COVID-19: Teach Starter's Support for Schools, Teachers, Parents & Students Affected

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Dear Teachers, Parents and Guardians,

As the global impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, both our Teach Starter members’ success in and out of the classroom, and our team’s well-being are paramount.

Our hearts go out to the people who have been affected and we appreciate those around the world who are on the front line working to contain the virus.

We understand the importance of maintaining children’s education through this disruption, and we are in the fortunate position of having a digital product that can quickly be made available to a large number of people all over the world.

Teach Starter’s purpose is to Make Every Classroom Buzz. Whether that classroom is in a school, or in a living room at home, we’re here to ensure that children continue to deeply engage with learning.

Please use this blog as your central source of information regarding Teach Starter’s actions in supporting teachers, parents and students during this event.

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Weekly Learning From Home Timetables

To ease the stress of teachers and students, the Teach Starter team has compiled weekly Learning From Home Timetables for Reception–Year 6 students. Each Learning From Home Timetable is year-level specific and is broken down into scheduled sessions.

The packs include:

  • an editable daily timetable with suggested sessions
  • an accessible overview written in language that Parents/Guardians and Teachers can follow
  • digitally accessible, curriculum-aligned resources, including worksheets, activities and answers where needed

The first weekly packs are available here:

Reception – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 1 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 2 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 3 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 4 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 5 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 6 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

The second weekly packs are available here:

Reception – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 1 – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 2 – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 3 – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 4 – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 5 – Week 2 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 6 – Week 1 Learning From Home Timetable

The third weekly packs are available here:

Reception – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 1 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 2 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 3 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 4 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 5 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 6 – Week 3 Learning From Home Timetable

The fourth weekly packs are available here:

Reception – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 1 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 2 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 3 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 4 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 5 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

Year 6 – Week 4 Learning From Home Timetable

You are welcome to provide your students and parents with these packs via whichever method best suits your needs, including uploading to Google Drive.

Our Learning From Home Packs have been designed to complement the processes and requirements of your School or Education Department, but they should not be used in place of these. Please consult your School or Education Department if you have questions.

Community Support

We understand how critical it is to support each other during these challenging times. We will be continuing to assist teachers through our social media, blogs and our customer support channels.

Rest assured that we are committed to supporting our community in times of hardship. Please use this blog as your central source of information regarding Teach Starter’s actions in helping teachers, parents and students.

The Teach Starter team will continually reassess how we provide support to teachers and parents and will adjust accordingly.

50+ Page Learning From Home Packs

Our team has created a series of Learning From Home Packs for each year level from Reception to Year 6 to support teachers and parents during potential school closures.

The Teach Starter team has handpicked these resources to ensure children can complete them at home with the assistance of their parents or guardians.

The packs cover the key learning areas of English, Maths and Science, along with some additional craft and mindfulness activities – all for free!

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Year 4 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack

A collection of age-appropriate, Year 4 teaching resources and activities for parents to use with their children or teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing20 pagesYears: 2 - 4
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Year 5 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack

A collection of age-appropriate, Year 5 teaching resources and activities for parents to use with their children or teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing23 pagesYears: 2 - 5
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Year 6 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack

A collection of age-appropriate, Year 6 teaching resources and activities for parents to use with their children or teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing26 pagesYears: 2 - 6

We’ve have now completed our second volume of these packs. You can download for free below. Just click on the pack you need.

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Reception School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Reception teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageYear: R
Image of Year 1 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 1 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Year 1 teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing76 pagesYear: 1
Image of Year 2 School Closure - Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 2 School Closure - Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Year 2 teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children, or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing66 pagesYears: 1 - 2
Image of Year 3 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 3 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate, Year 3 teaching resources and activities for parents to use with their children or teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing63 pagesYears: 2 - 3
Image of Year 4 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 4 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Year 4 teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing62 pagesYears: 2 - 4
Image of Year 5 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 5 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Year 5 teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing111 pagesYears: 2 - 5
Image of Year 6 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

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Year 6 School Closure – Learning From Home Pack (Volume 2)

A collection of age-appropriate Year 6 teaching resources and activities to help parents homeschool their children or for teachers to send home with students during unexpected school closures.

Teach Starter Publishing111 pagesYears: 2 - 6

During school closure, these packs can be sent home with students or passed on directly to parents and guardians digitally to allow students to complete the work remotely with minimal preparation and supervision.

The packs are designed to allow for non-teachers to understand and implement the activities in a home environment without requiring additional resources found in a classroom. The pack can be completed digitally on a tablet/iPad or with pen and paper when printed.

h3 id=”section-4″>Support for Parents Affected by School Closures

If you are a parent and new to Teach Starter, welcome! Teach Starter provides an extensive collection of digital teaching resources for primary school teachers to use with their students. These resources are professionally designed by a team of experienced teachers, illustrators, designers and editors, to ensure that they are high-quality, curriculum aligned and ready to use in the classroom.

Many of our resources are also suitable for students to complete independently or with assistance from an adult. To assist parents in finding suitable resources, we have put together a range of year-level specific Learning From Home resource packs.

Alternatively, you can search for resources using the search bar in the top left hand corner, and filter by your child’s year level on the search results page to ensure that the teaching resources you are viewing are age appropriate.

If you have any questions along the way, please reach out to the Teach Starter team at any time by clicking on the speech bubble icon in the bottom right hand corner or emailing [email protected] We’re always happy to help!

Helpful Links & Resources

Business Continuity at Teach Starter

We have put in place a number of measures to protect our employees, both for their safety and to ensure the availability of the Teach Starter platform and customer support operations. We are maintaining a business continuity plan and we have taken the following steps:

  • We have formed an internal COVID-19 working group to ensure we are keeping our employees’ and customers’ needs top of mind.
  • We have allowed for employees to take advantage of flexible working arrangement, including working remotely from home.
  • As a safety precaution, we have postponed all Teach Starter community meet-up events.
  • We continue to monitor the World Health Organization, Centers of Disease Control (U.S), and Australian Federal and State Government recommendations and to share this information with our team.

Thank you for your patience and support during this time. We will continue to provide you with the support you need to ensure that your students’ education remains our shared priority. Let’s continue making every classroom buzz!

If you wish to contact us during this time, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to help.

Scott Tonges & Jill Snape

Teach Starter Co-founders  

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