Learning at Home
Welcome to our main Learning at Home page. Please click on the images below to go to our class learning at home pages as well as our Staff Shout Outs page and SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) page. Below are also links that you may find useful.
Contents of Learning at Home Page:
- Information for parents/carers
- Online safety information; including resources to support
- Resources to support your child during Covid-19 (books)
- Online homework platform links
- Live stream Mass and rosary links
- May, the Month of Mary
- Useful links e.g. PE/staying active, RE, Music, Creative ideas etc.
- Holy Week resources archive
A Celebration of Home Learning!
We hope you enjoy the special video we have made to celebrate all you have done during your time learning at home. This is just a snapshot of some of the activities you have enjoyed at home. We know that so many of you have worked hard and enjoyed a wide range of tasks. We are so proud of every single one of you! Thank you for working hard and for proving yourselves to be St Joseph’s resilient, active and life-long learners! We hope you enjoy the video.
A Special Shout Out & Thank You!
A very special shout out is needed indeed for some very special people in our St Joseph’s community..
As your home learning comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to say a huge thank you and give a massive shout out to all of our parents and carers at St Joseph’s! Our very special parents and carers have been amazing in supporting you all in your home learning journeys for the past 16 weeks and we say a huge THANK YOU!! We hope all of our families have a very well rested break over the summer holidays!
Thank you to all those who got involved in our Happy Compilation Video! We hope you enjoy it!
Information for Parents/Carers
Please read this letter which has already been emailed to parents to give an outline of the opportunities your child has to continue their learning at home.
Pupils in Year 1 – Year 6 should evidence their learning on Showbie where they have the opportunity to communicate with their class teacher and receive feedback on any work they have completed.Click here to visit Showbie Instructions for Showbie
Tapestry is continuing to be used by parents of pupils in Foundation 1 and Foundation 2.Click here to visit Tapestry
Staying Safe Online
During this period of home learning we are encouraging our children to access online resources. When doing this we want to ensure that children are staying safe and know what to do if they come across something that they are unsure of or uncomfortable with.
Please continue to remind your child of the “STOP, BLOCK, TELL” message that the children have learnt in school.
The simple message is designed to keep your child safe when learning online. The message teaches them that if they see something they are unsure or do not like whilst using their tablet or computer they STOP what they are doing BLOCK it by turning it off or coming away from it and TELL an adult straight away.
Please also ensure that you reiterate to your child that they must ask to go on any devices before they do so and be supervised at all times.
Please see your child’s class page for additional E-Safety messages, resources and activities specifically aimed at your child.
Please also use the “Think you know” resources and additional links below to support your child in learning about E-Safety.
Online Safety Resource Packs
thinkuknow have released home activity packs to support online safety at home for our pupils.
Home Activity Packs for children aged 4-5Reward Chart thinkuknow Activity Sheet 1 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 2 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 3
Home Activity Packs for children aged 5-7Reward Chart thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 1 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 2 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 3
Home Activity Packs for children aged 8-10thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 1 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 2 thinkuknow – Activity Sheet 3
Resources to support your child during Covid-19
To access the following books to support your child during these unprecedented times, please click on the images below.
Children’s guide to coronavirus
Coronavirus: A book for children
Whilst school is closed, please continue to pray as a family. God is always with you and praying during uncertain times can bring peace and comfort to our lives.
One way you can pray together is by praying the rosary. Canon Nunan sent this resource for all of us to use to help us pray the rosary.
Pope Francis: Invitation to Pray – 14th May
Pope Francis invites all faiths around the world to pray together on the 14th May for an end to the coronavirus pandemic. We invite our families at St Joseph’s to join us in praying with Pope Francis too.
May, The Month of Mary
The month of May is dedicated to our Mother, May. Whilst we honour Mary every day throughout the year, through prayer, reflection and song, during the month of May, Mary is specially honoured and there are many ways in which we can do this from home.
During May why not try some of the following activities:
- each day, put time aside to pray, remembering especially the work of our Mother, Mary
- arrange fresh flowers on your prayer table at home
- draw an arrangement of colourful flowers and put them on your bedside table
- sketch a picture of Mary our Mother
- make your very own rosary
- say the rosary with your family
- create a poem devoted to Mary
- sing a hymn devoted to Mary, together as a family
Prayers of the Rosary
Here are some resources for you during the Month of Mary:
Mary Our Mother power point When I think of Mary Prayer booklet Mary our mother colouring in Mary our Mother stained glass window colouring in prayer template
Please find below a range of useful links to support you and your child with learning at home. The links cater for a range of subjects, including PE, RE, PSHE, Geography/History, Music and general educational links. These are to provide an element of choice for you at home and to promote creativity and variety.
Here are some links and videos below to help you stay active and to also promote learning in PE! Enjoy!
