Each class within school has its own Google Classroom.
Each child has their own login.
Every day, the teacher sets work for the children to complete and Hand In.
Login details were sent home before Christmas.
If you do not have your child's login details, email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your child's name and class.
Accessing Google Classroom on a laptop
If you are accessing Google Classroom on a laptop, you can simply open an internet browser and head to www.google.co.uk
Once there, click Sign In at the top right of the screen and enter your child's login details. (Email email@example.com if you need details, stating your child's name and class.)
Make sure that you are now signed in as and using your child's google account - you may need to choose this if your browser was already signed into another Google account.
From the menu, which is the 9 little squares next to where Sign In was, choose Classroom.
On the first login, you may need to click extra things, such as choosing to be a student.
Click on the class that displays for your child - this should correspond to the class they are in within school.
Accessing Google Classroom on a tablet or phone
The easiest way to access Google Classroom on a tablet or phone is to download the Google Classroom app which is free from app stores.
You can simply log into the app with your child's login details and you will be able to see their work by clicking on Classwork and see any messages via the Stream. (For login details, email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your child's name and class.)
You can attach photos directly to your child's work, so if you choose to complete work on paper, or have something extra to show their teacher, you can click to add to their work when you hand it in, and choose a photo from your device.
To edit documents, you will need to install more Google apps, which are free from all app stores.
If you download Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Slides from your app store, you should be able to interact with and edit documents that your child's teacher posts for them.
Google Classroom on Games Consoles
Xbox consoles each have access to Microsoft Edge - the web browser that comes preinstalled as part of the Xbox user experience. This can be used to access Google Classroom (or another online education service approved by your child's school).
1. Plug a wired keyboard into your Xbox One, Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S via one of the USB ports on the front or back.
2. Press the Xbox button top-centre of a game controller and head to "My games & apps" in the side menu.
3. Click on "See all", scroll down to "Apps" and you will see Microsoft Edge in the icons on the right-hand side. Open it.
4. Type classroom.google.com into the URL bar at the top and log in as you would on a PC using your school Gmail account.
5. You can either use an Xbox controller to move the cursor or a separate USB mouse plugged into one of the other ports.
PS4 & PS5
The PlayStation 4 has its own web browser that is easy to find on the PlayStation 4 (in the content menu as an icon with WWW written on it). However, it's currently a bit trickier on PS5, as there is no way to open the browser natively.
Instead, you can open the System Settings, then the User Guide. This will open up an online user manual inside a web browser page so you only have to change the URL at the top. Otherwise, the rest of the steps are the same.
1. Plug a wired keyboard and/or mouse into the USB ports on the PS4 or PS5 - each console should recognise them.
2. In the URL bar of the browser, type classroom.google.com and then log in using the details provided by your child's school.
3. You can now access Google Classroom.
In some cases, you might not be able to do everything you can on a laptop or PC, but you can, at the very least, access Google Classroom and see what work your teacher has assigned for you to do.
Mobile data increases
We are aware that some families are accessing online learning using mobile data rather than broadband.
The government have said that it may be possible to increase your mobile data allowance to allow your child to do their online learning. The networks that are currently taking part are 3, EE, Virgin, Tesco, Smarty, Sky, Vodafon and O2. (The list may increase)
School can help you to apply to do this, but does not decide whether you can or not have an increase to your allowance.
If you already have a wired broadband connection, you will not be able to apply for a data allowance increase.
You can apply if you have a pay as you go or pay monthly phone.
If you would like to apply to have a data increase, please contact Mr.Purdey via email@example.com with the following informtation;
Your name and the name(s) of your child(ren)
Your mobile phone number
The network your contract is with
Whether your phone is pay as you go or pay monthly
The government information on this scheme is available to view
here - Help with data increases