Supporting Your Child

At St Mary’s we welcome parental support in any form: support with homework, regular reading, volunteering or supporting the School Association. We hope the information below will be useful.


The type and amount of homework given will depend on the age and stage of the child and is set by the class teacher. (See the full Homework Policy for further details). Children are expected to practise their times tables and spellings, as provided by the teacher.

You might also find this parents’ guide to understanding progress in English and Maths useful. Furthermore, here are some Tips for Homework.


At St Mary’s we ask that pupils read for 10-15 minutes at least four times a week. This should be recorded in their reading record and pupils will receive a certificate each week this achieved. After 6 certificates have been gained, they will receive an award.
Even when children are independent readers it is important that they read to an adult to discuss the text and develop their comprehension skills. Suggested questions are available in this document:

Home Reading.

How do we teach English

St Mary’s KS1 English Evening


At St Mary’s we follow the PenPals handwriting scheme. The key thing to remember is that all letters start from the top (apart from d and e), and joining is introduced in Year 1 once children are ready. As a school, we expect children to use a clear, neat joined script in their everyday writing. We do not teach ‘cursive’ (joining from the line).

Below are some resources you may find useful, including examples of letter formations and joins, and an overview of what is taught in each year group.

Penpals Writing Sequence 

Penpals Joined Letter Formation

Penpals Handwriting Practice Sheets

Read Write Inc

At St Mary’s we teach Phonics using the Read Write Inc scheme. The link below gives information on the scheme and how parents can support their children’s phonic knowledge.

High Frequency Words

Below is a link to the high frequency words pupils need to learn to read and spell

High Frequency Words list

Maths Presentation

Parents maths presentation Nov 15

Support for Maths Homework

To support parents with the teaching of maths we provide the school’s Calculations Policy, which outlines the methods taught.


Learn about how to keep your children safe online with this leaflet:

e-Safety 1 e-Safety 2

E Safety Newsletter Summer 2016

E Safety Newsletter Autumn 2017

E Safety Newsletter Spring 2018


Parent helpers

We value parental support. Parents are encouraged to help with various activities in school. Parents who wish to help in school should contact their class teacher. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and volunteer briefings are held in the autumn and spring terms.

A useful website

Oxford Owl is a FREE website built to support you with your child’s learning.

Ready to Learn

This joint NAHT and Family Action guide is based on the latest research about what helps children to succeed at school.

Ready to Learn Information