Class News

Forest School

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Jamie Kilner

At Forest School today, the children have created pieces of art using the natural materials in the woodland area. We have had a great time working together and being creative, all whilst respecting the environment around us.


Me and My Money

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Jamie Kilner

What a busy week we have had in the Year 3/4 classroom. We have learnt so many useful skills when dealing with money. We have learnt: the best ways when looking after our money, the many ways of spending money, the advantages and disadvantages of borrowing money (eg. mortgages) and why people use and donate to charities.

On Tuesday, we were very lucky to welcome members of staff from Yorkshire Building Society. With their help, we used a budget to plan a party and made spending choices based on our priorities, needs and

Help at home – Speak to your child about the importance of spending money wisely and seeking value for money. Help them to set up a way of saving (piggy bank or money jar).

Me and My Money Themed Week

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Mrs Palmer

As part of our Me and My Money themed week we have been doing lots of different activities around money.

In English, we looked at how money is am important part of most people’s lives and the difference between using money to buy something we need and something we want. We also discussed where money comes from e.g. earning or being given and how people make different choices about how to save and spend their money. We also talked about where we can keep our money e.g. a bank or a money box and how some places are safer than others.

In Maths, we’ve been looking at the different coins and their value. We have been comparing the value of coins and making different values in a variety of ways.

We’ve also been comparing the value of some everyday products by ordering them from the least to the most valuable. We used our new oracy target which is building on the views of others, to have a respectful discussion.

Thank you for the coin donations for our penny trail. We enjoyed adding them to the trail this morning.

Help at home: Watch the Money Matters video clip and have a discussion at home about how we get and use money, where money comes from, the difference between needs and wants, budgeting and saving. Take the quiz at the end to see how much you can remember about using money.


Helping out our environment

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Mr Freeman

To end the last half-term, Years 5 and 6 decided to write a letter to Miss Beatson in hope to  transform our school gardening area into a fresh, healthy space. This came about from our Geography topic – we had been working hard in learning the importance of plants, trees and green spaces around us.

Thankfully, our letters were a huge success! We spent an afternoon in the lovely rain, getting our hands dirty and working as a team to improve a part of our school. The children thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and we’re really proud of our achievement. Here’s some photos below of the garden area, before and after the transformation!



Mad About Materials!

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Miss Gledhill

We have started our new Science topic. We will be learning all all about different materials and their properties.
We started by looking at four materials, glass, plastic, wood and metal. We took objects from the classroom and sorted them into groups by identifying which material they were made from.
We thought about the purpose of objects and why they are made from certain materials. Some objects are made from more than one material. The children correctly said that we don’t have much glass in our classroom as it’s fragile and can be very sharp if it breaks!
Help at home: See if your child can identify what material some of their objects at home are. Can they say why it’s made from this material?

Library Visit

Posted on Thursday 09 November 2023 by Mrs Palmer

Today, we went on a visit to Wetherby library. Before we left school we spoke about ways we can keep safe.

We need to listen to the teachers.

We need to wear our hi-vis jackets.

We need to stay with our partners.

We need to walk in a single file line when there are people coming past us.

At the library, we were greeted by the librarian and she told us where we could find a range of fact and fiction books. We then listened to some questions and we had to decide whether they were fact or fiction.

After we had chance to explore the library and look at lots of different books. We chose 5 library ambassadors who selected 5 books to bring back to school so we can enjoy them in our reading corner.

Well done Year 2, you were fantastic listeners and represented our school very well.

RE: Who was Saint James?

Posted on Tuesday 07 November 2023 by Mrs Freeman

Who was Saint James?

James the Apostle: Profile & Biography

The children have had a wonderful start to the half term. It has been lovely to see so many smiling faces returning to school ready for more learning.

On Monday, the children enjoyed finding out about Saint James. We researched  his life and discovered that Jesus trusted James to become one of His disciples.

We explored our school logo and discussed what the shells could represent. 

