East Grinstead, West Sussex

Amazing Reading at St Mary's

Learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics during School Closure
Daily lessons for children
We are excited to announce that from Monday 23rd March we are scheduling Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home.
We will release three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. The films will only be available at the times below:

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Please note: the films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

We will also release a film of a teacher reading a poem for Reception and Year 1 children to join in with at 2.00 pm every day. The poems will be available to watch again and again on YouTube.

A great opportunity for children to learn these by heart!
Parents can sign up to either our Facebook page  or our YouTube channel.

The Literacy shed are offering many free resources to parents currently home schooling. To access them, simply follow the link below:

World Book Day 2020


To celebrate world book day this year, St Mary's encouraged children to come into school dressed as their favourite book character. We were delighted to see such a wide range and variety of costumes from a vast selection of genres.


Our focus was on fairy tales, inspired by our production of 'The Little Princess' last week. Each class engaged in a fun-filled activity, discovering what fairy tales are, where hey originated from and how they are still being created today.


At the end of the day we all gathered back together in the hall to celebrate our learning and to share the fun that we had had. It was a fantastic day celebrating reading.

Buddy reading


At St Mary's we love to read! Each week, years 6 and 5 meet up with their year R or year 1 reading buddies and cosy up with a book. For many of the children, it's one of their favourite times of the week. 

Book fair


At the end of November we held a book fair in the hall. We were delighted with the enthusiasm of both children and parents who came in to purchase some new, exciting books! The book fair will be back again in the new year. 

Please feel free to view our yearly recommended reading lists