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Loreto Highlights Update - 22 November 2019
Bringing the Curriculum to life!
Year one were buzzing, literally this week, as our bee keeper Mr Taylor came in to school to talk to the children.  As part of the animals and their environment topic, the children brought this to an exciting end as they listened to the ‘Life of a Bee’.  The children learnt how they enable food like apples, courgettes to grow being an important part of the eco-system.  The children were able to look, touch and smell frames from inside one of our new beehives, learning how the bees make the cells and store honey inside.  The children were shown on a presentation the three types of bees that are in a colony, learning how they live together, working as a team, all 40-60 thousand in a single beehive.
The pupils really brought the curriculum to life as two children became beekeepers, dressing up in bee suits as a beehive was disassembled, even using the smoker to simulate how bees are moved back into the hive.  The children learnt that the bees make honey and wax which can be turned into items that we can buy in shops.   To top it all, the children could sample some honey and left the lesson buzzing!
Shoe Box Appeal
A massive thank you to all the parents and children who have donated a shoe box of goodies to the shoe box appeal.  We have managed to donate over 180 shoe boxes, so many that the organisers had to go for a third car to fit them all in!   Well done, and thank you once again for all your support in helping those who are less fortunate.
This week Year 5 pupils have been learning about 'resistance' in their Science lessons.  As a practical investigation the children recycled old plastic bags and drinks bottles to make parachutes.  The bottle was first dropped and timed and then it was again dropped from a height and timed this time with parachute. 

Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

The Loreto Sustainable School Committee (LSSC) is constantly working to improve our school’s habits, techniques and routines, working towards an eco-friendlier and sustainable Loreto Convent. From walking to school on Tuesdays to banning single use plastic bottles.
This Christmas season, we consider that an incredible 277,000 miles of wrapping paper gets thrown away every year. 

In a bid to reduce the massive amount of non-recyclable wrapping paper thrown away, the LSSC would like to encourage everyone to use old newspapers instead. LSSC members are in the process of creating beautiful printed sheets of wrapping paper out of old newspapers. These will go on sale in early December. We hope you will support us in purchasing and using these upcycled sheets this year.
Balance Time
Year 3 have been working on some partner balance in Gymnastics this week.
Christmas Coding
Class 4C have themed their coding lessons as we lead up to Christmas.  The children were asked to design a story board, to show the backgrounds and characters and write the story line.  The children are now learning about visual event coding as they create their animation using a computer coding app called Scratch.  At the end of term we hope to share with you some of the children's end results.
Childline Talk
Year 3 had a workshop by Tessa Neish from childline. The children had a look at how to draw different emotions on cartoons.
Table Fun
Our Nursery pupils have been learning by playing with an interactive table this week.  The children have used this to help with motor skills, developing their knowledge of numbers, shapes and letters and even using it to draw during lunchtime.
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