Class Work Page


Welcome to the Class Work Page!

Monday, 29 June 2020

First of all a massive thank you to those of you who logged on to the Google Assembly last week; this was a huge success… thank you to Miss Nicholson (our Superstar ICT lead!!) for organising.

First of all this is this week’s BBC Bitesize timetable:

BBC Bitesize week beginning 29 June 2020

The link for the Oak Academy is also below:

https://www.thenational.academy/ 

There is plenty on both sites to keep your child busy, interested and informed as well as anything that the staff will also be sending out on Dojo, Tapestry and Seesaw.

We are also encouraging you to take part in the My Health, My Body survey run by LCC: there is some detail below about the surveys too! 

EYFS Survey: Health and Wellbeing Service Early Years Wellbeing Survey

KS1 and KS2 Survey: Health and Wellbeing Service Parent/Carer Survey

Early Years Well-being Survey

The Early Years Wellbeing Survey is designed as a tool that Early Years and Key Stage 1 settings can use, if they wish, to provide feedback about pupil wellbeing during, and after, lockdown, due to Coronavirus.

The survey is designed for parents/carers to complete on their child’s behalf, and the answers they give will help to provide a context for, and insight into, how your school/setting might best be able to support pupil wellbeing going forward for younger pupils.

The survey is easy to access and should take no more than ten minutes to complete.

In order to collate this important data, the following suggested text has been prepared that can be used to send to your parents (including the survey link), with a deadline of your choice (we suggest between 1-2 weeks). Once the deadline has passed please email schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk and we will send you your anonymised results ideally within five working days.

Kind regards

Health and Wellbeing Service

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Early Years Wellbeing Survey asks questions about your child’s wellbeing during, and after, lockdown due to Coronavirus. The answers you give will help to provide a context for, and insight into, how our school might best support pupil wellbeing going forward. To complete the survey please click on the following link:

Health and Wellbeing Service Early Years Wellbeing Survey

Thank you for your support,  St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School

Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Well-being survey:

The Parent/Carer Wellbeing survey asks parents about their family’s wellbeing during, and after, lockdown due to Coronavirus. The answers they give will help to provide a context for, and insight into, how your school/setting might best be able to support pupil wellbeing going forward.

The survey is easy to access and should take no more than ten minutes to complete.

In order to collate this important data, the following suggested text has been prepared that can be used to send to your parents (including the survey link), with a deadline of your choice (we suggest between 1-2 weeks). Once the deadline has passed, please email schoolwellbeing@leeds.gov.uk and we will send you your anonymised results ideally within five working days.

Kind regards

Health and Wellbeing Service

Dear Parent/Carer,

The Parent/Carer Wellbeing survey asks questions about you and your family’s wellbeing during and after, lockdown due to Coronavirus. The answers you give will help to provide a context for, and insight into, how our school might best support pupil wellbeing going forward.

To complete the survey please click on the following link:

Health and Wellbeing Service Parent/Carer Survey

Thank you for your support, St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School

Enjoy and thank you for doing the surveys with your child… they really will help! 

Mr Hutchinson, Mr McCarthy and Mr Kearney . 

Update: Friday, 19 June 2020

The BBC Bitesize timetable for next week is included below for your consideration:

BBC Bitesize Timetable for week 22 June 2020

Lots of lessons for all year groups that are quality controlled and tested. There are lots of other resources on this page that are worth looking at and have been here since lock-down began including lessons on the National Oak Academy website that is linked here:https://www.thenational.academy/

I would urge you, if you do nothing else with your children, to follow the BBC Bitesize Timetable and supplement it with the lessons on the Oak Academy above.

The following message is mostly for the parents of Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5:

Dear Parents and Friends,

I hope this message finds you well. Most of you will be aware that Prime Minister Johnson announced a couple of weeks ago that the DfE recognised that it would not be possible for Years 2 to Year 5 to return to school as had originally been hoped.  The original date set for these year groups to begin to return to school was Monday, 22 June 2020 but it is simply not possible to have these year groups back into school at the moment, even in a big school like ours. If I am honest this is breaking my heart because we are missing having all the children in school but it is simply not safe enough to have everyone back in school at the present time.

As things stand, we have Y6 in every day as well as Reception and Year One on a part-time basis. Alongside this we also have Key Worker bubbles for all the year groups in school from nursery to Year 6. In total, we had 173 children in school last week, but this means that over 300 children are not in school.  We would dearly like to have more children in school but we can’t do that and keep everyone, children and adults alike, safe and well.

Every teacher who can be, is in school teaching between 50 and 60% of the time. This is obviously limiting the amount of time they can spend supporting home learning.  Staff are still making welfare calls so if you receive a call from a ‘no-caller ID’ phone, it may well be your child’s teacher trying to contact you.  I know that from some of the welfare calls that home learning has lots its initial appeal and that it is becoming increasingly difficult to motivate the children which is why I would be tempted to use the BBC Bitesize materials or the Oak Academy Lessons mentioned above; these can be used alongside any learning that staff are sending home for your child through Tapestry, Do-Jo or Seesaw.

