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Friday 17th July 2020

Another last day for all the lovely children of keyworkers. You have been in school right from the beginning of lockdown . coming in everyday with smiles on your faces. It has been an absolute pleasure to look after you during this time and to get to know you and your parents a little bit more. I know every single member of staff enjoyed working with you all. We all have some special memories to hold on to: bike riding, den building, pond dipping, sports with Nathan, egg hunt and many more.

I hope you and your family enjoy your holidays and a good rest.

Mrs Burden

Thursday 16th July 2020

Today we say good bye to St George – Reception class, St Nicholas – Year 1 and St Francis – Year 6 class. School is open on Friday as normal for Key Worker children.

We hope you all have a lovely summer. It is a very special good bye to Year 6. They have been a great class and we wish them well for their secondary school. Please do spend some time looking at the Year 6 tab on the website to see all the end of school events they have had (including a goodbye to their buddies).  Thank you once again Mrs Lane for collating all the photos, making the PowerPoints and for  creating this tab.  

  

Congratulations to Lilly in reception who has been awarded with 2nd prize – (a £10 pound WH Smith voucher) in the art competition below:

Traveller History Month 2020 Gabi Jiminez Art Competition

There were over 200 entries and they were all brilliant!

The  pictures will help the Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service to educate people across South Gloucestershire about the similarities and differences of the diverse communities that live in our area.

 

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 15th July 2020

Dear all

Yesterday we celebrated our end of school year with a lovely Mass outside on the playground. Father Eugene led us in prayer to say thank you for all the lovely things that have happened this year in school (despite the Covid pandemic)  We also took the opportunity to say good bye to yr 6 – St Francis Class  and reflect on their time at St Mary’s. It was very special to gather together outside  for Mass. We were so grateful that the rain held off.

Please see the link below if you wish to see the recording. There are  a few hitches with the sound :(

https://www.pscp.tv/holyfamilybs345/1yNGaBMWdOEJj

Have a lovely day

Kathy

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Dear all

One of the things I really enjoy is reading. This is particularly true over the summer holidays when I have more time to lose myself in a book. We have always promoted reading as being such a  valuable activity for so many varied reasons: development of literacy skills, introduction  to new ideas and  vocabulary, mental wellbeing, for pleasure-   to name but a few. Please do try to spend some time reading over the holidays. Please take a photo of yours self reading in an unusual place . Please do send your photos in  via office admin email so we can create a display of reading over the holidays.

The reading agency are running a summer reading challenge this year. Please see the link below for further details.

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

 Silly Squad launch party as part of reading challenge | Bury Times

Have a good day

 Mrs Burden 

Monday 13th July 2020

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Dear all

Today we begin the last week of term. The last week of a school year is always full of emotion as we say goodbye to St Francis Class, year 6. Despite this pandemic we have managed to ensure that year 6 still have the send-off they deserve. Today they will be having their picnic lunch, on Tuesday Father Eugene will celebrate an outdoor Mass, for us on the school field,  on Wednesday St Francis will deliver a virtual Leavers Assembly and on Thursday we will mark the end of term with a virtual Celebration Assembly. We are so pleased that all of the children in St Francis Class are in school to participate in the traditional end of term events, including autograph book and school jumper signing. We hope they leave St Mary’s with plenty of happy memories. All events are going to be recorded and will be posted on the special Year 6 tab on the website.

Last week we had our highest number of children in the school since the pandemic started. 98 children made up of reception, year 1,  year 6 and many children of  key workers. In addition we have been delighted to welcome back children from years 2, 3, 4 and 5 for their transition visits. We have been amazed at how much you have all grown! We look forward to seeing some more of you this week.

In the gospel at Mass on Sunday we heard the Parable of the Sower. Jesus uses seeds to represent the seed of God’s Word. He asks us to be like the seed that falls on the rich soil as this is like someone who hears what Jesus is asking, understands it and lives their life as he asks them to. Jesus goes onto explain how important it is to listen to God’s word and to allow the word to grow and spread just like seeds growing in rich soil grow into plants. I wonder what we can do today to show that we are trying to be like the seeds that fall on the rich soil?

Have a good day and enjoy your final week.

Mrs Burden 

Friday 10th July 2020 - New Arrivals

Dear all

Due to the current situation Year 5 children have not been able to meet their new buddies. Instead, as part of their home learning, they made messages for them and sent them into school. Our School Business Manager, Mrs Lane, has put these messages into a wonderful PowerPoint which we have used to welcome the new Reception children. Please see below.

