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Learning from Home in the Junior School at Ormiston College supports children’s development through inquiry and experiential learning. From Prep through to Year 6, our Junior School develops transferable skills and knowledge that promotes curiosity, problem solving, creative thinking, and informed decision making. Our online learning engagements are fun and engaging and emphasise interaction and creativity.

During the delivery of online learning, the Junior School will rely on familiar online learning platforms, Seesaw (Prep to Year 3) and Microsoft Teams (Years 4 to 6) to provide continuity of learning. Teachers will implement an online learning approach that is self-paced teaching and uses online resources to allow students to learn outside the constraints of time and place.

Each week on Monday morning students and parents will be provided with a weekly overview outlining the content and activities that is expected to be covered in that week. Using screen casting and video technology, teachers will create explicit lessons that will be delivered to learners via the online learning platforms.

Teachers will set tasks and activities on online programs, such as Mathletics, Reading Eggs and Education Perfect, to gauge students’ understanding of concepts and skills. This will also be supported by the physical resources that have been sent home in an organised pack. These resources will include class textbooks, reading materials and worksheets.

Through the chat and video capabilities of Seesaw and Microsoft Teams along with email, teachers and the Junior School Leadership Team will check-in with students and allow both parents and students to ask questions.

Preparation – Learning from Home Environment and Routine

Establish where students will be doing their schoolwork

A dedicated learning space will be required. It may be preferable to have this in a common area. Ideally, free from distractions and with good connectivity to the internet. Prepare materials and resources needed for online home learning and organise a conducive learning environment.

Develop a daily routine and expectations

This is flexible and will be influenced by family arrangements and processes. The preferred option is to provide a daily routine that is like a school day. This provides students with some normality and consistency. It is important to have a balance of different activities across the day e.g. time for academics, rest, socialising and physical exercise.

What to do

Each week on Monday morning students and parents will be provided with a weekly overview outlining the content and activities that is expected to be covered in that week. Using screen casting and video technology, teachers will create explicit lessons that will be delivered to learners via the online learning platforms.

Prep to Year 3

Access Seesaw for:

Learners complete assigned activities on:

Additional activities provided in the take-home pack.

Year 4 to Year 6

Access Microsoft Teams for:

Students complete assigned activities on:

Additional activities provided in the take-home pack.

Communication with teachers

If a student requires assistance, they can contact their class teacher through the relevant online learning platform. Learners and/or parents can also contact teachers via email. During the school week, teachers will endeavour to reply within 24 hours.

Teachers will also organise online check-in opportunities for learners. We appreciate the need to maintain connection between home and school.Class teachers will provide more information about this process. Teachers will endeavour to reply within 24 hours.

ICT Acceptable Use Policy

It is important that our students maintain safe and responsible use of information and communication technologies (ICT) whilst participating in their online learning environment. This includes appropriate use of digital platforms, privacy and information protection, respectful communication and how to deal with online issues. Students are reminded of their responsibilities regarding digital citizenship and online safety.

Always remember that students should be continuing to follow the ICT Acceptable Use Policy and the Social Media Policy of Ormiston College. It is very important that students keep these expectations at the front of their mind and treat every online interaction as if students were in the classroom.

In this online learning environment students and parents are reminded that the recording of conversations or activities depicting students or staff and/or the further distribution or sharing of such material is not permitted. For example: no part of video conferencing is captured by parents or students or shared on social media or spaces outside the official school channels.

Students cannot share content from their teachers on social media or outside of the College; this content does not belong to them, and they are required to respect the privacy of teachers creating content.

During home learning, students in Year 5 to Year 12 will still have access to Stymie if you have information about someone being bullied or harmed - Stymie

A link for parents regarding online safety is also included:

Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic (e-safety Commissioner)

What if students are having ICT issues?

Please refer to the ICT Learning from Home Support Guide, and then, if needed, ring the ICT Services Hotline on 3488 6790.


Parent Monitoring

We encourage parents to start and finish each day with a simple check-in. These check-ins need to be a regular part of each day. Not all students respond positively to an online learning environment; some struggle with too much independence or lack of structure and the check-ins help keep them on track. If your child experiences ongoing issues, please contact your child’s teacher for additional support.

In the morning, you could ask

What are you learning today? What are your learning goals? How will you be spending your time? What resources do you require? What support do you need?

In the afternoon, you could ask

What did you learn today? Identify one thing that was difficult. Either let it go or come up with a strategy to deal with the same problem if it comes up again Consider three things that went well today. Why were they good? Are you ok? Do you need to ask your teacher for something? Do you need help with something to make tomorrow more successful?


Prep to Year 3Year 4 to Year 6Learning from Home GuidelinesHow to organise your day - Junior School Video

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