To ensure that during this time of school closure, we can provide a sustainable and sufficiently challenging curriculum, we have decided to use the online learning platform Seesaw to deliver learning remotely.
Teaching and learning function best in the classroom, where teachers and pupils can interact dynamically. The online learning platform we have chosen does not seek to (and could never) replicate this. Rather, it allows us to deliver a version of the education that your child would receive in usual circumstances. Children will have access to a range of learning experiences with lessons as closely in line with the National Curriculum as possible.
Seesaw offers a number of benefits in providing learning remotely:
- We are able to create an approximation of the usual curriculum to offer the children and deliver something for every subject area of the National Curriculum.
- Children have the freedom to work at their own pace and can extend their own learning in any area which interests them.
- Teachers are able to keep in touch with their classes through bi-weekly messages to encourage and guide children in their learning.
- Although the platform obviously requires access via a computer or other device, parents are able to print any of the work we set, to ensure children have a break from the screen and manage access to devices in households with more than one child.
- In the current climate, staffing levels are subject to fluctuation at short notice. In the event that the usual class teacher is unable to set work for any reason, we are able to ensure that work can still be set for children on Seesaw. However, it should be noted that this may not be what usual class teacher might set.
What have we been learning on Seesaw?
Quick sign in guide
- Quick Sign In (193KB)
- Parent Guide for Seesaw (945KB)
Home Learning Books
Children will be provided with a new set of books in which to complete their learning or stick in printed sheets. The table below shows the books you will receive and how to use them.
Details of this will follow shortly.
|EYFS||KS1||KS2||How to use|
|Maths book||√||√||For children to complete any Maths activities. Photographs of work can be uploaded to Seesaw following the guidance below.|
|English book||√||√||√||For children to complete any English activities, including extended pieces of writing. Photographs of work can be uploaded to Seesaw following the guidance below.|
|Foundation learning book (KS1)||√||√||This is to record learning for all other subject areas. Photographs of work can be uploaded to Seesaw following the guidance below.|
|Foundation learning book
|Notebook (KS1)||√||√||Children can use this to practise their spellings and to plan any extended pieces of work. This can also be used to take notes while carrying out online research or even from the lesson PowerPoints.|
|Whiteboard & pen||√||Y1||Children should use this to continue their handwriting and phonics practise.|
|Scrapbook||√||Parents should use this as a home learning journal to record your child’s learning experiences. These may be recorded using photographs, examples of your child’s work or observations of their activities.|
Keeping safe online when working remotely
Below are some ideas for keeping your child safe online:-
- Be aware of what sites your child will be asked to use.
- Ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for meet ups.
- Be mindful of what can be seen in the background when using the webcam.
- Be aware that other members of your family may be seen and heard by other children from school on a meet up.
- Be involved in your child’s ‘online’ life.
- Be clear about rules for using the Internet.
Ensure your child knows what the rules are and encourage them to think about what is appropriate for them. Things to consider may include what they might see, what they share, who they talk to and how long they spend online. By instilling rules at a young age, children are better aware of the dangers they face online and how to protect themselves.
- Encourage children to use in the internet in a family space.
This will help you to keep an eye on the sites your child is accessing and support them in making the right decisions.
- Be clear about what devices connect to the internet.
Be aware that most mobile phones, tablets and iPads and gaming technologies all connect to the internet.
- Use parental controls on devices that link to the internet, such as the TV, laptops, computers, games consoles and mobile phones.
As well as locking/blocking sites, parental controls can be used to help you set age appropriate limits as your child grows and develops.
- Be aware that even with parental controls and web filtering the internet can still pose different dangers.