The latest newsletter has been sent out – look here.
Schools across the Diocese of Plymouth have been sharing their efforts to protect ‘our shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone’ Laudato Si. So inspiring!
Name that tune, anyone?
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.
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.
St Mary’s was delighted to receive a judgement of Good for Overall Effectiveness as a Catholic School in the Canonical Inspection of February 2020. You can read the full report here.
Update 16 July: We really hope we won’t be needing these pages next term, but in the event of school closure or self-isolation, home learning tasks will be posted here by your teachers.
Keep moving: 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
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:
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.
They’re back! Our successful and popular Fair Trade breakfasts will take place in the school hall on 3 and 4 March 2020.
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.