One of the key themes that came from our recent survey about our remote online learning provision was that the children valued the opportunity to see their classmates and their teachers.
We offer the children chances to do this every day in a number of ways, using Google Meet (part of the GSuite for Education platform which includes Google Classroom.
Every morning, Mr Chaplen starts the day in his kitchen and does his very best Joe Wicks impression, leading the children through fifteen minutes of physically active challenges to get everyone warmed up for the rest of the day’s learning.
Classes have at least one session per day on Google Meet, led by their teacher. It starts with registration so we know who is regularly engaging with our online learning. The teacher will then follow this with an activity to enable the children to share their news with their friends. The activity might include a challenge – Robin Class had a Scavenger Hunt today in which Miss Perera challenged her class to look around their homes for a piece of fruit, something coloured green, an object beginning with T, for example. There have also been games of online bingo, quizzes and shared story times. On a Friday, it is nice to hear of all the activities that children are looking forward to over the coming weekend and this week it was lovely to hear how everyone enjoyed the snow on Sunday.
We are so pleased with how quickly the children have got used to using the Google technology, whether on a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone.
All Google Meets are recorded for safeguarding purposes; recordings are stored securely and will be erased in line with our existing data protection policy.