to Holy Cross Catholic Primary School
As of Friday 20th March 2020, school closures across the country have been announced by the Government, we are currently unsure how long these closures will last.
At Holy Cross, we have prepared an extensive list below of online learning facilities to aid and advise home learning.
Please click on the link below to see links that you can access.
Here is a suggested timetable for Home learning:
Please see below and Marvellous Me App for more ideas of home learning activities during this period.
Ideas for home activities for all
Online Games and Resources
Hit the button maths game. Interactive game to practise number bonds, times tables and other known number facts. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Phonics Play - resources to recap all letters and sounds as well as games to practise tenses/compound words etc. Usually it's subscription based but they're letting families access it for free during this time. Username: march20 Password: home https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
Spelling game - learning practising high frequency words with the look, cover, write, check method http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/lcwc/index.html
Twinkl has a range of teaching resources. Thousands of powerpoints, interactive games, worksheets and activities on here. They're offering a one month free subscription due to everything that's going on. Follow the link to make an account and use the offer code CVDTWINKLHELPS https://www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Newsround - Children can watch the daily news update and then pick a story to write as a news report or act out as a reporter. https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/news/watch_newsround
National Geographic games, quizzes and research https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR0yUH4VCGIeOtFZBxSmhGbzg96nRZh4GfoaltnUuRI50ah-LHEGzhQ8UFQ
Computing & programming games and activities https://blockly.games/?fbclid=IwAR1wSbraXoNk5zpqFLDsWyxvzZzWHV5u_FRL75yf00B2rjUJMyyj1plQjJs
Author and Illustrator Oliver Jeffers is doing daily story time - reading his books and discussing the process of writing them. https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books#/abookaday/
Illustrator videos to draw- along to http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob
Poetry readings - they could write out their favourite poem or let them inspire them to write their own. https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/explore/?key=&type=&poet=&theme=&form=&age=252
GoNoodle - videos to join in with dances, exercises and relaxation techniques. https://family.gonoodle.com/
The Body Coach daily PE lessons on YouTube from next week https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+body+coach+tv
Noel Fielding runs an 'Art Club' on Twitter and encourages everyone, including children, to join in. He sets a theme and gives everyone about an hour to create something using any materials. People tweet him the finished art and everyone shares them. It creates a little online gallery almost.
Royal Institute Science experiments. This is an example of the videos on there to fun and quick experiments. If you click onto the 'experimental' page, there are loads of others. https://www.rigb.org/families/experimental/rufus-and-the-racers
Things children can do without any resources:
Perfect perfection (copying out their favourite book to practise their handwriting). Make their own little books and draw an alternative front cover/ write an alternative blurb.
Reading a book to an adult/sibling and asking/ answering questions with one another.
Writing an alternative ending for your favourite book.
Cook or bake something simple together (if you can get any ingredients at the moment...) and then write up the recipe/ instructions.
If you have any seeds plant something and keep a diary on it/ do a daily drawing to track its progress.
Keep a diary and write a recount about each day (just a short description of what they did each day).
OFSTED November 2017
'Pupils take pride in their work and are proud of their school'
'Children in early years make good progress and are well prepared for the next stage in their learning'
'....the caring ethos of the school of the school contributes positively to the personal development of pupils'
Section 48 Report Archdiocese of Liverpool May 2018
'The quality of provision for the Catholic Life of the school is OUTSTANDING'
'The school is a joyful and supportive community'
'The behaviour of pupils is exemplary; they are polite and well mannered'
Miss Walsh and I have now been your Head of school and Executive Head for a whole term. We thank all the children, staff, governors and parents for welcoming us into this fantastic school. We are so proud of how hard everyone is working to keep improving our school.
Holy Cross is a one- form entry Catholic Primary School offering 30 Reception class places each September intake. Our Nursery, which is teacher led, offers fully funded morning and afternoon places up to 30 hours per week.
We offer a Breakfast Club from 8 am every morning during term time. The charge is £2 per day per child, or £3 for two or more children (currently under review)
We also offer after school childcare through our After School Club which is run by school staff. This provides extended care for pupils up to 5:30 p.m. each evening during term time.
In an educational climate of raised expectations and more challenging SATs we are doing our very best to make sure all of our pupils reach the expected standard. One of the things I am immensely proud of is the way in which parents are becoming increasingly involved in the life of the school. Throughout this year we will be reinforcing how important it is for children to complete their homework and are heard read at home. We know you will continue to support the school with this.
We believe in an education where all children can be happy, achieve well and know they are safe and secure. As part of the catholic life of the school we try to live out the gospel values and treat everyone as we would like to be treated ourselves.
After love the next best thing we can give our children is self confidence. The effects of having a positive self- image, high levels of self-esteem can never be underestimated and it is my aim to ensure that all the children at Holy Cross believe in themselves and know they can be whatever they want to be. Through a rich and vibrant curriculum, underpinned by real life experiences, we aim to make Holy Cross a fun and exciting place to be where everyone can be the very best they can be.
Our curriculum extends beyond the academic and we constantly seek to provide exciting experiences for our pupils to enhance their education and better enable them to contribute positively to society. For example our ‘Bushcraft’ sessions help to build resilience, improve problem-solving and encourage Team work as well as providing the health and well–being benefits of outdoor learning.
Our Mission Statement ‘We Care, We Share, We Value’ can be evidenced in relationships across the school and in the warm welcome we extend to visitors and pupils new to this school and country.
We hope that you find this website of use and that it gives you an insight into our inclusive, caring and welcoming school.
If you would like more information about our school, or indeed would like the opportunity to look around the school and meet our staff and pupils, please contact the school office to make an appointment.
Mrs Michelle Ravey Miss Sinead Walsh
Executive Headteacher Head of School
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