The Manor Prep

Eaton House is committed to providing as close to the fullest possible education for all pupils. Over the summer term, teachers and families pulled together to support each other during the move to temporary online learning. The teachers were able to offer a high-quality learning experience with data sharing that 98% of parents felt that the communication during the remote learning period was clear, and 96% of parents satisfied with the school's remote learning arrangements.

.Detailed guidance was offered in the summer term for parents and pupils, in the form of the Parent's Guide and Pupil's Guide.

All further communications regarding remote learning can be found on the new enhanced Parent Portal.

Guidance for Prep Parents

How will my child communicate with their teacher and classmates?

The Manor Prep are continuing with the use of Microsoft Teams for your son’s remote learning. Your son’s form teacher has set up a ‘team’ for their form class, and within this there will be a channel for each timetabled subject. This Channel is where the teacher and students will communicate with each other during the lesson. Form time will take place in either the General channel or in a dedicated Form channel – form teachers will confirm this on Monday 20 April.

How do we access Microsoft Teams?

Access to Teams will be as per the soft launch at the end of the Spring Term:

  • Teams is accessed through portal.office.com and selecting Teams, or through teams.microsoft.com/

  • Pupil log-ins are your son’s preferred forename and surname with a full stop separating them following this example john.smith@eatonhouseschools.com

  • Passwords will have been created during the switch to remote learning in the Spring term – please log-in during the week before the start of term to check you are able to access Teams – if you have forgotten your son’s password please contact their form teacher

How should my child be working?

As a result of the switch to remote learning it has been necessary to ‘tweak’ the boys’ timetables – please follow the new Summer Term Timetables which can be found on the Timetables tab at the top of this page.

Although the switch to remote learning is a fundamental change to the way your son is being taught it remains imperative that the expectations and rules he would follow at school are adhered to when working from home.

We will expect all children to abide by the school rules and normal standards of behaviour will apply. It is suggested the School Rules and Expectations below are printed off and shared with the boys. By providing these expectations from school we hope you will also feel supported to reinforce these messages with your children.

Readiness for Learning and School Expectations for Pupils:

  1. Make sure you are up, dressed and have cleaned your teeth by 8.15am.

  2. Login to Teams and have a look at the resources for the day.

  3. Access your form’s General channel at 8.30am for morning registration, and again at 3.50pm for afternoon registration.

  4. At the start of each lesson make sure you are online and in the lesson channel to receive instructions, support and help from the teachers. Remember Lesson 1 starts at 8.40am!

  5. Please have your video on and your microphone on MUTE at the start of each lesson so you are ready to hear from your teacher.

  6. Remember that the chat feature in Teams is for classroom discussion only. Please ensure that you address fellow pupils and staff as politely and as formally as if they were in front of you. Chatting to friends is really important, but make a plan with your parents about the best method of doing that, depending on your age.

  7. Follow the School Rules.

When should my child be online?

As a result of the switch to remote learning it has been necessary to ‘tweak’ the boys’ timetables – please follow the new Summer Term Timetables which can be found on the Timetables tab within the Prep section.

Boys should be online and in their form’s General or Form channel at 8.30am in order to be registered by their form teacher. They will follow their timetable for the day, making sure they are in the appropriate subject channel for each lesson. At the end of the school day (3.50pm) they will return to the form channel for afternoon registration and a sign-off for the day from their form teacher.

How does my son access learning material?

Lesson material will be uploaded to either Files or Content Library section on the subject channel by 7.30pm of the evening before the school day to ensure parents have time to download and print relevant materials. Worksheets which are to be completed by the boys, i.e. where they are to type onto a Word or PowerPoint document, are to be downloaded onto your son’s device, completed, and returned to the relevant subject teacher.

*To download open the document and click on the three dots (…) in the top right hand corner and select download.

How does my son complete written work?

This will vary from subject to subject.

  • It may be that they can write their answers directly into Class Notebook.