Please also see photos of  some of our new starters enjoying doing some of their transition activities. We look forward to meeting them all properly in September.

Have a good day and a lovely weekend.

 

Mrs Burden   

Welcome to our new Reception Class for September!

Thursday 9th July 2020

Dear all

 Today St Francis class , yr 6 children, took part in a Year 6 leaver’s service which was streamed from the Cathedral. During this service Bishop Declan told the children  that they are the ‘salt of the earth and light of the world’.

He reminded us that just like salt can make things taste better, we too can make life better for others; just like a light in the dark can make us feel safer then so too can we make people feel safer.

Bishop Declan reminded the children that they all had many gifts and talents and to use them in their secondary schools to flourish. He also reminded the children to make sure they say thank you to all who have helped them on their school journey and to not be afraid about the next stage in their life as Jesus will be with them. It was a  lovely service and we would like to say thank you to Mrs Collette, Director of Catholic Education for Clifton Diocese and Bishop Declan for making the service so special for us all back in school.

Matthew 5:13-16

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 8th July 2020

Dear all

As you know St Francis Class, Yr 6, would normally have been taken part in a Yr 6 Leaver’s Mass at the Cathedral with other Yr 6 classes from across the diocese. Whilst this service is not able to go ahead in the Cathedral there is going to be a virtual service which includes a message from the Bishop. St  Francis Class will be watching this service . The service will be placed on the Clifton diocese schools website for Wednesday 8th July at 10am.

Please see the  link below if you would like to join in with this celebration.

https://schools.cliftondiocese.com/

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

 

Tuesday 7th July 2020

Dear all,

You may remember that we are in the process of creating a St Mary's Cook Book, full of lovely recipes from our school community. We have to place an order for books by 27th July, so would like all recipes to be uploaded by Friday 17th July. The cook books will be available for £8.50 and will make a great keepsake or present. Any additional money raised will be used to purchase equipment for the school.

The process is really simple. Just visit the website below, enter the code and upload your recipe. 

https://www.thecookbookinitiative.com/log-in#parent

Parents log in : L024883A9A

Look at this brilliant page that will be in the cook book-

We look forward to seeing your recipes.

Monday 6th July 2020

Dear all

 I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

We look forward to welcoming some of you back into school today for a transition visit with your old class teacher and your new class teacher. We are all so excited at seeing you again and hearing about how you have all been getting on. No doubt many of you have grown and you may be worried about your uniform not fitting you. Please don't worry about that, just do your best with the clothes you have. I hope you are all excited about coming back to school for your visit. It is normal to feel a little nervous as well. Please be reassured that we will do everything we can to help you.

Over the next 2 weeks we will also be getting ready to open the whole school for all year groups in September.  There is a great deal for us to think about and organise in order to make it safe for everyone.  We will let you know all our plans for this as soon as we are able to.

 

Yesterday in Mass we heard in the gospel (Matthew 11:25-30 )  Jesus spreading this message:

 “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”

(Gospel passage taken from Good News Translation®)

The yoke Jesus  is referring to is a sort of wooden bar that farmers around the world use to make it easier to pull heavy ploughs.

Jesus is calling all people who are working hard, who are tired and struggling to come to him for help.

Jesus knows that we all have times when we find life difficult. We all have times when even though we try hard, we can’t do something. We all have times when we are tired, fed up and would like to give up.

Jesus says in today’s reading that he is always there to comfort and support us. That when we are tired or finding things difficult, we can turn to him and find rest.

Just knowing that we are not alone can make a big difference when we are finding life hard. God is with us always, when we are alone, but also in the people who help and support us.

So, this week, let’s remember we can turn to God when things are hard. But also, let’s look after others who are finding things difficult and do our best to help them. We can show them that they are not alone by the way we treat them.

Please see the link below to “Light in the darkest times” a prayer for children

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Children-s-prayer-films

Have a lovely day.

Mrs Burden 

Thursday 2nd July 2020

Dear all

 As we move closer to the summer holidays I thought you might like to try this fitness challenge to help you stay active over these longer summer days.

Have fun

Mrs Burden  

Wednesday 1st July

Good morning

Yesterday Key worker Bubble A performed their first virtual assembly via Microsoft teams. It was based on our values – Attentive and Discerning It was a real success. All the other Bubbles were able to tune in from their classrooms. We hope to start doing more assemblies like this and invite children at home to join via Microsoft teams. Thanks you Mrs Webster and children for organising.

Have a lovely day.

