At this time of year we would usually have our “Induction Meeting” to introduce you to St James’. This year, we have been unable to do this due to the Covid-19 situation. Please have a look at our presentation which will help you to understand some of what we do at our school. EYFS presentation
Whilst we your children are learning from home, we recommend the following websites to further inspire your children’s imagination and love of learning:
Fun ideas for home learning: Oxford Owl
Lots of different activities for the various subjects: BBC Bitesize
Alphablocks, guide to phonics: CBeebies
Watch as the letters of the alphabet make words and phonics: Alphablocks
Maths games: Num Tums
White Rose Maths: White Rose
Sing along and learn about numbers: Numberblocks
Nursery rhymes and songs: BBC School Radio
Phonics: Phonics Play
Play painting games, sing songs and watch clips: Squiglet
As well as using technology to access learning, we’ve also included some links to sites where you can download and print off worksheets, to give your child a break from the screen:
Various alphabet activities: Twinkl
This site has display resources on which you could you to introduce your child to numbers and letters: Sparklebox
Downloadable resources for pencil control, phonics and more: Printables
Literacy, numbers, topics and more: Little Owls
Rhymes for letter formation: Rhymes
St James Catholic Primary School
RE Newsletter Spring 2
The Season of Lent
Dear Parents, 22nd Feb – 1st April 2021
The word Lent comes from an old English word that means ‘lengthen’ and refers to the turning of Winter into Spring when the days lengthen and the cycle of life is renewed once more. There is more sunlight, birdsong is more noticeable, spring bulbs are in bloom and trees are beginning to show signs of coming to life. These signs of new life are echoed in the season of Lent through which the Church bids us to reawaken and refocus on tending to the Lord who calls us ‘come back to me, with all your heart’. The journey of Lent is a journey towards the new way of living that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, promised to us through the power of our most celebrated season – Easter.
We tend to celebrate Christmas as if it’s the most important time in the Church’s year, but the Resurrection of Jesus is the most important event for Christians. When Christians say that their hope is in the risen Jesus, they mean it is their greatest hope. When Jesus rose on the first Easter morning, it was a brand new kind of life. He promises this same life to all who hope in him. No wonder that Easter is the greatest feast!
Special intentions for our prayers from the Church’s prayer cycle for Lent:
Candidates for the sacraments; the needy and the hungry of the world; Women; Penitents and Wanderers
Dates from the Church’s calendar:
17th February Ash Wednesday 21st March Fifth Sunday of Lent
21st February First Sunday of Lent 25th March The Annunciation
28th February Second Sunday of Lent 28th March Palm Sunday
1st March St. David (Patron of Wales) 1st April Holy Thursday
4th March St. Casimir 2nd April Good Friday
7th March Third Sunday of Lent 3rd April Holy Saturday
14th March Mothering Sunday 4th April Easter Sunday
17th March St. Patrick
19th March St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
Nursery and Reception— Joy and Sorrow
There is no limit to God’s grace, nor to God’s mercy when we fail
Religious Education Curriculum Directory
This half term, the children in the Nursery and the Reception classes will be learning about joy and sorrow. They will begin to understand that we are capable of hurting others and that we should always try to be kind to each other. They will learn that we can say sorry when we hurt someone but we need to ask Jesus to help us to do this. They will also begin to learn that Jesus forgave those who hurt him and know that we can forgive other people when they hurt us.
You could help your children by:
- talking to them about what makes them happy
- talking to them about how they can be kind to other people • reminding them to say please and thank you and to say sorry when it is appropriate
Home Learning Week 1
White Rose Maths-Home Learning-Early Years Building 9/10 Week 1
Please watch the video each day and the complete the activity which accompanies each video.
Read Write Inc
Please read the Receptions Blog on Purple Mash and there you will find the daily links to the sound of the day, reading writing and spelling activities.
It is so important that these activities are completed daily to support your child’s literacy development.
2dos are set daily with an extension activity to complete either on paper or as a practical activity.
Remember to send your completed work to our class email address each day.
We are now in the special season of Lent.
This week we are learning about how wonderful God is and that he always keeps his promise to us.
I would like you to think about your promise to God and what you could promise to do.
During Lent I am walking at least ten thousand steps a day in support of the Cafod campaign called walk for water to support people around the world who are not as fortunate as we are.
At home you could make a rainbow and write your promise to God for Lent on it.
Remember to send it to us so we can see your love for God growing and see what wonderful promises you are going to make for God throughout the special season of Lent.
Good luck with all your wonderful home learning and Miss Stonelely and I cannot wait to see it.
Take care and God Bless you all.