Fabulous Library Visit!

Posted on Friday 22 June 2018 by Mrs Rowley

Yesterday afternoon, Year 1 and 2 visited Wetherby Library. Have a look at some of the comments the children made and the pictures of them using the library. They were much more confident in how to use the library this time and more focussed on choosing books that suited/interested them.

Ellie – The library trip was great. I got one of my favourite books called ‘I’ll never let you go’.

Lilly – It was fun walking down the library and getting a Harry Hill’s book.

Jack – I like going to the library because I saw a book that I liked about Kart Racing and Mr Wicks liked it too

Harley – It was really fun and I picked a book about fires, police and bees.

Joe – I like going to the library because there are so many books that I would like to get from there.

Daisy-Mae – I liked going to the library because I found some Beast Quest books and I got to get a Molly Broomstick book. I saw a book about a clown but there were no words in it so I think it would be a good book to make up my own words for the story.

This half-term’s Christian value is…

Posted on Friday 13 April 2018 by Mr Roundtree


Every half-term, we focus on one of our six Christian values.

Peace is about positive harmony and healthy relationships between people. It involves spiritual as well as material security. Peace is a state of true wholeness, a state of well-being.

This value promotes harmony, stability and security within the school and local community.

Why did the Church Council choose this Christian value? ‘Because when Jesus was sent down there was peace.’ (Year 2 Church Council member)

Home Challenge: The dove carrying an olive branch is a symbol of peace in Christianity. Research why this is a symbol of peace. Is Christianity the only religion to have a symbol of peace?


St James’ Head of School post

Posted on Tuesday 20 March 2018 by Mr Roundtree

As you will know, Miss Beatson has been Acting Head of School since September in the absence of Mr Williams.

A recruitment process to find a permanent Head of School culminated yesterday, Monday 19 March, in Miss Beatson’s permanent appointment.

The recruitment was rigorous. Two governors were involved as well as me, the Head of Federation. Also involved was an advisor from the Diocese in order to provide an external viewpoint and the perspective of the Diocese, since St James’ is a Church of England school.

Miss Beatson has a great passion and enthusiasm for supporting all staff and pupils in school, and I know parents also respect her and value the great relationship she has built up with them.

She and I are looking forward to continuing to make sure St James’ CE Primary keeps getting better and better.

Well done to Miss Beatson!

Snow, Sun and World Book Day Fun!

Posted on Saturday 10 March 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Thank you all for coming to school in your wonderful World Book Day costumes on Monday. We had a great time exploring different popular stories throughout the week and celebrating the importance and enjoyment of reading.

We were a little surprised by the snow on Wednesday! Foundation love exploring the snow, so we took the opportunity to go outside in small groups to do a bit of mark-making with our bodies and sticks.

When the sun came out in the following days, we saw some fabulous child-led learning, as the children collectively decided to work together to make their own stage using the large construction blocks. There were some amazing performers and performances!


The children have enjoyed their first week observing the chick eggs in the classroom. We’ve had lots of discussion and are working together to take care of them. We gently turn them over each day as we count them and are marking off the days until the very egg-citing hatching!

Foundation have all been working on their special cards for Mothering Sunday. F2 have been writing about why their mummies are so fantastic!

If you were able to attend the assembly, we hope you enjoyed seeing our ‘people who care for us’ artwork and hearing about all the lovely things the children wanted to share with you all.

We wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day.

Well done…

Posted on Tuesday 13 February 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Foundation had another great half-term of learning! Enjoy a lovely break with your family and friends and don’t forget to fill in those Time to Talk sheets (sent home on Friday), so that we can hear all about it when we return to school on Monday 19 February.

Learning workshops

Posted on Thursday 01 February 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Thanks to the parents and carers of Year 2 and Year 6 children who came to school this week for a workshop around supporting their child’s learning at home. We’re really pleased to see people taking the time to learn how you can best support your child at home.

Here are two examples of the great feedback we got:

  • ‘We found it very informative on what [our child] should expect and how we can support her and help learning.’
  • ‘It helped us as we understand the SATs papers more thoroughly. This will enable us to support her better to achieve positive results.’

Watch a short video about the Key Stage 2 assessments (SATs) here.

Marvellous Mathematics!

Posted on Thursday 18 January 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

A big thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend the Marvellous Mathematics Stay and Play this afternoon. The children are always so excited to share their learning with you and we hope you enjoyed seeing our Maths in action!



12 January 2018

Posted on Friday 12 January 2018 by Mrs Rowley

This week’s spellings homework is a spelling list. It’s due in on Thursday 18 January.

Have a look in your child’s book to see which spellings they have.

  • Group 1: in, is, it, as
  • Group 2: was, you, they, are, my
  • Group 3: like, so, do, come, some, were, there, little
  • Group 4: grow, grew, fly, flew, bring, brought, fight, fought, teach, taught

05 January 2018

Posted on Friday 05 January 2018 by Mr Mills

This week’s homework is practice makes perfect.

Complete the maths sheets on angles and subtraction.

Here are some reminders on different types angles.

Homework is due on Thursday 11 January.

05 January 2018

Posted on Friday 05 January 2018 by Mr Mills

Focus: drop the y for an i (Turn adjectives into adverbs)

Task: Make a list of ten adjectives which end in ‘y’ eg noisy, scary, lazy. Turn them into adverbs eg noisily, scarily, lazily.

Make sure you remember to drop the y for an i!

You may also need to change other parts of the spelling. Dojo points for the most ambitious word choices.