St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Foundation Stage

Hello we are St Leo's Class. 

We are taught and looked after by  Mrs Richardson and Mrs Chiavetta.

Please find below our weekly newsletter.


 If you are self-isolating or in the event of a school closure, please see the pack below for activities for your child to do at home. Please also see other work on the page.

The school recommends that children in the Foundation class practise writing sentences and words each day, ordering numbers and counting, doubling and halving simple numbers. Daily practise of phonics would also be useful and reading.  See the curriculum page for other areas taught in the Foundation class.

An extra page has been added on the classes page of the website for online links for all the children to access.

Homeschooling Extra Resources.

You can contact me with any homework queries on

St Leo's Class you are all fabulous. Thank you for doing this and we are very proud of you.

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Friday 22nd May

Good morning. You have all worked very hard this week. Well done. I hope you have also enjoyed the lovely sunshine.

Next week is half term so you can have a rest from your work. The weather looks as though it will be dry and sunny so I hope you and your families have a wonderful week. At the end of half term it is Pentecost. So see if you can remember the story.

This may be the last daily email to you as school is to reopen on June 1st, unless the government announces something different.

As you will see from the Parent Letter you will receive and on the website, Reception class will be very different from before lockdown with classes being split, layouts and timetables changed and resources severely limited to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

We will be focusing on phonics, Maths, English and RE with each child staying at a table with only a few children during the day and activities rotated, except for hand washing, playtime, part of lunchtime and toilet use when they will only mix with the children within their bubble. For the same reason, I have given each child their own set of stationary which only they will handle and use.

It is very important to read this Parent Letter so you are fully aware of the new restrictions, class set-up and beginning and end of day collection routines. As I have said, it will be very different than previously. As your child is still very young and may struggle to understand and accept the changes, please talk about these at home, before they return, to manage their expectations. As teachers, we are very aware of children's mental health and be assured we will be doing our best to support them at this stressful time.

If you are delaying returning to school please continue to use the websites and phonics and maths games previously used. I know the white rose maths weekly story activity is already on their website for after half term.

Thank you to those of you that have continued to send the homework emails, I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at them and responding to them. The children have worked so hard during the school closure and I am so proud of them. I have felt honoured that you have shared your photos , not only of the children's work but of things that they did within their family. It really was a highlight of my day.

Please keep safe and well and look after each other.

Mrs Richardson

Thursday 21st May

Good morning and hopefully another sunny day. Today is the 40th day of Easter - Ascension Thursday. On this special day, Jesus went back to his Father in Heaven. What can you find out about what the bible says? In your book can you draw a picture and write a sentence.

Have a lovely day.

Mrs Richardson


Wednesday 20th May

Welcome to a bright and sunny day. I think it's going to be a lovely warm day with lots of sunshine. So today I want you to do lots of outside activities if you can. I want you to do your daily reading outside in a special place where you can find to read a book. If you can send in a photo of you reading. I would love to see them. What else can you do outside? Have fun.

Mrs Richardson

Monday 18th May

Good morning and welcome to another new week. I have put up all of this weeks activities for you to do if you can. Keep on with doing some phonics, reading, writing sentences and maths work each day. Remember if it is sunny then do lots of outside learning as well. 

The maths story for this week is one of our favourites 'Superworm'. You all know the story as we have read it lots in school. So have a go at some of the activities each day if you want some extra work!

Have a good start to the week and I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Mrs Richardson



Friday 15th May

Good morning. It's the end of another week. I hope you have all managed to do some phonics, reading, sentence writing and subtraction activities this week. If you haven't already send me some photos on the homework email above as I would love to see them. Keep going today with all your activities as you are all doing so well.

Have a lovely weekend. Thank you for all your continued support.

Mrs Richardson

Thursday 14 May

Good morning and welcome to a lovely sunny day, even though it's a bit colder. 

Keep sending me all your photos of you and your work. Today you can have a go doing some more subtraction number sentences in your book. If you need another book to do your work in you can collect one from school. It is Day 4 of the maths activities on the very busy spider, have a go if you want.

Take care and look after each other.

Mrs Richardson

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning. Thank you for sending in your photos of the prayers you wrote and some of the wonderful work you have been doing. I have put some of them together so you can read the prayers and see what activities and work you are all doing. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Mrs Richardson.

Monday 11th May

Good morning and I hope you all found ways to have a lovely Bank Holiday at home with your families. Welcome to a new week and that you are all keeping safe and well. 

I have put on this weeks suggested timetable of work for the children to cover. Additional  Maths work is linked to the story 'The Very Busy Spider', but as last week you do not need the book to do the activities.

So start on Day 1 and see how you go!

It is good to see lots of the children writing their own sentences.  The children are required to do this independently by the end of the reception year so perhaps you could encourage them to do this as part of their daily work. I would love to read the sentences on the homework email.

Thank you for all your support.

Mrs Richardson

Thursday 7th May

Good morning and welcome to another sunny day. 

Today is Day 4 of the Maths Hungry Caterpillar activities if you want to have a go.  Remember to  email me your prayers for everyone so that we can all keep in touch whilst not being in school. Have a lovely day and remember no work tomorrow.

I hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and all manage to celebrate VE Day tomorrow in some form or other. 

Please take care and keep safe.

Mrs Richardson

Wednesday 6th May

I hope you are all keeping well and managing to do some of this weeks work at home. Remember just do what you can. Hopefully it's going to be sunny today and tomorrow so go outside if you can to enjoy it.

As a school we have all been set a challenge this week. It is to get in touch with someone with a message of hope or just to have a chat and check they are ok, and then challenge them to do the same. It has been set by Joe Hopkins, Lead Lay Chaplain of the St Ralph Sherwin CMAT.

