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  • Education | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School | West Midlands

    St. Bernadette's Catholic Primary School Learn to love, love to learn. Parent Pay Newsletter Reception Class of 2022 Is your child born between September 2017 - August 2018? You MUST apply for your child's reception school place at: For more information please contact the school office on 0121 783 7232 ​ Admission policy applies A quick reference guide for parents and staff (Sept 2021) Covid-19 Related Pupil Absence Changes to Isolation Periods - January 22 At St. Bernadette's Catholic School you will find us caring, hardworking and co-operative. We follow the ways of Jesus using our talents and gifts to make our school special. We show respect to all and welcome you Learn More Upcoming Events

  • Governors | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    School Governors Governor Portal Admissions Committee Pupil Discipline Committee School Hearings Committee Curriculum & Standards Committee St Bernadette's Governor Attendance Governor Information Terms Of Reference Dismissal Appeal Terms of Reference Curriculum & Standards Terms of Reference Resources Committee Terms of Reference Admissions Terms of Reference Pupil Discipline Any correspondence to the Governors should be addressed c/o St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. Miss A Cowings Head Teacher I joined St Bernadette’s School in 2002 as Deputy Head and was appointed as Head Teacher in 2006. Since my appointment I have always been a member of the Governing Body and work closely with the dedicated team of volunteers to develop provision within school. As Head teacher it is my duty to deal with the day to day management of the school. As a member of the Governing Body we provide the strategic management. We set the general direction of the school and consider ways that it can best be developed. As a team, we monitor the school’s progress and set annual targets for the school’s performance. The team of governors act as a critical friend to the Head, whilst providing me with the necessary support required to lead the school. John Lenihan Chair of Governors I was appointed as a Governor in March 2019. I am currently a member of the Resources Committee. I previously served as a Governor at Corpus Christi School in Stechford. After spending 50 years in the Printing Industry and having grandchildren in the school I am now looking forward to supporting St. Bernadettes pupils and staff in the challenging world of education. Mr C. Dela Cruz Foundation Governor I have been a school governor for a number of years and have seen a lot of changes throughout the years. I have really enjoyed being on the school governing board, and doing my best to contribute in ensuring the school provides the very best facilities, support for the teaching & non-teachingstaff, and to ensure all pupils to have opportunity and encouragement toreach their full potentials. Kristin Quinlan Foundation Governor I've been a Foundation Governor at St Bernadette's since 2016. My day job is working as Head of Legal and Company Secretary at a water company, so I have experience of working in corporate governance and I hope that I bring some of my skills and experience from that role to my role on the Governing Body. For me, the role of the Governing Body is to support and provide healthy challenge to the leadership team at St Bernadette's for the benefit of the pupils, and I really enjoy playing my part in that. G Wrench Parent Governor Fr Fretch Ballesteros Foundation Governor ​ Vasiliki Panayiotou Parent Governor I would like to introduce myself as the new Parent Governor of St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School. My name is Vasiliki Panayiotou (please refer to me as Vas) and I joined the Board of Governor's on 20th December 2019. I am honoured and privileged to have been given this opportunity to represent the parents of the children that attend the school by Miss A Cowings. I will do my utmost for the best interests of all concerned, in connection with the school. Before I became a full time mother to our 2 girls I worked in telesales for a wholesale food distribution company for around 8 years and prior to that, I co-owned a business in floristry for around 20 years in Solihull. My eldest daughter, who is five, is in Year 1 at St Bernadette's and our youngest is 16 months old, going onto 6! I can't speak highly enough about St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School or all the staff in connection with the school. I remember when we visited the school during an open day and my first thoughts were about the impeccable behaviour of the children. Also, during the classroom visits we observed how the teachers interacted with the children and we saw the passion and commitment they have in everything they do. I turned to my husband and said, this is where I want our daughter to come and he agreed. We feel blessed that our children are and will be attending the best school Alex Carroll Staff Governor Cllr Zafar Iqbal Foundation Governor Leon Denis Foundation Governor After a tenure as an elected Parent governor I was fortunate to be appointed as one of the Foundation Governors. I am currently Vice Chair of the Full Governing Board. I have children at the school and am proud to be involved in school life and take my role seriously. Through my varied life experiences and working career, I acknowledge and appreciate the power of education and the transformative ability that it has. There is immense value to our children of having a safe, consistent and rewarding education experience. I know the importance and necessity of having options in life and the growth opportunities that these can generate. A key element to support these options is a sound intellectual, emotional and spiritual foundation that I believe St Bernadette’s provides. I am excited about the future and look forward to seeing how our children will change the world Report to Governors 2017 Science Computing Pastoral Arts Faculty PE Music RE Art & Design DT

