Class 1

Welcome to Class 1, our reception class. This is where children start their life with us at St James.


Beginning school is a major event in the life of a four year old. There will be lots of new things to learn and of course you will want to ensure that your child is well prepared for this important step. We aim to make it a happy and memorable experience which will help your child settle quickly into school life. We provide a bright stimulating environment which is divided into different areas which promote and encourage the children’s learning and skill development. Class 1 also has the benefit of its own outdoor area where children can explore and extend their learning in a safe way. 

In Class 1 we follow the Early Years and Foundation Stage Curriculum which consists of three prime areas and four specific areas of learning.


The prime areas of learning:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • Personal, social and emotional development


The specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design