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St James

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Teacher: Miss Bartholomew

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Ashley, Miss Goodall.

We are a Reception class at St James Church School.


P.E will be on a Friday morning. Please ensure P.E kits are in school every week. 

We will be visiting Forest School every Thursday this term. Please keep your Forest School kit in school at all times. 








Remember that we have our cooking workshop on Wednesday 18th March at 2:10 pm. We are really looking forward to some wonderful cooking with the children. 

Please come to the reception classes outside area on your arrival. Thank you!

Spring 2 2020

We are focusing our learning on 'once upon a time' this half term and the children are really enjoying reading lots of different traditional tales. Don't forget that if you have any at home for us to share during one of our reading sessions- please send it in with your child for us to read! 


Spring 1 2020
AUTHOR FOCUS - We will be exploring the works of Julia Donaldson. Many of her books have also been made into BBC dramas and we will be using both of these to inspire the children's learning this half term. 

Library visit 

Beech class are visiting Taunton library on the 12th February at 9:35am. Don't forget to meet us there to enjoy our tour of the library and to get your child's membership card set up! 

Snail and the whale

We have spent our first two weeks back to school learning all about Julia Donaldson's book 'Snail and the whale'. Today we had a go at making our own snail and whale biscuits and we enjoyed eating them during our story time. 


Forest School! 15/01/2019

Beech class have had great fun at forest school today. We made our own natural paintbrushes out of sticks and leaves and we are going to use them tomorrow for some painting. We also found worms and other minibeasts and we even saw a rainbow! 



We have learnt all of our phase 2 phonics sounds in Beech class and are continuing to learn out phase 3 sounds. Don’t forget to quiz your children when they get home to see what sound we have learnt! 

Christmas Party 

Beech class had great fun at our Christmas party and they looked brilliant in their Christmas jumpers! We even had a conga outside led by Mrs Allen. 

Wet weather clothing ๐Ÿ’ง

We have been really enjoying learning outside- come rain or shine ๐Ÿ’งโ˜€๏ธ. Please try to remember a coat and wellies every day so that we can continue to have lots of fun outside. 

Outside learning!

We have been enjoying learning outside- even in the wet weather. Beech class had a go at making their own boats to go into the huge puddle of water that appeared outside. 

26th January 2018

We have been learning about the illustrator, Axel Scheffler. We found out the technique of his illustrations and learned how to do some ourselves. He draws his outline in pencil first, then uses a black pen to go over the top of the outline. He then uses coloured inks. We got inspiration from the Monkey Puzzle book, and chose some jungle animals to draw in the style of Axel Scheffler. We spent 2 weeks building up our illustrations, and creating a jungle background. We really challenged our brains with our illustrations, as they were not easy to do. 


Here are our illustrations.