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This page aims to provide you with guidance, tips and advice about how to work from home well. There is no doubt that we are living in unprecedented times and that what we are required to do now is different and extraordinary. There is also no doubt that the scenarios we are facing can change on a daily basis. What we say today may need to change as we gain new and different advice and learn more. We will continue to update you through email, EPS website and EPS Facebook page when things change. 

Learning will occur online to maintain continuity of learning to the best of our capacity. Families should expect school communication response times from staff to be longer than usual. The school staff will be doing their utmost to maintain business as usual in the online environment but we request your patience and understanding. 

Please stay safe, connect with others and we look forward to seeing you in person in the not too distant future.

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 subject matter expert or teacher. The most important thing you can do is to continue to provide comfort, support and encouragement to your child. You can help your child to learn from home by working with their school and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.

At Epsom Primary, we will be using a combination of an asynchronous and synchronous approach to learning. What works for you will depend on your circumstances.
An asynchronous approach means students have the option to learn at different times. Students can work at their own pace which can be more convenient and flexible. For example, students may choose to do all of their Maths work on the one day instead of spread across the week. Synchronous learning means following scheduled times. Students can follow the timetable provided by our units if they wish. 

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Please go to our EPS Remote Learning Website to see the tasks set for each lesson. When you click on your timetabled subjects you will see the lesson plan and instructions. There will be some lessons where your teachers will be online and engage with you, other lessons will be completing tasks on your own and gaining feedback. It is expected that even if you are not working to your exact timetable each day that you will submit work each week. Teachers will be following up any students who have not completed or submitted anything and documenting it on Sentral.  This will allow parents, teachers and educational support staff  to support students who are struggling.

Student responsibilities during remote learning 

  • regularly monitor the EPS remote learning website or other platforms (WeBex or Google Classrooms) for announcements and feedback from your teachers
  • do your best work by completing tasks with pride and academic honesty
  • do your best to meet timelines and due dates
  • communicate openly with your teachers and tell them if you have any concerns or issues
  • collaborate and support your classmates (grade 3-6)
  • continue to follow our STAR values and school’s behaviour guidelines.

Establishing routines and expectations
A healthy daily routine is great for mental and physical health, as well as concentration and learning. 

  • Start and end each day with a check-in to help your child
  • clarify and understand the instructions they get from their teachers
  • help them organise themselves and set priorities for their learning at home
  • Encourage regular exercise breaks. This might mean going for a walk, using exercise DVDs and apps, dancing, floor exercises or using home exercise equipment.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits and make sure they drink enough water.

How parents/carers can support their child:

  • having a routine and setting expectations
  • making sure your child has a space to work in
  • providing a level of supervision suitable to your child’s stage of development 
  • monitoring communications from teachers
  • checking in with your child often to help them manage and pace their work
  • monitoring how much time your child is spending online.

Setting up a learning environment
Every home is different but it’s important to provide a quiet and comfortable space in which to learn. 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
  • that has a strong internet signal, if possible
  • where you or another adult is present as you would normally when your child is online, dependent on age

Communicating with your child
We encourage you to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins can be a regular part of each day, again, this will depend on the development stage and age of your child.

Morning check ins
In the morning, ask:
What are you learning today?
What are your learning targets or goals?
How will you be spending your time?
What resources do you need?
What support do you need?

Afternoon check-ins
In the afternoon, ask:
What did you learn today?
What was challenging? You could come up with a way to deal with the same problem if it comes up again.
Consider three things that went well today. Why were they good?
Are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?

These questions allow your child to:

  • process the instructions they get from their teachers
  • help them organise themselves and set priorities.

You could also check-in with your child throughout the day. This depends on your child’s needs.