John Stainer

Remote Learning

Please view our Remote Learning Policy which outlines our remote learning response for all eventualities from individual children needing to self-isolate, to bubble or whole-school closures.

Our primary channel of communication for all forms of remote learning is via Seesaw

How to access Seesaw
At the start of the academic year, you should have received a new login for the academic year 2020/21 which we will be using for homework  and remote learning. It was set out with the following letter and some basic instructions. In December, we also sent home a book which included Seesaw and some additional logins so that the children's logins would be easier to locate.

You can access seesaw via the website or via an app. If you are accessing Seesaw via an app, please note that the app that you need to download is called  the Seesaw Class app.

If you are using the app, please also ensure that your child's device is set to automatically update to the latest version of the Seesaw or check regularly for update notifications (this is not necessary on the website version). Older versions of the Seesaw app may mean that your child does not have access to all of the latest remote learning features. Click here to check you have the latest version.

How to use Seesaw

Here is a video for parents on how to use Seesaw and a more detailed set of instructions for the different ways to respond to work . This visual is also handy as it shows all of the tools within the canvas which is where children mostly respond to or create activities.

Updated Seesaw Videos

We will be using Seesaw to keep in touch with your child every day.

  • Each morning, your child will receive a pre-recorded message from their teacher on Seesaw which will introduce the work for the day and may also reflect on the previous day’s work (sometimes these messages may be sent the evening before with the intention of being read in the morning).
  • Three pieces of work will be scheduled to arrive by 09:00: Literacy, Maths and Humanities.
  • As daily exercise is essential for the children’s physical and mental health, activity suggestions will also be made during the course of the week.
  • In addition, we expect the children to be reading on a daily basis and so we will make suggestions to help you with this.
  • We will strive to provide two video-conferencing sessions a week via Zoom to allow virtual face-to-face time with the teacher. For the first week - this may only be possible once. Timetables will be published when they are required. This will enable teachers to feedback on completed work and address any misconceptions, in addition to introducing new learning. It will also give the children the opportunity to ask questions, develop greater independence and also to see their teacher and classmates. We have found that both parents and children value this opportunity.
  • Additional learning opportunities, if required, can also be found on our website. We are mindful that children should not be spending hours on computers and have planned our remote learning activities around this.

What type of lessons can you expect?

In KS1 and KS2 the three lessons will consist of daily Maths and English which will follow a curriculum sequence and one other lesson focusing on Computing, Science or a foundation subject, which will reflect current learning where possible, and key subject skills. We will ensure that a range of subjects are covered over the course of a two week period to enable the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging for the children. To support the learning of new content, frequent and clear explanations will be provided by the teacher or through high quality curriculum resources or videos.

In Reception, there will be three activities set each day - Numeracy and Literacy as well as one other which could be a creative activity or investigating an aspect of the natural world. There may also be opportunities to engage in longer term projects.

In the Nursery, children will be encouraged to complete weekly activities, as well as ongoing projects such as planting seeds and monitoring and recording the results with support from their parent/carers. Phonics activities will also be set to continue with the Letters & Sounds program.

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

We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Reception 3 hours
KS1 3 hours
KS2 4 hours

When do lessons need to be completed?

All three lessons should be completed that day in order to ensure that children do not fall behind in their learning. Some foundation subjects may involve projects and in these instances – the deadline will be stated to enable greater planning time and creativity. It can feel overwhelming for the children if they have a large number of notifications about outstanding work, so we would encourage parents and carers to support the children in completing their work on the day it is set (where relevant).

At the same time we recognise that in larger families, children are having to share devices and this can be difficult to manage. We would encourage parents and carers to let us know if this is a problem.

What feedback will you receive?

Teachers and Teaching assistants can provide a range of feedback on Seesaw ranging from digital acknowledgements, to ticks or typed or audio comments. They may also provide whole class feedback using announcement messages videos and in class zooms. Feedback may also be incorporated into the introduction of the next lesson.

If a teacher has assigned next steps or requested that a child correct their work, this piece of work will be waiting for them. We know that children are often keen to just move onto the next piece of work. However it is essential that children respond to this piece of feedback in order to develop their skills and knowledge in this subject

Pupil engagement

To ensure the best learning outcomes, it is essential that your child engages with home learning and this includes responding to feedback. Pupil engagement will be monitored regularly and the families of children who are not keeping up will receive a Welfare Check call from their child’s class teacher or teaching assistant to see how we can help. If low engagement continues, the family will receive a follow up call by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

If you are concerned about your child’s engagement with remote learning, please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher via Seesaw and we can arrange a phone call. Vulnerable children will also receive additional contact. If we are concerned about children’s safety and mental health and well-being, a member of the Safeguarding team will contact the family.


