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Year 6

Welcome to Mrs Crook’s Year 6 Class

During the school closure from Monday 23 March 2020, messages and/or work set by Mrs Crook will be posted here. Mrs Crook’s temporary e-mail address is y6@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk should you have any queries regarding your child’s work (8.45am to 3.30pm). There will be skeleton cover in the school office for general enquiries during the school closure period.

Thursday 16 July 2020

On Wednesday St Oswald’s took second place for the Daily Mile in the Warrington Wolves Foundation Sports Day event!

Keep up the hard work everyone!

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Hello all,

This week we are taking part in the Warrington Wolves Foundation Sports Day event. Each day there are two challenges and the best result gets sent to the Warrington Wolves who will populate a leader board between schools.

On Monday the children in school recorded their quickest Daily Mile time and their furthest bean bag throw. 767 children took part across a number of schools and I am very pleased to announce that we took home GOLD IN BOTH EVENTS! 

On Tuesday we had another great result winning Gold in the long jump!

We will be taking part within school but you can also take part at home. All you need to do is have a go at the event listed below and send me an email with your results! (y1@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk)

Wednesday

Daily Mile Quickest Time – 

Highest Catch Clap Score –  how many throws and catches with a clap in 60s –

Thursday 

Daily Mile Time – 

Most Star Jumps Score – 

Friday-

Daily Mile Quickest Time – 

Dance-a-thon – Dance till you drop – How long in minutes?

We get extra point for the number of children taking part so have a go and let me know, so we can get further up the school leaderboard!

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 13 July 2020

Hi Guys,

Wow, it’s the last week of the term, I can’t believe how this year has turned out but I am sure that you, like me, understand the reasons for the lockdown and all the things that this has meant.

I wanted to let you know that it has been a privilege to have been your teacher and I wanted to wish each and every one of you the very best for a bright and happy future. That said there is still one week of learning to be completed and the online tasks will be uploaded for you to complete every day up to and including Friday. The timetable remains the same as usual:

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube)

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

I’ve been immensely proud of all the hard work that you’ve done not just during the lockdown but also during the time we’ve spent in school since September. I am confident that you would have got amazing results if you’d done SATs. I need to thank your parents too, for all their hard work and support this year – you wouldn’t be the wonderful class that you are without their help and love. Enjoy this week and have fun – safely of course and as always I look forward to seeing even more great work from you this week.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Monday 6 July 2020

Hi Guys,  

I hope that you and your families are all well. It seems that the British summer has finally arrived with the colder and damper weather. Once again you’ve made me so proud with the fantastic online learning that you’ve been completing – I’ve seen some excellent scores with the Purple Mash spellings as well as the MyMaths work.

Remember that you can send me photos of the other work that you are completing in to your Homework books.

This week I wanted to share some of our PSHE work that Jack completed about Black Lives Matter. I thought that he created very powerful messages.

The timetable remains unchanged but you might notice a few extra spellings in the last two weeks as we try to consolidate the Year 5 and 6 spellings.

9.00-9.30am                 PE Joe Wicks (YouTube) – Monday and Wednesday/Go Noodle – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)   

10.45-11.00am             Break       

 11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)   

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Information only for parents of Y6 children registered to attend school From Monday 6 July.

Year 6 children will attend from Monday 6 July (last 2 weeks of term) and will attend 4 days per week Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. School will be closed to children (with the exception of Key Workers) on Wednesdays for deep cleaning.

Arrival time: 9.05-9.15am  (other groups have arrival times before and after the Year 6 times so please adhere strictly to this time slot.)

Pick-up time: 3.00pm

The Y6 children will enter school via the junior gate – please maintain 2m social distancing from other families when you arrive. On arrival, children and parents should wait at the gate where you will be met by a member of staff who will direct your child onto the playground to a receiving adult who will direct the children to their ‘bubble’. Could parents please depart as soon as your child has entered the playground to reduce the number of parents around the gate.  The children will depart through the junior gate at the end of the day – again please wait at the gates and maintain distance whilst waiting to collect your child.

It is essential that parents adhere to the allocated timings and locations to keep the numbers arriving/leaving at the same time to an absolute minimum and so avoiding any crowding around entrances and exits. If you arrive early, please remain in your car or on the car park until your allotted time slot. Where possible, children should be accompanied to school and collected by one adult only (it is acceptable to bring along younger siblings who cannot be left at home – please maintain social distancing and keep your children close by you).

