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Message from Mrs McQuiggan and Mrs Johnson

Hello Year 6,


How are you all? We hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and well.  We continue to miss you all so much but want to thank you once again for your fantastic efforts whilst at home. We are so proud of each one of you for trying your very best. Keep up the good work!


The activities for this week include Philosophy questions, Maths, 4-a-Day, Problems of the Day,  SPAG, English, RE, PSHE, Spanish, Science and Art. Like we have said before, you may choose some activities and spend longer completing these than is stated on the suggested timetable - this is absolutely fine.  In addition, as always, we have added some extra activities that you might like to complete (found in the Additional Activities section).The mindfulness and well-being activities are good for your relaxation time. This week, you will see that we have included an activity based on your experiences during lockdown. This is a particularly good activity for reflection. Although most of us will have been feeling anxious during this difficult time (which is normal) we are sure you have all taken some positives from being at home too. For example, we know some of you have been learning a new skill, have helped out around the house more or enjoyed more relaxation time. Therefore, the activity this week will enable you to reflect on the new skills, talents and qualities that you have discovered during lockdown. This will definitely be something to look back on in years to come!


Well done once again for keeping up with your reading. Remember, reading for around 20 minutes each day makes a real difference.  Thank you to those who have been using Epic! Reading. I can see that some of you are reading a lot of books whilst at home, well done! You might like to email us to let us know which books you have enjoyed reading the most.


On Tuesday, it is national ‘Empathy Day’ and you will see that your PSHE work is based on this theme. Empathy is the ability to understand and share someone else’s feelings. I am sure you will all agree that given what we are experiencing during this difficult time, empathy is such an important issue at the moment. Empathy Lab has created resources to help everyone understand and experience the power of empathy through books. Scientists say that we can train our brain with stories, as the more we empathise with characters, the more we can understand other people's feelings. Therefore, throughout the day, Empathy Lab will be running brilliant online events and fun home-based activities to help you understand empathy further.   We have attached all of the relevant information in the PSHE section of our class page and can’t wait to hear about the activities that you complete. Please note that although we have timetabled a PSHE session in on Tuesday afternoon, you may choose to complete more activities throughout the day.  There is also a great Family Activity Pack that you might like to use too.


We would also like to remind you that you have the RE competition to enter should you wish to do so. We look forward to receiving your entries by Friday 10th July for your chance to win a £10 voucher in our local competition and £25 in the overall national competition.


Thank you once again for your tweets, we really enjoy seeing them. Please continue to try to tweet any work that you are proud of. Don’t forget to use the handle @StBellarmine and #Y6SRB.


Once again, thank you all so much for working hard and a huge thank you to your parents who are doing a wonderful job supporting you, we really appreciate it.


Take care and stay safe.

Lots of love,

Mrs McQuiggan and Mrs Johnson xx