Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using the following technology platforms to start:
Reception, Years 1 and 2
Seesaw and GoogleMeet
Year 3 to Year 6
Microsoft Teams and later Google Meet for whole-class face to face lessons
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 or on paper.
Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it. 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.
You can learn more about the Seesaw platform below.
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 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. If you feel your child’s screen time is exceeding what is reasonable, please do contact the school so that we can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.
To offer children a structure to their day the girls will have daily Registration/Form time each morning at 9.00am. This will help to establish a daily routine and Form teachers will be able to go through what the coming day looks like for each class.
There is an attendance requirement during this period of online education and we do encourage all of our children to start their day off with their classmates and teacher. 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 your daughter is unwell, please let the school know as you normally would via firstname.lastname@example.org so we can mark the daily registers accordingly.