St Mary's CE Foundation


Lockdown Writing


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


We wanted you to have the chance to show off some of your hard work. What an excellent job!!

You should definitely be proud of yourselves!


Well done!


Mrs Rose

Early Years Writing

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!