St James the Great Catholic Primary School


Friday 3rd July 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian,

I hope that you are all remaining fit and well and are looking forward to the gentle lifting of restrictions from this weekend. We are delighted that once again our community will be able to join in the celebration of Mass, Fr Jack advises us to make use of any of the Mass times that are available during the week and not just Sunday, for now. Try to attend one Mass in person with your family soon. It is time to return to our spiritual home and the presence of the Blessed Sacrament

Those of you accessing learning from home will have noticed this week’s School Learning Grid. It is full of activities and interesting things to do which we hope your child will find more engaging. Please keep encouraging your child to complete the tasks and send pictures of what you have been doing or have done to your class teachers. This format will now continue until the end of term. We understand how difficult it has been to keep up home learning but we encourage you to do so.  Our thoughts are heading towards September when the children will be allowed back to school once more.  The details were shared by the Government yesterday and we are working in earnest to plan for it; we cannot wait to see you all on your return.

To help best prepare for this, the teachers are putting together a ‘Big Summer Catch-Up Pack’ for each child which can be collected from the school in the final week of the term, along with your child’s School Report – more details to follow.  It is essential that your child is prepared for learning come September and even the six weeks holiday can lead to them forgetting what you and the teachers have worked so hard for them to know and do. We want everybody to be as ready as can be for the beginning of the new academic year.

Please remember to send some of your work through to your class email by Wednesday so that we can put it on the Celebration Page.

 If you are a Key Worker and would like to return your child to school, please get in touch

Well done to all of you who continue to work at home. Please remember to send some of your work through to your class email by Wednesday so that we can put it on the Celebration Page.

If you are a Key Worker and would like to return your child to school please get in touch

Please be assured that we work very hard to make school as safe and happy as can be.

If you are a parent of a child in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6,

If your child is not currently attending school please seriously consider it.

Free School Meal – Change of provision Update

Good news! Summer holiday provision agreed to be funded by the Government. Please see letter on this website.

Home Learning arrangements:

For children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6, work will be posted on the school website each week ready for Monday morning

For children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1, Learning Packs will be available for collection at school on Mondays between 10 -11am

Downloadable information:

Click Here for a letter to all parents regarding Free School Meal offer for Summer Holiday provision 2020.

Click Here for a letter to all parents regarding the opening.

Click on a year group links  (NurseryReceptionYear 1 and Year 6 ) for class messages from the classes that are due to begin to reopen.

Start and end of the day as follows:

  • Nursery 8:40 - 3:20;    
  • Reception 8:50 - 3:25;  
  • Year 1 8:40 – 3:30;   
  • Year 6  8:40 – 3:25
  • Key Workers    8:50 – 3:30

Home Learning Access:

For  Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 Please look here: 

School website/Teaching and Learning/Classroom/

Then click on your child’s particular classroom. There you will find the plan for the week. Please download it as this will help to save extra traffic on the website itself. Please try your best to complete the schedule of work across the week.

Weekly ‘Celebration of Work’

To celebrate the children’s effort, choose one piece of work, photograph it and email it to your child’s teacher by Wednesday of each week using the class emails which are:

We will publish some of the pictures on the website on Friday of each week. On Thursday we will publish on our website activities related to practising our faith together:


  • Monday – work for the week (collected in school / from website)
  • Tuesday (alternate weeks) – phonecall from your class teacher
  • Wednesday – send your teacher one example of your child’s work
  • Thursday – focus for prayer
  • Friday – celebration of work

UPDATE: Greater news! MASS CELEBRATED AGAIN !Please read this weeksKeep the Faithpage​

UPDATE: Notice of the sad loss of Simon Luong, past pupil, who died recently. For more information and
to support family,

UPDATE: Here is a letter to all parents following the Government Announcement on Sunday.

Home Learning Resources:

Visit our home learning page for a plethora of fantastic links and downloads for parents and children to have some fun learning time at home. Don’t miss our fun Friday links packed with great ideas for indoor activities.

Keeping the Faith:

Weekly Gospel downloads will now be available every Thursday from our “Keeping the Faith” web page.

Coronovirus Updates:

Please click on the links below to download more information.


Click here to find out more





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