  • Parents | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Parents Newsletters Diary Dates Uniform Online Safety Parent Meetings Bedtime Stories Wishlist Newsletters Previous Newsletters Bedtime Stories Out of gallery Diary Dates ​ Autumn Term 2021 Thursday 2nd September to Friday 22nd October Half Term Monday 1st November to Wednesday 22nd December Spring Term 2022 Monday 10th January to Friday 18th February Half Term Monday 28th February to Friday 8th April Summer Term 2022 Monday 25th April to Friday 27th May Half Term Monday 6th June to Thursday 21st July Please note these dates may be subject to change Uniform WINTER UNIFORM Girls – Grey skirt Boys – Grey Trousers Grey jumper/cardigan/sweatshirt (stocks with logo available from the school office) White hard collar shirt School tie (available from the school office) Black flat shoes (not boots, plimsolls or trainers) Grey, black or white socks or tights. ​ SUMMER UNIFORM Girls – Blue and white checked dress Boys – Grey shorts/trousers Black flat shoes NURSERY UNIFORM Girls – grey skirt Boys – grey trousers White polo shirt and red sweatshirt/cardigan (stocks with logo available from the school office) SUMMER UNIFORM Girls – red and white checked dress Boys – grey shorts PE Kit Uniform Policy Sept 2021 (Does not Apply until September 2021) Parent Meetings New Nursery Parents 2021 Nursery Welcome Meeting 2020-2021 Nursery Induction 2021 Reception Welcome Meeting 2021 Read Write Inc Parents Meeting 2021 Year 1 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 2 Welcome Meeting 2020 Read Write Inc 2020 New Reception Parents 2020 Year 3 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 4 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 5 Welcome Meeting 2021 Year 6 Welcome Meeting 2021 RSE Meeting 2020 year 6 FGM / CSE Meeting Wishlist If you would like to donate a book to our school, the links below contain items from our Top 20 lists and Book of the Month recommendations. Each book will be stamped with the name of the person who has donated it and will be placed on our class bookshelves. Nursery Year 3 Reception Year 4 Year 1 Year 5 Year 2 Year 6

  • Vacancies | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    School Vacancies St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School, Hob Moor Road, Yardley, Birmingham B25 8QL, TEL: 0121 783 7232, Email: Headteacher: Miss Angela Cowings

