a Prolonged School Closure
If we are instructed to close the school for an extended period of time we will action the following home-learning plan. As many of these tools are internet/app based you will need internet access. If you are unable to secure internet access please utilise the list of practical learning activities using this link.
In the event of an extended school closure, you will be emailed a list of your child's login details for all websites/apps listed so you can help your child sign in to each programme. This email will also contain more information around using each of the programmes listed below.
Please find all teacher's emails here. Please email your child's teacher ASAP so that they can provide you with login details and key information in regards to home learning.
Teachers will endeavour to set weekly work on Mathletics, Reading Eggs, Seesaw and Hapara (Year 4, 5 & 6 students only). If the classroom teacher has your email address they will keep in contact in regards to your child's learning.
We ask for patience during this time of transition as it is a new way of teaching and learning for teachers, students and our wider whanau. There will be hiccups along the way that we will do our best to work through as they occur. We also need to acknowledge that teachers and their family members may become unwell making the setting of work difficult. During these times we ask that you utilise the activity links above or visit the Ministry of Education Home Learning Website here.
Year 4-6 Students
Rooms: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Year 0-3 Students
Rooms: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 14, 18