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Update for week beginning: 23rd September 2019

It has been a brilliant week in Reception! The children have been so busy learning the new routines of the classroom. We have all been so impressed with how the children have started their school careers at St James’.  

English and Maths Information:

Next week in Phonics the children will continue to explore Phase 1 of ‘Letters and Sounds’. The children will be focussing on 7 aspects whilst playing games and doing activities. The aspects are environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and oral blending and segmenting.

In Maths we will continue to carry out initial assessments with all the children whilst playing number games and singing number songs.

General Information:

A reminder that our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. PE kits should be kept in school until half term when they will be sent home to be washed.

The Daily Echo visited us on Friday to take a photo of the new classes. Please look out for when the paper publishes the photo (we will also let you know!).

Meet the teacher is happening this Wednesday 25th September at 2:15pm and 6:00pm.

As some parents have been unaware of the special box home learning project, we have postponed the deadline for boxes to be brought into school. The new date is Wednesday 2nd October. For further information on the project, please see last week’s post.

Please could you ensure that all water bottles are labelled.

We look forward to welcoming children for their first full day on Monday through our new entrance from the green gate next to the Reception classes. We will open the gates at 8.30.  

 Have a Lovely weekend!

 Mr Parsons, Mrs Allery and Mrs Jacobs


Please click the link below to access our topic plan for the first Autumn half term.

Reception Topic Overview Autumn 1

Update for week beginning: 16th September 2019

Reception have had a great first week at school. We have enjoyed meeting all the children and getting to know them. Next week the children will be having lunch at school and will be picked up at 1:00pm from the car park entrance.

We have decided to change where children will be picked up and dropped off when the children go fulltime (week commencing 23rd September). There will be no need to use the hall entrance as previously stated. The new drop off and pick up point will be the side gate accessible from Spurgeon Road (next to the staff car park, down the alleyway). A teaching assistant will open the gate at 8:30am and 3:00pm each day. As this will be a new access point we appreciate your understanding and patience as we iron out any potential teething problems!

Our first topic in Reception is ‘Marvellous Me’ and we will be learning all about our school, class, families and friends!

As we settle into school life we will be exploring our school environment, developing our independence and getting to know our school routine. As part of our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic, we would like to ask you to work with your child to decorate a box – a shoe box or a similar small box.  You may wish to use favourite wrapping paper, shiny paper and stickers or photographs of your family etc. Please could you help your child choose three items to put in their special box and discuss why they have chosen these items. Please send your child to school with their special box on Wednesday 25th September.

We will also be making a display as part of our topic. If you have any clothes or objects from when your child was a baby, we would really like to borrow these to put on display. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask your child’s teacher.

Meet the teacher – A reminder that our meet the teacher event will be at 2:15pm and 6:00pm on Wednesday 25th September.

We hope you have a great weekend!

Mr Parsons, Mrs Allery and Mrs Jacobs



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