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



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.

Spring Term

This term we will be learning all about farms. We will be finding out about why farms are important and how they help us. We will be learning about the life cycle of a chick and we will even be looking after our own eggs in Class R until they hatch into chicks!


  • Children do not need snacks, fruit is provided in school (If your child will only eat certain fruits they may bring something from home (fruit only please)
  • Reading books will be changed twice a week, we would please encourage you to read with your child 5x a week at home.
  • Please encourage your child to practise putting their coat and shoes on independently. This will benefit the children hugely and will help them to become more independent as the year progresses.   


In maths we will be learning to count objects, actions and sounds. We will be looking at numbers to ten and learning to recognise and compare them. We will be doing this through short, whole class sessions as well as within our classroom provision. We will learn counting songs and rhymes to help us.

Reading books

Please read at home with your child. We ask that children 5 times a week at home. Reading regularly with your child has a significant impact on their reading ability and enjoyment of books.  Please use the Reading Diary to record how the children are getting on.

We will continue to send key words home for children to learn.

Continuous Provision

We will continue to provide a wealth of learning activities each week for the children to access.  All of these activities are linked to the 7 areas of learning and also incorporate the children's own interests.








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. Remember to add your own photos and comments about achievements out of school – these are fantastic for us to see.  



In writing we will continue to recognise and write our own name. We will build our fine motor skills through dough disco sessions and fine motor activities. We will explore mark making, both in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. We will experiment with different marks and how different materials create different marks. We will begin to write cvc words and even short captions.


We will begin our phonics sessions this half term with looking at phase 3 sounds. We will explore different sounds, learn rhymes and explore sounds that have more than one letter. We will continue our scheme, Supersonic Phonic Friends and meeting lots of new characters.

New life & joy into phonics

Understanding the World

We will be learning about farms and why they are so important to us.  


In PE we will be developing our skills in movement, experimenting with different ways of moving such as jumping, sliding and rolling. We will be making shapes with our bodies and exploring balancing in a variety of ways.


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