Important notices for the next few days:

Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th - Children to be back in school at 5.30 for the Nativity Performance.

Friday 14th December - Dress down/Christmas Jumper Day - In return we ask children to bring a small wrapped gift for our reverse advent calendar. Could gifts please be clearly marked as to whether they are for a lady or a gentleman.

Tuesday 18th - PM - EYFS Christmas Party

Thursday 20th - AM - Mass in School

On Thursday 20th -  the last day, school closes at 2.30!

Week commencing 3.12.18

Apologies for not updating the website last week we had a few technical difficulties with the site.

This week is Christmas Around the World week. We have an exciting week learning all about the traditions and customs of different cultures. Thank you to those parents who are coming in to share their knowledge. I am on a swimming course on Monday so Mrs Waugh will be kicking the week off looking at Christmas in Poland. 

Week commencing 19.11.18

As we are coming to the end of our Autumn topic we would like to invite all Parents/Carers/Grandparents to our open classroom on Thursday 22nd November at 2pm. It will be a chance to see some of the work the children have produced during this term and join in with some Autumn based activities! Everyone is welcome and it would be lovely to see you.

In Phonics this week we will be learning about the sounds l,y, z and zz. In Maths we shall be looking at 1 less than, estimating and different ways of representing number through graphics and pictures. We shall also be practicing our Christmas Nativity songs.

Key Learning this week:

This week we will be reading Owl Babies. We shall be sequencing the story and re-telling it using puppets and actions. We will be learning about nocturnal animals and why they come out at night instead of during the day. We will be making outside artwork of owls and nests using natural materials and creating our own artwork using the interactive white board. In phonics this week we shall be learning the sounds j,v,w and x. The children's blending is coming on really well and we shall continue to practice our blending to read and segmenting the sounds to write words. In maths we are moving on to the number 5. We shall be looking at estimation and learning how to make a good guess about an amount without counting. Another busy week!


W/C 12.11.18 - Judaism Week

Wednesday 14th November - School Disco 3.30-5pm

Sunday 2nd December - Advent Mass @ St Josephs - 11am

Monday 10th December - Nativity Dress Rehearsal @ 1.30pm

Wednesday 12th December - Nativity @6pm

Thursday 13th December - Nativity @ 6pm

Monday 17th December - Christmas Carol Concert @ St Josephs 6pm

Tuesday 18th December - EYFS/KS1 Christmas Party

Wednesday 19th December - Christmas Lunch

Thursday 20th December - School finishes @ 2.30pm.       

WOW Cards - Suggested area of Learning for W/C 12th November - Expressive Art and Design

Have the children been getting crafty at home? Do they put on performances for the family, do they like re-telling stories or maybe doing puppet shows? Do they make, draw or paint fantastic pictures or make models? Let us know!

Week commencing 5.11.18

Key Learning this week:

This week we will be continuing our Autumn topic. We shall be reading The Very Helpful Hedgehog and learning all about animals that hibernate, looking at why they hibernate and where they go. We shall also be making information booklets about the animals we learn about. We shall be reading stories about animals and woodland such as Mr Percy the Park Keeper and looking at non fiction books from the library. You are very welcome to bring in any books you may have at home linked to the topic and the children can share them with the rest of the class. In maths we will be looking at the number 4. We shall be using ten frames to make 4 in different ways, using the language of more and fewer to compare two sets of objects and looking at how we can split 4 into different numbers.

We shall also be making a poppy bouquet for the Remembrance Liturgy on Friday.

** - The children are very keen to bring toys in to school and although it is lovely to share them with the rest of the class we are finding them quite a distraction during the school day, even when they are safely in book bags!! By way of a compromise we shall be introducing a  'Chatty Bag' which the children will take turns taking home. If your child brings the Chatty bag home, they can put a favourite toy or anything they would like to share with the class in to the bag and bring it in to school the next day. The toy can then be shared and the children will have chance to ask questions about it. We will try and send the bag home every day so should only take a few weeks to get round all the children, after which we can start again. 

31.10.18 - Notices -

  • This term we will be attempting to get the children changed ready for PE. We will be doing indoor PE on a Tuesday afternoon and outdoor PE on a Thursday afternoon, weather permitting. Could you ensure children have PE bags in school as of next week if they are not already. Trainers will be needed for Thursday PE and Monday when they have the opportunity to go on the Astro turf at lunchtime.
  • Friday morning is celebration assembly. This takes place every Friday at 9 am and you are very welcome to attend.
  • Before half term we had a lot of interest from people wanting to take Raymond the Guinea Pig home! If anybody is interested in taking him home this weekend or any other, please let us know!

Topic: Please see our Autumn topic web.

Wow Cards - Suggested area of learning for this week - Technology. 

Have the children been helping at home with any household appliances? Do they help you to program the washing machine? Do they have any toys with programmable instructions? Do they use cameras, ipads etc to take photo's or can they use devices to play music? Any Wow moments to do with technology around the home - let us know.

Thank you to those of you who have brought in Wow cards so far. It has been lovely reading everybody's fantastic achievements.

Week commencing 8.10.18

This week we are continuing our People Who Help Us topic. After our paramedic visit and Fire station visit we shall be discussing different occupations such as doctors, nurses, policemen and women, fire fighters and lots more. We shall talk about what they do to help us and what their jobs entail. We shall set up a Dr's surgery inside and a Fire Station outside. We may even have our own crime to solve! In Phonics we shall be learning the sounds g,o,c,k and in Maths we shall be continuing to look at the number 2, thinking about one more and one less, number order and different representations of two.

