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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.

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Reception

 

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

Our topic this half term is WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

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.

 

What are we reading in class?

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

We will be launching this term with the story ‘Where the wild things are’. This iconic story is centred around the power of imagination and the places it can take you. Children will be designing and making their own ‘wildthing’ creatures, investigating floating and sinking and exploring feelings. We will also be looking at patterns and shapes and creating our own habitats for our creatures.

In RML/Phonics

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

In RE

In RE this term the children will be learning all about the Easter story and exploring the world around them by looking for signs of Spring.

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.

 

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

Our Focus For The Week Ahead And Home Learning

 

Maths

In Maths this week we will be looking at and exploring patterns

 

Literacy/Talk for Writing

Children will be learning the story of the Gigantic  Turnip

 

Spelling

a-e (make a cake)

ea (cup of tea)

oi (spoil the boy)

 

Red words

Where

Home

 

Topic

At home

At home you could ask your child to go on a pattern hunt.  Ask them to find a pattern and describe it to you.  You could have a go at your own repeating pattern

At home

Please encourage your child to have go at retelling the story.  This could be done through lots of fun ways, including drawing a picture or acting it out! 

At home

At home you could encourage the children to do a one minute red word challenge (how many times they can write the red word - above) in one minute….can they beat their score ?)

If you want some fun spelling activities, login to your Spelling Shed account here

At home

 

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 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