Latest news from around the school

Summer support

Posted on 02 July 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The long holidays can be a tricky time for families. The extended services team (EPOSS) have organised two drop-ins for parents / carers – an opportunity to come in and chat with the team about any difficulties, ask advice or look at problem solving together, to try and help the holidays be an enjoyable time for all the family. Or, just a chance to have some adult
conversation and a cuppa!

There’s no need to make an appointment. Just drop in at any time during the session.

  • Friday 10 August, 10.00am – 12 noon, Wetherby Children’s Centre
  • Friday 17 August, 10.00am – 12pm noon, Boston Spa Children’s Centre

Mosque Visit

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

Today, lots of children from school visited a mosque in Leeds. They saw and heard a call to prayer and how Muslims pray in the mosque. They had a look at a Qu’ran and learnt that the Bible and the Qu’ran have lots of similarities – the qu’ran has lots of the same stories that are in the Bible including the stories of Moses, Noah and Adam and Eve.
They learnt about the five pillars of Islam and how each year Muslims fast during Ramadan and get up very early to eat and pray before the sun rises.
Finally, the children tried on lots of different Muslim special clothes from different parts of the world.
The children had a really good day and were praised for thinking about some really tricky and mind-blowing questions.
“I was really surprised they believed in the same God. I thought they would have a different God.”
“It was so fun.  One of the costumes (the traditional Muslim dress when on Haaj to Mecca) was so big. “
“I really enjoyed it! I learnt a lot.”

Summer Fair

Posted on 28 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

We are looking forward to our PTA summer fair tomorrow. There will be a tombola, bouncy castle, penalty shoot out, toy stall, refreshments and much more. We hope to see lots of you there!

Leeds Youth Summit

Posted on 26 June 2018 by Miss Beatson

Representatives of our School Council visited Leeds Civic Hall today. They attended the Leeds Youth Summit event, along with other schools from all around Leeds.

This half-term's Christian value is...

Posted on 12 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree


What is honesty? Honesty is being trustworthy and truthful in our friendships, our relationships, our school and our community. We understand that we need to be honest and truthful with others when working together as a team.

The challenge for us is: How can we be honest in our daily lives? How can we encourage people to be honest? What can we do to fix it if we forget to be honest?

Why did the Church Council choose this Christian value? ‘Everyone needs to be honest because Jesus’ disciple [Peter] wasn’t honest [when he denied Jesus].’ (Year 3 Church Council member)

How can I support my child at home? Talk together as a family about the consequences of not being honest. Encourage your child to write a story or draw a picture to show what happens when people are dishonest – your child can bring the stories in to school to add to our class reflection areas.

Wetherby Library

Posted on 07 June 2018 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Wow! What an exciting afternoon F2 have had at Wetherby Library today.

We were treated to a story time of The Great Pet Sale and A Busy Day For Birds. The children got to hold many animals, both cute and cuddly and small and spiky, in an experience hosted by Lion Learners.

We held rabbits, a bearded dragon, a tarantula, guinea pigs, a snake and giant snails!

As a special treat to celebrate the launch of National Bookstart Week 2018 , the children were sent home with their very own copy of A Busy Day For Birds.

The children were all exceptionally brave and brilliantly behaved, both during our careful walk from school to the library and throughout the session. They were a real credit to our school and should feel very proud of themselves, as we are of them.

Take a look at our fun-filled video of our visit below:

Annual survey of parents and carers - new deadline

Posted on 06 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The annual survey of parents and carers is open for you to tell us your views.  Thank you to the parents and carers who have completed a survey so far.

We’ve extended the closing date for the survey to 22 June to give even more of you a chance to tell us your views.


Have you responded to our annual survey yet?

Posted on 01 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

At St James’ CE Primary, we’re always keen to hear your views.

Visit the survey site and respond to a series of statements – either agree / agree strongly or disagree / disagree strongly (or say that you don’t know). There’s also the opportunity to add any comments you may have. The survey should take you about five minutes – maybe a bit longer if you add lots of comments. The survey is open until 11 June.

Thank you for sharing your views.

Year 6 Residential

Posted on 24 May 2018 by Miss Beatson

Our Year 6 children are currently at Robinwood on their residential. Here are some pictures of them having a fantastic time!

May half term fun at Temple Newsam...

Posted on 23 May 2018 by Mrs Quirk

If you’re stuck for ideas for things to do next week, why not consider one of the following at Temple Newsam?

Paint your own tankard with Jackrabbits pottery 

Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May. Book a session, 11.30-12.30pm or 2-3pm. Jackrabbits will glaze, fire and wrap the tankards. Please allow a max of 28 days from workshop date to allow mugs to be ready for collection. £13 per tankard in the House. Contact the Temple Newsam House or book on Eventbrite.

Cheers half term crafts!

Saturday 26 May to Sunday 03 June. Drop in session. All ages. Crafts inspired by the ceramics in the exhibition. Design a cup and a coaster to take home. Included in house admission price.


Wednesday 30 May 2-3pm. Join our resident storyteller to enjoy stories all about drink! Included in house admission price.

Hidden Temple Newsam Tour

Saturday and Tuesday in half term at 11am. Journey under the House, learn how the servants got around unseen and discover the cellars. Who is the Blue Lady and what happened to poor Phoebe Gray? Some steep steps and uneven surfaces. Limited places, booking advised. Suitable for 7+. Included in house admission price.

Discovery Tour

Thursday at 11am. Explore the House with our friendly guide! Included in house admission price.

Up on the roof!

Thursday at 2.30pm and 3.15pm Take in stunning views by going on the roof of Temple Newsam House. A head for heights and ability to climb some steep steps required. Booking required. The tour will only go ahead in fine weather so call 0113 3367460 to book and confirm the tour is going ahead. Ages 7+ (children accompanied by an adult).

On the farm…

Visit the animals including pigs, sheep, cattle and ducks! There’s also a café, playgrounds and gardens to explore…

Visit the website or call 0113 3367460 for details of admission prices, access and events. Also on facebook and twitter.