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IT'S OK TO WORRY.....

Lots of people are feeling more anxious than usual during these uncertain times: This is a perfectly normal response .

Please download these useful resource for parents and pupils below.

If you feel you or your child’s worries are getting bigger, please contact us at school using the ‘Whisper’ button on the St Marie’s School website. We are here to support you.

75th anniversary of VE day – Friday 8th May 2020

75th anniversary of VE day – Friday 8th May 2020

Today we were planning to celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day by having a special themed day at St Marie’s. Unfortunately, as we are not all together, this will not be possible. Instead, we have put together a list of things that you could do with your families at home to learn about it, mark this special occasion and have lots of fun. We would love to see pictures or videos of you celebrating together. Please email them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is VE Day?

 

8th May 1945 – VE (Victory in Europe) Day – was one that remained in the memory of all those who witnessed it. It meant an end to nearly six years of a war that had cost the lives of millions; had destroyed homes, families, and cities; and had brought huge suffering and privations to the populations of entire countries.

The following links will help you to find out about VE Day:

 

Please click and look at the resources before sharing them with your children to make sure they are appropriate for your child/children.

Ideas for celebrating VE Day at home

 

Mr Dilly, a former teacher who performs excellent history shows in schools has posted an online VE DAY 75 show for children on his YouTube Channel.

Suitable for children aged 8+ the show talks about conflict and there are scenes of warplanes, tanks and destruction associated with air raids. It is not in any way gratuitous and injury to life is not shown. Parents and carers of more sensitive children may wish to view the show first. We suggest watching the show with your child(ren) so they can ask questions as it plays.

An activity pack can be downloaded here if your child(ren) would like to learn more. You can also all try to complete the Bumper VE Day 75 Show quiz included in the pack - watch the show, answer the quiz and then check your answers the answers!

To access this free VE Day 75 show click here.

Make some bunting

The BBC have launched a VE Day bunting campaign.

There are also several templates for paper bunting on the internet. Maybe you could use some fabric scraps and sew some bunting too. What colours could you use? Who would you like to remember or say thank you to on your bunting? Where will you hang it?

Bake some ‘street party’ food

These websites give you some authentic recipes for WWII treats – remember rationing was still in place. Or you could bake some special 21st century treats to enjoy.

Listen to, or learn, a wartime song

Learn a 1940s dance routine

Dress up in 1940s clothes or recreate a 1940s hairstyle

Victory roll hair tutorial

Hold a VE Day party

Street parties were a way that people celebrated VE Day 75 years ago. They included getting together as whole neighbourhoods to enjoy food, singing, dancing and playing traditional party games like musical statues, chairs and bumps, sleeping lions, blind man’s buff, pin the tail on the donkey and hoopla.

Obviously, the current lockdown laws limit where we can go, and we should in any event maintain social distancing, but this should not stop us having a party – we just need to be a bit more creative.

  • You could hold a virtual party with friends and family on an online platform with an adult’s
  • You could hold a teddy party with people in your family and your favourite toys in your garden, on your balcony or in your
  • Your community might be part of the front garden street party initiative – remember to stay safe

 

Sheffield Learning Together

The first edition of Sheffield Learning Together – the weekly home learning supplement in partnership with the Sheffield Star can be downloaded below in the files. 

The supplement will be available to download from our website each week and is in with the Sheffield Star each Thursday.

 

Post Easter Message

Please see Mr Fernandes' letter below sent via Parent Mail on Monday 27th to all families. It can be download in the files if required.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all well and safe. Usually, we would be welcoming children back to school this week for the start of the summer term, however, last week’s Government briefing on Covid19 made it clear that schools will only re-open when it is safe to do so. At this moment in time, there is no date set for this to happen.

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you are all doing supporting your children’s wellbeing and learning during this difficult time. I also want to take this opportunity to thank all our school staff who have continued to work throughout this period, including during the Easter holidays.

We are very grateful to the parents that have been in touch with school. The home learning email has been a great way of facilitating this, as have the phone calls made by teachers and teaching assistants. Listening to all the positive feedback has been wonderful. Moving forward there are a number of things that we will be continuing with and developing over the next few weeks.

From the feedback, we are working with staff to:

  • Make learning manageable and bring consistency when there is more than one child in the house
  • Allow children to communicate with their peers and their teachers in a safe online environment
  • Find ways of learning that are accessible to everyone. We recognise online learning may not be appropriate for all our families. We have already been in touch with lots of families. If you are having difficulties, please contact us at school for help.

For those of you able to access our website, our class pages have been updated to support children and parents. Please click the links below to download the new learning menu of activities for your class. These will be updated every two weeks.

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

 

It is important that the children have a balanced day, so please use the menus to ensure the children have a variety of physical, academic and mindfulness activities. We advise you to follow a routine as much as possible; children respond well to routines. It offers structure and benefits everyone’s mental health.

The Healthy Minds team have also developed a planner to support engagement with children in thinking about their day and the things which help them to feel motivated and comforted. For some children the planner will help them to enhance their routine for others the focus may be on establishing a routine, it is important to tune into what would be most helpful for your child and help them to build healthy coping strategies, even if these have to be small steps to start with. More information and the planner itself can be downloaded here from our website.

After successfully trialling EDMODO – virtual class in Year 4, we are planning to roll this out to other classes in school. Edmodo virtual classroom will allow the class teachers to communicate with the children and set tasks for them to complete. The children in the class can also communicate with other members of the class in a safe way. More details will follow this week for Year 1 - Year 6.

Don’t forget, if you would like to share any learning that your child has completed with their class teachers, or myself and Mrs Fernandes, you are welcome to do so via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love to see what you’ve been up to.

Virtual Gospel Assembly every Monday

Every Monday afternoon I will be posting a Gospel assembly for the children to follow. The first one is today so, please join me here.

Virtual Hot Chocolate Friday

Every Friday afternoon, I will be celebrating who has gone 'Over and Above' during the week with a virtual hot chocolate. Teachers, parents and children can send nominations to me by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I will invite some children to join me via Zoom to have a chat and a drink with me in my office. This will start this Friday 1st May. Please send me your nominations by Thursday.

Finally, we understand that many of you will be trying to work from home and may not be able to support your child with learning. Please do not stress or feel guilty about this. What is important to us is that your children are safe and you are supporting them during this difficult time.

Take care and stay safe.

Yours faithfully,

 

Mr J Fernandes

Headteacher

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