Meet the Reception Team!

Class teacher: Miss Douglas

Class teacher: Miss Hussain


TAPESTRY: Dear parents, please ensure you check Tapestry at least 3 times a week to keep updated with your child’s learning at school and to view your child’s weekly homework, which will be uploaded to Tapestry every Tuesday. We will upload:

  • a talking topic
  • a maths song or activity
  • (after October half-term) a phonics activity

Each week we will send a handwriting practise sheet home. This may be name-writing practise or phonics practise. Please keep this at home once completed but upload a photo of the completed work to Tapestry for Miss Douglas and Miss Hussain to view and mark.

Instructions on how to set-up your Parent Profile account for Tapestry

  To our parents and new children at St James, welcome back. We hope that you are well rested and are as excited as we are to journey into this new year of exploration, discovery, imagination and play! We are in the process of doing things a little differently here in Reception with lots of changes developing within our classroom, our outdoor environment and the Early Years curriculum. Keep watching this space as the year unfolds— we’ll be posting important dates, creative and adventurous home activity ideas and showcasing the incredible learning journeys your children are beginning to embark on.

Our Classroom Manifesto: Being, Belonging, Becoming

  • Being ourselves, trusting ourselves, believing in ourselves
  • Belonging to our school, our families, our community
  • Becoming life-long learners full of curiosity, awe and wonder


The importance of play:

  • increases their self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-respect
  • improves and maintains their physical and mental health
  • gives them the opportunity to mix with other children
  • allows them to increase their confidence through developing new skills
  • promotes their imagination, independence and creativity
  • offers opportunities for children of all abilities and backgrounds to play together
  • provides opportunities for developing social skills and learning
  • builds resilience through risk taking and challenge, problem solving, and dealing with new and novel situations
  • provides opportunities to learn about their environment and the wider community.

READ ALOUD CHALLENGE: Can you read aloud to your child for 15 minutes everyday?

Here’s why you need to:

  • DODGE THE WORD GAP. Some children will hear 30 million fewer words than their peers before age 4. Studies have shown the number of words a child knows when entering Reception is predictive of future learning success.
  • You are your child’s first and most important teacher.
  • Grow vocabulary and knowledge.
  • Bond and provide enriching engagement.
  • Foster a love of books and learning.



Autumn Term 1: Me and my world.


Autumn 1 Topic Map

This half-term our children will be settling in to their new life at St James Hatcham. We will be supporting them to learn new routines, express their needs, wants and emotions and to build healthy, caring relationships with both teachers and friends. Our topic focus is ‘all about me’, learning what makes them special and unique; what their likes and dislikes are; their family culture and history; and learning about their bodies. Check back here weekly to see what we get up to in class. Don’t forget to also check your child’s Tapestry account as we will primarily upload children’s learning to there.