Help at home

Ask your child to tell you what they have learnt about Saint James. Share the information below together and then ask your child the following questions.

  • What do the scallop shells represent? St James' CE Primary School
  • Tell me about St James.
  • Who was his father?
  • What was his job? 

James grew up by the ‘seaside’. That sea was Lake Galilee. He had a brother called John. They were known for having rows with each other and Jesus had a nickname for them: ‘the Sons of Thunder’. James had a mother called Salome and a father called Zebedee. James was a fisherman with his brother. Jesus went to meet James and he became one of the three disciples who were very close to Jesus, along with Peter and John. Jesus was preparing James to become a leader in the early church.Scallop Shell | St James The ApostleThe scallop shell of Saint James is believed to promote courage, strength and hope.

The children really enjoyed painting their own shells and these will be on display in our classroom.

Year 3/4 St James Day

Posted on Tuesday 07 November 2023 by Jamie Kilner

We have had a wonderful start to the half term by learning more about St James. The children enjoyed researching about his life and why Jesus trusted him to become one of His disciples.

Year 3 and 4 also explored our school logo and what the shells represent. In addition we demonstrated our understanding behind our school vision; St James’ CE Primary is a happy and healthy place to achieve and believe. 

We had a really reflective, spiritual day and we all learnt lots.

Help at home – Ask your child about what they have learnt. Why is our logo scallop shells? Tell me about St James. Who was his father? What was his occupation? When is his feast day?

What is the weather doing today?

Posted on Friday 27 October 2023 by Miss Ward

The children have been busy thinking about all the different types of weather we may experience. We used our weather window to check what kind of clothing we needed to wear to go to the forest.

We need wellies because its been raining – Ella

It’s very foggy outside, I can’t see the rain- Charlie

I need my coat and my hat and gloves Miss Ward- Savannah

We chose a non-fiction book to look at some pictures and discuss what season why might be in based on what we could see in the forest. We looked at how we could tell when the weather was windy. The children noticed the leaves blowing, so we introduced them to a wind chime. We made our own wind chime for our outdoor area, practicing our fine motor skills by threading natural and recycled objects from around nursery.

Help at home: Could you make your own wind chime? find some natural/recycled items from around the house such as bottle tops, paper clips, pine cones- anything! This well help develop your child’s fine motor skills, strengthening those muscles which supports early writing. Send in a photo of your finished wind chime to our nursery email to share with your friends!



You may of also noticed your child singing a song about a big red combine harvester!

Whilst the older children visited Church for their harvest celebration, we learnt our own harvest song. Here is the link below for you to share with your child at home.

Don’t forget the actions!

Top tip for watching YouTube with your child: Go to the settings cog (it’s along the play bar) and turn off autoplay – this avoids an inappropriate clip coming up automatically, and helps to discourage your child from passively watching clip after clip.


It has been a lovely first half term! We hope you have a happy, healthy and well rested break.

Miss Ward and Miss Harvey

English – Reading

Posted on Thursday 26 October 2023 by Mrs Palmer

Our class novel is The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. Today, we read an extract taken from the book.

“Moon-Face’s house in the tree, was very peculiar.

It was one round room, and in the middle of it was
the beginning of the slippery-slip that ran down the
whole trunk of the tree, winding round and round
like a spiral staircase.

Round the top of the slide was a curved bed,
a curved table, and two curved chairs,
made to fit the roundness of the tree trunk.
The children were astonished, and wished that they
had time to stay for a while.”

We used a dictionary to find out the meaning of some unfamiliar words – peculiar and astonished. We learnt that they are both adjectives.

We thought of some sentences of our own to include these words.

“My friend was acting peculiar.”

“Peculiar is a peculiar word.”

“I was astonished when I saw all the presents.”

“I was astonished when I saw a bee downstairs.”

After, we drew what we thought Moon Face’s house would look like based on the words from the text. Have a look at some of our ideas!