I put on the website last week that all the KW places have been taken and these are now full.  If you think you are eligible for a Key Worker place please contact school and we will put you on a waiting list.

Some of you will be asking the question: All this is fine Mr Hutchinson BUT when will MY child return to school?  The simple answer is, I really don’t know.  HM Government have not released any firm plans about September 2020 yet so I am not going to speculate here.  But please but assured I want all the children back in school as soon as it is deemed safe enough for them to be here… safe for them and safe for my staff… and safe for you to bring them in.

There is a lot of talk in the media and from Government about catch-up programmes.  Please let me be very clear here; we will move heaven and earth with your children when they return to school and we will do everything in our power to close any gaps we find in their learning.  Some children will have forgotten things that they once knew; this is a natural part of the learning cycle.  This does not mean that they cannot re-learn them because they will and we teach a cyclical curriculum where we RE-VISIT things all the time building on prior learning and revising all the time.  Our young people are brilliantly resilient and VERY quick learners and my amazing staff will ensure that they do everything they can to get your young people back to where they need to be.

For some, this will mean additional catch up lessons after school, for others it will just mean more focused teaching and learning in class time.  There will also be some work that will be sent home next year and we will expect you to play your part here too, just as you always have done in the past.  We are all in this together and we will work together to make this right when  the children are back in school.  Home-learning is what it is… it is home learning and it has it’s limitations and I know lots of you have struggled with it and so have your children.   Please be gentle with yourselves and your children and accept that you have done your best and we will do what we need to do when we get them back.   Learning is a life-long process and it does not begin or end at school; our young people are living through a period in history that will be studied for generations to come both in terms of Brexit and Covid19.

Some of you will be wondering about Transition.  Nursery parents will be worried about children starting Reception.  Pre-Nursery children will be worried about starting Nursery.  Y6 children will be anxious about starting High School.  The following might help a little:

Admission into Reception Sept 2020: The F2 staff will be contacting parents/carers in the next week or so to invite them into school for a short window of opportunity to meet their child’s new teacher and look at the Reception classrooms the children will be learning in.  These meetings will take place on KW Wednesdays when it is quieter in school and this will be great opportunity for you and your child to visit school in a safe, socially distanced way… we will be sending out a text next week with a link to book a time slot that will be suitable for you.

Admission to High School Sept 2020:  We have had a meeting with the staff from Corpus College and they have written to all prospective Y7 parents and sent home a detailed booklet to each child at home.  They will also be hosting some zoom calls with school and answering some of the questions that young people will have regarding what will happen when they go up to High School.  Lots of these issues are the same for all High Schools so it will be helpful for all our Y6s to listen to them.  We have been contacted by all the High Schools about the children’s attainment and progress and we have sent up detailed records to each school in preparation for their transfer to Y7.  In normal circumstances they would be going for a pre-visit and I know Corpus are trying to arrange this for their Y7s and I am certain that the other schools will be doing this too; they will contact you regarding these visits individually so please look out for them or contact the school’s directly to ask if you have not heard anything.  There is most like to be something on their website about it too.  Please don’t be overly anxious; all our Y6s are amazingly resilient students and most will take all of this in their stride… it is always a big wrench leaving here and this year will be no different… be patient and let them go and adapt to whatever the new normal is for them at this time.  Be strong for them and they will be fine… if they are not fine, then contact your High School immediately, just like you would have done if they were still here!

Admission into Nursery September 2020: as things stand at the moment our hands are somewhat tied because we do not know what is happening in main school.  Mrs Childerson and Mrs Tunstall will be getting in touch with all our new and prospective parents for Nursery and we will speak with everyone before the end of the summer term.  We are still limited as regards the usual numbers that we can take in at the moment and as soon as we know what the Government’s plans are for September then we will let you know… if you have been offered a place then that offer still stands.  Please be patient with us going forward and we will get your little one into school as soon as we possibly can.

I appreciate that this is a long letter and I guess most of your will have glazed over by now!  I am not trying to be evasive in any way here; we have been open and transparent from Day 1 of the lock-down and when there has been new information it has been shared with you straight away. Thank you for your kind support and your ongoing patience in these unprecedented times… and as I have said many time before; please do not be anxious… all will be well.

Stay safe.  Stay strong.  Stay well.  You’re doing a great job!!

God bless you all and have a lovely weekend,

Mr Hutchinson.

