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

Technology platforms and how they will be used:
• Early Years – Tapestry and Google Meet
• Key Stage 1 (Rec, Y1, Y2) – Seesaw and Google Meet
• Key Stage 2 – Microsoft Teams

All Early Years parents will be familiar with Tapestry and it will continue to be the main platform for sharing of academic communication, feedback and assessment. The weekly Home Learning Schedule, Maths and Literacy plans and all accompanying resources will be accessible from the ‘Documents’ section of Tapestry (web version only)

This has already worked well across Key Stage 1 and we will continue to use this platform to engage children in the wider curriculum. All asynchronous work will be posted on Seesaw for all subjects. We are now using the premium service for this platform, which should eliminate some of the ‘niggles’ people may have experienced previously.

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 login 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

This platform will be used for the synchronous element of teaching and learning in Key Stage 2.

As you will see from your child’s new timetable, their form times, English lesson, Maths lesson, PE lessons and an afternoon specialist lesson will be delivered daily in this way. All sessions will be recorded and will be available to be accessed later if the time of these is not suitable for parents, owing to your own working pattern or technological limitations at home.

We absolutely do not expect that all families will be able to access all synchronous sessions, we understand that life and your own jobs are pressured and busy too. Please do not feel that accessing all live sessions is essential. The content will still be available and the teachers are also happy to discuss any queries that might arise from having done the work off-line.

Resources for these sessions will also be accessed through Microsoft Teams and your teachers will explain this to your children on Tuesday 21st April. We are sure that we will encounter a few challenges as we continue to explore this platform, but it will become more natural and familiar for us all over time.

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 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

Google Meet is Google’s enterprise video conferencing software. This app is similar to a number of other video conferencing apps, with a few additional features like ‘real-time captions’ and support for up to 250 participants. It is also a far more secure app from a safeguarding point of view for our Breaside children. We will be using this app for all EYs and Key Stage 1 Synchronous Lessons.

Screen Time

When planning our curriculum we will continue to provide work that does not require children to sit solidly in front of the computer. Synchronous sessions may have 20-30 minutes of face to face teaching, followed by a further 20-30 minutes of independent work off screen depending on your child’s age. This way children still get the engagement of live teaching, without too much extended screen time. In addition, children will have Form Time at the beginning and end of each day.

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