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Welcome to Reception Class 2017-2018!

Gallery 2017-2018


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.


Picture 1 Exploring our outdoor area
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

Gallery from our class of 2016-2017


Update on the Chicks progress

You will be pleased to know the chicks are thriving! They have now moved into a large brood box and have even attempted little flights. Also they have had their first venture outside in our small world area enjoying the lovely fresh air and beautiful sunshine

we've had this morning, July 6th.

The children are caring for them really well and have become confident

handlers which makes the chicks nice and relaxed.


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"Eggciting" News

During the week of 12th June an incubator arrived in Reception Class. All week we waited patiently for the chicks to start hatching. Then on the Thursday the first egg hatched!

It was so exciting to watch the chick learn to walk.

By the end of Friday 7 chicks had all hatched out of their eggs.

We have since been able to hold the chicks for the first time.

Visit to the local Fire Station

We visited the station in Southam to learn about the work of a fire-fighter

as part of our "People who help us" topic.

We listened carefully as they told us about the types of work they do which includes

talking to people in the community like ourselves.

We were very fortunate to be allowed to try on their special clothing, to climb up into the appliance to see some of their equipment and most excitingly to have a go with their water hose.

People Who Help Us

Also as part of this terms topic, two local PCSO's visited us to tell us more about the work they do and to give us an opportunity to ask questions for which we had some great ideas.


  • Why do you have a walkie talkie?  Mia
  • Do you ride on a police horse?  Lexi
  • Why do you always wear uniform?  Aoife
  • If you had a police horse, what would you call it?  Eliot
  • What do you use to catch robbers?  Sebastian
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Reception Class Bug Hotel Open for Business


Our comfortable and roomy bug hotel is now open for business!

The children have had so much enjoyment with its construction and are really looking forward to observing all the varied visitors!



Visit to The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham

As part of our "Under The Sea" topic we spent an amazing day out at The Sea Life Centre.

The children had a wonderful time; they really enjoyed looking at and in some cases even touching the amazing sea creatures on show.

The children all behaved beautifully and politely.

It was a real pleasure to be out with them; they were a credit to the St James family.


Well done all of Reception class!

Great News!

Our Bug Hotel is now under construction.

Thank you so much for all your help and support in supplying the various materials need to construct a Bug Hotel in our Small World outdoor area.

The children have been so excited to get involved in its construction since returning from the Easter break. We are looking forward to doing further development work and

welcoming some permanent residents.

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Under The Sea

Our Summer Term topic is "Under the Sea."

WE created this colourful display of sea creatures using paper plates and cake cases.

Soon we will be visiting The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham which we are very excited about.



Traditional Tales

One of the stories we have been looking at as part of our topic this term is

Little Red Riding Hood.

We discussed healthy eating and thought about healthy food

we could put in a basket for Grandma.

We carefully prepared a colourful fruit salad and later got to enjoy eating it!



Developing our Outside Learning Area

We have started to make some improvements to our Outside Play Area.

We have utilised some old tyres to make a "Small World" area. The children have been very involved with this and enjoyed getting involved with making landscapes in the tyres as you can see from the photographs.

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World Book Day March 2nd 2017

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Stay and Play

We had a lovely afternoon on 8th February when we opened our classroom to parents, carers, grandparents and siblings for a "Stay and Play" session.

The children really enjoyed showing people their classroom and the learning they have undertaken so far in their school life.

Thank you to all those of you who were able to come along

and for your lovely positive comments. 


Picture 1 Ella enjoyed showing Mum the sound garden.
Picture 2 Sadhik with Mum and his learning journey.
Picture 3 Ionie and Mary showcase our IT phonics.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is an important festival celebrated in China. We learnt how the Chinese Calendar is different to ours and how it is made of a cycle of

12 years, each of which is named after an animal.

As part of our day we looked at Chinese writing and had a go at drawing the symbol corresponding to the initial letter of our first names.





Our Vehicles

Continuing work on our Zoom Zoom topic, we designed and made our own individual vehicles.

To help us we used a "Vehicle Design booklet" in which we designed, planned, made a list of the things we would need, stated in a sentence what was special  about our design and finally evaluated the finished product.

We hope you enjoy looking at the photographs which show some

examples the variety of vehicles made.

A lot of careful thinking went into the design and making of these vehicles.

Well done Reception!

Picture 1 Mary's Bike
Picture 2 Eliot's Helicopter
Picture 3 Sadhik's Plane
Picture 4 Dougie's Racing Car
Picture 5 Maggie's Plane
Picture 6 Ollie's Steam Boat

Zoom Zoom

As part of our Zoom Zoom topic we thought about various types of vehicle

and where we see them. We painted a vehicle of our choice and put them altogether

to create this colourful display.


Picture 1 Monster Truck by Maggie
Picture 2 Helicopter by Isobella
Picture 3 Tractor by Ella
Picture 4 Fire Engine by Aoife

Winter Wonderland

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Christmas Party

We enjoyed a lovely party to celebrate the end of term and Christmas! We had dancing and games and the a very special visitor came to see us.



It's a Cracker!

For our Christmas show we took the part of the Nativity characters.

We are so proud of the Reception children who took to the stage like real professionals and sang their hearts out! Well done everyone!




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Picture 2 Some of our beautiful singing angels

Christmas Art Workshop Day

The whole school enjoyed a special day of activities to coincide with

the Children in Need appeal.

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We created this brightly coloured display of fireworks popping and banging using a printing technique which utilised old toilet roll holders with their end slit and spread

and small headed washing up brushes.


Our Early Days at School

We welcomed 20 children into our Reception class this year.

They have all settled really well and it is lovely to have them as part of our St James family.

Their enjoyment in exploring their new environment and making new friends has been

clear to see from  their lovely smiles!

Picture 1 Sharing and making friends
Picture 2 Independently using the computer 2Paint program
Picture 3 Being creative in our independent creative area
Picture 4 Lexi selecting her own collage materials
Picture 5 Enjoying being outside
Picture 6 Maggie ready to do some colouring outside