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 2oth 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.
Pre Nursery & Nursery 1
This week is Little Miss Muffet. We hope you enjoy the activities .
Have fun making this Little Miss Muffet inspired Bouncing Spider craft with your Child.
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 we send. We hope that if you do you would be kind enough to send some photos to email@example.com. We love to see what all your children are up to at home.
Miss Smith & Miss Risso
|Little Miss Muffet
|Little Miss Muffet Colouring|
I hope you are all well and ready for a new week of our home learning.
This week our activities will be based around the story of the gingerbread man.
Once again i will link to a variety of websites and activities for your children. There are some printable pages attached for you to print off.
Have a great week and if your children are enjoying the activities then please remember to send photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org
|The Gingerbread Man Animated Story|
|Recipe for gingerbread|
|Gross motor skills|
Our letter this week is Tt. Tt is for Teddy Bear.
In school we’d have had a Teddy Bear’s Picnic after reading the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen. This story has now become apart of an adventure during walks when out and about as part of the lock-down. Let’s see how many you can find any bears on your walk today.
We would also have read The Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr.
Attached this week you will find various activities associated with the letter T, including a Teddy’s bear picnic guide and colouring sheets for the children to enjoy. Please do send us photos via email or upload directly to email@example.com.
Hope to see you all very soon,
Mrs Pitchford, Mrs Nunez, Macu and Tania
|An introduction video into this weeks letter ‘T‘|
|A reading from Letterland Talking Tess|
|Bear hunt reading|
|We’re going on a bear hunt book|
|Teddy Bears Picnic Maths Cards|
|Pencil control path activity BEAR HUNT|
|Teddy bears picnic rhyme activity sheet|
|Bear themed size ordering|
|Teddy Bear’s Picnic video|
|Tea party ideas|
|The Tiger who came to tea|
|Top marks online Monster shape game|
|Link for counting songs and nursery rhymes in Spanish|
I trust that the children enjoyed our virtual sessions on Monday and Tuesday. We certainly did! It was lovely to see them all again.
This week we are introducing more online sessions that will supplement the work on the learning platform.
In numeracy this week we are introducing the topic of money. This can be a tricky concept. We have included a video where Ms Picardo explains the different coin values. There are also several worksheets to reinforce this.
Our story this week is read by Mrs Yome and is ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear’ By Eric Carle. There are worksheets that accompany the story. We will also continue working on CVC words, concentrating on final sounds.
In topic we’ll carry on discussing Spring and the seasons with lots of fun activities.
We look forward to seeing all the children next week but this time in smaller groups. When we meet on Monday we’ll be having a ‘show and tell’ session. We ask that the children prepare something they would like to share with the others in their group. It can be anything from a toy to a piece of work or picture, or even sing a song!
We look forward to seeing the children next week. Have a great weekend.
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 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 final sounds (pg 8 & 9)|
|Brown bear sentence writing|
|Brown bear colouring|
|Sight word sentences|
|Missing phonemes (wrong season but a good activity to do) Twinkl Resource|
|Spring I spy and count – Twinkl Resource|
|Spring powerpoint – Twinkl Resource|
|Spring writing activities – 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.
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.
Hope you and your family are all well!
We hope you’ve been enjoying the challenge we set you last week and have been able to complete your physical activity chart. We have filled in ours for last week and will be doing another chart for the following week…check out our video called ‘Activity Chart Week 1’
As you can imagine, it is impossible to copy the sports and activities we do in school because we have to be safe at home during these strange times.
However, we are going to show you some games you can play at home to practice some important skills.
Some of you may be lucky enough to have a garden or outside space to play these game, but we know that some of you may not, so we’re going to give you different ideas and solutions to play these games indoors.
It is important to remember to keep to the social distancing rule if you do go outside to exercise, so please be sensible.
We hope you enjoy these activities. You’ll need a break from school work and it’s important to have fun, so get your family involved if they’d like to join in too!
Please send us your pictures or videos, we’d love to see you trying these out.
Stay safe, stay tuned and we’ll upload more videos and games next week.
Missing you all!
Ms Grech and Ms McNally
|Activity Chart Week 1|
Hand eye coordination 1
Hand eye coordination 2
Target Wall demo
Target Wall Game 1
Target Wall Game 2
Target Wall Game 3
Our Librarians have moved online, providing additional weekly content. Take a look at their recommended books, poetry or take a quiz!
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.
- 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.