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SEESAW Remote Learning Update

Engagement in remote learning is at an all time high and the quality of work continues to improve each day. Our platform allows everyone to work around their schedule and their own family circumstances with lessons that can be viewed multiple times if needed. Seesaw was chosen with our pupils and families in mind.  We are working at the recommended  4 hours a day that children will be expected to be learning and we believe including physical activity every day is important, so have added “breaks” to mirror the school day and allow time away from a screen.  


As you know at Honeywell Juniors, teachers and support staff are professionals and they're trained to deliver the curriculum and support the learning of their pupils.  They have had to adapt to a new way of working and we are supporting each other to learn from best practice, further develop skills and adhere to both DfE and Government guidance. We are moving through our curriculum and teaching new content, tailored to both remote and in school learning.  We have gathered feedback from phone calls and emails and thank you for such a resounding endorsement of what we are doing and recognising we will not rest and will keep moving forward with improvements. 


Those children in school, are working through the same process and system as those working at home, just with longer two metre apart queues, more handwashing, less one to one support if they are not entitled to it and different adults. 


Hopefully, everyone has an appropriate device at home.  Please, please get in touch if you have any issues with devices or any other resource such as printed material.    We don’t expect you to watch your child all day, and we wouldn’t expect parents/carers to get involved in remote lessons in place of our teachers. But, it would be really helpful if you can take an active role in your child’s learning by asking them about their day and what they’ve learned. We value your support to:

  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, and make it clear when the school day is over, to separate home and school life
  • Plan breaks and exercise into the day to help keep your child active
  • Please keep in touch with us and do let us know if you’re having any difficulties with remote learning



For your information, the national  guidance for the latest national lockdown sets out the following expectations for remote learning.  


Schools and teachers are expected to: 

  • Set assignments so that pupils have meaningful and ambitious work each day in a number of different subjects. √
  • Primary schools should ensure pupils have 4 hours' work a day. – this was new yesterday.  In the statement on the 6th of January 21, it was 3 hours √
  • Secondary schools should ensure students have four hours' work a day, with more for those working towards formal qualifications this year.
  • Provide frequent, clear explanations of new content, delivered by a teacher or through high-quality curriculum resources or videos.√
  • Have systems for checking, at least weekly, whether pupils are engaging with their work, and inform parents immediately where engagement is a concern.√
  • Gauge how well pupils are progressing through the curriculum using questions and other suitable tasks.√
  • Provide feedback, at least weekly, using “digitally facilitated or whole-class feedback where appropriate”.√
  • Enable teachers to adjust the pace or difficulty of what is being taught in response to questions or assessments, including, where necessary, revising material or simplifying explanations to ensure pupils’ understanding.√


Our school Remote Learning Policy can be found here on our school website

We are lucky the policy was reviewed by Governors and they were able to scrutinise it in the school prior to the end of the term.  Like anything, it will take a little time to embed and staff are already sharing expertise and feedback. 


Remote Learning at Honeywell Juniors – Commonly Asked Questions


What did you use to develop your remote learning?

  • Our Policy

  • Government Guidance

guidance, resources and support for teachers


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of being sent home?

At Honeywell Junior School we are using Seesaw as our platform for remote learning. This was set up in June 2020 and since September 2020 all of our children have been accessing their account at home to complete homework tasks, as well as during some lessons during the school day. Therefore, your child will be able to access their Seesaw account on day one of lockdown and thereafter, and you should expect to see work set by your child’s class teacher which replicates the school day.


Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?

We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school wherever possible. However, we have needed to make some adaptations in some subjects. For example, PE lessons which involve team activities.  Children complete English and Mathematics each day along with at least one foundation subject, including French and Music.  We continue to focus on Wellbeing and Rights Respecting and have one live session per week.   Children with additional SEND needs will continue to receive their intervention support provision via remote access with the Inclusion Managers and Teaching Assistants during some 1:1 live sessions.


How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?

We expect that remote education (which includes remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly four hours each day.  We acknowledge that every family needs to make different arrangements at home so schedule activities to mirror a day at school but appreciate that some children will complete it at other times. 


How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?They can choose from a number of devices to access Seesaw via their personal Seesaw account, using the username and password they have been given via an email sent to parents or a using a QR code.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

When we trialled accessing Seesaw in September 2020, we were able to quickly identify any children who had any difficulties accessing their account- whether this was due to a lack of device or issues with technology. Any issues that arose were dealt with prior to lockdown so we are confident that all children have access.


Since we have been in lockdown this January, many families have come forward to ask for extra devices due to the number of children they have at home. We have been able to successfully provide devices for all families that have asked on a loan basis. All teachers phone parents/carers of children who are remote learning weekly and have ironed out any further issues that have arisen over the phone. Currently, all children now have the devices they need and our Tech team are available to troubleshoot hardware problems.


Seesaw allows all SLT staff to see who is accessing Seesaw and how often, therefore if a child is not for some reason, they receive a phone call or a home visit with offers of support.


Who do we contact for lending devices or issues with internet connection?