  • Reading | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Reading At Saint Bernadette’s, we recognise that being part of a child’s early reading journey is a privilege. We as staff understand that we are teaching and building a skill that our pupils will rely upon day after day throughout their lifetime. We encourage our children to view reading as a gift, a gateway to worlds that are different to theirs, a source of knowledge and empowerment. ​ The Five Plagues ​ From Nursery to Year 6, children study the 'Five Plagues' in whole class reading sessions. These five plagues represent five different challenges presented in literature: Archaic texts (stories written in older language) Non-linear time sequence (books which treat time in an unusual way) Complexity of the narrator (stories which are challenging because of the narration) Complexity of story (books with a challenging plot) Resistance texts (texts which are written to be deliberately difficult to understand) We believe a steady exposure to these different challenges will help to prepare our pupils as life-long readers. Reading tricky texts provides our students with a toolkit for future reading. Within these lessons, children will also explore a range of non-fiction texts; develop their understanding of new and challenging vocabulary; listen to their teacher's 'thoughts' as they read and improve their fluency. Non-Fiction Texts ​ We believe that pairing non-fiction texts with fiction books helps to increase absorption rate of both texts. Children are more likely to remember the non-fiction because they are then applying it within the story they are reading, and they are more likely to understand the story because they then have the non-fiction background. Across the school, children are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of non-fiction texts in conjunction with their plague text on topics such as: asthma, bullying, dementia, refugees, deaf awareness, and the holocaust. They also explore non-fiction texts and poems which link to the science, history and geography curricula. Reading Culture ​ Reading for pleasure is of paramount importance and we work hard to ensure that all pupils develop a love of reading. We publish Book of the Month recommendations; have reading challenges within every year band; create links with authors, through visits and video calls; share a reading newsletter monthly with parents; have timetabled story sessions throughout the school and build a reading community through constant book talk. Reading at Home ​ It is vitally important that children are heard read every night at home. We recommend that parents work with their children for at least twenty minutes a day on their reading. Research states that children who are heard read at home for this length of time will hear 1,800,000 words per year and will, on average, fall in the 90th percentile. Reading at home may involve your child reading to you or you reading part of a story to them. This could involve sharing a book or reading a magazine or newspaper. Try to promote book talk as much as possible in the home. Accelerated Reader ​ We use the Accelerated Reader system as our home-school reading system for Key Stage 2. Children will complete a 'Star Assessment' termly and are given a ZPD score. Books in our school library are organised by ZPD and pupils may choose their own books from the selection within this range. When they have finished a book, children take a quiz to see if they have thoroughly read and understood it. Passing these quizzes gives them points and they can get certificates based on their reading achievement. Accelerated Reader: Parents Guide Phonics ​ We begin this journey with RWInc phonics and the teaching of letter names. Staff teach children to use their knowledge of sounds to decode and blend words enabling children to access phonically matched reading books from the RWInc programme. We develop the children’s love of stories, poems and other genres through daily story sessions and book talk. It is through book talk that we develop the children’s comprehension skills in their EYFS years before they move onto written comprehension tasks in KS1. Through the combination of learning to read with RWInc phonics and listening to and discussing a range of stories, above a level that can be independently read, we aim to foster a love and enjoyment of reading in our pupils. Comprehension ​ At St Bernadette’s School we adopt a strategy based approach whereby pupils are exposed to a variety of texts, question types and are taught strategies (tips) to support them to fully comprehend challenging texts. ​ What is the two-week cycle? In week one pupils read the text and focus on identifying any links to the text, retrieving information from the text, clarifying new vocabulary as well as summarising the text. In week one pupils are also taught how to make sensible predictions based on prior knowledge. ​ How do we ensure reading is an active process? Before reading the text, pupils are set a challenge so that they read the text with intent and are actively engaged throughout. What happens during the reading process? Strategies for following the text are modelled by the teacher -for example pupils may be encouraged to follow the text with their reading finger. A variety of approaches are used to read the text and these include the teacher reading the text aloud, pupils filling in word-gaps as the teacher reads as well as independent reading. At St Bernadette’s School we stop at key points in the text and encourage pupils to think aloud. During this process, they may consider how a character is feeling or they may even make a sensible prediction about what may happen next. ​ After reading, pupils summarise the text . This is a key skill. Once pupils have been submerged in the text, we model how to be selective and retell the text in our own words –sequencing the events as they occurred. ​ Did you know 1/5 of the 2018 paper tested vocabulary? After reading we return to the words pupils may have been puzzled by and clarify their meaning. We teach the pupils how to methodically skim and scan for key words or phrases and give them strategies to make this process efficient. We model how each question starter gives the reader a hint as to the response required. Pupils are encouraged to circle the key word in the question and other key words so they carry the information in their head. ​ Pupils are exposed to all the question types. We ensure that pupils are presented with questions in different formats so they become increasingly familiar with the many question styles. Our role is not only to expose them to all the question types but to give them strategies to answer each question type, ensuring that they annotate the text first Once the pupils are familiar with the text it means that in week two they can dig deep and be text detectives (they realise the answers are not explicitly in the text) and infer information. This mind set means they grasp inference and are quite excited about the challenges ahead. In addition, pupils consider how the text is organised and discuss why the author has used certain language choices and their effect. ​ Assessment to inform planning. During the two-week cycle, key objectives are assessed and should the need arise pupils will have a drill down lesson whereby they close the gap in a specific area to ensure the skill or strategy is secure before moving on. ​ Book of the Month Top 20 Lists Reading Newsletter Reading Tips for Parents We ask that parents listen to their children read every night at home. With the younger children, this will help them to improve their word recognition, therefore building up their sight vocabulary and fluency. However, for those children who are fluent readers, parents should concentrate on developing their child’s understanding of the text. It may not be necessary to listen to fluent readers every night, but instead to question them about the text that they have read. Reading with children and helping them practice specific reading strategies can dramatically improve their ability to comprehend. We have included a number of questions that parents can use with their children to develop their comprehension skills. It is not expected that parents cover all of these questions every night, but rather that they concentrate on two or three questions each day. KS2 Parent Reading Leaflet: Click image to download School Library

