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At St Joseph's we use a number of Virtual Learning Environments, these are designed to enhance our student's learning experience by including computers and the Internet in the learning process.


Listed below are the programs we use at school and the information you need to get involved at home.


Purple Mash 


Purple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way.

Click the icon to go to our school log in page.



Spelling Shed’s scheme is divided into six stages, each stage corresponding to the respective school year. Within each stage there are weekly objectives and spelling lists that give a steady progression through the curriculum as well as review and challenge lists to extend vocabulary. For each week's spelling list they provide a traditional printable practice sheet that follows the look-cover-write-check format. They also provide a printable activity for each list that can be used in class, as a homework or where technology is not available.

Spelling Shed’s scheme of work has been designed to give 100% coverage of the National Curriculum.

Accelerated Reader


Accelerated Reader is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice. With AR, teachers can create a reading programme to meet the needs of every student.


Using information generated by the software, teachers can help students select books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not too difficult to cause frustration. In addition, it helps teachers to monitor students’ vocabulary growth, literacy skills development and reading skills taught through other reading schemes.


How it works


1. Determine a reading level

A student’s reading level is determined through the STAR reading assessment. Each student is then allocated a range of books.


2. Set practice goals

Teachers are then able to set individualised reading goals for each student, based on the quantity, quality and difficulty of the books read. Students and their parents can be involved in the ongoing monitoring of progress toward these goals.


3. Personalise practice

Personalised reading practice means that students read books of interest at their own reading level.


4. Students take an AR Quiz

AR offers over 25,000 quizzes, with new quizzes constantly added for the latest and most popular fiction and non-fiction books.


5. Receive instant feedback

AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them to monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of reports.

The IDL Literacy Intervention is a speaking-computer based multi-sensory system which supports learners to increase their reading and spelling ages. The programme was specifically designed for those with dyslexia and is used as an intervention but can also be used effectively as a school wide literacy solution.

Times Tables Rock Stars


Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week it concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.


This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.


Times table recall speed is fundamental to later success in maths lessons.


Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.


More than that, the clever code behind the scenes works out which times tables facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them.

Collins Big Cat


Here you will find Ebook versions of their popular reading scheme that we have in school.



ConquerMaths is a learning programme that concentrates on teaching the maths principles using animated and narrated maths lessons. Each bite-sized online lesson has been designed to teach maths in a logical, step by step manner.


How it works


1. Hunt out gaps in knowledge

Many topics include Maths Diagnostic Tests that test students' knowledge of the principles that will be taught in that topic. Questions are presented on screen for students to either type in the answer or complete a task using drag and drop. Some questions include multiple parts.

Students receive instant feedback on their performance in each question and receive a full printable report at the end of the test.

The report highlights specific ConquerMaths lessons that need to be taken to have a full and good understanding of the topic.


2. Learn from the video lessons

The lessons are kept short, around 3 to 7 minutes long using simple animation and all are narrated by the same expert maths teacher, Pat Murray.

Students are given full control over the pace of each lesson. They can Pause and Rewind the teacher whenever they begin to struggle and rewatch and relisten to any part of any lesson as often as needed.


3. Ensure a rock-solid understanding

After watching the lesson, ConquerMaths tests what students have just learnt using an automated test. The results are stored in an on-going progress report for each student. This provides a full and useful record of learning and achievement.


4. The perfect answer

Where a lesson includes a worksheet, after answers have been submitted and students have reached the required level, printable fully worked solutions become available showing every step which should be taken to reach the correct answer, just as it should be done in a maths exam.

These are a great help for students as they enable students to identify problems in their working out.


5. Earn Rewards - Everyone needs a pat on the back!

As students progress through the lessons and master each topic, they win certificates based on their achievements. These can be printed out and kept.




Espresso is the video-rich, cross-curricular service that has won multiple awards. 

Suitable for Foundation to year 6 pupils, Espresso is guaranteed to make every lesson memorable and strengthen pupils' deeper learning and understanding.