We do recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support these pupils to access remote education:

  • Devices: We are able to lend iPads to families – we contact families that we know have limited access to devices and we follow up with families where engagement is low. The opportunity to loan a device is also advertised on the home page of our website and families are advised to contact the school office or the class teacher.
  • We are using the government’s Get Help with Technology scheme which temporarily increase data allowances on certain networks. Parents are invited to get in touch to apply for additional data or request 4G wireless routers. In addition, we have a limited supply of SIMs.
  • The collection of printed materials can be arranged with the school teacher. Children can submit their work via drop off at school or email to the admin address below. 

We do understand that remote learning can be difficult to co-ordinate if you have limited devices in your household. Do get in touch with the class teacher via Seesaw if you have concerns about managing the workload.

If you need support with internet access or devices that are compatible with Seesaw, please contact the office:  

Please remember that not all tasks have to be completed within Seesaw and we would recommend offscreen time, but we will use this channel to explain the tasks. If you have limited access to devices, some families find it helpful to download the app on a mobile phone to view  the tasks and the children can complete them in their book and upload the work as a photo, later on in the day.   

If you did not receive a  login or have any  device or workload issues, please contact us so that we can help: 

How we work with families to deliver remote education for pupils with SEND

  • We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways: 
  •  Children in receipt of EHCP plans receive weekly Zoom calls from their 1:1 LSAs at least twice each week. This is to support them with the differentiated remote learning which has been set by their class teachers. IEP targets are also a focus during these sessions.
  • Our SALT, delivers fortnightly Zoom SALT sessions to all children with EHCPs and other children who have Speech and Language as their primary need on our SEN register. In the case of children who are unable to access these sessions, the SALT liaises with their parents to advise, support and resource SALT provision which they can use with their children at home.
  • Weekly telephone or email contact is made to all parents of children with EHCP plans by either the SENDco, SEN TA or class teachers to discuss children’s remote provision and to find out about children and parents’ welfare.
  • The SENDco liaises with class teachers and parents of children with dyslexia or lower level literacy ability, to provide access and support with IDL cloud, an online intervention programme.

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In addition to all of the resource links below - we now have a twitter account and we are retweeting great resources on a daily basis. If you want to keep up-to-date you can follow us and retweet to the John Stainer Twitter account @johnstainersch1

You don't have to have a twitter account to view our pages which are also on our full site and can be viewed just under the head teacher message.

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Useful websites to explore for additional resources:

 Please consider a timetable for your child that works for your family and includes active and creative activities. If you need advice for talking to children about the virus, ParentZone is really helpful.  

The following websites have continued to offer excellent home learning resources:

 Ready-made Learning packs that you can print

  • Classroom Secrets have created free learning packs for all year groups including EYFS.
  • TTS have put together free EYFS, KS1 and KS2 Learning packs.

 In addition, we recommend a range of resources:

  • LGFL Online Portfolio of resources  We have provided logins, but you should now be able to access without a login (except for Busy Things) Search by subject or key stage. As some resources are designed to be teacher led, a new filter has been added in the subject drop down menu, allowing you to select an option for Home Learning. You can also use key stage dropdown to highlight resources that are  are age appropriate for home learning. Children have been provided with logins in March. View the BLOG for ideas and advice.
  • Busy Things - Fun educational resources especially good for Early Years and KS1. Parents can register for a 7 day free trial or login with the children's LGFL logins. Please request these (provided in March)
  • BBC supermovers - great ideas for learning whilst keeping your children active.
  • Topmarks - interactive games and resources across the curriculum.
  • ICT Games - interactive Maths and English games.
  • Newsround - keep up-to-date with the latest news. There is a specific child friendly series to help children understand the virus.
  • Encounter Edu STEM learning opportunities

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    Online Resources by subject area
  • We have an extensive collection of educational links per subject if you would like to focus on a specific subject.

 Online Safety  Resources during Remote Learning

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SEND support - links to recommended support services

Please see our SEND page but you might also find the following information useful:

    • The Lewisham Educational Psychology team have set up a phone line. - EP Connect is an easy access phone-line service direct for parents and carers to link with the Lewisham Educational Psychology Team. We are here to discuss any concerns about education, learning at home, and emotional wellbeing and will be available on Monday afternoon 2pm until 5pm and Thursday mornings 9.30 until 12.30, starting from the beginning of May." Call 07377 913538 or 07377 976518 
    • Lewisham SEND support have provided the following document containing useful links to SEND support services. These may be particularly useful for pupils with an autism diagnosis or social communication difficulties. They are organised under the headings - Education Support, Home Learning Support, Mental Health, Social Story Support and Sensory Support and include practical resources, crisis support numbers and information on the Coronavirus. 
    • A simplified pictorial story to explain the virus (Useful for all children but particularly those with ASD or children who are who experience social communication difficulties.)


Every year, private tutors help children catch up with missed work or address area they are struggling in, or with extra-curricular activities. Lockdown has led to major growth in this area, especially online, and this is expected to continue with further bubble and school closures.

But anyone can become a tutor, so it is important to keep your children safe by making sure you ask the right questions and do the right security checks. To help you with this LGFL's Digisafe have created a set of safeguarding guidelines for selecting online tutors.

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