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.

Lower School Technology Platforms

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

Lower School 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

Year 2 – Microsoft Teams, Seesaw
Year 3 – Microsoft Teams, Seesaw
Year 4 – Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, Century Tech
Year 5 – Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, Century Tech, Atom Learning (Reasoning)

This has already worked well across all year groups and will remain the platform we use to engage children in the wider curriculum. Science (in Year 2 and 3), Humanities, RS, PSHE, Computing and MFL will be accessed in this way as happened before the break. We are now using the premium service for this platform, which should eliminate some of the ‘niggles’ people 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 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

This platform will be used for the synchronous element of teaching and learning. As you will see from your child’s new timetable, registration, a practical morning session, English lesson, Maths lesson and an afternoon practical session 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 you 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. Please do not feel that accessing all live sessions is essential. The content will still be available and the teachers also happy to discuss any issues or queries that arise from having done the work off-line. Course 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 challenges as we launch this new method, but it will become more natural for everyone 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?

Pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out, complete it on a computer or in their books. Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it and sending via the Task on the VLE or emailing the teacher directly.

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 will we access it?

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. Details of how to access the VLE have previously been sent to parents. Please see attachments for further instruction on accessing the Microsoft Teams Live Chat link from the VLE and a ‘How to’ for Tasks on the VLE.

Watch the introduction video here

Century Tech is an intelligent teaching and learning platform for English, Maths and Science. This will be used in Years 4 and 5 to support the teaching of Science, as well as some elements of the English and Maths curriculum. Once Microsoft Teams is working for all, this platform will be layered on. We do not wish to overload the children or parents so this will not happen immediately, although logins will now have been issued to you.

Screen Time

Recent guidelines suggest that screen time for children should be limited to not more than 2 and a half hours per day. We have kept this firmly in mind when planning our curriculum and will continue to provide work that does not require children to sit solidly in front of the computer. Synchronous sessions may have 15 minutes of face to face teaching, 20 minutes of independent work off screen and then another 10 minutes of face to face to reinforce learning and address any issues. This way children still get the engagement of live teaching, without too much extended screen time.

Access to platforms

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:-

01372 372197