Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using the following technology platform:
A synchronous platform which allows students and teachers to collaborate and coordinate in a simple, secure way with chat, video, voice, and healthcare tools all in one hub. Microsoft Teams is designed with IT in mind, providing management capabilities for collaboration, meetings, callings, and apps in one place with a simple user interface. It is our intention to minimise the various platforms that the children are expected to navigate and therefore we will be aiming to use MS Teams for all of our work, both for classwork and for any other assignments/homework that might be set.
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
The students have become accustomed to using Firefly over recent years and there may be a small window of transition where tasks are still set using Firefly. However, as stated above our intention is to move over to using MS Teams for most, if not all, of the students work.
We will ensure that clear messages are given to all pupils as we move through this term so that they are clear where the critical information can be found. One advantage of Firefly is that parents can easily see the work that has been set. MS Teams does not have this functionality at this stage so please do ask your children regularly about how they are getting on with their work.
MS Teams, and in particular the use of OneNote, does mean that all their work, for all their subjects, will be in one place, and they will easily be able you to show you the work that they have been completing in their lessons.
We hope that these arrangements will help to take some of the pressure off parents, as we encourage students to develop their independent learning and feel more connected with their teachers. Detailed instructions for each platform have been sent to parents/pupils. If you are struggling to access any platform, please email the school.
This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is a greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that students 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. As mentioned previously the lessons will be slightly shorter than normal in order to allow children the time to move from their computer, stretch their legs, and to change their focus from the screen to further afield on a regular basis.