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Don't forget this week's Mindful Monday - the theme is  Kindness

Friday 22nd May 2020

Dear all

Once again we have come to the end of a very different term.  We will end today with a Celebration Assembly. The children who have been coming in to school during this partial opening time have been fantastic; I know all the children at home have been equally brilliant: getting on with home learning, trying out new activities and helping parents.  Well done to you all.

Below is a photo of a lovely poster that Mrs Lever found in her class cupboard. It sums up beautifully what we as a school are endeavouring to. Our priority now, and as we move forward to a phased opening after half term, is to keep our children and staff safe.

Please take care every one and have a lovely half term break with some sunshine.

Mrs Burden

Thursday 21st May 2020

Good Morning

Today is Feast of the Ascension of Jesus,  also called Ascension Day, Ascension Thursday, or sometimes Holy Thursday. It commemorates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Forty  days after the resurrection, Jesus and his disciples went to Mount Olivet (Mount of Olives), near Jerusalem. The Bible says Jesus promised the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and he asked them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had come. As he blessed them he began to ascend into heaven to take his seat at the right hand of God.

Today Fr Eugene will be celebrating this feast with Mass – see the link below.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

 LIVE 10am here is the link:-

https://www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345

and after on the parish website

www.holyfamilyrcchurchpatchway.co.uk

Have a good day,

Mrs Burden

 

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Good Morning

I wonder if any of you have managed to complete the 20 m challenge from yesterday. Today I have another challenge for you from the Math’s team. It is a 20 second challenge.

When we wash our hands we are supposed to be washing them for 20 seconds to ensure that we have cleaned them properly. 20 seconds seems quite a long time when you are timing yourself. Use the challenge below to see how many different things you can do in 20 seconds.  

Have a good day

 

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 19th May 2020

Good Morning

This week we are due to have more lovely weather.  I hope you are able to get outside and do some outdoor learning. Please see below some challenges from the maths team in South Glos which you may be able to do in your garden. These will help you to visualise what 2 metres distance looks like. I hope you have fun completing them – Please remember to email  in a photo.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

 

Monday 18th May 2020

Dear all

 I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

Please see photos of our lovely Mary service we held on Friday. 

Miss Horsley has asked me to share this lovely book. It is made up of  poems and stories to inspire hope in these pandemic times. It is available by clicking on the link below.  

The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown

Have a good day.

Mrs Burden

Friday 15th May 2020

Good Morning

Over the last few weeks we have thought so much about all those people who are showing such courage and bravery during this Covid – 19 pandemic.

However it is also important for us to remember the very important role that you, as children and parents working at home, are playing. As we begin to prepare for a phased opening of St Mary’s we would like to thank you for ‘doing your bit’ and  getting on with your on- line learning with enthusiasm and determination despite the difficulties you may face. During our Mary service today we will remember you all at home for being such heroes …

Mrs Burden

Thursday 14th May 2020

Good Morning

As you can see from the photo below the children in school have been busy preparing for our Mary service which will take place on Friday morning in school. Please do send in any pictures you have done of Mary so we can add them to our display.

On Monday Mrs Creases ran a Mindful Monday session on the theme of smiling. Even though there are plenty of challenges for us all at the moment I do hope you are able to find something to smile about each day. Smiling is one way  of improving our mood as it helps our bodies release feel good hormones. I hope you find something to smile about today.  :)

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 12th May 2020 

Good morning

I would like to congratulate you on the hard work you are doing. If I could, I would send out Head Teacher stickers to you all. I know staff are so pleased with all that you have been sending in via Class Dojo. It is a real credit to you all that you continue your on –line learning with such enthusiasm and creativity.

I hope to be able to share with you soon more details about the phased return to school. In the meantime please keep up the good work and keep earning those Dojo points.

Some useful links

Please see the link below from Mrs Lever –it has plenty of creative suggestions for Crowning of Mary craft activities

https://www.catholicicing.com/how-to-plan-a-may-crowning-for-kids/

I look forward to seeing photos of any craft you take part in.

Mrs Webster would like to draw you attention to this writing competition:  

'A Write Laugh' Story Competition

Enter our 'laugh out lobster' story competition and you could see your work published in an e-book, printed in 'The Week Junior' and win a whole stack of books!

