Habsmonmouth Online

Dynamic teaching and learning online

Pre-Prep & Preps

Our online facility for boys and girls aged 3 to 11 is a fully operational, age-appropriate and robust remote-learning package with parental controls a key feature. Children will use different platforms to help reduce the potential problems created by the unprecedented high amount of online traffic from across the world. Due to the remote rural locations and broadband issues of some of our families, we will not be uploading a vast array of video clips. We will try to offer a similar experience for pupils and parents, across our Pre-Prep and Preps, including daily learning activities in all subject areas across the curriculum. As in a classroom-based environment, children will be assessed, provided with feedback on their work and their progress logged.

Pre-Prep

Our aim is to provide a daily, rich and interactive learning experience for your child for as long as the school closure may last. To facilitate this, we are adopting Seesaw and Microsoft Teams as our main platforms.

Due to Seesaw’s flexibility across a range of devices, we hope that you will be able to organise and structure your day around your available technology.

We also aim to build your child’s independence in the hope that, through the simplicity of Seesaw, they will be able to complete activities and upload completed work with as little adult supervision as possible.

Learning will include a range of activities via a combination of live sessions and pre-recorded content. Teams will be used for our live teaching sessions via video conferencing.

Staff are available throughout each day during working hours to respond to questions and provide feedback to the home-learning submitted electronically.

Daily structure

9am Registration. Your child should log-in to their Seesaw and Teams account. On Seesaw, children will have an assembly message waiting for them or a form teacher greeting to respond to.

From 9.30am, Lessons for that day will commence. Form teachers will deliver a live Literacy and Maths lesson on Teams to support the material set on Seesaw.

Once teachers have delivered their input, children will have the opportunity to complete their set activity. On the whole, children need structure and routine and we will aim to keep the daily structure as familiar as possible.

We appreciate, that some of you will not be able to join us for the live input sessions, however, you will still be able to find the supplementary material available on Seesaw with brief instructions.

For the most part, afternoon provision will follow a similar format to the school timetable. Children will find a mixed range of Topic, Music, PE, IT and C4L focused activities in their journal on a daily basis. These will be led by the specialist teachers the children are familiar with. In order to offer you some flexibility with your daily schedule, the majority of afternoon sessions will be pre-recorded, this means that children can work on the activities in any order or at any time and teachers will be on hand via Teams to answer any of your queries.

Communications

The main form of written communication will be between teachers and children via Seesaw. From time to time, teachers may email pupils (and vice versa) but only by using their@habsmonmouth.org email address.  All written communication from children to teachers must be professional and respectful.

Boys’ Prep

Boys used Seesaw through the Michaelmas Term and most boys and parents are familiar with how it works.

Our plan is to deliver live lessons via Teams to correspond with your son’s usual school timetable.

Live lessons will allow for optimum engagement in order for your son’s education to progress uninterrupted. Feedback and responses will be immediate and pupils’ progress will be assessed within the lesson time. We aim to move away from open-ended and more project-based tasks towards more focused content based around live interactions. As a result, we will use Teams more, and Seesaw less than we did last summer.

We will use Seesaw to post learning content, resources and worksheets etc. We will use Seesaw for quick and easy communications but we will use Teams for live interactions. We will assess and review this hybrid provision as the term progresses and your feedback is welcome. Boys can upload work back to teachers using Seesaw as well.

We are deliberately running two platforms alongside each other in case either Teams or Seesaw goes down. We will be able to keep teaching using the other platform. We also know that pupil’s ability to use Teams or Seesaw will depend on the number of devices you have at home, the amount of broadband bandwidth and parents’ own work commitments. We hope that by adopting a hybrid approach we can maximise your son’s progress, and increase his independence, allowing you to continue working from home.

Daily structure

8.30am Registration. Your son should log-in to their Seesaw and Teams account. Registration will be live conducted by your son’s form tutor. Additional communications or guidance may be on Seesaw too, including resources to print or download.

From 8.40am, lessons for that day will commence. On the whole, children need structure and routine. For many, it is reassuring and helps to create a calm atmosphere. With this in mind, we will aim to keep the daily structure as close to the regular timetable as possible. We will make some changes to the provision of PE, Swimming & Games lessons but we intend to teach a full timetable of live lessons.

We appreciate that some of you will not be able to join us for the live input sessions, however, you will still be able to find the supplementary material available on Seesaw with brief instructions, and should be able to follow the work at your own pace.

There will be no additional homework set. Additional study after the end of the school day should include daily reading, spellings and times tables practice and finishing off incomplete activities but we urge pupils to limit evening and weekend work in order to continue to enjoy as much time away from screens as possible, including fresh air and exercise.

Communications

The main form of written communication will be between teachers and children via Seesaw. From time to time, teachers may email pupils (and vice versa) but only by using their@habsmonmouth.org email address, or the chat function in Teams. All written communication from children to teachers must be professional and respectful, including the chat function in Teams. The chat function in Teams must not be used by boys for any purpose other than academic study.

Girls’ Prep

Much of our teaching and learning will therefore be carried out through live lessons on Microsoft Teams as well as activities provided through our online learning platform Seesaw.

We are aware that many parents will be trying to balance the remote learning of two or more children at the same time, whilst also trying to work from home. We understand that this is going to be a challenging time for everyone and we aim to make the experience as stress-free as possible. We also aim to build your child’s independence and resilience in the hope that they will be able to complete activities and upload any completed work with as little adult supervision as possible.

Teams will be used for our live teaching sessions and Seesaw will be used primarily for pupils to access short activities or worksheets and to upload any work set following a live lesson.

Daily structure

We believe that the girls will be better equipped to engage with the online provision if the daily structure is familiar. For this reason, we are aiming to follow the same daily routine as the timetables already set for each year group, as closely as possible, with live lessons starting at the same times as lessons during a normal school week.

Each day will begin with a live registration with your daughter’s form tutor at 8.30am.

From 9.05am, lessons will begin.

Pupils are encouraged to take their breaktimes and lunchtimes at 10.15am, 11.45am and 2.15pm, the same as during a normal school day.

Some of the single lessons, particularly in Years 5 and 6, may well have activities set on Seesaw for your daughters to complete. The subject teacher will inform the pupils if there will be a live lesson or a Seesaw activity set for these subjects.

Communications

Girls will be able to communicate with their teachers through Seesaw and via their school emails.  We would expect all written communication from pupils to teachers to be respectful.  Pupils are expected to take as much pride in their work as they do whilst in school and conduct themselves in the same impeccable manner, during live lessons, as they do in class.

Other information:

Please do make sure that your child is able to use their @habsmonmouth.org email address to log-in to the resources, as well as using Seesaw and Teams. If your child is unable to log-in, please email helpdesk@habsmonmouth.org to request a password reset.

If you need to contact the schools for online learning, please email:

Pastoral or general enquiries – your child’s form tutor.

Academic enquiries – your child’s subject teacher.

All other enquiries:

Pre-Prep – wren.matt@habsmonmouth.org
Boys’ Prep – shaw.neil@habsmonmouth.org
Girls’ Prep – evans.thomas@habsmonmouth.org