Early Years (Remote Learning)

Early Years (Remote Learning)

A Word From Our Junior School Principal

Remote learning is designed to connect home and school in the event of a school closure. It allows parents and children to have the opportunity to share aspects of the child’s learning. It is related to the needs of each individual student and related directly to our curricular objectives. The goal of remote learning is to support and extend in-school instruction in a positive way. For students in the earlier grades, it should foster positive attitudes and habits, while introducing and reinforcing new skills and understanding.

Early Years Remote Learning will take on a new and improved format for Term 4. Changes to our program reflect parental feedback we have received from you, as well as our own reflections as an Early Years team about how we can strengthen our program. We believe the changes will provide more structure, choice and be more ‘user friendly’ for our families. Remote learning for your children will remain holistically focused on cognitive (academic), language, physical, creative-aesthetic and social-emotional development.

Justin Jarman
Junior School Principal

Early Years Overview

Our Early Years program provides for a caring, engaging and child-centered approach. Our aim is to provoke wonder and joy so as to support each child to explore and make sense of their world. This is no different during remote learning, where our dedicated teachers strive to make the learning experience as fulfilling as when students are at school. Teachers, families, and children work together in partnership to foster important learning experiences appropriate for each child’s developmental level.

Structure

Parents in Early Years can expect a weekly correspondence from their child’s homeroom teacher through Seesaw. In this correspondence you will find assigned learning engagements that students can participate in while away from school.

Students will receive assigned work in the subject areas of Unit of Inquiry, English Language, Mathematics, LOTE (Thai or Mandarin), Thai Culture, Physical Education, Visual Art, Music and Forest School (EY 2 & EY 3). Student work will be categorized into ‘Must do’ (required) work and ‘Can do’ (optional) work to give families greater flexibility. ‘Must do’ learning engagements align with our curriculum objectives and will be used to assess student achievement.

Communication

Remote learning engagements are supported by live lessons and video tutorials facilitated by your childrens’ teachers. Early Years teachers will be available at set times each day to communicate with students and parents. Teachers will offer one-on-one conferencing to support children and families. Individualised one-on-one conferencing support is available from our Learning Support and Counseling departments.

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Our Junior School and Early Years Team (Remote Meeting)

Remote Learning Roles and Responsibilities

Teachers will:

  • Clearly communicate the remote learning procedures to all stakeholders (parents, guardians and students as appropriate) 
  • Ensure that remote learning tasks are reflective of the school curriculum and aligned to the essential elements of the PYP.
  • Check remote learning student submissions and give feedback in a timely manner
  • Respect and respond to parents in a timely manner

Students Will:

Students will (depending on the grade level):

  • Clarify with the teacher/s if they do not understand the remote learning engagements.
  • Organize and manage his/her time 
  • Speak with the teacher/s if there are any issues with completing his/her remote learning 
  • Work with independence as much as possible and confer with parents as needed

Parents/Guardians will:

  • Provide a space that is suitable for your child as a learner 
  • Be aware of and support your child in meeting the remote learning expectations 
  • Encourage your child to ask for support and clarification when needed 
  • Provide constructive feedback to your child, focusing on the positive elements of their learning • Familiarize yourself with the expectations, format and content of your child’s remote learning

Videos from Junior School

Videos From Early Years

Our Head of Forest School and Early Years/Junior School HPE teacher, A. Mel, has produced some fantastic, fun fitness and movement videos. Based on themes such as treasure island and the ball zone, these videos are great for keeping our younger learners fit and active. Check them out!

A. Mel’s Treasure Island

A. Mel’s Fun Fitness

A. Mel’s ‘The Ball Zone’

A. Laurent our EY and Junior School Music Teacher has made some music videos at home. Have a watch and follow along, it’s loads of fun!

A. Laurent’s ‘Congarobic’

The idea behind “Congarobic” (conga <> aerobics) is to stay fit through music. Find some home drums and try it out!

A. Laurent has shown us that we can make music at home or wherever we are. What a talented Music Teacher we have in Junior School!

Music at Home with A. Laurent

Forest School Videos and Resources

Forest School Overview

During times of Remote Learning, while our Early Years students are not enjoying our beautiful outdoor spaces on the Prem campus. There is no reason our young Forest School students cannot connect with marvelous home environments to explore the natural world together with our Forest School team. The joy of their engagement with the wonders of nature is contagious and A.Mel and her team have created a number of wonderful ‘Forest School’ videos so our Early Years students can continue learning about how to engage with the environment around us.

Twitching (Bird Watching)

Forest School: A Daily Dose of Nature: Week 1

Forest School: A Daily Dose of Nature: Week 2