Parents will not be permitted to enter the school building with children. There will be no opportunity for parents to speak face-to-face with a member of staff before and after school. If you need to speak to a member of staff, please telephone or e-mail.

We ask that children only bring into school their water bottle, snack and lunch bag (if bringing own packed lunch). Please avoid yogurts or other items that could be easily spilled. Children can bring their own packed lunch or can have a packed lunch prepared by the school kitchen (no hot school meals will be available). Infant children continue to receive Universal Free School Meals but juniors are required to pay for lunches.

They must not bring in their book bags and home learning books.  Children will be provided with their own set of stationery for use in school and books/paper will also be provided.

Children are required to arrive to school in fresh/clean clothing each day they attend. To allow school clothes to be washed each day, we will allow a relaxing of school uniform policy. In this case, suitable, practical clothes ideally in school colours should be worn. Ties do not need to be worn. I am also aware that some uniform items, shoes etc may have been outgrown during the period of our partial closure and again, a relaxation of our uniform policy will allow the children to wear sensible, practical alternatives where necessary. Please ensure shoes are suitable for outdoor play/daily mile eg trainers.

I hope this information is helpful.

Miss Lennon

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Hello all,

I hope you are all keeping well, and are managing to keep fit and healthy, even with the unpredictable weather!

There is a new orienteering challenge for you this week, called #knowyourdirections. You can see what it is all about by watching the video in the link, before looking at the PDF that I have attached.

Have fun and please let me know how you get on by sending me an email (y1@stoswaldscatholicprimary). I will upload any that really impress me! 

Have fun, and stay safe.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 29 June 2020 – 5.30pm

Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below which requires a response from Year 6 parents. Thank you.

Monday 29 June 2020

Hi Guys,

Wow last week was hot; I hope that you’ve been careful and applied sunscreen if you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy the sun. Once again I’ve delighted with the online learning that many of you have been completing – I’ve seen some thoughtful prayers in RE and some great reflections in transition work. This week’s shout out goes to Crystal who has got one of her best ever scores with some tricky Maths work. The timetable remains unchanged but just a quick reminder not to click the ‘completed’ button until you’ve clicked the hyperlink that takes you to the online lesson. If you do click the completed button, just send me an email and I will resend the link to you.

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube) – Monday and Wednesday/Go Noodle – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

Here is a lovely prayer that Komolini completed as part of her RE work.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Monday 22 June 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well. So many of you have impressed me with the online learning that you have been completing; well done for keeping up with this work. Annie deserves this week’s shout out as she is getting great results with her work. Next week’s timetable has a slight change as Joe Wick’s is reducing the number of PE lessons that he does each week so on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays you can use this web site:                    https://family.gonoodle.com/featured-in-school to get your daily dose of PE.

The timetable now looks like this:

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube) – Monday and Wednesday/Go Noodle – Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

Miss Lennon and I have been talking about how your St Oswald’s journey came to such an abrupt end and that we can’t have an official goodbye, at this present time, but how we would like to invite our current Year 6 pupils back together to our school to, in some way, officially mark the end of your time together at St Oswald’s. Exactly when this will be we don’t know but what we do know is that now is not that time.

The two days, in school, in July (should you choose to return to school) will be normal working days accessing our home learning, it will not be the time for emotional farewells, signing autograph books, hugs or parties. We will arrange something special for you when this is safely behind us all, at whatever stage you are at in your secondary schools, when the time is right we will come back together as a class and officially say goodbye, the two days in July will not be the time for it. 

Have a great week, everyone, take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Hi everyone.

I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s orienteering challenge, I have a new one for you this week; it’s all about…Athletics!

This is a great opportunity to get outside in the sunshine and try out some of those skills that you would have been able to show off had we have been able to have our sports day.

 I have attached a PDF below that explains how to do the challenge, have a look, have a go and send me an email of how you get on! (y1@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk)

 I hope you have fun having a go at this.

 All the best,

 Mr Coppenhall

Monday 15 June 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you and your families are all well and that you’ve managed to get back into the routine of home learning. By now you should be used to the timetable and where you need to go to find the activities for your online lessons. I’ve loved seeing the work that some of you have been doing in your books and I’ve noticed some pleasing results with your maths. This week’s ‘shout out’ goes to Tom who has been getting 100% in his MyMaths tasks and Jessica who has written a lovely series of short bedtime stories.

