St Mary's CE Foundation


Lockdown English 

February 2021

Here are some more fine examples of how the children are progressing with their English skills across the school. We are taking a look at our oldest and youngest children's work this week.


Great job, children! You are continuing to make excellent effort and progress as we drive through to half term. Very well done!


Mrs Rose

Oak Class UKS2

A Child's War

UKS2 have been studying World War 2 and looking at its impact on the lives of children. Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll is our class book. The children have been basing some of their writing tasks around this excellent text. Please take the time to read some of the work below. Outstanding!

Story maps are a great way to help children learn the elements of a book or story. By identifying story characters, plot, setting, problem and solution, students read carefully to learn the details. Here are some of Oak's story maps on Letters from the Lighthouse.
Amplification is a device used to make a point by adding information after an original point, to elaborate, embellish and exaggerate. It sometimes involves the repetition of a word for effect. The children have been practising this advanced English skill in Oak. Great outcomes everyone!

Lilac Class EYFS

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

EYFS have been working hard on their letter formation and creativity! They were asked to change parts of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Great improvements all round! Very good work!

January 2021

I wanted to show you some of the work that the children are producing across the school. Amazing things are happening at home, despite all the difficulties we are facing as teachers, as learners and as parents! 


Well done, children! You are managing to move ahead with your learning even in these very tricky times! That's a credit to you all, and your parents, and all your teachers. I'm very proud of you all.


Keep up the good work!!

Mrs Rose

Maple Class KS1

Bright Lights, Big City

KS1 have been learning about the Tudors and Stuarts in their topic this term. Maple Class have been working so hard on their letter writing skills. Check out these authentic letters to King Charles I. Beautiful work!


Well done everyone!

Hazel Class LKS2



Hazel have been hard at work this week writing myths for their topic on Traders and Raiders. I was lucky enough to be invited into their classroom on Friday to congratulate them on their hard work. Here are some fine examples from Hazel children.


What lovely creativity and so entertaining to read! Excellent use of punctuation and handwriting too! Keep up the good work!

Hawthorn Class UKS2

Persuasive Letters

Hawthorn have been using persuasive writing techniques to write from the point of view of one of the characters in our class book, Letters from the Lighthouse. The main character, Olive, is trying to persuade Esther to be friends with her.


Excellent work guys!



Foundation Stage


Can I switch it on?


Reception children have been practising their writing skills. NOT an easy task at home!


What an excellent job! You should feel very proud of yourselves!

Early Years Writing

Helen Moss Visits UKS2

The Phoenix Code


Helen Moss, author of THE PHOENIX CODE, our class read in the first half of the Autumn term, visited school in October. We were delighted to welcome her! She explained her research methods and how to plan a full length novel and each class benefited hugely from her writing workshop. Thank you Helen! What a great experience!

Helen Moss Visits UKS2

St Marys Reading Workshop

Thank you to all parents who attended our Reading Workshop.The evening began with a talk by Mr Curzon in the hall outlining the importance of reading in St Mary's. Following that, all teachers returned to their Key Stages to present age appropriate information on how parents can support their children outside of school. If you missed the information, please find it below along with some useful links.


Before the holidays, we have issued a challenge to the children to be 'caught reading' over Christmas! We look forward to finding out where people have read their books... Check out the display in the entrance in the new school year to find out!


     Mrs Rose, caught reading at The British Museum 



Towards the end of term, each class has revamped their reading corner...




Reading a variety of texts is essential to develop a child's language skills as well as their fluency and comprehension. We encourage pupils to read regularly at home and ask parents to support them in ensuring they do so. Pupils use the Renaissance Reading scheme when learning to read, from phonics through to free reading. Books are also available to borrow from the class library too.




In September, we took a day to celebrate the well-known author Roald Dahl. We came to school dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl Character! (No money donations, just for fun) There was even a special Dahl Dinner Menu. We spent part of the day reading together, older and younger children switching classes to enjoy a book in the sunshine. The children were given golden tickets instead of house points for excellent work and behaviour, with a prize for the children with the most tickets at the end of the week. The afternoon was spent taking part in Roald Dahl inspired activities. Fun!!





September 2019

The Summer Reading Challenge has been a great success!! All the children have done exceptionally well with the volume and quality of reading they have undertaken during the six weeks we have spent away from school.

The class with the most children who completed their teacher’s challenge was Oak, with 20 complete challenges. Oak will be allowed to choose their playtime activities all week next week as their prize.

In the staff v class competition, the children won! Staff members read a total of 105 books over the summer and the top three reading classes where Oak (132 books) Ash (122 books) and Holly (120 books). The teacher that read the most was Mr Curzon, who read 13 books!

Key Stage One (2018-19) particular mentions should go to the following children for putting in extra effort and bringing in photos of all the different reading bingo tasks they completed: Mia, Grace, Millie, Daniel T, Nicole, Lottie, Samuel, Derya, Henry, Hannah, Tabby, Samuel and Matthew

In Key Stage Two, 75 children read 6 books or more, with 573 books read in total! Several children read even more than they were asked! Edward, Lucas, Leo, Aaliya, Eden and Amy all read 7 books. Erin read 12 and Harriet read 15!! Many others did an excellent job of their reviews: Ethan, Lola, Caden and Oscar. Kitty brought in a wonderful bookcase of her book reviews which are in the entrance to be admired!

Thank you to all the parents and carers who helped the children with reading over the summer.  Well done everyone!


See our 'recommended reads' booklist below. How many of these have you read? Are there any you would add to this list?

Recommended reads book list

Author visits, theatre groups, book swap, book fayre, shared reading, Performing Arts Week, Book Week, dress as a book character day and much, much more!