What to expect...
Below is what you can expect of home learning over the next few weeks. We will keep you updated with any changes we have to make in line with how well the systems are working.
...From Monday 11th January 2021
Foundation Stage 1 & 2 (Reception and Nursery)
We will start posting 'Activities' on Tapestry. Parents can then respond to each activity by posting a new observation as you complete the tasks together.
If you have an iOS device (Apple, iphone/ipad) you will be able to access the activities and observations in the app as you are used to doing.
If you have an android device, this feature has not yet been enabled by the software company. You will need to log in to Tapesry using the internet browser app on your phone eg.
(We are hopeful the update to the android app will be ready for the to roll out very soon! We will let you know as soon as we are informed)
Year 1- Year 6
Before Christmas children had been accessing the computing suite with their class teachers and learning how to access Microsoft Teams using their log in details, how to complete assignments that had been set for them and how to submit them for feedback:
It would be beneficial if you can download the Teams app onto the computer/laptop/tablet your child will be using for home learning although you can access Teams by signing in online also.
Here is information that should help you to support your child with their learning over the next few weeks.
Teams log in details
All children should have brought home a userguide with their details on the front before Christmas, however with bubble closures and internet issues this hasn't been able to happen in all classes. As such, all class teachers now have a copy of your child's user details. When we start calling you all this week please have a pen and paper to hand as we will make sure you have these details...just in case they can't remember!
Feedback and Assessment
The children should submit their work at least daily (it would make sense to do this as they complete each activity). Year group staff will share the responsiblity for responding to feedback due to our commitment of also being on rota to teach in school. All work will be seen by a member of staff. Some activities, their work will receive a quick 'well done' others the feedback will be more in depth feedback to challenge their learning to enable progress, just like they would get in school.
We will be posting recorded lessons, where possible, (either by the staff in our year group team or teachers at agenices such as the Oak Academy, Letters and Sounds YouTube channel and Twinkl) which your child can watch before accessing the work, again, just like they would do in school. If they are struggling and in class would put up their hand, they can use the chat facility under 'Posts'. It is important that you supervise your child when they are accessing Teams. The chat function will be made available during the hours of the school day, so children can ask questions relating to their learning only. Any inappropriate comments, or messages unrelated, will be deleted and contact will be made with parents/carers. We would be very grateful if you could reiterate this to your child(ren) before Monday.
We still have our year group emails available should you have any concerns you would like to raise with your child's class teacher. Please remember to add your child's class into the subject of the email to the teachers know who it is intended for.
Please be aware that whilst we have practised there will undoubtedly be teething errors! We will endeavour to get any issues addressed as soon as possible to enable your child to complete the work. If you have a problem, please bob us an email on our year groups address.
Happy home learning
Need Help working out what Technology you have at home?
As some of you may be struggling for technology equipment at the moment, don't forget there may be technology in your home you've not thought about utilising. Take a look here.
We have sourced our full allocation of devices from the government scheme and over the next few days we will be organising who to prioritise for device loan, based on the questionnaire at our last Parent's Evening.
We will be in touch at the start of next week to arrange collection from school should you meet the criteria and there are sufficient devices available. Many thanks for your patience.
Support videos: Kevin Stratvert (Microsoft employee)
Should you require any further support with Teams, we found a very useful channel on YouTube.
PLEASE BE AWARE WE HAVE NOT ENABLED ALL FUNCTIONS AT THIS TIME.