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. We are proud to announce that to start our Summer term on 20th April, we will be 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 support in accessing Microsoft Teams via Office 365 or the App please visit our Help & Support section below.
I hope that you have all had a nice Easter break. I know that this year we have all had to cancel our plans and stay home but I hope you have all had some great family time instead.
This week all the children would have been back in school. As we all still have to stay home to stay safe, I will instead be putting Nursery 2 ideas on our home learning page below. Every week I will send a story, art ideas, a recipe, music/rhymes, worksheets to download, P.E games and messy play ideas for you all.
Please remember that children learn through play at this stage and everything is designed to be fun. All of your children are at different stages of development and they will each tackle the suggested ideas in their own way. You do not have to do all or even any of the activities that I send. I hope that if you do you would be kind enough to send some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to see what all your children are up to at home.
I am missing all of the children very much and I hope that you all keep safe and well.
|Coloring for Mindfulness Nature|
|A Caterpillar Sunbathing in the Sunshine Coloring Page|
|Tracing lines bunny printable|
|Fruit bug recipe||Website resource|
|Play dough recipe||Website resource|
|Gross motor skill activity||Website resource|
Pre School – Week 2
We hope that you have all had a good Easter. This week in class we are on the letter Ss. Sammy Snake in Letterland terms. In class we would have been making superhero’s and reading stories from the Supertato series. We have also added the Spanish song we would be singing and Macu’s cooking recipe for the week. We also use Top Marks for interactive work on the smart-board, we have found a link that is tablet friendly and you should be able to use the link on the ipads. It is sequencing shapes with the interactive train. It is self explanatory but again don’t hesitate to ask for more details.
Links and ideas are listed below as in previous weeks.
Please email us if you require anything else or guidelines on anything.
We also have included the recipe for SCONES that the afternoon children made with Macu a few weeks ago.
Don’t forget to send us your pictures we love seeing what you have made.
See you all soon,
Mrs Pitchford, Mrs Nunez, Macu and Tania
|An introduction video into this weeks letter ‘S
|A reading from Letterland about the letter ‘S‘|
A video from ‘Letterland‘, it’s the letter ‘S‘
Top Marks Website
|Song that we sing in class|
|Supertato Audio Book with pictures to read|
|Design a Superhero Worksheet|
|Finds One More or One Less Than|
|Spring hunt Ss|
|Scones Recipe from Macu
Reception Week 3
As we begin a new term we remain hopeful that we can return to school in the not too distant future and continue to learn and grow.
In the meantime we hope you are getting the most out of our online learning platform.
This week we begin our topic on Spring. We will look at new life in the story of The hungry Caterpillar read by Ms Picardo. Mrs Yome explains the life cycle of the butterfly. The children can then cut and stick the pictures to show the different stages. We have some handwriting practice and some work on the op word family.
In numeracy we are concentrating on numbers to 20. The children will be sequencing numbers to 20. This will also encourage the revision of number formation.
We are very much looking forward to seeing our pupils, even if it is only online. We hope these sessions are enjoyable for them.
Ms Picardo and Mrs Yome
If you need to contact us our email address is email@example.com
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.
Attached Resources/ Website Links
|Handwriting ‘i’ and ‘t’|
|The Hungry Caterpillar writing sheet|
|The hungry caterpillar stick puppets||Twinkl Worksheet|
|op word family worksheets 1&2|
|op word family read the sentences on the video||YouTube Video|
|The cautious caterpillar||Twinkl Worksheet|
|The hungry caterpillar pictures (to go with the writing sheet)|
|Ms Picardo reads The Hungry caterpillar|
Attached Resources/ Website Links
|Number sequencing||Twinkl Resource|
|Sequencing numbers to 20 (pg 26&27)||Twinkl Resource
|Sequencing back from 20|
|Numbers 10-20 video||YouTube video|
|Number cards (shuffle the cards and put them in the right order)||Twinkl Resource|
|Writing numbers to 15|
Attached Resources/ Website Links
|Minibeast videos powerpoint||Twinkl Resource|
|Minibeast colour by number||Twinkl Resource|
|Minibeast actions||Twinkl Resource|
|Butterfly life cycle (sheet and pictures)|
|Minibeasts workbook page|
|Mrs Yome explains the life cycle of a butterfly|
Attached Resources/ Website Link
|The hungry caterpillar colouring||Twinkl Resource|
|Read it yourself videos|
|Hungry caterpillar food ideas|
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
|Hi Loreto family!
Hope you are all safe and well at home during these very strange times. We are all missing the normality of school life and I know you are missing seeing your friends and playing sport. However, it is so important to stay healthy and as active as possible. Remember what we always tell you, moving your body always makes you feel better and if you add music to your movement it will help even more! We’ve set up some P.E activities for you to try out and we’ll be setting you different challenges through the next few weeks for you to give them a go too. Take a look at the link below and it will explain it all to you.We want to see pictures of you and your family taking on these activities and challenges and we’ll send you some of us too!We miss you and hope we can see you all very soon.Stay safe!Miss Grech & Miss McNally
Our Librarians have moved online, providing additional weekly content. Take a look at their recommended books, poetry or take a quiz!
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.
- 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 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.