Please note that the St. Mary's website is being updated and therefore will not be available on Friday 26th June. If you need to access any resources please print before Friday or see the ParentMails I sent last weekend.
Dr. Clark sent me this poem, I hope you like it.
COVID-19 Children - What If?
When people say their children are going to be ‘behind’ I say, behind what? Not each other - they’re all in the same boat. Only ‘behind’ the age expectations of a curriculum that currently has limited context due to these extraordinary circumstances. In front on so many other more important fronts, I say.
What if instead of “behind” this group of children is advanced because of this?
What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.
What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own company and sitting near a window in the quiet?
What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?
What if this generation is the one to learn to cook, organise their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?
What if they learn to stretch a pound and to live with less?
What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home?
What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?
What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?
What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life, who has a fine sense of empathy and care and concern for fellow humans.
What if he or she truly learns what really matters in all of this…
I hope I find you and your family well and that you are enjoying the home learning. Since I prepared this week's learning, I have discovered that the White Rose Maths lessons will link to the BBC bitesize maths lessons for the same day. I still strongly recommend that you use the White Rose Videos and sheets but you may wish to use the BBC bitesize resources too.
As usual I have attached the Hamilton English lessons but I have looked at the BBC Bitesize lessons and they are very good too, so if you would prefer to do these, I am happy with that.
I will continue to upload the home learning weekly, as I feel this offers a little more flexibility. Nearly all the work is also ParentMailed, the only exceptions being files that are too large to attach.
Stay safe and keep well.
Dear Parents and children,
I do hope you are well and have enjoyed a fun and productive first week together. I hope you have had chance to enjoy the sunshine a little too. Are you keeping fit? I am doing my best - most days I spend half an hour on the cross trainer and then go out on a bike ride. I have not been brave enough to try Joe Wicks!
I have attached the English for this week to this and the subsequent parent mail. I hope you have fun doing the work. Please remember to keep practising your handwriting, phonics and spelling too. Good luck!
Towards the end of the Easter holidays I will send you work for the first week of the summer term.
May the Easter Bunny be generous.
Year 1 love spending their Friday afternoons reading with their year 5 buddies!