Latest news from around the school

Keep calm and read on

Posted on 08 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Do you read for pleasure? Does your child read for pleasure? There are lots of benefits gained from reading for pleasure:

  • it increases sense of achievement, confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • it widens horizons
  • it develops relationships and promotes inclusion and empathy through sharing opinions and ideas
  • it prevents boredom and promotes relaxation

All these points contribute to a happy and healthy lifestyle.

There are also a wide range of books that can directly address specific aspects of mental health – these might be worth a look if someone in the family might be prone to a particular mental health problem.

The National Literacy Trust has a list of books to help children feel happier and more confident. This list is for children up to the age of 11 or thereabouts.

The Reading Agency brings together partners from the public, private, and voluntary sectors to tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. The agency’s ‘Reading Well Books on Prescription‘ helps people understand and manage their health and wellbeing using self-help reading. The books are chosen by health experts and people living with the conditions covered. There’s a specific page on young people’s mental health.

EPOSS Incredible Years parenting course

Posted on 03 October 2018 by Mrs Craggs

The EPOSS cluster will be running an Incredible Years Parenting Course starting Friday 09 November at Wetherby Children’s Centre. Please see the attached poster/leaflet for further information.

There is no need to book: parents/carers can just turn up on the first session or ring the number provided on the leaflet if you have any questions.

What wonderful writing!

Posted on 03 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

All classes in school have a class novel on the go. Y5,6 are enjoying the modern classic, Kensuke’s Kingdom this half-term.

This morning, our older children in Y5,6 have been writing a diary entry from a character’s perspective.

Have a read of this great writing – well done, Mya!

…Mya’s not finished the diary yet. If your child is in Y5,6, have a chat with how the diary entry could continue!

Kensuke’s Kingdom

Reading Workshop

Posted on 02 October 2018 by Miss Beatson

A quick reminder that we are having a reading workshop for KS2 parents, today at 6pm. Come along if you would like more information about how we teach reading in school and how you can support your child at home.

Fab feedback!

Posted on 29 September 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We spotted on social media this week this lovely comment from a parent about our school:

‘I can’t recommend it enough. Lovely small class sizes. A new headteacher making positive changes. All the teachers are lovely and know all the children. Both my children are so happy and making fantastic progress.’

Thank you very much. We all appreciate this heart-warming praise.

Football Tournament

Posted on 27 September 2018 by Miss Beatson

Yesterday evening, our football team competed in the local football tournament at Wetherby High School. Well done to all involved!

Coffee morning

Posted on 26 September 2018 by Miss Beatson

We’re holding our first coffee morning of the year on Wednesday 03 October at 9am.

Come along and meet other parents and members of staff to have a chat about school life in general and any issues you are concerned about.

Our Learning Mentor, Mrs Small, will be available to talk to regarding your child’s self-esteem, happiness, well-being or any other areas of school life you would like to discuss.

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A wonderful 'well done'!

Posted on 17 September 2018 by Mr Roundtree

It’s great to receive a letter from Leeds Learning Improvement Team congratulating us on how well we’re doing…

Initial analysis of attainment and progress at St James’ indicates that you have made significant improvements in your school’s reading, writing and mathematics combined results.

We are pleased that the work which your school has undertaken has had positive impact and trust that your engagement with the Leeds Learning
Improvement team has supported these improvements.

Congratulations to the whole team for their dedication and hard work which is positively affecting outcomes and will improve the life chances of all these children.

Scroll Free September? Scams? Gaming Addiction? TikTok?

Posted on 17 September 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The eSafety advisor, Alan Mackenzie, has published the latest edition of his excellent newsletter, #Ditto. The September 2018 edition includes information on all of the above!

Summer writing challenge

Posted on 14 September 2018 by Miss Beatson

Well done to all the children who sent in a postcard from their summer holiday. It was lovely to read about the fantastic places you visited. We had postcards from various places in the UK and a postcard as far away as Thailand! We have displayed all the postcards in the hall for everybody to read.

Well done to Lilly and Jack, who are the winners of our writing summer challenge. Their writing was clear and told us a lot about what they did on their holiday.