BIRMINGHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL’S REMOTE AND FLEXIBLE LEARNING ‘HUB’

About learning from home:

When you start to think about helping your child to learn from home, remember that no one expects you to be a teacher or subject matter expert. The most important thing you can do is continue to provide routine, support and encouragement to your child.

You can support your child to learn from home by keeping up to date with the school’s communications.

Over the course of the coming days, weeks and months, Birmingham Primary School will:

  • clearly commiunicate the responsibilities of your child’s teacher as well as what students and parents and carers need to do
  • provide learning activities for your child to undertake
  • clearly advise which communication channels will be used to reach parents and students (and which channels parents and students should use to communicate in-turn),
  • advise parents and students about the online tools your child can use to support their learning from home.

If you do not have a computer device or internet at home, please contact the school via the school e-mail address (birmingham.ps@education.vic.edu.au). We will then contact you to discuss whether your child needs to borrow one and how your child can receive materials.

Setting up a learning environment:

Every home is different. Where possible, extended learning should take place in a space your family shares. For example, a lounge room or dining room. These spaces are preferable over a bedroom, where your child can feel isolated and supervision can be more challenging.

It should be a place:

  • that can be quiet at times
  • where you or another adult is present.
Student responsibilities during remote learning:

Depending on the age and stage of your child, they may be expected to:

  • regularly monitor digital platforms for announcements and feedback from teachers
  • do their best work when completing tasks
  • do their best to meet timelines and due dates
  • communicate openly with their teachers and raise any concerns or issues
  • continue to abide by their school’s behaviour guidelines.
Establishing routines and expectations:

It is important to develop a routine to support your child as they learn from home. This is important for them and for family members, to provide an environment that encourages learning.

Start and end each day with a check-in to help your child:

  • clarify and fully understand the instructions they get from their teachers
  • help them organise themselves and set priorities for their learning at home.

Encourage regular exercise breaks. Birmingham Primary School will provide some suggested activities, but feed your family’s passions as well!

Encourage healthy eating habits and make sure your child/ren drink/s enough water.

Try to keep normal bedtime routines for all children, especially for younger ones.

Managing screen time and online safety:

As your child is likely to be spending time online, it is important that you talk to them about online safety. This will help them to make good digital choices and use information and communication technologies responsibly.

You may wish to speak to your children about ensuring they:

  • use only the online tools recommended by their teacher/s,
  • are respectful when communicating online, just as they would be when speaking face-to-face
  • use digital devices in open areas of the home

For more online safety advice for parents and carers go to: www.esafety.gov.au

Mental health and wellbeing check in:

Just as you set aside time for physical exercise, it is important to make time each day to check in on your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

It may take your child some time to adjust to their new routine for learning and key changes such as not seeing classmates in person. Every child will react differently to new circumstances – feelings of sadness, frustration, anxiousness and even anger are entirely normal.

You can help your child by:

  • providing an opportunity to talk about how they feel and listening to what they say
  • identifying some specific actions they can take by themselves or with you to address any concerns they might have
  • asking how they are finding learning remotely, and if there is anything they’d like your help with.

If you have any other concerns about the health and wellbeing of your child, please contact your child’s teacher in the first instance. They have access to information and resources that can help.

Advice for parents and carers of children with additional needs:

If you child has additional needs and you are worried about how this unprecedented situation may affect them, you should talk to their teacher in the first instance. They will have access to information and resources that can help to guide their learning from home.

The parents’ page of the DET website (www.education.vic.gov.au/parents) has several resources to help parents and carers support learning from home.

For parents and carers of children with learning difficulties, a comprehensive resource Understanding learning difficulties for parents: a practical guide can be downloaded from www.uldforparents.com.

This guide provides parents and carers with practical advice about learning difficulties as well as a list of recommended apps.

Beginning literacy and numeracy resources and tips:

In addition to the resources and materials we will provide, you may – at times – find the following resources supportive to your child’s home learning.

