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Lower School Distance Learning

Lower School Distance Learning

Schooling is always a partnership and in an Online Learning environment, this is especially so at the primary school level, this partnership becomes the champion of learning.

Over the course of this Distance Learning time period, our faculty will partner with parents to engage students in experiences that stretch their understanding and expand how they approach new learning. Teachers will continue to carry forward their instrumental role in guiding, supporting, and challenging students to take on new responsibilities and to become excited about new learning.

Our families will have options and sources for flexibility that will give them choice and ownership as the Distance Learning experience progresses. Teachers will communicate with parents through Dwight School Dubai email and will use either Seesaw, Google Classroom, Webex, or a combination therein, plus other online resources, to engage students in rich learning tasks.

As PYP students are still developing their independence, a teacher-parent partnership is necessary for students to engage in Distance Learning tasks and to access online resources. The designed learning tasks and activities will provide direction and support to families with the understanding that task completion depends on each individual families’ circumstances.

We recognize that parents may have more than one child to guide, therefore we have framed the support for the learning experience within one day not to exceed 1-2 hours of computer time; time that will both inform and help prepare the student to engage in the learning tasks that the teacher has designed on that given day.


PreK

The Distance Learning Plan in PreK will include a list of home learning activities, engagements or invitations parents can facilitate for their children.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, Homeroom Teachers will post a video on Seesaw to welcome their students and parents to the upcoming Distance Learning experience and will briefly explain the learning approach and focus for the week. PreK students and their families will participate in literacy, math and special activities, including Art, Music, PE, Library, Arabic, and/or Language Acquisition each week.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage with Distance Learning, in the designed and described ways for approximately one hour per day, with the understanding that activities that take place throughout the day are extensions of this hour (e.g., reading aloud, pretend play, investigations, writing, drawing). It is important to keep in mind that the quality of this experience is most closely associated with how deeply the child is connecting to the experience. This level of engagement need not take a lot of time; it does, however, take care and intent.

PreK Online Learning


KG1 - Grade 2

The Distance Learning plan in KG1 to Grade 2 will include home learning engagements and/or activities that parents can assist their child in completing.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, Homeroom Teachers will post a video on Seesaw to welcome their students and parents and to explain the learning approach and focus for the week. KG1 to Grade 2 students will participate in literacy (reading/writing), math, and unit of inquiry. Specials, including Art, Music, PE, Library, Arabic, and/or Language Acquisition will include weekly assignments. A variety of tasks will be included, and some learning tasks may include other online platforms (e.g., Google Classroom, Webex, BrainPop, Raz-Kids, YouTube, Starfall, and more.) If another online platform is required, teachers will share specific instructions for parents to access the platform.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage in Distance Learning in the designed and described ways for approximately one and a half hours/day. It is important to observe your child as he/she engages in the tasks and to use this observation to help guide your support. We also, and always, encourage you to explore familiar experiences and activities like that of reading for pleasure, journal writing, and play to extend and enhance your child’s learning.

KG2 Online Lesson

 


Grade 3 - Grade 5

The Distance Learning Plan for Grade 3 to Grade 5 will include home learning engagements and/or activities that parents can assist their child in understanding for independent completion.

Learning Experience: At the beginning of each week, Homeroom Teachers will post a video on Google Classroom to welcome their students and parents and to explain the learning approach and focus for the week. Grade 3 to Grade 5 students will participate in reading, writing, math, and unit of inquiry. Specials, including Art, Music, PE, Library, Arabic, and/or Language Acquisition will include weekly assignments. Students will have the opportunity to integrate content areas in meaningful ways. A variety of tasks will be included, and some learning tasks may include other online platforms (e.g., Seesaw, Webex, Flipgrid, BrainPop, Raz-Kids, YouTube, Starfall, and more.) If another online platform is required, teachers will share specific instructions for parents to access the platform.

Learning Timeframe: Students are encouraged to engage in Distance Learning in the designed and described ways for approximately two hours/day. The quality of this experience is most closely associated with how deeply the child is connecting to the experience. Over the course of this timeframe, students will engage with varying degrees of independence. The more challenging the task, the more support that might be required. Encourage your child to seek support while allowing your child to accept responsibility and take on challenges with increasing independence.

Grade 4 Enjoying Online Learning


 

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