St James' Church of England Primary School

Together in faith, we are a winning team.

  Miss Allan and Mrs Bashir would like to welcome you to Class 1!

Update for week beginning 25/05/2020 for the next two weeks - half term!


I hope you are all staying safe and well at home. 

It was great to speak to lots of you last week! I will be ringing you all again after the half term holiday to see how you all are.

It is important that you have a rest from school work like we would normally! We would normally set homework for the holiday's so I have still added a couple of new things below for you to complete if you wish. It will have  NEW -  next to anything that I have added for the next two weeks ahead.

If you want, you can email me and ask me questions or just let me know what you are up to! If you do some super work that you want to share, you could also email me a picture of this and I could upload it to the website for all of your friends to see. 

Stay safe and enjoy some time with your lovely families.

Also a big thank you to those that have made a comment on our Class 1 message board. Keep telling me what you are up to!

Miss Allan :)


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NEW - Last week at school there were some new packs ready for you to collect. I have added four of the sheets below for you in case you can't get to school to collect them. You could either print these off, or copy them into your workbooks.

Read Write Inc Phonics (CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK)

 Oxford Reading Tree are scheduling  free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home. Each film is approximately 10-15 minutes long and will be available on YouTube for 24 hours. It is so important that your children carry on learning their phonics whilst at home so this is perfect for supporting you all. Please make the most of this fabulous resource!

Set 1 

Speed sounds - 9:30am

Word Time - 9:45am

Spelling - 10:00am

Set 2

Speed sounds and Word Time - 10:00am

Spelling - 10:15am

Set 3

Speed sounds and Word Time - 10:30am

Spelling - 10:45am

Storytime with Nick (Mon, Wed, Fri) - 2pm

Also, reading your reading book, library book and anything you can get your hands on will be super! Show off what super readers you all are to your family.
I have created a class account on Oxford Reading Owl so you can access different reading books online, as well as other good activities. Please go to (or click the link)
Then go to the menu in the top right corner and select 'My class login'.
Username: allanstjames
Password: class1
Reading lesson - Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Please follow the link to the BBC Bitesize website. We have read this story in class together, and I remember we really enjoyed it! So I thought these activities would be good to help you learn more from the story.
Lesson on using nouns and joining words to write about minibeasts
Please follow the link to the BBC Bitesize website. As our Science topic is 'Animals and Humans' this half term, I thought this activity would be perfect! 
Lesson on the use of question marks
Please follow the link to the BBC Bitesize website. Please look at the lesson 'When to use question marks' and complete the lesson.
Lesson on using descriptive words (adjectives)
Please follow the link to the BBC Bitesize website. They have added another super lesson which will help your child with their understanding of descriptive words.


On the 'fun stuff' section of the website you will find a link to a section called 'spelling app'. The children each have their own login for this area. I can give this to you when I ring you this week, or you can send me an email and I will send you the login information. It is a different way for the children to practise words at their level.

Below you will find the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words. There are different things that you can do with these depending on how confident you feel.
Practise reading them.
Practise spelling them.
Practise putting them into sentences.
Keep a check of the ones that you find hard and practise them again on a different day.

Another year 1 objective is to learn to spell the days of the week and numbers 1-20 in words. You could also practise these.


NEW - At school this year we have been using the Power Maths books for our Maths lessons. The people who work at 'Power Maths' have created some home learning books for us to use during our time at home. So each week we would like you to work your way through the book one lesson per day (we will always let you know which lessons they are).

What is great is that each lesson matches the bbc bitesize daily lessons too, so you can watch a videos and/or play the games on the bbc website to get you started and then complete the activities from the Power Maths book.

To access the Power Maths e-book, please click on the following :- POWER MATHS link

Scroll to the bottom of the page, tick the box at the bottom and then it will take you to a page with a 'year 1' tab, click that tab and then click on the book that says 'Year 1 Practice Book Summer Home Edition'.

For the next two weeks I would like you to complete 'Week 4 - Weight and Volume continued' This is the same as the work packs that have been printed at school for you.

 Remember to use the bbc bitesize website to help you with each lesson. Click here to go to the bbc website.



EXTRA MATHS WORK  - this is extra work if you choose to do it and links to the work that the children are doing in their Power Maths work. Click on the subheading to take you to a set of 5 maths lessons for this week. For each one there is short video for you to watch followed by an activity for you to complete. You can either write the answers into your exercise book or print out the sheet and stick it in if you have printing facilities. Aim to complete one lesson per day.  A new tab has been added to the link which says 'Summer Term week 5'. There are the other weeks that you can complete too if you haven't yet.

