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Andy's Sunday Saviours
Why not have a go at taking a dot for a walk? Don’t plan your picture. Just let your pencil wander randomly without leaving the paper/ ground/wall. Have fun x
White Rose Hub
White Rose Hub Worksheets for Week 6 have been uploaded to the website for Y1-6. Answer sheets to follow!
TES Newspaper Article
Seems eminently sensible to me.... Its pretty much how we'll return.... Whenever that maybe!
A picture book for children who are worried about the Coronavirus
My_Hero_is_You_Storybook_for_Children_on_COVID-19 can also be downloaded by scrolling down the screen.
Pentecost at Home
A service for the Feast of Pentecost from St George's Church, Chorley. The order of service can be found here: https://stgeorgechorley.co.uk/assets/...
Partial Re Opening of Schools
Please find attached a letter from myself and Fr David regarding the latest advice about the partial re opening of schools from 1st June. Please scroll to the bottom of the page to download.
Some useful documents which can be downloaded if you scroll down the page.
Helping Children Learn at Home - Here's some guidance from our psychology service re helping your child learn at home.....
Transition Back to School Part 1 - We will be focusing on this document as we continue our plans to help kids in reception, year 1 and year 2 transition back to school from 1 June. We will be focusing on this document as we continue our plans to help kids in reception, year 1 and year 2 transition back to school from 1 June.
Transition Back to School Part 2 - And our final document to share......
Sorry it's late folks .....here's this weeks STEM challenge - This week the challenge is maths based. Follow the link below to an explanation of a famous logic game called 'Towers of Hanoi'. How many discs can you move? STEM club managed to do 5. Can you do more? Post your pictures and videos below or email to school and let's see who the Champion of Hanoi will be....
Just a little clarity for our keen SeeSaw users. You can continue to access and complete SeeSaw activities. All existing activities will stay there for you to use if you wish, but there will be no new ones posted, or feedback given, for at least two weeks after half term as everyone adjusts to the new routine.
I hope that helps, and that you enjoy using the existing activities alongside our other resources.
Oxford Owl are allowing parents to read eBooks for free on their website.
In order to do this you need to create a parent log in and then go on ‘Books’, then onto ‘free ebooks’.
This has been checked and it provides books for 3-11 year old children.
New Intake Meeting
'New Starter Pack' have been distributed to all our confirmed 'Reception September 2020' starters, please return the green forms at the back of the pack as soon as possible. If for any reason you have not collected your pack, these will be delivered later this afternoon by a member of staff.
Andy will be delivering an 'Intake Meeting' Live on Facebook tonight (Wednesday 20th May) at 7:00pm.
This “meeting” will last around an hour.
Prior to the meeting please ensure you have joined our Facebook page – St Georges Primary School by answering the three questions required for approval.
If you are not on Facebook, please don’t worry, I will post the video onto our school website shortly after the address.
For this virtual meeting, I will talk through the documentation that you will have received. Please have it to hand. I know this is all very strange, it is for me too. Although virtual, this remains a very important meeting, as we will be discussing details and procedures about your child starting school in September. (Government permitting of course!)
If you have any problems, concerns, or worries about accessing this induction process please email the school using firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Challenge - Mrs Barclay
It’s that time of the week again. Let’s add to our gallery. This weeks challenge was inspired by a few artists the first being Turner prize winner Grayson Perry and the others our very own Jack S and Jasmine ! All have been making ANIMAL ARTWORK. It could be a beloved pet, something exotic or abstract , whichever try to use a new medium maybe photography, clay, food or a ‘bits and bobs ‘collage. Here are a few ideas to get you started . Have fun ! X
Oak National Academy - Home Learning Resource
The new "Oak National Academy" is an online school supported by the government's Department for Education. It has been written by more than 40 teachers.
It caters for children from Reception to Secondary age.
It can be accessed at https://www.thenational.academy/
Each day offers a school-style English and Maths lesson plus another subject for every year group. The lessons (which are pre-recorded and can be accessed to suit) are about an hour each in duration and are delivered by a teacher, in a classroom with video, reading and graphic content. As such, they are a very good representation of a lesson in school. They do, however, require a child to have sole use of a laptop or tablet/desk top. A smart phone will work too (just a smaller screen) if they can use it uninterrupted for the whole lesson. Because each lesson needs an hour's worth of on line time, the lessons are technology-intensive. However, if you have safe and suitable IT equipment, plus a peaceful space for your child to work in, this is an excellent resource and well worth a look.
