At Loreto we value the excellent education we provide, and are doing our best to find ways to continue to provide it even in the event of the school being forced to close temporarily. Our staff continues to work hard to develop a Remote Learning Environment which can be accessed from home, and which will enable parents to work with their children in order to minimize the interruption to their schooling.
For online sessions for your child please use the TEAMS or OUTLOOK calendar for your child. As pupils and teachers return back to the classroom to teach from 26th May, online Teams sessions for years 2,6 & 7 will cease.
For support in accessing Microsoft Teams via Office 365 or the App please visit our Help & Support section below.
Hello Nursery 2,
Welcome to another week on our home learning platform.
I hope everyone is well.
This weeks story is ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’.
Do you remember when we read this story at school?
We found three teddy bears, three bowls and three spoons to help us act out the story.
You could try this at home.
|Gross motor skills (a fun printable game)|
This week in class we are making things that are yellow. Our letter of the week is Y. In Letterland we have Yo-yo man.
We will also be making yellow Yachts and sailing them in our water tray. I wonder if they will sink or swim? Maybe you could make a yacht with a yellow sail and see if your yacht sinks or swims in the water? Or you could make a yacht from an apple and then have a healthy snack after. All ideas are listed below.
Please send us any photos you have once you have made something so I can share it with your friends in school and put on our notice board.
Mrs Pitchford and Dora
|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeBAgjw-5f4 yo- yo man letterland|
|Twinkle Twinkle little star in Spanish with lyrics|
As we approach week 9 we take a look at spiders in our topic work. We have some amazing facts about spiders for you to take a look at! We hope you enjoy making some spiders and even writing about spiders.
We have worked on number bonds to 5 in class and we now introduce number bonds to 10. We have lots of activities to keep you busy and Ms Picardo provides some ideas for you to do at home.
Mrs Yome reads a story about Miss Spider who is desperate for the bugs to come to tea. We have some handwriting for you to do and we work on ‘ar’ and ‘or’ words.
We hope you are all keeping well and we will see you online.
Mrs Yome and Ms Picardo
¡Para la novena semana hemos preparado un tema muy arácnido! Os enseñamos datos increíbles sobre las arañas. Esperamos que disfrutéis haciendo arañas e incluso escribiendo sobre ellas.
En clase hemos trabajado las sumas hasta 5, y ahora vamos a introducir las sumas hasta 10. Tenemos muchas actividades para que manteneros ocupados y Ms Picardo os dará algunas ideas para practicar en casa.
Mrs Yome lee un cuento sobre Miss Spider que esta desesperada porque los insectos vengan a merendar. Tenemos algunas fichas de caligrafía y vamos a trabajar las palabras con ‘ar’ y ‘or’.
Esperamos que sigáis bien y os veamos online.
Mrs Yome y Ms Picardo
If you need to contact us our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The school subscribes to a website called Twinkl. We have been able to give all parents of children at Loreto one months free access to high-quality learning resources to support home schooling. Setting this up is really easy – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code GIBTWINKLHELPS
Please find work for your child. Attached worksheets can be printed or viewed online. Adobe PDF reader or similar might be required. Please download Adobe PDF here.
Handwriting (V and W)
|‘ar’ and ‘or’|
|cvc letter shape PowerPoint|
|Adding to make 10|
|Number Bonds Booklet|
Number bonds robots
|Number bonds stars|
|Number bonds PowerPoint|
|Amazing spider facts|
|Joseph and the colourful coat|
|Joseph and the colourful coat story|
First and Middle School
On 23rd March we launched the Loreto Learning Resource Centre.
You will be available access the weekly resources to help support in home schooling during term time, before the week commencing every Friday at 5pm.
Our teachers have made a herculean effort to produce this bespoke programme for Loreto pupils to continue their education in these difficult times.
Our platform is secure and will only be accessible using your child’s username and password. The resources will be available 24/7, published week by week. The children of years six & seven have been using office 365 this year and this should enable them to help younger siblings to access work set by their teachers.
In theses exceptional circumstances we are changing our email contact policy to ensure efficient communication. Please contact your child’s year team directly, the email addresses for each year group can be found on the SharePoint Learning Resource Centre home page or on websites Help & Support page above. We ask that all emails are sent from your child’s Loreto email (@loreto.gi) which is used as the username for logging in to the resource centre. Staff will reply directly back to these emails only.
You can now access our Weekly Learning Resources for First and Middle School children direct in their Microsoft Team teaching class, e.g. 7R General. Video below, a guide to view or print is available here.
Your child can now in First or Middle School can now upload their work as images, documents using their Class Notebook in Microsoft Teams for their class e.g. 7R. Video below, a guide to view or print is available here.
All parents should have received an email with a password and login details to our music programme – Charanga YUMU, if you have any problems logging in or have not received this email then please feel free to email our Music Department on email@example.com
To log in to Charanga YUMU please follow the following steps
- Go to https://charanga.com/yumu
- Enter your username and password into the boxes on screen
- Click on the Login button
These music lessons have been designed to cater for everyone’s ability and are designed can be followed at your own pace. We have also tried to cater for a range of instruments as we now this will vary from home to home.
