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

Our staff will deliver our Online Teaching and Learning Programme using the following technology platforms:

Nursery and Reception – Firefly, Tapestry and Microsoft Teams

Firefly – daily activities and lessons
Tapestry for photos, videos and observations of children’s learning
Microsoft teams for live video calls with groups of children in the morning for registration and for scheduled 1:1 conversations between parents and teachers.

Year 1 and Year 2 – Firefly and Microsoft Teams

Years 3 through to 11 – Microsoft Teams

In Early Years, learning will be uploaded onto Firefly the day before it is needed at 6pm. This will allow parents to see what learning will take place in advance and see what resources you may need. We have made every effort to ensure activities use resources you have at home.

In Prep and Senior School, work will be set on the day it is to be completed.

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. Completed work should then be sent back to teachers by submitting it via Microsoft Teams.

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

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. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact: onlineLearningSupport@cognitaschools.co.uk

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 the relevant Head of School/Assistant Head so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Encouragement and supervision to ensure regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial and would be greatly appreciated. We encourage students to find ways to prevent ‘downtime’ from becoming just more ‘screen time’.

Registration

A sense of normality and routine is an important element of reassurance for pupils. Understandably, pupils will want to have connectivity with their friends and form time will be an opportunity for staff and pupils to connect, share any worries, check on each other’s wellbeing and offer moral support.

Nursery and Reception will be split into smaller registration groups and given an allocated time slot between 9:00-9:30am to login to Teams and register live with their teacher or room leader. By having smaller groups on live video calls the children will be able to talk to their teacher and peers more easily, without talking over others.

In the Prep School Registration will form part of the first online lesson of the day.

  • Years 1 and 2 – 9.30am-10am
  • Years 3 and 4 – 8.30am-9am
  • Year 5 – 9.00am-9.30am
  • Year 6 – 8.55am-9.55am

In Senior School registration will be carried out by the Form Tutor at 9.00am and again at 1.20pm.

Attendance is required during the period of online education. Registers will still be kept and absence will be followed up in the normal way. If your child is unwell or unable to join the registration time slot for any reason please notify your child’s form tutor/room leader or contact the school office via telephone or email at info@longcloseschool.co.uk.

01753 520095