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:  

Nursery, Foundation stage, Year 1 and Year 2 – Seesaw and Microsoft Teams.

Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 – Microsoft Teams.

Work will be uploaded and set as per the timetables. Instructions for accessing each platform has been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact OnlineLearningSupport@Cognitaschools.co.uk

Pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer.

Handwritten work or work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of the work. Submission of completed work will be subject and age-dependent and teachers will clearly indicate the method of submission via designated platforms above.

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

It is recommended that short breaks are taken throughout the day with an additional 30 minutes in the morning and at least an hour at lunchtime. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Physical Activities and the Arts and Activities will continue to be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

A copy of the proposed weekly timetable is attached to this communication, any amendment to timetables will be sent to parents on a Friday evening sharing details of the following week.

Work will be posted on Teams/Seesaw. If sessions require specific resources, we will notify you in advance.

Completed work can then be submitted to teachers via Teams/Seesaw.

Assembly videos will also be uploaded. Pupils are expected to listen to these at a time convenient to them.

Programme Overview

  • The day will start with a Teams call with your child’s teacher from 8.45-9.00am
  • Wake up shake up activity.
  • They will have two morning sessions and an afternoon session.
  • The day ends with a Teams call and story from 2.30-2.45pm

  • The day will start with a Teams call with your child’s teacher from 8.45-9.00am
  • Wake up shake up activity.
  • They will have two morning sessions and an afternoon session.
  • A word and literacy time will take place every morning.
  • The day ends with a Teams call and story from 2.45-3.00pm

  • The day will start with a Teams call with your child’s teacher from 8.45-9.00am
  • Wake up shake up activity.
  • They will have two morning sessions and an afternoon session.
  • RWI groups will not take place, however, there will be a focus on English, speed sounds spelling and grammar.
  • Work will be differentiated, as appropriate, for children to extend and support their learning.
  • The day ends with a Teams call and story from 2.45-3.00pm

  • The day will start with a Wake up shake up activity from 8.45-9.00am.
  • The children will have 2 off-line sessions in the morning and 1 in the afternoon when they will have assignments and activities set for them to complete.
  • They will also have two face to face online morning sessions 9.45-10.30 and 11.45-12.30 and a face to face online afternoon session 2.15-3.00pm
  • Work will be differentiated, as appropriate, for children to extend and support their learning.
  • The day ends with a Teams call reflections/storytime from 3.00-3.15pm

  • The day will start with a Wake up shake up activity from 8.45-9.00am.
  • They will also have two face to face online morning sessions 9.00-9.45 and 11.00-11.45am and a face to face online afternoon session 1.30-2.15pm.
  • The children will have 2 off-line sessions in the morning and 1 in the afternoon when they will have assignments and activities set for them to complete.
  • Work will be differentiated, as appropriate, for children to extend and support their learning.
  • The day ends with a Teams call reflections/storytime from 3.15-3.30pm

 

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.

For KS2 children please note that the live input lessons may not take the full allocated 45mins.

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 your child’s Class Teacher so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration 

There is an attendance requirement during this period of online education, and we do encourage all of our children to engage with the face to face online sessions, with their classmates and teacher, when daily registers will be taken.

We do, however, understand that this may not always be conducive to your home routine and so we will also monitor attendance and engagement via work being accessed and completed.

If a student is unwell, please let the school know either by telephoning the Main School Office or via School.secretary@kingsschool-plymouth.couk  so we can mark the daily registers accordingly.

01752 771789