DISTANCE LEARNING - FAQ

Why are you setting Art, Music, and PE still, can you stop them, please?

 

We want to continue to offer the broad curriculum/ Also many who struggle with core subjects excel in these ones. Please, if you are overloaded, just focus on the Maths, English, Arabic, Science and Islamic lessons. Leave the others.

 

My child struggles to complete all the tasks set, can you please set less work?

 

The survey showed most parents felt the quantity was about right. However, this isn’t always the case for everyone in every lesson. If a task is taking your child longer than you feel it should, then submit what is done and note on it you stopped before finishing and how long it took.

 

Why aren’t my late homework submissions being marked and returned to me?

 

This process is already extremely time consuming for staff and to add further to their workload searching and checking for late work is not a valuable use of their time. For this reason, do not expect late submissions to be marked unless you have special circumstances and have agreement from the teacher.

 

I sent an email Friday morning, and nobody responded to me till the end of Sunday

 

Although many do, staff are not expected to work weekends answering messages. Our policy is we will try to acknowledge emails in one working day. An email sent Friday is classed as arriving Sunday morning, so a reply on Monday, for a non-urgent matter is acceptable.

 

Why doesn’t the teacher reply when I send an email replying back to her/his assignments?

 

When assignments are set and you get a notification email, any reply done to that notification won’t reach the teachers. It actually says, “NO REPLY”. If you need to contact the teacher, you either open the assignment and type a comment in the Google Classroom or send a regular email to them.


Please also remember the following points:
  • Uploaded homework should be via the classrooms not emails (we can’t keep track of them otherwise).
  • Do it from the child’s email account not the parents.
  • Some photo quality is poor, use a free phone scanner app to take photos for homework submissions.
  • The work is for your children, if they cannot do it the teacher needs to know that.
  • Parents sharing answers on WhatsApp is not the solution; the work will only get harder as the teachers will think the children know it all!
  • Please remind your child that students should not try to contact the teachers via “Hangout”.
  • They can ask the teachers any questions they want via the “Comments” section in the assignments in their Google Classrooms.

 A Home Learning Guide for Parents

  1. Maintain your child’s normal school routine with wake-up alarm, breakfast on the table, and set learning hours each day.
  2. Ensure that your child has access to a device with internet facility, working camera, and audio.
  3. Print and display your child’s timetable. You can review the day’s tasks together, tick off items that have been completed, and congratulate your child on what he/she has achieved.
  4. Create a study area, preferably a quiet place away from distractions (all the required stationery and study material to be kept ready) with headphones to block out background noise if you can. Students should dress appropriately and sit at a table on a comfortable chair not on the bed or sofa
  5. Resist the temptation of helicoptering the child, rather discuss and set the do’s and don’ts of using the device, trust your children and give them the opportunity to be more responsible and independent.
  6. Limit the use of digital devices to daytime only so as not to impact sleep patterns. Remember a good night’s sleep is crucial

 

Family Wellbeing

When we think about wellbeing, we are thinking about our physical, mental and emotional health. Good

wellbeing is part of having a good balance in life. At this time of change and uncertainty, focusing on our wellbeing becomes even more important. We understand that school has changed in the past weeks

and may continue to change over the coming months. During this time, it is important to think of ways to support your own and your family’s health and wellbeing. In school we often come together as a class to share stories and celebrate as a way of supporting each other. With this becoming much harder, we need to think of different ways to connect and priorities our wellbeing. There are many ways you can do this. We’ve listed some things to help you:

 

Take Care of your Basic Needs

  1. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY Ensure you stay hydrated, eat a balanced diet, and have sufficient sleep and rest during the day.
  2. STAY CLEAN Try to look after your personal hygiene you would if you were travelling to school each day.
  3. GET PHYSICAL Make sure you do some physical activity every day. Be imaginative with exercise; there is a lot you can do even if you are indoors.

 

Get Organized

  1. CREATE A DAILY ROUTINE Ensure you are providing enough time for work as well as time for your personal life and family.
  2. MAINTAIN BOUNDARIES Start and finish work on time by creating clear boundaries between work and personal life as much as possible. Set alarms to remind you to take breaks.
  3. HELP YOURSELF MAINTAIN FOCUS If possible, designate an area of the home as your work area. When it is time to finish work, leave your materials there.

 

Stay Connected

IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS Don’t be afraid to express your needs to your friends, family, and school. Set up regular times to connect with friends and family on the phone or video chat. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to protect your mental health and reduce loneliness and boredom during physical distancing Find New Ways to Escape the Home

 

STEP INTO A VIRTUAL WORLD Staying at home all day can become a real drain on our emotional wellbeing. Usually a great way to increase our concentration, reduce our stress and lift our mood is to go outside for a walk. At times like this, however, we need to find new ways to change our environment. A great way is to go on virtual tours or adventures. I hear Ms. Nada has been fishing in Korea this week.

 

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