Woodlands School – Te Akatarere Distance Learning Plan
Firstly, the most important thing is the hauora/well-being of our students, whanau and staff so we do not want to add to the pressure and stress some of us are feeling, so everything we have around distance learning is optional.
Teachers have provided online resources for students to complete and a list of non device activities that students can choose from. There is no pressure to complete or even participate in the work provided and some of the best learning students can undertake happens naturally around the home (e.g. helping cook, building, gardening) and take this opportunity to teach children some life skills (e.g. sewing, tying fishing knots, stacking/packing shelves).
We understand that a number of whanau are working off cell phones so limit the time students are on these devices and mix it up with some of the non device activities we have provided.
We have requested the Ministry of Education to provide our students with Chromebooks and internet if needed but as mentioned previously this may not happen as there is a great demand for devices nationally and globally. Instead you may receive a hard pack from the Ministry of Education, just do your best to complete the activities provided. The Ministry has also developed learning television channels that students watch and learn through. They are on TVNZ channel 2+1 and on TVNZ on Demand, as well as on Sky Channel 502. Māori Television will be broadcasting around 300 hours of educational content for ākonga and whānau between the ages of 0 and 18 over the next 10 weeks.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher, your child may even wish to share their mahi with their teacher to receive feedback. Teachers’ email addresses are:
Room 1 firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 2 email@example.com
Room 4 firstname.lastname@example.org
Room 6 email@example.com
Room 7 firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers will do their best to respond to emails in a timely manner.
This a new experience for all of us, and all of our bubbles are different, including our staff. Our staff are here to support but honestly we are learning as we go, so please show some patience towards our staff as we work together to overcome this new situation.
Keep safe and we look forward to seeing everybody in the future!