St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

Resources to Support Learning


This page contains a number of resources and articles that parents may find useful in supporting learning at home. The main purpose of this page is to support parents in enabling learning to happen at home.

The most recent communications / resources will be posted on this page and older documents will be added to the archive at the bottom of the page.

The two most recent communications are:

  • The Home / School Partnership Policy
  • Supporting Reading


Home / School Partnership

As a school we made the decision to not set a rigid time table for our learning activities. The main reason for this was because know it can be difficult to achieve this and we what we provided to be realistic and fit it into different home lives. For example, not all pupils will be able to attend an online class or do their learning during normal school hours. Parents’ and carers’ schedules and resources also vary widely, so some can support their children  with school work more than others.

To this end we have drafted a Home / School Partnership Policy that we hope will support parents in knowing what to normally expect from the school during the COVID-19 school closure and also what we feel would provide your child with a broad structure to the content of their weekly activities. The level of independence needed for activities will be age related, but there should be a balance of activities requiring some and no adult input.  

As outlined above, we have left this open in terms of when activities or tasks are undertaken so that these can fit around family schedules. Our advice would however be to establish a clear daily routine of school based activities interspersed with free time.


What parents can expect from school What the school would like parents to support
  • Provide or direct families to core English and Maths learning activities. 
  • Detail daily age appropriate basic skills practice that children can mostly undertake independently of adult support. This will include:

            - Spelling or phonic activities

            - Number / multiplication practice (Times Tables                              Rockstars, Numberbots)

            - Setting age / ability based personal reading                                  expectations

  • Provide a variety of wider curriculum projects or activities through the school’s Pick ‘n’ Mix activity sheets. 
  • Be available for e-mail communication between 09:30 and 16:00 (Monday to Friday – term time only). Where possible staff will respond as soon as possible but will always do so within two working days. This will either be by e-mail or follow up phone call.
  • Monitor pupils learning over the close down period and in addition to ongoing feedback through e-mail, respond to one piece pupil writing along with providing resources for children to self-assess learning.
  • Obtain consent from parents with respect to online conferencing and to hold a minimum of one Zoom or Microsoft TEAMS conferencing call with their whole class each week. Additional meeting may be arranged as appropriate for groups or classes, (please see guidance below with respect to Codes of Conduct in these meetings).
  • Provide resources or links to support one personal, social, emotional well-being lesson per week.
  • Specific and personalised guidance for SEND and the most able children. 
  • Provide parents with resources that support the school’s spiritual growth (Whole School Worship).
  • Provide parents with suggested resources that could support physical activity each week.
  • Support where possible the school's English and Maths provision. At the time of writing the school is using the government’s Oak Academy English and Maths online learning lessons. These sessions need to be completed in sequence and can be spread over the week either as daily lessons or as blocks of learning. 
  • One piece of writing to be sent or e-mailed to the class teacher by the end of each week. This can come from the Oak Academy English lessons, RE or from the Pick ‘n’ Mix tasks. The marking criteria will be the school’s agreed Writing Must Haves as specified by the class teacher, (see your child’s Class Page).
  • Phonics / spelling and number activities completed each day. Reading every day  (Note: Class teachers will provide guidance on book choices.)
  • Completion of class RE / PSHE / life skills activity and participation in one School Worship activity each
  • Completion of of two pick and mix activities / week. Additional activities can be completed
  • Keep in contact with the school where possible.
  • Where possible, undertake one form of physical activity for about 20 minutes, three times per week (e.g Joe Wicks, Cbeebies Super Movers, daily walk). 
  • Where technology permits, attend Class Zoom or Microsoft TEAMS meetings


For full Home/School Partnership Policy, please click link (Home/School Partnership Policy).


Supporting Reading

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