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1) Communication Channels:
- School webpage = the central location for all home-based learning activity and communication.
- Newsletters = provide ongoing updates that relate to the whole school
- Classroom communication:
- Email via Hero = class updates
- 'Google Meet' = online video conferencing CLICK HERE to view a video tutorial
- 'Google Calendar' = for Google Meet times and links
- 'Google Classroom' = Akotoa and Kawaka students
- Individual communication can also occur with home and school via the normal email channels. List of staff email contacts are found here.
2) Day Plan for Parents and Students:
- Start each day agreeing with a plan. Identify when and where home-based learning will occur - you may want to schedule this around the weather e.g. if it is forecast to rain in the afternoon, spend the morning outside and complete home-based learning tasks in the afternoon.
- Check the Google Meet calendar for your next online conference (teachers will generally lead these in small groups, two to three times a week).
- Agree together on the order you will complete the set tasks on your Action Learning Contract (you can find this by clicking on your class name on the Home-Based Learning webpage)
- Set a time limit and an alarm (e.g. watch alarm, iPad or oven timer) for each task so you stay focused but also allow for brain/food breaks so that concentration is maximised.
3) Time Expectations:
- The amount of time that is spent on Home-Based Learning is hard to set as each home is different.
- The table below is an approximate guide.
- There is no set order. How the day is arranged is set by parents and children together at the start of the day.
- What each family can achieve is dependant on numerous factors including:
- Internet speeds
- Number of devices
- The degree of challenge in each learning activity
- Number of children at home and available parent support
- It is important that parents weigh these factors up and set their expectations allowing for flexibility so that:
- Quality work is achieved
- Children who are ‘in the flow’ can continue
- Children who are struggling find some success before finishing (even if the activity is for a short time)