  • Sometimes they will need to download or print off worksheets, but we will endeavour to keep any printing to a bare minimum. If printing is required documents will be saved as a PDF and colour will only be used if absolutely necessary.

  • Sometimes they will be working directly on an online platform such as Atom learning or Mathletics.

How does my son submit completed work?

  • School work is to be returned using the Class Notebook facility on Teams. It is important that the files are clearly labelled with [Subject][Date][Topic][Pupil Name]

To upload work from a PC, follow these steps:

  • Click on Class Notebook

  • Click on the arrow pointing right on the left hand side

  • Find your name in the list, and click the little arrow for your drop down list

  • Give your document a title – subject, date, topic, pupil name

  • Scan your work using a scanning app and save the file as a PDF. Click Insert

  • Insert your work as the following option: ‘Insert, File, Insert File Printout’

  • Click Posts at the top of the screen, and your work automatically saves into your area, ready for marking

If you have any questions about how work is to be submitted, please email the subject teacher or use the chat function within Teams, rather than adding comments to the comments section of the subject channel.

What should we have at home in preparation for the start of term?

  • Access to a laptop for your son

  • Download and install ZOOM.

  • A way of scanning non-electronic work to upload for marking, such as:

o the ‘Tiny Scanner’ app, which takes a ’scan’ using the camera on your phone. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appxy.tinyscanner&hl=en

o https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/office-lens/9wzdncrfj3t8?activetab=pivot:overviewtab

  • Lined and squared paper for any handwritten work

How is my child's communication and activity monitored in Teams?

Your son’s form teacher, subject teachers and the school Senior Management Team will be monitoring all aspects of activity and communication on Teams, as they would if pupils were in school. It is also important that you too are aware of how your son is using Teams, and therefore it is important that you remind him of how to appropriately use the learning platform whilst remote learning is taking place and also outside of timetabled lessons. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your son’s form teacher.

What is the format for the lessons?

This will vary from subject to subject. Most lessons will commence with a live introduction via Teams, or via a Zoom link through Teams.

Is there Homework?

There is no homework set during remote learning, although on occasion there may be times when classwork needs to be completed after the end of the lesson. Classwork should be uploaded as soon as is reasonably possible.

Pastoral Care

  • Form Teachers will register the boys twice a day in morning registration and afternoon registration. If your son is unwell or unable to participate in lessons, please email the Form Teacher before the start of the day

  • Form Teachers will arrange a 1:1 video call each week with your son to check in, to discuss how things are going, and to help with any concerns

  • Mr Russell (Assistant Head Pastoral) is on hand to meet with parents and pupils remotely if needed

  • Paula Kearney (Head of Wellbeing) is also able to support pupils

Is there Assembly?

There will be an assembly for the boys every Monday at 12.00pm led by Mrs Segrave

Are there House Points and Good Shows?

The teachers will award House points. The boys should keep a record of these in their homework diary, or other notebook and these will be collected by Form Teachers every Friday.

The teachers will also award Good shows. If you have a Good Show the teacher will email Mrs Segrave to let her know. Good Shows will be awarded in the post and announced in Monday’s assembly as usual.

What is the Curriculum for the Summer Term?

As always, the curriculum for the Summer Term can be found on the Parent Area of the school website. The password is prep18

We have made a few minor tweaks to the curriculum, for example in Year 7 Geography as the boys are no longer working on fieldwork projects, but where possible we plan to teach the normal Eaton House curriculum. This is important as it will ensure we don’t waste any valuable learning time and can pick up where we have left off when school reopens fully.

Please note the following additions to the timetable:

  • Reading Period: There is now a 20 minute reading period each day from 1.30-1.50pm. Please ask your son to keep a record of the books he is reading as your son’s Form Teacher and English teacher will be discussing his reading with him

  • Personal Project: There is now time set aside for a Personal Project. The boys may either continue with their Easter Project, or commence a new one. Ideally this project will be ‘screen free’ and can be entirely of the boys' choosing. There are huge benefits to this style of independent learning and we are excited to hear what the boys choose to do in this time. Mrs Segrave would love to hear what the boys have chosen and she encourages the boys to send her updates by email.