 

A note from children’s author Guy Bass :

At the moment, laughter can feel like a brief distraction from the serious business of lockdown, so with A Write Laugh, we’re making funny the focus. In the Before Times, I’d be out and about visiting schools, talking about books and having a laugh. I wanted to find a way to reconnect with readers and encourage you to think about stories in a way that doesn’t feel like work (as well as the far more selfish goal of cheering myself up in lockdown!). The sole aim of A Write Laugh is to make yourself, your friends and family, and hopefully me laugh until serious thoughts are sent packing. Good luck!

What You Can Win :

  • 1st prize winners will have their story published in an eBook that will be free to read and download online, a year’s subscription to The Week Junior and £100 worth of books from Little Tiger.
  • 2nd prize winners will have their story published in an eBook that will be free to read and download online, and £75 worth of books from Little Tiger.
  • 3rd prize winners will have their story published in an eBook that will be free to read and download online, and £50 worth of books from Little Tiger.

Please see link below for more information.

https://authorfy.com/masterclasses/awritelaugh/

 

Good luck

 Mrs Burden

Monday 11th May 2020

Good Morning

I hope you all have had a lovely weekend and enjoyed any VE celebrations you took part in .

Please see below some photos of our celebrations in school. We all had great fun doing the Lambeth walk at a social distance. 

This week we will be getting ready to celebrate Mary, mother of Jesus, as May is known as the month of Mary. On Friday we will carry out a short service and reflect on the  role Mary plays in our life. Please help us celebrate this by drawing or painting your own pictures of Mary and send photos of them via the office email. It would be great to create a  collage of all the pictures or paintings you do.

Thursday 7th May 2020 - St Mary’s VE Street Party

Today the children and staff in school are going to celebrate VE day. We have all dressed in rainbow colours to show our support of all Key Workers during our own battle with the Covid  - 19 pandemic. Staff working from home today have also dressed in rainbow colours so they can be a part of our celebrations. In the afternoon children will be doing the Lambeth walk dance , activities around  VE day and eating some cake. We would love you to  join us by dressing in rainbow colours and sending in your photos to the office email - admin@stmarysbs.org.uk. If you are having your own VE day  celebrations tomorrow please enjoy and send in some photos.

Wednesday 6th May 2020

Dear all

Please see below some information about a competition KS 2 children may be interested in. I know so many of you enjoy making mini film clips re-enacting stories.

Today children in St Mary’s will be watching Fr Eugene’s on – line Mass. He  has some members of St Bede’s school taking part in a virtual manner.

Please see the link below:

 10:00 LIVE PARISH MASS www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345

Thanks

 Kathy Burden

Tuesday 5th May 2020

Good morning everyone,

Mr Burke, one of our wonderful teaching assistants, has been make positive and uplifting newsletters - something we all need in such uncertain times.

Phonics

Don't forget there are daily phonics lessons that have been provided by the Government. Reception and Year 1 children have been provided with this timetable. Please click on the link above to access.

Here is a very good video (click on the picture) that will help children understand CoronaVirus - especially suitable for younger pupils. There are more items such as these on our Mental Health and Wellbeing page.

Monday 4th May 2020

Good morning

 I hope you have all had an enjoyable weekend.

This is going to be a very busy week  for us in school …

Today is May 4th – Star Wars day

The children will be taking part in a number of Star Wars themed activities led by Mrs Hodges who, as you all know, is a huge fan of star wars. 

VE day preparations

Later on in the week the children will be making bunting and practising the ‘Lambeth Walk’, a popular WW 2 dance, in preparation for our VE celebrations in school on Thursday (Friday 8th is a Bank holiday ). The children are being asked to come to school in rainbow colours on Thursday 7th to show their support of all key workers during our own battle with the Covid  - 19 pandemic. On Thursday, as well as doing some on – line learning about VE day, we will recreate our own street party by singing, dancing and eating some cake. I have heard that many households are going to have their own VE s celebrations on Friday 8th . If your house hold is having one please enjoy and send in some photos.

May – The Month of Mary

Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about Mary, Mother of Jesus …

May is the month when Catholics traditionally focus on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The practice dates back at least 700 years. May is seen as the beginning of new life and the start of summer, which makes this a fitting time for the celebrations of Mary, who brought life into the world. We are hoping to organise a crowning of Mary service for later in the month.