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 30th June 2020

Dear all

Yesterday the children took part in a special sport activity day. Each Bubble was spilt into  4 different colours: red, yellow, blue and green. The children enjoyed competing against each other in various  activities ranging from shuttle runs, skipping races and standing long jump.

Thank you Miss Eatherington for organising this. Although it was very windy we were all relieved it didn’t rain.

I hope you have a good day

Mrs Burden

Monday 29th June 2020 

Dear all

I hope you have had a lovely weekend.

 

Yesterday we celebrated the feast day of St Peter and St Paul.  

Jesus was so impressed with Peter that he said he would build his church upon him. Jesus also gave him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus chose Peter as he recognised and believed that Jesus was the Son of God. He had great faith and was willing to put that faith into words and actions. At times he found it very hard to stay faithful to Jesus and even denied knowing Jesus. However he shows us that an ordinary man can go on and do great things by having resilience, courage and faith.

Because of Peter’s great faith, Jesus gave him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven.

Keys lock doors, but they also open them. As a disciple, Peter spent his time sharing Jesus’ message with other people. He opened their hearts to God’s love, just like a key opens a door.

St Paul was a convert. He was a  Roman Jew named Saul and a persecutor of the Christians, who after an encounter with Jesus himself, became an ‘apostle’, preacher and defender of the Christian Faith. Paul loved Jesus and tried to live his life like him. During his many missionary trips, he encountered trials, he was whipped, stoned, shipwrecked and lost at sea, he was often hungry, thirsty and cold, but he always trusted in God. ‘The love of Jesus presses me onward’, he said. He wrote many letters to the early Christian Church preaching the importance of loving one another.

Both St Peter and St Paul took great risks to spread the word of Jesus. They remind us that we need to make time to stop and listen, to pray and to try to hear what Jesus is asking us to do. To be attentive and discerning. We can show our faith in both our prayers and in our actions. We can try to follow Jesus’ commandments to love God and to love our neighbour. We can be kind and generous to others and we can try to make the world a fairer place where all people get what they need.

This week let’s try to be more loving, more forgiving and more generous to others. Let us try to bring hope to others even if there may be times when we do not feel hopeful ourselves.

Have a lovely day and a great start to the week.

Mrs Burden

Friday 26th June 2020

Good morning

A few days ago some yr 6 children found a hedgehog on the edge of the field by the bushes. They were worried he may have been injured, however after a long drink of water the hedgehog was quite happy to shuffle off back into the bushes. I hope you are all managing to stay cool and drink plenty of water during this hot spell.

Please see the links below for some facts about water.

https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/water.html

 

https://climatekids.nasa.gov/10-things-water/

Have a lovely day and a good weekend.

Mrs Burden

                                                                                                                                         

Thursday 25th June 2020

Good morning

 I hope you all managed to keep cool yesterday. As you can imagine it was very hot in school and we were all desperate for an ice lolly.

See a link below which will take you to an ice cream quiz.  I hope you enjoy your day today.

https://www.factmonster.com/take-quiz/icecream

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Dear all

 The children in Key Worker Bubble A have been making lockdown rainbow fish to  have as a memento for this time  in school. Please have a look at the photos below .

Have a lovely hot sunny day.

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Dear all

 I hope you have had a great start to what is going to be a very hot and sunny week.

A few days a go I attended some on- line training and this poem was shared with us. I think  it sums up very well the situation we are in; some children in school, some still at home working hard to continue with on – line learning. Both children in school and at home are having to face very different experiences. As a school community we will do our best to support  children and families and the differing needs they may have depending on their experiences . We are now beginning to think about and plan for school in September.  Please be reassured that as soon as we are able to we will let you know what that will look like.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

 

We are not in the same boat

I heard that we are all in the same boat,

But it’s not like that.

We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.

Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be.

Or vice versa.

For some quarantine is optimal.

A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or a coffee.

For others, this is a desperate financial and family crisis.

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness.

While for others it is peace, rest and time with their mother, father, sons, and daughters.

Some were concerned about getting a certain egg for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

Some want to go back to work because they don't qualify for unemployment benefits and are running out of money.

Other want to scream at those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending hours a day helping their child with on line schooling while

others are spending hours a day to educate their children on top of a 12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it.

Others don't believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this pandemic through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way from this storm.

It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance.

Not just looking, actually seeing, not just listening, actually hearing.

We are all on different ships during this storm, experiencing a very different journey

Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear all

I hope you have had a lovely weekend and enjoyed a special Father’s Day.

Please see below the details of a competition  you may want to take part in.

Enjoy a lovely week of sunshine.

