Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, read our Back to School Guide.

Technology Platforms

Find out about the technology platforms we will use to support our Online Teaching and Learning programme and how to access them

Technology Platforms

Find out about the technology platforms we will use to support our Online Teaching and Learning programme and how to access them

Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using the following technology platforms:

In Nursery parents will be sent a bank of activities and associated resources on Monday morning that can be worked through during the week at a pace to suit the child and family’s circumstances.

These will be sent by email and uploaded to the documents section on Tapestry. Activities are categorised into the areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Challenge, Physical Development and Fine motor skills.

Ideally, children should try to complete two or three activities a day.

Detailed instructions for Tapestry have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact Mrs Wanless cheryl.wanless@cognita.com

Work for the day will be set at 9am every day to be completed at a time and in an order that suits each individual family.

Pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer. Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it.

We hope that these arrangements will help to take some of the pressure off parents, as we encourage pupils to develop their independent learning and feel more connected with their teachers. Detailed instructions for Seesaw have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact Mrs Payne tamara.payne@cognita.com

What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is an award-winning digital portfolio that allows you to see your child’s learning like never before. Teachers, parents and children can all access videos, audio recordings and notes in one place, taking the onus off solely the parent supporting their child’s learning.

How will it work?

In these uncertain times, we want to make sure we are balancing screen time for our pupils – Seesaw opens and closes each teaching day on the screen but provides resources and activities away from a computer or phone. On a teaching day morning, parents and children will log in to Seesaw where the teacher will have a daily check in with pupils (read a story, say hello, set instructions for the day). Then at the end of the day, the parent and child log back in to add photos and videos, documenting the day’s learning that the teacher can then comment on.

Why is it perfect for our families?

  • Empowerment of pupils – pupils will have a clear connection with their teacher at the beginning of each school day, giving them clear instructions on the day ahead. This relieves parents from thinking up activities and gives children independence in understanding the task and reporting back whilst keeping a connection to the school routine.
  • Development of metacognitive skills – children will report back on the day’s work using video, voice recordings or pictures. This is crucial to the development of metacognitive skills, allowing the child to learn about learning.
  • Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.

How do I access Seesaw?

You can find out more and log in via the Seesaw website.

Watch the introduction video here

On Teams, work will either be posted in a channel (by subject), which the children need to complete in their books, or set as an assignment. This normally means they can complete the task on the computer and it is saved automatically to Teams. Children need to complete the work then upload or save their work on Assignments and click hand in before the assignment closes at the end of the school day.

Lessons such as spelling tests and the class novel will be delivered live. Topic, Science, Art, Spanish, Music, Drama, P.E. and computing will all be timetabled once during the week.

Expectations are high, as they are in school. All children should be up and dressed and in a quiet, working area where they can complete their work. There will be some meetings scheduled through the day if an explanation or teaching is required.

There may be PowerPoints or video links with explanations that the children can use to help with their work. The children will be given enough information to complete any given task independently. They will not be left to fend for themselves but we do require the children to take ownership of their learning and use the resources provided.

When needed, small group video calls and 1:1 video calls may be necessary. We will be on hand to support the children through the timetabled hours. Teachers are available on chat throughout the day and will respond to queries as soon as is possible.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, resources and apps together in one place creating a vibrant learning environment.

How will it work?

Lessons will still run for students, with the teacher talking to them through the computer screen rather than at the front of the classroom. This face to face contact will allow the teacher to keep track of students and give students the chance to ask questions, keeping their lesson as similar as possible to learning in school.

Different subjects will sit in different channels and these will also become a place to go for any resources shared by the teacher, or recordings of classes to go over the information.

Pupils will still hand in homework through Microsoft Teams and teachers will offer high quality feedback – these tools will allow some normality where schooling is concerned.

Why is it perfect for our families?

  • Face to face contact – pupils and teachers still have face to face contact which is so important in making sure wellbeing, as well as academics are monitored. At a time where so much change is happening, our teachers want to be there to support pupils and face to face contact makes this easier to do.
  • Virtual classroom – keeping a lesson routine is vital for our families’ wellbeing: structure will help pupils feel less overwhelmed with change and will also help parents know how to manage their time and energy.
  • Easily accessible – access from phone or desktop with easy to use, intuitive software.

How do I access the resources?

You child will need to click here and sign in using their normal school log in details.

More information on using Teams and Office 365 for remote learning is available from Microsoft here.

Watch the introduction video here

Screen time

This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is a greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that pupils try to spend no longer than three hours on a device each day. Teaching staff will work together to ensure that the work set, is balanced across a mixture of mediums. If you feel your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact their class teacher so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration

In Key Stage 2 Registration will take place twice a day as it does in school. There is a requirement that all children of compulsory school age attend and engage in learning during this period of online education. If your child is unwell and unable to attend please advise the class teacher or one of the school admin team by email as soon as you are able to.

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