Welcome to Learning from Home at Mount Pleasant Primary School. This page has been created to support families and provide instructional learning activities for all students who are not at school. On this site you will find information on how to support your child’s learning at home, recommended activities to enhance learning and links to websites to make learning more interactive.
Firstly, try not to stress. We are here to help you through this. We are in this together. We are learning as much as you.
Our Year Level Learning from Home packages are the place for you to start when supporting your child to learn from home. These packages will be made available online and a printed copy will be available upon request.
If your child is experiencing difficulty with their learning pack you may like to contact your child’s classroom teacher by email.
Our website is being updated regularly with videos, tips and useful links. It is a great place to go to if you need some inspiration.
Setting up the space
Setting up a productive learning environment at home will assist in the routine of home learning. Families might like to consider the following when setting up a space for learning at home.
Learning spaces do not need to be large and elaborate – small and cosy can be very productive too. The learning area you choose may include folding chairs and a camping table. Families often dedicate the end of the kitchen table, the end of the bench or even a coffee table. Families may consider setting up a learning box which has all your child’s learning resources in it, and so when it is learning time the box comes out. Equally when the learning is finished the box is packed neatly away.
It is important that all families respect the learning space and dedicate time to home learning. Create a daily routine and keep to it. Just as a school day has a dedicated start and finish time and dedicated breaks, create a visual home schedule or the weekly timetable that the school has constructed. This will help to keep everyone on track.
Prepare the Home Learning area by removing distractions, toys, TV and any other distractions. Keep the area tidy and organised, so there is enough space for working.
Sitting at a table on a chair may not always be comfortable. Have agreed spaces for your child to move to. Reading may be in a comfy chair. Remember during the school day, teachers provide students with regular small breaks of up to 5 minutes to stretch, move or dance.
Make sure your child’s learning space is well lit; however, don’t be surprised if he/she prefers more muted lighting. Natural light is best for learning.
The more students read, the more they build their text knowledge, build their vocabulary, build their knowledge of the world around them and in turn they apply this knowledge in their writing. If you need more books you can join our local Melville Library online https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/libraries/library-membership and access their eBook collection https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/libraries/elibrary. The MPPS Librarian may be able to assist too.
Handy resources include basic stationery and colouring materials, a workbook or note paper. If you do not have these at home, they can be purchased through supermarkets. Additional useful items include a pack of cards, dice and counters. For counters you can make your own by using items from home.
Take time to reflect on the success that has happened each day. We understand that juggling home learning with work and other family needs is challenging. Be kind to yourself!
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Afternoon sessions – HASS, Science, Health, Digital and Design Technologies.
Below are some additional activity suggestions you can do with your child at home to help develop their skills in a variety of learning areas.
- Reading (e.g. books, magazines, newspapers)
- Board games (e.g. Scrabble, Hangman, Pictionary)
- Follow a procedure (e.g. cooking, building a Lego structure, origami)
- Alternatively, students could also write a procedure for another family member to follow.
- Handwriting practise (this may require use of/printing dotted thirds paper).
- Continue to develop strong oral language skills through dinner conversations.
- Word Hunt – search around the texts in your house for words starting with a letter, or examples of nouns/adjectives/verbs.
- Digital libraries – You can join our local Melville Library online https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/libraries/library-membership and access their eBook collection.
- https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to- do/libraries/elibrary
- Epic – access to thousands of children’s books online.
- Storyline Online – Home – a collection of quality books read aloud to students.
- MimsHouseBooks – you can select audio or ebooks for free.
- ReadWorks – required parent to sign up and create and account.
- Dictionary.com – research word definitions.
- Thesaurus.com – research synonyms.
- Freerice – online vocabulary game.
- ABC Reading Eggs – (sign up for a free 30 day trial)
- Teach Your Monster to Read – iPad app (a free phonics and reading game).
- Board games (e.g. Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, other dice games).
- Card Games (e.g. Numero, Maths War).
- Maths Hunt – look for numbers, shapes, units of measurement around the house.
- Cooking – great practise using units of measurement and fractions in real-world contexts.
- Shopping – student to search through catalogues and spend as close to a certain amount as possible.
- Practise times tables or division facts – flash cards, songs on YouTube, explain strategies to a family member.
- Sudoku puzzles (available to print online).
Science and Technology
- James Dyson Foundation STEM Challenges – engineering challenges
Humanities and Social Science
- A comparison (verbal, written, Venn diagram) of older and newer items around the home (e.g. technology, toys).
- Interview a family member about the past (e.g. school, technology, toys, favourite things).
- Outdoor exercise/games at home.
- Mindful colouring
- Smiling Mind – will need to sign up for a free login to access
- Department of Education Resources Learning resources by year level – Department of Education (search by year level)
- BTN – News and current affairs for students. (Under Teachers there are Resources with a complete package including discussion questions, transcripts and activities. These are downloadable in Word or as a PDF).
- Squiz Kids – a news podcast for 8-12 year olds. New episodes available every weekday at 7am.
- ABC Education
- BBC Bitesize
- Starfall Education
- Learn at Home | Scholastic Australia
- How to draw – Drawing for kids – Online drawing tutorials with step-by-step instructions.