The timetable remains unchanged:

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube)

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

I know that some of you have said that you won’t be returning to school this academic year which is fine as the online learning will be available right up until the end of term. I also know that some of you are keen to know what the return to school will look like if we do reopen to Year 6 but as things change daily we cannot say, for sure, at this present time. Although we are living in very unusual times I am immensely proud of all the hard work and effort that you have been putting into your home learning and I feel very reassured that you are ready for your next step unto high school – just look how far you’ve come in becoming independent and responsible learners in the last few months. As always, keep up with the great work.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Thursday 11 June 2020

Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below for parents of Year 1 and Year 6 regarding the wider opening of schools.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a relaxing break and are all continuing to keep fit and healthy during this lockdown.

Well done to all of you that have incorporated some form of exercise into your daily routines.

A few weeks ago, I introduced you to the Virtual School Games Personal Challenges that occur each Wednesday. This week it is all about Orienteering! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can take part in the challenge, and here is a link to a video showing you how to do it.

I hope you have fun having a go at this.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 8 June 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you’ve had a lovely two week break from your home learning and enjoyed some of the amazing weather that we’ve had during the last fortnight. The home learning timetable remains the same as it was before the holiday and with the exception of spellings and timetables all the tasks and activities will be uploaded on to MyMaths – so make sure that you log on each day to find the work for that day’s lessons.

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube)

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday (TT Rockstars)/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

As always I love to see what you’ve been up to so remember that you can e-mail me at this address: y6@stoswaldscatholicprimary.co.uk

Through our home learning this half term I will include activities about transition to your high schools. Our usual end of year activities will not be going ahead as you will already know, so now it is about looking forward to your next big step in education and being ready for your new school.  Keep up with the home learning over the next six weeks and it will help you to feel confident to embrace the changes ahead of you.   

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Friday 22 May 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you and your families are staying safe and keeping well. I can see that lots of you have been busy with your online learning and are trying very hard to keep up to date with all the tasks and activities that have been carefully selected for you. There’s still time to catch up if you’ve got any outstanding work to do. This week’s shout out go to Isla and Ben who don’t have any overdue work to complete.

The next two weeks would have been the half-term holidays so there won’t be any lessons posted online for you to do during this time but I thought you might like to know about the Oak National Academy’s Activity Club. There will be a range of activities to keep you busy while you’re staying safe at home. They will be uploaded each day of the first week of the half-term break. The activities include:

● Cook-alongs with Bite Back 2030 and Jack Deane, head chef at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School

● The Scouts will be helping you to explore The Great Indoors – showing how to make slime, polish pennies and cook billy-can breakfast beans

● Jamie’s Farm will bring the countryside to you, showing how to feed animals, build fences to protect crops and shear lambs, and give great ideas about how to make healthy choices

● With VotesForSchools, you can debate, vote and comment on pressing issues of the day, creating a powerful Oak Academy student voice

● The Oak National Academy Art Club

I’ve spoken or written to all of your new high schools, who have been very keen to learn a little bit more about you. I’ve told them how great all of you are and that they are very lucky that you will be joining their schools in September. They can’t wait to meet you and most have said that they have been or will be in touch with your parents about this year’s transition arrangements. If you want to know anything more about these arrangements then I would suggest that your parents contact the high schools directly.

Our school is working very hard with the plans for the phased return to school but at this moment still can’t be certain that we will be able to come back on the 8th June. Please keep up to date with the school website as messages may be posted on here and Miss Lennon has said, in a letter to all parents, that it will be necessary to communicate with the parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 during the holidays so keep an eye out for those.

Finally, have a great break, enjoy the weather – while maintaining the social distancing and have fun with your families.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Monday 18 May 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you and your families are all keeping well. Despite the changes to the lockdown measures this week it is worth remembering that the safest place to be, for now, is at home. If you do go out remember to keep up with the washing of your hands that you were all doing so well with before the schools closure. You will have heard, on the news, that there are plans to re-open some schools to Year 6, amongst others, at the earliest and only if the data doesn’t get any worse. As much as I am missing all of you I am keen, as you all must be, to know if it’s really safe to come back to school. At this present time school is still waiting to hear from all the important organisations who will tell us that it is safe. Once we know what is to happen and how things will be organised we will let you know. There is one thing to be sure of it won’t be the same as it was before the closure. But for now, we must keep on and up to date with our home learning. The timetable and where to find the links for this week’s work are the same as last week:

Upper Key Stage

9.00-9.30am            Joe Wicks (YouTube)

9.45–10.45am         Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am        Break

11.00-12.00pm        Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm        Times Tables – Monday, Wednesday and Friday/Spellings Tuesday and Thursday (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm           Lunch

1.15-2.15pm             Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

I’ve loved seeing all the work that you have been doing and I’ve particularly enjoyed looking at the photos of the work that I can’t see online. This week’s ‘shout out’ goes to Jacob, who sent me a photo of a great story that he’d written, Alicja who has been working hard with all the learning that has been set and Grace T who has been busy catching up with lots of her online work.  Whilst you’ve been busy with your Home Learning one of the things that has kept me busy is liaising with your new high schools, I’ve been telling them how wonderful you all are and that you are working hard with your online lessons and tasks. Have a great week, enjoy this week’s lessons and most importantly – stay safe.

