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. On 20th April, we started our Summer term by introducing live remote contact sessions using Microsoft Teams. These sessions are still being developed and are unchartered territory for staff, pupils and parents, however we are moving to establish more personalised contact with children as we all develop.”
For online sessions for your child please use the TEAMS or OUTLOOK calendar for your child.
For support in accessing Microsoft Teams via Office 365 or the App please visit our Help & Support section below.
I hope you are all still keeping safe and well at home.
This week our story is the classic tale of The three little pigs.
As always, i have attached links for activities and worksheets to print off at home.
I hope you enjoy the activities and if you do please send your photographs to email@example.com
|Same and different worksheets|
|Gross motor skills|
The letter this week is Uu. In class we’ll be reading stories from Aliens in Underpants by Claire Freedman. You will find lots of ideas in the links below.
In May we see the Spring flowers growing. Mary likes flowers. In class we have our May Altar all ready for you to bring us flowers. In chapel this month we will be learning a song about Mary’s, ‘May is the month of Mary’.
You will find the words and pictures of our beautiful chapel in the links below.
You will also see we have added a video of one of our favourite songs from Chapel. The teachers from Nursery 2, and Nursery 1 also sing this song in their chapel time, so we all got together to sing this for you. It’s love that makes the world go round. Maybe you can sing along with us at home.
See you all very soon,
Mrs Pitchford and Dora
|An introduction video into this weeks letter ‘T‘|
|Colour by number Umbrella|
|May is the Month of Mary|
|Umbrella snack idea|
|Uppy Umbrella song
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|Aliens in underpants story
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|Spanish song of the week
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As we move into week 5 of our online learning platform it seems unbelievable we are in May. We remind ourselves that May is the month of Mary and we would have had our May alters set up in class. These would have been beautifully adorned with flowers brought in by the children. This week we have included a colouring of Mary our Mother to honour this.
In literacy this week we’ll continue with CVC words, again focusing on final sounds. We will also be concentrating on ‘ee’ and ‘oa’ sounds in words with links to videos to help reinforce this. Our story is read by Mrs Yome and is ‘The Frog Prince’. We have provided a video with the story where Mrs Yome will also give you some ideas to help with writing about the story.
In Numeracy we will be doing some addition. There are also online games available to help with this.
For topic there is the life cycle of the frog. See if the children can recreate the this with a cutting and sticking activity with the help of Ms Picardo and her video explaining the life cycle. We have also provided a few extra activities to do with frogs; masks, crafts and dances!
We hope that this will keep them entertained as well as busy.
We look forward to meeting them online again this week.
Mrs Yome and Ms Picardo
Nos adentramos en la 5ª semana, parece mentira que ya estemos en mayo. Mayo es el mes de la Virgen María y tendríamos nuestros pequeños altares en las aulas que habrían estado decorados con preciosas flores traídas por los niños. Esta semana hemos incluido una ficha para colorear de nuestra Madre la Virgen María para celebrarlo.
En lengua esta semana continuamos con las palabras CVC (consonante -vocal-consontante), centrándonos en el último fonema de la palabra, y en los fonemas “ee” y “oa”. Hemos inlcuido enlaces de videos para reforzar este concepto. Nuestro cuento leído por Mrs Yome se titula “The Frog Prince”. Además, hay un video con el cuento en el que Mrs Yome da algunas ideas para ayudar a reescribir el cuento.
En matemáticas haremos sumas. Tenéis juegos online disponibles que os pueden ayudar.
En ciencias veremos el ciclo de vida de la rana. Intentad que los niños recreen esto con una actividad de cortar y pegar con la ayuda de Ms Picardo y su video explicando el ciclo de vida de la rana. Tambien hay varias actividades extras de ranas, como caretas, manualidades y bailes!
Esperamos que esto los mantenga entretenidos, así como ocupados.
Los veremos la semana que viene de nuevo 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.
|CVC words powerpoint – Twinkl resource|
|The frog prince writing frame|
|The ee sound|
|The frog prince word mat (to help with writing)|
|The frog prince colouring pages
|CVC final sounds (p10&11)|
|The frog prince stick puppets – Twinkl resource|
|Frog prince addition|
|Addition games – Topmarks Website|
|Life cycle of the frog – Cut out the squares and stick on the sheet to complete the life cycle.|
|Frog life cycle powerpoint – Twinkl resource|
|Frog mask – Twinkl resource|
|May is the month of Mary colouring|
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.
We hope you are staying fit and active at home…and safe of course!
How have you been doing on your Activity Challenge? We have filled in ours for the second week, you can see the video for it called ‘Activity Chart Week 2’.
We’ve added some more skills and activities for you to try out. For one of these activities you will need to download the HomeCourt App (this is free until the end of May). We’ve added a video for you to see how to set up the Basketball ball handling challenge.
There are some videos that follow on from our target skills sessions last week, this includes an adapted game of dodgeball for you to try out.
There are also some ‘ABC’ (Agility/Balance/Coordination) activities that everyone in your family could enjoy doing.
Always remember to be sensible when trying out these skills/games, we want to you be safe and not break anything at home.
Have fun trying these out!
Please send us your pictures or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stay safe, stay tuned and we’ll upload more videos and games next week.
Missing you all!
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!
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.
- 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
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.