  • Remote Learning | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    Home Learning School subscription services that are providing guidance and resources to support with school closures Twinkl - Subscription service used by schools is offering a free premium service for educators, parents and children to use whilst schools are closed—enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS Worksheets, PowerPoints and interactive games to support all areas of learning. Espresso – Interactive games, videos and information to support all curriculum areas. Username: student1183 Password: password White Rose Maths - Maths home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures. primary-sols Master the Curriculum - Maths subscription service has made resources free for educators and parents. Primary Stars - Maths home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures (KS1). Mrs Mactivity - Provide your email to be sent free activities and resources to support with home learning. Accelerated Reader Students are able to access Accelerated Reader from home using their normal accounts. Classroom Secrets - Maths and reading home learning packages for schools to use due to school closures. Free access to child version of site. Phonics and Early Reading Elevensies Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun! myOn Reader myON reader personalizes reading for students by recommending books based on their interests, reading level, and ratings of books they've read Phonics Play Vooks Phonics Bloom Spelling Shed Storybooks Brought to Life Oxford Owl Alphablocks Letters & Sounds Teach Your Monster to Read (Website is free but the app is not) Maths and Science Topmarks Times Tables Rockstars A great bank of interactive games! Try ‘Hit the Button ’ for your times tables or ‘Daily 10 ’ BeeBot App Free App for computing Explorify For Science Number Blocks Prodigy Maths Free App for maths Science Fun at Home New content every Wednesday LET’S GO LIVE with Maddie and Greg 30-minute sessions with Maddie and Greg exploring the natural world. Streamed every day at 11am. Dr. Chips Join Dr Chips every day at 10am for a daily dose of science, engineering and technology. Solar System Scope Check out Solar System Scope to visit the Earth and other planets, see where stars are now and speed up time to see where they will be in a month. Mindfulness and Keeping Active Go Noodle Smiling Mind BBC Supermovers Newsround Premier League Stars YouTube (More videos on their own website) Hundreds of ‘brainercise’, dancing, strength and mindfulness videos—as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’. Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness. Interactive videos to support with KS1 and KS1 Maths, Literacy and PSHE and PE learning. Great for times tables—as well as videos that are ‘just for fun’. Keeping children up to date with the world around them— creating opportunities to talk about the news with children. Videos and activities to support with Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE. When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly Prayers for Home Parents/carers do not require a username and password to access the resources. w/c 4th May 2020 15 Prayers During School Closure Sunday 10th May 2020 One Life Music The third in the series of Weekly Worship and Song with Dan and Emily for school and the home. #Easter2020 #JesusHasRisen #OneChurchatHome French KS2 French A compilation of short clips and memorable songs for beginners learning French. KS1 / KS2 French French Games Everton trio Morgan Schneiderlin, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne are on hand to help Ben Shires teach pupils all about French greetings Fun French games online for kids + adults to learn + practice beginner French vocabulary with audio Primary Languages This material has been developed to assist Primary teachers to develop and integrate an element of language teaching into their classroom.

  • SEND | St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School

    SENCO Surgery ​ This will take place termly and gives the opportunity for any parent/carer to come into the school and discuss any aspect of Special Educational Needs and Disability with Mrs Bhella - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Please email or telephone 0121 783 7232 (option 3) to book an appointment. If the day allocated is not convenient please get in touch and we can arrange a different day / time. Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Report (SEND Code of Practice 2014) SEND Policy 2021 SENCO Parent Welcome Important Information for Families of SEND Children Learning Difficulties BCC - Here to Help Sensory Support Communication & Autism Top 10 Tips to help Your Child ADHD Parents Guide ADHD Summary Booklet Autism Guide Ages & Stages Info Dyspraxia Explained Speech & Language Verbal Dyspraxia Top 10 Toys Talk Together My Child Has Glue Ear Visual Timelines Toddler Stammering Pre-School Parent Link Officer Service Parent Link Service Parent Link Officer Special Educational Needs Information Report Reviewed September 2021 Special Educational Needs Information Report (Academic Year 2021 to 2022) ​ The school's SEND information report sets out what we provide for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education. This report should be read with the SEND Policy. St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School is an inclusive school which offers a range of provision to support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. You can find the Birmingham Local Offer at Background ​ Children and Families Act 2014 ​ The Children and Families Act takes forward the Government’s commitments to improve services for vulnerable children and support families. It underpins wider reforms to ensure that all children and young people can succeed, no matter what their background. The Act aims to reform the systems for adoption, looked after children, family justice and special educational needs. The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them. The Act has extended the SEN system from birth to 25, given children, young people and their parents/carers greater control and choice in decisions and ensuring needs are properly met. It has taken forward the reform programme set out in Support and Aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Progress and next steps by: Replacing statements and learning difficulty assessments with the birth- to-25 Education, Health and Care Plan, extending rights and protections to young people in further education and training and offering families personal budgets so that they have more control over the support they need. Improving cooperation between all the services that support children and their families and particularly requiring local authorities and health authorities to work together. Requiring local authorities to involve children, young people, and parents/carers in reviewing and developing provision for those with special educational needs and to publish a ‘local offer’ of support. What is the Local Offer? The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy-to-understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child. The Birmingham Local Offer was published in September 2014 and has been reviewed since. It aims to provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how schools will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings. This document outlines how St Bernadette’s Primary School intends to demonstrate its local offer to support children with SEND. SEND Information Report 21/22