Take care and keep up with the great work,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 13 May 2020

Hi everyone.

I hope you are all continuing to keep fit and healthy during this lockdown.

Well done to all of you that have incorporated some form of exercise into your daily routines.

Last week I introduced you to the Virtual School Games Personal Challenges that occur each Wendesday. This week it is all about Volleyball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can do take part in the challenge, and here is a link to video showing you how to do it.

I hope you have fun having a go at these.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 11 May 2020

Hi Guys,

It’s now week eight of the lockdown and the week that you should have been doing your SATs. Some of you might be pleased that you’re not and some of you, like me, might be a little bit disappointed that you don’t get the chance to ‘show off’ all your great learning and knowledge but I know how fantastic you all are and how far you’ve come so well done everyone. You will have noticed daily topic lessons alongside our daily maths and English lessons instead of twice a week but you really need to keep up with this Home Learning so that you have the best start in September. I’ve loved looking at your work and wanted to share this poem written by Komolini that she did as extra work on top of the tasks that have been set for her.

Komolini deserves a ‘shout out’ this week as does Alfie, who has been one of the first this week to ‘hand in’ his daily MyMaths tasks.

Below are the details for this week’s timetable and where you need to look for the links to the web sites:

Upper Key Stage 2

9.00-9.30am                 Joe Wicks (YouTube)

9.45–10.45am              Maths (MyMaths)

10.45-11.00am             Break

11.00-12.00pm             Writing/Reading Comprehension (MyMaths)

12.00-12.15pm             Times Tables – Mon, Wed and Fri/Spellings Tues and Thurs (Purple Mash)

12.15-1.15pm               Lunch

1.15-2.15pm                 Topic/Art & Craft (MyMaths)

Keep up with the hard work that you’ve been doing and I will hopefully see you all soon.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 6 May 2020

Hi everyone,

I hope all of you are well and are keeping fit and healthy during this lockdown.

I know lots of you have been doing PE with Joe each day which is a fantastic way to exercise at home!

I wanted to share a few ideas that have been created by the Warrington Schools Sports Partnership that we are a part of at St Oswald’s. They do a new Virtual School Games Personal Challenge each Wendesday and this week it is all about Basketball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can  take part in the challenge, and here is the link to a video showing you how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWMo0AFSyMM

Basketball_Summer_School_Games_2020

I hope you have fun having a go at these.

All the best,

Mr Coppenhall

Monday 4 May 2020

Dear Parents,

Following many phone calls home over the last 2 weeks, Teachers and myself have picked up requests from parents asking for more direction on the time children should spend on subjects within our home learning programme. In response to this and as we move into week 7 of our lockdown and home learning programme, below are timetable guides for Upper Key Stage 2, Lower Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Early Years. From this week, Teachers will be setting work against these timetables and we hope you will find these detailed plans helpful.

It has been a pleasure chatting to many of you over the last couple of weeks and hearing about the learning that is happening and the routines you have established. I thank you sincerely for working with your child(ren) and understand that this can be extremely difficult, particularly if you have more than one child at home and/or you are trying to balance this with your own home working. Being happy and healthy remains the priority for your children and for us all during these challenging times.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Teacher if you need any further help or direction.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.

Best wishes,

Miss Lennon

Monday 4 May 2020

Hi Guys,

This week we would have been commemorating VE Day. As you know I love History and if you remember our learning from the Battle of Britain you’ll understand why this was such an important victory. So, some of this week’s Home Learning will be centred on VE Day. I will continue to set your daily Maths and English lessons using your MyMaths accounts as well as daily topic work and spellings or times tables. Have a look at the timetable below, which I would like you to follow to fit all your learning in this week and keep your brain smart.

