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Welcome to St Mary's C.E. Middle School

Thank you for visiting the website for St. Mary's C.E. Middle School. We are a 9-13 middle school situated on the outskirts of Puddletown, a small village in the beautiful Dorset countryside. We are a church school with an ethos built on the core Christian values of respect, forgiveness, justice, uniqueness, equality and acceptance.

Our aim is to give every pupil the chance to achieve their God given potential in all areas of their life and we are proud to have been assessed as an outstanding church school in our last two Church of England inspections. We expect the highest standards in both academic work and behaviour and we place our children at the centre of everything we do.

The pupils, staff and governors are very proud of our school and we hope that this website will allow you to see why. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you in person.

Information for pupils at home

Work for pupils who are off school due to school closure

 

The school will be setting weekly tasks for all pupils via the Show My Homework app.  Staff have been asked to set one task, per subject, per week.  The length of time it will take to complete each task will reflect the amount of curriculum time is dedicated to that subject on the weekly timetable.  Pupils have been given an exercise book to record all work in whilst they are off school.  These exercise books will be taken in once pupils have returned to school so that we can monitor what work has been completed.

 

The section below will give some additional advice to parents about what children should be studying if they are off school.  Wherever possible, it is important that pupils try and continue with studies during anytime off school and it is strongly suggested that you try and maintain some kind of timetabled routine during the school day.

 

Reading

All pupils can take up to three reading books from the school library and will encouraged to do so in the coming weeks.  Reading is an essential learning behaviour and supports all areas of the curriculum.  Parents should encourage pupils to read for at least 30 minutes each day (the amount of time given each day at school to class based literacy tasks).  Try to vary the type of reading material to include mainly fiction with some non-fiction texts (which can include magazines and newspapers).  Suppliment this learning by asking pupils to write a book review online and send it to the school (via the office e-mail) and we can post it to encourage other pupils to select that book to read.  Pupils could also spend time to do illustrations from their books, using the descriptive language from a particular passage, as a source.  Again, if these are scanned and sent in with the selected passage, we can upload these to the website.  

 

  • Oxford Owl Free Online Reading Materials  Oxford Owl has a number of online reading materials that are suitbale for ages 3-11 and searchable at different levels of reading ability. You will need to register for access but this is free to all parents. All of these books are tablet friendly and cover both fiction and non-fiction titles.

  • International Childrens Digital Library  A free wesite with over 4000 classic and modern book titles in a range of different languages (pupils could try reading in French to help with their language studies - can they understand the story or recognise different words?). The titles are fully searchable and can be read on a tablet or screen.

 

BBC Online Learning Resources

The BBC have a comprehensive set of online educational resources that cover all areas of the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 curriculum and pupils can use these to revise previous work or to find information on the current topic that they are working on.  These sites include interactive elements and video clips from the BBC educational archieves.

 

 

Pre-learning for upcoming topics

Pupils can start to research and make notes in preparation for upcoming units of work in some subjects.  This may involve watching online videos, researching on the internet or taking notes from books.  The table below will show you what the current and next topic is for subjects where pupils can do some research.  These notes will not be marked but will be used to supplement the work completed in lessons at a future date.

  Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Geography        
Current Topic NA Earthquakes Middle East India and China
Next Topic Mountains Map Skills Rivers Weather and Climate
History        
Current Topic Ancient Greeks Vikings England - How did monarchs keep control? Industrial Revolution
Next Topic Tolpuddle Martyrs Anglo Saxons Reformation - What was life like in Tudor England? World War 1
Religious Education        
Current Topic Easter Islam - How are Muslim women affected by wearing the Hijab? Hinduism  
Next Topic   Kingdom of God Refugees  
Science        
Current Topic Living Things Light   Energy and Heat Movement
Next Topic Space Electricity   Light and Sound

 

General Resources for Parents

Please find below links to general resources that have been made available to all parents for free to help with any childen who are self-isolating at home during the coming weeks.

Twinkl is an online resource used by many teachers to support their teaching with worksheets, display materials and presentations covering almost every topic on the school curriculum.  To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do - go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS.

 

Premier League Primary Stars is a website linked to the English, Maths, Health and Wellbeing and Physical Activity curriculum areas.  It ias been created in partnership with the Football Premier League to try and encourage children who like football to engage in learning.  They have released a number of their resources for free to help with any parents who are at home with their children.  You can access these materials by clicking on this link ~ https://plprimarystars.com/news/home-learning-activities-school-closures

#WellbeingWednesday  We were lucky enough to get a chance to work with Dr. Andy Cope (The Doctor of Happiness) a few years ago as part of a DASP event.  He has a company called 'The Art of Being Brilliant' and has a program for schools to follow called ;Brilliant Schools'.  His company is offering a free weekly You Tube based session for parents and teachers that can then be used with pupils called #Wellbeing Wednesday.  A new episode will be released every Wednesday at 10am during the time that schools are closed.  Well worth looking into once a week to give your children something different on their home learning timetable.  His YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsIbfhUA8ZXq0XFqWuSZlHw.

Subject Specific Home Learning Resources

Below you can find links to our subject curriculum pages that will give you access to online resources that we have sourced which will support your learning at St. Mary's.  We are always looking to add to this list so please let the school office know if you find others which you think other pupils may find useful.

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