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Crigglestone St James
CE Primary Academy

Teachers: Mrs Hambleton (RH) and Mrs Clarke (RC) Support Staff: Mrs Tomlinson-Drewell, Mrs Shaw, Mrs Walsh

Regular Weekly Timetable

Maths, Read Write Inc. and Interest Led inputs are delivered throughout the day. In addition to this, children take part in child-initiated learning in both the indoor and outdoor provisions.

Extra adult- led sessions are held throughout the weekly timetable.

MONDAY: ICT (RH & RC alternate each week)



THURSDAY: R.E & Outdoor P.E

FRIDAY: D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read)

Download our latest Curriculum Information Sheet for details about what we are doing right now!


The Organisation of Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Stage

“Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and carers.”

‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ 2012

At Crigglestone St James we aim to give every child an enjoyable start to their school life from the moment they join our classroom. We are committed to offering each and every child inspirational learning experiences that set them on their seven year learning journey throughout our school.

The EYFS curriculum is delivered through a stimulating and exciting learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, with skilled adults to facilitate children’s exploratory and investigative skills. Children have opportunities to lead their own learning through a range of open- ended resources whilst careful enhancements and provocations allow further challenge to develop their understanding. Our children have opportunities to build our classroom learning environment, creating meaningful ‘working walls’ to showcase and celebrate their achievements.

Provision of this kind increases the opportunity for children to:

  • use their own initiative
  • become independent and resilient learners
  • build on their own interests and previous experiences

The role of adults in the classroom is to:

  • ensure that experiences in both the indoor and outdoor promote relevant challenge
  • focus adult/child interactions whilst working within the areas of provision
  • observe, record, interpret and plan the development for each child through our ‘feeding forward’ approach
  • provide a safe, secure and supportive environment that is accessible for every child

Through our quality observations and interactions with the children, staff build a learning journey of evidence for every child. Assessments are used to inform future planning and provide evidence for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile. We work in partnership with parents to ensure children have an enjoyable and memorable start to school.

Now let us tell you about some of the fabulous things we have been doing in recent times.

Spring Term 2018

This term our Novel Study has been ‘The Jolly Postman’. We have used this text to study a different traditional tale each week. Over the half term we have read ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Hansel and Gretal’, ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and ‘Cinderella’.

Our children’s interests have led our learning and driven our provision enhancements. We have been fascinated with the Jolly Postman’s favourite mode of transport; the bicycle. The children have labelled the different parts of the bike, researched the history of the bicycle and even built a bicycle repair shop As a result of their interest, Reception staff organised a ‘Bring your bike to school day’. This memorable day consisted of bike sketching, tyre rubbings, cycling safety posters and riding our bikes around an obstacle course! What a memorable day for all.

Our maths and writing opportunities link where possible to our Novel Study. This unit of work has provided opportunities to write letters, postcards and information create posters. In maths we used data handling to find out which bike was most popular amongst Reception children.

Autumn Term 2017

After a ‘soft start approach’ to the new academic year, the children have used the texts, ‘Only One You’ and ‘You Be You’, as a way of highlighting the importance of being ourselves and identifying our own talents and abilities. Our focus in the Autumn term has been the value of togetherness and friendship. These texts have allowed us to use the wise words of wisdom from Adri and his family and relate them to creating a new team and family within our class.

In the second half of the Autumn Term we have used the ‘Supertato’ series to inspire our inner superheroes. Our journey has seen us create our own super veggie stories and ways in which to capture the dreaded Evil Pea!

Brilliant ‘Bedtime Stories’!

On arrival children voted for the story of the night. ‘SUPERBAT’ soared to victory!

Mr Denton stole the show with his fantastic narration. Earning forgiveness for leaving his pyjamas in Blackpool!

The night was enjoyed by all and it was lovely to see so many children sharing their favourite stories, completing crafts and having a real love for reading!

We look forward to our next bedtime story event.

Quotes from parents

“A fantastic night”

“My child loves reading and this has been a great way to highlight the importance of a bedtime story”

“Great team effort, lovely to be part of it. Can’t wait for the next one”

Summer 2017

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

To consolidate our knowledge on this term’s topic ‘Amazing Animals’ the children visited the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster. During our visit the children got the chance to explore the Park and participate in an educational session called ‘Aren’t Animals Amazing’.

World Book Day

The children took part in World Book Day. Everyone came to school dressed as their favourite story book characters. The day provided the children with opportunities to re-tell, create new characters, study famous characters and create a new adventure based upon famous tales from the past.

Indoor Learning