St Mary's RC Primary School

Full of grace, we grow and learn together

Summer Reading Challenge

Who thinks they can complete a summer reading challenge? Are you up to the task?! Please find the information below:

Dear Children,

This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!

The 2020 challenge will feature bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair).

 

The digital challenge will be FREE to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in reading related activities at home. www.sillysquad.org.uk/

 

The Reading Agency have provided lots of information for parents about signing up for the challenge and this can be accessed from the Summer Reading Challenge website.

 https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/parents-carers

 

How the Challenge works:

  • Children can sign up to the easy-to-use website from the 5th June onwards and create their own profile at http://sillysquad.org.uk/
  • Usually we ask children to read 6 books, but this year they can set their own challenge to read any amount of books, with children being encouraged to read anything that makes them happy – whether it be comics, joke books, poetry, fiction or non-fiction; in digital or print format. Stockport Libraries have provided a FREE range of e-books and e-audiobooks that will be available via https://www.stockport.gov.uk/ebooks-and-audiobooks from 5th June. There are many copies of these titles so children will not have to wait to borrow any!

The Reading Agency have also provided a book sorter to help you chose a book to read!   https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/book-sorter

  • Every time children finish a book, they add it to their profile and write a review. They are rewarded with activities and incentives along the way, such as online badges, games and videos.
  • Children receive a downloadable certificate once they’ve completed their challenge!

 

If any parents or your children are not members of the library they can join online, receive a temporary number via email and start borrowing straight away.

To join the library please visit https://www.stockport.gov.uk/join-your-local-library

How do schools benefit?

  • The Summer Reading Challenge is intrinsically inclusive and can contribute to the achievement
    of ALL your pupils including those with special educational needs, disadvantaged pupils and
    the most able.
  • It enhances and supports your school’s reading policy and your mission for all children to read more widely and for pleasure.
  • It encourages parental engagement and family involvement in reading and helps your school make links with the library and the wider community.
  • It can be the start of a child’s reading journey and prevent the tendency for children’s reading to dip over the holidays.
  • Celebrate after the summer! Encourage children to bring in their certificates or congratulate completers in your school newsletter.
  • You can also download a special school resource pack full of fun, creative ideas and activities to inspire children and families to take part in the Summer Reading Challenge at:  www.readingagency.org.uk/schools 

 

By championing the Summer Reading Challenge in your school, you will be continuing to support your pupils’ learning during the holidays, ensuring they return ready for a great start to the new academic year.

It's FUN!    It's FREE!    It's LOCAL!

 

Yours sincerely,

Stockport Libraries.

Calling all football fans and any sports fans! Check out the Premier League Primary Stars for some great home learning ideas. Go to: https://plprimarystars.com/home-learning

CHANGES TO FREE SCHOOL MEAL PROVIDER

effective from Monday 6th April 2020

Home learning packs and links to websites are available on class pages.

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WELCOME

Welcome to St Mary’s RC Primary School, Stockport. Our school serves a richly diverse school community in which different languages, cultures and religions learn together in harmony. We work in partnership with parents and carers and the wider community to ensure the best for all our children. We believe that children deserve the best possible chances in life and that they learn best when there are strong links between home and school. We are a friendly, caring school with high expectations for all our pupils. Our children are encouraged to explore, discover and question through a range of exciting learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom. The staff endeavour to provide a calm and stimulating environment where good behaviour and mutual respect is modelled by everyone and where everyone is valued.

Please take the time to browse our website and do contact us if you would like to find out any more information about the school.

Mr P A Towey

Head Teacher

After school club now open every night during term time:  3.15pm-5.15pm. Only £2.50 per hour- £5 for two hours child care! Book in through the school office.

Dates for the term:

Spring term 2020

April

8-16 Passover

9 School closes for Easter holidays

10 Good Friday

12 Easter Sunday

20 Inset

21 School opens for summer term

24 Ramadan begins

 

 

 

 

Caring, Working, Living:  Improving employment opportunities for working mums and carers

Are you looking to return to work after a break to bring up children or provide unpaid care for a relative?

If so, the Caring, Working, Living project could help you on your way.

Caring, Working, Living is a Greater Manchester wide project that will target mainly private sector small and medium employers, to support them to develop their recruitment and employment practices to make job opportunities more     accessible to Returners.

Returners are people who have taken at least a year out of work to undertake caring responsibilities for children, or  elderly or sick relatives. Returners are looking to return to the workplace at the level they were at when they last worked. Research has shown that the majority of people in this position are women. Our project is aimed at non-graduates and carers experiencing economic disadvantage, as well as older workers.

Support available to parents and carers:

-practical support with CVs and interview tips in your area

-financial support: we can help with some of the costs associated with job searching, such as arranging alternative care whilst attending an interview or training event

-links to employers across Greater Manchester that have family-friendly recruitment and employment practices such as flexible working

-workplace visits to employers

-support from employers once in work

 

How to get help:

-parents/carers can refer themselves or can be referred from organisations who provide support with employment

-referral forms can be found on the GMCVO website or

Returners can call 0161 277 1000 and ask to speak to     someone about the Caring, Working, Living project

-Returners can visit the GMCVO Caring, Working, Living Facebook page to connect with other Returners to hear their stories and top tips

 

Contact details:

returnersfund@gmcvo.org.uk

www.gmcvo.org.uk/caringworkingliving

 

Thinkuknow protecting children both online and offline.

For more information go to: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Be Internet Legends

Helping children be safe and confident explorers of the online world:

 https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk

Our new GIFT team- commissioned by Fr David on behalf of the Diocese of Salford.