Autumn Term


We have really enjoyed learning about the birth of Jesus.  We had a lovely reflective worship today.  We heard how the shepherds brought gifts to Jesus, and so we made our own gifts and presented them to him.  Earlier in the term we heard how the Angel Gabriel visited Mary, and celebrated this by making angels and saying the Hail Mary during reflective worship.

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We had a lovely start to Advent with our Advent assembly.  We were very proud to see our wonderful, handmade pom-pom Advent wreath on the stage with all the other lovely work from across the classes.  We look forward to lighting it in class as we move through the season of Advent.

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We also really enjoyed our Story Trail where we learnt all about the Christmas story and got to travel back in time to when Jesus was born!

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To continue our work in DT on healthy eating we have designed, made and evaluated a fun and healthy snack.  Here’s what we made:

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A fun time was had by all on our Science and DT trip to Tesco!  We looked at healthy eating by exploring all the different fruits and vegetables and then used all 5 of our senses to describe what they look, smell, feel, taste and even sound like – who knew cabbage was so squeaky!  When we got back to class we did some fantastic writing about what we had found out.

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As a reward for working together as a class and following instructions first time, today we had toy day!  We told our friends all about our toys and then wrote sentences about them in the morning.

In the afternoon we shared our toys with our friends and made cakes!  It has been a wonderful day!

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Welcome to Class 1!

The start of a new year at school is very exciting and me (Miss Chapman), Miss Seton-Jones and Mrs Hogan welcome you to Class 1!  We know the children will settle down into the new routines really quickly, and enjoy all the fun things we’ve got planned this year.

A few things to note to help things run smoothly are that the children need full school P.E. kit (white T-shirt, black or blue shorts and pumps) on Tuesdays, but we suggest leaving it in school until half term, when we will send it home with the children.  Children need to bring their reading books in everyday to read them with staff in school.  Please read with your child as much as possible at home, every night if you can, and record that you have read in the Reading Record book. This will really help with their reading progress and they love doing it too!

Me and My Home

This term we will learning all about our friends in class, their likes and dislikes, who lives at their house and in their bigger families, and learning about where they live and our local area.  In a few weeks I will be asking the children if they can bring in pictures of their families and their houses to share with the class.

So far we have spent the first weeks learning how to use our classroom.  We have discovered all the different areas and are learning how to be independent learners using Rocket Challenges.  We have really enjoyed finding out about the different challenges in each area each week, including Writing, Reading, Maths, Creative, ICT, Phonics and Construction.  We have also enjoyed playing in the house too.  We love filling up our rockets by completing the challenges.  Lots of us have been Challenge Champions by completing every challenge over the week!  We got to take home a special certificate!  Soon we will be doing these independently while groups are doing focussed activities.  Here are some examples of the activities we have been doing:

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This week it has also been St James’ School’s 50th birthday!  We have talked all about the changes in our schools history and made a birthday card to celebrate.  We have drawn and coloured an image on the front as neat as we can to practise fine motor control and copied Happy Birthday, Love from inside and written our name to practise forming letters.

This is the display we made:


On Tuesday we cut the cake in a special assembly and sang Happy Birthday to us!


Soon we will start daily phonics sessions to practise our sounding out and blending skills and will be taking part in a wide variety of maths activities to practise our number, calculation, and space, shape and measure skills.

Watch this space for photos and more information on all the things we get up to this term!