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,
This week we are looking at the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’.
We have lots of fun activities this week that you can print off and I hope that you enjoy them.
|Matching worksheets preschool|
|Preschool cutting practice|
|Roll and cross math game|
|Gross motor skills|
|Songs we sing at school|
This week our letter is X.
X is for X-ray and in Letterland we have Max and Maxine the kissing cousins.
In class we are making a picture of a Xylophone, and in music lessons we’ll be playing the Xylophone to make music. In class we will also be making x-ray pictures, there is a link for you below. Its very easy you will need white chalk, card and cotton buds.
In class we have x-ray photos and I have uploaded some photos for you to share with the children.
We would also be using this time to encourage good oral hygiene and mention cleaning your teeth to prevent decay. One set of x-ray photos is of teeth.
During the afternoon sessions we have been making minibeast and hunting our garden for minibeast. See if you can find any minibeast around. There is an activity for the children to do attached.
I have also added a fun game the children like to play, guessing the sound. It is a you-tube link but they enjoy listening and guessing.
See you all soon,
Mrs Pitchford and Dora
|Max and Maxine Letterland|
|X ray display photos|
|X Max and Maxine|
|Minibeasts Home Learning Challenge Sheet|
|Worm Pencil Control Worksheets|
|Create a number line 0 to 5 activity sheet|
|Every day sound game|
Week 8 and we’re off into space! There lots of fun activities this week. The children can make their own astronaut. They can also create a passport so they can go into space and become familiar with the planets in our Solar System.
In literacy Ms Picardo will be reading one of her favourite books, “Whatever Next”. She will also give some helpful tips to retell the story in the children’s own words. We’ll continue with CVC words and also be working on tricky words and high frequency words.
We’ll carry on working on subtraction in numeracy. This is a fairly new topic for the children so it requires lots of repetition. Mrs Yome will help with a video with subtraction game ideas. At this age the children learn by reinforcing concepts with practical activities like games.
Thank you for sending us pictures of the children’s work. Please continue to do so as it helps us to keep in touch with the children’s progress. They all seem to be working hard and that makes us very proud of them.
Thank you for all your support during these difficult times.
Keep reaching for the stars!
Ms Picardo and Mrs Yome
¡Ya estamos en la octava semana y nos dirigimos al espacio! Hay muchas actividades divertidas esta semana. Los niños podrán crear su propio astronauta, y fabricar un pasaporte para poder viajar al espacio y familiarizarse con los planetas y nuestro sistema solar.
En lengua Ms Picardo leerá uno de sus cuentos favoritos, “Whatever Next”. También dará algunos consejos que os ayudaran a que los niños cuenten la historia con sus propias palabras. Continuaremos con las palabras CVC y también trabajaremos palabras con mas dificultad y “high frequency words” (palabras usadas con mas frecuencia).
En matemáticas seguiremos trabajando la resta. Este es un tema bastante nuevo para los niños por lo que necesita mucha repetición. Mrs Yome os ayudará con un video sobre un juego de restas. A esta edad los niños aprenden reforzando conceptos con actividades prácticas como los juegos.
Muchas gracias por las fotos de los trabajos de los niños que nos habéis enviado, os agradeceríamos que lo sigáis haciendo, ya que nos permite monitorizar el progreso de los niños. Parecen estar trabajando todos mucho y eso nos hace sentirnos muy orgullosas de ellos.
Muchas gracias por vuestro apoyo en estos momentos tan difíciles.
¡Persistid y llegareis a las estrellas!
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 words (p22&23)|
|Handwriting (p15 & 17)|
|Phonics – high frequency and tricky words|
|Whatever Next Story Writing|
|Space simple sentence cards|
|Tricky words writing practice
|Take away fish|
|Number line subtraction
|Take away 4|
|Take away 5|
|Space Size Ordering
|Space – Astronaut
|Space – Passport|
|Space read and colour planets|
|Topic book (pg 11)|
|Reception Doe a Deer Challenge
No.52 backing track just sing first verse
47 Do-Re-Mi with vocals
|Rhyming match words|
|Back to earth with a bump|
|What I would take in my space rocket|
|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.
We hope you are all staying safe and active. Have you managed to get your Gold Award yet for the Weekly Loreto Physical Activity Challenge? Remember to make it fun by trying an activity you really enjoy.
Maybe try a sport or activity you haven’t tried yet or try and challenge yourself by working harder at your activity or for longer. For example, if you’ve been doing walking, try and add in a minute of jogging every five minutes. Or if you’ve been cycling, try doing a minute or two of faster cycling for every five minutes you do. Remember to get your whole family involved!
Now that both Ms Grech and Ms McNally are back in school full time, we are unable to film our usual videos, but we have attached an “At Home Activity Pack” for children in First School to try and a link below to some fun P.E. videos (similar to the ones we have filmed) for First and Middle School students to try.
Each week we are going to try and set some physical activity challenges for you to try too!
Don’t forget to send us photos and videos of you all staying active from home at either firstname.lastname@example.org or direct to us on email@example.com
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.
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.