Mrs Burden

Say a heartfelt thanks to those who've helped during the COVID-19andemic.

#PinYourThanks, a national volunteer-led charity campaign, are inviting pupils to take part in a design competition.

They want pupils to help them say a huge thank you to the unsung heroes who have helped us navigate the last few extraordinary months. For example From the postman who delivered cards that cheered us up, to a neighbour who has done some shopping to a doctor or nurse, a friend who called for a chat etc…

Please see below for details of the competition

 

The competition

We’re inviting children and young people aged 4-11 years across the nation to design a pin badge to help us all say thank you. The design should be inspired by someone who has helped the child or their family over the last few months.

The competition will be judged by a team of Pin Your Thanks founders, designers, education professionals and star of Paddington, Hugh Bonneville and ex-England goal-keeper David James MBE!

The winner will become an official badge designer and their design will be turned into a real pin badge which people can gift to their personal heroes. It will be available alongside our other beautiful badges designed by some of the UK’s national treasures.

As well as being a heartfelt thanks, all funds from these pin badges (after all costs and fundraising activities) will go to NHS Charities Together and Volunteering Matters. You can find more information on this here.

Please note:

The competition closes at 6pm on 12th July 2020. All of the resources that you’ll need are available on the website here.

Enter the Competition

Friday 19th June 2020

Dear all

Please see some information about the Charismatic Renewal community of the Catholic Church. I know many parishioners from Holy Family have attended the conference they have at St Bede’s each year. This year it will take place as an on – line event on the 27th – 28th June.

The event is organised for  the whole family to take part. There will be inspiring speakers, time to have a  prayerful retreat, an opportunity to become creative, join with live worship and celebrate Mass together.

All the content over the weekend will be hosted on the CELEBRATE Facebook page. Or you can join the conference by simply following this link: https://www.facebook.com/Celebratecommunity/

 


Please see below for the full schedule: 

Saturday

  • 10AM Listen: A talk from our first keynote speaker
  • 12PM Pray: A Guided Prayer session
  • 3PM Do: Children's 'Messy Church' + various workshops
  • 5PM: Live Worship
  • 6PM: An Evening In with CELEBRATE
  • 9PM: Night Prayer
    Sunday
  • 10AM Listen: Our second keynote speaker
  • 12PM Pray: Mass with Bishop David Oakley
  • 3PM Do: Interactive Family Prayer
  • 4PM: Final session
    You can take part in as little or as much as you’d like, whether it’s for an hour or you want to use the whole weekend to retreat. 

Thursday 18th June 2020

Dear all

The Duchess of Cambridge is going to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children.

Today the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/

A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.

We will be watching this in  school as well.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Dear all

 I wonder how many of you were  soaked in the rain yesterday afternoon? It started pouring just as we were dismissing children in the year 1 bubbles. We have not seen rain like that for a long time. I am sure all the gardens and plants will look better for it. At one point it looked like the playground by the school was going to flood. One  hour later all the puddles had practically dried up, the sky was back to being blue again and the sun was out.  Amazing how quickly  the weather can change.

 

Over the weekend I read an article about CS Lewis,  the author of ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. I am sure many of you have read this book and know of other  books he has written. What you may not know is that during World War 2 he also  used to give radio talks. One particular line he used stood out to many people. I wonder what it means to you?

‘God whispers in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience and shouts to us in our pain.’

A recent survey has shown that 44% of people in Briton are now praying, with 33 % saying they had started to do so since this the Covid pandemic because they believed that prayer would make a difference to their lives and the lives of many. (From the Saturday Times).

I know as a school community we often pray for one another and think about those who may need extra help. Today please find a moment to stop and think of someone you know who may be finding something difficult at the moment, ask God to guide them and support them in this time of need.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden 

Tuesday 16th June 2020

Dear all

 Today the Key Worker Bubble A group, ranging from children in Yr 2 to Yr 5, wrote a lovely poem called ‘If I had wings.’ This was based on a poem by Pie Corbett. I wonder how many of you often think about the places you would like to fly to if you could. I know I do…

If you are able to please send in your own copies of ‘If I had wings’ poem so we can post  on the blog for others to read. I do love seeing work you complete at home and sharing it with the school community.

Please see the poem written by the Bubble below.

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

If I had wings

By Key Worker Bubble B

If I had wings

I would fly to see all the towns and cities.

 

If I had wings

I would try and beat a bird like a rocky race car.

 

If I had wings

I would fly to the top of the rainbow and dance like a fairy.

