Year Group News and Events



English –  This term we will encourage all children to form letters correctly. We will be starting with the Jumper Family which include letters h, m, n, r, b and p. We will be using Brave and Scared monkey to help us make sure you have the Kinetic letters tree on the paper before you write. The children will continue to learn sounds and begin to read books more independently.

General Information May we remind you that all children’s belongings should be clearly labelled with their name and that at the beginning of the school day children should not be using any of the equipment in the outdoor area. Please give who ever may be on the door any letters or work and not put these in your child’s bag as we do not check these daily.  Throughout the year parent voice sheets will be sent home for you to note new learning that your child has shown. These forms are important and  help to inform their Learning Journeys.




Year 1 


In RE we will be looking at  What is the Good News Jesus brings?  Forgiveness, Friendship Peace, Salvation.

In Maths – Counting in multiples of 2’s, 5’s and 10’s up to and beyond 100.Children will continue to develop an understanding of place value – ‘tens and units’. They will say the number that is ten more/less than a multiple of ten. Learn number facts such as doubles, halves, and number bonds to 10, then 20.  Solve one step problems involving addition, subtraction and missing numbers. Using standard units to measure length, capacity and weight.

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 RE we will be looking at  Who is Jewish and what do they believe? That Jewish people believe in God.Recognise that some Jewish people remember God in different ways – mezuzah,on Shabbat.  Talk about how Shabbat is a special day of the week for Jewish people, and how it is celebrated. The Jewish festival of Chanukah.  Identify special times that they celebrate and what celebration means. Identify how Christians celebrate Easter. The Jewish festivals Chanukah and Passover. The Muslim festival Id- Il- Fitr. Identify some similarities and differences between the celebrations studied. Understanding Christianity- Salvation. The Easter Labyrinth. Why does Easter matter to Christians?

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

In RE this term we will be discussing the Gospel and asking the question “What kind of world did Jesus want?” We will be looking at different stories from the Bible and will discuss the parable of the Good Samaritan. After half term we will be discussing religious festivals and why these are important.

In Science for the first half term we will be learning about forces and magnets, through a topic called: Is the force with you?  After February half term we will be learning about light, shadows and  reflections. How can you throw your shadow?


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  


In geography we will be studying our new topics: Where would you choose to build a city? Why is Birmingham such a cool place to live?

In maths we will developing mental and written calculation skills.  This term we will be focusing on fractions, decimal fractions and equivalent fractions.

In RE this term we will be focusing on Jesus as an inspiration to Christians.

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


Our English will begin with writing learning to use persuasive techniques to write letters. We will then study ‘The Piano’ a visual literacy topic. We will also enjoy the first of our Michael Morpurgo novels, The Butterfly Lion.

Physical Education In games we will be playing Hockey, and in PE we will be learning dances related to our geography topic with a specialist dance teacher.

Year 6 holes2

History – World War 2 topic, which covers significant aspects of the 1939 – 1945 conflict. We focus on evacuation, rationing, the effects of bombing, propaganda, the role of women during the war and the D-Day landings and the Battle of Britain. This topic is taught through the text ‘Flossie’s Secret War Diary’ and the children will write their own versions, creating cross curricular links to literacy.

ICT – This term we will be building and programming Lego Mindstorm robots. Following this the children will be programming their own computer game.

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 Fridays and tested on a fortnightly basis. Creativity and research projects 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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