Please contact your class teacher in the first instance during the weekly call or by email.  A member of the Senior Leadership Team or the office staff will then be in touch, once they have sourced a device or digital support.  We can usually turn this around in a day or two and arrange a time when pupils are inside to hand it over through the gate.  Masks on, of course.


How can we access any printed materials needed if we do not have online access?

Again, please contact your class teacher in the first instance.  A member of the Senior Leadership Team or the office staff will then be in touch, once they have sourced a device or digital support.  We can usually turn this around in a day or two and arrange a time when pupils are inside to hand it over through the gate.  Again, masks on, of course.  Completed work can be returned the same way.


How will my child be taught remotely?

Children will be expected to log onto their Seesaw account by 9am. Their teacher will have done the following:

  • Uploaded a pre-recorded morning message for their class with a video attached so the children get to see their teacher
  • Added a daily timetable of the lessons for the day on line by 8am (this can be scheduled in advance by the teacher to appear on the platform at the time required)
  • set the same work as the other Teachers from each year group (unless a teacher or the SEND team are providing individualised work for a specific child)
  • included: a short morning activity (linked to the day ahead), an English lesson, a Maths lesson, a foundation subject lesson and a wellbeing activity or extra independent learning activity e.g. reading for pleasure, Times Tables Rockstars, Abacus Maths games every day
  • timed each lesson/activity to replicate a day at school. Children should only be working in school hours, with breaks included
  • uploaded pre-recorded instructional videos
  • uploaded either a video or voice message every day on the platform so that the children hear/see their teacher at least once a day
  • planned one live 20-minute Wellbeing lesson each week via Zoom


What do I do if my child says they are finished and the next piece of work is not posted yet?

Curriculum Leaders are constantly sourcing additional on line support for staff and teachers.  These include:

  • Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers
  • BBC
  • Times Tables Rock Stars

We are also encouraging children to independently review their work, mark and redraft it.  They are also encouraged to review prior learning and practice new concepts and skills.  We also hope they are continuing to read widely.  There are a number of assemblies available each week to view and comment on as well as mindfulness and kindness activities.  They could also access the school website and review the fortnightly newsletters.


What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?

Teachers post the work as activities throughout the day for their class. Every activity is very clearly explained by the teacher, either with a video recording or voice instruction. It will also be clear in each activity what is expected in regards to whether the teacher would like a photo uploaded of their work, or answers in the student response section or a voice recording or simply a green tick to say they have completed it. The expectation will differ from the teacher depending on the age of the child and the activity assigned.   Teachers can assign different activities to different pupils on the platform confidentially. The aim is for children to be as independent as possible and for parents to be able to work, if they need to, from home.  Teachers are “online” throughout the school day giving feedback.  However, with one teacher in the team face to face teaching, the other two teachers may not be able to give detailed feedback on every single piece of work but all work will be acknowledged. To ensure consistency staff have put together the following expectations for marking and feedback:

  • Provide answers for children to mark their own work where possible
  • Use school marking policy symbols where appropriate on work
  • Children upload at least 2 pieces of Maths work a week, chosen by teacher or self-identified because they struggled with a particular concept. Teacher to give written or verbal feedback on these two pieces of work. This must address any misconceptions that have arisen and ensure the child knows their next steps for learning
  • If a child has made no mistakes, set a further challenge
  • Teacher set a further purple pen challenge question or ask for child to re do some questions and resubmit their work in order to assess whether the child has grasped a concept fully or not
  • In English the children must upload a minimum of one piece of writing per week. Teacher to give detailed verbal or written feedback on this piece related to the Learning Outcome and correct a reasonable amount of spellings depending on the length of piece. Children may be asked to re write, edit and improve their work and re upload it onto the chosen platform.
  • Once a week children to be asked to read aloud via a voice recording and upload (no more than a few pages from a book). TA can listen and comment on every child’s recording once a week

On the remote platform, children will be asked to submit their work either via a photo, a voice message or work added directly to the platform depending on the nature of the task.    


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?

Seesaw allows all class teachers to view all children in their class and how often they engage.  The Senior Leadership and Inclusion Teams are able to access Seesaw across the whole school and therefore if a child is not for some reason, they receive a phone call to offer support.   All class teachers can see all responses from the children in their class and can monitor any child not accessing and would phone or email parents if they had concerns.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Seesaw logs all work completed by the children into an online personal journal in a chronological format- much like their school books. We are also able to print this journal if needed as evidence. This supports teachers in making judgements about attainment, progress over time and next steps.  This supports teachers in their planning.


My child usually has interventions or specialist help.  How will we access that?

The Inclusion Team are working to provide intervention support remotely for all children who would have received it in school. This is in the form of 1:1 live sessions with SEND teachers, the Inclusion Managers, class teachers or TAs. Some live group sessions with the SEND team are also taking place.   If your child has an EHCP and your child is remote learning their provision will remain as unchanged as possible and any adults who work with your child will endeavour to continue to support your child alongside their class teacher.


If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?

If we are out of lockdown but your child needs to isolate at home, they will receive the same classwork their peers in school just via Seesaw. However, your child’s class teacher will be teaching all day in school so this work may be sent at the end of the day not by 9am.