Continuing Education at Home
During this period of school closure, Banstead Prep School children are continuing their education at home. The children have a weekly timetable, similar to their usual schedule, and teachers are available real-time online to help with the tasks set and provide feedback.
We are setting work via SeeSaw, using a combination of PowerPoint presentations with voice over instructions, video and interactive apps, and feedback includes voice recordings and annotated work. Wherever possible instructions and feedback are provided via voice-over or video so the children can hear and see their teachers.
Children can access and complete (dependent on age/child) most of the work with minimal parental oversight and resources include clear, step by step expectations of what the children need to do, and advance warning if additional equipment or materials are needed to complete the task.
Using SeeSaw we can provide a much wider variety of activities and tasks for the children and teachers can introduce the learning topic and explain how to complete independent learning activities using voice recordings and video. Children and parents can return their completed work, share photos and drawings and receive personalised verbal feedback from their teacher who can also annotate their work.
All your child’s home learning instructions and activities will be provided via SeeSaw. You can also have oversight via alerts from the SeeSaw family app. An introduction to SeeSaw for parents including instructions for downloading the family app can be found below.
Our primary concern is the safety of the children and our staff, therefore any technology we use must provide a secure environment in which to deliver quality teaching and maximise an active approach to learning. It is for this reason that whilst online platforms such as Zoom are being widely used to talk to friends and family or in business, they do not meet our stringent pupil safeguarding requirements, due to security concerns.
Remote learning in the summer term will include more guidance and pastoral care from your child's teachers using secure platforms through Office 365, Skype and an educational app called SeeSaw, which allows teachers to provide instructions and feedback via voice recording. Full instructions will be provided to you explaining how to access, and support your children to use, these technology platforms.
Your child's timetable shows when their teacher is available to help with their work, either via email or a live clinic using Skype. You can also email their teacher directly with any questions or to 'hand-in' their completed work.
As usual, please contact your child's class teacher in the first instance if you have any concerns about their learning or wellbeing.
To support the additional online support and structure, your child's timetable will change. Your child's new timetable is now available on the Parent Portal, accessible either from the iSAMs iParent App, or via web browser. The link is at the top of every page of our website. Look in the Home Education folder in the 'Documents' section.
Instructions on how to hand in work will be included with each activity. Wherever possible children should submit their work via SeeSaw and their teacher will also provide feedback via the app. If it should be emailed to your child's form teacher, or their specialist subject teacher, the correct email address will be included. You can photograph work that's been completed in their home education book or on paper and share these via SeeSaw. Older children can use Microsoft Office packages to create documents or files.
We would also love to see photos of your child completing their work or carrying out activities - please also let us know if we can use these for our social media channels, to inspire others at home.
We fully understand that the balance of work, home life and remote learning can be challenging. Yours, and your child’s, best efforts are good enough and we will not expect every activity to be completed by every child every day or week.
Whilst some parents prefer to receive work each day, others found it useful to be able to plan. Therefore, we will continue to send Maths and English daily with other subject activities available for the whole week. You as a family can then choose to strictly follow the timetable if the routine is helpful for you, or to flex the timing or the days on which the children complete their work if you prefer. We will continue to review the timetable and listen to your feedback.
We continue to be proud that the children are also learning by doing other things at home, such as baking, gardening, drawing, sewing and the many other examples you have shared with us. These activities are equally valuable, and we encourage you to continue with those that are helping your child thrive.
Mrs Nunn’s Friday Challenge
Banstead Prep’s Virtual Choir
Access to online resources
Other useful online resources
Read, Write, Inc YouTube Channel