 

If I had wings

I would glide on the top of clouds and watch people leave school.

 

If I had wings

I would taste the refreshing, cooling clouds.

 

If I had wings

I would skim the seas and the sands as low as my wings would allow.

 

If I had wings

I would smell the taste of children eating cotton candy.

 

If I had wings

I would soar over the ocean admiring the creatures that live in it.

 

If I had wings

I would glide above the clouds and watch everyone live their life.

 

I I had wings

I would fly to different places and learn new things.

 

If I had wings

I would glide into a glorious sunset and envelope myself in the sweet golden light as if I am one of the colours myself.

 

If I had wings

I would zoom through the clouds as fast as light.

 

If I had wings

I would drift through the glittering stars gazing from above.

 

Monday 15th June 2020

Dear all

Yesterday  was the feast of Corpus Christi, the SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. In the gospel Jesus tells us that he is the living bread which has come down from heaven; that anyone who eats this bread will live forever. He goes on to say that the bread he gives is his flesh, and that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood lives in him and he lives in them.

Every time we come to Mass, the bread and wine are changed into the body and blood of Jesus. We share in it, even if we only have a blessing, welcoming Jesus into our lives.

Jesus chose to talk about himself as the living bread because bread is a very important food. It is a basic food eaten by people all over the world. It is an everyday food that all Jesus’ listeners would have recognised and understood.

During this pandemic we have heard a great deal about bread. Many people have started making their own bread, sharing recipes and tips for the best type to make, sharing information about where flour can be bought in order to make bread. I wonder how many of you have had a go at bread making over these last 12 weeks? I think we would all agree that homemade bread smells and tastes so much better than shop bread. This suggests that bread is still as important in the lives of many people around the world today as it was during biblical times.

Even though we are unable to go to Communion at the moment we are invited to receive a Spiritual Communion. As we go about our day today let us remember all those who are in need of some support, either spiritually, practically or with their wellbeing.  Help us to be attentive towards one another and help when we can. We also remember the children who are preparing to make their Holy Communion and were supposed to have made their Sacrament of Reconciliation last Saturday.

Have a good day

Mrs Burden

Friday 12th June 2020

Dear all

 Over the last few days both Yr 1 bubbles have been carrying out a pond investigation. This has involved plenty of pond dipping and  releasing tadpoles in to the pond. They have also been busy clearing the pond area of litter which has been blown in from the pavement. Yesterday they collected 1 dustbin liner full of rubbish, using litter pickers of course.

Thank you Year 1 Bubbles for helping to keep our pond area clear.

If you have some free time over the weekend, why not make a recipe for our St Mary's Cook Book. The recipes we have had so far look amazing. Cook your favourite dish and then upload the recipe and a photo of yourself with your marvellous creation to https://www.thecookbookinitiative.com/log-in#parent. The log in code is L024883A9A. We look forward to seeing what you have cooked!

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Burden

Thursday 11th June 2020

Dear all

Yesterday in school some of the children made Pentecost Wind Twirlers. The twirling in the wind reminds us that the Holy Spirit is with us even though we cannot see him. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so his disciples could be filled with joy, hope and courage. I know many of you at home in particular may be struggling to feel hopeful at the moment, particularly if you were hoping to return to school to reconnect with your friends and teachers.  We do miss you all and I know your teachers really enjoy seeing the work and messages you send in on Dojo. Please do continue connecting with Dojo.

If you do something that you are particularly proud of please send it into the office so we can put it on the school blog for others to see.

Take  care

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Good morning

Today in school we are going to think about our values for this term:

Attentive: We are attentive when we listen to our calling from God to love and serve one another in all that we do. We are attentive to our experiences and can see where they will take us in our future vocations.

Discerning: We are discerning when we decide to do the right thing in the interest of the needs of others because we know the positive impact that will have on their lives.

How can we be attentive and discerning today?

What or who can we pay attention to ?

What decisions can we make to help others out?

Have a lovely day

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 9th June 2020

Good Morning

 Yesterday we welcomed St Francis, Yr 6, back into school which means we now have 7 bubbles running. The children have returned to school excited and keen to continue with their learning , meet up with friends and generally catch up with one another after such a long time apart. It was lovely to see the playground and field full of children, to hear lots of happy voices and to generally have a buzz back in the school. I have been so impressed with how all the children have managed to follow all the new guidelines about staying in their bubble, washing hands and trying to stay 2 m apart when possible.

If you are at home learning I do home you had a good start to your week yesterday and have a lovely sunny day today.

