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

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

Preschool to Year 2
Seesaw and Microsoft Teams

Year 3 to Year 8
Microsoft Teams and Firefly

Work will be uploaded and set as per the timetables. Instructions for accessing each platform has been sent to parents. If you are struggling to access any platform, please contact OnlineLearningSupport@Cognitaschools.co.uk.

Pupils will be able to download the work and then either print it out or complete it on a computer or on paper.

Work that has been printed out can be sent back to teachers by uploading a scanned image or photograph of it. Submission of completed work will be subject and age-dependent and teachers will clearly indicate the method of submission via designated platforms above.

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.

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.
seesaw

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.
teams

Watch the introduction video here

Screen time

This is clearly an unusual situation for everyone, where there is greater reliance on digital devices than usual. We recommend that Prep pupils try to spend no longer than three hours on a device each day. This should be lower for our Pre-prep students.

Teaching staff will work together to ensure that 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 school via parents@hendonprep.co.uk so that we can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration

To offer children a structure to their day the Prep school will have daily Registration/Form time each morning at 8.30am. This will help to establish a daily routine and Form teachers will be able to go through what the coming day looks like for each Form. This will be mirrored in the Pre-Prep shortly.

There is an attendance requirement during this period of online education and we do encourage all of our children to start their day off with their classmates and teacher. We do however understand that this may not always be conducive to your home routine and so we will also monitor attendance and engagement via work being accessed and completed.
If a student is unwell, please let the school know as you normally would via parents@hendonprep.co.uk so we can mark the daily registers accordingly.

020 8203 7727