Year Group News and Events




In number work we will be Problem Solving. We will be using the skills we have learnt to help us solve the questions. We will be revisiting the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will be particularly focusing on number formation, ready for Maths lessons in Year 1.

After the Whitsun holiday Reception will join Key Stage One on the playground for morning break. This will help to aid transitions to Year One. The children will continue to learn sounds and begin to read books more independently.

Please ensure all home readers are in school everyday for book changes and reading.

The school library will be available for children to choose and borrow books with an adult on Monday’s after school.  All children will be allowed to borrow two books each time they visit.

Please may we remind you that all children should be in school for 8.45am especially as we now attend assemblies daily. On Friday we have praise assemblies in school. Your child may bring home a certificate that their class teacher has awarded to them.

Maths Workshop Notes – Nov 2016

Phonics Workshop Notes Nov 2016

Year 1 


PE GymPerform basic skills both on the floor and using apparatus.Develop a range of skills, eg taking off and landing, balancing, turning and rolling. Choose and use actions in short movement phrases.

GamesDevelop skills for simple team games. Use hockey sticks to send and receive. Dance Theme: ‘Fantasy Worlds’.Use movements imaginatively responding to music.


Please ensure that every item of clothing and equipment is named, including lunchboxes and purses. Water bottles need to brought into school every day. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to speak to us.

Year 2 


Science: Discovery Dog helps us find out new scientific facts! How can we stay fit and healthy? Through this topic we will be learning about our bodies and what we need to eat to stay healthy. We will also be looking at keeping fit and also personal hygiene.  How can we grow our own salad? This topic helps us to learn about what plants need to be healthy and plant life cycles.

Geography:  Learning about the human and physical features of an is-land home.  Describing what it would be like to live on an island.  Mapping skills– aerial views, keys and map symbols.

Homework Folders and Reading Books returned every Monday. They will come home on Tuesday.    PE is Thursday and Friday so please make sure that earrings are removed. Many Thanks.

Year 3


Handwriting:  Children are now entering their first full term of joining. All children are required to apply the joined letters taught in lessons to all of their work, ensuring that they are using the kinetic letters handwriting scheme correctly. Any questions about joining please ask the class teacher.

ICT – This half term we will be focusing on data retrieving and organising. Using   cameras and editing photos using software and anipulating sound with a sound board.

Year 4  


In history we will be learning about the Maya civilisation.

Our computer work will link with other subjects. We will make a simple animation, draw graphs and program using code. The children will make a presentation about the Maya.

Home reading books can be changed when your child has completed the book. Your continued encouragement is appreciated. As children progress through Year 4 we expect to see a comment from them in their diaries two to three times a week. Any books they read from home can also be recorded in their diaries.

All classes will have games on Wednesdays and indoor P.E. on Fridays. Please make sure your child has their kit in school. As the warmer weather approaches we suggest they bring in a sunhat for games lessons. Trainers are also allowed for outside P.E. Please can all kit be labelled with your child’s name.

Year 5


Work this term will include:


 We will be writing newspaper articles linking to our research on skyscrapers. Later on in the term, we will be exploring narrative poetry by exploring The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. Next, we will also be writing a non-chronological report about Mountains to link with our topic.

                           French We are learning about the weather in France and how to present a weather forecast. We will consolidate all of our French learning ready for Year 6.

Year 6

Design Technology:  We will be designing and making moving vehicles using knowledge of electrical circuits and introducing woodwork.

SATS:  As you are aware SATS week starts on 14th May.  Please ensure your child has plenty of early nights this week.



We have a wonderful library at St James’s – please encourage your child to browse at lunchtime. Fiction books can be bor-rowed and taken home – but please make sure

 We appreciate your continuing support with home reading and homework activities.  The children will be directed to certain sections of their study booklets for revision purposes; however any extra reading of these booklets will be hugely beneficial.










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