Take care

Mrs Burden

 

Monday 8th June 2020


Good morning 

Today we welcome St Francis class,  Yr 6, back to school. This means we now have 7 class bubbles of children, each of which remains entirely separate from the others throughout the day. As well as having 7  class bubbles  we have 4 separate staff areas for staff. It has been quite a big challenge getting the school ready so that social distancing can be maintained by all. Thank you to all of you who are following our signage outside school. 

It is lovely to see the school filling  up again and to hear the sound of children back in classrooms and on the playground and field.  It would be even more lovely to have the whole school back but unfortunately we are unable to do this whilst social distancing is still needed to keep everybody safe. For those  of you who are still at home we are thinking of you and miss you. Please continue all the great home learning you are doing. I know it has been difficult for some of you to motivate yourself after the half term break, but hopefully you are now back into your routine. Staff are still keen to see what you have been up to, however as they are fulltime teaching they will not be able to respond as quickly. Please be patient while we get used to this latest phase in opening up schools. Take care, have a lovely day.

Mrs Burden  

Friday 5th June 2020

Dear all

Please see below this Joyful June Calendar which has daily actions for June 2020 to help us look for what's good even in difficult times.

The world is in crisis. Keep Calm, Stay Wise & Be Kind.

Please also see below the lovely power point made by Joshua Montanaro on the theme of Pentecost. I am delighted to share this Power point with you as it marks a very special occasion in the Church’s liturgical year. Thank you Joshua for taking time to do this.

Have a good day

Mrs Burden

Thursday 4th June 2020

Dear all

Yesterday we had Yr 1 children join us in school. Once again it was really lovely to see children excited to return to school and meet up with friends. They had a great day.

I wonder how many of you saw this smiley face in the sky on Tuesday evening. It was a lovely thing to see. It reminded me how important it is to be attentive to our surroundings. I must admit I only noticed it because a member of my family had spotted it.

In our values this term we are learning to be more attentive. Paying attention to what is going on around us will help us make better decisions. The smiley face in the sky on Tuesday evening made everyone who saw it feel a little bit happier. It was a bit like seeing a rainbow in the sky.

I hope you have lovely day and spot something around you that brings a smile to your face.

Mrs Burden

Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Good morning

Today we welcome Year 1 children back into 2 different bubbles. We hope they have a lovely day. Yesterday reception children settled back in very well. It was lovely to see the look of delight on their faces as they met up with some of their friends and saw their teachers for the first time in a while.

I do hope all of you still working at home have been able to get back into your home school learning. We look forward to seeing what you have been doing via Dojo .

Have a lovely day

 

Mrs Burden

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Dear all

Today we welcome some of the Reception children back to school.

To help the children to remember to maintain 2 metres apart Mrs Power has made some lovely Gerry Giraffe pictures.  A baby giraffe is approximately 2 metres tall when born so we thought this would help the children to visualise a 2 metre distance.

Below is a link to a beautiful poem written by Kevin Mc Cormack which reflects on this strange time that we are in.  It manages to capture the positives (which may not always be apparent)  that this period of lockdown and socially distancing brings. I hope you find it an inspiration (please click on the link below).

Have a good day.

Mrs Burden

Monday 1st June 2020

Dear all

I hope you have had a lovely half term holiday. Once again we were blessed with gorgeous, sunny weather which hopefully meant you were  able to spend plenty of time outside. 

As we start Term 6 we begin yet another new phase for our school. We look forward to seeing some year groups back over the next couple of weeks. 

We do wish we were able to welcome back all year groups, however in order to keep children and staff safe we need to continue to follow the government  social distancing guidelines. If you are not coming back to school this term please be reassured that we will continue to think of you and provide exciting home learning for you to do. You will also be able to continue using  Class Dojo.

Our school values for this term are... Attentive & Discerning-  being attentive means to pay attention to what is around us and being discerning means to make the right choices.

This means that we will try to be attentive to our experiences and our vocation; and discerning about the choices we make and the effects of those choices.

We need to be attentive to the big and the small things. We need to slow down to notice things; to think about what we do and why; to think about our learning, our friendships, our relationship with God.

Being attentive takes practice; it is much easier to rush from one thing to the next, taking little time to notice anything. Once we develop the habit of being attentive, we can begin to discern what is good for us and what is not; and what God calls us to be, and to do.

God has created me to do him some definite service. 

He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I have a part in a great work.” 

Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-90)

 

Best wishes

Mrs Burden

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.

Image result for oxford reading tree

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!

Image result for joe wicks kids workout

 

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