Before half term we will be sending home letter fans to help the children learn the new sounds they have been taught so far. I will also send home a copy of the rhymes that go with each letter. We will be holding a Phonics session for parents in the near future but if anyone has any questions about Phonics and how to help your children at home, please don't hesitate to ask.

Week commencing 1.10.18

This week is a very busy week. It is Art week and the whole school is going to be looking at the work of Kandinski. We shall be looking at shape, colour and creating art to music. It is also the start of our new topic 'People Who Help Us'. To introduce this we have a visit from a Paramedic and a trip to the Fire Station. Finally on Thursday we also have a trip to Uppingham Theatre to see How to hide a Lion. A fun filled week!!

In Phonics this week we will learning the sounds i,n, m and d. 

In maths we are looking at the number 2.

Wow Cards - Suggested learning area for this week.

Number - Have the children been talking about numbers at home. Can they pick out and recognise numerals around the house or when you're out and about? When reading stories do they count items on the page or sing nursery rhymes including numbers? Let us know!

Week commencing 24.9.18

This week is the last week of our How do you do topic. We shall be concentrating on where we live. We will be looking at Oakham and the different places we regularly visit in Oakham. We will be looking at maps  of Rutland and Great Britain. We shall be programming BeeBots to find their way around maps we have made and making our own street scene. This week we are also starting our Phonics sessions. We will be looking at a new letter a day. This week is s, a, t and p.

Thank you to everybody who has been reading at home. We will read at least once a week with the children and change books once a week. However if you feel your child is ready for a new book sooner please feel free to swap books when you drop off in the morning, making sure you write the new book in the reading diaries.

Thank you also to those who have returned WOW cards. It has been lovely sharing the children's achievements.

Wow Cards - Wow cards will be going into book bags on Thursday. This weeks area of learning will be:

Reading - Have the children been enjoying books at home. Maybe they have been sharing books with a brother or sister - fiction or information books. Maybe they have been re-telling some of the stories they have heard at school or making up stories of their own. Any WOW moments - let us know!

Apologies for not adding this weeks learning. I have had a few technical difficulties!

Week commencing 10.9.18

This week as part of our How do you do topic we will be reading You be You by Linda Kranz. It has a lovely message all about being you in a sea full of fish! We will be talking about our favourite things, our families and what makes us special. In maths we will be concentrating on pattern and making our own repeating patterns in lots of different ways. We will be playing circle games in PE and will hopefully join the rest of the school on the playground at lunchtime.

Week commencing 3.9.18

The children were fantastic last week and seemed to settle in really well to school life. This week will be similar to last Thursday and Friday, introducing new routines and getting used to the classroom and the school. We will be taking small groups on a school tour and showing them important areas such as the dinner hall, playgrounds and toilets. We will be doing some activities in the main hall such as circle games and action songs. As part of our topic How do you do we will be painting our portraits using mirrors and counting how many letters in our names. If there are still goody bags to share we will be sharing those with the class too.


Year 1-6 are having a Meet the Teacher session on Thursday 6th. Although I have already met most of you, you are very welcome to stay for a while on Thursday after you pick the children up at 1pm to ask any questions or would like to chat about anything at all.

Week commencing 30.8.18

Our key learning this week: 

Welcome to Early Years! We hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and is looking forward to starting school. For the first week or so we will concentrate on settling the children in to school and getting them used to routines and the structure of the day. There will be lots of familiar activities, painting, drawing, building and role play. We will be reading lots of stories and giving the children the oppotunity to share what they got up to over the summer.

 A reminder that Thursday 30th and Friday 31st will be a 12pm finish and the week commencing the 3/9/18 will be a 1pm finish. 


Important dates:

Thursday 30th August: School Starts

Monday 10th September: Reception class - 8.45-3.15pm (Full day)

Thursday 13th September: Whole School Mass at ST Joseph's @ 9.30am

Tuesday 2nd October: Mass in school @ 9.30am

Friday 5th October: Photographer in school

Saturday 6th October: Open Morning - 10-12 noon.

Wednesday 10th October: 10-12 noon

Friday 12th October: last day of term and Harvest Liturgy and coffee morning - 9.45am

Topic: Please see our 'How do you do?' topic web.

Must do at home, please: (reviewed termly)

You may want to look at these sites/information in order to help when you are looking at the letters/sounds with your child.

For help with sound pronunciation-


To help with letter formation, this is a list of the letters and the rhyme to go with each as your child forms the letter.

Additional ways to support your child:

Read Write Inc.

We use the phonics scheme Read Write Inc. at English Martrys.  This PowerPoint presentation explains how it works.

Please click here for worksheets to help with formation of letters to practice with your child at home. 

Early learning goals

Early learning goals information for parents can be found here.

As many of you are aware we are currently using the Maths Mastery approach when teaching Numeracy in Early Years and we thought it might be helpful to show you a short lesson that demonstrates some of the techniques and strategies we use when teaching Numeracy to the children. Although this particular lesson was filmed last year with the current Year 1 children it is a good example of a typical maths lesson. If any of you would like to find out more about Maths Mastery, we will be running a short workshop towards the end of January - (dates to follow).

The password to view the video is Oakham.