Returning to School
Folks, here are our proposed documents for the planned return of reception, year 1 and year 6 kids from 1st June. They are everything we have available at the moment.... May I suggest you read them, and ask any questions you may have on this thread. I will do a Facebook live on Wednesday and answer your questions, and we will have a zoom meeting on Friday for a face to face chat. There is no pressure, it is just our offer to you. As with everything we have said during the COVID experience, if it works for you, it works for us.
In the next few minutes we will also be sending an email out as to which temporary class your child will be in, and which staff will support them. For reception and year 1 it's quite easy - you're sticking in your little 15's that you are already in, y6, you've been split up into equal groups of 12.
Take care, stay alert, and stay safe.
Documents can be downloaded by scrolling down the page.
White Rose Hub
From this week, the worksheets will be available on the school website to use alongside the videos on White Rose Hub platform. if you have any queries about the White Rose Hub learning, please contact school via email.
Andy's Sunday Saviours
Mrs Fothergill's Gymnastic Challenge
Well done all who completed the skipping challenge last week- I’m very impressed!
This week’s gymnastics challenge is:
How long can you hold a plank?
You need to have a straight body, like Tom, and lean on your elbows!
Post how long you hold it for on Facebook or alternatively email your times to school using email@example.com
Message from Andy
The demised of Purcell's Parbold pop up seems to have hot some of you as hard as Take That splitting up!!
I had to stop it.... It had had its day, and I was knackered! However, upon mature reflection the timing seems rubbish.... So the compromise is, as we enter a new phase and take steps towards partial re opening...
Andy Live.... Mondays and Wednesday @12..... On Facebook...
Zoom the squad.... A member of the SLMT team will host a zoom Q/A session for you all every Friday at 12pm.....
Don't forget we also have help@, and 07776....
Your day has just got better.....
Sunday saviours here as normal this evening.
Operation Bletchley - Activity Suggestion from Mrs Brown
Operation Bletchley is your Virtual Codebreaking Challenge. Your mission is to cover either 50 or 100 miles on foot and crack the codes as you go. With brand new codes to crack for 2020. Have you got what it takes to deliver your final message before time runs out?
This looks like a great family fundraising activity. The Junior clues are aimed at 8-12 year olds. I’m signing up for the London Mission
Ukulele Sessions on Charanga.
This message is aimed at Classes 7, 8 and 10 on behalf of the ukulele teacher Mr Woodward. He is going to be able to offer weekly sessions on Charanga. If you would like to access them please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and class.
Mrs Barclay's Art Challenge
Good afternoon children, it’s artist of the week time and this week is a bit different, our artist is one of today’s leading Graphic designers. Her name is Jacky Al - Samarraie . She likes to use silhouettes and just one block colour to show a scene or a pastime ( if you have seen the school V.E day celebration piece it’s a bit like that )
So, your challenge is to show a scene or a pastime special to you BUT you can only use one colour and black .Here are some examples of her work to give you a starting point ...... Have fun x
Andy's Sunday Saviours
A Poem for our Year 6 children 🤗 🌈 (it's not one of mine, but all the same it's lovely.... Xx)
Today is the day that SATs would have started,
The classroom set up and the tables parted,
The rules on the board, the display walls all covered,
Your workbooks away, out of sight in the cupboard,
Instead you are home, you’re doing your bit,
Protecting your families from getting sick,
It’s important right now, we’re in lockdown you see,
Being part of world history,
You’ve all worked so hard, you should be so proud,
You’ve practised your SPAG and times tables out loud,
You’ve learnt algebra to the Nth degree,
And now the tests, they will no longer be,
Some may be sad that they can’t take the tests,
“Hip hip hooray,” I’ve no doubt said the rest,
Whilst the tests are on hold and you stay home this term,
Remember that tests can’t measure everything you learn,
And I don’t need SATs results to tell me,
How hard you have worked, it’s easy to see,
St George’s Year 6, let me shout it out loud,
You’ve made all your teachers so very proud,
So please continue to learn, fill that brain up full,
And remember, we think you’re all wonderful!
