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Our school community is inspired by the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) where we are encouraged to think about and understand that the smallest things have the greatest potential when they are provided with the best environment for growth. This is exactly what we all strive for at St James’; a learning environment where all our children can flourish and grow in their own unique way.

Year One

The children begin the year in an Early Years style with continued access to continuous provision coupled with adult led carpet sessions and small group work.  This is built up over the Autumn term so the children are independent and ready for the more formal approach.  The children’s enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge in built upon this year.  At the end of Year One all children will take part in the phonics screening.

'Play gives children a chance to practice what they’re learning.'
Fred Rogers

Year Two

During their time in Year Two the children become more independent, learning not only new skills but also a range of strategies to tackle any new learning that comes their way.  Children’s independence is built upon allowing the children to foster many different styles so they can present their learning in a way that best suits them. At the end of Year Two the children will be formally assessed by their teacher and take part in the Key Stage One SATs.

'The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.' 

Paul Halmos