The whole school, Kindergarten 1 to Year 6, will now use Microsoft Teams as our online platform. Following consultation and after listening to parent feedback we have decided to limit the platforms we use and that you have to navigate. Therefore, I ask that EYFS and Year One and Two parents dispose of SeeSaw logins as these will no longer be needed or used. From the 21st of April 2020, teaching will be delivered through the following platforms and therefore your remote learning link will no longer be needed.
Kindergarten and Reception: Tapestry and Microsoft Teams
Year 1,2,3,4,5 and 6: Microsoft Teams
The reason we are using Microsoft Teams is due to the live element this program offers us. Our teachers will be able to pre-record modelled elements so that the children can playback and refer to these while completing offline activities. Additionally, we will have elements of live teaching so children can watch in real-time and take part in lessons like they would at school. Please see the comparison with other platforms below:
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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
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. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.
We will expect children (from Year 1 – Year 6) to log on for registration with their class teacher in the morning via Teams. All specialist teachers will keep a record of who has handed in their assignments.