Literacy and numeracy:

Tips for parents and carers to build their child’s literacy and numeracy skills can be downloaded from the www.education.vic.gov.au. Search: get involved in literacy and numeracy

Mathematics and numeracy at home:

Parents and carers play an important role in helping develop their child’s numeracy skills. Advice and resources for families can be downloaded from www.education.vic.gov.au. Search: mathematics and numeracy at home

For students in Prep to Grade 2:

Birmingham Primary School will provide learning programs that include the following:

  • literacy activities that take a total of about 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy activities of about 30-45 minutes
  • additional learning areas, play-based learning and physical activity of about 30-45 minutes.

For students in Grades 3 to 6:

Birmingham Primary School will provide learning programs that include the following:

  • literacy activities that take a total of about 45-60 minutes
  • numeracy activities of about 30-45 minutes
  • Physical activity of about 30 minutes
  • Additional curriculum areas of about 90 minutes

LEARNING FROM HOME – GRADES PREP and 1

See-Saw is the main collaboration and sharing platform used by our Prep and Grade 1 students. It will be the ‘Virtual Classroom’ for children in those year levels.

Click the Seesaw icon below. This will take you to the login page. Choose “I’m a student”. Then:

Option 1: Scan your child’s home learning (QR) code

Option 2: Type in the 12-letter code.

Both of these entry options have been (or will be) provided to your child/ren. However, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via Compass if you are having issues.

Click the video below to see how to join a Webex meeting through the Web App (i.e.: without needing to install any software or plug-ins onto your device).

LEARNING FROM HOME – GRADES 2-to-6

G-Suite is the main collaboration and sharing platform used by our Grade 2-to-6 students. It will be the ‘Virtual Classroom’ for children in those year levels.

Click the Google Classroom icon below. This will take you to the login page.

Our students are well-versed with the logins and passwords that they use on a daily basis. However, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via Compass if you are having issues.

LEARNING FROM HOME – SPECIALIST SUBJECTS

The specialist team will provide their lesson ideas and activities – and a bunch of other things via a website created in Google Sites.

Click the Specialist Website button below. This will take you to the specialist website.

OTHER USEFUL AND HIGH-FREQUENCY RESOURCES:

COMPASS

Birmingham Primary School uses Compass School Manager for our parent portal. Click here to access the portal. All parents have a login for the portal. Please contact the office if you cannot remember your access credentials. We highly encourage all parents to download the Compass app for your phone or iPad. Using Compass you are able to contact your child/ren’s teachers (amongst many other things). This may be useful if you require assistance to support learning at home.

Mathseeds and Reading Eggs

Mathseeds and Reading Eggs are accessed via the same login page. 

Students do have usernames and passwords. However, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via Compass if you are having issues.

Reading Eggs is the online reading program that helps children learn to read. Hundreds of online reading lessons, phonics games and books for ages 2–13.

Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-9 the core maths and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons.

EPIC Books

Epic! is a Digital Library for Kids 12 & Under in which you can instantly access 35,000 of the best books, learning videos, quizzes & more.

Classroom teachers have their own unique login code which students can use to access the archive. Students should know that code. However, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via Compass if you are having issues.

MATHLETICS

With hundreds of curriculum-aligned lessons and activities, Mathletics is the comprehensive online mathematics learning tool that brings joy to learning. Students do have usernames and passwords. However, please contact your child’s classroom teacher via Compass if you are having issues.

Kids News

Kidsnews.com.au is a ready-to go literacy resource for teachers (and home learning) using current daily news stories. The content is written into educational stories in child appropriate language and filtered/censored to remove any inappropriate content or imagery. The site does not link to any outside news sources or sites, therefore students can use it safely in an unsupervised environment or for independent learning. Kids News is suitable for children from Grade 3 to Year 8, and – best of all – it is FREE to use!

FUSE - Learning From Home

FUSE is a platform housing many resources mapped to the Victorian Curriculum. FUSE content will continue to be updated over the coming weeks to assist parents and families to support learning at home.

Typing Club

TypingClub is the most effective way to learn how to type. It is web based and highly effective. TypingClub is free!