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Welcome to Reception Class 2018-2019!

Letters for Information 2018-2019

Spring Term 2019

Gallery 2018-2019

Autumn Art

We have been learning about the signs of Autumn and created this Autumn display showcasing all the rusty reds, browns and oranges of the Autumn season.

Our Autumn tree pictures are complimented by our "rainy day" pictures.

The backgrounds for these

 were made by printing from bubbles blown in a pot and our lovely vibrant umbrellas were collaged using bright papers and glitter.




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All about Me

Our topic this term is called "All About Me."

As part of our learning we created these wonderful self portraits having looked at

our faces closely in a mirror.


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Early days in Reception Class

Our 23 new children have all settled really well into Reception Class and have impressed everyone in their first week with how well they have settled into the St James family. It's lovely to have them and they all look so smart in their uniforms!

Here are some photographs from the first week and you can see them enjoying exploring their new environment and making new friends.

Gallery from our 2017-2018 Year Group

Mrs King's Big Pink Truck

As part of Mrs King's retirement celebrations a Big Pink Truck has been named after her and on July 12th she arrived at school in it.

We were very lucky as we were able to climb up and sit in the cab!

"Eggciting" News

On June 18th an incubator with hens eggs in arrived in our classroom.

We vigilantly watched over the eggs and were very exciting when on the following

Friday 3 eggs hatched out!

We are now learning to look after the chicks who have moved into a brooder box which has a light bulb to keep them nice and warm.

We also chose names for them, Fluffy, Cocoa and Harry.

They love to come out of the brooder box and spend time in the classroom with us!

World Cup Day

We really enjoyed our World Cup Day . We chose to represent England as a country and enjoyed practising ball skills outside and activities in the classroom including decorating biscuits.

You can see from the photographs we dressed up in a very patriotic way for the day.

Thanks to everyone at home for taking so much trouble over the children's England themed football strips.

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Visit to School by the local PCSO

Following on from our visit to the Fire Station and carrying on with our "People Who Help Us" topic,  we received a visit from PCSO Lewis Barber.

He explained to the children the different roles the police perform emphasising one of their main roles is to help people. He brought with him equipment and clothing for the children to try and they particularly enjoyed looking at and sitting in the police car.




Rose Paintings

We have been thinking about and noticing the lovely flowers we see at this time of year.

Mrs Levin brought in a beautiful rose for us to look closely at and we created wonderful

"still life" paintings which make a fabulous display.



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Visit to The Local Fire Station

This term our topic is "People Who Help Us."

We visited the Fire Station in Southam to learn all about the varied work of a Fire Fighter.

The children really enjoy and benefit from this type of "hands on" learning.

They were able to climb into the cab, get a close look at some of the equipment on board the fire engine and see some of the special clothing the firemen might wear

in addition to their regular uniform.

They loved that Miss Duncumb and 2 of our lovely parent helpers agreed to dress up in a special chemical suit, a suit for working in water and the suit they wear to go out on a regular call.

Next, the really fun part of the visit, the children all had a go at spraying water from the hose!

Under The Sea Display

Inspired by all the wonderful and colourful sea creatures we have been learning about, we created our own under sea world in the classroom. 



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Sea Life Centre Visit

As part of our "Under The Sea" topic, we visited the Sea Life Centre in Birmingham.

The children were fascinated by the array of different sea creatures and particularly enjoyed the Penguin Ice Adventure and walking through the Ocean tunnel where the

Giant Sea Turtle kept swimming past them.


"Walking Water"

As part of our Science week Reception Class set up the "Walking Water" investigation.

We started with 2 cups filled with different coloured water and

placed an empty cup between them.

To link the cups together we used a piece of paper towel.

It was fascinating to see the water being absorbed by the paper towel and fill the middle cup.

As the water "walked" along the paper towel we discussed what

colour we would see in the middle cup.

In our choosing time we used the opportunity to further investigate colour mixing.


World Book Day

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Stay and Play

Our Stay and Play sessions during the year are a lovely family occasion where parents carers and siblings can come into the classroom and spend time with the children.

The children were excited to share their learning with their visitors and were very excited to show them their Learning Journeys and the beautiful work they have done in their books.




Chinese New Year

During the week of Chinese New Year the children have been looking at how Chinese families come together for festivals and parades to celebrate the passing of Winter and the

coming of Spring in their New Year.

The celebrations are very elaborate and include dancing dragons.

The children made their own colourful Chinese Dragons; can you imagine them

dancing through the streets?


Zoom Zoom

As part of our Spring Term Topic we have been learning about lots of

different types of vehicle. We designed and made our own vehicles completing our own design booklet with a drawing, list of materials needed, what was special about our vehicle and then evaluating the finished product to decide if there were any

improvements that could be made.


Then, in our IT lessons, we had the opportunity to use the

"2Paint" program to draw  vehicles. 

 These were often different to the type of vehicle we had chosen to make.



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Father Christmas comes to visit!

The children were very excited when Father Christmas visited during their Christmas party.


Lights, Camel, Action!

Here we are performing as backing singers and dancers for The Star of Bethlehem in our fantastic Christmas  production.


Christmas Art Day

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Remember Remember the 5th of November

Lots of us enjoyed watching fireworks for bonfire night.

Using splayed toilet roll tubes we used a printing technique to create these stunning firework pictures which give us our own firework display in the classroom.




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Purple4Polio Crocus Planting

Our Reception class really enjoyed taking their part in this Rotary event, part of their campaign to eradicate polio.


Shape Pictures

This term we are learning all about 2d shapes as part of our Maths learning.

Using shape pieces cut out from coloured paper we have made these fantastic pictures.

The children came up with some great ideas for their pictures.

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All About Me

As part of this term's topic we painted we looked closely at our faces using mirrors and then painted these wonderful self portraits.




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Our Early Days in School

We welcomed 18 children into our class this September and they have all settled really well.

It is lovely to have them as part of our St James family.

Here are some photos taken during the 1st 2 weeks of their time with us and I think you will agree their enjoyment at exploring their new environment

and making news friends is clear to see.


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Picture 2 A closer examination of the Bug Hotel
Picture 3 Sharing a book together
Picture 4 A big smile for the role play area
Picture 5 Teamwork
Picture 6 Amazing possibilities!
Picture 7 Alfie painting his self portrait
Picture 8 Lola's colourful butterfly