Don't forget it is Mindful Monday today. Please look at Mrs Creese's Mindful Monday page.

Look below at what some of our pupils were doing in school when they weren't doing lessons last week.

Have a lovely day,

 

Mrs Burden

Friday 1st May

Happy May day. It is lovely to see the sun return today. Please see the lovely paintings of bees that the children did a few days ago. Hopefully now the sun is back we will see more of these on the school field and in our gardens.

Mrs Creese has created a wellbeing newsletter, with lots of great ideas to make us feel better. Please take a look by clicking on the picture below:-

Have a good day,

Mrs Burden

Thursday 30th April 2020 - Happy Birthday Captain Tom

Today British war veteran, Captain Tom Moore is 100 years old. He has completed 100 laps of his 25m back garden and has raised over £28 million for Britain's National Health Service (NHS). He has received donations to his fundraising challenge from all around the world! Captain Tom began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip, he originally aimed to raise just £1000 but quickly passed his target.

Captain Tom’s actions help us to remember how important it is to say thank you and also to think about how we can all contribute to make a positive difference to others. Can you  think of anything you can do at the moment to help others?

We join with the rest of the country in wishing Captain Tom a very happy 100th birthday .

Wednesday 29th April 2020

Dear all

Yesterday we had our first rainy day in school for a long time. At break and lunch time, instead of playing on the field and playground, the children kept busy and active playing with the many board games and puzzles we have in school. I hope you all managed to stay busy inside.

As May approaches please see below an exciting challenge from Miss Eatherington which will  help you stay active in May.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

 

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Good Morning

Today, we will be holding a minutes silence at 11:00am to remember Key workers who have died during the Covid - 19 pandemic.

I hope you are all managing to log on to Class Dojo and for KS2 children – ‘Writing Legends’. If this is not working for you at the moment please be patient and we will try and sort out any  difficulties. We look forward to hearing your feedback on this.

With the weather changing, you might be looking for something fun to do. There are many different competitions on the website and Mrs Lane will be adding more throughout the week.  

We all know from our International Evenings how much everyone at St Mary's loves their food and cooking, so we thought it would be fun to create a St Mary's Cook Book!! We would love all of our pupils , staff and governors to cook their favourite recipe for our book. We will be sending information on how to upload your recipe and photo to the cook book website shortly. Books will then be available to buy when we return to school, so get cooking :)

I hope you all  manage to have a good day doing some rainy indoor  activities. Please keep sending your photos into the school email.

Take care

 Mrs Burden  

Monday 27th April 2020

Good morning 

I hope you have all had a safe weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather that we continue to have. This week you should all be able to log in to ClassDojo. This will provide you with an exciting way to share some of your work with your teacher and receive some feedback on how you are doing. We do all miss seeing your lovely work so this will give us a way to admire some of the things you have been doing . I look forward to hearing your feedback on how this works.

Last week Fr Eugene was one of the faith and humanist leaders who blessed the nightingale hospital which has recently opened at the  UWE campus. Please click on the photo below for more information.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden  

Look what we have been doing at school ......

Friday 24th April 2020

Dear all

On my cycle ride to school today I saw a duck with lots of ducklings walking right across the cycle path. It was lovely to see. The school field is full of butterflies and daisies and the pond has a few frogs and newts in.  I wonder how many  signs of new life you are spotting in your gardens and when you are out on a walk or bike ride?

Please remember to login to Fr Eugene’s on- line mass today at 10:00am. It will be lovely if as many as St Mary’s community could be together in a virtual way. We recorded the  children in school for the readings and the singing of hymns so listen out for some familiar voices.  Please click on the link below or login to Holy family parish Church website.

https://www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345

Have a lovely day and weekend.

Take care

Mrs Burden  

Thursday 23rd April 2020 - Message from Mrs Marsh

Hi everyone at St Mary’s,

 I wanted to send you a message to say well done to all the adults and children for your determination to carry on with home or school learning during these very unusual times. Everything has changed so quickly; even going to Mass and church services are online now. All this would have been unimaginable just a few weeks ago.

