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Thursday 16th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 10:31am

Good morning all!

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I am feeling very emotional writing this blog this morning. This will be my final blog of the Year at Lostock. Even though this year has not planned out the way I thought when I stepped into the role of Year 5 class teacher, I will treasure the time we have spent together and I have loved spending my final year of teaching at Lostock with a talented and caring bunch of children. It has been amazing to watch you grow and develop over the months into such a considerate and mature class. You are all going to smash Year 6 and I am excited to hear about how you all settle back into the new year approaching September. Even though I am leaving, I do hope to come back to see you all in your final school production or leavers assembly. I am so proud of how well you have coped throughout this unusual situation and I have loved seeing and speaking to you all on Monday. I always know that you will progress onto fabulous things and do not let anyone ever dull the spark that you have.

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Last day activities

As today is your last day in Year 5, I would like you to reflect on the year and think about all the things that you are proud of. I would like you to write at least 5 things you have enjoyed or succeeded in doing this year and either tweet them or share them on our discussion page.

Here are some other activities you may choose to do today:

  1. Create a Class Memory book
  2. Go Outside! Check out this post for learning games you can play outdoors.
  3. Put on a Show: This could be for parents, younger siblings, or just for your own amusement
  4. Have a Camping Style Read-In: Set up tents, turn off the lights, and close the blinds.
  5. Make a Summer Top Ten Lists: Consider Top Ten Books I Want to Read, Top Ten Things I Want to Do, and Top Ten Places I Want to Go.
  6. Summer Activities Brainstorm: Brainstorm as many fun summer activities as you can


Message from Mrs Powell:

It is hard to think we break up from school today.  I cannot tell you enough times just how amazing you have been since we were all last together, I am so proud of how you have managed, learnt and kept smiling.  All the staff can’t wait for September until we are back again but missing some very special Year 6 pupils who are going onto new adventures.  When I was looking for a worship on how to end the year I found this, I hope you like it!

All of us will have preferred ways to say goodbye. However, the actual word ‘goodbye’ means, ‘God be with you.’ Christians believe that God is always with us. It is good to remember that when people leave us, they are not left on their own. Whether it is just over the holidays, or as some of you move to a new school, we all wish you the very best and, as we say goodbye, we pray that God will be with you wherever you go.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
—Winnie the Pooh

Have a wonderful summer!


Take care Skylarks. I hope you have a restful and happy Summer holiday and are excited to return as Toucan’s class in September. Good luck and goodbye from me.

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Wednesday 15th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 8:50am

A very happy Wednesday morning to you all!


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Today, I thought you may like a day of doing some Art work. I know how some of you love doing art and how some of you can worry too.

You can choose to do any of the following:

Follow the BBC bitesize lesson based around exciting artwork: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmkcsk7

You could create a number of drawings following Draw with Rob- http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

You could learn about painting, collage and printmaking and have a go too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbdhnrd

Or you could have a go at learning about optical illusions and using shading  to show form by following this lesson: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/optical-illusions-and-using-shading-to-show-form


Optical illusions are fantastic and a great way of showing how everyone sees things differently:


Here are some you can have a look at: https://www.optics4kids.org/illusions



Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRkPER4lXh4&t=3s


Message from Mrs Powell:

Joshua 1:9

How do you feel about returning to school?  Do you feel nervous, anxious, perhaps wishing you were back home where you felt safe?

In this passage, Joshua was standing at the edge of the land of Canaan, Moses had died, and God was commanding Joshua to take the Israelites forward into the promised land.  It was new, they were leaving what they had known, to step into a future that God had planned. 

God gave this command to Joshua in verse 9 to encourage him, to put a strong heart into him, whatever the future holds, God would be with him.  I wonder how this made Joshua feel strong and courageous? As Joshua and the people of Israel recalled how God had been with them through the desert, it gave them certainty of the truth of this going forward, this is a common pattern throughout the Bible of looking back to God’s faithfulness to stand strong in going forward.

Joshua probably felt the same as we do now, as we begin again, our community, coming back together and settling down into our school – some things will feel familiar, some will feel different.  Corrie ten Boom, a German Christian who survived concentration camps during the Holocaust, said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  What do you know of God?  Reflect back – how has God been with you before Covid-19?  How has he been with you through this?  How might this make you feel strong and courageous?

Listen to the track “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlinson.   Joshua spent time talking with God – it gave him courage to go forward into something new…spend time talking to God now, recall how he has shown goodness over that past months and even years, tell him your feelings and ask him to give you courage for the future.

A prayer for courage:

Lord, I’m afraid

I don’t feel bold or courageous today

Help me to remember that bravery isn’t the absence of fear, it’s doing the right thing no matter what.

Give me a courageous heat.

