Wonderful SCPS Remote Community!
Well its Week 3 of Term 3, and we are in the midst of home schooling again unfortunately. This is not the ideal situation for anyone, parents, kids and teachers would all prefer to be in school I am sure… but we have got this and we will get through it! If anyone needs additional support please reach out to the school, further details below.
All upcoming events are currently on hold, obviously awaiting further Government advice. We can confirm that the Father’s Day Breakfast has unfortunately been cancelled and we will communicate regarding other events as the situation develops.
P&C meeting will be going ahead via zoom, Wednesday 28th July at 7pm.
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Meeting ID: 341 789 0579
Item 1: Attendance & Apologies
Item 2: Minutes of previous meeting
Item 3: Reports
a) Principal – Trish Fisher
b) President – Jodie Steele
c) Treasurer – Daniel Moore
Item 3: Events/Fundraising (Jodie)
a) Regular & Major Events
Item 4: Grants
Item 5: Wish List
Item 6: Committee update
a) Uniform Shop (Ellise)
b) OOSH Update (Claire)
Item 7: General Business
Whole School Assembly will be held via zoom on Friday 30 July at 2.15pm. Zoom link will be sent out via google classroom this week.
HOME SCHOOLING GUIDELINES
The short story is that SCPS is conducting remote learning as per Dept of Education guidelines. In bullet point form these are:
Learning from both home and school
• Families to be encouraged to keep their children at home wherever possible. Schools are open for essential workers and those who cannot sort supervision for their children in another capacity during this remote learning period.
• Minimum staff on-site to oversee one unit of learning for students, noting that flexible syllabus requirements are in place.
• All lessons that are provided for children at home, are the same that are delivered at school.
• Use existing teaching and learning programs – where required, adapt for students learning from home.
• Make adjustments and adapt learning activities to support the learning needs of all students.
• Include regular check-ins to clarify content and support wellbeing of students learning from home.
• Build in flexible options for students to demonstrate learning.
• Plan for alternative provision of feedback to students learning from home.
• Implement strategies to support the wellbeing and engagement of all students.
• Zoom: We recommend that teachers pre-record lessons and provide feedback. The live session should be no longer than 20 mins.
The recommended times spent on learning is depicted in the images attached.
If you feel like one of these points is not being met by your teacher, then I encourage you to contact your teacher directly with your specific needs/concerns. There is not one cookie cutter approach to a class of 30, nor a school over over 500. They are doing the best they can under current guidelines, but in my experience are happy to accommodate for different learners where they can.
There are many ways to contact your class teacher:
• Email if you have it. If you don’t, check with your class parent rep.
• Google Classrooms. You can ask questions on your stream or private message the teacher direct.
• Via the school office email address, they will forward accordingly – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that your teachers are working so hard behind the scenes to try and support our kids. Many are also in the same position as us where they are working full time while trying to conduct remote learning with their own children. Be patient, be kind. It’s hard for everyone.
Hot Tip: Don’t ignore No Caller ID phone calls like I usually do. Chances are it’s your teacher checking in with you! 😉
We are all struggling with keeping the kids occupied, whilst working, caring for others, cleaning, trying to keep sane etc etc. I have put together a list of lots of extra-curricular activities you can get the kids involved in, and hopefully buy you some peace!
- Grow Your Mind offer a selection of free resources kids can do at home.
- Taronga Zoo are offering free lockdown lessons, register for the zoom sessions and get to experience some animal time. Also side up to become a Wild Squad Agent. https://taronga.org.au/education/digital-programs-online-resources/virtual-zoo-lessons#newlockdownlessons
- Bec Sparrow has put together this fabulous list of Home Learning Ideas so this is a great place to start.
- Outdoor adventurer of our times Bear Grylls has put together a great list of 100 ‘indoor survival challenges’ for kids under isolations – might be particularly fine for those boisterous ‘roosters’ in particular. In conjunction with Scouts UK.
- Creative Star Learning feature a wonderful list of 100s of outdoor, nature-based activities online.
- Some great home schooling tips here from Broken Hill School of the Air.
- Another fantastic list focusing on education, mindfulness and fun from Green Child Magazine
- Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation that offers free lessons in everything from maths, science, history, grammar, storytelling, coding, computer animation, economics and business. And they span right from preschool to higher years of schooling.
- WooTube is a fabulous YouTube channel run by Australian maths teacher Eddie Woo with free maths lessons (and he has resources for teachers too)
- Maths Rockx: We know music is magic for the brain – and I love this Aussie app that helps kids learn times tables with music. They also have some simple, helpful resources on their webpage (many of which are free)
- ABC Education brings you thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary students and teachers
- If you’re looking for worksheets (please don’t go crazy with these!) there are LOADS of free ones covering everything from musical notes, countries, sight words, maths through the whole curriculum and more at 123Homeschool4Me
- If you have younger kids, here are some great ideas from toddler-12 year olds
- Blockly is a fun and free way to learn computer programming.
- Scratch seems to be many schools’ and parents’ go-to site when teaching kids coding… so instead of just playing games they can make their own.
- Top 10 Literacy and Numeracy resources on ABC Education.
- For younger children, this app includes over 1000 fun activities (called moments) for parents to do with their child as well as tips for parents that turn everyday moments into brain building opportunities.
- Dr Prue Salter (a specialist in study skills) has released a free video series answering the most commonly asked FAQs to help Years 7-12 families make the learning taking place at home as effective as possible this term.