VE Day 75 Art Competition
Congratulations to our winners:
KS1 - Matilda H & Pearl (Class 3)
KS2 - Jasmine P (Class 10)
A special prize will be with you later today!
Many thanks to all of the children that entered. It was a really tough decision so I asked my Dad to be the judge.
Jasmine - He said, your artwork ie (fields of poppies) is a great representation of those who lost their lives on the altar of freedom. 'Lest we forget!'
Matilda- He said, your artwork (a field of poppies with a spitfire flying above) is a great representation of the courage British Soldiers showed in the face of overwhelming odds.
Thank you for your videos and entries for last weeks STEM challenge. They were ace! I was impressed by all the videos this week - great engineering everyone ! This week, your challenge is to design a contraption that will protect a raw egg when it falls from a height. You can use any materials you have at home to protect your egg but your egg must go inside the contraption before it is dropped rather than putting things down on the floor. I have posted a link below to a website full of ideas and how you could adapt for KS1/KS2 children. Post your pictures of your contraptions below in the comment or even post a video of you dropping your egg inside the contraption and revealing whether the egg has survived or not. Get making kids ! Who can drop it from the highest point without it breaking? Good luck.
Alternatively email them to school using email@example.com
This is mega kids..... Get on it! Its superb.. If you're doing the 50 challenge and don't know what to do.... Go an research 50 relatives.
British Legion KS2 VE Home Learning Resources
The Royal British Legion has created some home learning resources for children in KS2. This is an ideal opportunity to use and learn more about VE day over the bank holiday.
Andy's Sunday Saviours
Get creative whilst at home with our VE Day 75 Art Competition!
The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.
Join us on Friday 8 May as we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front. As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago.
At St George’s we wanted to find a way for our pupils to celebrate this special date in history with friends and family from the comfort of their own homes.
It is time to get your paintbrushes, pencils and/or modelling clay out and put your best creative hats on, because we are holding a VE Day 75 themed art competition; the perfect task for you and your loved ones to get stuck into during lockdown.
The brief is open and simple, create a piece of art to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this historical milestone. If you are unsure where to start, think poppies, celebrating soldiers, bunting, street parties and Union Jack flags. Your artistic creation can be a drawing, a painting, a sculpture or whatever you think best celebrates VE Day 75.
Post them onto Facebook under the post or email them to school firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday evening. Good luck!
St George's Marathon Update
Ok.... so we're running 250 miles tomorrow! Gettin.... that's all the way to Cornwall! How ace is that?
So tomorrow.... Run George's run.......
And send your videos to me....
Front camera.....1st 5 seconds, last 5 seconds.... landscape..... no talking!
And we'll see what Nathan can do with it!
Good luck everyone, and stay socially distant, and Lucas H - hope you're hungry for dust x
New schedule can be downloaded below.
Update on Arts Week from Miss Yates
Kids... do you remember Arts Week?! That seems such a long time ago now doesn’t it! Do you remember the Andy Warhol that picture you took of yourselves? ... well tadaaaa!! It’s arrived!! How brilliant is it! It’s waiting for you at school, ready for you to find your face when you get back... Thanks to the Gregory family for putting it together so beautifully for us!
Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Challenge - Recommended by Mrs Makepeace
Thought some of the children and their families might be interested in this. I’ve signed up!
This June we challenge you and your family to do one wild thing a day! Take part in 30 Days Wild! 🐝🌱🐞😊
Year 6 Hall Board Challenge
Year 6... We're doing the hall boards up... I need your help. Please can you send me, ON SEESAW, 3 selfies.
#1: looking happy
#2: Looking indifferent/ bored
#3: extremely sad
Hi all. Wednesday afternoon means another STEM challenge. This week, I want to see who can design and make the paper aeroplane that can carry the biggest cargo. All is explained in the video and the website (link below). Post your entries in the comments below on Facebook or alternatively email it to email@example.com . Can't wait to see your efforts ! https://kidsactivitiesblog.com/…/stem-paper-airplane-chall…/
Prag's Indian Cooking Club
Hope you had fun making the recipes I shared last time. This time I’m sharing my Naan & Chicken Korma recipes. I’d love some feedback & let me know if there’s a recipe you’d like me to write & share with you.
