St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy

22.5.2020  11.15am: School completely closed 25-29 May. --- Special Childcare re-opens 1 June.---  Bishop Wheeler Trustboard decision: not to open the school to more pupils until at least 8 June 2020

During the shut down we will be using this page to keep you up to date - if you are looking for content usually found on our home page please click on 'Front Page' in the Home Page menu. 

     Keeping in touch and up to date     

Our main points of contact will be through the website and school app. Click on the link below to download the app. 

Please use the Parent Contact Form (link below) for getting in touch with school until further notice.

Download our school app

Keep up to date with the latest school news and events, all through your smartphone or tablet.

Remember to subscribe to our new YouTube channel for Bedtime Stories and links to other useful channels.

     Home learning and Activity Ideas     

Home Learning

If your child is off school due to self isolation it is important to keep on doing some school work. The ideas provided will help you; please click on the topics to see the links in that area. More information will be available from your class teachers as necessary.

If you/your child has misplaced/forgotten your log in for Active Learn or Times Tables Rock Stars please feel free to use the Parent Contact Form. 

Well done everyone who is accessing the Learning Platforms - Teachers are checking every day to ensure your accounts are kept up to date. Thank you. 

Reception Tour

Bedtime Stories

We are really enjoying reading bedtime stories for you all. Head over to our YouTube channel by clicking here where you will find the whole playlist.

Nationwide resources

Below are links to some wonderful resources being provided by the government for all schools and families during the period of shutdown for schools. 

BBC Bitesize is providing daily lessons for each year group. Click on the Bitesize logo to go to their website and select which school year your child is in. There are also daily programmes which provide a summary of the learning topics for each day; you can find these by clicking on the iplayer logo. 

Letters and Sounds is a programme of phonics lessons designed for Reception and Year 1. Click on the logo to visit the website and choose the relevant stage for your child.  

White Rose Maths have provided daily maths lessons in partnership with the BBC Bitesize Daily team. These lessons give a short video and a worksheet to cover the daily topic. Plus a challenge at the end of the week. Click on the logo to visit the website.  

Class specific information

Please visit your class pages for more content just for your class.

Please remember to keep checking on Tapestry - Mrs Blenkhorn and Mrs Turvill are setting you challenges to help to keep you and your grown up busy at home.

Playing is very important work! 

(Parents of children in nursery and reception should have received an invite to the site)

Reception: you are all invited to use 'Bug Club' which is part of Active Learn to help with your reading. Login via the Active Learn login page by clicking on the image. 

Crucial Crew game -

Subject areas

Please click on the headings to see the links in each section.

 Please use free social media resources such as: The Body Coach Live (every week day at 9am) or Play Hooray Live (every week day at 10am) 

The Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

Craven Museum has released some great home learning materials - which are related to our local area!

Click the images to login to your accounts.

White Rose Maths

You should now have your child's login details for Yumu from Charanga music   - please let the school office know if you have not received this.

Please click the image to go to the login page. 

Leeds Diocese are producing daily singing lessons which can be accessed on You Tube on their channel Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, see yesterday’s here or

Please also just enjoy reading together - any reading is helpful and can be a great thing to do together as a family.


We would like to let you all know that our English advisor, Phillip Webb, who helped us devise our English Curriculum has designed a Home Learning unit for parents. This unit takes the children on a learning journey, all the way from prediction to publication. The unit of work uses all of the approaches we use at school, so the children will be very comfortable with it. The work is suitable for EYFS, KS1 and KS2. It has powerpoints and worksheets to use at home, as well as pointers for the adults who are delivering the unit, so is an invaluable resource. I highly recommend!

Please go the R.E. page for some great ideas from Miss Duncan to use on our Journey to Easter this Holy Week. 

We are missing having The Wednesday Word to give out each week but they have provided an online version which you can download. Please click on the link below.

Please click here for the current week's download


     NHS and Government advice     

Understanding the Coronavirus: 

Please click here to download a really helpful document which explains the Coronavirus to children.

The Children’s Commissioner has published the guidance written for children and their families that explains the pandemic in an appropriate way and includes links to other resources. 

Click here to have a look.

Stay at home and stay safe.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have provided a video containing safety advice, along with colleagues from North Yorkshire County Council. 

Find out how to keep yourself and your family safe whilst staying at home and saving lives. The broadcast also includes advice for businesses.

Watch on YouTube:


Last update: 2020-05-22