Learning at Home

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.

Remove Distractions

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. 

Comfort

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. 

Lighting

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.

Books

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.

Resources 

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.

Reflect

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!

Timetable

Suggested TimesMondayTuesdayWednesday
Specialist Day
ThursdayFriday
8.45-9.00Roll Call and check in.
Please be punctual and in full school uniform 
9.00-9.15PE Fitness/SkillsPE Fitness/Skills   PE Fitness/SkillsPE Fitness/SkillsPE Fitness/Skills  
9.15-10.45English
Spelling/Phonics
Reading Task
Reading Task 
English
Spelling/Phonics
Reading Task
Reading Task 
FrenchEnglish
Spelling/Phonics
Reading Task
Reading Task
English
Spelling/Phonics
Reading Task
Reading Task
10.45-11.00Recess – Screen free Brain Break 
11.00-12.30MathematicsMathematicsMusic    Mathematics   Mathematics
12.30-1.15 Lunch – Screen free Brain Break 
1.30-2.55Other Learning AreaOther Learning AreaArt     Other Learning AreaOther Learning Area

Afternoon sessions – HASS, Science, Health, Digital and Design Technologies.

Additional Resources

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.

English

Unplugged

  • 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.

Online

Mathematics

Unplugged

  • Board games (e.g. Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, other dice games).
  • Dominoes.
  • 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).

Online

Science and Technology

Unplugged

Online

Humanities and Social Science

Unplugged

  • 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).

Health

Unplugged

  • Outdoor exercise/games at home.
  • Yoga.
  • Mindful colouring

Online

  • Smiling Mind – will need to sign up for a free login to access

Other

Online

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