Kia ora whānau,
I am sharing this video because it contains vital information about remote learning, especially for younger children.
Nathan Wallis is an outstanding NZ Neuroscience Educator who teaches teachers about why and how the brain learns best. At TRS we often ask ourselves, "What would Nathan do?"
So look no further, have a listen, relax and be kind to yourselves.
Kia ora koutou
We have started into a new phase of New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 and it is very different than anything most of us have ever experienced. I wanted to reassure you that our school staff and Board of Trustees will continue to be available to support your child’s learning and wellbeing in the next weeks.
You will understand the importance of routine for your family. If your routine has been shaken up, like you’re now working from home, it’s good to structure your time. Routines are reassuring, and promote health and physical wellbeing. The below timetable (targeted at children) could be something your household adapts to use over the next weeks. A school holiday version will likely look a little different, but some form of routine will still be important as we go through the lockdown period.
|Before 9:00am||Wake up||Eat breakfast, make your bed, get dressed, put any dirty clothes in the laundry|
|9:00-10:00||Morning walk||Family walk with the dog, bike ride,
Yoga if it’s raining
|10:00-11:00||Home Learning||School-led learning – Remote learning links, read, write in journal,|
|11:00-12:00||Creative time||Construction, drawing, crafting, play music, cook, bake, knit, dress up, pretend, play,|
|12:30||Helping at home||# wipe all kitchen tables and chairs
# wipe all door handles, light switches and desk tops
# wipe both bathrooms - sinks and toilets
|1:00-2:30||Quiet time||Reading, puzzles, nap, radio NZ stories,|
|2:30-4:00||Home Learning||School-led learning or iPad games, Prodigy, Educational show|
|4:00-5:00||Afternoon fresh air||Bikes, walk the dog, play outside|
|6:00-8:00||Free TV time||Kids shower time|
|9:00pm||Bedtime||All kids who follow the daily schedule & don’t fight|
*Adapted from a resource developed by Jessica McHale Photography
It is obviously entirely up to you and your whānau, how you choose to spend your time over the next few weeks but I have developed a slideshow to give you some ideas: TRS Home Learning Advice. I hope you find this helpful :)
There are links below to more wellbeing information to support your family during the lockdown.
Some good news to support you either working at home and/or studying at home - Spark, Vodafone, Vocus/Slingshot, 2Degrees and Trustpower have all advised they have removed their data caps and the possibility of any extra charges based on usage.
For our Pacific families, if you are not aware the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ has been working to ensure useful information is available to Pacific peoples. A one-hour special will be aired on Tagata Pasifika’s segment on Saturday at 9am; and on Sunday at 7.35am, Tagata Pasifika will share messages from community leaders. The Ministry is asking you to reach out to all your family members, community groups, friends and group chats to ensure our Pacific community groups are watching the programming on both days.
A big thank you to all of you for taking the lockdown so seriously. As the Prime Minister has noted staying at home will break the chain and save lives; breaking the rules could risk someone close to you and if the rules are not complied with, this could risk the lock down period being extended or could risk the virus being spread to thousands
I will continue to update you with any relevant information from the Ministry of Education, as it comes through.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact us during the school holidays. Teachers will be available again on Wednesday the 15th of April. They will continue to work alongside you to develop effective home learning experiences that suit the needs of your child/ren.
Kia kaha koutou!
Ngā mihi nui,
Welcome to Target Road School
At Target Road School we aim to provide an inclusive learning environment where all learners have multiple opportunities to aim high and achieve. We want learners to know how to improve their learning and to be given the opportunity to do this. We want learning to be connected across the curriculum so that learners can link the learning they gain in one area to that of others and we want learners to achieve high levels of success.
We value and respect all cultures and believe that it is important for us all to continue to learn about who we are; to seek knowledge about where we have come from; to find out about the histories that have helped shape us and to share this with each other.
We value partnerships in learning with you and your child and want to develop effective home/school partnerships with you to help us to understand better how we can meet your child’s needs. We want to connect with you to work together to achieve the best we can for and with your child. We want you to talk with us and build a learning relationship that will support your child to achieve their best.
We want learners to take charge of their learning and approach it with a desire to know more, do more and want more.
We have teachers who are committed, on-going learners themselves; who recognise their responsibility of leading learning and who will inquire rigorously into their practices for improvement. This helps to ensure that the teaching and learning programmes we design are carefully considered, evaluated and put into practice.
We will use National Standards information in Literacy and Numeracy to support and drive learning across the curriculum ensuring that we report to parents and students on progress and achievement in relation to these at least twice each year.
We believe in success for all at Target Road School; in providing a curriculum that is connected, relevant and challenging for our learners.