Life at St James C of E Primary Life at St James C of E Primary Life at St James C of E Primary Life at St James C of E Primary Life at St James C of E Primary Life at St James C of E Primary


Welcome To Penguin Class

 The Reception children at St James are taught by Mrs Douse (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri), Mrs Rigby (Thursday am) and Forest School with Mrs Skirrow (Thursday pm).



Our classroom is bright and spacious and always full of fun and creativity. The children learn through a play-based curriculum, following their interests to become inquisitive and resilient life-long learners.


During our first week in school we worked together to make our team flag. The red section contains our fingerprints, we drove cars in paint to create the yellow section, printed with duplo to complete the blue and then collaged in-between before cutting and sticking our own penguin  to skip across our rainbow.


We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and work towards meeting Early Learning Goals in: 

communication and language

physical development

personal, social and emotional development



understanding the world

expressive arts and design


Take a look at the learning planned for this term:


Autumn 1 2023 


  WOW Work



We have been exploring our feelings through the book The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. This links to our school use of the Zones of Regulation which provides an emotional vocabulary, linked to colours, enabling the children to manage their emotions and develop self-regulation.




We love to read in Penguin Class and share lots of high quality texts to develop our vocabulary and enjoyment of books. So far, as part of our Talk Through Stories Curriculum, we have read Hugless Dougless, Ravi's Roar and Lost and Found. 

Every day we have a fun phonics session where we learn to read with Fred. We follow the Read Write Inc programme and our children make rapid progress to become confident and fluent readers. 



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