Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

01772 742351

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Nurturing hearts and minds


There are many ways that you can support your child with their learning.  At the beginning of the autumn and spring terms we hold Termly Toolkits in school to show how you can best support your child through the term. Each toolkit is particular to their year group. We do not have an onerous homework policy but ask that you support your child by reading with them and practising their addition bonds and times tables. The most important thing is to show an interest in your child's learning and expose them to books, computer games and experiences that will excite them and encourage them to be curious and find out more.

No child sails through school without encountering some challenges. Some pick up reading and phonics really easily, others take a little longer.  Below I have prepared some help sheets to help you support your child with learning their sounds and spellings and their reading.  Some pupils encounter difficult with their motor skills; this particularly hinders you child in writing, using scissors and PE. Below you will find a series of exercises that can be done to help your child with their motor skills. If your child continues to have difficulties in certain areas the class teacher will consult with Mrs Costello (our special needs and disability co-ordinator or SENDCO). She will then work with the class teacher and yourselves to support your child in the best possible way.  There is a full page category on SEND under the key information tab.

Of course some children have periods of sadness, of struggling with friendships and expressing their emotions clearly.  Mrs Clemo is our pupil and family support worker and will work with your child and with you to ensure a successful navigation through the bumpy bits.

Working together is key and please do worry about your child alone.  Come in and discuss any concerns and we will work together to overcome any problems.


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This video link demonstrates how the phonic screening test is administered.  It would be useful to watch so that you can see what is expected of your child.

Phonic test

This second clip shows you how to pronounce all the sounds

Pronouncing the sounds (coming very soon)


This final link is some video links made by Sue Miskin who co wrote Letters and Sounds which is the government backed scheme that we follow in schools.

Sue Miskin