Update: Friday, 1 May 2020:

I am conscious that we have been in lockdown now for 4 school weeks (plus the two weeks of the Easter Break) and that you will be getting a little stir crazy at home.  The children will also be missing their friends terribly and also missing the routine of school and the security that gives.  It’s been six weeks but it not like the 6 week holidays when we can get out and about.  To this end the classes in Y2-5 will be launching a new interactive learning tool called see-saw next week.  Please watch out for a text about this with a log on code.  It is fairly intuitive and easy to follow and staff will be sending some activities home but only a couple to start with just to get you going.   You can also send the work back so that staff can have a look at it.  To this end the following arrangements are in place:

Nursery and Reception:  work provided through Tapestry as well as the links on this page

Year 1 and Year 6: they have been working really closely with Dojo and this is working (so staff tell me) so this will continue… please interact (at sensible times) with this process.

Years 2- 5: Seesaw will be rolled out next week.  Please look for texts on the Eduspot app or your text app.

Next week sees the 75th anniversary of VE Day and in normal circumstances we would have been having a street party and lots of celebrations to mark this national event.  It would be great for the children to do some work/research on this (at an age-appropriate level obviously) and I am certain that there will be lots of lessons online about this on BBC Bitesize [https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary] and other online resources including the national academy [link here: https://www.thenational.academy/]. I would still encourage you to do the Joe Wicks videos each day and also go on to the White Rose Maths for their daily challenges.  Twinkl also has lots of free resources.  Staff will be pointing you in the right direction I’m sure but please try not to stress about work.  No one is behind.  No one is in front.  We are all in this together and I am more concerned about our children’s levels of anxiety and mental health in this national crisis than I am about their academic progress or otherwise. Be gentle with yourself and be gentle with them.  Stressing about work and stressing them about it will not help long term.  You are doing a great job!

Update: Weds, 22 April 2020:

Just a little to add to that which is below.  The Think-U-Know team (online safety) have issued some new guidance for parents, especially around some of the new stuff that’s out there, for parents/carers to look at.  The following link will take you to the Think-U-Know site and there are specific worksheets and activities targeted at your child’s age range.  These will be updated every couple of weeks.  You know what I’m like for internet safety and staying safe on line and with the best will in the world, most of our young people will be online a lot more at the moment so please stay safe… in the home… as well as outside!  I am also hearing all sorts of worrying things about children’s personal data being harvested from TikTok; please be careful with this platform.  The information is on the link below:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/   

You might not want to do all the activities but the discussion(s) you have with your child is what is important here; watch the videos together and discuss what they would do in similar situations.  Help them to make wise choices online and stay safe.  This is what we do all the time in school.  One of the problems is that children can be put under enormous pressure to ‘conform’ online and do things that make them feel uncomfortable and that they would never do in ‘normal’ offline life.  The other main issue is that lots of young people are online in their bedrooms… alone… this should always be safe space, so strategies to help them make good choices and to be strong and safe in this environment is vital.  Good luck and God bless. 

Update: Monday, 20 April 2020:  STILL VERY RELEVANT

The lock-down continues and now the Easter Break is officially over, even though school has been open and staff have been in at various times, we will be looking at ways we can help you with learning at home again this week and going forward.  The PDF below is a timetable for BBC Bitesize that will really help with age-appropriate activities and learning for your child(ren).  The resources listed below (especially the White Rose Maths) are still very relevant.  Reading is still very important too; there are lots of ways of reading that go well beyond scheme reading books.  The TWINKL resources are also still available online.  There is also a link to some specific information about the COVID-19 virus and how you might help your child understand it from LCC.  SEE THE RESOURCES AND LINKS BELOW that I put on a couple of weeks ago.

BBC Bitesize Resource: BBC Bitesize Timetable for Schools April 2020

BBC Bitesize link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

LINK for C-19 including free e-books: http://www.leedsforlearning.co.uk/Article/73108?source=Newsletter&guid=9D70F732-838D-40CE-9F76-B745F90EACD4  Click on the ‘here to access the page’ hyperlink.

Link to specific Letters and Sounds Phonics resources and lessons (from 27 April 2020): Letter to parents and carers about online phonics lessons April 2020  This has come from the English Team at LCC.  Please use this if your child is in Nursery (very early sounds), F2, Y1 and Y2.  This is especially relevant for your child if they are struggling to pick phonics up and remember it day to day. 

Please do not stress too much about what you are doing at the moment with your children in terms of formal learning.  There are so many things that you can do that are just as important.  Talk to them.  Play turn taking games with them.  Do some jigsaws (if you have any!) and go for walks.  Try and observe the change in nature at this time and learn some of the common birds, plants and trees that you see… you’d be amazed what they don’t know!  You’d also be amazed what they don’t see, unless you point it out to them.  Whilst we have the good weather and whilst you can get out for your daily walk, please do. And please don’t worry about them ‘falling behind’… they aren’t.  Once we get them back in school we will accelerate the learning process again and they will be fine.  It is the same for all children; this is a global pandemic and all children across the world are experiencing the same things.  All will be well. 