Mrs Burden told me about the school website and having looked at it today, it really is amazing. I can see that the teachers have worked extremely hard to make sure that you have lots of learning to choose from each week. Your home learning photos show that many of you are doing lots of other learning activities as well. Well done!

Congratulations to the children who are still going to school, for the way that you performed the Easter Play – it was delightful to watch online.

I thought that I would share some of the things that I have been getting up to and thinking about during lockdown.

I had just returned from holiday as lockdown started so it was a bit of a shock to have to stay in. However, I quickly got used to our new routine of making lots of home-cooked meals and treats, daily exercise - either a walk or cycle to our allotment or somewhere else not too far away, phone calls and video calls with friends and family, following Mass online – usually at Holy Family, and  finally making a list of all the long overdue jobs  still to do.

My many walks, cycling trips and visits to the allotment have really helped me to notice plants and wildlife more this year – especially birdlife.

Time at home with less to do and fewer distractions has made me think about looking after the environment better and about changing the way I do things. My plan is to try to waste less of everything in future – food, plastic, electricity, and so on.

I wonder what your thoughts have been while you have been in lockdown.

 Keep safe and happy.

 With best wishes to you and your families

Mrs Marsh

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Dear all  

Children from St Mary’s and Holy Family schools have recorded readings and hymns which Fr Eugene will use in his on- line Mass on Friday 24th April at 10:00am

Please see the link below. It would be lovely if many from our school community could participate in this  

https://www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345

 Congratulations to Mathew Martin –in St Elizabeth’s class (Yr 2),  who came second in the Clifton diocese  short story competition based around the theme of Hope. Mathew wrote a short story  called – A Special Visitor. We are delighted that Mathew entered the competition and even more delighted that he was awarded second place. Well done Mathew.

If you would like to read Matthew’s story please click on the link below.  https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/competition-time and scroll down to the second section of this page.

Yesterday the children had a lovely time in the afternoon playing parachute games, making dens and working on some art and craft activities. We are looking forward to seeing your photos of what you have been getting up to at home.

Below are some links which may be of interest to you

 A 30 day challenge

http://sites.southglos.gov.uk/mind-you/wp-content/uploads/sites/374/2020/04/30-Day-challenge-resources.pdf

Art Club

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLWHGN0mV1M

Have a lovely day.

Mrs Burden

Hello all

Please continue to send in photos of your favourite piece of work you have done at home and anything exciting you did over Easter. You seemed to have had lots  of fun! Please check out the photos on our 'What we have been doing at home' page.

Many thanks

 

Mrs Lane

Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good morning all

 I hope you have had a good start back to Term 5 and enjoyed getting back to some on – line learning.

Yesterday the children continued with their Jo Wicks work out, on- line learning and David Williams story. They also continued thinking about Easter and performed the last part of the Easter story – ‘Jesus rising from the dead ’ . Please see the clip below.

Yesterday the government launched 2 new online facilitates which you may have heard about:

The Oak National Academy.  This is an online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

                https://www.thenational.academy/

BBC Bitesize  This is an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

                https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

 

I am currently in discussion with staff about how these are best used to support children’s education. We will let you know as soon as we have had an opportunity to have a good look at them.

Have a lovely day

 

Mrs Burden

Monday 20th April 2020 - Welcome to Term 5

Dear Children,

Welcome back to Term 5. I hope that you and your families are all well and that you have had a restful Easter and enjoyed some lovely sunshine, playing in the garden, eating Easter eggs and spending time doing things you don’t normally have a chance to do. I know I have been able to rediscover my love of doing jigsaw puzzles, reading more books and being able to talk to my neighbours over the garden fence. I did promise myself I would try and learn a new skill but so far I haven’t managed that yet – I wonder how many of you have been able to learn something new?

This is a very unusual start back to a term and I know we would all much rather school was back to normal. We do miss you very much, school is far too quiet and far too tidy without all of you in!  Whilst we are still partially closed we are doing our very best to make sure you are continuing to learn. This term you will be able to find some new and exciting learning opportunities on the Home Learning page of the school website. You will be receiving your logins soon. These new opportunities should make it possible for you to have more interaction with school staff. I hope you make use of them. Please do continue to send in photos of all the different learning you are doing at home as well. We do enjoy seeing them all. Over the next few weeks you will all be receiving a letter written to you by your class teachers. They are, as I have said, missing you all and want you to know how much they are thinking of you.

