Latest news from around the school

A fresh approach to gaming?

Posted on 25 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The US-based Common Sense Media organisation supports parents and their children’s use of the internet, social media and gaming. They’ve searched through the currently available apps, and come up with a list of those that might be challenging and exciting, but don’t involve the use of guns or violence. Check out the lists:

What is bullying?

Posted on 18 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Is a bully strong? Is their victim weaker? That’s what dictionaries have been suggesting with their definition of what a bully is. Watch this video to consider the issue more.

A YouGov poll revealed that 72% of GB children, aged 13-17 years, agreed that the definition of ‘bully’ should be updated. After campaigning by the Diana Award, Google, Collins,, Oxford Dictionaries and the Cambridge Dictionary have changed their definition of bullying.

The original definition contrasted bullies as ‘strong’ and their victims as ‘weak’, but the new definition instead talks of vulnerability.

Original definition:
Bully (noun): a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

New definition:
Bully (noun): a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable.

In our school, we use a simple acronym to define what bullying is:

STOP: to hurt someone (physically or emotionally) Several Times On Purpose

…and the same STOP for the advice we give our children to solve any problems they experience:

STOP: Start Telling Other People

Keep talking to your child at home about bullying so they’re aware that they can talk to you or any adult they feel comfortable with.

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 Foundation

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:

The final countdown...

Posted on 06 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

It’s a busy half-term for teachers: we’re still busy in the classroom ensuring lots of great learning is happening, but also preparing end-of-year reports, submitting end-of-year data for the DfE, and organising the next school year.

It’s already been an exciting start to our half-term with a theatre visit – Hobgoblin Theatre Company came to our school. This was originally scheduled for World Book Day but due to snow, re-arranged. Judging from the comments I’ve heard from children and staff, it was worth the wait! Visits like this really enrich your child’s learning at school, but can only happen if enough of you make voluntary contributions.

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.


Has your child seen Show Dogs?

Posted on 04 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

There’s been some controversy online about a scene from a current children’s film, Show Dogs.

In this talking-animal comedy for children, the main dog character is entered into a dog show. Whilst being judged the dog has his private parts felt. Max, the dog, doesn’t like this, but is coached that to get through it, he should think of a ‘happy place’ until the examination is over.

Parents, therapists and others have been concerned about these scenes, since they go very much go against teaching around personal space and safety, and, perhaps worse, suggesting that to cope with unwanted sexual attention, the person should block out what is happening.

In comments on social media, some people haven’t made the links and have said that this is simply a comic moment in a film about dogs. Others have reflected on how this is a ‘normalising behaviour’ offenders sometimes use when grooming and abusing children.

The film makers appear to have listened and have cut two scenes, but that hasn’t quelled the controversy.

We think it’s worth you being aware that the film is out there, and there are these issues. It’s up to you to decide if you’d be happy for your child to watch it, and if so, would you want to have a chat afterwards about the scene.

Does any of your child's apps use live streaming?

Posted on 04 June 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Live streaming is a popular feature of lots of apps and platforms. By understanding the risks of live streaming, we can help children stay safe when they’re online. ThinkUKnow has produced a guide to help parents understand why live-streaming is so popular, and how to keep children safe.

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!