> During school closures, Carol Vorderman's maths website is free. Its is a website with video demonstrations and online games for the children to play. Please go to or click the link and create a free account.

> Please click on the link for a number bonds game that the children are used to playing in the classroom.  It is all about speed! Children need to recall their number bond facts fluently without using their fingers! Lots of practise will help :) After this perhaps you could see if they can apply their number bond to 10 knowledge to number bonds to 20.

Topic - Julia Donaldson

As with any new half term, we have a new topic! This half term we are looking at all of the lovely stories Julia Donaldson has written.


This week I would like you to watch the video below of the story 'Zog'. Team Dragons, this is where your table name came from! If you have the book at home, it would be lovely if you could read the story at home too.

Once you have watched the story I would like you to retell the story in your own words. You could write about each part of the story and draw pictures to go with it. Below I have included a template so you can make your own 'Zog' book. Be sure to send me a picture of your lovely work once you have done it! or post on the padlet wall above.


The Smartest Giant in Town (Science link)

If you have the book at home, read the book with someone in your family, or you can watch a retelling of it on YouTube here.

After reading the story I would like you to think about the Giant and what he decided to do. Did his actions make him happy or sad?

I would like you to think about the different animals in the story and think about which animal group they belong to (see science work below for help with the groups and characteristics). Can you draw a picture of each animal from the story in your workbooks and write a sentence explaining which animal group they are in and why? If you can, please send me a picture of your work to show me what you have been up to :)

The Gruffalo

If you have the book at home you can read the story with your family, if not you can watch a retelling of it on YouTube here. 

After reading The Gruffalo, I would like you to draw a picture and write sentences to describe him.

Be sure to take a look at the Gruffalo's very own website for fun activities too

Room on the Broom

Watch the video of 'Room on the Broom'.

If you have the book at home, you should definitely read the book too.

After watching the video and/or reading the book, I would like you to think about the different characters in the story. Are they kind? Which characters are not kind, why?

Below, I have added a document that you could print off at home so you can make your own stick puppets to act out the parts of the story with.

If you don't have a printer, you could draw your own characters like the ones below and do the same activity.

Have fun!

Other subjects

NEW - Science

Our Science topic this half term is 'Animals and Humans'. Complete the sheet below about animals and their body parts.

The sheet below will help you to understand what a mammal is. A mammal is an animal that carries their baby's in their tummy, like humans do! Some animals don't carry their baby's in their tummy, they lay eggs instead.

Grouping Animals

Please complete the sheet below which will introduce the different ways that we can group animals. (If you can't print it out you could draw your own animals like the ones on the sheet and write the headings of the different animal groups).


Click on the following link to watch a story from the bible.  It is from Matthew 9:9–13 and it tells the story of Jesus choosing Matthew the tax collector as one of his 12 disciples, a man nearly everyone disliked.

After watching the clip I want you to write a few sentences in your workbook explaining why you think Jesus chose Matthew to be one of his very important 12 disciples, and I want you to think who you would want in your 'team' and why if you had to choose 12 people to help you change the world.



Is everybody different?

Click on the following link to go to a YouTube clip. The clip will help you think about how people are the same and different. After you have watched the clip, talk to your families about how people you know are different and the same and why this is a good thing.

Being Brave

Click on the following link to go to a YouTube clip. The clip will explore the concept of being brave. At the end there is a question that you could discuss with your family 'How often do you have to be brave to be a brave person?'


Click on the following link to go to many different computing activities you can do from home.


Myleene's Music Klass - follow the link for music lessons by the famous Myleene Klass.

Singing (CLICK HERE)

At St James' we all love a daily sing! Have a look at this website for some great songs you can learn and join in with.

PE - Keep fit with Joe! Be Active, Be Healthy

We want you to stay fit and healthy whilst you are at home, so we have added the link below that takes you to Joe Wicks and his daily keep fit clip. This is LIVE every day Monday- Friday at 9am so please make sure you tune in on time!


During the school day, there are dedicated times where we collectively stop, think and reflect. Children are invited to join in with these prayers.

Lunchtime Prayer

For health and strength and daily food, 

We thank you Lord,



End of day prayer

Thank you Lord for this nice day,
Bless our work, our friends, our play,


Our classroom and playground have prayer spaces that children may visit too.

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