USER GUIDE - Collins Connect
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1. Technical Requirements, faqs and Support2
2.Logging in as an Admin3
3.Logging in as a Teacher9
4.Adding Classes11
5.Teaching13
6.Assessments16
7.Class Records 21
8.Games and Tools31
9.Completing the Plan 31
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1.Welcome
Technical Requiements
• Current versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, iOS
• HTML 5 compatible browsers – IE 10 and above, Chrome, Safari, Firefox
• MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat Reader
• Ensure that your email system accepts emails from @harpercollins.co.uk and
@e.harpercollins.co.uk
• If you are on a secure network and are having problems loading any
content, add the following domains to your whitelist: *.collins.co.uk,
jwpsrv.com, *.jwpcdn.com, cdn.mathjax.js, ajax.aspnetcdn.com,
www.googletagmanager.com
Help and Support
In the top right of the screen there is a Help and Support section which includes
support material and ‘how-to’ videos.
If you require support, please email [email protected] or
ring 0844 576 8126, option 3
If you would like the Admin logins given to anyone other than the original
purchaser, we require the Headteacher to contact us for authorisation to release
these details.
Introduction
Busy Ant Maths on Collins Connect is an online teacher-facing platform that
provides content and resources for primary maths education. It provides all
the essentials for teaching the national curriculum, including editable lesson
plans, slideshows and tools, as well as fun interactive games that ensure pupil
engagement. Busy Ant Maths on Collins Connect is ideal as a front-of-class
teaching tool and has been designed in consultation with schools to provide you
with exactly what you need to teach maths with confidence.
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2.Logging in as an Admin
The role of the admin is to set up all users on the system.
2.1 LOGGING IN
Go to http://connect.collins.co.uk
Click on the Admin login button. Enter your username and password. You should
have received these by email. If you have any difficulty, please contact our support
team. If you would like the Admin logins given to anyone other than the original
purchaser, we require the Headteacher to contact us for authorisation to release
these details.
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The welcome page will give you 2 options:
View subscriptions and Manage users.
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2.2 VIEW SUBSCRIPTIONS
By clicking on this button you can see all of the titles you have subscribed to.
You can browse these to view the content.
2.3 MANAGE USERS
This option will allow you to add teachers, who will then be able to access the
teacher area on Connect. Click on the Create user option in the bottom right.
It will prompt you for various pieces of information. Date of Birth does not have to
be the correct date if this is not known. You can use Year to speed up selecting the
date of birth.
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Every field is mandatory. We recommend leaving the username as the email address.
The password can be set to anything you choose. When the teacher logs in for the
first time they will be able to change this password to a password of their choice.
Once you have entered all the information, click Save. This will add your user and
you will see them on the Manage users page. You can edit the information by
clicking on the individual entries.
2.4 Adding Classes
Collins Connect admins can set up classes and add students on behalf of teachers.
Log in as Admin and go into Manage Users.
If you already have users on the system, click on the people icon in the bottom
right of the user.
Note – This can only be done once the user has been added to the system. If you
would like to add users this can be done through the Create user button in the
bottom right of the screen.
Note – If multiple teachers share a class, add the class against one teacher or create
a generic one for both to share.
Once you have clicked into the people icon, you click on the Create class button in
the bottom right of the screen.
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You should then enter a Class name, and then type in the details of the first pupil.
Use the Add pupil button in the bottom left to add pupils to this class.
Please enter the following details for each student:
• First name
• Last name
• Date of birth, in the format of DD/MM/YYYY
• Gender, enter F/f or M/m
• Year, in a range of 1-6
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If you enter an incorrect format the system will alert you to this. Click on the plus
icon to keep adding pupils to this class and once you have added all of them click
on the Save class button. You will then be asked whether you would like to Create
another class or Finish.
If you click on Create another class it will bring you back to the Create class page.
If you click Finish it will save the class. You will then see the class appear on the
teacher’s classes page with three icons to the right.
This option allows you to switch the class teacher for this
group
This option allows you to edit the class group
You are able to delete the class if you don’t require it
anymore (only the Admin can do this)
Your classes with pupils are now set up and the teacher is able to login and start
recording judgements and results against attainment targets.
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3.Logging in as a Teacher
3.1logging in
Go to http://connect.collins.co.uk
Click on the Teacher login. Enter your username and password. Please contact your
admin for this information. The first time you log in, you will be able to change this
password to a password of your choice.
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3.2 VIEW SUBSCRIPTIONS
The welcome page will show the titles your school has subscribed to.
Click on Busy Ant Maths.
Once inside Busy Ant Maths, the Year Groups that you have subscribed to will be in
colour along the top of your screen. Select one.
