St Mary's Catholic Primary School

English at Home

Dear Parents

Please see below for links to websites which have made their content free for you to use at home with your children. There are also recommendations of books appropriate to each year group/age and ideas on activities which your children can do at home.

Take care of yourselves.

Mrs Davis 

English Subject Leader / Deputy Headteacher 


All these websites are free to use for home use at the moment.

Some may require a sign-up and an email address.

Book Trust - 100 Best Books for Children -

David Walliams - reads a story daily -

Julia Donaldson Adaptations - Animated Films based on the much-loved picture books -

LCTSA - Home Learning

Twinkl Home-Learning Hub (lots of easy ideas for activities with your children, including online lessons) -

World of David Walliams - free online activities and live readings of his stories daily -

The Teach Company - Online Magazines 

Oxford Owl - Home Learning

Phonics Lessons on YouTube 

Premier League Primary Stars (English, Maths, Physical Activity, Mental Health and Well-Being)

Crick Software - Reading and Writing Software for all abilities

Puzzle Maker -

The Reading Realm

Phonics Play -

Free Children's Classics to Download (Word, PDF and Audio)

Free eBooks -

The British Library Make a Miniature Book -

Audible (free while schools are closed)

Open Library - free downloadable books and information - possible to browse by subject (Parents can take advantage too!) -

Kids Poems and Stories with Michael Rosen-

Cambridge University Press - Free Textbooks

Reading Aloud 


The subject of English at St. Mary's takes in reading, phonics, writing, spelling, grammar, punctuation, speaking and listening. Alongside following the National Curriculum and the EYFS Profile, St. Mary's values the input of parents and carers into helping the children to develop a love of reading and writing. Below you will find our policy documents for the different areas of the subject along with some resources to use with your child at home.

Reading at Home

Parent Booklet - Hints and tips related to the Reciprocal Reading model we use in school to read with the children.


English Policy 

Reading with your child presentation

Reading Policy

End of Year Expectations

Please find a list of National Curriculum expectations for children in each year group.

 End of Year Expectations
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