Joint Media Release with Minister for Education and Training Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has encouraged Territory parents and families to take advantage of the resources from a new website that has been launched by the Coalition Government to help school children with their learning and homework.
Senator Scullion said the new website, Learning Potential Resources, was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and videos to assist parents of primary school children to get involved in their child’s learning.
“The Learning Potential Resources website will help parents and families to bring school lessons to life at home,” Senator Scullion said.
“Now that the flurry of books, school uniforms and lunchboxes are taken care of, I know that parents are turning their attention to how best to support their child’s learning at school. That’s where Learning Potential Resources comes in.
“This new website gives parents access to the resources that teachers are using in the classroom, adapted for the home environment.
“Learning Potential Resources shows how to turn everyday activities like cooking, watering the garden or walking the dog into a fun and interactive learning opportunity.”
Learning Potential Resources supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school and contains three main sections:
- 41 ‘everyday ideas’ to show parents how to practise literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
- 80 ‘practise together’ articles to guide parents on how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
- 80 ‘practise online’ activities, including internet games and videos that parents and children can do together to practise these same skills.
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said parental engagement was a key factor in enhancing a child’s learning, supporting the vital work of teachers.
“The most important things that parents can do include having high aspirations for their children, reading together, talking with their children, exploring things their children have learned at school, and demonstrating that they value education,” Minister Birmingham said.
Minister Birmingham said the new website complemented the popular Learning Potential app, which had been downloaded more than 119,000 times since it was launched in August 2015.
The Learning Potential Resources website was created by Education Services Australia with support from the Coalition Government.