Thanks for all of your support in helping us launch live teaching so successfully this week. Inevitably the children have been exploring the functionality including the chat functions.
We had anticipated a few ill-considered comments, as the children begin to feel at home in their new virtual learning spaces. We would like to reassure parents that all chat is being monitored, with polite messages reminding children about the protocols. When needed, we have also been telephoning any children (or their parents/carers) to ensure that the exemplary conduct we see in school is seen in these virtual classrooms.
A huge thanks to Ms. Davis for creating the document below to help remind us of the way we should behave in Teams lessons.
It is a requirement for all schools to publish their remote learning offer. This is a document that outlines a schools approach to remote learning. This covers the provision that the school makes for children when they are not on site.
At the moment this applies to the majority of children as we are in a period of lockdown. The document also covers what the school will do if an individual or group of individuals are not in school (i.e. due to self-isolation etc.)
Well done to so many of you for accessing Teams and joining the live teaching this week. We know there have been a lot of changes. Please see below for a handy timetable, which allows you to see – at a glance – which lesson is when.
You can also download a version of this, which also includes assemblies, below:
We keep talking about the inevitable hitches and glitches that lay ahead as move to live teaching via Microsoft Teams. Well, the first (of many) such glitches is within the login details that you will be receiving today.
All of the usernames sent out contain two @ symbols within the email address, for example:
Using the address as its written will not work : ( However, the solution is very simple – please use the given email address but one @ symbol only:
We apologise for not spotting this error before sending out and thank you, in advance, for your support in fixing it!
Over the next 2 days you will receive your login for your child’s Microsoft Teams account. This will allow them to participate in live teaching, upload work and enjoy other resources. Whilst we are very excited about this, we have been made aware of a potential issue that could prevent you from accessing the accounts.
There is a slight disconnect between the automated London Grid For Learning (lgfl) system that generates the passwords (mostly 6/7 characters long) and Microsoft Teams system which needs an 8 character password…
Therefore, most children have 6/7 character passwords, which, unaltered, will not allow them to access Teams! Never fear, there is a work around – we need the children to make the rest of the password length up to 8 characters, using #hashtagsto fill the missing spaces:
paint5 (6 characters – including the numeral) becomes paint5##
crayon8 (7 characters – including the numeral) becomes crayon8#
If the password is 8 characters (or more) long, then you do not need to make any changes.
This information is included in the letter that contains the passwords, but we wanted to signpost it as clearly and loudly as possible, to avoid any frustration and confusion.
Thank you so much for continuing to share your child’s learning with us via the EYFS email. We are so impressed with the quality and quantity of learning that you are managing at home. Well done everyone!
We thought that you might like to see this amazing piece of animation made by Ursha following our speech bubble activity. We think you’ll agree it really shows that children can grasp technology better than some adults!