Home Learning Update

Please note that teachers will continue to add content to their home learning class pages on the school website weekly whilst schools are closed. There are also many links to other ideas, activities and websites under the Home Learning link. In addition, from tomorrow there will be daily lessons for each year group on BBC Bitesize, and also from Oak National Academy.

We have also found this very useful and reassuring explanation of Coronavirus for children.

Home Learning

You may be having trouble accessing some of the online learning resources, eg TTRockstars. With most children now at home and many adults working from home, servers and internet services face a massively increased load. Please be patient and use non-internet suggestions for working at home. Don’t forget to keep looking at this page for more ideas from St Mary’s teachers.

Also, please remember that this is not home-schooling and you are not expected to be your child’s teacher. Do some reading, do some writing, do some maths – but use the novelty of being at home too: telling the time, cooking, shopping and money, seasons and growing/living things around them, helping out, child-led learning/projects, drawing/sketching and definitely time to play.

Home Learning

Update 19 May: new learning ideas on reception page


A useful and reassuring explanation of Coronavirus for children.

Class Home-Learning pages:

ReceptionYear 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4 | Year 5 | Year 6  [year 6 maths & computing]

SEND news from Mrs Gray

Free ebooks from Oxford Owl and Collins Big Cat and Dorset Libraries.

PhonicsPlay is free at the moment. We use these phonics and tricky word games in year 1 and reception.

The Book of Hopes – stories, poems and pictures for families

Daily lessons for each year group on BBC Bitesize, and also from Oak National Academy.

Father Tim’s parish Mass | CAFOD virtual Liturgy | Daily Prayers to use at Home | Pastoral Message from Bishop Mark

Harold the giraffe from the LifeEd Bus has a daily diary | St Mary’s ELSA pageSCARF activities for staying safe online to do at home | Online safety activities from Thinkuknow, which also has useful advice for parents/carers concerning keeping children safe online.


Our advice is that you should plan and maintain a structured timetable and limit the amount of screen-time. Include some reading, writing and maths every day, but be realistic about how much time your child should spend ‘working’ (and definitely try not to get stressed if things don’t workout how you expect!). There are a number of online daily activities you could build your timetable around (some listed below) but do make time for creativity, child-led activities (projects/research/own interest), and play.

Jo Wicks workouts (live on Youtube at 9am but available afterwards); Diverse Dance 10 mins dance workouts (Facebook Live at 1.30pm); BBC Boogie Babies; Disney 10 Minute Shakeups; BBC Super-Movers;

Carol Vorderman maths (10am and currently free to join)

David Walliams elevenses

cooking with Jamie Oliver

music with Mylene Klass | daily singing activities from The Diocese of Leeds


There are some really good free audio stories on the World Book Day page, as well as at audible.


There are some excellent STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) activities specifically created for home-learning here.

Barefoot Computing have created some excellent missions and games to teach computational thinking (part of the computing curriculum in key stage 1 & 2)

These documents are full of ideas for music learning at home: reception | years 1 & 2 | years 3 – 6 (thank you to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Poole for these).



If you are desperate for worksheets, these have been prepared by another Multi-Academy Trust and are part of the Learning Project for Parents.

Information for Parents
Please click on Learning Project Overview PARENTS to understand how the projects work. Once you have read this click on the project you want and download the PDF.

EYFS Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

KS1 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Y3/4 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Y5/6 Projects

Week 1 – View Here
week 2 – View Here
Week 3 – View Here
Week 4 – View Here
Week 5 – View Here
Week 6 – View Here
Week 7 – View Here

Relationships & Sex Education

From September 2020 all primary schools have a statutory duty to teach Relationships & Sex Education (RSE). Department of Education guidance is available on the DFE website.

Our multi-academy Trust, Plymouth CAST has produced an RSE policy to meet these requirements that is also in line with the teaching of the Catholic Church and which will be adopted across all its academies, including St Mary’s. This policy is now open to parents for a consultation period and is available on the policies page. If you would like a paper copy, please ask in the office. The consultation runs from now until the 20th March.

The guidance recommends that schools should ensure that, when they consult with parents, they provide examples of the resources that they plan to use as this can be reassuring for parents and enables them to continue the conversations started in class at home. We have therefore also made available a document that breaks down in more detail what children will be taught. This document, RSE A Model Primary Catholic Curriculum, shows the content different age groups will be learning. Much of this is taken from an online resource teachers will be using called Life to the Full. Parents are able to log in to see some of the resources at https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/parent-portal/
Parent login is as follows:

Username:         st-marys-bh19

Password:          mary-19

In addition, there will be a meeting for parents who would like more information or have any questions about the school’s teaching of RSE in the school hall on Thursday 26th March at 7.30 pm.

Christmas Collections for Nakirebe Primary School

We hope you enjoyed the wonderful Nativity performances put on by reception and years 1-4, and the Year 5 & 6 Carol Service. Many thanks for your generous donations for our partner school in Uganda; at all these events a total of £323.12 was collected which will be used for seeds, tools and a Christmas treat. Brother John sent Christmas blessings to us all and thanked everyone for their continued support. The orphans who live permanently at the school celebrated Christmas in the country at Brother John’s home village, where they had a ‘happy time’. The pictures shows some of the fruits of last year’s hard work in the garden.