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Loreto Highlights Update - 9th October 2020
First Holy Communions
This week the children in 4P and 4G celebrated their First Holy Communion at Saint Joseph's Church. The service was officiated by Msgr. Paul Bear and was very much an intimate affair but only parents and siblings present.  Social distancing and masks were worn by all those over the age of 11 with the essence and beauty of the service remained.  The children walked up the aisle to their pews gracefully and accompanied by a selection of beautiful and emotive hymns, reading clearly sending a strong message that they understood the importance of the sacrament they were about to receive.  Pupils all had the time to take photographs in their lovely outfits with Msgr. Bear, as well as exchanging momentos with each other.  A truly beautiful occasion. 
Faith Diary
This week we look at how god loves us within marriage.  Look at the crossword and see if you can find the seven answers, you can also colour in the image of the banquet and bring this in to Mrs Napoli.
Year 3 Romans
Who were the Romans? Where did they come from? When did they invade Britain? These are just some of the questions which we have discussed in our History lesson. Y3 have been learning about the Romans and how they successfully invaded Britain. Children have watched slides which illustrate how the Roman army was made up of legions, as well as the training techniques and defence formations used. Liam kindly brought in a Roman helmet to show the children. We discussed the reasons for wearing helmets in battle and the materials used to make them.
Police Online Safety Talk
As part of their curriculum studies, Year 6 have been learning about being safe whilst connected to the online world.  We were delighted that our Neighbourhood Police Officer PC Stephen Peach, accompanied by PC Julian Cruz could visit the school to talk to the children.  With children being issued internet enabled devices as young as 8 years old we value the importance of educating our pupils how to use the devices and internet responsibly.  This includes knowing the age restrictions for apps, the law regarding improper use, the dangers, risks and how to report anything they are unsure about.  The children will continue their learning during the Digital Literacy lessons over the course of this year.  We would like to thank PC Peach and PC Cruz for dedicating their time to speak to the children.

This week we bring to your attention how you can set up Parental Controls which can help protect your child online.
Setting up parental controls (on your home broadband, mobile networks, smartphones and other devices including games consoles, search engines, entertainment services and social media), and provide help with many filtering options - including how to: set time and age limits, block certain content, lock settings with a password or PIN and activate restricted modes where available. 

Please click on the logo below to find out more or click here for the direct link to parental controls support.

P.E. Excellence
Y5 have continued to excel in their P.E lessons with all of them taking part in Badminton singles matches. There is some very good Badminton being played, with tactics becoming a big part of their game now. Learning how to organise themselves, problem solving and recording their scores correctly are other aspects of their learning during P.E lessons.
Y3 have been learning all about Basketball and its basic rules. This week the focus has been on “Protecting, Pivoting and Passing” to help them when confronted with a defender. These boys in Miss Risso’s class did particularly well when they came face to face with a defender, look at their triple threat stance! 
Christmas Card Project - DEADLINE TO SIGN UP TODAY!!
We are delighted to invite all parents to participate in this year's Christmas artwork.  Last year over 30 children designed their artwork to have professionally printed on Christmas Cards, tags and more. 
If you would like your child at Loreto to participate then please read the letter here for more details on how to register.
Bookmark Art
The children in Year 3 love to read. They have decorated their own beautiful bookmarks.
Great readers.
Great artists.
Great children
Practical Maths
Foundation Stage 2 have been busy sequencing numbers to 5.
At this age they learn through practical experiences. Here they are threading numbers, writing, cutting and sticking.
Our Foundation Stage 1 children are lucky to have our Librarians read to them in the School Library.
Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
Our youngest children in Nursery 1 were trying to catch the bubbles on our soft playground area during their outside play time.
Competition Time
During the month of September we have welcomed the children back to our library and some have been very keen to start reading again.  
The Reader Scheme is designed to encourage children to read books by rewarding them with points which lead to badges and other rewards. All books in the school library are graded according to both content and level of difficulty of language. The simplest books are worth 1 point and the most difficult are worth 8 points.
Well done to all!

The Reader Badges achieved for the month of September were as follows:
Alba Hernandez                  Yr 2   10 Pts
Alvaro Ventosa                    Yr 2   10 Pts
Stella Feetham                      Yr 2    10 Pts
Sienna Morello Reyes         Yr3    100 Pts
Poppy Brown                       Yr 3   20 Pts
Genevieve Hallet                 Yr 3    10 Pts
Tyrone Xu                             Yr 4   60 Pts
Martina Medina Rueda         Yr 4   20 Pts
Oscar Rudden                      Yr 4   60 Pts
Hannah Elliott                       Yr 5    200 Pts
Emily Peat                            Yr 5    20 Pts
Henrietta Hogg                     Yr 5    200 Pts
Dyslexia Week
Our year 5’s helping with preparations for Go Red Day which is part of Dyslexia Awareness Week.  
On Thursday, as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week, we have celebrated Go Red Day
Foundation Stages have made some lovely red artwork, years 1, 2 and 3 have designed posters and T-shirt’s and years 4, 5 and 6 have been writing in red pen all day. 

We have discussed how Dyslexia affects individuals; it’s challenges and it’s strengths! Children have researched famous dyslexics and learnt about how they have had a positive impact. 
British Dyslexia Association
Gold Book
The 'star of the week' children were presented with their gold pencils and certificates.  Let's see who is in next weeks gold book!
Class 6A have been researching rivers for Geography. This week they made posters on a river of their choice.
Each class has started work on their body percussion projects, each year group has a different song. Our aim this week with Lower Primary has been to keep a steady beat and work as an ensemble whilst using a body percussion routine. With our Upper Primary classes, we have been looking at rhythms and polyrhythms.  Here is a short clip from our Year 6 class who have been working on a body percussion routine to ‘Something Just Like this’. 
We have three Body Percussion achievement awards this week which go to Isabella from Miss Gmiterek’s class, Martin from Mr Grech’s class and Sine from Mrs Allan’s class.  
Here is a short clip of their performances and a sneak preview of Year 6’s project.  
Year 2
Class 2M have been learning out number bonds to 20. The children designed some colourful posters top show what they had learnt!
Every week, the children in Year 2 think of words that have the sound they are learning that week.   For the past two weeks, they have been learning the long ‘e’ sound.
Parents: please look for an email from school regarding Nasal Flu Vaccinations for children.  This is a free Government initiative and we urge you to read the information.  Check the letter bank on our website.
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