Joe Wicks – PE with Joe
Joe Wicks is hosting live daily workouts specifically aimed at children! Please visit his Youtube page below and join him at 9am every morning!
Getting active and learning outdoors is a fantastic way to keep your mind and body healthy. See the B2L website for more information on learning activities that can be adapted to different subject areas and completed in your own home.
Mr Cooper’s PE Challenges
Mr Cooper is kindly sending through weekly challenges for KS1 and KS2 and he has also created an e-book for our younger children. Thank you so much to Mr Cooper for this as we know our pupils love their PE lessons with Mr Cooper! Your class teachers would love to see how you get on with his challenges. Good luck!
Religious Education & Prayers at Home
Below are some links to support in prayer and Religious Education:Free Resources: National Association of Teachers of Religious Education Ten Ten Prayer Resources Diocese of Leeds – Leeds Cathedral Hope Together: Prayer Resources CAFOD – Prayer Resources
Reading/Online Library: Free Resource
Please click on the link below to access a free library resource. This website gives your children the opportunity to read books with an audible over the top! There are a range of genres to choose from. Please check that the books your child chooses to read are age appropriate.
Supporting Communities – Spreading Kindness
As a family, you may like to complete some of these activities that spread kindness with others in your community, and also within your family. The activities are printable so you can enjoy them at your leisure. We hope you find these useful. https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/yla-at-homeServing your community during Covid-19 activity grid Exploring Kindness – KS1 learners
One Day Creative
One Day Creative, a Creative Education Company, is now uploading free YouTube videos to support your child’s learning in a fun and creative way. In school, we often use this company to enhance our curriculum through workshops and performances so we are really excited about their resources that can help all of our pupils at home.
Here is an example of one of their YouTube videos. The particular video could support our KS2 pupils with their learning in Geography. Check out their YouTube page because there is so much more on there!
BBC Teach – Resources from Twinkl to support
Please follow the link below to find resources that support the live lessons provided by BBC Teach. These are accessible for those with access to a printer and those who also do not. If you do not have a Twinkl account, using the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to gain a free month’s full membership and for full access to all of their resources.
Mr Mercer’s Music Classes
Mr Mercer, our music teacher in school from ArtForms, has been working hard to create music classes for children across Leeds. Please find below a link to his Youtube playlist that currently has music classes for FS1, FS2 and Y1 pupils. Mr Mercer is working hard to create more videos for the whole school so watch this space. Thank you Mr Mercer!!
Click on the button which will take you to Mr Mercer’s YouTube Playlist. Mr Mercer’s Music Lessons
Holy Week – Sunday 5th April – Saturday 11th April
We are now in Holy Week, a time where we prepare for Jesus’ death and resurrection, so please find below activities to support your prayer and liturgies at home and your child’s learning in RE.
The Mini Vinnies have also launched an Easter Display competition (details below) and we would love for our families to give this a go. Please share your displays with your class teacher on Showbie and we also encourage you to submit your entries to the competition. The deadline for this any entries to be submitted for this competition is Wednedsay 22nd April. Details of how to submit entries are below.Mini Vinnies Easter Display Competition
Please find below the story of Holy Week told through 100 paintings, ranging from Ancient Rome to Contemporary Art. We hope this video may bring some joy amidst the pandemic turmoil we find ourselves in. “Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you, all things are passing away: God Never changes” – St. Teresa of Avila
A Message from Canon Timothy Swinglehurst, Episcopal Vicar for Education
As we enter into Holy Week, I am reminded of the words of one of my favourite hymns, ‘It is a thing most wonderful’. When we sing hymns in school or church, we can sometimes fail to spot the beauty of the text. As I read the words of this hymn and listen to the attached music, there is something about them which makes the pieces of our faith fall into place. It explains with such simplicity the journey of Jesus’ life: from his immaculate conception, his humble upbringing, his suffering on the cross for the love of those who rejected him, to his resurrection and ascension to that place where we will all see him one day.
The author of the words was William Walsham How, the first Anglican Bishop of Wakefield. The setting is by a local composer, Philip Moore who for 25 years was the organist of York Minster. It was commissioned by and composed for the Choir of Wakefield Cathedral. Follow the words and listen to the contrast of the melodic opening and closing verses compared with the furiousness of the middle verse which speaks of the cruel nails and thorns – there is a sense of relief once you get past verse 3 – like the relief Jesus himself felt once his suffering was over. The final verse, a moving duet for two trebles, is the most beautiful prayer and one which we can all use throughout Holy Week as we try our best, in our own ways and throughout our busy lives to keep the flame burning within our hearts and to love the Lord more and more.
Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, Blessed be the King of Israel, Blessed be the King that cometh in the Name of the Lord. Peace in heav’n and glory in the highest places. Hosanna in the highest heav’ns.