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

Akeley subscribes to a host of on-line programmes and resources which are used to support the learning and educational experience of our children. These resources are, of course, still accessible during this period of lockdown. Your child will have used the resources listed under his/her year group before. You were given logins in your green remote learning folders before we broke up from school. There has been one change, and that is to the login for Seesaw as we further developed this programme and now have enhanced access rights. For this, please refer to the login from Nikki Gowton.

Wicken Park Campus

Our main platforms for delivering Virtual Learning for Early Years will be through Tapestry and Seesaw. These platforms allow video uploads and virtual messaging, however, there will not be live learning sessions. Of course the approach, as with all our contact, will be appropriate to age and what we know about your children. The content is almost entirely ‘Akeley made’. The Nursery Team talk you through assignments and show you what they have been doing towards their own version of the assignments, so it is very hands on for you to copy. Lisa, for example, found some super items on her daily walk!

Daily plan for Caterpillars children aged two to three

The Nursery Team will lead Virtual Learning.

It is really important to keep in touch with us during lockdown so that when we return to Nursery our Team remain familiar faces and re-integration can be easier. We are also very aware that this is a key period in your child’s development and we want to continue instilling the love of learning and sense of wonder your children have been experiencing at Akeley.

Please log in to Tapestry every morning where you will be greeted with a morning video message and will be able to see links to two tasks for your child to complete and more links to video and optional activities. Please do remember to post pictures up of what your child is achieving and doing at home so that the Nursery team and comment and make suggestions. You can also tell us what your child loved about doing each task and what they found challenging.

Each day we load up a new bedtime story video. Sweet dreams!

There are endless activities on our Parent link to Padlet.

Daily plan for Butterflies children aged three to four

The Nursery Team will lead Virtual Learning.

It is really important to keep in touch with us during lockdown so that when we return to Nursery our Team remain familiar faces and re-integration can be easier. We are also very aware that this is a key period in your child’s development and we want to continue instilling the love of learning and sense of wonder your children have been experiencing at Akeley.

Please log in to Tapestry every morning where you will be greeted with a morning video message and will be able to see links to three tasks for your child to complete and more links to video and optional activities. Please do remember to post pictures up of what your child is achieving and doing at home so that the Nursery team and comment and make suggestions. You can also tell us what your child loved about doing each task and what they found challenging.

Each day we load up a new bedtime story video. Sweet dreams!

There are endless activities on our Parent link to Padlet

Mrs Curtis and Mrs Kenny will lead Virtual Learning.

It is really important to keep in touch with us during lockdown so that when we return to School, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Kenny remain familiar faces. Re-integration to school could then be easier. We are also very aware that this is a key period in your child’s development and we want to continue instilling the love of learning and sense of wonder your children have been experiencing at Akeley.

Please log in to Tapestry every morning where you will be greeted with a morning video message and will be able to see links to three tasks for your child to complete and more links to video and optional activities. Please do remember to post pictures up of what your child is achieving and doing at home so that Mrs Kenny and Mrs Curtis can comment and make suggestions about other things to try. This has been going really well so far – so keep up the good work Reception children! You can also tell us what your child loved about doing each task and what they found challenging.

There are endless activities on our Parent link to Padlet.

Children in KS1 will access their learning on the Seesaw platform where a class has been created for them. New logins have been emailed. Their usual class teacher will manage the class schedule and work folder. Work for the core and specialist subjects will be available for children alongside videos and step by step guides or resources to help children complete these independently.

In the first instance, while the children are becoming familiar with this way of working parental support may be needed to show them how to access this work. When children have completed a piece of learning they can email their class teacher or upload it to Seesaw. This can be in a variety of forms appropriate to the task such as a word document, photograph or recording. The class teacher will explain and outline what will suit the lesson task. Teachers will also be giving individual feedback to children that have sent work to them via email. In some sessions, teachers will be available via the Seesaw virtual message board.

In addition to the core and specialist lessons, Key Stage 1 will be having daily phonics work made available for them. There is an opportunity for them to work on this and any spellings and reading independently before lunch. When supporting them, if you need any further guidance please email their teacher who will be able to support.

Although a timetable of a daily lesson structure has been provided, we imagine that you will create a schedule that will work for your child and family. You will have continuous access to these lessons to be flexible in your approach but advise that all children try to follow a structure for English and Maths.

The children have an individual journal which won’t be visible to other members of the class. Parents will also be able to comment directly on teacher feedback. Within the comment option, there is also a microphone which allows voice notes. Teachers will provide a balance of verbal and written feedback. By utilising the microphone option, we hope to be able to provide more interaction directly with the children. They too can be encouraged to record voice notes for their teachers.

Live Wellbeing Groups

Each child in KS1 will be invited to two half-hour well-being sessions a week. They will include an activity linked to PSHE, a chance to chat with their teacher and a story. The class teachers will deliver these and have divided their students into small groups. Parents will need to download the Teams app on a device for their children to use during the session, then join the meeting at the appropriate time. Parents do not need to participate in the sessions once they are running, however, the children will need help to access the platform initially. Calendar invites for these sessions will go out on Monday. Generally, they will be at 11.30am or 1pm.