9.00-9.30              Joe Wicks

9.45–10.45          Maths

10.45-11.00       Break

11.00-12.00         Writing/Reading Comprehension

12.00-12.15         Times Tables/Spellings

12.15-1.15         Lunch

1.15-2.15            Topic/Art & Craft

I’ve seen some great results with your work this week, which is very pleasing and it is worth remembering that you can e-mail me with the work that I’m not able to check. So many of you deserve a ‘shout out’ for this week’s work but I’m going to give a ‘shout out’ to James, who sent me wonderful pictures of his Texture Treasure Hunt and to Molly who has been working diligently with all her learning.

I hope that you are enjoying the lessons that are being set and revising the areas where you need a little bit of help. Being responsible for your learning, in this way, is a great skill to have for when you start high school.  Although none of us actually want to be learning in this way I do believe that there are going to be many advantages from this experience that you will use in the future. And as Dame Vera Lynn said, sang actually, “We’ll meet again…”

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 29 April 2020

Thomas Leech, Director of the Schools Singing Programme at the Diocese of Leeds, has shared with us details of their newly launched daily singing sessions:

Daily virtual singing sessions from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme are now available at 2pm every weekday. Aimed at primary school children every session includes sacred music, RE and music curriculum learning, and lots of vocal fun and songs to keep children engaged in lifting their voices to God.  They’re led by the Diocese’s expert Choral Directors, and sessions for younger and older children are also available.

Please subscribe to the YouTube channel, found at www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk – this is a wonderful tool to reach children and families across the country.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR LIVE CHANNELS

www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk

www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk

www.lioflive.org.uk

Monday 27 April 2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are all staying safe and well, it seems such a long time since we were together but I’m sure we all understand just how important it is to stay at home in order to stay safe.

I’ve loved looking at your online work, especially your Kennings poetry on Purple Mash. As promised last time, I’ve had a good look at the web sites that have been set up to help with home learning. I’ve actually directed some of you to the BBC Bitesize site when I’ve been marking your maths work. I am going to start setting tasks on these web sites, this week, and the best way for me to do that is by setting them as an activity on MyMaths (although it won’t be just Maths lessons that I will set using your MyMaths accounts). I know that it can be difficult to be doing school work at home but it is really important that you keep up with the work as this will give you the best start to your new schools in September. You shouldn’t just be focusing on Maths and English, even though they are really important, you can be creative too. Oak National Academy put this lesson online Texture Treasure Hunt | Primary | Foundation so have a go and e mail your results to me, I’d love to see them.

Finally I know that I’m not able to see all the work that you are doing, such as the study books that were sent home and some of the Purple Mash work etc, but I would like to give special mention to some of you who have thoroughly engaged with the online learning by getting great results and completing the daily tasks quickly and on time. So a shout out to Amy, Jack and Grace W – well done guys on your great work. I’d love to give another ‘shout out’ next week…it could be you!

Take care, stay safe and keep in touch,

Mrs Crook x

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Please find below some more online resources you may find useful:

The Maths Factor

Carol Vorderman has announced that access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.

Teachers are aware that some children are already using The Maths Factor every day – well done to those children and keep it up!

Sir Linkalot

While we are on lockdown and children are not in the classroom it is quite tricky to teach spellings in the way we usually would at school. We would like you to try a new award winning app that helps children improve their spelling by looking at words and practicing spelling in lots of different ways. The app is called ‘Sir Linkalot’ and schools and parents have kindly been given free access to it to use during school closure time.

Sir Linkalot does not just look at spelling it covers many of the technical requirements of the English curriculum including: vocabulary, homophones, punctuation, grammar, rules and patterns.

How to access the Sir Linkalot app:

  1. Download the app from the App Store.*
  2. Tap on the log icon (for log in) at the top right.
  3. Click on ‘Have an access code?’ and enter the word ‘Free’ as the username and the password.
  4. Choose which bundle you want to try and you’re ready to start!

*There is a problem with downloading Google play Android app at the moment which is being resolved as quickly as possible by the SirLinkalot team. In the meantime you can access the app using a PC/Laptop by typing ‘app.sirlinkalot.org into the browser itself then enter the access code as above.

Religious Education

The Archdiocese of Liverpool has provided the document below containing some activities to support your child’s learning in RE.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOME LEARNING

This work comes from the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme which is taught in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The activities aim to keep Religious Education practical and fun. They are in Year groups however, there is no harm in completing other year group work as this will help your child to remember and strengthen their learning.

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

Launched this week with three daily lessons for each year group. Lots of celebrities involved in the delivery of the lessons – might be worth a look!

