Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please 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 teaching and learning will be delivered using the following technology platforms:

Nursery and ReceptionTapestry and Teams
Years 1 - 4Seesaw and Teams
Years 5 and 6Teams

Children may also be set work on a variety of learning platforms such as Mathletics, Times Tables Rockstars, NumberFun, Reading Eggs, Charanga (music) and Atom Learning. We may add to these platforms over the next few weeks.

Pupils will be able to see their teachers, watch teacher led videos, download the work or complete it on a computer or tablet. Work that has been printed out or completed on paper can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph.

Microsoft Teams allows us to deliver live teaching, by following a link generated by the teachers. We investigated other well known group communication systems but one well known system generated too many security and safeguarding concerns for us to use.

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.

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

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

Detailed instructions for each platform have been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact the following members of staff:

Tapestry – Richard McLelland, Head of Early Years richard.mclelland@cognita.com

Seesaw – Matthew Charles, Y3 form teacher matthew.charles@stnicholasprep.co.uk

Teams – Head of Teaching and Learning melanie.lewis@stnicholasprep.co.uk

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 contact their form teacher so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration

We do expect all children to attend their online classes each day and therefore our usual attendance and registration policies apply. Registration is completed at 8.45am each day. If your child is unwell, please contact your form teacher via email first thing in the morning to confirm that they will not be participating in their online learning that day.

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