Children in Key Stage 2 will access their learning in Microsoft TEAMS where a class has also been created for them. Their usual class teacher will manage the class schedule and work folders. This will include scheduling children into LIVE learning opportunities for English, Maths and Specialist lessons. Teachers will also be available during certain slots for virtual support where children can ask questions about the tasks that have been set for them on the TEAMS chat forum.

Class teachers will give LIVE feedback at the end of lessons as well as the virtual support in the TEAMS chat session. More detailed feedback, in relation to work, will be provided after it is marked on the assignments that children complete. In addition to the structured timetabled lessons, an independent learning opportunity has been created called ‘Flip Learning Focus’. This is an opportunity for children to practise their weekly spellings, reading, times tables or improve their marked work. Class teachers will create a folder in the class section for children to access and will touch base and check progress on a rotational basis during Form Time throughout the week.

We feel it is important to create the opportunity for a Form Time session. This is where schedules for the day will be shared and everyone has an opportunity to say good morning and interact as they would usually do in class at this time. It is an informal time to get everyone ready for the day. If children are unsure they can contact any of their teachers via email or virtual support and we help them to get on track.

Live Wellbeing Groups

Children will take part in a wellbeing session each week with their class teacher. Their class teacher will invite them to the session via TEAMS.

Children who have additional learning needs or children usually requiring more support than other children to manage to learn may be provided with additional support or resources to help during this time of school closure, where capacity allows and dependent upon the resource available to the school at the current time.

Depending on the differing needs of children these may be one or more of the following support strategies; Invitation to a small booster session, differentiation for Live Learning classes, specific work and/or padlet links for additional learning programs to complete independently (touch typing, working memory, Kumon maths and OT), a weekly call to parents or email contact with a member of staff.

Children with the highest need have been sent an additional support timetable to show children where and when they can access extra support. If there are specific support queries that you have please raise these during your weekly contact or alternatively make further contact with your child’s class teacher who may be able to direct you to support programs such as Immersive Reader or provide other ways to help children access learning.

The extra online support does not replace children’s daily planned online learning resources and delivery that have already been put in place for them whilst the school is closed; it is a measure to support your child whose learning needs may make it harder for them to fully access their learning at home and continue to maintain and build on retaining learning during this time.

Please note that online booster sessions are arranged subject to availability of the relevant session facilitator and second member of staff. If the session facilitator or the second member of staff becomes unwell or is unavailable to lead the session, the session may need to be rescheduled or cancelled at short notice. These sessions will be recorded on Microsoft Teams, both to safeguard the children and the staff.

Parents of children receiving this additional booster support: by agreeing to the sessions we will assume you agree to all information outlined above.

Jennifer Reeves
Assistant Head
SENco

Tile House Mansion & Akeley Wood House Campuses

Just as the week prior to the Easter break, the Senior School will continue to deliver lessons via Microsoft Teams. Cameras will not be turned on but the Microphone function will be used to communicate with the students. Students will also be able to use the chat function to ask questions during the lessons. 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 can then be submitted to teachers via Teams. Detail about marking and feedback is below. 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.

Detailed instructions for Teams has been sent, but a reminder is here for anyone who has not already seen this.

Please note that teachers will take a register every lesson. Please see the Academic page for what to do if your child is absent from school.

Years 7 to 10 will follow their normal school timetable, which is 6 x 60 minute lessons starting at 8.30am and finishing at 4.00pm. They will have their usual 15 minute registration from 1.45pm to 2.00pm.

Short breaks should be taken throughout the day and at least an hour at lunchtime. Where possible and weather permitting these breaks should be taken outside to give the children the opportunity for fresh air and exercise.

Games, the Arts and Activities will be part of the timetable to provide a balance to the school day.

Assembly podcasts will be uploaded regularly. Pupils are expected to listen to these at a time convenient to them.

Year 11 will spend two weeks, commencing Tuesday 21st April until Monday 4th May completing any GCSE courses, which is especially relevant for those students completing practical subjects. For all other students, we will commence two weeks of A-level project based learning which will be set by their classroom teachers. After those two weeks, we will be launching our Inspiring Futures Programme which will look at making our students Future Ready. This is a unique programme which has been designed by educationalists across the Cognita schools group and will really make Akeley students stand out from the crowd when applying for university or employment.

Year 13 will spend the next two weeks finishing their A-level content. Teachers will then direct them into project based learning. Students will then also embark on the Inspiring Futures Programme.

The Inspiring Futures programme is an exceptional programme for the summer term and a separate brochure, detailing the elements will be sent to your children by email, with copies to you.

Please refer the letter sent prior to Easter which outlines this further.

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 directly in front of 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 Form Tutor so that they can help to coordinate communication between teaching staff. Regular breaks, within the maximum recommended screen time, are crucial.

Registration

Students will be expected to attend registration as per their normal timetables. This takes place from 1.45pm to 2.00pm everyday. This is a valuable opportunity to speak with their form tutor about how their lessons are progressing and any other concerns that they may have. It is also important for the students to be in regular contact with their peers at this time to share how they are finding on-line life.

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.

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.

Watch the introduction video here

Junior School Contact Numbers

General number
01908 571231
Admission number
01908 555803

Senior School Contact Numbers

General number
01280 860182
Admission number
01280 828122

Senior & Sixth Form Contact Numbers

General number
01280 814110
Admission number
01280 828122