Northlands Primary School & Nursery have been DB Primary users for over 8 years. As lockdown hit, they were already well equipped with a remote learning platform that the children were already familiar with, making the switch much more seamless.
Easy to use for teachers, parents and pupils alike, they have been using the platform as their main communication method between school and pupils, whilst teaching them how to communicate safely through email, blogs and forums.
It has been amazing, being able to communicate and set work for the children. Being able to send them rewards and for the children to be able to communicate with their friends and teachers.
How have teachers been using DB to teach remotely?
The teachers have been communicating directly with pupils from both their own class and across the school. They have used the platform to set work, embed teaching videos, assign DB Primary activities and to mark and give feedback on completed work.
The teachers have also been using DB Primary to support the transition back into school. It has given them a platform to engage with children on what to expect and answer any questions or concerns the children might have.
How have the children engaged with DB Primary?
Children across the school from Reception to Year 6 have been using the platform to share and celebrate the work they have completed at home. They have been able to upload a range of documents including written documents, photos and videos.
They have also really enjoyed being able to communicate with their friends, teachers and members of staff – keeping them all connected to their school community.
The children have been enjoying sending over photos of their work. Watching the teachers’ videos and generally emailing friends.’’
What has been the impact of using DB Primary?
The children have been engaged with their work as well as remaining connected to their peers.
DB Primary was already well used before lockdown, so the children have responded really well to switching between school and home.
DB Primary has been the perfect platform to help facilitate home-learning. It is both age-appropriate and simple to use for people of all ages and technical abilities.
The school will use the platform to manage the transition back into school and they will continue to use it to support in-class learning and setting work for completion at home. They are also in the fortunate position to have a solution in place, should they have to quickly switch to remote teaching again.
Not only that but it underpins the core strands of online safety, which will become a bigger focus when the new guidance comes in next academic year.
DB was really well used prior to lockdown so children were very able when accessing this. When lessons go back to full normality, the children will continue to use DB, completing certain pieces at home after school hours rather than during the day.