St Mary's Catholic Primary School

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Useful Information

Telephone Support Line. This is a confidential support service run by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology and is available to parents and carers of children. The attached flyer gives details of how to contact this service on the Isle of Wight.

Parent Survey


I have added the link to our Parent Survey here.

It is also in the newsletter again this week and last week was sent to you via Teachers to Parents email.


Thank you to those of you who have already completed it - the survey is now closed.


Test and Trace information from Public Health England

COVID update letter from The Headteacher

Returning to school in September - information for parents and children

The Psychology of  Play


An interesting video to watch


Hants Police update 16th June 2020


O nline Safety Warning 
We have been made aware of incidents of children being groomed through Snapchat and online platform Omegle – we are also aware of incidents of hacking on the game Roblox where players are invited to open a ‘gift’ which turns out to be a camera that takes a photograph.


If your child is using these apps/sites/games they should be vigilant – find out more about these platforms (and all others) from the NSPCC/O2 NetAware A-Z guide – helping you to keep your child safe at a time when they are online more than usual – perpetrators are fully aware children are online more and the increased opportunity this presents to exploit them!!! 


Parents can sign up to receive updates from NetAware:


Parents Protect are a dedicated organisation providing support and advice to help parents/carers protect their children from sexual abuse and exploitation:  


The latest ThinkuKnow weekly packs for parents to use with their children focusses on live streaming for the likes of Tik-Tok, these are age specific:

4-5s     5-7s     8-10s     11-13s     14+


Parent Zone

Google and Parent Zone are pleased to share two NEW educational resources for Be Internet Legends to access NOW: 


  • The Legendary Learner Wellbeing Kit: school communities are relying on tech right now – and many parents are worried about the effects of increased screen time. These new materials are designed to help families reflect on tech use, develop healthy digital habits and find a balance. Download the Legendary Learner Wellbeing Kit
  • Be Internet Legends – Welcome to Interland: an exciting tour through the Be Internet Legends programme by our presenters Jennie and Dan. You can watch this video easily via YouTube Kids, at a time that suits you.


 Lego-inspired Colouring Heroes


The clever people at Colouring Heroes have been designing colouring sheets since the start of lockdown, with the idea being to thank key workers and give children something creative to do. Their Lego-inspired emergency services characters have proved really popular, and now we’re pleased to share our Hampshire Police Officer Lego Characters. Visit the Safe4me page via the link below to download, print and colour in! 


We would be delighted if you would share the works of art with us by tagging us on Facebook or Twitter @HantsPolice or email to:


Information, advice and resources to support parents and children returning to school

Letter to YR, Y1 and Y6 parents regarding potential school re-opening

Active May! I thought this looked like fun for you to do at home - on your own or with family members (a bit of competition!) The idea is that the activities for each day are graded easy, medium and more challenging - bronze, silver and gold! Let me know how you get on - from Mrs Langridge.

How to access Google classroom

A guide to Home Learning - off grid

DfE recommended resources to support Home Learning

School Nurse letter. Please read for information about how to contact the School Nurse service during school closure.

You First and Connect information

Domestic abuse -Where to get help

Information about Domestic abuse help lines

Menu Spring Term 2020

 Changes to Homework

Over the last few weeks, we have been reviewing our approach to homework.


We recognise that homework can be very stressful for all involved – parents, children and teachers! 

From the school’s point of view, homework has limited value. Some children complete their homework to a very high standard every week, whilst with others it can be difficult to get any homework completed at all.

Some parents give such very high levels of support that it is difficult to see what the child achieved independently whilst some are able to give very little support for various reasons. Research from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) suggests that the impact of primary school homework is limited.


We know that the following skills and knowledge are vital for every child to be able to access other parts of the curriculum and to make progress at school:

  • Daily reading;
  • Fluency with number facts (times tables and number bonds);
  • Spelling practice (using joined handwriting as appropriate)

We ask that you continue to work with your child at home in supporting their development in these areas. Each child will have a daily reading record for you to complete. Age appropriate spellings will continue to be sent home to be learned and tested at school regularly.


Children will be given a Maths activities booklet appropriate to their age. Activities will include regular practice of times tables facts or number bonds, depending on the need of your child as well as other more practical and (we hope) fun things to do linked to an area of maths. Children will continue to be encouraged to make use of the Times Tables Rockstar site to improve recall of tables facts and this knowledge will be tested in class as well.

Similarly, each child will bring home a Reading Activities booklet with various activities designed to increase the enjoyment of and engagement in reading.

Activity squares in each booklet should be initialed by the adult at home who “supervised” the activity; in class, the activity square  will be stamped.


In addition, children will bring home a Home Learning Grid after half term that lists a variety of home learning activities, linked to a topic in class or another focus. The point of this is to encourage children to express themselves in a variety of ways, be it through a poster, a powerpoint presentation, a model or written piece of work – the choice is theirs! The grid will contain a variety of activities – it is not expected that children should complete them all but it does give them a choice of home learning activities to undertake. Opportunities will be given in class for children to share their home learning activities.


The exception to this new approach to homework is Y6 who, at this point in the year, will be revising for their national tests in May (SATs); however, after SATs are over, they too will have the flexibility to choose their home learning activities. Y2 children may also have additional practice work to prepare them for their national tests as well.

We very much hope that this different and more flexible approach to home learning will reduce the stress some children feel when faced with homework and encourage a more active participation in their learning at home.

As ever, if you have any questions, please do speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance.

Healthy Eating

Exercise and exam stress management

Fortnite Fact sheet

Net Aware

Attendance Flow Chart

Maths Mastery

Operation Encompass

Prevent - A safeguarding initiative that links with preventing radicalisation affecting communities