If you are worried about something or struggling yourself, please remember to access the Mental Health and Wellbeing Information on the school website. Mrs Creese has put so many resources together to help you. Also please take part in Mrs Creese’s ‘Mindful Monday ‘sessions in the afternoon.  Resources will be up loaded onto the website each Monday morning.

Finally our values this term are ‘Grateful and Generous.’ I know from the assemblies we have had together that you are all very thoughtful children; I am sure you are all able to think of the many different things you can be grateful for, despite these difficult times. A simple smile and a thank you to someone who helps you is always greatly appreciated. I also ask you to think about how you can be generous with your time helping others, particularly family members. Maybe you can help with jobs around the house or speak to wider family members using social media. 

Take care of yourselves and each other; we hope to see you in school again soon.

Mrs Burden

Friday 10th April 2020 - Good Friday

Monday 6th April 2020 - Easter Play

Every year, our Year 3 and Year 4 pupils perform an Easter play. Obviously this year, this did not happen. However, the pupils of key workers staged their own production last week. What incredible performances. Well done/

Happy Easter

Palm Sunday

Jesus washing the feet

The Last Supper

The Garden of Gethsemene

Peter's Denial

The Crucifixion

Friday 3rd April - Happy Easter

Look at what some of our amazing pupils have been learning at home and ............................

and what some of our other amazing pupils have been learning at school!

Friday 3rd April 2020 - Messages of Hope

Good Morning

Today is the last day of term. We have a busy day planned for the children in school. They are going to be finishing their Easter performance, having an Easter egg hunt and then ending  the day and term as we usually do with a Celebration Assembly. The children coming in to school each day have been absolutely wonderful. We have all been so amazed at how quickly they have adjusted to changes in school.

I do hope you all find time over  Easter to enjoy a rest and some sort of change to you routine. If you are stuck for things to do – please do make use of the many different links on our website. There are a number of excellent free on- line activities. A recent one made known to us is the Hays literature festival –It is called  'Hay Player' and has a bank of interviews with authors over the years including : David Walliams, Michael Rosen, Martin Brown (horrible histories..), Julia Donaldson , Michael Morpurgo and Cressida Cowell.

Once again can I offer my thanks for the support and lovely feedback we have had during this time.  

Wishing you all, every health and hope this Easter.

Mrs Burden 

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good Morning

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of Term 4. I know I say at the end of every term how busy it has been – well this term has been like no other term before…

In school we are trying to continue as normal as much as we can and have settled into a routine of Jo Wicks workouts, on- line learning, David Walliams story time at 11 am and outdoor activities. Today the children will also be carrying out activities to get ready for Easter and continue with acting out the Easter story.

We are also hoping to draw bright, colourful pictures today to display in school to symbolise after the storm comes a rainbow. I wonder how many of you have rainbow pictures and messages of hope up on your windows? They really do cheer people up.

I  hope you all have a good day and enjoy some on- line learning.

Take care.

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 1st April 2020 - Live Mass

Hello all

Today the children will be watching Mass that Fr Eugene is live streaming from the Lady Chapel in Holy Family Church at 10:00am. We are hoping he is going to give us a ‘shout out’.

This afternoon the children are going to continue putting together a drama based on the Easter Story. We are filming it so we will be able to load it on to our website for you all to see.

I do hope that you have a good day and continue to enjoy your on – line learning. It has been lovely to see all the photos you are  sending in. Please keep them coming.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 31st March 2020 - School Assembly 

Good morning all,

Every day we have been having mini assemblies in the hall where we think about what we have been doing during  the day and pray for all those working to support the country during this difficult time.

Today we are going to have our first Tuesday Gospel assembly where the children will listen to the gospel reading about Lazarus and reflect on its meaning . Please see attached the PPT and questions children will be  asked to think about and discuss. Maybe you would like to discuss these questions with your family and send in your responses to the school email. If you do this before 3:00pm on Tuesday I will be able to share your thoughts  and ideas with the children in school.

Thank you and take care.