Here is Joe's video:

We hope you can join in.

Mrs Richardson

Tuesday 5th May

Good morning. Well what can I say, you have all brightened up my day looking at all your smiling faces. You are working so hard at home and I love to see all your work on the homework email. Thank you parents for all your support and encouragement at this time. 

Mrs Richardson and Mrs Chiavetta

Monday 4thMay

Good morning and welcome to a new week.

I have put up the weekly timetable of work as a suggestion for you to do. This week in maths we are going to revise addition and learn the number bonds to 10. Also this week I thought you might want to look at and have a go at doing some maths through a story. The story this week is 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It doesn't matter if you have not got the story you can still do some of the activities mentioned. This is the link;

Look for Summer Term Week 3 and do Day 1.

Try to keep doing some reading/phonics, writing sentences and stories and maths work  every day. Just do what you can at home.

Have a lovely day.

Mrs Richardson.


Friday 1st May

We have reached the end of another week and what a lot of wonderful work you have done. We miss you all and being in school together. You are all doing a fabulous job at home, mums and dads as well. Keep going until we are all together in school soon.

The link for today is  Friday’s ‘Big School Get Together’ have a go and join at 11.00am. 

We have also been asked if you could complete the following work survey by the CMAT.  

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing all your work today and again next week.

Mrs Richardson


Thursday 30th April

Good morning and I hope it's not as rainy today. This week has been National Gardening Week. I know some of you like to be in your gardens if you have one. As an extra activity for today and tomorrow I thought some of you may like to do some of the activities below. 

If you don't want to do them just have fun in the garden anyway.

Mrs Richardson

Tuesday 28th April

Good morning. Thank you for all the photos of last weeks sports afternoon and some of you doing lots of your work over the past few weeks. So I decided to put some of them together for you to see each other.

Keep doing your fantastic work and then email some of it to me.

Mrs Richardson

Monday 27th April

Good morning and welcome to another week. Well done everyone on all your work last week. Remember to email me some of it so I can see how you are getting on. I have put on another timetable of work for you to do. This is just a guide , but you do need to do some phonics/reading, writing and maths each day if you can. 

Keep enjoying the sunshine when you can and look after each other in your families. We miss all your happy smiling faces and being in school together.

Mrs Richardson

Friday 24th April.

We hope everyone is still keeping safe and well at home. We miss you all lots. I have had emails and lots of photos of all your fantastic work you are doing at home from some parents. If you have not emailed me I would love to hear that you are all OK and able to get on with some work during each day. You can easily email me on the homework email as I look forward to receiving them.

It would be great if you could all take photos during your chosen activity for the Sports Afternoon later and email one of them to me. 

Have a good day and take care.

Mrs Richardson

Good morning everyone,

It is St. George's Day today, 23rd April. St. George is the Patron Saint of England.

Try to find out something about him today. If you can go onto Twinkl and they have lots of activities you might want to do at home. Don't worry if not, perhaps you could draw a picture of George and the dragon in your books, use the picture below to help you.

Have a great St. George's day.

Monday 20th April

Dear parents/carers,

We hope you have kept safe and well over the Easter holidays. For the next few weeks while you are working at home I am going to put a weekly timetable which includes work for your child to do each day on the class web page. Please use this as a guide. Sometimes your child may complete this work and sometimes not. Or you may decide to do other things at home. All of this is fine. However try to keep up with reading each day, phonics and learning words. Do some maths and writing during the week. Above all please do not stress about your child's work over the next few weeks and remember young children learn through play. Play is an essential part of early learning. It's not "just play" they are skills for life. So don't worry that your child is just playing! Remember to have fun as well.

We miss you all.

Mrs Richardson.


Write some sentences each day this week about what the Easter rabbit did at my house during the holiday.

Tuesday 21st April

Good morning to everyone.

There are lots of things to do on the BBC Bitesize website. You can go onto the Year 1 page and try some of these activities. There are different lessons each day to do.

It is also the Queen's birthday today. She is 94 years old. Perhaps you can make a birthday card.
Remember to keep using the homework email (see above) so I can see your lovely work and I will respond as soon as I can.
Mrs Richardson

Thursday 2nd April

Good morning everyone. Thank you all for posting your wonderful work on the homework email. You are working hard and I am very proud of you. Keep sending them in and I will try to reply as soon as I can.

Today I have a link to a site called ELSA support and it has got some free resources that would be good for all the family to do. Try to do the 'April Wellbeing Calendar' and the '14 day Photo Challenge'. Just perfect for the Easter Holidays. Have a look and have a go!



Monday 30th March

Hello and I hope you are all well at home.

This week I want you to learn about the story of Easter. You can have a look in a Bible or look online,

Then draw some pictures and write a sentence about the story of Easter in your book.

Take part of the story each day.

Can you retell the story to someone in your family? 


Keep using the above home learning resource pack for other activities to do at home.

Try to learn 2 new words each day from the High Frequency word sheet. Remember to go over all the other words in your green book everyday so you don't forget them. If you can read all of the words then have a go at writing them without looking, take a few at a time.

I will put an Easter maths activity for you to do later in the week.

Have a lovely day.



The BBC website has lots of information and activities for you to do with your child. This is the link to the Early Years Resources but you could also look at Key Stage 1 as well.


David Walliams reads one of his stories on his website everyday for thirty days. It's on the following link: .


 This is a good website for Maths activities and you could do the work in the exercise book provided.

Have fun counting.

Our first weeks at school.

Parents Letters

Thank you to those parents who attended the curriculum parents evening. Here is the information we talked about.

Curriculum Planning

Long Term Plan

Medium Term Plan