Please note the following changes to the timetable:

  • Karate for Years 4 and 5, and PE lessons will be taught for all year groups. Games is listed on the timetable and we would encourage the boys to use this time for exercise of their choice, outside where possible

  • There will be no class drama lessons, and no individual speech and drama lessons at this time

  • Class music lessons and individual peripatetic music lessons will continue

  • There are no PSHE lessons, but the material will be covered through form times

Will Learning Enrichment lessons continue?

Individual learning enrichment lessons will continue to be scheduled. These will commence in the week beginning 27th April.

What if we need more flexibility? Are all lessons compulsory?

Ideally the boys would join in with all lessons. However, if that is too difficult please prioritise maths, English, Reasoning and Form times. In all cases please liaise with your son’s Form Teacher.

Guidance for Prep Pupils

How will I communicate with teacher and classmates?

Teachers and pupils will continue to use Microsoft Teams as we did before the Easter break. Your form teacher has set up a ‘team’ for your form class, and within this there is a channel for each of your timetabled lessons – this is where your teacher will communicate with you and the rest of your class. Your form time will either be in the General or Form channel in your class.

How do I access Microsoft Teams?

You can get onto Teams the same way as you did when we started online lessons at the end of the Spring Term.

  • Teams is accessed through portal.office.com and clicking on Teams, or by going to teams.microsoft.com

  • Your log-in is your forename and surname with a full stop separating them following this example john.smith@eatonhouseschools.com

  • Passwords will have been created during the switch to remote learning in the Spring term – Please log-in during the week before the start of term to check you are able to access TeamsIf you have forgotten your password please ask a parent or carer to contact your form teacher.

Will my timetable be the same?

Because of the switch to remote learning it has been necessary to adapt your school timetable – your new Summer Term Timetable can be found on the Timetables tab at the top of this page.

Will the school day be the same?

Yes and no. Lesson timings have stayed the same, but you will see that some of your normal lessons are no longer on your timetable (PSHEE and Drama) and there are some new lessons added (Reading and Personal Project).

The main difference in timings is over lunch. So that all pupils in all our schools have the same lunchtime your lunch will now be from 12.30pm-1.30pm everyday (except Friday when lunch starts at 12.00pm). There is now a 20-minute reading period before lessons start again at 1.50pm.

Will we still have form time?

Yes – you are to be in your form’s General or Form channel at 8.30am for morning registration and again at 3.50pm for afternoon registration.

Will we still have Assembly?

There will be a whole school assembly every Monday at 12.00pm led by Mrs Segrave

Is there homework?

There is no homework set during remote learning, although there may be times when you will need to complete your classwork.

When should I be online?

You should be online and in your form’s General or Form channel at 8.30am to be registered by your form teacher. You will then follow your timetable for the day, and be in the right subject channel for each lesson. At the end of the school day (3.50pm) you will return to the class General or Form channel for afternoon registration and a sign-off for the day from your form teacher.

Will I still be able to earn House Points and Good Shows?

Yes! Teachers will still award House points - please keep a record of these in your homework diary, or other notebook, and these will be collected in by your Form Teacher every Friday. Teachers will also award 'Good Shows'. If you have a Good Show the teacher will email Mrs Segrave to let her know. Good Shows will be awarded in the post and announced in Monday’s assembly as usual.

How will I know what I have to do in lessons?

The style of lessons will vary from subject to subject. Most lessons will commence with a live introduction via Teams, or via a Zoom link through Teams. Your teacher will be online for the whole of the lesson and will be giving instructions and helping you out all the way through, as they would do in a normal classroom.

How do I complete written work?

This will vary from subject to subject:

  • You might be asked to write your answers directly into Class Notebook

  • Sometimes you will need to download or print off worksheets

  • Sometimes they will be working directly on an online platform such as Atom Learning or Mathletics

How do I view learning material?

