WELCOME TO

St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.

img

Thank you to all the parents who came with us to visit Kentish Town Farm.

Reception

 

Welcome to St James Primary and welcome to our Reception class.  Our class value is KINDNESS

Our topic this half term is OLD MAC'S FARM

You can find out all about Reception class on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here.

You can download a book review form here

Exaat

In our Reception class, we use the Exaat system to monitor children's progress.  To log into your account, click here

 

We've been making and selling our own perfumes! 

Thank you to all our parents who donated ingredients to us.

What are we learning this half term in Reception ?

In Topic

Our topic this term is all about animals. We will be launching this term with the story ‘Stuck in the Mud’. This story is centred around a cow called ‘Daisy’ who gets stuck in the mud and is rescued by all her animal friends. Through this topic the children will be learning about different animals and planting and growing.

In RML/Phonics

Children will continue to be learning phonics through the Ruth Miskin Read, Write INC scheme. We will be recapping our set 2 sounds and children will be introduced to the set 3 sounds throughout the term.

In Maths

Children will be exploring a range of different topics including time, money and measure. We will be looking at numbers and amounts to 20 and learning to estimate

In RE

This term the children will be looking at traditional stories and the morals and messages behind them.

 

Remember…

In Reception class we love parent helpers and thank you to all those who have already signed up. If you have a morning or afternoon free, please write your name on the parent helper list located on the window next to the reception class entrance.

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.

 

This term, we've been to Kentish Town Farm to learn all about the animals there.

In the Autumn term, we went on a bear hunt!

Our Focus For The Week Ahead And Home Learning

 

Maths

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy/Talk for Writing

 

 

 

Spelling

At home

 

 

At home

Please read as much as you can with your child

At home

I have assigned 2 tasks on spelling shed. Please log on and have a go. Smelly sticker if you can become a Soldier Bee!!!!

Login to your Spelling Shed account here.  

 

Summer Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Coming soon

Other Great Resources For Reception  Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Reading and SpellingIn Year 2 we use the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme of work to teach reading.  You can find out more about it here.  You can also click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

HandwritingYou can click here to see how our children start to form letters and we how we teach handwriting in Year 2.  Each letter has a rhyme that goes with it and you can see them here.  We use the Nelson handwriting scheme of work and you can find out more about it here

MathsFor a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun

ICT GamesTo practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

TopicsIf you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics

 

National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here

 

Where should your child be at the end of Reception?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Read some common irregular words
  • Use phonic knowledge to decide regular words & read aloud accurately
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration
  • Join in with rhyming patterns
  • Read & understand simple sentences
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read
  • Make basic predictions
  • Identify start and end of a sentence.

In Writing

  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences.
  • Write demarcated sentences
  • Use correct pencil grip
  • Write name (correct upper & lower case)
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words

In Maths

  • Count reliably to 20.
  • Order numbers 1 – 20.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
  • Add & subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Count on/back to find the answer

Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

Science

As part of optional home learning, children have the opportunity to complete a Science project.  We would like them to create a project with your help and every child who completes a Science project will be able to share their results with the rest of their class during a mini Science Fair on Friday 29th March.  We would like you to pick one of the following projects and carry out your own experiment.  You can record your results on a piece of paper or card that is not bigger than A3. All Science projects must be returned by Wednesday 27th March.

The Magic Egg ExperimentHow can you make an egg bounce without breaking it?

Paper Airplane ExperimentCan you make a paper airplane?  How far does it travel?  What is the best design?

The Balloon Rocket Car ExperimentCan you make a toy car move just using a balloon?

The Volcano ExperimentCan you create an exploding volcano at home?

 

Other Great Resources For Reception  Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Reading and Spelling - In Year 2 we use the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme of work to teach reading.  You can find out more about it here.  You can also click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Handwriting - You can click here to see how our children start to form letters and we how we teach handwriting in Year 2.  Each letter has a rhyme that goes with it and you can see them here.  We use the Nelson handwriting scheme of work and you can find out more about it here

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics

 

National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find out more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here

 

Where should your child be at the end of Reception?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Read some common irregular words
  • Use phonic knowledge to decide regular words & read aloud accurately
  • Identify rhymes and alliteration
  • Join in with rhyming patterns
  • Read & understand simple sentences
  • Demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read
  • Make basic predictions
  • Identify start and end of a sentence.

In Writing

  • Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others
  • Use capital letters and full stops to demarcate sentences.
  • Write demarcated sentences
  • Use correct pencil grip
  • Write name (correct upper & lower case)
  • Use correct letter formation for familiar words

In Maths

  • Count reliably to 20.
  • Order numbers 1 – 20.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
  • Add & subtract two single digit numbers.
  • Count on/back to find the answer