  • Saints | St Bernadette's Cath

    Saints St. Patrick ​ Feast Day: 17th March Patron Saint: Ireland and Nigeria. ​ When Patrick was about sixteen, he was captured by pirates from his home in Roman Britain and taken as a slave to Ireland, where he looked after animals. He lived there for six years and during this time he learned the local language and became closer to God. ​ Patrick escaped captivity and returned to his family in his early twenties. He later travelled to France where he trained in a monastery, possibly under Saint Germain, the Bishop of Auxerre. He dedicated his life to learning. It is thought, twelve years later he returned to Ireland sent with the Pope's blessing. As he knew the language, he could preach to people and baptise them and he also married couples. He established monasteries, schools, and churches. He brought Christianity to Ireland and converted people to his religion. He is credited as being the first bishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland . Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the holy trinity (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). ​ We cannot be certain exactly when Patrick was born or when he died but there is evidence of him being in Ireland in the 5th Century. Saint Patrick's Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death. It is celebrated inside and outside Ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. In the dioceses in Ireland, it is a holy day of obligation . All around the world, St. Patrick and Ireland is celebrated on this day. Please talk to Year 5 about their special saint friend. ​ St. Patrick Pray for us St. Teresa of Calcutta ​ Feast Day: 5th September Born: 26th August 1910 Died: 5th September 1997 ​ Patron Saint: World Youth Day, Missionaries of Charity, Archdiocese of Calcutta. ​ Agnes Bojaxhiu was born in the city of Skopje, which is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in August 1910. Her mother died when she was eight years old, and she was brought up by her father. ​ At 18, she went to Ireland and joined the Sisters of Lorreto and became a missionary in India. Based in Darjeeling, she learnt the language so that she could teach in a local school. Eight years later, she made her solemn vows and took the name Teresa after Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. In 1946 she had what she called, “the call within the call,” and experienced interior visions that led her to the conviction that Christ was calling her to serve “the poorest of the poor.” Inspired by what she was doing, many other women joined her. This is how the Missionaries of Charity was formed and she became known as Mother Teresa. ​ Her legacy continues today through the work of over 4500 sisters who care for people all over the world, run schools, soup kitchens and homes for orphaned children. During her life she won awards including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and India’s highest civilian award in 1980. In 2003 Pope John Paul II began the process of making her a saint and she was canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in September 2016 by Pope Francis. ​ Please talk to Year 6 about their special saint friend and her inspirational life and quotes. ​ St. Teresa of Calcutta Pray for us. St. Joseph ​ Feast Day: 19th March ​ Patron Saint: fathers, Catholic Church, unborn children, happy death, carpenters, pilgrims, and immigrants (to name but a few). ​ Joseph was the husband of Mary and Jesus’ foster father. Saints Luke and Matthew both comment that he is a descendant from David, who was thought of as the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). From the Bible, we learn that he was a carpenter and a hard-working man. He was not thought to be rich as when he and Mary presented Jesus in the temple he offered two turtledoves as a sacrifice, which was allowed if you could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24). There are no spoken words recorded by Saint Joseph in the Bible. Joseph was a man of action and protected Jesus when God told him to go to Egypt and protect Jesus from King Herod. He was compassionate and loving towards Mary and Jesus and he listened to and respected God. Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many people believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry. It is believed that he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary which is why he is the patron of a happy death. Saint Joseph’s feast day is 19th March which is always during Lent. Many countries around the world celebrate and remember Saint Joseph’s life and example on this day. In Spain people celebrate Father’s Day, El Dia del Padre, on this day. Please talk to Reception about their special saint friend. ​ St. Joseph Pray for us

  • Parent Questionnaire | St Bernadette's Cath

    Parent Questionnaire Previous Results Each year we encourage feedback from our parents by asking them to complete an annual questionnaire. These questionnaires give parents the chance to suggest ways in which school can improve as well as letting us know what we are doing well, so that we can continue to provide an enriching, exciting curriculum and learning experience for our pupils. 2021 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

  • The Arts | St Bernadette's Cath

    The Arts At St Bernadette’s we are encouraged to use our talents and gifts in everything that we do. This same principle is applied to the arts. We understand that children have natural and taught talents and it is important for us to develop, encourage and empower these individual talents. We showcase our achievements through displays, assemblies and show and tell sessions. This year, we will be curating year band exhibitions linked to the topic being studied within that year group. We will then create an exhibition of the children’s work to celebrate it. Year 2 Space Project To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Year 3 WW2 To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Year 4 Romans To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Year 5 Greeks To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Year 6 Mayans To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.