Oldham Summer Story Festival

Oldham Summer Story Festival will run across the summer providing early years children and their families with free access to stimulating storytelling and digital music, craft and drama activities.  Working alongside Get Oldham Talking the Early Years Service have designed this festival to support early years children and their development.

We will also continue to host the festival online during autumn so that more children and families across Oldham can access these resources. You may find these are also useful for Key stage one children on their return to school and could provide classroom resources.

Each week the website will feature a fabulous story read by a local performer. Each story will have 4 fantastic creative activities to take part in.

Rhyme Time - A selection of action songs based on the weekly story.

Act it Out! – A series of drama based games and exercises to encourage play connected to the weekly story

Make and Do!– Craft, messy play or sensory activities connected to the weekly story.

Play along! - Music based games and activities connected to the weekly story

Alongside these online resources, a downloadable pack of resources will be available for each story.

Due to the success of the first Oldham Story Festival we are happy to be able to continue the offer this summer and on our site for the foreseeable future.

Please join us for a summer of stories, amazing activities and lots of fun for young children and families. 

Coronavirus: SEND Support for families, children and young people

Please click on the picture link to access the information.

Oldham Libraries - Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is here! On Friday 5 June the new look online Silly Squad Digital Summer Reading Challenge was launched for all children to access directly and start their reading adventures.  Children can log their reads and collect virtual prizes as they unlock content on the Silly Squad website: sillysquad.org.uk. It is free and easy to register.  Alongside the main challenge, Oldham Libraries will be running an online programme of stories, crafts, competitions, writing workshops and more, through the Oldham Libraries Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OldhamLibraryService/.  For more information please click on the picture link.

The James Dyson Foundation

44 engineering and science challenges from the engineers at Dyson. Please select the document below.

File icon: pdf The James Dyson Foundation - KS2 Engineering and Science - Challenge Cards.pdf [pdf 4MB] Click to download

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is a saying: ‘Change is the only visible sign of life’ and what changes we’ve gone through. Gallery Oldham is looking for objects that tell the story of life in lockdown so that we can share them with future generations. Have you bought or made something unusual? What object sums up the changing world outside or the unchanging reality of staying at home? Sometimes it is the most ordinary object that tells the most amazing story. We’d love to share your experiences and ideas, and see pictures (photographs or drawings/paintings) of the objects that sum them up, whatever they are.

Lockdown Survival Guide

Please select the document below.

File icon: pdf Lockdown Survival Guide May 2020.pdf [pdf 432KB] Click to download

Oldham Libraries Service Family Support

With some children remaining at home, the home learning environment and parental engagement will be more important than ever.  To support families, Oldham Libraries are delivering an exciting online offer. From ‘Ask a Librarian’, live rhyme time sessions, quizzes to plenty of creative activities that you can do with your family, there’s something for everyone. Check the libraries website for the weekly programme through this link . You can also follow Oldham libraries on social media.

Code Camp World

We're opening up our online coding platform to help kids around the world stay engaged and keep learning during these uncertain times. We'll send you access to Code Camp World right away, plus two awesome lesson plans where your children can build their very own games from scratch using drag and drop coding. It's so much fun, they won't realise they're learning important skills!  Please click on the picture link to access their website.

KS1 E-Safety Resources

How to stay safe online for Year 1 and 2 pupils.  Please click on the picture link to access the resources.

File icon: pdf Digital safety during COVID-19_ June 2020.pdf [pdf 87KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 1 May 2020.pdf [pdf 253KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 2 June 2020.pdf [pdf 328KB] Click to download

KS2 E-Safety Resources

How to stay safe online for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils.  Please click on the picture link to access the resources.

School Learning Zone

Welcome to our Learning Zone.

Each resource has been carefully chosen to enhance your child's learning.

Click on the links to find games and sources of information appropriate for your childs Key Stage.  The resources are also mapped to topics the children are studying each half term and are designed to support and supplement learning in class.

As with any internet access adult supervision is necessary when using these resources.

Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Mary's C.E. Primary School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

Let's Pray Together - Tenten Resources

  • Before you begin, gather the family together. This might be in the same room or if you are in different places, you might gather online, using Skype, for example.
  • Decide who is going to be Prayer Leader. You could have more than one Prayer Leader. The Prayer Leader should read aloud all of the text on screen where indicated.
  • Everybody else should read the parts where indicated.
  • You may like to light a candle to mark the start of your Family Liturgy.

15 Prayers for this difficult time

  • Please click on the picture link to visit their website.

BBC Bitesize Online Lessons

From 20 April, you’ll be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in an expanded version of our website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button.

We’ve worked with our colleagues in other parts of the BBC and education experts from around the UK to make sure everyone who needs it can access learning resources during this uncertain time. You can also expect some of it to be delivered by well-known faces.

The Power of Kindness Calendar

As the UK faces a global coronavirus pandemic, things can feel a little uncertain and even overwhelming. But, during these difficult times, one thing is clear: small acts of kindness make a big difference.  The power of kindness calendar helps children and young people learn about and carry out kind acts.  This would be a lovely thing to do over the Easter break.

File icon: pdf power-of-kindness-calendar-blank-calendar.pdf [pdf 538KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf power-of-kindness-calendar-my-kind-acts.pdf [pdf 107KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf power-of-kindness-calendar-supporting-activities-for-learners-7-11.pdf [pdf 79KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf power-of-kindness-calendar-supporting-activities-for-learners-11-18.pdf [pdf 110KB] Click to download

Free Audio Books for Children

Amazon today cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages for as long as schools are closed. Children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning and just being kids! All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link: (copy and paste into your web browser).


Harry Potter at Home

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Celebrity Classes

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PE with Joe

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive.  Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.  The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.  You don't need any equipment, just tune in to my YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. 

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days. Keep the kids busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks.

Year 5 ad 6 Pupils - British Sign Language Course

During this difficult time, as more of us are finding ourselves in self-isolation or spending longer periods at home, we would like to provide the opportunity for you to use this time to learn British Sign Language. Our 20hr CPD certified course can be studied at your own pace and is a comprehensive introduction to BSL.

£3 – if you are a full time student or finding things tight right now.

Please click on the picture link if you are interested in doing the course.