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 well and ready for another week of home learning.
This week our story is ‘The little red hen’.
I hope you are enjoying the weekly stories and activities.
Don’t forget to send your photographs to email@example.com
|Little Red Hen read by Mrs Wallace|
|Gross motor skills|
|Preschool cutting skills|
This week’s letter is Vv. In class we’ll be colouring Vicky’s Vase of Violets for our Letterland workbook. We’ll also be making a volcano from papier-mâché, and we will also seeing what happens when we try to make a volcano outside in the garden area. All these fun activities can be done at home and please send us your photos and videos.
On Monday we are also making Vou-u-vents to enjoy later in the day with egg mayonnaise fillings.
Hope to see you very soon,
Love, Mrs Pitchford and Dora
|An introduction video into this weeks letter ‘V’|
|Fun volcano song|
|Make your own Volcano Cone|
|Science Experiment Prompt Card|
|Science Experiment (1)|
|General Sound Discrimination Body Percussion|
|Vo u vents|
|Veo Veo Spanish song|
This week sees the 6th week of our online learning platform and our 4th week of our live online teaching. Time certainly seems to be running away with us!
Our topic for this week is dinosaurs. This is always very popular with the children. The story this week fits in with this topic and you will find a video of Ms Picardo reading one of the ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’ books. There is story writing, counting, addition, masks, colouring sheets, songs and PowerPoints all to do with dinosaurs. Enjoy!
In literacy we’ll be looking at the middle sounds of CVC words and revising sight words.
In numeracy we’ll continue with adding and introduce subtracting. We’ll also revise numbers to 20 and doubles. Mrs Yome will be showing you some different adding activities.
We have included a PowerPoint celebrating May the month of Mary with a colouring of a May altar.
We hope the children enjoy this dinosaur-tastic week!
Ms Picardo and Mrs Yome
Esta es la sexta semana de la plataforma de aprendizaje online y la cuarta de nuestras sesiones de enseñanza online. ¡El tiempo vuela!
Nuestro tema de ciencias de esta semana trata sobre los dinosaurios. Este es un tema muy popular entre los niños. El cuento coincide con el tema, y encontrareis un video de Ms Picardo leyendo uno de los libros de ‘Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. Hay redacción de cuento, cuentas, sumas, máscaras, fichas para colorear, canciones y PowerPoints, todo relacionado con los dinosaurios. ¡Disfrutadlo!
En lengua nos centraremos en el sonido de en medio de las palabras CVC (consontante-vocal-consontante) y revisaremos sight words (palabras que se deben reconocer a simple vista).
En matemáticas continuaremos con la suma e introduciremos la resta. También revisaremos los números hasta 20 y los dobles. Mrs Yome os enseñará diferentes actividades de sumas.
Hemos incluido un PowerPoint celebrando el mes de mayo de la Virgen María con una ficha para colorear de un altar de mayo.
¡Esperamos que los niños disfruten esta semana tan dinosauria!
Ms Picardo y Mrs Yome
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 middle sounds (p13&14) – Twinkl Resource
|Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs sentence writing|
|Sight word sentences|
|Revision of numbers to 20 – Topmarks website|
|Adding and subtracting
|Dinosaur one more one less|
|Dinosaur names powerpoint – Twinkl Resource|
|Dinosaur ebook – Twinkl Resource|
|Dinosaur shapes – Twinkl Resource|
|Make a Mask
|Dinosaur colouring activities|
|May is the month of Mary powerpoint – Twinkl Resource|
|May alter colouring – Twinkl Resource|
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.
How are you all? Have you had a chance to try out our activities yet?
We’ve added a P.E. folder to your TEAMS Learning Resource Centre so that it’s easier for you to access all of the P.E videos. The link will take you to the school website where our videos have been uploaded for a few weeks now.
We’ve tried really hard with our Activity Challenge this week and we were hoping to get a Gold Award, but it was another Silver Award for both of us. Take a look at our video called ‘Activity Chart Week 3’.
Have you tried out the HomeCourt App yet? See if you can beat Ms McNally’s score on the new HomeCourt App challenge! We’ve added the video for you to see how to set up this new Basketball ball handling challenge for this week.
There are some more games and activities for you to have a go at home, including a Battleships game to help you with your targets and some Volleyball games to help with your ball-eye coordination and tracking skills.
The weather is getting better and we may be tempted to go out more, but please remember to stay safe and stick to the Governments social distancing rules. We’ve tried to give you games and ideas you can use within your own home and always remember to be sensible when trying out these activities. Have fun!
Please send us your pictures or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com with your request, we will leave it at the office for you to pick up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Should you have any Science related questions we ask you email Mrs Garner on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.