How to use the Forum - A guide for Parents and Pupils
Purpose: For teachers to keep in touch with pupils and to encourage/support Home Learning. We are committed to supporting the children’s well-being and we believe this new website will ensure that their Home Learning is purposeful.
How often? Teachers will create weekly ‘Home Learning’ posts containing an ‘Overview’ document that has all the activities and learning for that week. They will also create daily posts during the week containing starter activities for that day.
How to view the forums
Click on the 'forum' tab on www.oakleyhomeschool.co.uk (this website) OR the relevant year group button on the home page.
You will be prompted to enter the 'Guest Area' password that was sent to all parents via text. Please contact the office if you need this to be re-sent.
You will now be able to view all content but NOT comment.
How to comment on the forums (signing up)
Click on login (top right corner).
Complete details – you will need to enter an email address and create your own password.
Once your account has been created, you will need to change your username – this is to make sure that your email address is kept private.
- Use the menu button in the top right corner and go to ‘My Account’
- Here you can click on the ‘edit’ button to change your username.
- Note: Your username should be your child’s first name, second name initial and class. E.g. JohnS6A
If possible, each sibling should create their own account using different email addresses. If this is not possible, the username should include all the names of the children who use that account. E.g: John6ALaura4W
Children’s responses: Children should be commenting on the forum every other day. This may include responding to a teacher’s question or posting a picture of / uploading their work. A teacher from your child’s year group will respond to children’s comments throughout each day. Children are able to view and comment at any time.
Watch the video below to see how to check if your teachers have responded to your comment!
How will we monitor it and keep it safe?
This will be a password protected website for pupils of Oakley Junior School only – as explained above.
Before commenting, children need to ensure they have changed their username (see How to Login document for details). This is to ensure the safety of our pupils.
When commenting, children need to think carefully about the content. This must be related to the teachers’ original post for the day. Any inappropriate commenting will result in being removed.
Receiving too many emails?
If you have created an account in order for your child to comment on the forum, you may be receiving a lot of emails. We ask that these email notifications are not turned off so you are able to monitor your child’s comments and any responses. However, to prevent these emails from filling your inbox, you should be able to create a new folder in your emails and ‘move’ all emails (including future ones) directly to this folder. This would allow you to monitor posts via email notifications yet not have your inbox filled with emails from oakleyhomeschool. If you use outlook, below is a list of instructions to set this system up:
Create a new folder and name it appropriately (e.g. Oakley Home School)
Right click one of the emails you have received from oakleyhomeschool.
Go to ‘Move’ then click ‘Move all messages from…’
Select the option ‘Move all messages from the inbox folder and any future messages’.
Use the drop down to select the folder you have just created.
Other email providers should offer a similar system but the steps may vary.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Please note: This online, interactive resource is a Home School communication tool for the children and teachers. Any parent/carer queries will need to follow the usual school procedures via the school office contact details. This is to ensure that our staff can provide the most effective communication for the children.