I know that you will be with me, I am not alone.

You are greater than any obstacle I face.

Help me to step forward knowing that you are trustworthy

And my source of strength.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen


You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
—Christopher Robin


Take care everyone!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x



Tuesday 14th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 9:15pm

Good morning to you all!

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It was lovely to see you all yesterday! You have blown me away this year with your resilience and hard-working nature. I am so grateful for all the gifts and cards you have given me and I cannot wait to open them. I have a little gift for your new classroom too which will be opened by your new class teachers on the last day before Summer. I will also be sending out a little video for you all with a little message for each of you and some photos of the year we have had together.


Today, you should begin to write your final letter after drafting down your ideas of what you would like to talk about in your letter and share about yourself. Remember to only share the things that you would like your current or new teacher to know about.


We would have spent time learning about America in our topic work. Therefore, I thought this would be a nice and interesting lesson for you to complete. It is based on the state of Florida and allows you to learn and discover information about this place. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zyqm8hv



Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLDe3vLAD80&t=13s


Message from Mrs Powell:

How do we know we are loved?

Penguins are loyal to their partners.  Love is loyal.  God is loyal and is committed to us.  In Hebres 13.5 God says, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”  This is a way of understanding that we are loved by Him. 

Has someone ever said you are “One in a Million? Out of all the 7.3 billion people in the world, there is only one of us.  God has made us unique.  We are important.  We are special, we are loved.  Letting other people’s love in our hearts makes our hearts stronger.  If we want to live well and if we want to love others it starts with loving ourselves and letting love in.


Take care everyone and stay safe!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Monday 13th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 12th Jul 2020 @ 6:09pm

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and I cannot wait to see you all this morning for our transition day. You will spend the day with myself and Mrs Whittingham playing a range of fun outdoor (socially distanced) games. This will help Mrs Whittingham get to know you before September and will give me a chance to say goodbye to you all before I move to my new school in September.


As there are only 4 days left until our Summer holidays (I can’t believe I am writing this). I thought that this week it would be nice to give you a range of one off lessons and more creative and fun things to do to wind down.


As you are all such brilliant writers, it would be lovely for you to write a letter during today and tomorrow. I would like you to spend today (as I know you will be in school) writing down ideas. I would like you to write a letter to either your new class teacher or your current one, telling them about yourself, what you have enjoyed doing since not being in school, a new skill you may have learnt and something that you still want to improve and get better at.

To help you to do this, you can follow this lesson… https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z2gq4xs



Last week, you may have chosen to make a moving space toy or just design one. To delve deeper into your learning of space, it would be nice for you to have a go at the following lesson: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmw3hcw


Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRnox40nSLo&t=18s


Message from Mrs Powell:

Sometimes people make us sad. When it comes to being hurt, the bravest, happiest, strongest thing we can do is to forgive.  Forgiving is not to hold onto the hurt and to let it go.  Jesus said to forgive not 7 times but 77 times.  What can we do today to love someone else more? 

Jesus instructs us to forgive others over and over again just like he does for us. He clearly teaches his disciples in this story that they are to forgive “seventy seven times” or over and over again

Just like his forgiveness doesn’t run out, neither should our own. Use this story to share with your child that we should forgive others just as he forgives us. Jesus provided the way and the model for humility and forgiveness. His example is one we can follow daily because parents, siblings, teachers, friends and loved ones will make mistakes that affect us.

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32


Take care everyone!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x


Friday 10th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 10:22am

Happy Friday Skylarks class and what a great Friday it is going to be!

I would love to see all of your smiley faces back in school today and for you to see your friends and classmates too. If you are able to come today at 12:30-1:30pm, I also know Mr Ault is looking forward to seeing you all too. This will be a great chance for you to enjoy a fun, outdoors PE lesson, as well as to socialise (in a safe way) with each other.

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To consolidate your learning about angles this week, here is the link for you to complete the challenges that incorporate what you have learnt this week: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zknp7yc



I thought it would be lovely to write a set of instructions today using imperative verbs, if you would like to have a go at the following lesson then please click on the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbxgn9q


We all have a lovely treat for you today and continuing into the new and final week of our term. The teachers wanted to read you a story that was a bit longer. We decided we would like to read you ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. This is an iconic story and I certainly find it very funny. To listen to the first part of the story with some familiar faces click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ne7IT8w_9M&t=42s


Take care everyone, have a lovely and safe weekend!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Thursday 9th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 10:20am

A Happy Thursday morning to Skylarks class,

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Friday 10th July), you will have the opportunity to meet with myself and your new class teachers by having an outdoor PE lesson with Mr Ault. Our timeslot for this is 12:30-1:30pm. Please where appropriate footwear, your own clothes and bring a water bottle. I hope to see as many of you as possible there.