Remote Learning at Clairvaux

About learning from home in a school setting

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 the school and supporting your child as they undertake the activities provided.

Now that remote learning has become a necessary step to support your child's education, there are a number of steps that you can take to ensure the smooth implementation of learning at home. 

Get prepared 

Make yourself familiar with the tasks that have been presented by your child's teacher. Check that both you and your child are aware of the things that you should expect, including any specific tools. You will need to ensure that you have access to the relevant systems or platforms. If you don’t know your user login, check with your teacher. If access to the internet or an appropriate device is a concern, please contact the school as soon as possible to ensure that arrangements can be made to accommodate your needs.

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

In your home or the place you are staying, you’ll need a space that you feel comfortable to focus, learn and be in. Ideally, you’ll have a computer or laptop with a camera or webcam. This is not essential, but may provide you with a better learning experience.

- Do you need any assistance to help you get set up?  

- Do you have internet access?

 Most learning at home requires the internet, so if you have a weak or limited connection, speak to your teacher about other ways that you can be provided with learning materials. 

The Google apps are available for free on the App Store. These include docs, slides, sheets, GMail and drive.  They are the equivalent of Microsoft Office programs but have the advantage of being accessible through the internet on any device at school or home. We also require Seesaw and Chrome.


How you can support your child

You can support your child by:

  • 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.

Your child's responsibilities during remote learning

Your child's responsibilities include:

  • regularly monitor digital platforms for announcements and feedback from their teachers

  • do their best work by completing tasks honestly

  • do their best to meet timelines and due dates

  • communicate openly with their teachers and tell them if they have any concerns or issues

  • collaborate and support their classmates

  • continue to abide by their school’s behaviour guidelines.

Establishing routines and expectations

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.

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

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.

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.

Morning check-ins

Afternoon check-ins

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.

Advice for parents of children with additional needs

How you can support your child with additional needs at home – this resource helps you support your child’s learning at home.

Understanding learning difficulties for parents: a practical guide – this guide provides you with practical advice about learning difficulties. This includes the evidence base supporting particular intervention programs and a recommended apps list for children with learning difficulties.

Resources and tips

In addition to the resources and materials that Clairvaux may provide, you could also use the following resources:

Get parents involved with literacy

Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Mathematics and numeracy at home

Play-based learning for preschoolers

Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM)

Visit the Fun at home webpage for more parent-focused resources.

Managing screen time and online safety

It’s important you keep a balanced approach to home learning. Time spent using digital devices for learning should be broken up with physical exercise and offline learning tasks often.

It’s also important that during this time of remote learning we maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies. This includes:

  • the appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection
  • respectful online communication.

Mental health and wellbeing check-in

Just as you set aside time for physical exercise, it is important to make time each day to check in on your child’s mental health and wellbeing.

As your child adjusts to their new routine and not being able to see their friends in person, it is important to be understanding of their feelings of frustration, anxiousness and even anger – every child will react differently.

To support your child, use these mental health and wellbeing check ins to:

  • provide an opportunity to talk about how they feel and listen to what they say
  • identify one or two things they could do to address what they are concerned or angry about
  • ask how they are going, whether they are finding it easy or hard to learn remotely, and if there is anything they’d like your help with.

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