Parents and Community - Learning from Home Guide


Learning from Home


Commencing on Tuesday, 28th April 2020

Hudson Park Primary School

23 Arnos Way GIRRAWHEEN WA 6064

(08) 9345 6550

This guide is to help ensure we all have the same understanding of what we are meant to be doing. We are so proud of our students and hope they continue to demonstrate what harmony, persistence and successin this new way of learning. Our school vision will continue, it will just look a little bit different for a while:

We develop inspiring learning environments, within a collaborative community, where stu- dents have a strong sense of belonging and strive for their personal best.

This crisis means that there is a huge learning curve that students, parents and school staff will be navigating together! Families are not expected to replicate school at home. Be gentle with yourselves and your children.

Learning from home will commence on Tuesday, 28th April 2020, after the school holidays. Classroom teachers will make contact with you via ClassDojo and phone calls.

Learning Plan

Connected distance learning is something that we are all new to and it will continue to evolve over time. We are currently developing teaching programs, so that we are ready to kick start Term 2 on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

We will deliver education to all our students in two forms; Digital and printed work packages for families who dont have access to a digital device.

Digital Learning -Teachers will post daily activities through ClassDojo for students to complete. Students can submit their work through by video, photo or typed. Teachers will continue to be available throughout the day to respond to students questions and to provide feedback (either through ClassDojo, email or phone). If you are having trouble connecting to the students work portfolio on ClassDojo, please contact your childs classroom teacher. This mode of teaching will continue to evolve over time as we become more familiar ourselves.

Work Packages –Work packages will be made available for families who require them on a fort- nightly basis. Families will be able to pick up a new work package, then hand in completed work for marking.

The fortnightly cycle will begin on Tuesday 28th April 2020. Depending on the timeframe of this current situation, work packs will then be available on 11th May, 25th May, 8th June and 22nd June. You will be informed when the next work package is ready for collection.

Essentials pack - Some year groups will develop an essentials packfor students to support their learning, whether they are accessing digital or work packages. Families will be informed of this by their classroom teacher.

Pease also utilise the Department of Educations Learning at Home website for further activities -

Kindergarten and Pre-primary

In the early years the learning programme is largely delivered in a play based manner and it is not possible or useful for teachers to turn this into a series of worksheets. The learning activities will be modified to engage children in play based approaches. Kindy and Pre-Primary students will be encouraged to choose activities from the learning grids that were provided in the work packs – Literacy, Numeracy. We also encourage K/pp students to sing along to suggested songs provided as music and movement is a great way for children to.. learn, move and dance

Learning Assessment

When tasks are completed and submitted, teachers will be able to assess and provide students with feedback on their work.

Staff will also be in contact with students and families via a phone call or email. Families should expect contact from the class teacher throughout the week.

Daily Learning Guide

Teachers have developed a weekly schedule to support families in establishing good routines at home to achieve learning, especially when stuck at home. Every family will be different and we encourage you to make a variation to suit your situation. The goal is to get into a regular routine, as children thrive on knowing what is planned and what their day looks like. The most important thing, is to maintain schedules for wake up time, bed time and limits for screen time.

We do not recommend screen time as a reward for work completed or helping out at home at this time. There is likely to be plenty of conflict in families at this time and setting a reasonable limit per day is much simpler.

Predictability leads to security and unpredictability and uncertainty leads to anxiety.


We will stay connected to you in the following ways:
Phone calls and text messages — You can also continue to contact us on 9345 6550

Email – all class teachers have the email address that you have provided us – please email Hudson Park Primary School on

ClassDojo — Please make sure you have turned on notificationsso you know when your teacher has contacted you.

If your situation changes at home or you are finding juggling home schooling to be diffi- cult, please keep your childrens teachers in the loop as we are here to help.

Health and Wellbeing Support

While we may not be together, we are still motivated to support your childs health and wellbeing. Learning from home can be socially isolating and may impact you in different ways. To assist in staying connected, we will communicate through ClassDojo and also publish a fortnightly newsletter via Skoolbag We hope to make you smile, connect with you, share what learning has been occurring at home and share some good ideas to try at home. We encourage fami- lies to share special news with us and send photos in too! We will also be sharing helpful re- sources that support families in dealing with a variety of emotions during this time.

An important point which we would like to highlight with regards to your childs wellbeing, is the need for parental supervision when using internet enabled devices (phones, tablets, computers, TV). The internet has many positives and just as many negatives, which need to be avoided. Unlike school internet which has filters which block access to inappropriate sites and content, home internet rarely has these filters. Therefore, children must be under the supervision of an adult, who is able to support and navigate appropriately. Based on consistent research and expert advice, we would not recommend any devices to be allowed in bedrooms for work or pleasure purposes. By establishing this rule early, you are safe guarding your child in one very powerful way.


