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St. James' CE Primary School

Welcome to Reception

The Reggio Emilia approach in Italy provides our inspiration,  with an emphasis on natural objects and nature. If you would like more information, please ask your class teacher.

Observational painting, children discuss what they can see, colours and tones etc, then select their brushes and paint. 
An outdoor maths provocation. 
Children use mirrors, glass beads and a range of materials to make snowflakes. 


This term Reception will be looking at texts which are based in Africa and India, this will give the children an opportunity to explore these two amazing continents. Week five, we will be engaging with the whole school book, Bee, a story of a courageous little bee's journey from flower to flower. Week six is Spirited Art, more details about this week as we get nearer the end of term.

Keep up to date with all reception and nursery news, each week your child will come home with an Early Years newsletter, it provides a summary of what your child has been learning that week in school, plus additional information which is important,  including upcoming events.

Reception England: P.E on Monday P.M
Reception Ireland: P.E on Wednesday P.M

Our books this term are:  

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Week 6: 





Planting and Growing 

The children have been planting some fruit plants and flowers. 












Celebrating Easter 

Reception enjoyed learning about the Easter Story. We went to church and Gary used props to tell the Easter Story. We then made origami crosses. Back at school, we made some prayer hands, Easter Bonnets and Ester cards for our families.























Reception Pamper Morning

It was lovely to see so many of our parents' at our recent pamper morning, a great success. Look out for the next one! 
















Chinese New Year


Reception have been learning about Chinese New Year. We learnt about how the new year is celebrated by Chinese people, also, we looked at how their celebrationas are different or similar to our own. Children made a range of objects used in the celebrations, including lanturns, dancing fans, a chinese number line and a huge dragon used for the dragon dance parade. Check out our range of photos, for more pictures visit your child's class web page. 


Children worked together to build the magnificent dragon's head. They used a range of materials to represent the different parts of the dragon. 







Our amazing dragon dance parade! 












We are currently working within phase 4  phonics sounds. The children are starting to use their knowledge to decode and read, as well as writing some great captions and making their own books. In addition, children have been learning the 'tricky words'. These are the words that they cannot read by segmenting, they need to learn them by sight. Words such as, the, I, no, go said, they and was. 

Homework/Home-school books: 

The home-school books are looking lovely. It is fantastic to see some of the amazing things children make and do, as well as all the interesting places some children visit. Some parents have asked for homework which directly supports what their child needs to work on. If you would like some skills targeted homework, please speak to your class teacher. 


Below is a useful link to a phase two and three phonic song.

Below is a link to a letter from Southwark Council regarding vaccinations.