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Tapestry, an innovative online learning journal

What is an online Learning Journal?

Your child's Learning Journal contains observations that are made and photos taken throughout the year, gradually building up a picture of your child's learning. Having this Learning Journal online provides an excellent opportunity for us to share information about your child's learning and achievements with you, and for you to share your child’s achievements and interests at home with us. All children will have a personal online Learning Journal which records photos, observations and comments to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with Hampton Vale Primary and to track their attainment and progress.

To do this we have chosen to use “Tapestry”, a system which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journal in your own home, or when you are out and about using your mobile or tablet device. In addition to viewing our contributions, we would like you to add to it yourselves, by uploading photos and comments about your child, or to comment on photos/observations made by us. 

 

Where do I start? 

  1. Once you have given us an email address and signed the user agreement, we will set up an account for you. 
  2. You will receive an email asking you to set a password and activate your account. This will then take you to the ‘log-in’ page in your browser.
  3. Using the email address you provided us with and your chosen password, log-in and you should be able to view your child’s journal!

 

Using Tapestry via a desktop or via the app

On a desktop please visit  www.tapestryjournal.com to login to Tapestry.

To download the app, visit the iTunes store and download the Tapestry app from the Education section (search for Tapestry Mobile) if you have an iPhone or iPad,

If you are using an android-powered device, please search in your app store for Tapestry and download.

Then login using your email address and the password you have set up and enjoy browsing your child’s journal! 

 

Changing your settings 

On a laptop or computer 

At the top right of your screen you will see your name, and selecting this will give you the option to ‘Edit Preferences’. Choose this option and you will be presented with a screen giving you the option to change your email address and password. You also have the option to receive an email whenever a new observation is added to your child’s Learning Journal – just tick or untick the relevant box if you would like to change this setting. 

To change your settings, depending on if you are using an iPhone/iPad app or android operating systems, click the 'cog' button on the bottom right hand side of the application or click on the dots to select settings. This enables you to change password and/or email address. 

 

Viewing my child’s Learning Journal 

Once logged in, you will see your child’s observations on your home screen in a list – selecting any one of these will open up the observation for you to look at. You may notice that there is a coloured box at the top which shows you which stage of development this learning is associated with. You may add comments in the box at the bottom of the observation if you would like to - and we would love to receive such comments!

 

Adding an entry to my child’s Learning Journey 

Choose the ‘Add Observation’ option (or the 'plus' icon on your iPhone/iPad app.) and add the relevant information in the boxes on screen. Photos and videos may be uploaded by choosing the ‘add media’ option. When you have saved your observation, you may go back to the home screen at any time by choosing ‘home’. 

Please note: The Online Learning Journey is used to record your child’s learning is not as a general communication tool between school and home.  All other matters, queries, questions etc. should be discussed with your child's teacher or the school office in the usual way. Thank you.