A new school year

22 September, 2014

We have had a fantastic beginning to the year! The children have settled in and are enjoying all of the new resources.


We have also started our phonics scheme, Read Write Inc. Read Write Inc will aid us in our reading and writing. We have been learning a letter a day and have so far learnt m,a,s,d, and t. The youtube video below gives an idea of how we say the sounds of the letters rather than the names to help us build words and sound them out. You will notice how pure the sounds are.

Every child now has a reading book in their book bags for parents to read with them at home. If you could sign the reading record book to let us know when you would like us to change the books that would be great. Many of the books sent home are without words and we ask that the children retell the story whilst looking at the pictures. If the book your child has received has words, then we ask if you could help your child identify the letter sounds and start to blend the letters together. The video below shows how to use assisted blending to sound out words. We use Fred talk at school, feel free to use it at home if you feel it would help.


We have been taking part in a celebration assembly every Monday. 2 children every week collect a certificate from Mrs Mutch for their fantastic hard work from the previous week. So far Ava, Zaara, Arjan and Carol have received the certificates, Well done!

Our topic this term is ‘All about me’ so we have asked for parents to bring in a photograph of their family for the children to talk about and share stories. If you have a picture on your phone or computer, you can always email it over and we can print it out. Email – office@stmarysschoolng.org

Letters home

15 September, 2014

Here are some recent letters sent home to parents.

Diary dates letter

Reading letter

Diary dates letter 2

Nut allergies

Parents evening

Teddy bear’s picnic