 

Mrs Burden

Monday 30th March 2020 - Mindful Monday

Well, today was our first Mindful Monday session. We reflected on being GRATEFUL and what this meant to us. We shared with one another some of the things we were grateful for this week –

“The warm sunshine”   

“Delicious food”    

“My Mum and Dad”       

“For being well and healthy”

Did you complete the activity at home too?  What were you grateful for?

I hope you enjoyed some time to be ‘mindful of the moment’ and to appreciate the things we all have in our lives.

Look out for Mindful Monday Week 2 next week! – We will be focusing on RELAXING

Peace Out!

Jo Creese

Monday 30th March - Spring is here!

Dear Parents and Children

 We hope you are all well and that you have all had a lovely week end spending time doing things you may not normally have time to do. As you can see, the school is looking particularly lovely at the moment. Many of the spring flowers are out and the school field is full of bright red butterflies.

This week Mrs Creese is going to start her ‘Mindful Mondays’. On a Monday afternoon the children in school will gather in the hall and complete this week’s mindful activity based on Gratitude, followed by a mindful meditation. Please join in by accessing the resources under:

Essential News and Information- Mental Health and Well -being – Mindful Mondays.

Have a lovely day and keep up all the great work you are doing with the on-line learning.

Mrs Burden

Friday 27th March 2020 - The end of the week

Dear Children

We have finished our first week in our ‘Partially  Open School’. As I said before it is quite strange to be in school with a only a few children and staff- it is very quiet and very clean and tidy ! As well as completing on- line work children have enjoyed taking part in various activities. They have been playing sport: football, cricket and rounders, pond dipping, weeding the garden plot, planting potatoes, finding frogs, riding bikes (a few children have learnt to ride a bike without stabilisers), making nature pictures, playing board games, reading books and listening  to audios. All of their behaviour has been exceptional; you will be pleased to know they have all stayed on green.  

This morning we celebrated  Mrs Crease’s birthday – we sang Happy Birthday to her and shared some chocolate birthday cake. (We didn’t have any candles on the cake). We are being very mindful about following government advice in terms of washing our hands and keeping our distance from one another when possible. Although we are having a good time in school we do all miss you very much and look forward to us all being back together again. We hope you are enjoying your on- line learning and managing to get outside, enjoy the sun and have some exercise. We look forward to seeing and hearing about what you have been doing once our photo page is ready for you to use.

Please remember our values this term – Intentional (think about what you are doing)  and Prophetic (speaking out about what is right) and try to apply them in your everyday life.

 Take care and be safe.

Mrs Burden

Friday 27th March 2020 - St Mary's Pupils' Blog - Week 1 – by Rosa

This week we had the chance to do lots of fun things; we did gardening and cleared the shed out, we did pond dipping and litter picking and it was so much fun! We also had a special visitor come in and did rounders and man hunt with us. At break time we had a lot of things to do like, we had space hoppers and the yellow bikes. We were lucky it was warm so we could go out in the sun for long breaks!

The flower beds are all ready for planting!    Some of our outdoor art.

Look what we found in the pond! They were so fast!

The shed has never been so tidy!

Mrs Creese's birthday Picnic in the sun

Listening to David Walliam's story time

Friday 27th March 2020 - Nearly the Weekend

Good morning,

It's Friday!  We have nearly completed a whole week of home learning and I think we are all ready for the weekend!

Did you join in the NHS Clap with your family last night? What a wonderful way to say thank you to all those amazing people that are helping us all.

Let's see what amazing things we can learn today. If you need a break or something to listen to when you are learning, there are some great audio books to listen to. David Walliams reads a new story every day at 11am, which is most suitable for KS2 pupils and Audible have released plenty of free books for the next few months. Parents, please monitor what your child is listening to, as we haven't been able to check the appropriateness of all the books, even though they are for children.

The World's Worst Children: Amazon.co.uk: David Walliams, Nitin ... Audible Assets | About Audible
David Walliams free audio story at 11am - KS2 pupils  Audible - free books for all ages

Have a good day.

Thursday 26th March - Competition time

Good morning all,

How are you? We hope you have managed some time in the sunshine the last few days - it has been beautiful.

How is the online learning going?

