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St Mary's Catholic Primary Schools Trust


                                                               St Mary’s Catholic Primary Schools Trust

 Friday 20th October 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,
Here we are at the end of the first half term of the school year. The children at both the Infants and the Juniors have been given baseline assessments in reading, writing and maths to ensure that we have a clear and accurate picture of where your child is and their next steps.

Both the Infant School and the Junior School have also been looking at ways we can ensure that children continue to make consistently good progress and that all year groups are aware of what the children should know from the year group below to maintain high expectations and standards. As a result of this we have come up with a list of non-negotiables for every year group.

These non-negotiables are our expectations for what the majority of children should be able to be doing on a regular basis by the end of their year group and will then be expected to continue to do as they progress through the school e.g. our children are taught joined script by the end of Year 1 therefore we will expect all our children to do this consistently unless they have a particular medical or learning need. It is important that children can do this because it will help them to be able to write quickly and efficiently at length. If children continue to print they will find the needs and requirements of the English curriculum increasingly difficult to handle as they progress through the Infants and Juniors.

Above I have given you just one example of our non-negotiables. Below are the current list for the school your child attends and I have posted the lists for every year group at both schools in a new non-negotiables section on the  parent information  area of our website.


  1. Share stories at least twice a day; small group book sharing minimum 2x week
  2. Correct pencil grip
  3. Phase 1 Phonics
  4. Recasting incorrect grammar with child repeating back
  5. Count concrete resources accurately to 5, practically add and take away
  6. Write own name in school script


  1. Correct letter formation (guided writing)
  2. Join digraphs (ch, sh, th)
  3. Secure use of CL and . from earliest sentence writing in guided sessions
  4. Phase 2 - 4 Phonics
  5.  Recasting incorrect grammar with child repeating back
  6. Bank of known words for spelling

              a, I, the , to, was, like, play, go, no, be, he, me, she, we, my, you, they, all, are

  1. Read minimum 1 per week with teacher
  2. Count up to 20 concrete items by moving them
  3. Solve simple mathematical problems using concrete resources

Year 1

  1. Joined writing. (don’t stop to dot letters or cross ‘t’)
  2. Write at greater length
  3. National Curriculum Appendix 1 spellings and grammar
  4. Phase 5 Phonics
  5.  Secure use of ?
  6.  Number bonds for all numbers to 20

               Count to 100 in 2s, 5 and 1

Year 2

  1. Confident use of punctuation   CL . ?
  2. Greater Depth  Correct use “  ”   ,  ‘s    ’for omissions   !
  3. Extended writing
  4. National Curriculum Appendix 1 spellings and grammar
  5. Phase 6 Phonics
  6.  Count in 3s and in tens from any number
  7.  2, 5 and 10 times tables

              Quarter past and quarter to

I wish you all a very happy half term break and look forward to see you all again on Monday 30th October.

With very best wishes for a happy half term break,

Miss O’Callaghan
Executive Headteacher

Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
School closed
Monday 30th October
School reopens after the half term break.
Wednesday 8th November
pen day for prospective parents.
Monday 4th December
School closed for staff training.
Wednesday 13th December
Christmas lunch
Wednesday 20th December
Carols by Candlelight, and school closes for the Christmas break.
Thursday 21st December to  Friday 29th December
School closed for the Christmas break.

I wish you all a very happy weekend.

Kindest regards,

Miss O’Callaghan