Andy's Weekly Address
Well, how you all doing!? Here’s the weekly newsletter—it does contain additional information from what’s on facebook, in addition to some repetition…. It’s just another way of trying to communicate with you all, and keep you all in the loop best we can.
I think between all SLMT we’ve now spoken to you all, and what a great group of people you are. You’re performing minor miracles… being a parent, holding down your jobs, and now teaching as well! Take it easy out there, and remember there’s enough pressure on us…. Don’t add unnecessary pressure on yourselves…. If it’s working for you, its working for me.
Strangely, and rather unexpectedly I’m finding myself very busy! Im not quite sure why…. There is actually a lot going on behind the scenes…. Staff are continuing to be absolutely mega on the social media, and see saw… and know every school is doing their bit, and actually, not that it is for me to be proud of my colleagues, but I’m genuinely so impressed at what my headteacher colleagues are doing around Chorley—what a great place to work, to live and to be socially isolated in—take a look at the brilliant book benches as well on your daily hours exercise...another feather in the cap for Chorley!
At school we have ran an advert for 2 teachers this year. No one is leaving, but Rachel will start her official maternity in September, and we need an additional teacher apropos school expansion.
That said, I’ve spoken to all teachers, and released the teaching line up for next year on the next page…. Kids haven’t yet been allocated to classes yet, we will do this over the course of the term, and release as normal, when we send out your report…. Which we will do as normal, although clearly they’re only going to comment on the 1st 2 terms in school!
Take care folks
Art Challenge by Mrs Barclay
Good afternoon children . I loved seeing all of your Hundertwasser creations last week they were fabulous ! How’s your hair looking ? Surreal ? The theme this week is ‘crazy hair ‘ . Take a picture/ draw your face( or mums, dads, grandma, grandads )and get ‘surreally ‘ creative with hair! I have attached some ideas.Year 5 and 6 have a look at incorporating Surrealism and maybe build an artist profile of Salvador Dahli . Take care and enjoy ! 🎨👏🏻x
Bug Club Advice from Mrs Brown
As it's come up more than once on the help@, please note that to access Phonics Bug you need to use the school code as well as your personal log in details. Also, your Internet browser will make a difference; for example it doesn't work well in Safari but is fine in Chrome.
Active Learn www.activeteachprimary.co.uk This includes Bug Club and Phonics Bug. Your child’s teacher may use this to set online reading activities. You will need the school code, below, as well as your child's individual Log In details. School code: stge
Lancashire Consultants Home Schooling TV
Mrs Brown has kindly uploaded this half terms class newsletter and homework menus to the website. Click on the link below and locate (click) your child's class on the left hand side.
Charanga Home Learning - Music
We have a fantastic music resource in school that we use from Lancashire called Charanga. They have created some home learning music packages, known as YUMU, which we can now all access. The logins for the children are the same as their ones for Purple Mash, TTRS and Numbots etc. Only slight difference is they need to put a # in front of their login and password. I have attached an example login letter at the bottom of the page . Please let me know if you have any difficulties logging in.
The link is; https://www.LancashireMusicHub.co.uk/yumu
Premier League Primary Stars Home Learning
Premier League Primary Stars have a range of free activities to support children and keep them learning, active and having fun.Premier League Primary Stars have a range of free activities to support children and keep them learning, active and having fun.
Brownies with Gerry - A link from Mrs Brown
Sent to me by my brother, who obviously had nothing to do with this at all! Enjoy watching, and maybe have a go at making the brownies. I’d love to see your efforts, even though I can’t come and try them. 🍪
Pink Floyd Musical Activity - A link from Mr Purcell
Perhaps as well innit!!??
Get singing kids, get learning a dance, get playing the drums, guitar, kitchen pans.... Whatever.... Enjoy x
Natwest MoneySense Home Learning covers a new money topic every fortnight, with free and fun resources to use at home.
