Home learning during school closure period

13th March 2020

We are currently planning for the possibility of a period of school closure in the coming weeks or months, should government guidance dictate this. We were already planning to give children access to their own Microsoft Office 365 accounts, and have pushed to get these set up now in time to support their continued learning during any period of closure.


Office 365 gives online access to a wide range of Microsoft tools, including: Teams, OneDrive, Word, and PowerPoint. Teachers will be able to create and share learning tasks and communicate via saved or live streamed video. Pupils will be able to create and save work in the cloud, easily transferred between home and school; pupil and teacher.


We appreciate that this will present challenges for some: younger children especially will require adults to understand and manage the system; home devices will need to be up to the task; siblings may need to share devices. We are keen to work closely with parents and carers to overcome these barriers, therefore communication and feedback will be welcome at any point. Please note that teachers are new to Teams as well and are just getting to grips with how it works.


During any period of school closure we have some laptops and iPads available for families to use at home. If you would like to register your interest in this, please let us know.


To get started, teachers will be setting weekly homework tasks, accessible from the Teams app (or website). Please make sure you can access this on a device at home. It can be downloaded free from: https://products.office.com/en-gb/microsoft-teams/download-app or accessed online at: https://teams.microsoft.com . The Teams app is also available for Apple and Android devices.


Your child’s login details were emailed on Wednesday 11th March. If you don't have these please contact the school office.


Once logged in, please check that your child has been added to the correct class and maths teams. Homework tasks are most easily found by clicking on ‘Assignments’ on the left of the screen.


Teams training videos are available here. I will be running introductory training sessions for parents and carers next week on Wednesday 18th. These will be at 3:15pm (with supervision for children available) and 7:30pm, in the computer suite opposite the hall. Sessions are expected to last about 30 minutes. Spaces will be limited and offered on a first come basis; please let the office know if you would like to book a place.


Yours sincerely,

Mike Fish