Choose from the following options: Teach contains the teacher-facing content
required to deliver a lesson and accompanying pupil materials; Assessment
contains the assessment tasks and tests; Class Records is where the data from
the assessments is presented; and Games and Tools contains the interactive
whiteboard tools and pupil-facing games.
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4. Adding Classes
Log in as a Teacher and click on My classes in the top right.
If you don’t have any classes already set up, you will need to add these. See
instructions under Admin role.
If you do have classes already added, you will see them listed here.
You will see all your classes in a list. To the right there are 3 icons:
This option allows you to split the class into groups
This option allows you to edit the class
Delete class – only Collins Connect Admins can do this
4.1 Creating groups
Once you have clicked this icon, you can split your class into up to four groups.
Drag the relevant pupils into each group. Give each group a name by clicking on
Enter sub-group name.
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Click on Save to save the changes.
4.2 Editing a class
Clicking this icon will open the class list page and allow you to edit the pupils within
this class.
You can also deactivate pupils, for example if they leave your class. Click on the bin
icon to do this. (Note, the deactivated pupils’ records will be kept in the system)
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5Teaching
5.1planning by year
Once in the planning tool, the Year Groups that you have subscribed to will be in
colour along the top. Select one.
Once you have selected your year group, you will see the medium term plan for
that year. This is broken into 12 three-week units which ensure complete coverage
and adequate revision of the National Curriculum Programme of Study for that year
group. You can customise this yearly plan to suit your needs and preferences.
To change the plan, select a week and drag it to another location, either within that
Unit, into another Unit or into another Year. If you are not sure when you would like
to cover that week of work, you can drag it to the To Do board on the right hand
side of the page.
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To save the changes you have made to your Year plan, use the Save option in the
top right of the page.
You can print a copy of your medium term plan
You can save your medium term plan
You can undo the last change you made
You can reset the selection back to the initial yearly plan
Once you are happy with your plan, click on the first week that you want to teach.
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5.2planning by week
Each week contains:
Weekly Planning Grid
An editable short-term Weekly Planning Grid
which links to the different teaching and learning
components used in Busy Ant Maths.
Week Overview
Overview of the week’s work detailing pupil
targets, prerequisites for learning, assessment, and
tracking through the curriculum.
Getting Started Activities
A bank of warm-up activities which can be used at
the start of the lessons in that week.
Four Lessons
Includes a lesson plan per day with accompanying
digital resources for that lesson.
Learning Activities
A bank of activities which can be used throughout
the week and allow pupils to further practice and
consolidate their understanding of the Attainment
Targets and lesson objectives being taught
throughout the week.
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6. Assessments
Access the Assessment content by clicking into the ‘Assessment’ box on the Busy
Ant Maths home screen
Click onto the required Year group tab along the top.
Each Year contains Assessment Tasks and Assessment Exercises for each National
Curriculum Attainment Target, and End-of-Unit Tests and Pupil Self-Assessments
for each Busy Ant Maths Unit.
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6.1 Assessmest Tasks
These are used to assess individual children’s level of mastery in a specific National
Curriculum Attainment Target (NC AT).
There is one drop-down per Domain, and each Attainment Target contains:
• The Assessment Task for that NC AT in word and PDF versions
• Any Resource sheets which may accompany the Task
• An Assessment Task Record with the success criteria pre-populated for that
task. You should complete this for all children carrying out the task
There is also a blank Assessment Task Record at the bottom of this section.
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6.2 Assessment Exercises
These are used to assess individual children’s level of mastery in a specific National
Curriculum Attainment Target (NC AT).
There is one drop-down per Domain, and each Attainment Target contains:
• The Assessment Exercise for that NC AT in word and PDF versions
• The Assessment Exercise with the answers filled in for that NC AT in word and
PDF versions. This is to help with marking and for you to refer to.
6.3 End-of-unit Test
These are used to assess understanding of the concepts taught in a Busy Ant Maths
unit. There is one drop-down per Unit, and each Unit contains:
• The three page End-of-unit test for that Unit in PDF and Word versions
• The three page End-of-unit test with answers for that Unit in PDF and Word
versions
• Each End-of-unit test divided into 3 separate PDF and Word documents
• Each End-of-unit test with answers divided into 3 separate PDF and Word
documents
To help with marking, we have provided the End-of-unit Tests Answers and Marking
Commentary in PDF and Word versions.
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6.4 Pupil Self-assessments
Thes provide children with the opportunity to undertake some form of selfassessment at the end of a Busy Ant Maths unit. There is one drop-down per Unit,
and each Unit contains the Pupil Self-assessment for that Unit in PDF and word
formats.
