Back To School

For more details on how we are preparing for a safe return to school this September, 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

Work will be set the day/evening prior to the day it is to be completed, which we hope will give parents an advanced view of what their child’s day will look like. In the Prep School, work will be posted on Seesaw or Teams from 9.00am each day.

Pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer. Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it. Teachers will inform the students clearly as to how to submit work via Teams or Seesaw.

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. Detailed instructions for each platform have been sent to parents.

If you are struggling to access any platform, please email OnlineLearningSupport@cognitaschools.co.uk stating your child’s name, Year group and brief details of the issue.

Our staff will deliver our Remote Learning Curriculum Programme using the following technology platforms:

Nursery to Year 2Seesaw
Year 3Microsoft Teams and Seesaw
Year 4 to Year 6Microsoft Teams
Senior SchoolMicrosoft Teams
Sixth FormMicrosoft Teams

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

Screen time

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 their Tutor so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration

In the Prep School, children from Nursery to Year 2 should respond to the class teacher’s first announcement of the day at 9.00am and then in the afternoon at 1.30pm. This will indicate that a pupil is present. In Years 3 to 6, the Class Teacher will take the register via Teams at 9.00am and 1.30pm. In the Senior School, each student is sent a calendar invite for AM registers daily. If your child is unable to engage in the online learning for that day, please email the school secretary, Mrs Domachowski fran.domachowski@cognita.com before 9:00am.

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