Year Group News and Events



Children will be encouraged to recognise their names. They will be using an array of resources to form their names (e.g. magnetic letters). We will also be building upon the children’s core strength to get them ready for writing. We will be developing their fine and gross motor skills through activities such as crawling and threading.

Handy Hints will be sent home every week so that you can encourage and support children with their learning based around what they have already done in school. Show and tell activities will take place on Monday if children would like to share their news or bring objects to school to show others.



Year 1 


Science:  Human growth and change and Materials and their Properties.Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.  Name some different materials.    Describe materials using their senses.

Computing:Log-on to the computer, using own user name and password. Access basic computer programs such as paint and draw applications.

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 


In Science we will be studying living things and their habitats. Through this topic we will be learning about living and non-living things, the basic needs of plants and animals, looking at different animals and their habitats and describing a habitat to suit a given animal. (Rainforest animals). Plants– growing plants from seeds and bulbs and deciding what they need to help them growth healthily.

In Physical Education we will be studying the importance of warm-up/cool down. Evaluating own and others performance. Games – dodging/marking and ball control skills. Develop passing and receiving skills using hands and feet. Develop ball manipulation skills using hands and feet, avoiding obstacles, changing direction and speed. Gymnastics – basic rolls, balances and travelling. Body shapes. Performing a range of actions and responding to commands.  Dance– responding to stimuli, performing simple movement patterns. Change the rhythm, speed, level and direction of movements. Make up own sequences.

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


Maths in Year 3 will include different methods to calculate all four of the operations. The new national curriculum places a lot of emphasis on times tables. Children in Year 3 are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 times table facts and the related division facts at speed by the end of the year. This will be tested regularly when the children do their pirate awards which are based around these facts.  Can we also encourage children to read the time regularly at home to the nearest minute with accuracy and begin to tell the time using both analogue and digital clocks.

Homework will be set on Fridays and must be handed in on the following Wednesday, so that teachers can mark work ready to hand back on a Friday. Even though this work is done at home, the same level of expectation is required as at school eg: neatness, presentation, working with a pencil and ruler.

Home reading books will be changed on Fridays, however if your child wishes to change it more often they can. Please ensure that books and diaries are in the children’s bags daily for when they are used within class time. Mrs Sixsmith likes children to write in their reading diary at least 3 times a week.


Year 4  



All classes will have games on Wednesday and P.E. on Friday . Please make sure your child has their kit in school. As the colder weather approaches we suggest they bring in jogging bottoms and sweatshirts for games lessons. Please can all kit be labelled with your child’s name.

Homework will be set each week on a Friday and will be stuck in their homework books. It will be due for return the following Wednesday.

Home reading books are changed on Friday.

Year 5


In science we will be answering the question ‘Can You Feel the Force?’ We will then continue on to our Earth, Sun and Moon topic.

In Computing we will be discussing e-safety and will be teaching the children to safely search and collect information from the internet. We will also be looking at using the computer to control lights, sounds and movements.

Year 6 holes2

In Geography we shall be studying rivers this term; our visit to Woodgate Valley will form the basis for the majority of our work within the classroom.

Homework will be recorded in a homework diary for you to see. Maths homework will be set on Fri-days to be handed in on Wednes-days. Spellings will be set on Fri-days and tested on a fortnightly basis. Creativity and research pro-jects will also be sent home when appropriate.

PE and Games. Games will take place on Monday afternoon, and PE on Tuesday afternoon for both classes. Please make sure that your child has the appropriate kit with them.



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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