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6.5 Assessment support
The can be accessed in the margin of the page via this icon:
Or you can access Assessment Support via the drop down
This section contains the Introduction to the Assessment content, and explains
how, when and why you can use the Assessment content.
The Record-keeping formats are blank and non-interactive versions of the class
records you can populate in the Record Keeping section of Connect.
The tracking documents contain the tracking back and forward through the
Mathematics National Curriculum attainment targets‘ chart for the relevant year.
This will help to determine at what year group the pupil is currently working.
Related Assessment Tasks and Assessment Exercises can then be located in the
corresponding Busy Ant Maths Assessment section on Connect. Related teaching
and learning opportunities can be found in the corresponding Busy Ant Maths
Teach section on Connect.
At any time when you are delivering Assessment from this section, you can click on
the Class Records button to jump to the Record-keeping section of Connect and
make records.
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7. Class Records
7.1 Recording judgements and results against attainment targets
You can populate class records by going through the Teach button on the home
screen.
Select the Year group of the class you are teaching.
Once you have selected your year group, you will see the medium term plan for
that year group. This is broken into 12 three-week units. Select a week.
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To record teaching and your judgements against an attainment target in that week,
tick the box next to each attainment target. Click on the OK button.
You will then be presented with all the pupils in the class for which you are making
records. All pupils will appear under Mastery achieved by default.
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You can now move pupils who have not yet achieved mastery of the attainment
target, or those who have achieved and exceeded mastery of the attainment target
into the relevant category. Once you move a student, you should indicate at which
year level the pupil is working. You can also add a comment on why you have made
that judgement.
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Click the OK button when you have finished. The student will then sit in the new
category:
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7.2 Viewing and creating class records
You can view the records you have created via the Class records section. Note you
can also record judgements and assessment results against attainment targets in
this section too. To view or create records for your class, click on the Class records
button on the home screen.
Select the class you wish to view or create records for.
Select the year group level of ability that the children are working at. This is useful
for mixed-age classes where there may be children working across a number of
year groups or for classes where you have pupils working at different levels, but for
most teachers this will be the year at which your class is currently working.
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The next page will show an overview page which gives a full visual overview of the
achievement of that class within maths over the year. It is organised by domain,
and shows one pie chart per domain so that you can easily see how your class is
achieving within that domain.
Where data has not been recorded against any attainment targets within a domain,
there is no pie chart.
You can click into each section of the pie chart in order to see which pupils make
up that particular section. For example, in the Number and place value domain
above, 50% of students are achieving and exceeding mastery. When the green
section is clicked, a list of 15 names of those pupils will appear.
There is a key on all pages to remind you what the red, amber and green
designations stand for.
The key shows you the colour coding for the mastery
levels
You can choose to display the data in a number of different ways.
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7.3 Pupil button
This option enables you to view a summary for each pupil on how they are
performing on all attainment targets within a domain.
The Previous pupil button and Next pupil button will allow you to scroll through
each pupil in your class.
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7.4 Attainment target button
This button allows you to view the whole class performance against each
attainment target.
The Previous target button and Next target buttons will allow you to scroll through
each attainment target within the domain.
If you click on the Update records button, this will allow you to edit the mastery
judgements for that attainment target just as you would when ticking them off
through the Teach section. Click Finish to save this selection.
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7.5 Domain summary button
The Domain summary will show the records for your class by domain for the
domain selected.
The pupil’s mastery judgement for the domain is calculated based on the pupil’s
results for the attainment targets within that domain. This is why it is relevant to
know on this page how many attainment targets have been covered in this domain.
The calculation of the domain mastery judgement is based on the following rules:
If you have judged the pupil to be amber for all attainment targets, they will be
amber for the domain.
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If you have judged a pupil to be red for any attainment targets in the domain, they
are red overall for the domain. Even if they have been judged a green for one or
more of the attainment targets, they will still be red for the domain.
If the pupil is green for any attainment targets and has no red judgement, they will
be green overall for the domain.
Teachers can override the mastery judgement calculated by the platform for each
pupil by clicking on the Update records button. Note that this is only possible once
you have recorded data for all attainment targets within the domain. Click Finish to
save this selection.
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8.Games and Tools
Flexible interactive whiteboard (IWB) teaching tools and games to help
children develop mental fluency in basic numerical skills are also included in the
Connect subscription. You can access these tools and games by clicking on the
‘Games & Tools’ icon in the top right hand corner of the page.
9.Completing the Plan
Once you have completed a
unit and its relevant activities
and games, you can exit the
lesson and tick COMPLETE
on the bottom right. This will
allow you to keep track of the
modules covered and to ensure
each unit is fully completed.
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Help and Support
If you require support, please email [email protected] or
ring 0844 576 8126, option 3
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