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Congratulations to Sammy Earnshaw who has had his writing chosen by one of the teachers in the Oak Learning Academy to feature on the Golden Wall. Well done Sammy!
Thank you to Mrs Shaw who has sent this fabulous poem for us to share with you all.
(A Poem written by Joanne Shaw)
Queuing outside the supermarket in the wind and rain
And keep that social distance from others! You tell your addled brain
Cleaning down trolleys and wearing masks has now become the norm
As the virus tore through the world and brought with it one hell of a storm
It wreaked havoc on so many, not caring who it took
Families losing loved ones when the virus struck
The world changed as we knew it when we all got locked inside
Shops and schools were suddenly closed as we were forced to hide
Businesses and pubs alike had to shut their doors
As the Government gave orders, as though we were at war
At war with a killer virus that we still don’t understand
A virus that we couldn’t see as it passed from hand to hand
The supermarket shelves were stripped bare as people began to panic
No toilet roll or soap could be found as the shoppers became manic
Greedy and unpleasant ways were witnessed by so many
As the newspapers reported daily on something extraordinary
Unprecedented they said, something unseen for a hundred years
A first for our generation when we suddenly began to live in fear
Because a pandemic was beginning and this was just the start
Of people’s daily lives as they knew it being completely blown apart
Normality had all but gone as the virus walked between us all
Stalking us in silence, too many people began to fall
As fear knotted its way tightly around the nation, our country came to a halt
Most of us wanting answers, to lay blame, to ask who was at fault
And yet through all the panic, the anger and the grief
The tears we shed for our loved ones as this virus began to creep
A ray of light burned brightly, cutting through the ghastly shadows
As our NHS and key workers bloomed like flowers in the meadows
Standing tall and brave they fought to keep our country going
We applauded them outside our doors to keep their positivity flowing
The doctors and the nurses, they worked tirelessly through the night
Our care workers in the community geared up against the fight
To protect our families and loved ones, our elderly generation
The delivery drivers and retail workers worked hard to feed our nation
The people who kept our houses warm and linked us to the outside world
As we were forced to stay inside and take heed of every word
Stay at home they said, protect our NHS and save lives
And that we did, for many weeks, as more and more people died
People were furloughed from their jobs and home schooling had to be done
Parents trying their best with their children which was an uphill struggle for some
Teachers worked hard to help the key workers and the mums and dads at home
Online and in school, they never stopped, they never ever moaned
The children were resilient, were stronger than any of us knew
As the normal life around them disappeared and they watched us adults queue
Queue for pubs and shops as the lockdown began to ease
Keeping that social distance as the virus still blew between us like an icy breeze
Yet the storm that was so savage, finally began to weaken
As the daily cases began to drop and normality started to creep back in
A new normal that had descended upon us where we still needed to be on our guard
Social distancing would be around for a while and would hit some businesses hard
Stay alert they now say, control the virus and keep saving those precious lives
An important message that we need to adhere to and one for which we all need to strive
To continue to protect the ones we love and remember the ones that have gone
The many that sacrificed themselves in the fight against a virus we still haven’t won
But the fight we have battled for so very long, we will one day win
When the day arrives where your children can finally go for that long awaited swim
Back to the park to play with their friends and a kick about with a ball
When they are able to help others up from the floor whenever they might fall
Without living in fear from a nasty virus that once took over the globe
When we all stood together side by side and longed for nothing but hope
Hope for a normal life to finally find us all again and bring
The people back together as we stand from our rooftops and sing
We finally did it, we finally won the grisly battle against
The nasty killer virus of which we had no defence
But turned away it finally did and went on its merry way
Leaving with us so many lessons to be learned every single day
To reflect on this time that we all went through together
To remember how precious life really is and hold that thought in our hearts forever
Joanne Shaw - 5th July 2020
This poem is dedicated to all the people who lost their lives during the pandemic of 2020, to all the families suffering those losses and to all of those still battling the virus and working tirelessly to protect us all. Thank you to each and every one of our NHS and Key Workers out there. Stay safe and positive. Standing together, we will beat this.
