Online Learning @Sciennes

Letters outlining provision for online learning, Responsible Use Guides for using Microsoft Teams (particularly camera functionality) and Teams ‘How To’ Guides have been emailed to all families and can also be found below.

I would like to start by wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. I know these are very challenging times for all of us but I believe that by working together we will be able to support each other.

We have had a very busy start to school and have managed to get our school hub up and running. This had to be done very quickly and I want to thank the school staff who helped organise this and staff it this week. Thank you to our key worker families (who cannot work from home) for their flexibility and only requesting a place where there was no alternative. We need to minimise the number of children and staff in the school building to minimise the spread of this virus, especially with the new variant being so prevalent.

School staff have also been working very hard this week to prepare for online learning until Friday 29 January. Currently children are all expected to be back in school on Monday 1 February but this is dependent on many factors and the Scottish Government will keep us all updated.

Families who requested to borrow an iPad using our online Form opted to collect them either this afternoon or tomorrow morning at 9.30am. The booking form will re-open tomorrow and this will allow us time to set up further iPads next week, should there be any additional requests.

Our online learning will build on our provision during the first Lockdown but we will now be able to interact more with the children. I have outlined a brief overview as to how this will look when the children resume learning on Monday 11 January (see attached files). Please note that this may evolve as we try things out.

Our Support for Learning team is in the process of contacting families directly by email or by telephone to make arrangements for support over the coming weeks. There will be a mix of pre-recorded online lessons on PowerPoint and live sessions for some groups or individuals

It would be helpful if you could let us know as soon as possible if you are having trouble accessing SeeSaw or Teams.

Although at times it was challenging, we have been reflecting just how fortunate we have been to be able to return to relative normality since August. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all the children back to the building and restore normality again. We know it has not been and will not be easy for families and we thank you for working with us to support the children at this time. Our staff are looking forward to supporting you with online learning as well as working shifts in the Hub.

Stay safe, stay home wherever possible and look after each other.


Andrew M Hunter | Head Teacher| Sciennes Primary School |10 Sciennes Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1LG

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