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

Oak National Academy

From Monday 20 April, parents can access 180 lessons a week for every year group from Reception through to year 10, through a new online platform, Oak National Academy.

To access the Oak National Academy resources, head along to their official website, where resources went live this morning. From here, you can view lessons by subject and level, or you can follow their planned weekly schedule.

https://www.thenational.academy/

English with David Walliams 11.am www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

Monday 20 April 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you and your families are well, had a relaxing Easter and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather that we’ve had while staying safe at home. As you’ll probably know the government have extended the lock-down and not given us a date to return to school-yet! I’m missing all of you but I am really pleased with the work that you’ve been doing online and that work is to carry on.

Had we returned to school following the Easter break it would be the final push and full steam ahead with SATs preparation but as you know that’s not happening this year but remember SATs aren’t just about getting a grade; the learning that you cover is really useful for preparing you for high school. With that in mind I’ve added extra learning on the MyMaths web site that takes you to White Rose Maths home learning. I do feel that it would be very useful for you to complete these activities too.

On Sunday the government announced other home learning packages Oak National Academy and BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons, as soon as I can, I will direct you to the areas that I feel would be most useful in preparing you for your transition to high school so keep checking back on this page, regularly. In the meantime have a look round these sites yourself and have a go at anything that sparks your interest, I’d love to hear about it

Keep up with the good work and remember you can e-mail me about anything that you need help with and by the way I used the mushrooms and made a lovely chicken, mushroom and pasta dish with the last bit of pasta that I had left – it was delicious.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 8 April 2020

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Easter. I know that it is not the holiday that any of us expected or perhaps even wanted but it is vital that we all stay home and stay safe. You could use this time to think about what each of us could learn from this difficult situation and what goals or aims we might have for when we come through this. As you know I have an elderly mum and I’ve spoken to her everyday, on the phone, which isn’t something that I used to do but is definitely something that I will always now do.

I’ve not yet made my ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ recipe but I will be doing it tomorrow. We have far too many mushrooms in my house so my recipe will have to include those, I hope some of you have had fun creating your own recipes. As you will know there won’t be any daily tasks set for the time that we would have been off school but I’ve loved looking at all the work that you have done and enjoyed reading your messages (on the Easter Letter on Purple Mash). The daily tasks will start again on Monday 20th April and there will be an update on this page during that week as well.

Most importantly have fun with the people in your home, eat chocolate – but don’t make yourself feel sick – and take care and keep safe.

Wishing you and your families a peaceful, happy and holy Easter,

Mrs Crook

Monday 6 April 2020

Hi Guys,

I hope that you are all keeping safe in these most unusual times. I’ve really enjoyed looking at the work that you have been doing and I’ve seen some fantastic results with some quite tricky topics, this week. Some of you have even e-mailed pictures of the writing that you’ve been doing and I wanted to share this poem written by Max. Please keep up with your writing using the targets that I gave you such as: passive voice, modal verbs, informal and formal writing (dialogue is a great opportunity to use informal language).

Purple Mash have got back in touch with me to say that they are aware of some issues with their site and they are trying to fix them as quickly as possible so I will carry on setting the daily English tasks and I am able to see your great results even though the website tells you to ‘start’ once you’ve completed a task.

On a different note it is also worth remembering that learning doesn’t just need to come from books and online but can be done through practical tasks at home. Cooking involves so many areas of the curriculum – I would like to challenge you to a ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ to see who can come up with the most ingenious way of using 4 or 5 ingredients to make a tasty snack or even a whole meal. I would love to see some of your finished results. The only rule is that you must eat what you have made! I’m going to have a go too and will share what I made next time.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

Monday 30th March 2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are staying safe and enjoying this beautiful spring weather. A few parents have been in touch about Purple Mash as even when you’ve completed the 2do it is still showing as a task that you need to do. Unfortunately Purple Mash isn’t running quite as expected but please be assured that I can see your completed work and your results however I can’t mark your work like I can on MyMaths. For the time being I will carry on setting daily English tasks and weekly topic tasks and will let you know on the class page of our school web site if anything changes.

Keep up the good work and stay safe.

Mrs Crook

Wednesday 25th March 2020

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick reminder that I am setting online tasks on MyMaths and PurpleMash each school day. Remember to click ‘checkout’ in MyMaths and click ‘hand it in’ in PurpleMash. It also worth remembering that MyMaths doesn’t have to be completed mentally, you can use your Maths Homework books to work out the answers to the questions.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Crook

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