St Mary's Catholic Primary School

God is at the centre of our lives and as a schoolcommunity we try to grow in love and care byfollowing the example of Jesus.


Bye bye butterflies!

Today we released our class butterflies but one or two came back and landed on YR to say bye bye.

The Ascension

Bug Hunt

Welcome to Reception!

Mrs Chinn, Mrs Richards, Mrs Cooke and Mrs May

YR Newsletter        Week beginning 5th June


Hello everyone!


We all hope you had a fabulous half term holiday!

This week we will remember Pentecost which was celebrated during the half term holidays. We will listen to and act out the story, create some dances and some art connected with the story.

We will begin our new topic too: Far, Far Away! This week we will be listening to the story of the Enormous Turnip, acting it out, drawing story maps, making soup and planting seeds.

We will be starting our new phonics groups following last term’s assessments. Try this phonics game for free! We love it in class!

Number time will be all about subtraction.


DON’T FORGET! Sport’s Day is on Wednesday at 9:15am. There will be a raffle and programs for sale. All profits go to enhance your child’s learning, such as our butterflies we released on Friday at the end of half term.


WHOLE SCHOOL MASS 9:30am on Thursday. ALL welcome in church.

PE: Monday, Wednesday (No more cricket, sorry!)

Library: Wednesday

Share and Celebrate: This continues through June, with June 23rd being the last one of this academic year! Wow! Doesn’t time fly – it seems only yesterday the children were at the start of their journey!


Mrs Chinn

RED WORD bookmarks are for the children to learn the list of words by sight (they should not ‘Fred talk’ these words but learn to recognise them and reads them automatically). Writing them out and playing games or sticking them up on the kitchen cupboards helps with recognition (little and often is the best way to learn them). Once your child has learnt to read them instantly then learning to spell them is the next step.


Set 3 sound cards - look out for these in plastic wallets! (See how to say them below.)


Useful Phonics information:

More special friends will be arriving in plastic envelopes – please continue to work on these at home. Pronunciation and the little ditty we say is available here. We have covered the phase 2 sounds in most groups now:


Mrs Chinn

Happy Easter!

We had an amazing day today dressing up for the World Book Day and thankyou - the children looked amazing! We hope you enjoy receiving your copy of some of their work today.

Follow the link below to enjoy stories to share on the World Book Day site!





This year we are talking about our bodies as part of our 'Ten Ten' Catholic Life curriculum. We will be singing songs and talking about how we can keep our bodies healthy with healthy food choices, enough sleep, exercise and by looking after our teeth.

Here are some website you may wish to explore with information  about NHS dentists, how to clean your teeth and ideas for encouraging your child to clean their teeth.


All the toothpaste manufacturers (e.g. Colgate. Oral B, Aqua fresh) have websites with information and ideas too.


Harry and the Dinosaurs say "Raahh!" by Ian Whybrow is a great story to read about visiting the dentist and what fun it can be.



Read, Write Inc (Phonics)  


Read Write Inc., developed by Ruth Miskin, provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools and is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.


Each Read Write Inc. programme meets the higher expectations of the new curriculum and uses effective assessment to accelerate every child's progress.


Read Write Inc - Our Phonics Scheme


The Government strongly recommend the use of synthetic phonics when teaching early literacy skills to children. Synthetic phonics is simply the ability to convert a letter or letter group into sounds that are then blended together into a word.


Here at the St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, we are using the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their English. RWI is a method of learning based upon letter sounds and phonics, and we use it to aid children in their reading and writing.


Reading opens the door to learning. A child who reads a lot will become a good reader. A good reader will be able to read more challenging material. A child who can read more challenging material is a child who will learn. The more a child learns, the more he or she will want to find out.


The children are assessed regularly and grouped according to their ability. They will work with a RWI trained teacher or teaching assistant.


Our Read Write Inc 'Reading Leader' is Mrs Evans (Literacy Co-ordinator)




When using RWI to read the children will:


  • Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple prompts

  • Learn to read words using sound blending (Fred talk)

  • Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out

  • Show that they comprehend the stories by answering 'Find It' and 'Prove It'


    When using RWI to write the children will:

  • Learn to write the letter/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds

  • Learn to write words by saying the sounds and graphemes (Fred fingers)


  • When using RWI the children will also work in pairs:

  • To answer questions

  • To take turns talking and listening to each other

  • To give positive praise to each other


    Help your child learn to read words by sounding-blending (Fred talk) eg. c-a-t = cat, sh-o-p = shop. Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds togerther to make a word.


  • Help your child to say the pure sounds ('m' not 'muh', 's' not 'suh' etc.) as quickly as they can, and then blend the sounds together to say the whole word. Click the link to hear the true sounds.


  • Finally, don't worry if your child is struggling at first with their sounds and words, they will get there in their own time. If you have time (we know it is very precious!), we would urge you to try and read stories to your child before they go to bed. This will help develop a wider vocabulary which makes a vast difference to their quality of writing but it will also encourage them to enjoy a good story.


I hope you find this information useful.



Best wishes, Mrs Chinn

Our Christmas School Mass

Some examples of work completed in YR.

Our Dino Worlds

Our Dinosaur Art!

Dino World!

Parachute Fun!