Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly
College Road, Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN5 4AR
Update Monday 29th June 2020
Good Morning, I hope you are all finding this web page useful.
There is a really nice story game to play with your child on the BBC Bitesize website. Click on the link below to play this game with your child. Take your time and remember to speak positively about the school experience that your child will have when they join us.
You will be receiving a pack in the post in the coming days which will inform you of your child's class teacher. There are also some really important contact details forms for you to complete and return to school please. As the postal service is taking slightly longer than usual at the moment, please contact us if you have not received your pack by Friday 3rd July.
Hello and a very warm welcome to St Mary’s CE Primary School. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in person over the coming weeks and months. At St Mary’s we have ‘Faith in Everyone to Shine Brightly’ and we can’t wait to meet all your little stars!
We are currently living in very different times. This week we would have expected to invite you all into school however, we are now having to get used to doing far more online and virtually. Some of you we will already know well and some will be stepping into school for the first time, possibly since your own schooling. We appreciate that some of your children and possibly some of you won't have even had the opportunity to visit the school in person yet and we hope that the information we share here will help you become more familiar with the school building. We absolutely understand what a time of mixed emotions this is for parents. As a parent of young children myself, I can certainly appreciate the excitement I felt for my children when they started school for the first time. I knew that they would have so many exciting opportunities. I was also aware though, that they would suddenly have a life that was away from me and that I may not be as involved. At St Mary’s we tried to overcome this - we love to share everything your child is doing with you and this is where the Interactive Learning Diary comes into its own. We use this online platform to give you a window into life in school but we also love to see everything that children learn at home. The Interactive Learning Diary is a fantastic way to share home with school. Young children love to learn and they do it without really knowing it. School isn’t about sitting at desks at this age. It’s about exploring through play and learning from all the experiences they have.
You will always be your child’s first and most important teacher. Everything we do at school builds on the learning you have already started with your child. They will follow your example and you will be the biggest influence of your child’s learning throughout their lives. Teachers come and go each year but for your child, you will be the consistent influence. We find that children whose parents are supportive and work closely with the school thrive. We encourage parents to come into school to discuss any concerns they may have and that parents refrain from having conversations about these concerns in front of children. If children know that you trust the school then they will feel safe and secure with us. If they pick up on any anxieties you may have, then that might cause them to be unnecessarily anxious.
Our main priority at St Mary’s is to ensure your child thrives with us. Ensuring children feel safe, secure and happy will also help children to make progress in all aspects of life, helping to build confidence, independence and resilience. We have faith in everyone to shine brightly and we are looking forward to seeing your child do just that.
Due to the current uncertainty around children returning to school we have created this webpage to support all of our new starters for September 2020.
We will be posting transition information on this page to help you and your child begin to familiarise yourselves with the school and the staff before your child begins with us in September.
Please check this page regularly for updated information and updated stories and songs to enable your child to begin to engage with us here at St. Mary's.
We hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about the school and how you can continue to get your child ready for school over the coming weeks and months.
We would usually invite you into school for a 'New Starter' meeting in the Summer term however due to the current situation we are being creative and developing new ways to communicate and share information with our families; current and new.
Firstly, get yourselves a drink and find somewhere comfortable to sit and watch the parent meeting, which we would have been holding in the school hall. Hopefully this will answer some of those questions you may have.
Mrs Helen Fudge
EYFS Lead & Reception Teacher
Please find a virtual tour of some of the main areas your child will encounter when they first visit school.
Get moving and keep fit with these great videos and activities for children of all ages.
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
A site packed with interactive phonics games. Most games are free but they are giving free access for the moment.
Currently free audio books for children.
NRICH provides thousands of free online mathematics resources for ages 3 to 18.
Making yoga and mindfulness FUN for kids
Cbeebies Radio https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones.
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Free online educational games for children.
Free maths and English games to play online
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Educational online games
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
Science awards you can complete from home.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
Resources for English language learning.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).