Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to St Catherine’s website – whether you are new to our school, just looking or already a part of our community thank you for taking the time to visit.

This term, we hope to experience a return to some semblance of normality in school as well as within our locality; we are looking forward to being able to join together for work and play as well as welcoming families into the school, as restrictions allow.

Our Christian values for this term focus on Care for Creation and Thankfulness. We have decided to combine the two as we think about our appreciation for what is around us in the natural and man-made world alongside our responsibilities for taking care of it, ourselves and each other.

The British value that we are considering is that of tolerance and acceptance of different faiths and beliefs. We begin the term exploring Ramadan and the importance of this special time of prayer and fasting within the Muslim faith. At all times, children are encouraged to explore their own faith and ideas whilst showing respect for the beliefs of others.

The summer term is always a busy one and this one is no exception. With the warmer weather, more sessions can be taught outside and this year, in acknowledgement of the restrictions that were imposed throughout lockdown, we are providing all children with increased opportunities to participate in a range of sports and physical activities. In addition, all children will be able to use our outdoor swimming pool to learn to swim, improve and gain water confidence.

Throughout the final term of this academic year, we look forward to growing in understanding and knowledge as we explore learning together academically, physically and spiritually in our work and play.

Mrs Wallis


What's been going on?

School Assemblies

Please see links for this term's assemblies below.
    This week, Mrs Wallis considers the story of the lion and the mouse as we think about our half term value of service. We also see some more examples of wonderful ways the school Bible story has been depicted - is yours there?
  • School Assembly

Welcome to EYFS

Why not have a look at our new video for Early Years in St Catherine's

Maths Workshop Online

I am delighted to inform you that Mr Pring (our Early years lead) and Mr Fitch (our maths lead) have recorded helpful videos to support maths learning at home. They include examples of how we teach maths in school as well as how you can support your child to develop a greater understanding of number and maths in general.

The Great British Spring Clean
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
Mother's Day celebrations
ITV filming our fight against vegetables!!!
Songs and Sunflowers

This Term's Value

This term, rather than taking a separate Christian value for each half of the term, we are combining Care for Creation and Thankfulness; considering our appreciation for the natural and man-made world alongside raising awareness of our responsibilities to care for it, ourselves and each other.

Throughout the term, we will think about our school – we are grateful for the space we have including an extensive playing field, dedicated nature area with a wildlife pond as well as hedgerows, flowers and trees. We will think about how we can look after St Catherine’s – and whether we can improve and enhance our environment so that it can be sustained and enjoyed by everyone for years to come. In addition to this, we will focus on our town and explore our responsibilities to show respect for where we live by taking litter home, using bins and following the new Country Code when visiting the countryside.

Acknowledging that we are part of creation, we will also think about our commitment to each other and ourselves. We will learn about how to stay healthy in terms of exercise and nutrition and how we can care for one another as we learn through work and play together.

We will be growing some fruit and vegetables at school and observing the growth and ripening of plums, apples, pears and blackberries that we have on our site. Considering food that is purchased from supermarkets and elsewhere, we’ll be thinking about Fair Trade produce as well as how we can be responsible with waste food and packaging through recycling.

The British value that is our focus for the summer term considers tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. Within our school, we welcome families of all faiths or none and children are encouraged to explore their own spirituality in times of reflection, collective worship and through day to day living, working and playing. The term starts with the beginning of Ramadan; children will learn about its importance as a time of fasting and praying within the Muslim faith. Within RE sessions, children learn about different faiths alongside Christianity and when we can, we will once again visit places of worship and welcome visitors in school to talk about their beliefs.