Governors' Easter Egg Raffle
This is an annual event which is always very popular with the children.
The funds raised help the Governors to fulfil their plans for improving school resources.
Jacob and Sons
Year 5 worked really hard to put on a fantastic production, re-working
the classic "Joseph" story.
Jacob had 12 sons and Joseph was his favourite which the brothers did not like
and took their revenge....
Other Key Stage 2 classes joined as the chorus and with the costumes, lights and music
it was a fantastic sell out show.
Well done to everyone who took part.
Reception visit to The Sea Life Centre in Birmingham
Reception children enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Sea Life Centre as part
of their "Under the Sea" topic.
They had the opportunity to visit all the aquarium zones including the Rock Pool zone where they had the chance to touch a Mermaids Purse and a Shark's egg.
They particularly enjoyed the Penguin Ice Adventure and the Ocean Tunnel which housed an array of sea creatures including a giant Sea Turtle.
World Book Day
There were some fabulous costumes on show in celebration of World Book Day.
The children thought carefully about a favourite book to chose their character from and we also had some great adult dressing up.
Science is Fun!
The whole school really enjoyed a sort of "Science Roadshow" presented by a
visiting scientist from Warwick University who was very animated and presented
the learning in a really fun way. The children loved it, they were totally captivated
and engaged with lots of smiley faces throughout.
The experiments demonstrated a variety of reactions between substances and chemicals.
They also learnt about dry ice and liquid air.
The scientist was amazed at how keen the children were to answer questions
and how knowledgeable they were.
Thank you to Mrs McLaren for organising the visit.
There will be more exciting Science activities during Science week.
Reception Class Spring Term Stay and Play Session
Stay and play sessions are an opportunity for our Reception Class parents, carers and siblings to come into school so the children can share their classroom and their learning.
They are always a lovely family afternoon which the children get very excited about. They particularly enjoy sitting down and sharing their learning journey and other books because
it is their chance to proudly showcase all they have done so far. Parents have the opportunity to leave comments at the end of their visit.
Here are some examples :
Year 4 visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
This "hands on" visit was to learn more about Ancient Egypt as part of this term's topic and particularly to learn about the rituals surrounding mummification.
Carols around the Christmas tree
To round off a very busy half term we held our traditional "Carols Round the Tree"
with the staff band providing musical accompaniment.
Year 6 visit to St James Church
Year 6 visited St James Church just before Christmas to take part in the "Cross Teach" project which was a special Christmas experience telling the nativity story in a modern way.
It was told in the style of the Jeremy Kyle Show and really brought
the story to life in a fun way.
They really enjoyed the experience.
World War II Day in Year 6
As part of their topic work Year 6 spent the day experiencing what it would have been like to be a child living through World War II.
They replicated traditional 1940's PE lessons, they tasted food that would have been part of a very limited diet due to rationing and they re-created an Air Raid situation.
St James welcomes Father Christmas
Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 were very excited to
welcome a special visitor to their classrooms.
It was a lovely surprise for them to round off a long term and a busy week of Christmas production performances.
Lights, Camel, Action!
Reception and Key Stage 1 performed the nativity story through this fantastic production of song and dance; the Nativity with a modern twist!
All our visitors enjoyed the performance and were very impressed with the singing and dancing.
The choreography and dancing were judged in "Strictly Come Dancing" style.
Year 5 Tudor Museum Day
On 13th December our Year 5 Class held their "Tudor Museum Day."
The children were dressed in fantastic costumes to represent either the poor or the rich people of the day. Mrs McLaren and Miss King also looked amazing in their costumes.
The topic work on display in the classroom was really informative and of a very high standard. Visitors to the museum heard about all different aspects of the day in life
of a person living in Tudor times.
Additionally, children choreographed their own Tudor Dances and the rest of the children and some visitors to school really enjoyed watching their entertaining performances.
Thank you Year 5 for your hard work in staging such a wonderful day.
Christingle Service Coventry Cathedral
On December 5th Year 5 went to The County Church of England Schools' Christingle Service held in the magnificent Coventry Cathedral.
Some of our children wrote and read their own prayers.
Christmas Art Day
This is a fun annual event where children spend the day creating Christmas arts and crafts to decorate our school and ultimately go home in time for the big day.
Thank you to all the parents and helpers who came in to help the children.
Purple4Polio Crocus Corms Planting
The whole school took part in this Rotary Club of Southam campaign.
The purple crocus is a symbol of Rotary's worldwide campaign to eradicate polio, with it's colour representing the purple dye used to mark the finger of a child to indicate they have received their life saving oral polio vaccine.
The children really enjoyed the planting and learning from the Rotary members who came along to oversee the event.
It was lovely to see so many parents, carers and friends in St James Church
for our annual Harvest Festival service.
Our Year 4 children led the service narrating and acting out the story of "Stone Soup"
and Year 6 led us in prayer.
Thank you to everyone who contributed the dry food goods for the local food bank or with a cash donation for Christian Aid.
Our New Reception Class
We welcomed 18 children into our Reception Class this year.
They have all settled really well and it is lovely to have them as part of the St James' family.
Here are some photographs of their early days in school.
Get Caught Reading Competition
During the Summer holiday we held a "Get Caught Reading" competition and asked pupils and staff to come up with ideas for imaginative ideas for unusual or
novel places to enjoy reading.
The idea then was to submit a photograph and we had some amazing and innovative ideas.
It was fantastic to see the level of support for this idea from the children and it proved a great motivator for continuing to share the joy of reading books.
Here are a couple of the winning entries: