Back To School

For more details on how we are beginning our safe, orderly and effective transition back to school from 1 June, please 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

Attendance

Please ensure that you email the school at life@charterhousesquareschool.co.uk if your child is unable to attend online learning for whatever reason,  even if this is not related to sickness.

Green, Red and Yellow Rooms – Seesaw and Microsoft Teams platforms

These classes will use Seesaw for their activities and Microsoft Teams for their synchronous teaching.  Activities and recorded lessons in maths and English will be uploaded at 8am every morning alongside an additional task which will relate to a different area of the curriculum and will therefore change each day. A daily PE session will be uploaded in addition to a variety of activities such as P.E, drama, music and art.

Blue, Rainbow, Balloon, Kite and Star Room – Microsoft Teams platform

Pre-recorded (asynchronous) lessons in maths and English will be uploaded to the platform at 8am each morning and these will then be followed by a live check in (synchronous) with the class teacher or teaching assistant so that support can be given where needed.  There will be a break between the two lessons to reflect what they are used to at school and lunchtime is also scheduled to reflect the school day timings. A third task which will relate to other areas of the curriculum such as history or geography will be uploaded for the afternoon.  These assignments will be marked and feedback is given from the teachers before they are reloaded onto Teams.

In addition to the three tasks, there will be other resources available for the afternoon session such as a daily PE workout and weekly drama, art, music and science lessons.  There is also a resource list of recommended websites for the various subject areas if parents wish to extend the timetable further or need additional support. These activities will increase gradually so as not to overload children with activities at the start of this journey. It is not intended that children should complete them all, with the exception of PE which we feel is very important for their mental and physical wellbeing.

Live well-being check ins will take place with groups of children every afternoon.  These will be carried out by both teachers and teaching assistants.  These will be used to check how the children are, to perhaps recap on an area of difficulty that has arisen from the morning sessions or they may follow a theme eg Wellbeing Wednesday, Show and Tell etc. Wellbeing check in groups will be changed fortnightly so that children will have the opportunity to catch up with all of their class. There may be adjustments made to the morning check ins of maths and English if this is believed to be beneficial by the teacher. The new timetables will be emailed to parents on the Thursday before the new timetable is due to come into effect which we hope will give parents an advanced view of what their child’s day will look like.

 

Screen time

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 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 their teacher. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

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

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 the 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

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