British Gymnastics Challenge
Time for the weekly gymnastics challenge!
Well done to those that took part in last weeks balance challenge .... very impressive!
This week see how many times you can do a stretch or tuck jump in 30 seconds holding a beanbag between your knees!
If you don't have a beanbag, why not change for a pair of socks? Post your results on Facebook or alternatively email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The St George's (Social Distancing) Marathon - Pupils, Staff and Parents
Can we run a marathon next Sunday?
If you're keen to join in the fun? Send us an email on email@example.com or write on a comment underneath the post on Facebook containing which miles you'll do, then we'll set up a results snake. Mr P will start it off, he is going to do 0-4 miles. So, whose gonna do miles 4 to.....? Just run wherever, but next Sunday.... Come on kids.... Let's do this....
Happy St George's Day
Art Challenge by Mrs Barclay
Good afternoon children ! Each week I will be giving you a new artist to research and am challenging you to create artwork based on their style . You could paint, use fabric, use food, junk model or anything else you can think of . Remember to use scale think big / think small .
This weeks artist is Hundertwasser
(Year 6 you could do an artist profile as you did for Gaudi) . Post them onto Facebook or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org . I can’t wait to see your creations ! Take care
Stem Challenge by Mr Norris
It's Wednesday afternoon which means it's time for a new STEM challenge ! The rockets that you made since the last STEM challenge have been brilliant and they all look amazing - some of you even managed to launch them! My winners this week are Cian O'Donohoe and Molly Holland - well done on your fantastic rockets you two and well done to everybody who took part.
Mr P has actually pinched some of my STEM challenge this week in one of his Parbold Pop Ups! This week, you will able to see satellites flying overhead at night. Pick a night to stay up with your parents and watch them fly across the sky. Theres some information on this website on when to look out for them - https://james.darpinian.com/satellites/?special=starlink
Also, whilst you are outside, download an app onto your parents phone (with their permission) called 'star tracker'. Its amazing! If you hold it up to the night sky it tells you what stars and planets you are looking at ! I used it to work out that I was looking at Venus on Monday night. Record all the planets/stars/ constellations you see and post on the comments before next Wednesday. No competition or winners this week, just a challenge to excite and spark curiosity.
20.04.2020- Welcome Back!
Well done to all that took part in the “hoop jumping” challenge last week- I was very impressed!
This week is slightly different! Watch the video and then be creative and post your best balances on facebook or email them to email@example.com
Gymnastics Challenge - Balance
Easter Competition (Mrs Foth)
I've just been "judging" the Easter colouring competition with my family and we are all agreed that the entries were ALL so good, that everyone who entered deserves a rainbow reward.
Well done to the following kids:-
C1/2 = Anya B & Jack S
C3/4 = Kira P, Ian K, Jacob W, Matthew W
C5 = Lois H, Emma J, Erin B, Freya F, Max W
C6 = Kourtney P
Y4 = Ella H. Millie J, James S
Y5 = Josh P, Austin, Edward W
(I think I've included everyone)
Home School Resources
🔶 From 9am Monday to Friday, you’ll be able to watch BBC Bitesize Daily on BBC iPlayer and Red Button.
🔶 20-minute lessons covering ages 5 to 14.
🔶 Brought to you by experts, teachers and some very familiar faces.
🔶 Over 150 new lessons published every week on our website and app.
National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics -NCETM Video Mathematics Lessons
These short videos are intended to provide primary school pupils with interactive lessons while they are at home. Most lessons are 15 to 20 minutes long, each ending with suggested follow-up tasks. All lessons exemplify a Teaching for Mastery approach to maths. The current plan is for a new batch of five lessons to be added here every week.
Coronavirus - Information Booklet for Children
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler
CAMHS - CAMHS Resources
CAMHS have lots of useful resources including links to help children who might be worrying about the coronavirus.
Indian Cooking Club - Spice up your Life
We know how much you have enjoyed Indian Cooking Club. Prags has attached some recipes to the bottom of the page which you are welcome to download so you can try some of the dishes at home.
Why not .... Just for fun, and to brighten up our Facebook page.
