Weeks 9 - 12
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
I hope everyone is keeping safe and well. We are all missing the boys and girls here at Sacred Heart and I’m sure they are all missing their friends and staff as well. It is great to see so many children working hard at home and using their creative skills to keep learning fun and active.
Below I have attached the last of our weekly timetables for each of the groups in Primary 3/4 to follow. These will outline the recommended daily activities to complete. Remember this is a guide. Please do not feel overwhelmed. Complete as much or as little as you can. Don’t forget to explore the practical and creative side of learning too.
Similar to the previous pack, documents and links can be found on ‘Class Pages ‘under each subject heading, with documents labelled according to the week and topic. There may be PowerPoint Presentations explaining new areas to help guide you through the learning.
Literacy and numeracy tasks for each week can be found using the textbooks, initial home learning packs or worksheets uploaded under ‘Subject’, ‘Class Group’ and ‘Week’, for example Numeracy- Red Group- Week 9. There is also work on Education City to help reflect the learning each week in literacy and numeracy. All reading books will be updated regularly through, ‘The Literacy Bug Club’. We would ask the children to complete the related activities (Bugs) to check their understanding and comprehension skills. We have also included a, ‘Time Capsule’ pack which could be a very enjoyable and beneficial pastoral activity children will be able to keep and look back on in years to come.
Please carefully read through further guidance for World Around Us where we are continuing with our topic, ‘The Garden’. I must commend both children and adults for their effort with the topic thus far. I hope the children are enjoying the topic and would remind parents to use it as a guide and not feel pressured into completing each activity regimentally. Keep it fun and do what you can!
Thank you to everyone who has shared photographs and messages- they are proudly displayed on our school Facebook page and website. We have really enjoyed seeing not only how children have been progressing with their tasks but also the many new skills they have acquired.
If you have any queries or concerns you can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.
Mr. Aaron Doyle
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
I hope everyone is keeping healthy and well during this challenging period. The changes to our routines have been unprecedented and all the parents and children should be commended on the huge effort they have put into home-learning so far. I have been so impressed with the active and creative nature of the work I have seen so far!
Below I have attached new weekly timetables for each group in Primary 3/4. These outline the recommended daily activities to complete. Children are familiar with which group they are in but if there is any confusion please access the work you feel your child is comfortable with. I would encourage all parents and carers to familiarise yourself with the timetable before looking at the activities.
All documents and links can be found under each subject heading with documents labelled according to the week and topic. There may also be PowerPoint presentations explaining new areas to help guide you through the learning.
Additionally, please read carefully the guidance for our new World Around Us topic entitled, ‘The Garden’. This is an interesting topic with lots of resources attached and flexible online suggestions. This will give you and your child further explanation as to what is required to complete the tasks. Feel free to either print or write into jotter provided.
Literacy and numeracy tasks for each week can be found using the Textbooks, initial home learning packs or worksheets uploaded under ‘Subject’, ‘Class Group’ and ‘Week’. For example, ‘Numeracy- Red Group- Week 5’. There is also work on Education City to help reflect the learning each week in literacy and numeracy.
As this is Holy Week, I would like to direct you to the Religion work in-line with the ‘Grow in Love’ Curriculum. Please see guidance to complete activities. Children will hopefully have some time to reflect on the importance and meaning of Holy Week.
I would also encourage children to continue to be active as they can at home. There are so many great free online resources like PE with Joe Wicks, ActiSport and dance lessons with Oti Mabuse, along with all the sport challenges being posted on social media.
If possible, parents and carers could also take some photos of their children’s learning activities so we can upload it onto our school website and Facebook page- we miss seeing you all!
Finally, I would like to wish all the children and their families a happy Easter. I hope there is some time for rest and relaxation, despite this being a very different and difficult break for us all.
Mr. Aaron Doyle
Due to the unexpected closure of our school, we have put together a timetable of activities to be completed through worksheets, textbooks and Education City. We have also attached a list of useful apps and websites to support your child’s home learning. Please see below an outline of work for your child to complete during this time.
In your pack you will find new targeted sounds and spellings, due to be covered over the coming weeks. Please continue to learn the new sounds using segmenting and blending techniques. You will find plenty of help for pronunciation of sounds on the, ‘Jolly Phonics’ YouTube Channel. Please look back through your spelling diary for previous learnt sounds and spellings. Also attached are, ‘High Frequency words.’ Please continue to revise this list.
We are currently focussing on non-fiction texts which have been allocated to your child through Active Learn Literacy Bug Club. We would encourage you to read it along with your child.
The following items are included in your pack: SPaG worksheets, Focus on Literacy Pupil Book or Junior English Textbook and home reading books.
Please use the SPaG worksheets as a guide for revision and practice over the coming weeks. Please see the Junior English Textbook or Focus on Literacy Pupil Book. Within these textbooks there are several other targeted areas to focus on SPaG and comprehension. Feel free to work your way through these sections as well. There is also work assigned online through Education City.
Also included are your child’s home reading books. We have included the next four books of that reading stage. Please continue to ask questions on different aspects of the book as part of our guided read learning. Examples of questions you can ask can be based around: setting, character emotion, character’s actions, prediction, connections to other stories, etc. We have also allocated books online through our ‘Bug Club’. These also have interactive questions (Bugs) throughout.
Additionally, all children should continue to work on improving their handwriting.
We have currently been working through the topic of money and addition and subtraction. We are due to move on to and focus on multiplication and capacity. Within your pack we have included the New Heinemann Text Books and Worksheets. As per our timetable, please also see Mental Arithmetic booklets provided. These will cover mostly target number work and word problems.
We have also covered addition, subtraction, multiplication, place value and time. You can work through Education City and see useful websites to revise these topics and to support the learning.
World Around Us
We are still currently working our way through the topic of ‘Water’. Our next area of focus will be about the ‘Oceans of the World’. Children are to complete a weekly project related to our topic. Further details are on the weekly time table.
Week 1: Oceans
Week 2: Marine Life
Week 3: Animal Groups
Week 4: Under the Sea Art and Scientific enquiry
Home STEM Project Ideas and experiments:
These are a few simple ideas to do while at home during this time.
Google ‘Home STEM Ideas’ or Pinterest ‘Water related experiments’ and there are plenty of ideas that you can use to make learning more accessible, creative and enjoyable. It could also be a time to start learning a new skill or hobby such as baking, cooking, arts and crafts, as well as learning the guitar for those undertaking lessons.
PE – Keeping Active:
I would encourage you to try and keep active as possible during this time. You can do this in several ways such as, creating your own obstacle course in the back garden, challenging yourself by improving your football and soccer skills, creating your own dance or by doing your own exercises. It’ll be vitally important to try and keep on top of exercise and children should be doing 60 mins of moderate exercise per day. It could be a great chance to explore the beautiful scenery around the surrounding area in which we live.
There a couple of channels on YouTube that children enjoy doing, these include:
All children should continue to work through their Grow in Love booklet, particularly with Easter in the coming weeks. Children in P.4 should also complete their First Holy Communion booklet. I would also encourage children to continue with their daily prayers, keeping in mind all of their family and friends during these challenging times.
Despite the difficult circumstances we currently find ourselves in, there are a couple of important events occurring in our calendar which should still be marked. I would like to encourage families to celebrate Mother’s Day (22nd March) and children can still make their mum/grandparent a card during this time. Also, as previously mentioned, Easter is fast approaching and again this is a time to show gratitude for what we have and for our family.
I would just like to wish all the children and their families continued good health and looking forward to the school re-opening soon.
Mr. Doyle and P.3/4 Teaching staff