Remote & Virtual Learning Guidelines for Parents, Teachers & Learners

In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions with limited attendance at school, learners are provided with opportunities to access virtual/remote learning at home. Due to health and safety protocols, learners cannot attend school every day and   many schools have adopted an option that allows learners to attend on a rotation basis.

This results in learners having fewer days for learning. The available teaching and learning at school for the remaining part of the year is undoubtedly inadequate to sufficiently support the learner with continued learning of the skills and concepts that are required as per the curriculum content.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) in collaboration with different consortiums have undertaken to provide extended learning for learners at home. The following has been planned which is intended to support learners from Grade1 to 12:

GRADES 1-6 LEARNERS

A schedule of viewing the Language & Mathematics lessons with the relevant topics will be provided.

Parents can support their children in the following ways:

GRADES 9-12 LEARNERS

A schedule of viewing the different subjects in the respective grades with the relevant topics will be provided to learners.

The following are suggestions to assist you to benefit from the different subjects that will be presented on the designated television learning channel:

HELPING CHILDREN COPE WITH EXAM STRESS

Writing exams is a stressful time for many learners. It can be a difficult time for everyone in the household too. These tips may help you give learners the support they need at home.

Stay positive:

The fear of failure can create unnecessary pressure on learners.  Help them stay positive. Don’t judge or compare them with their peers.  Talk about exam nerves.  Remind them that it’s normal to feel anxious.

Remain calm:  

You probably worry about how well children will do and what failing an exam will mean for their future. Make sure you don’t make things worse. Try also to be positive.

Signs of stress:

Pay attention to their concerns. Watch for signs of stress. These may include, headaches and stomach pains; worrying a lot all the time; not eating or sleeping; feeling hopeless all the time. Ask other parents or teachers for advice and support. If learners are worried about a particular subject encourage them to talk to a teacher.

A study schedule:

Help them make a study schedule.  Put it up on the fridge, so it feels part of daily routines.  Remind and encourage them to stick to it.

Know their exam timetable:

Know what exams they’ve got and when. Put their exam timetable up so it feels like a team effort.

Encourage enough sleep:

Good sleep improves thinking and concentration. Cramming all night before an exam is usually a bad idea.

Exercise and eat well:

Encourage them to exercise.  Exercise can help boost energy levels and relieve stress. A balanced diet is important for their health and energy too.  Lots of fatty foods and sugar can make children irritable and moody. 

Help them to avoid study distractions:

SMSing friends, checking what’s happening on facebook can be a bad distraction for learners when they are studying. Encourage them to avoid too much screen time.

Watching actively to learn:

If learners are using television as part of their revision programme encourage them to watch actively.

  • Switch off their phones.
  • Have their textbooks or learning resources open to refer to.
  • Let them talk to you about what they have watched and learnt. Teaching you what they have learnt can be a helpful way to learn.

Be an active listener:

Sometimes the best thing you can do is listen. But listen actively. 

  • Stop – stop what you are doing.
  • Breathe – breathe deeply to slow down and focus your attention.
  • Listen – Listen without interrupting or telling them what to do.
  • Respond – Then respond in a kind and patient way.