Latest news from around the school

Thanks for coming to parents' evening

Posted on 31 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to the parent-teacher meetings in the last week of the half-term. It was great to see you all there, keen to find out how your child is doing in school and how you can continue to support at home.

Thanks also to the governors who were around, collecting your views. Here are some of the views they noted:

  • Parents who have been linked with the school for a long time are delighted to see a continuing upward trend in everything that is happening. The recent Ofsted report has been a huge bonus.

  • Parents new to the school are very happy with the education their child is receiving.

  • Every parent expressed their appreciation for the work of the relevant class teacher.

  • Children new to the school, whether at Reception or joining higher up, have settled quickly and feel at home.

  • The school works hard to meet the needs of individual children. Sensitive children and those lacking self-confidence are supported extremely well.

  • The church school aspect is appreciated by parents. For some it is very important and a reason for choosing the school. For others they appreciate the children being given the knowledge and skills to be able to make up their own minds in the future about religion.

Governors noticed a higher proportion of dads attending the parent-teacher meetings, and suggested some sort of workshop for dads in particular who want to support their child. We’ll see what we can do about this – and if you’ve any ideas, do let us know!

Thanks again.

Our website

Posted on 23 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

In the past few months, our website has been experiencing a few problems, the main one being that the whole-school news posts haven’t been published on our Facebook page. We hope this is now sorted.

In the next week or so, there will be more tweaks made behind-the-scenes on our website. This hopefully won’t cause any problems, but do let us know if you notice something.

Sorry for any problems you’ve encountered.

Staying safe online

Posted on 23 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

This half-term, some parents have told us they didn’t realise all the things we do to make sure your child stays safe online. There are lots of top tips on our Online Safety page in the Learn More section – check them out!

Spread the word!

Posted on 07 October 2019 by Mr Roundtree

You’ll know by know that just before the summer holidays, St James’ CE Primary was inspected by Ofsted and received a judgement of good across the board. The report is very positive about our school. Highlights include:

  • ‘Teachers have high expectations of what pupils can achieve.’
  • ‘There are good relationships between staff and pupils.’
  • ‘Pupils work hard, concentrate well and enjoy learning.’
  • ‘Pupils are well prepared for the transfer to secondary school.’
  • ‘Teachers are skilled in encouraging pupils to cooperate and share ideas to develop learning.’
  • ‘Pupils are well behaved and aware of their responsibilities in society.’
  • ‘Pupils are looked after well and are safe in the school.’

Spread the word about what a good school we are!

Homework review

Posted on 03 October 2019 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came to our homework review today. The children were very proud of their creative maths homework. Here are some lovely comments made by our visitors:

“Impressed with the imagination of children……… activity grounded maths in real world and not as a mysterious subject…”

“Great opportunity to see the way homework is reviewed and shared with the class.”

“Great to see children showing their homework. It was good that I could visit two classrooms.”

Look out for the next opportunity to visit classrooms when you can  ‘watch us while we work’ on Tuesday 12th November, 9am-10am.

Staying safe online

Posted on 16 September 2019 by Mr Roundtree

#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine in PDF format for schools, organisations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approximately every six weeks.

You can subscribe for free to the magazine.

It’s written by Alan Mackenzie, an independent consultant specialising in online safety. Alan is a strong believer that technology, for the most part, is neutral; behaviour is the most important aspect.

In the latest edition of #DITTO, he looks at:

  • How safe are our children report
  • YouTube app review
  • The Cybersurvey
  • Online safety tickboxes
  • Hashtags
  • Wellbeing
  • Pornography
  • GoBubble

Check out his four top tips for resources to support you in making sure your child stays safe online – they’re on page 28.

Homework policy update

Posted on 12 September 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Each year in the annual survey of parents and carers, we ask what you like most about our school and what you think we might be able to improve. We always get lots more people telling us things they like – thank you for this! We do also welcome your suggestions for improvements – whilst we can’t always act on all the suggestions, we do always read and consider them.

One area that comes up every year is homework. Some of you want more, some of you want less. Some of you like the Creative homework, some of you thinks it takes too much time.

This year, we’ve listened to what you tell us and thought about ways we think we can improve:

  • We’ve reminded teachers to make sure homework is purposeful.
  • We’ve reviewed the guidelines as to how long we recommend your child spends on their homework – the new guide is no more than 30-40 minutes, which includes for Creative homework.
  • We’ve reflected on the amount of the three different types of homework (Talk Time, Creative and Practice makes Perfect) so there’s hopefully a better balance to suit more pupils (and parents).

We hope the new changes will mean continued happy and healthy learning at home as well as at school. Read the policy and download a Homework Guide.

Have you signed up to receive the useful National Online Safety guides?

Posted on 11 September 2019 by Mr Roundtree

National Online Safety believe in empowering parents, carers and trusted adults with the information they need to hold informed and age appropriate conversations about online safety with their child, should they feel it is needed. Every Wednesday, they produce guides to focus on specific platforms/risks which they believe trusted adults should be aware of.

 Join their Wake Up Wednesday Campaign.

Top ten tips for travel and traffic

Posted on 11 September 2019 by Mr Roundtree

These top ten tips are really worth having a look at. They might come from Road Awareness For Toddlers (RAFT), but we reckon there are lots of ideas for older children, too.

How is your child getting to school?

Posted on 11 September 2019 by Mr Roundtree

Start the new school year with good travel habits! Plan your journey well so your child can be as active as they possibly can – walking, cycling, scooting, ‘park and stride’ and even taking the bus are all far healthier than travelling by car.

Help your children to be healthier, happier, more independent, resilient and ready to learn: download information from Bright Kidz to help plan your journey.