The Department of Education Resources

The Department of Education have created some learning resources, accessible via their website and sorted by year level

Department of Education – learning-at-home Resources


To help between now and the end of term…

We recognise it is difficult to know ‘Where do I start?” To help, we are have sourced some resources to get you started. These PDFs can be printed and used at home.

The files are quite large and this link will direct you to a closed Googledrive where you will be download them. There is one for every year and also a mindfulness sheet. We do not expect the students to return this work to us.

Pre-Primary (Foundation) – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 1 – learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 2 – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 3 – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 4 – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 5 – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Year 6 – Learning from Home Resource Pack

Mindfulness – Home Resource Pack


This is a great Podcast for some ideas when the whole family are working at home


In addition, here are some useful tips and some other resources

Teachers are not in a position to provide individual work packages but here are some tips and resources that may be useful during their time away.

 

Don’t try to recreate school at home

no matter how much you try to create a school environment, your kids will still see you as their caregiver, which is a different relationship to the one they have with their teacher. Creating expectations tailored to a homeschool environment will help you find the balance and discover what this relationship looks like.

Set the Expectations

  • Create a daily checklist of what you what to achieve
  • Maybe use a separate book for each subject
  • get your child to take ownership of their own of the checklist
  • be realistic about what you can achieve. Starting out, decide on what you need to cover in a day, assess how much you actually cover and use that as a guide for your daily checklist. You may be surprised how much, or how little, is actually achieved.
  • Take your time to understand what is realistic and don’t stress.
  • Celebrate the achievement and spend some time at the end of the day celebrating what went well and what you could do differently on the next day.

Homeschool time is different to School Time

During the school days, there is a lot of downtime for students when they’re socialising, playing and having some mental space to let the learning sink in.

  • Build in plenty of breaks, short water stops, a chance to run around the garden.
  • You can fit more into a homeschooling day, so don’t feel you have to fill complete school day’s worth.

Classrooms vs 1:1 learning

It is important to remember that your child is very used to working independently without 1 on 1 attention. Don’t feel guilty about leaving them to work on tasks and projects on their own. Creating the structure and clear expectations when you leave them to work independently helps to avoid kids getting distracted or frustrated with the task.

Take time with ‘Why’ Questions

It can be tempting to move on from ‘why?’ questions that are inevitable when you’re interacting in a learning environment. Often you may feel that you need to complete the task. Take the time to explore with your child what they are curious about.

Teach what you know and love

To create the best learning experience for your child, teach what you know and love. Don’t worry if all the subject areas aren’t covered.  This time at home is an opportunity for your child to develop a new style of learning.

If you have a hobby, like cooking, art or gardening, this may be a time to get them involved too.

Use a simple Teaching Framework

I do, we do, you do 

This is a simple framework when teaching your child something new. You demonstrate the skill to your child, then you do it together, them let them explore it themselves.

 

Make Use of Free resources.

If you have access to the internet and a computer or mobile device, we have created a list of resources below that may help.

In addition, apps such as Explain Everything, BookCreator, PuppetPals are useful tools that the students can use to help develop responses away from simple pen and paper (although you may be looking for a non-screen approach too)

is a resource that is used regularly by the students in Years 1 to 6. To log in the students should use their firstname.lastname and the password 123456

At Ocean Reef we have listed a range of websites, below, that have provided resources for parents to work with their children at home.

Useful general sites also include

Scholastics

TeachStarter

BreakoutEDU

Reading with your child?

this document may be useful: Reading comprehension questions

Other subject specific sites are:

Mathematics

khanacademy.org https://www.khanacademy.org/
Dr Paul Swan’s Maths Site Excellent Resource!  https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/
Maths seeds (app) Free app at the moment.
ABCYa Counting, graphing, patterning. Categorized by year level. https://www.abcya.com/
Funbrain.com pp-6 Maths games and activities https://www.funbrain.com/
CoolMath4kids Maths games and activities https://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Writing

Bravewriter.com https://bravewriter.com/
pobble365.com There is a new picture uploaded each day. Look at the picture on the screen and discuss what you see. Use the questions on the site to help you to encourage your child to think. Use the Story Starters to encourage your child to write about the picture. http://www.pobble365.com/
Book Creator 90 day free. Students write and illustrate their creations. Excellent site.
PBSkids.org Yrs 1-6 Range of activities, games across learning areas https://pbskids.org/

Reading

 

squigglepark.com https://www.squigglepark.com/
resources free book streaming plus parent resources www.Vooks.com/parent
Teach a monster to read Years 1-6 Fantastic reading app. Free app at present.
Readworks.com set up accounts for students assign passages) https://www.readworks.org/
Reading eggs (app) Fantastic site
Epic PP-6 Reading book site (35 0000)Books ,videos, quizzes https://www.getepic.com/
StorylineOnline.net Years k-2 Famous actors read well known picture books. Great for book awareness, reading comprehension.   Free. https://www.storylineonline.net/
Read Theory https://readtheory.org/
Epic Books https://www.getepic.com/

Spelling

phonicsplay.co.uk To revise spelling sounds https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

 

Free access throughout March using the username and password on their website.

Science

Kids.nationalgeographic.com https://www.natgeokids.com/au/
Brainpop.com Variety of different learning areas https://www.brainpop.com/
Minecraft Education Always free. Problem solving/good for collaboration. And creativity
Nasa Kids Club k- Year 6  Includes games, videos, puzzles, colouring in sheets. All space themed e.g. Building astronauts, watching astronauts currently orbiting the earth https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html
Kids Discover (HASS also) Free access    3 full months https://www.kidsdiscover.com/
switcherooZoo.com pp-yr 3 Everything to do with animals at the zoo. https://switchzoo.com/

Art

 Art Lessons for Public Schools Year 1 upwards
 Art for kids hub (You Tube) Year 1 upwards Excellent step by step process for kids to follow ART LESSONS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

Health

Operation Ouch (You tube) Year 4-6 Programme explaining different medical issues in a very humorous way.

HASS

Virtual Field Trips San Diego Zoo, Mars, Yellowstone National Park etc. http://bit.ly/2Woar5e

 

Travelandleisure.com 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take.
www.natgeokids.com/au https://www.natgeokids.com/au/
www.historyforkids.net https://www.historyforkids.net/

 

Physical Education

here’s some tips for keeping them active.

Physical Education Package