I know things are tough for some of you too and that all of this sounds great and that it isn’t as easy as I make it out… just be you and enjoy this time with your children.  Please try and have a bit of a routine too… maybe have a timetable of what you plan to do each day and share it with them… most children love routine and they like to know where they are and what they are doing… but don’t over-complicate it.  Be gentle with yourself too… you’re not their teacher… you’re their parent or their carer and you just need to love them, keep them safe and keep them well.  Stay home when you can.  Socially distance whenever you’re out.  Stay safe.  Stay strong.  Stay well. 

Previous Messages:  still relevant!

The following are a series of links to specific websites that will help you with activities to maintain the children’s learning.  Please be discerning with regard to what you teach them, especially in Maths, as it can take us longer to unlearn an incorrectly taught method than it can be to teach it right in the first place.  The link to the Maths Hub will give you guidance and videos as to how to teach the modern methods of teaching Maths.  All of this advice needs to be age-appropriate obviously.

As I said in the last newsletter there are a range of things that you can do easily that will really help your child:

  • Reading!  Read with your child every day if you can.  It doesn’t matter how many times you read the same book as this aids fluency.  Reading is so much more than just the scheme books too.  Please read widely and read to your children too.  If you are self-isolating this is an ideal time to develop this and give it the time that you might not always have when you are ultra busy.
  • Maths: There are a number of areas where today’s young people struggle and you can really help here when you’re off.  Learn to tell the time.  Learn how to handle money and know the coins, notes and how to work out simple change.  Add sums of money and play shops. You’ll be very surprised!  Times tables and number bonds to 10 (+ and -) then to 20 (+ and -) are critical too especially for younger pupils (KS1); there is a specific programme (below) that will help with this area of learning called Numbots.  If every child knew their number bonds to 10 backwards, forwards and inside out by the time they were 7 it would be an amazing thing. It would also be incredible if every Y4/5 child knew their tables in the same way (x and ÷) and the Times Tables Rockstars is a fun way to learn them.
  • Writing: the children do love to write in school.  They know about handwriting and presentation and that their books should be a thing of beauty; the children also double space in school (i.e write of each second line… this enables them to edit… please encourage this and don’t stop it… from Y2 onwards).  We have sent home an exercise book for them to write in.  Let them write stories, write about things they’ve done, retell stories in their own way; help them with their grammar and spelling but make sure this is age appropriate.  It would be amazing if every KS2 child could write their own full name, address and postcode and be able to spell it and punctuate it correctly and set it out in a letter format.  Please don’t make writing a chore; we work hard to make this something they want to do and do it with a high level of cooperation.  If they are going to be away from school for a long time then they will get bored and they won’t mind doing some writing.

Here are some links which will also help you find appropriate learning for your child; a copy of this letter was sent home with your child’s learning pack:

  • White Rose Maths are offering free resources and lessons online. All the work on this site links brilliantly with the work your child will have been doing in class.
  • Times Tables Rockstars is a brilliant way to improve multiplication skills and you can also use your same log-in to access NUMBOTS which is an online resource to support children with addition and subtraction skills. To access NUMBOTS click on the link https://play.numbots.com/#/intro and use either your Timestable Rockstars log-in or for F2 and Y1 the log-in details are provided on the letter in your pack.
  • Phonics play is also offering free access to their resources. All you need to do is go to their website phonicsplay.co.uk and log in using the username: march20 and the password: home
  • Pobble 365 is another English resource that offers daily activities based around a picture.
  • Twinkl is offering free access for a monthto parents. Click on the link twinkl.co.uk/offer You will need to create an account and use the offer code  UKTWINKLHELPS; the resources are split into year groups and subjects so you’ll be able to choose what you would like your child to do.
  • NESSY is an online resource to support reading, spelling and writing they can continue to access this at home (Mrs Strong will have informed you if your child uses this)
  • BBC Bitesize can also be useful; there are lots of resources forKey Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Don’t forget our school diaries also have lots of information about supporting your child at home.

Finally, as always, encourage them to forget about what’s going on by diving into a good book – reading has been shown to promote positive mental health.

It is also important to try and keep your child/children active throughout the day to support their physical and mental health.

Please see the following link:

Joe Wicks Body Coach – this link will take you to some video clips showing 5 minute exercises that can be done at home

We will continue to send additional information via the school texting service and school website as more resources become available.

We have included in your pack a palm cross so the children can be reminded about the importance of Holy Week and Easter. These have been blessed with holy water by Father Pat. God bless and thank you for your support at this very difficult time.

Please also see this resource from Leeds Community Healthcare with some ideas how to look after your mental health when in isolation: In Isolation – Creative Therapeutic Ideas for Families

Enjoy and good luck!

Mr Hutchinson and Mrs Ryan