Supporting learning at home

Learning at home in Term 2 

Keeping connected and supporting learning

The way your child learns at home may be different from how they have been learning at school.  As a parent or carer your role is not to replace the teacher.  It is to support your child or young person’s learning provided by the school.  

Over the coming days you will be provided with learning activities and information to support learning at home. The learning activities that are provided may be online, offline or a combination of both. The learning will be designed to meet your child’s needs and adjusted for the home environment.

Juggling learning at home, work and family may bring both joy and challenges. This is new for everyone, so keep connected to your school, family and friends to support learning and wellbeing.  

Help your child or young person feel safe, secure and connected. To do this you can: 

Develop a routine

Children and young people are used to the routine and structure of school. To support their ongoing learning, it is important they have as much routine and certainty as possible in their day. You can support your child or young person’s learning by –

  • Involving your child in establishing a simple, consistent, and responsive daily routine
  • Including times for eating, reading, talking, writing, playing and exercise.
  • Displaying your daily routine so everyone in the family can see it.
  • Creating a balance between more formal learning with time for reading books, exploring the outdoors and child initiated learning opportunities.
  • Being prepared for things not going to plan and being flexible.

Creating a supportive learning space

It is a good idea to set up an ‘at home’ learning space where children have access to the things they need. A dedicated learning space separates work and play which supports children’s focus and concentration. This will allow you to organise and manage learning materials and assist where necessary.

  • Involve your child in creating their learning space.
  • Consider the age and independence of your child when deciding on the location of the learning space
  • Remember to use safe outdoor spaces for learning throughout the day.

Teachers will use the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia to develop learning activities for your child.  In Kindergarten your child learns through play, using ideas and activities provided by the teacher.  

You can support their learning by asking questions and talking with them about what they are doing.  Sometimes your child will need you to help them and sometimes they will learn independently.  

Remember that your child may choose to spend more time on some activities than othersThese activities could take up to 2 hours a day. Try to spend quality time with your child:  

  • Sharing stories, writing and drawing, listening and speaking  
  • Counting and using numbers, measuring, games 
  • Helping around the home, cooking, gardening, etc 

Teachers will use the Australian Curriculum to develop learning for your child. At this age your child relies on adults to help them with learning to read, write and use numbers to solve problems. They are active and curious and learn by talking, asking questions, playing and exploring.  

Daily learning activities from the teacher may include:  

  • English – Reading, writing, listening and speaking up to 30 – 40 minutes  
  • Maths – using numbers and measuring to solve mathematical problems up to 30-40 minutes   
  • Physical activity and play regularly though the day

Teachers will use the Australian Curriculum to provide the learning for your child. Your child may be asked to work on a project or learning tasks that use skills and knowledge from different subject areas.   

Help your child prepare for the day, by reading through the instructions provided by their teacher. Encourage your child to work independently as much as possible, but help them when you can or when they need it. 

Daily learning activities from the teacher/s may include:  

  • English – Reading, writing, speaking and listening for a total of up to 45-60 minutes 
  • Maths – Numbers and measurement for up to 30-45 minutes 
  • Other subject areas across the week, for up to 60 -90 minutes  
  • Physical activity and play up to I hour throughout the day 

Teachers will use the Australian Curriculum to provide the learning for your child. Your child may be asked to work on a project or learning tasks that use skills and knowledge from different subject areas.   

Help your child prepare for the day, by reading through the instructions provided by their teacher. Encourage your child to work independently as much as possible, but help them when you can or when they need it. 

Daily learning activities from the teacher/s may include:  

  • English – Reading, writing, speaking and listening for a total of up to 45-60 minutes 
  • Maths – Numbers and measurement for up to 30-45 minutes 
  • Other subject areas across the week, for up to 60 -90 minutes  
  • Physical activity and play up to I hour throughout the day 

Teachers will use the Australian Curriculum or the Approved Learning Program to provide the learning for your young person. They may be asked to work on a project or learning tasks that use skills and knowledge from different subject areas. 

Help your young person to work independently and balance online and offline tasks when they are learning by:  

  • asking questions  
  • asking if they need help 
  • giving encouragement
  • being positive, flexible and supportive.  

 For Grades 9 and 10, daily learning activities from teachers may include:  

  • English/literacy up to 60 minutes 
  • Mathematics/numeracy up to 45 minutes 
  • Other subject areas across the week, up to 90 minutes a day 
  • Physical activity and exercise up to I hour spread throughout the day 

For Years 11 and 12your young person is engaged in an Approved Learning Program. 

  • Continue with full time study which requires a minimum of 600 hours for the year.  This is approximately 4 – 5 hours per week per course 

Some courses are shorter and some courses – particularly VET courses – can be longer. While learning at home there may be less contact time with teachers and peers and more independent learning required. Physical activity and exercise is encouraged for up to I hour spread throughout the day. 

Please refer to Parent info sheets for more details.