We are very happy to be welcoming back more pupils next week on a 50% basis and are very pleased that many of our Spanish children are now able to join us.
We have two weeks left of term during which we will continue with our online Learning Resource for those children at home. Your child’s teacher will be in touch to advise on work to do at home from the SharePoint over the next two weeks.
The online face to face sessions will finish today, however teachers may be in touch to arrange goodbye sessions for their classes towards the end of term.
Please note access to SharePoint and Teams will be withdrawn at the end of term as we will be undertaking extensive work to improve our IT systems to facilitate our online teaching in the future.
Hello Nursery 2,
We have reached the end of term and this will be the last week of home learning activities.
Our story this week is called “Hooray for fish”. This book introduces children to fish of all sizes, shapes, colours and patterns. Print out the fish template and see what different patterns your child can create. Make a colourful fish using a paper plate or a circle of card. Paint or collage it with lots of different colours. If you make a few fish you can create an underwater picture for your child to retell the story.
I hope that you all have a really lovely summer even though it is not the summer that we had all planned.
I am so sad that this year was cut short and that we were not able to be at school together. I have missed all the children so much.
I know that they will all be really excited to return to school after the summer break and start in their preschool class.
See you all in September.
Sorting and matching
Same and different
This week will be the last week for a while that we will be posting new activities for you to do until after the summer holidays. Please don’t forget to go back and look at past weeks if you want to find something that maybe you didn’t cover.
Here is a list of ideal things to be doing over the summer to keep your child active, keeping games we play in class and discussion we have fresh in their minds.
- Daily weather charts – make simple pictures of sun, clouds, rain and have place to stick up the picture
- Day of the week – on paper write out the day of the week and ask your child what day it is and place it under the weather picture
- Name colours you see around the house
- Name shapes you can see outside
- Count going up and down stairs among other things
- Count out cutlery and everyday items when sitting together
- Play educational and fun games on top marks
- Play with play dough
- Play with jigsaw puzzles, sorting games, snap cards, dominos
- Write their name in the sand
- Rhyming games such as I spy
Read plenty of books with them, forget the words on the page and ask them to tell you what they see and what’s happening
Encourage colouring in books, cutting and using scissors regularly and making fun things from old recycled household items.
Most importantly this summer have fun and enjoy yourselves in whatever you do.
If you want any ideas before we finish school that we have not included here or the links this week or in previous weeks please don’t hesitate to email us and we can help you with ideas before we finish for the summer break. It has been a pleasure to teach your children and we wish them well for the next year here at Loreto.
Mrs Pitchford and Dora, Zyanne and Tania
Letterland sounds link
Song from our dance on SPORTS DAY
As we approach the end of the academic year we reflect on what has been a very bizzare summer term. The children have coped extremely well with the developments and as teachers we feel that they have all made great progress despite the changes we have had to make.
This week, the final week of our online learning platform, we are revising. We feel the children have worked extremely hard in completing the Reception curriculum and so this week we won’t over burden them. They deserve a well earned break. There will be some CVC word revision and some more handwriting practice. In numeracy we’re going over other measurements like weight.
We will also provide you with a pack of work for the holidays. These will be left on the school office available for collection at the end of the week. The pack will include a list of the Reception key words, some literacy and numeracy revision and suggestions for reading books you may want to invest in.
We would like to say goodbye to the children who have not returned to school and meet online to talk to them about moving to Year 1. We will send invitations via Teams for Wednesday 24th June at 11am.
Thank you for all your support.
We look forward to seeing the children again on Wednesday.
Ms Picardo and 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 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
More cvc words
CVC p30 and 31
Ordering by weight
Light and heavy
At the beach
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 are in the last week of term and we want it to be as much fun as possible for you all. If you look back throughout the weeks, you will see all the different games, activities and challenges we have set you. From the first week, where we set you the Physical Activity Challenge to get you and your whole family active, to our last challenge, the ‘Loreto Try-athlon’. We want you to stay as active as you can and more importantly enjoy yourselves!
Your last weeks challenge is simply to have fun! Put down your iPads, phones and games consoles and take a break from all the screen time and school work during lockdown. Go for a swim in the pool or at the beach, play some games with your families and get out in the open air as much as possible. We hope you all have a safe and fun summer and look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Send us any pictures of you staying active over the summer to PE@loreto.gi.
Stay safe and have fun!
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.
Loreto’s Summer Reading Challenge will be running this summer, to get ideas of what to read using the book finder or play book related games and activities, visit the Reading Agency Summer Challenge – Silly Squad.
You don’t need to join to use all the resources and Loreto children will be rewarded with a brand new book rather than the medal.
The Art Behind The Story, Chris Riddell
For more on how Chris Riddell creates his characters, take a look at this link;
The Smeds and the Smoos Audiobook & Questions and Answers.
JK Rowling has written a new book called the Ickabog. It will be published in November but until then she is posting it free online by adding a few chapters at a time to the Ickabog webpage: https://www.theickabog.com/
If you enjoyed this video try the quiz below!
Also an audio book for the younger ones with questions and answers;
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
She is very grateful for the effort we are doing.
she stayed home yesterday, and was able to see how effective they lessons were for Yr 3.
the children are more motivated when they see and hear their teachers. the children were able to follow the lesson and do the work.
She thanks the effort we are doing, she can imagine this is all very difficult.
She hopes we continue with these online lessons.
I would like to thank to all the teachers of year 1 and year 4 for the fantastic on line day our children had today.
My children listened the explanations very interested and they had no problems in following the class for nearly three hours with a break in the middle.
Thanks also for your support and giving them this opportunity.
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.