The Diocese have set up a competition - if you have a chance, why not give it a go! Details and application form below:-

Message from the Diocese -  Competition Time

To write a short story between 500 and 750 words on the theme of Hope. It can be anything you like

  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction
  • Comedy

You may never have written a short story before but have a go! We are interested in your ideas. Be imaginative.

Closing Date Friday 3rd April 2020. Entries should reach us by 4pm on Friday 3rd April

We are going to run a competition every fortnight - everyone is invited to take part.

There are 3 age categories

  • below 8
  • 8 to 12
  • 12 and above.

There will be a small prize for each group winner and winning entries will be published on line.  Each competition will reflect a different skill. 

Please send your entries to

competition@cliftondiocese.com

You must include on a cover sheet

your name

your age

your school

Winning entries will be published online.

Application Form to complete - APPLICATION FORM

 

Good luck :)

Tuesday 24th March 2020 

Good afternoon all,

How has your day been? What did you learn, achieve or create today?

We hope you managed to get a little time in the garden to enjoy the warm sunshine. The children in school had lots of chances to enjoy playing outside. Natalie from Year 1, taught herself to ride a bike without stablisers for the first time - well done Natalie, what an amazing achievement.

If you are looking for ways to relax this evening, why not try some yoga! Click on the link below - it is a perfect way to end the day.

Have a good evening.

Image result for cosmic kids yoga

Tuesday 24th March 2020  - Let's get ready for Day Two!

Good morning all,

Are you all ready for another day of online learning? Don't forget to start the day with some exercise. Joe Wicks wants to reach children in a million houses and schools joining in - will you be one of them? The link is on yesterday's post. I am sure many of you would love to see Mrs Burden joining in in school - maybe we can get a photo! 

There will be more apps and websites appearing on the Home Learning page today, so when you have finished the work set by your teacher, there will be other things to do if you get bored. Not everything is about school work though - playing with toys and games, drawing, reading for fun and spending time with your family is equally important. We will be setting up a separate page to offer ideas on how to stay healthy and happy while you are home.

We will also find a way for you to share photos, so everyone can see each other and keep in touch.

Have a good day.

Monday 23rd March (4.30pm) - End of Day One

Dear Parents and Children

We have finished our first day of being a partially open school. It was very strange and quite sad to see the playground so empty today - we have missed you all. Despite this the children in school have enjoyed carrying out their on- line learning, just like you have at home.

We started the morning with a short assembly in the hall to remind ourselves about keeping safe. After this we all carried out the Joe Wicks workout. Children then went off to carry out their learning in different classes around the school. Rec and Yr 1 worked together, Yr 2 and Yr 3 worked together and Yr 4,5,and 6 worked together. As the weather has been so lovely today we made the most of the sunshine and had a picnic lunch outside and extended break times. The children have all been great - we are so proud of them and of all of you at home.

Thank you for all the lovely comments we have received about the on- line learning platform. Staff are working hard to ensure this is kept as engaging as possible.

Take care and keep safe.

Mrs Burden

Monday 23rd March 2020 (midday) - Free online Oxford Reading Tree Books (these are the books we use in school!)

Dear Parents,

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Oxford Owl for Home is free and full of activities and fun ideas for you to help keep children building their skills and knowledge whilst schools are closed.

This website contains a wide range of tools and resources, including: a free eBook library and storytelling videos, activity sheets and maths games to help develop maths skills.

The eBook library is a fantastic resource to help your children access books at home. It is easily searchable by age, level and book type. The children can choose to read along or listen to the story

This resource will help to develop their love for reading and continue to challenge and engage the children.

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Monday 23rd March 2020 (11.00am) - Technical issues with downloads

We know there are currently issues with downloading the home learning - apparently it is taking ages! Sorry about that. We have a fix though and are quickly redesigning all the pages. They will look a little different but it should speed up the process.

Hope you enjoyed the Joe Wicks workout - 800,000 around the world joined in!! 

Monday 23rd March 2020 (7.30am) - Let's go for it!

Good morning all, welcome to our first day of home learning or a slightly different type of school learning if you are still at school.

The homework/home learning site has lots of work to complete for week one. We are working hard to get all the apps up and running for you and details of log-ins will be sent soon.

Why not start the day with some exercise. Joe Wicks is running a 9am exercise class - click on the link below and subscribe to Joe's channel. Let's start the day well!

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