St James C of E Primary School

St James C of E Primary School


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Vicarage Road, Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 2QN

Tel: 01432 273961

Class R


Mrs Lucy Oliver, Ms Rebecca Coleman, Mrs Kirsty Russel and

Mrs Jennifer John Teye make up our EYFS Team

Within our Reception year, learning takes place through seven different areas; Communication and Language, Expressive Arts and Design, Physical Development, Understanding the World, Mathematics, Personal Social and Emotional Development and Literacy.

Autumn Term

Our theme this term is 'Terrific Tales'

Underpinning all our learning are our Christian Values. Our values this term are Friendship and Hope.  

 Key Experiences

Children will be learning about themselves, their feelings, community and family.  We will visit Queenswood with our Year 6 buddies to see the colours of Autumn.  We will also become familiar with the school, meeting new people, making friends and feeling safe and happy.


The children will be working on counting to 10, selecting the correct numeral for each number and practising their number formation. They will learn lots of counting songs and rhymes to help them remember them. 

Reading books

Home reading books will be sent home each week for you to read along with your child.  At first,  the children will bring home stories without words so they get used to retelling a story themselves, Books with words will then be sent home along with key words.  Please practice these with your children so they can read them without sounding them out.


Children will have access to the outdoor area throughout the whole day despite the weather. Please make sure that they come to school with appropriate clothing including a warm coat when the weather turns and sun cream and a hat for those warm sunny days.




We use Tapestry to keep you up to date with your child's learning journey.  Please remember to check on tapestry to see what we have been learning about. You are able to add your own photos and comments about achievements out of school – these are fantastic for us to see.  


The children will be using traditional fairy tales, such as ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and well known stories such as ‘The Little Red Hen’. They will learn these stories through simple storytelling which will be supported by our role play and mark making areas.

The children will learn to hold a pencil properly and begin to from familiar letters, starting with their name.




At St James, we use Supersonic Phonics to teach the children about sounds and letter patterns.  Phonics forms part of our daily routine and helps the children with their reading and writing development.  Regular newsletters will keep you informed of the letters and sounds we are learning each week,  enabling you to support your children at home too.

Understanding the World

The children will be looking at their local environment that is familiar to them. We will visit St. James’ church and learn about our local community.  We will be looking at special times with our families and friends and describing how we celebrate these. The children will have the opportunity to celebrate important times within class and learn about sharing these with others.


The children will have PE every Tuesday.  On this day, they can come to school in their PE kits and stay in them all day.  This term we will focus on Dance, recognising different beat patterns, performing a variety of dance actions and copying, repeating and performing simple movement patterns.

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