Should you have any problems accessing material or with any instrumental work, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please also feel free to send any short videos clips / photos of your children playing / singing together at home.
Hello everyone. We hope you have been able to keep as active as possible this week and have managed to try out some of the activities in the Home Learning Pack and the link to the videos that we posted last week.
This week we are setting you some “60 Second Challenges”, that will help you practice for our Loreto Virtual Sports Week, coming soon! You can do the “60 Second Challenges” as many times as you like, trying to beat your best score each time. You can re-watch the videos we have posted over the past few weeks, to remind you of our coaching points, to help you get better at these skills. Below are the “60 Second Challenges” we would like you to try:
Challenge 1 – Running:
- Put two markers at either end of a corridor/living room/garden/patio (you can use two rolled up socks or two rolled up towels on the floor).
- Your aim is to run as many times between the two markers as you can in 60 seconds (count running there as 1 and running back as 2).
Challenge 2 – Movements:
- Using the markers you set up before, see how many different types of movements you can do between the two markers in 60 seconds.
- Movements can include hopping, skipping, jumping, crawling, leaping. It’s up to you!
Challenge 3 – Throwing and catching:
- Using a ball or rolled up socks/rolled up foil ball, count how many throws and catches (throwing with one hand and catching with two hands) you can do in 60 seconds.
- To give yourself more of a challenge, try it again, but with one handed throw and catches or throwing against a wall and catching it.
Challenge 4 – Targets:
- You will need lots of rolled up socks/foil balls or small balls that you have at home, a rolled up towel and a target of your choice (empty box/bin/washing basket).
- Use a rolled up towel as a marker to stand behind and put a target (box/bin) a certain distance away from you. See how many objects you can score into the target in 60 seconds.
- You can do the same as above, but now turn the target upside down and see how many times you can hit the target in 60 seconds.
Challenge 5 – Jumping:
- You will need a rolled up towel/scarf.
- Your aim is to do as many jumps, side to side, over the towel/scarf in 60 seconds.
- You can do the same challenge, but now jumping forwards and backwards over the towel.
Have fun trying out the “60 Second Challenges” and see if you can keep practising them throughout the week, in order to beat your best scores. Maybe challenge a member of your family to see if they can beat your score.
Always make sure you are practising these challenges in a safe environment!
Take care and stay safe,
Ms Grech and Ms McNally
Our Librarians have moved online, providing additional weekly content. Take a look at their recommended books, poetry or take a quiz!
For those of you who would like to continue borrowing books, here is a Suggested Reading List of books that we currently stock in our library. If you email us firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, we will leave it at the office for you to pick up.
If you’ve read harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone?
This week why not start on Harry Potter’s series of wonderful books?
Mrs Hippo’s Pizza Parlour audiobook and questions and answers.
This week why not try the following quizzes?
This is the next video David Walliams, Behind the Author.
Hope you enjoyed this video, why don’t you visit The World of David Walliams’ for more activities?
David Walliams audio book and questions & answers for our younger students.
Why not listen to the first book of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and then try the quiz?
Audio books for Reception and Year 1’s along with the questions and answers.
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Dear Parents and Children,
As you see in this video, The Chronicles of Narnia were written for children and adults alike so this week I would like to challenge and encourage the children and yourselves to choose one of the books from the series, read them and discuss it at home. Ask your child to write about their own fantasy world and send it in to email@example.com
In this video I would like to tell our pupils a little bit about the author’s life, his inspiration by relating his personal experience to some of the books that he wrote. I hope that it will motivate your child further and they look beyond what they read.
Help & Support
Attachments might require a PDF reader installed on your device Please download Adobe PDF here.
Should you require support with using the schools Office 365 platform containing our online Learning Resource Centre (LRC). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, we aim to reply within 48 hours, Monday to Friday.
To access your child’s LRC you will need your child’s school email address and password. This has been sent to a parental email address. You can then login to www.office.com or click on a year below for direct access. Once you have logged in successfully, please click on the STAR in the top right corner to follow (bookmark) the page for future access.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Year 5||Year 6||Year 7|
Should you need to ask a question regarding work in our Learning Resource Centre, please use the OUTLOOK email application in Office 365 and send an email from your child’s account. Staff will only be replying to the children’s email accounts.
For example, the email address regarding work for year 1 is email@example.com Please substitute the ‘1’ for the year group for your child, i.e. 5 for year 5.
You can contact Miss Sciacaluga regarding the online Music website on firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any Science related questions we ask you email Mrs Garner on email@example.com
Work for children that have support from our SEND department can access resources in the SEND folder from our LRC.
Work for children who require extension tasks can be found in a folder on our LRC.
- How to access the Learning Resource Centre with the direct link emailed
- How to access the Learning Resource Centre by typing www.office.com
- How to use the Children’s OUTLOOK email to email class teachers for support
Microsoft Teams support
A list of websites that can be used for children to learn independently or with other children/parents.
- OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY Every lesson is free to use. To complement our own Loreto Resources and remote teaching parents can access all resources to support home learning.
- complement our own Loreto Resources and remote teaching.
- BBC Primary website. Video content is restricted.
- The school subscribes to a website called Twinkl. We have been able to give all parents of children at Loreto one months free access to high-quality learning resources to support home schooling. Setting this up is really easy – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code GIBTWINKLHELPS
- www.switcheroozoo.com – Play game and learn about animals
- www.funbrain.com – Math and reading skill games
- www.kids.nationalgeographic.com – Learn about geography and animals
- www.pbs.org – Hang out with your favourite character whilst learning
- www.reading.ecb.org – Go “into the book” to play games that practice reading strategies
- www.starfall.com – Practice your phonics skills with read-along stories
- www.seussville.com – Read, play games with Dr. Seuss
- www.storylineonline.net – Have some of your favourite stories read to you by movie stars
- www.abcya.com – Maths and Reading skills learnt through games
- wwwhighlightskids.com – Read and conduct cool science experiments
To view/print attachments a PDF viewer or similar might be required, available to download here.
We would love to share photographs to our Loreto family of children working at home with examples of completed home learning. Please see some of the wonderful photographs and emails we have received below.
Please send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Louise. I appreciate everything you and your staff have done and are doing throughout these unprecedented times. Unlike other friends’ children in other schools (in the UK and other countries) you have always given our children a routine, provided materials and assistance for them to continue learning and made them feel safe and normal. I know there will probably be complaints from people who think they have all the information but rest assured that the more reasonable ones among us are very grateful for everything you’re doing to keep our children safe while being able to continue learning.
I greatly welcome and appreciate the school’s further efforts in advancing the online programs to include small group sessions after the Easter break. I think this will work well and will provide the children with extra focus and discipline. I thought the ICT lesson given last week by Mr Clemens was great and worked very well indeed.
I wish to express my thanks to you, the teaching and support staff for keeping Loreto Convent open during this difficult time. Loreto Convent is more than a school, it plays a very important part in Gibraltar’s community and is loved by many
It’s strange times but I think the kids are doing well talking to other parents, and the flexible school work system loreto has put in place has been great for helping parents flex it around their new work/home life patterns. Talking to friends in the UK where there isn’t that flexibility with their schools they are struggling. So loreto has the balance perfect 👍
I know there has been some people asking for more virtual learning but personally I think what you have done for us in a short time has been exceptional. We know there will be gaps for every child in the world to catch up with, despite our best efforts parents are not teachers.
I just wanted to say that you are doing an amazing job for the children. We have had exceptional support from both teachers and the work we have been given is easy to understand and I have enjoyed (to a point!) doing it with them.
…whatever happens and would like to thank you and all the staff for supporting us remotely in these enduring times.
You all have a very special gift and I am pretty sure every parent out there now agrees!
I wish to express my thanks to you, the teaching and support staff for keeping Loreto Convent open during this difficult time. Loreto Convent is more than a school, it plays a very important part in Gibraltar’s community and is loved by many.
You and your staff have our full gratitude. The work and efforts of all at Loreto Convent is very much appreciated.
Muchas gracias. Deseando volver a la normalidad. Un beso y una abrazo enorme para todos.
Thank you for making the arrangements below for our children we are greatly appreciative of this. Please pass on our thanks to the team of Nursery teachers looking after our children during these difficult times.
Thank you very much – we really do appreciate what the school is doing to help parents and children at this time.
I’ve spoken to other parents and we appreciate all you and the other teachers are doing and have plenty to do with the kids. Especially if we add other websites and links that you have provided. It’s definitely made me appreciate a teacher’s role a lot more!
I do appreciate the considerable efforts the teachers have gone to to get the materials ready online
Thank you so much for this
I hope you are keeping safe and well in these turbulent times we are currently in. Thank you for this greatly appreciate from a single working Mum – this makes everything way more manageable. We are doing some nice vocational learning/cooking etc – I in tend to enjoy as much as I can some quality time with Izzy… while trying to stay sane!
Take care of yourselves and your families,
I would like to this opportunity and express our gratitude to the school for acting in the best interest of our children and, aswell, for all of Gibraltar. The work that teachers have already provided for our children to do at home is greatly appreciated. I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone in Loreto, teachers, maintenance staff and admin support. In these troublesome times, schools are proving to be an “Essential Service” in our community too! You are all heroes in this fight against covid-19.
God bless you all, and stay safe.
Estimada Sra. Napoli, muchas gracias por su atención prestada a los niños; ha sido una magnífica iniciativa para tenerles activos y, que sigan unidos a su colegio. Estamos muy contentos y agradecidos por ello. Me encargaré de que hagan sus tareas en casa. Les mando fuerzas para mantener el ánimo en estos difíciles momentos. Les tengo presente en mis oraciones. Un beso enorme para Ud. y su equipo.
Appreciate all that you are doing, the clear communication etc – it is really very helpful for us in terms of our day to day lives and keeping the show on the road as best we can!
Thank you very much for all of your hard work behind the scenes and for the constant email updates.