Easter Not a Competition
Decorate an egg
Okay everyone ! We know how talented you all are from the amazing hats, jumpers and costumes you produce on our special school days so we have decided to run an Easter not a competition to decorate an egg ( or a few ) in an innovative and eggciting way !
Remember to hard boil your eggs.... Poached, scrambled or fried don't work as well.
- Post your pictures on Facebook on Easter Sunday.
Have fun everyone !
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week. 🌿🌿✝️
Here is a great video to watch with the children to explain the story of Palm Sunday.
Also if you follow this link you can take part in Palm Sunday mass with Father David. https://www.facebook.com/Adlingtonstpaul/videos/213206899935395/
Contact from Rev Mike
If you would like a call from our Vicar during these unusual times, please private message the church's facebook page with a phone number and Rev. Mike will give you a call. It doesn’t have to be for anything specific, it can just be to say hello! Let’s keep finding ways to stay connected during these times.
Please note Mike probably won’t be able to phone you back immediately so please only use this for non-urgent contact!
For you NHS workers out there, If you didn’t already know. Headspace is offering NHS staff the full subscription for free. Loads of mindful exercises to help sleep, reduce worry, stress, feel positive and there are exercises for kids to also cultivate appreciation and kindness. Have a look of your interested. Take care and keep safe.
Well done for all the brilliant work you have been putting on Seesaw! We have really enjoyed seeing everything you have been up to.
The next two weeks would have been the Easter holidays and, although we will still be in school with Day Stay, we won’t put new tasks on Seesaw. It’s time for you all to have a well earned rest! Having said that, please continue to read to your child and listen to them read regularly.
Although we will not be posting activities, we are still here to help. If you need anything or have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can ring the school.
We look forward to seeing more of what you get up to when we post some new activities from 20th April.
We hope you have a lovely, restful Easter!
Mrs Fothergill's Easter Competition
Hello everyone, as we approach the Easter holidays I thought I'd set some Easter challenges.
Easter Colouring Competition: Pick one of the sheets below (download below) to print off and colour. Post your finished colouring sheets onto our Facebook page or alternatively email them to (email@example.com). There will be a prize for the best in each year group.
Also, if you fancy making something, have a go at an Easter garden! It could be in the garden, in a pot or coloured in a box. I've put some ideas onto the Facebook page. Again, post any finished ones on facebook or email at the address above for us all to admire.
STEM Challenge Week 2
Its Wednesday afternoon which means it's time for this weeks STEM challenge. Last weeks Science Selfies were absolutely fantastic. The winners were Ian K (Class 4) and Spencer H (C7).
The new challenge is based around the International Space Station.
KS1 - Design and make your own rocket.
KS2 - Research a real rocket and later design and make your rocket using chosen media (junk models, paint, ICT) etc.
Like last week, post your entries onto our Facebook page or alternatively email them to (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mr Norris can't wait to see what you all come up with.
Here is an idea for a timetable you might want to use to structure your days. You could change it to make it work for you, add things to it, take things out, make it your own or keep it as it is. (Go to the bottom of the page to download).
Useful Contact Details
Andy has composed a list of useful contact numbers should you or your child need them during the pandemic. (Go to the bottom of the page to download).
To keep it all real, and to stop our heads going at a million miles an hour, I have published 6 Sunday Saviours. Small, achievable things to accomplish in a week. To ensure we're not over whelming ourselves, to ensure we don't feel rubbish, to ensure we keep up only with ourselves.... not the Jones. How many of last weeks Sunday Saviours did you complete?
Create a workspace for your kids to use?
Say the School Prayer with them each evening, or my favourite evening prayer? For example, "Lord keep us safe this night, secure from all our fears. May Angels guard us whilst we sleep, until morning light appears. Amen."
Did you log into any assemblies? - these are every day, at 11:00am.
DId you begin to download the seesaw app?
It's now time for this weeks Sunday Saviours.....
- Each Day - Read, or get your kids to read (either a book, bug club, or kindle, or audible) But one of the things that could be lost, isn't academic stuff - we'll sort that, it's resilience to challenge, perseverance to challenge and work stamina. Infant kIds should be able to stick on a single task for 6 minutes, plus their age. So, a 4 year old should be able to sustain a task for around 10 minutes. Junior kids should be able to sustain an activity for 11 minutes plus their age. So a year 6 kid 11 + 11 = 22 minutes. Of course, things lengthens with adult interactivity.
