Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please see our Back To School page for more information and guides for each site.

Leatherhead and Epsom Technology Platforms

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

Leatherhead and Epsom Technology Platforms

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

Teachers will continue to plan and deliver the curriculum the children would have been accessing in school.

But, in these changed times, we will work with age-appropriate technology platforms to deliver that learning in a way that delivers the best possible experience for your child.

Technology platforms and how they will be used

Our teachers will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using Google Meets and Seesaw.

Google Meets will be used for synchronous learning – live face to face teaching sessions. Weekly timetables will detail when live teaching takes place and in which area of learning. Meeting invitations will be sent through announcements in Seesaw. Guidance, advice and support for parents in the use of Google Meets will be shared with parents. We understand that life and your own jobs are pressured and busy and that you may not be able to attend a synchronous session. The lessons will be recorded and shared through links on Seesaw and the teachers will also be happy to discuss any issues or queries that arise from any sessions viewed later.

This has already worked well across all year groups in the Pre-Prep and will remain the platform we use to engage children in the wider curriculum, outside of the face to face teaching sessions.

Work will be set on Seesaw by 6pm the evening prior to the day it is to be completed, which we hope will give parents an advanced view of what their child’s day will look like. In addition, in Reception and Year 1, end of day messages will give children information on expectations for the following day. All work will be submitted through Seesaw either directly on Seesaw or by uploading photos, scanned images or videos into Seesaw.

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

We hope that the flexibility of 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.

Access to platforms

If you are struggling to access either platform, please contact Mrs Conlan at vanessa.conlan@downsend.co.uk, or for Epsom Amy Tucker on epsompreprep@downsend.co.uk and for Leatherhead Esther Booth at leatherheadpreprep@downsend.co.uk.

Our hope is that the technology that we have selected to use is both reliable and simple in terms of accessibility.  However, as with all technology, things can go wrong.  For this reason, if you encounter any technical issues please contact:-  OnlineLearningSupport@Cognitaschools.co.uk

First Steps – morning greeting, activity and story daily on Seesaw. Rhymetime on a Monday and Friday at 11.45am for 10-15 minutes. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Rising Reception – scheduled, synchronous morning greeting and teaching session lasting approximately 15-20 minutes with follow up activity on Seesaw, additional activity and story on Seesaw daily. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Reception – 5-7 scheduled, synchronous taught sessions with follow up activities on Seesaw and 8-10 taught activities on Seesaw each week with a daily story on Seesaw. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

Year 1 – 8-10 scheduled, synchronous taught sessions with follow up activities on Seesaw and 6-8 taught activities on Seesaw each week with a daily story on Seesaw. An additional menu of weekly activities to choose from. Weekly specialist music, games and French teaching.

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