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Catherington School's Peace Poles

We would like as many of our children as possible to help us create some Peace poles which will be placed in front of the school for everyone to see.


Peace poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. They remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and unity.


This year diocesan schools, churches and parishes are invited to create a peace pole to highlight work that is bringing about peace and unity. The poles will symbolize our school’s vision for peace and simultaneously link this work with that of people of all faiths and nationalities worldwide who are striving for a better, unified world.


If you would like to be involved with this project please draw your picture on the document below and return to the school as soon as possible.



Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Last Friday saw the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge. This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad 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 into all sorts of funny books!


With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading. It will support parents and carers with children already at home, offer schools exciting ways to animate remote learning, and provide great content for those back in the classroom. Many wonderful partners are supporting the Challenge this year to help us reach even more children than ever. The Challenge will run from 5 June to mid-September.


The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that incentivise and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Although public library buildings are closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.


Click on the link below to find out more.

A short video to introduce our new vicar, Reverend Richard.

The weeks have been sad without you around to make us smile.  Hopefully, this message will cheer you up as much as it did us when we created it.




Daily Maths Lesson ideas

Every child's needs are different during these very strange times and YOU know best what work your child can cope with at the moment.

Some children thrive best on the creative activities we have been suggesting ( don't forget to check out the News pages for our latest ideas). Others may need a little more structure in their day. 

So here are some maths websites that offer different levels of structured lessons for you to use as you choose.

BBC Bitesize are offering a choice of daily lessons either online or on IPlayer. 

The online maths lessons are specific to year groups and build on each days learning. Each lesson has video content, activities, worksheets or games. Fun to do together, dip in and out as it suits you!

NCETM  provide daily lessons on YouTube that are suitable for Year 1 and 2.

They are a series of fun, structured activities using resources you can find around the home. We use many of the resources in school, so the children should be familiar with them and you don't need to be an expert to work through the activities with your child.

I have posted the first two weeks and will add more as they become available.

Mathematics Mastery offers a much more structured approach.

Neither the Government nor the staff at Catherington expect parents to become teachers! 

However, if you do fancy something to get your teeth into, Mathematics Mastery provides daily maths lessons to download. They come with activity plans, adult guidance and paper resources to print at home. Again, our children will be familiar with the models and resources used.

KIDS.Classroom Secrets offers a range of great maths games, practice quizzes and video tutorials for yr R, 1 and 2. They are offering a free login at the moment and you can search for specific topics, eg. money.

Although the Government have cancelled this year’s SATs, the Year 2 arithmetic pages have daily SATs style practice questions to tackle and the reasoning pages have more practice questions to test yourself!

Education City offers a wide range of maths games and activities linked to your child's age group and the National Curriculum. We have a free login for a month which has been sent to everyone, let us know if you have a problem. Children very quickly get the hang of this website and love to thoroughly explore it!
Don't forget to look in Key Information: Curriculum Subjects: Maths for details of the maths National Curriculum, Planning and Parent Workshops I ran earlier in the year yes

Many of the websites I have suggested offer more curriculum subjects than just maths, so, go on, have a browse and let us know your favourites smiley!

Mrs Mannie

Wednesday 29th April 2020


England’s Biggest Assembly : Tomorrow Thursday 30th April at 10am, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the first assembly at Oak National Academy. The Archbishop’s address will be streamed through the Times Educational Supplement Website  and will then remain available on the Oak National Academy website. www.  Do try and watch it live, as you  may be potentially part of a Guinness World Record!

Monday 20th April 2020 

A message form Bishop Christopher



On Good Friday,  former headteacher and diocesan schools adviser Sue Bowen will lead a workshop for children online at 9.30am. She'll be broadcasting from her garden and kitchen, helping children to think about making their own crosses and reflecting on what Jesus's crucifixion means for them. The workshop will be available on the Portsmouth Diocese Youtube channel




Easter Quiz 

Why not have a go as a family at this Easter quiz kindly shared by Portsmouth Young Carers?  

I will post the answers next week.

Easter Quiz Answers

Science and Technology Easter Activities

Wellbeing ideas
During this time, it’s important that you take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.

If you child is feeling a little more worried than usual then watch this story together. It talks about making and using worry dolls with children. Have a listen to the story together and then see if you can make your own worry dolls, all you need is a stick and some coloured wool or string!

Here are a few ideas to help:

Listen and Acknowledge- Let your child talk about their feelings and ask you any questions. It's good to talk!

Provide clear information about the situation- Explain what is being done to keep us all safe.

Be aware of your own reactions: remain calm, show them how you react to stress in a calm way.

Create a new routine: decide together the routine for each day but maintain the things that are important, eating well, going to bed at the same, being active outside.


Try relaxing by using Cosmic Yoga

Take a look at Wellbeing Wednesday videos from the Art of Brilliance team:


Gardening is really good for our physical and mental health and this has never been more important than now. Take advantage of the good weather and have a go at growing some seeds like tomatoes or sunflowers. (available to buy online) These are quick to grow and can produce great results! Herbs are great to grow.


This book aims to open up the conversation of Coronavirus and some of the things children might be hearing about. It provides truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner, so it's worth a read.

Lottie from Queen Elizabeth country park is providing weekly fun activities to try in your garden at home or when out getting your daily exercise. Have a look at Queen Elizabeth Country park page on Facebook.


Music is a great way raise your spirits. The website Out of the Ark are giving parents free resources each week. They are putting their songs and words online so that children can sing along at home. These are some of the songs we sing in Worship at school. Have a look here:


Tree of Knowledge Calendar
100 Fun Indoor Activities


Year R have been learning up to Phase 3 in class, Year 1 up to Phase 5 and Year 2 can tackle all the activities!

Keeping Active
Speaking and Listening Skills

Harold's Daily Diary

Follow Harold's daily activity ideas to keep happy and healthy.

Interested in Animals?
Interested in Growing Plants?