- Daily Maths for the above length of time..... TT Rock Stars for the juniors, Numbots for the infants. We also have my maths for both. And White Rose Hub have loads of stuff on line, and we've sent you the details for this.
- Headspace - i believe this is now free for everyone. It's brilliant. I've always used it. This is a biggie.... just chose a topic, and meditate with your kids daily, twice a day would be great....
- Check last weeks.... achieve a couple more. To stick with the programme, prioritise a tidy workspace for the kids.
- If winging it is still working, stick to it, if not, set up a structure. We sent one out last week, I'll publish another one on Facebook tonight.... for you to use if it helps. Any problems, email email@example.com
- Do daily exercise (Your own, Joe Wicks, 9.00am on Youtube, Cosmic Kids, this is on line, available any time)
Andy's Weekly Address
Wow..... how weird is this!? But take a step back, look around at everything you've achieved, and toast yourselves, and your family.... well done everyone. May I start by thanking everyone for their magnificent support you have afforded us during the past week, it really is most kind. It's been a challenging time for us all, but none more so for those on the front line. I really don't know what to say to you, apart from thank you. It is your work that allows me to sleep at night.
Miss Berry and the Chorley SSP have set up a Cross Country Challenge. How many of us can still go and run a mile over the weekend? Post your pictures and videos onto the St George's Facebook page, send them directly to the SSP by email CSSP@buckshaw.lancs.sch.uk or add them to your class Seesaw. The Chorley SSP will award this year's trophy to the school with the most participants. Happy running everyone!
On Thursday we had a gazebo stolen from the school grounds. Some gazebos have sadly been broken by the wind over the weekend. We will replace in full when this pandemic is over. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Father Mike has produced a document called 'Praying at Home' with the church being closed. This can be found on the school's Facebook page or you can request an electronic copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schools have been asked to stay over the EASTER break to allow KEYWORKERS to go into work. To enable us to staff this, please can you email SHARON in the office if you're a KEYWORKER and require DAY-STAY at St George's over the EASTER holidays.
DAY-STAY - Monday - Friday inclusive including BANK HOLIDAYS.
As always please take note of Government instruction, and you should only be going into work if you're a KEYWORKER whose work is essential to the nation's COVID-19 response.
Please email SHARON by 5:00 pm tomorrow should you wish to utilise this service.
Each week, Mr Norris will be posting a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge for you all to get involved with. This week is a Science Selfie Competition. Who can take the best selfie picture capturing the whackiest, most imaginative, craziest science at home? This can be an investigation or science in your garden or around the house. Please post your entries on the school's facebook page or drop us an email on email@example.com.
Free School Meals
For those of you on free school meals, you can collect daily packed lunches, or weekly hampers, Collect weekly hampers on Monday. Both collections are from the Kitchen door.
If any family does not have access to a tablet or phone ot the ability to access SEESAW. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily lend you a device from school.
Sign up to the school page to keep up to date with staff, school and pupils.
7:00am - Mr Purcell's Parbold Pop up! (daily)
9:00am - Yoga or Joe Wicks
9:30am - 3/4 Story Time (Live)
11:00am - Worship (Assembly)
1:30am - Infant Story Time (Live)
8:00pm - Y5/6 Story Time (Live)
We have been instructed by the Government to CLOSE St George's on Friday at the end of school for MOST PUPILS.
Exceptions to this at the moment include:
If your child has an education, health care plan, is in receipt of free school meals (not infant free meals) , or if you are a key worker i.e. one or more parents work in the NHS, armed forces, prison service, delivery drivers for supermarkets, teacher of a school that requires you to be in, food industry, social care workers, one or more parents work in the emergency services then school will be open as normal, from 8.30am until 5.30pm.
In light of new Government recommendations, Chorley SSP confirm that all sporting events and competitions are postponed until further notice. They are considering running some online challenges. At this present time, Chorley SSP hope to continue to run activities onsite at St George's.