- Crazy Games have online math games that can reinforce children’s math skills and make homeschooling fun.
- Numberblocks on Netflix is great for younger kids, making maths fun
- Take a virtual trip (and visit destinations anywhere from The Great Wall of China to the Great Barrier Reef, Taronga Zoo or The Louvre in Paris). Click here to take a virtual trip now.
- If you had a camping trip planned, perhaps set up camp in your lounge room or backyard or on the deck. Or have some fun recreating the holiday experience that you perhaps had to cancel, like this family from the US did when their trip to Disney World was called off (you don’t have to go quite that far but if you have the energy and imagination you may as a family have some fun in the process!)
- Why not take the family on a journey with Russia’s amazing Bolshoi Theatre?
- Bring Cirque du Soleil into the lounge room!
- Nature is everywhere! Here’s a fantastic list from Nature Play WA of 25 Things to Do in Isolation: Nature has not been cancelled!!
- National Geographic has a super interactive, kid-friendly website and app full of fun, helpful ways to introduce children to real world issues while learning amazing facts!
- Bring the wilderness inside with live African animal safaris by &Beyond.
- Explore the ocean with live camera streams of underwater reefs on Orpheus Island, Pioneer Bay.
- Take a virtual dive deep into natural marine sanctuaries with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- A virtual forest therapy walk will soon connect the whole family with nature without leaving the house.
- For some backyard fun, watch 30 Days of Backyard play by Plot Australia and here is a printable PDF.
- David Walliams has a collection of free audio stories he has recorded.
- Some children’s favourite celebrities read a bunch of their favourite stories at Storyline Online and, in Australia, at Storybox Library, where some of their favourite storytellers do the same.
- We also have a list compiled of suggestions of some of the best podcasts and audio books for kids (check your local library’s online borrowing to access the audiobooks for free).
- Watch Alison Lester reading her wonderful book Kissed by the Moon.
- Have a stretch with Cosmic Kids Yoga… They provide yoga, mindfulness and relaxation activities specially created for kids aged 3+.
- Go Noodle engages 14 million kids every month with movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. And it’s free.
- Have a dance off with your kids, like this dad – bound to get the endorphins flowing!
- Back in March 2020, The Body Coach Joe Wicks put together daily workouts for kids called PE with Joe on his YouTube channel (he also has workouts for adults and one especially for seniors so worth checking out).
- Smiling Mind have some wonderful audio tracks to help the whole family be more mindful and feel a lot less anxious and calm. Check out their free app.
- Chalk drawings and messages on pavements are a great way to get kids outside and into a mindful, creative mindset. Stone & Sprocket give some pedagogy tips on how to get started.
- The University of Western Australia’s KIDDO program offers free, high-quality resources for parents and educators to help children to have fun being active at home. Check out this video overview of their activity booklet.
- Jamie Oliver’s son Buddy wants kids around the world to join him in the kitchen. Check out his YouTube playlist here.
- Club SciKidz post daily science or cooking experiments that will get kids in the kitchen (and, just quietly, learning).
- Make paper mache.
- Get crafty with ABC Kids shows.
- How about a Bluey Crafternoon?
- Fancy an art class with iconic Aussie artist Ken Done? He’s offering tips for kids and teens.
- Try these 10 minute craft activities for kids.
- Knitting for kids (lovely with the cooler months!) is fun.
- Macrame – back to the ’70s anyone?
- Making homemade gifts such as this sugar scrub.
- Homemade puppet theatre.
- One family has started a ‘post-virus jar’ in their house – a great way to remember THIS WILL PASS.
- The Resilience Kit have come up with a great idea for bored kids – pick a stick!
- Making bubbles with TheDadLab.
- If you’re in the mood for some DIY, Porch has this article for helping your kids make some seriously flash teepees and play tents on a budget.
- Get cooking: Jam Roly Polys, Caramel Slice, Chocolate crackles, Honey Joys, Banana Muffins, Lamington Balls
And some ideas from the wonderful educators at OOSH:
- DIY Paper Spinner – https://www.makeandtakes.com/diy-paper-spinner
- Paper Calla Lily Flower – https://artsycraftsymom.com/paper-calla-lily-craft-for-kids/
- Popsicle Stick Kitty Craft – https://www.craftymorning.com/popsicle-stick-kitty-craft/
- DIY Farm Animal Corner Bookmarks – https://artsycraftsymom.com/diy-farm-animal-corner-bookmarks/
- Chatterbox – https://www.cleverpatch.com.au/ideas/by-product-type/paper-and-card/chatterbox
- Lego building – https://www.lego.com/cdn/cs/set/assets/blt347ffbd535a2c4ef/11001_Classic_BI_V39.pdf
- Indoor Treasure Hunt – Hide things around the house for your children to find.
- Indoor Camping – Build a pillow or blanket fort and do fun activities inside them
- Blossoms, flowers, petals and leaves – https://togetherinart.org/wp-content/uploads/TIA_Make-Art_ActivitySheet_FLOWERS_v2-1.pdf
- Abstract collage- https://togetherinart.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Make-Art_Activity%5B1%5DSheet_Abstract_v2.pdf
- Dancing dragons- https://togetherinart.org/wp-content/uploads/TIA_Make%5B1%5DArt_ActivitySheet_DRAGON_v2.pd
OK hopefully that keeps you going for a few weeks, and we can be back in school as soon as possible.
This one’s for Ellise –
Stay Safe 🙂
Until next time,