Our Chaplain, Kate Tantum,, is currently working on a modified roster—Monday to Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm and can be contacted via the front office. Kate will maintain contact with stu- dents through ClassDojo by uploading activities, videos, messages etc. that will assist with the social/emotional wellbeing of students.

School Psychologist and Student Services Deputy

Our School Psychologist, Emma Warner, is also available. As always, requests for school psy- chology support usually occur though discussion with the class teacher and Deputy Principal, Kerry Hill. Referrals may also come directly to her email -, but these will still be discussed and prioritised with the student services team.

Students and families currently linked in with Emma and Kerry will continue to be our priority, and they will maintain ongoing communication throughout the coming weeks. Of course, you can contact Kerry anytime if you require support.

We are investigating the option to link to families via a web conference process like Webex, in terms of continuing with our regular case conferences.

Emma is a registered Triple P provider and is available to consult with parents about strategies to support positive behaviour management within the home.

Should there be a need to access psychology support at short notice or after hours, the follow- ing services are recommended:

Kids Helpline -1800 55 1800 | resources;
Headspace -1800 650 890 | chat;
Mental Health Emergency Response Line–1800 048 636 (Under 16) 1300 555 788 (16 years and above) | resources; health-response-line/

HELPING YOUR CHILDREN LEARN Take Notice of the Behaviours You Like!

There are many opportunities to teach your children important life skills (e.g., being caring, helpful, cooperative, getting on well with siblings, taking turns). Use plenty of praise and positive attention to encourage behaviour you like. Give them positive attention letting them know you are pleased by telling them what they have just done.

Thats a lovely card you have written to your grandmother. Thats so kind. She will really appreciate that.

Im really proud of how well you are working by yourself

Thank you for cleaning your bedroom, it makes me happy when you help

Youre playing so carefully with your brother/sister, I like how well you are sharing/ taking turns

Managing Challenging Behaviour

Set achievable goals – if your child struggles with attention or hyperactivity, it would be un- helpful to expect them to engage in a learning activity for a prolonged period of time. Similarly, providing your child with work that is above their current level is also unhelpful. Understanding your childs needs and responding to them appropriately is important.

Chunkingwork – Provide your child with a set time to complete as much work as they can do independently (e.g. 5mins on a timer) then check-in with them.

If your child is refusing to complete work, stop the timer and only start it again once they begin working. Continue this until they have completed the full allocated time ac- tually completing work (this may take longer, however, reinforces to the child that the work will be completed no matter how long they procrastinate for)

Brain Breaks if your child is visibly tired, upset or angry, continuing with a task is not recommended. Brain breaksare a great opportunity to give their brains a quick break for a few minutes. It can be: getting a drink of water, helping hang out the laundry, doing star jumps in the backyard or anything else you decide!

Rewards – having a set reward for your child at the completion of a work task can be an important motivator. Not all children require external rewards, so if your child is managing well – you dont need to implement anything additional. However, if your child is struggling to get through work tasks, rewards may be an additional motivator.

Identifying what is highly motivating for your child is important, common rewards can include:

  • Verbal Praise
  • Stickers/Ticks/Stamps
  • Play time (e.g. backyard time, family board games, favourite toy) Cooking a favourite dish
  • Choosing the next family movie / activity / board game

Screen time is often highly motivating for children, however, it is important to limit this as much as possible

Struggling to identify what your child is motivated by? Ask them what they like!

Snacking and Lunchboxes

Families who have used home schooling for some time have found that endlessly hungry kids wanting snacks can be a real issue. When home, for some children it might be a challenge to manage their eating habits and potential bored eating’. You might like to pack their lunchbox at the start of the day, and use it just like they would at school. This may prevent potential conflict and create healthy habits during this time. Making lunch together can also be a great life skill lesson.

Reading at Home

Your child may be learning to reador reading to learn’. Reading requires practice, whether it is listening to a story, reading to themselves, a parent a sibling or even the dog: it is essential children continue to read.

If all else fails this is one essential skill to keep building!

Reading aloud to children helps brain development and providing an enjoyable reading experience at home can help turn children into life long learners.

Before Reading

What do you think this book is about? Make a prediction
Make a connection to the text so children can share experiences that may relate to

the topic

During Reading

Model good reading for your child where possible
Ask clarifying questions about characters, events and motives for actions

Who was..?
Why do you think..?
Why did the character react like that..?)

Ask child to sound out an unknown word

After Reading

Reflect on what has been read and ask further questions:
What would you have done if you had been in the same situation? Who was the most important character?
Why do you think this?
Have you ever felt..?
What would happen..?

A fantastic free and easy site with a huge range of books read aloud:

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Class Dojo and Skoolbag will continue to have important school-wide notices as well as our newsletter.