Lesson material will be uploading to Files (your teacher will tell you in the lesson if it is somewhere else) by 7.30pm of the evening before the school day to ensure you have time to download and print lesson materials. Worksheets which are to be completed, i.e. where they are to type onto a Word or PowerPoint document, should be downloaded onto your device, completed, and returned to the relevant subject teacher.

To download, click on the document, click on the three dots in the top tight hand corner (…) and click ‘download’. The document will appear at the bottom of your screen, or will be in your DOWNLOADS folder and this will have to be saved to your computer. Teachers will be able to help you if you are stuck, don't worry!.

How do I submit completed work?

School work is to be returned using the Class Notebook section on Teams. It is important that the files are clearly named with [Subject][Date][Topic][Pupil Name]. So a piece of Science work from 21 April on Cells would be name Science 21APR20 Cells John Smith

To upload work from a PC, follow these steps:

  • Click on Class Notebook

  • Click on the arrow pointing right on the left hand side

  • Find your name in the list and click the little arrow for your drop down list

  • Give your document a title – subject, date, topic, pupil name

  • Scan your work using a scanning app and save the file as a PDF. Click Insert

  • Insert your work as the following option: ‘Insert, File, Insert File Printout’.

  • Click Posts at the top of the screen, and your work automatically saves into your area, ready for marking.

If you have any questions about how your work is to be submitted, please ask your parents to email the subject teacher or use the chat function within Teams, rather than adding comments to the posts section of the subject channel.

Will 1:1 Learning Enrichment lessons continue?

Yes. If you have a 1:1 lesson your teacher will speak to your parents to arrange these. These will begin in the second week of term (the week beginning Monday 27 April).

Will I still have to follow the school rules?

Yes. Although we have switched to remote learning it is still very important that the expectations and rules we follow at school are also in place when working from home.

We expect all pupils to abide by the school rules and normal standards of behaviour. Please read the expectations below and make sure that you follow them at all times when you are online:

Readiness for Learning and School Expectations:

  1. Make sure you are up, dressed and have washed your teeth by 8.15am.

  2. Login to Teams and have a look at the resources for the day.

  3. Access your form’s General channel at 8.30am for morning registration, and again at 3.50pm for afternoon registration.

  4. At the start of each lesson, make sure you are online and in the lesson channel to receive instructions, support and help from the teachers. Remember Lesson 1 starts at 8.40am!

  5. Please have your video on and your microphone on MUTE at the start of each lesson so you are ready to hear from your teacher.

  6. At the start of a lesson wait for the teacher to video call or make a post. Do not start any posts unless asked to – this helps the teacher to start the lesson and make sure everyone knows what they are doing.

  7. When it’s break time, do something physical, have a snack and go to the loo; just as you would at school! The PE department will be sending through ideas for PE lessons so do use some of their suggestions for break time too.

  8. Remember that the chat feature in Teams is for classroom discussion only. Please ensure that you address fellow pupils and staff as politely and as formally as if they were in front of you. Chatting to friends is really important, but make a plan with your parents about the best method of doing that, depending on your age.

  9. Follow the School Rules.

Will my time online be monitored?

Your form teacher, subject teachers and the school Senior Management Team (Mrs Segrave, Ms Allen, Mr Russell and Mr Jeans) will be monitoring all aspects of activity and communication on Teams, as they would do in school.

What do I do if I want to speak to a member of staff about something personal?

If you have any worries or concerns, or just want to talk to someone at school, there are many ways you can do this. Remember, if you do want to chat to a member of staff use the Chat button to send them a message – do not post direct onto a lesson or form channel as all members of your class can see this.

  • Form Teachers will be online twice a day in morning registration and afternoon registration for general questions. They will be online throughout the day, but as they will be teaching they may not be able to get back to you straight away

  • Your Form teacher will arrange a 1:1 video call each week with you to check in, discuss how things are going, and to help with any concerns

  • Mr Russell (Assistant Head Pastoral) is on hand to talk to you and your parents remotely if needed

  • Paula Kearney (our new Head of Wellbeing) is also able to support you

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