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

The online curriculum is intended to closely mirror the physical school curriculum and our teachers continue to plan and design learning tasks and experiences to ensure that pupils achieve the desired outcomes reflected in our schemes of work. However, we know from the experience of our other schools that it is neither practical nor desirable to attempt to exactly replicate the physical school day with the online timetable. We are also mindful of our responsibility to children’s social and emotional wellbeing to ensure there is a healthy balance between learning and screen time and also that children have opportunities for rest and exercise.

The online school day includes both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (offline) learning, with full-class sessions, small group discussions and one-to-one instruction. The timetable structure also allows for regular breaks and opportunities for independent tasks that allow children to continue their learning away from the computer. We know that effective learning and teaching includes the need for individual dialogue between teacher and pupil and that feedback and tracking remains crucial to children’s academic progress and wellbeing. Regular wellbeing check-ins with the children are an integral part of the online timetable and we continue to hold virtual assemblies to better ensure that we maintain a sense of school community during the lockdown.

The feedback regarding our online provision has been overwhelmingly positive and we have received numerous messages of praise and gratitude from our parents and pupils. Nevertheless, whilst we are very confident in our teachers’ ability to provide high quality online learning experiences for the pupils, we also appreciate the need to continually review and adapt the provision to ensure maximum efficacy in terms of academic progress and pupil wellbeing. Meoncross School is fully committed to listening carefully to the views of all stakeholders – pupils, parents and staff. Feedback is gathered through a variety of methods including emails from parents, discussions with pupils and ideas and suggestions from teachers. Cognita also works in close cooperation with all the schools to collect feedback via quick ‘pulse’ surveys which provide useful ongoing information of how best to adapt online provision to ensure maximum benefit for our pupils.

 

Technology platforms and how they will be used:
Year R – Tapestry and Microsoft Teams
Year 1 to Year 6, Microsoft Teams, the VLE, Century Tech and Mathletics.

Tapestry
Early Years (Nursery and Year R) will continue to use Tapestry for online learning tasks and a multi-way communication tool between staff and parents. Please continue to upload children’s progress with tasks and anything else you would like to share with teaching staff about what they have been up to.

Microsoft Teams
This platform will be used for the synchronous element of teaching and learning. As you will see from your child’s timetable, the majority of lessons, including Registration, English, Maths, Science and a variety of other lessons will be delivered most days in this way. All sessions will be recorded and will be available to be accessed later if the time of these is not suitable for you owing to your own working pattern or technological limitations at home.

We understand that life and your own jobs are pressured and busy. Please do not feel that accessing all live sessions is essential. The content will still be available and the teachers also happy to discuss any issues or queries that arise from having done the work off-line.

VLE – Firefly
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the school intranet where reports, notices, homework, revision and academic resources are published and accessible by pupils and parents.

Technology platforms and how they will be used for years 7-11:

Microsoft Teams and the VLE will be used for all subject areas, with the addition of subject specific platforms and websites to compliment our online teaching resources.

Microsoft Teams
This platform will be used for the synchronous element of teaching and learning. As you will see from your child’s timetable, the majority of lessons will be delivered in this way, but their teachers will supplement this with additional subject specific platforms and websites.

Whilst the expectation, is that all children will be present during online lessons, we understand that life and your own jobs are pressured and busy. If your children are unable to access any live teaching, the content will still be available after the lessons and the teachers will be happy to discuss any issues or queries that arise from any work completed at a later date.

VLE – Firefly
The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is the school intranet where reports, notices, homework, revision and academic resources are published and accessible by pupils and parents.

Access to platforms
Our hope is that the technology that we have selected to use is both reliable and simple in terms of accessibility. However, as with all technology, things can go wrong. For this reason if you encounter any technical issues please contact OnlineLearningSupport@Cognitaschools.co.uk

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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