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.

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Our assembly is on Friday 5th July and parents are very welcome to join us.

Reception

 

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

Our topic this half term is JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD

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 ?

Topic

This term our topic is ‘Journey around the world’. The children will be exploring the rich tapestry our world has to offer and learning about the foods, languages and traditions of different countries and continents around the globe. They will be looking at similarities and difference between themselves and other children and learning what life is like for 4-5 year olds across the world.

Literacy

This term children will be recapping on their set 2 and set 3 RML sounds. They will be applying these sounds in their writing through ‘Talk for writing’ in which they will be learning the stories of ‘Little Jack’ and ‘The Princess Frog’.

Maths

In maths the children will be consolidating they work in numbers and amounts 1-20. They will be learning to count on and count back from a given number, add and subtract two single digit numbers, estimate and halve and double amounts.

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

In Maths this week we will be thinking about ways that we can use what we know about shapes to solve problems. For example, when building a den, we have to choose canes that were the right length and a blankets that are the right size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy/Talk for Writing

In literacy we will be writing the third part of our story ‘Little Jack’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spelling

ew  (chew the stew)

ire  (fire fire)

ear (hear with your ear)

 

Green words

chew

fire

hear

 

Red words

he

she

At home

I will be sending home each child with game board and instructions of how to play ‘Packing my lunch’. These are the children’s to keep. They can cut them out and colour them in. Playing board games is a fun way to learn about numbers and turn taking. Have a go with the kids

At home

Ask the children to perform the story to you with the actions; they could even put on a performance for family and friends!!!

 

In reception class the children love listening to stories and have spent the year learning to write their own. At home you could encourage children to make their own story books which they can bring in and read to the class

At home

At home you could encourage the children to do a one minute red word challenge (how many times they can write the word in one minute….can they beat their score etc).They could also have a go at creating and writing their own sentences with these words.

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.  

 

 Half Term Home Learning Research Projects

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