Follow this link for all the latest COVID 19 news IN THE EVENT OF A SCHOOL CLOSURE.
Anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days, as the UK government moves to the "delay" phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus.
Use this reputable checking tool if you're worried about new symptoms.
WOW, well that’s been a bit of a week hasn’t it! First of all before I talk about our little world, let’s applaud the work of the health services and send our very best wishes to the politicians, and scientists who are leading the nation through this quite unprecedented and unexpected of times.
At St George’s the decisions that we take aren’t based on my amateur microbiology degree I awarded myself over the weekend, they’re based on a great deal of cautiousness until we’re given the knowledge to be confident again. They’re based on limiting risk, as I see it. They’re a calm measured set of actions to reduce the risk of COVID 19 popping into see us!
We've pulled out of a few events. Our decisions have been made not to be dramatic, or to create panic, simply out of an abundance of cautiousness, and to try and help the national agenda.
The Easter production, and rehearsals, will now be held in school, more akin to an assembly, rather than in church. This was decided to avoid the mixed social gathering in a building other than school.
Swimming has been cancelled for year for the foreseeable future. Again, for the same reasons as above. The swimming pool is in a public building, that contains a gym. It doesn’t seem right for now swimming to continue where we could both catch, and indeed share our germs.
Although we are still collecting for the food bank, a member of staff will take the food up, rather than the kids.
The class 6 bag pack to Morrisons has been cancelled. Again, it’s a mixed social gathering
Easter bingo is also cancelled
We will show the events as cancelled on the web cal (ie leave them on, but write cancelled next to the title….. Please check the web cal before ringing school regarding events…. Assume they’re are going on, unless we have written cancelled on the web cal)
Facebook is a great way to keep in touch. I still hate it, but I can see the advantages. May I ask though that you stick to the more traditional forms of communication (email, telephone or face to face……. I had 12 messages from parents on imessenger over the weekend…… non of which I replied to! I socialise on imessenger you really don’t want me getting confused between the 2! Furthermore, I know you ask each other questions on facebook, that’s great…. And yeah, as staff have time, they may reply personally. But this isn’t the norm. If you want to speak to staff the channels are personally, email, phone call, letter…. Much thanks.
Sharon has spoken to all readers who valiantly give up their time to help us out. As long as you’re fit and well, please come into school as normal—bring a costa for me, and some banter and good news for everyone else!
That said, anyone with a new, continuous cough, or high temperature is now advised to stay off school for at least a week or until the temperature has returned to normal—whichever is the longer.
In school well be washing our hands regularly, but apart from that cracking on as normal.
Before you set off for school tomorrow check out 3 questions.
The latest advice is for anyone with a high temperature, or a new cough to self isolate for a week! Accordingly, please, if your child shows these symptoms go into self isolation for the 7 days.
Although I have no specific information, it is becoming increasingly likely that there is going to be some sort of school closure. Good luck. In situations like this it is my job, and our duty, to make things as easy for you all as possible. School has loads of on line resources that can be accessed from home. Click here to be taken to the information page on the website. As more resources become available I will publish them on facebook, and on the above section of the website.
There is plenty of work you can do at home, but I realise that any school closure will cause massive upheaval. Accordingly, all work is available, no work is compulsory.
At home, during any school closure you can:
Use Purple Mash - consolidate your previous learning.
Kids in year 2, and year 6, you have been sent home some past papers - please do them.... and return these. They will be marked, and used.
You have the current, and previous homework menus that you can access. Discuss them. Complete activities.
Challenge each other on TT rock stars. We'll do a school closure league table!
Learn your lines for the Easter play. It probably wont go ahead as planned, but we will do it!
Learn the songs for the Easter Production. These are available from the website.
You have your key spellings and key words sent home... learn to spell them.
Use twinkle..... I will publish their online resources
read - Use bug Club, use oxford owl use 1st News.
Practise what you know in maths.... use My Maths.
So, it will be certainly very different, but, should it be beneficial to you, theres lots to be going on with.
I assure you that as i get information I will publish it here, and on facebook.
During the school closure I will still write to you weekly, send you regular emails, and facebook updates, and respond to your emails with great haste.
All the best,