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ST MARY'S
EASTER HOLIDAY CLUB

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It's the Easter Holidays now so there won't be work set each day by your teachers until next term's work is ready for you from 4 pm on Sunday 19th April.

However, in the meantime, there are lots of great ideas below in the St Mary's Easter Holiday Club to keep you entertained and active over the holidays! 

You can also scroll down below the activity ideas for a special Easter assembly story and song!

We hope you have a lovely Easter and we look forward to hearing and seeing what you get up to when we come back to virtual school! You can still email photographs and messages to your teachers with the class email addresses on your Home Learning Hub pages (but remember, they won't be checking or replying to emails until after the Easter break).

 

Happy Easter everyone! Keep safe, be kind and shine brightly! ⭐

1. USEFUL WEBSITES

Remember, back on your Virtual Classroom page, there are lots of useful website links that your teachers have put on for you, so do explore these during the Easter break. They would love to hear what you've done and which you liked or found interesting. 

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2. KIDADL

Our top Easter Holiday Club recommendation is that you regularly visit the KIDADL website (see below or click the banner here to head to their homepage).

It is packed full of SO many ideas and links to make lock-down at home
bearable, interesting, active and FUN!

Most are REAL-LIFE things to do, so offer plenty of time away from screens! 

There is just such a variety of engaging (and manageable!) things on KIDADL that we can't do it justice in a description here and recommend you just click the image above and visit the KIDADL website yourself - you'll soon see how it can transform your Easter fortnight! 

Here are just six of our favourites... 

          

     

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3. EASTER GARDENS

Click the pictures here to find out how to make an Easter Garden with Mrs Stevens:

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4. SOCK BUNNY
Click the pictures here to find out how to make an Easter Sock Bunny with Mrs Hill:

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 5. 'DAILY EXERCISE' EYE SPY

The 'daily exercise' eye-spy game continues over the Easter Break with pictures placed in windows to spot as you walk! We've had 'rainbows' and 'sunshines' and next up is...

  • April 6th week... Easter
  • April 13th... animals
  • April 20th... flowers 

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6. SPREAD THE HAPPINESS 

You can continue our school's 'Spread the Happiness' mission with the ideas here from Shonette, who trained all the St Mary's staff to be happier people! Click the images to see the ideas:

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7. STAYSAFE AT HOME

Richard, our good friend from StaySafe (thestaysafeinitiative.org.uk), who comes and works with the children every year, has sent us some brilliant ideas in this pack to keep everyone safe online at home. Click the images to open the pack:

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8. School's Twitter Feed

We also recommend you follow the school's Twitter account for daily news, advice, messages and good ideas! 

@StMaryPriPurton 

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Easter Virtual Assembly

(for weeks beginning Monday 6th April and  Monday 13th April, 2020)

Bible Quotation:

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies."  John 11.25

Introduction:

What can you remember about the events in the Bible at Easter? Talk about it at home, and then watch the video. Click the image below:

 

To Think About:

1: Why do think the things Jesus said made some people angry?

2: What does it mean to ‘forgive’ someone?

3: How do you think Mary felt as she watched the stone being rolled across Jesus' tomb?

4: Why do you think Mary was so sad when she saw that Jesus’ body had gone? Do you think she understood what the angel had told them?

5: Imagine that you are Mary telling all Jesus’ friends what you have seen. What would you say to them?

6: What was the ‘good news’ that Jesus wanted his friends to tell others about?

7: What do you think Jesus’ friends thought when they saw him go up to heaven?

8: These stories often make people ask puzzling questions. What questions of your own do you have?

 

A Prayer:

Father God,

Easter is when we remember the most glorious thing of all - that Jesus rose from the dead and showed the world that anyone who believes in you has everlasting life.

Thank you, God, for sending us your Son and showing us such love.

Amen.

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St Mary's Virtual School Assembly

(for week beginning Monday 30th March 2020)

The assembly for today is all about Daniel in the Lions' Den. The story is about a man called Daniel who had great Trust in God.Watch the story and think about how Daniel trusted God.

 

Have a little think about the story now and what we could learn from it about telling the truth. What would your answers be to these questions?

Why did the other servants not like Daniel?


Why didn’t Daniel bow down and worship the king instead of worshipping God?

What do you think you would have done if you had been Daniel?

Can you think of a time when you have stood up for the truth in a difficult situation? 

Is it ever OK to tell a lie?

 

Daniel believed in something so strongly that he was willing to risk everything – even his life – to stand up for that truth. In the story, God honoured him for his truthfulness and saved him from the lions. This sets us all a good example to try to stand up for the truth on all occasions. Although sometimes it might seem easier to tell a little lie, one lie often leads to another and this can often mean that lots of people get hurt in the process.

It would be good to aim to be like Daniel and to tell the truth on all occasions!

Prayer
Dear Lord,
Thank you for the example of Daniel.
Please help us to be brave enough to tell the truth on all occasions and help us to know that you will be with us when we find that hard to do.
Amen.

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St Mary's Virtual School Assembly

(for week beginning Monday 23rd March 2020)

 

Just because we're not able to all be together in person doesn't mean our assemblies need to stop! This term we have been learning about 'Trust and Truthfulness'. Today's assembly is a well-known story from Aesop which has a very important 'moral'. A moral is a message about how we live our lives and especially how we treat other people.

 

I wonder how many of you already know the story of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'? Tell someone at home what you can remember before watching this lovely version of it by wonderful American author, B. G. Hennessy. His illustrations are bound to bring a smile to your faces too!

to think about...

This story is about a boy who was trusted by the villagers at first, but who soon got into difficulty when people realised that they could not trust him. 

Have you ever made a promise that you couldn’t keep, or had a promise made to you that wasn’t kept? How did it make you feel?

We all want to be able to trust people to tell the truth and to keep their promises. We particularly expect our families, friends and those who care for us to tell the truth. However, we are all let down at some point and we all let other people down sometimes. We are all guilty of breaking promises.

A broken promise can lead to feelings like:

- I can’t trust you
- I am disappointed in you
- I feel unimportant to you
- I don’t respect you any more

It is good to remember that the person who breaks a promise never usually means to hurt another. Perhaps the promise was made in a rush without really thinking about the consequences. Perhaps something came up that made it impossible for the person to carry out what they had promised. If we can, tell the promise-breaker how we feel and give them a chance to apologise. Sometimes, though, we just have to accept that people will let us down, even those closest to us. Then, we can choose to forgive them.

Time for reflection

Remember, we all break promises sometimes. However, when we do, it is important to admit that we are wrong, say sorry and ask to be forgiven.

Of course, if anyone ever hurts us, we should always tell someone we trust, no matter whether someone makes us promise not to say anything. There are some things that we should never keep secret.

A PRAYER

Dear God,
Please help us to keep our promises.
Please help us to be people who tell the truth.
Please help us to be people whom others can trust.
Help us to forgive people who let us down.
Amen.

A SONG

Be bold!  (be bold!)

Be strong!  (be strong!)

For the Lord, your God, is with you;

Be bold!  (be bold!)

Be strong!  (be strong!)

For the Lord, your God, is with you.

I am not afraid, I am not dismayed,

‘Cause I’m walkin’ in faith and victory

Come on and walk in faith and victory,

For the Lord, your God, is with you.

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