“If you sometimes feel as though there is nothing left at all, remember there is always hope” - Joanne Shaw
Extra Online Resources
You might find the following resources helpful if you are looking for extra online resources.
The Oak National Academy is an online learning resource with a wide range of activities for all year groups.
BBC teach is a free online resource. It is home to thousands of free curriculum-mapped videos, arranged by age-group and subject.
Starting Friday 3rd April at 10:30 am, your child can access 'FREE, Live, First Aid Friday' children's virtual first aid course. There will be 4 sessions on consecutive Fridays giving children new lifesaving skills.
The Spar Lancashire School Games is a partnership between the Lancashire School Games Organiser Network (SGO’s), Active Lancashire and SPAR (sponsors). During this time Lancashire SGO’s have developed a programme of activities and a hub of resources for young people to:
Challenge of the Week - Outdoors
This week we are asking the children to complete an OUTDOOR challenge each day. A lot of the challenges can be done in a garden or a park. There are 50 Challenges to choose from. We will be awarding a certificate to each child who completes at least one challenge.You could even try to complete the list by the end of the summer! Click on the picture link below. More details can be found on the National Trust website too.
Weekly Home Learning
Class teachers prepare weekly overviews showing the learning for that week. Click the links for each year group. Additional resources will be hyperlinked on the overview or included with the overview.
Nursery Contact Miss Gornall: Nursery@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Reception Contact Mr Baldwin: email@example.com or Mrs Buckel/Mrs Goldstone via firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 1 Contact Mr Cross: Y1C@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Miss Higham: Y1H@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Year 2 Contact Mrs Eubank/Mrs Watts: Y2EW@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Mrs Hathaway: Y2H@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Year 3 Contact Miss Beesley/Mrs Mashiter: Y3M@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Miss Williams: Y3W@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Year 4 Contact Mrs Nichol: Y4N@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Miss Whitney: Y4W@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Year 5 Contact Miss Littlefair: Y5L@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Mrs McLennan: Y5M@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Year 6 Contact Mrs Edwards: Y6E@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk or Mrs Stacey: Y6S@ourlady-st-gerards.lancs.sch.uk
Class teachers will be hosting 'Zoom Catch-Ups' for children in their year groups. Please complete the online form which you were emailed via ParentPay to give your consent. You will then be emailed further details regarding times, expectations and a link to the meeting(s). Click on the link for more information about Zoom.https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/zoom/
Y2 Author's Recognition
Earlier in our time of Home Learning, two of our Y2 children wrote and sent their own stories to author Nicola Colton, who writes the stories about Jasper and Scruff. She was so impressed with the stories that she has tweeted them for public viewing (@nicolacolton1). They also appeared on her Instagram (nicolacolton1). Her editor was tagged as it was thought that she would be ‘really impressed’.
We are so proud of the children and their work. This acknowledgement is so well deserved.
During the last few weeks we have been receiving photographs of children who have been completing some wonderful pieces of work at home. Take a look at some of the masterpieces below and keep up the amazing effort! Well done everyone.
Geography Challenge Week
Thank you to everyone who took part in any of our GEOGRAPHY challenges. You have done some fantastic work and we hope you enjoyed your research and activities. Take a look at the amazing efforts below!
Fitness Challenges / P.E. Week
Have a look at some of the exciting challenges that our children have been taking part in at home.
History Challenge Week
Well done all the children who completed any of the history challenges set about WW2 and VE Day. We hope you had fun celebrating the Bank Holiday on Friday and finding out about the past.
Design Technology Challenge Week
Well done to all the children who have participated in our Design Technology challenges. We have seen some wonderful efforts and are amazed at the ingenuity and creativity shown - from sewing hearts, building marble mazes to preparing rainbow lunches!
Science Challenge Week
Some amazing work was happening at home during the Science Challenge Week! Well done to everyone who took part - we hope you enjoyed being creative with Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Life Skills Challenge Week
Lots of children attempted challenges during Life Skills Challenge Week and they enjoyed helping out at home and in their community. It was great to see everyone getting involved!
Easter Challenge Week
We have enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful work that happened during the Easter Challenge Week from baking to poetry to creating Easter cards for loved ones. Well done everyone!
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