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A Diary of photos of events in our school year 2017-2018


Year 5 Residential visit to The Frontier Centre

This is an annual residential visit for our Year 5 children and is often the first time children have been away from home. The 3 day visit is packed with exciting outdoor activities and it is always fantastic to see the team spirit amongst the children and to watch their confidence grow as they try out new activities that they probably wouldn't get the chance to try under normal circumstances.

You can see more photographs on the Year 5 class page.

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Year 3 Visit to Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

Year 3 really enjoyed their day out to this award winning Science Museum which houses 200 hands on displays. They really enjoyed the exciting activities on offer inside and outside in the Science Garden. This visit really enhanced and brought to life their Science learning.

You can see more photographs on the Year 3 class page.


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Year 1 Visit to Umberslade Farm

Year 1 enjoyed a very "hands on" visit to Umberslade Farm meeting lots of different farm animals and learning about their care.

You will find more photographs on the Year 1 Class page.

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Sports Day 2018

We had a beautiful Summer's day for our Sports Day with lots of visitors to watch the children enjoying a variety of activities with the aim of winning points for their teams.

The team spirit and encouragement the children gave each other was a credit to them well done everyone!

Key Stage 2 French Afternoon

The children really enjoyed their French themed afternoon which was able to take place

"al fresco" thanks to our beautiful Summer weather.

There were a variety of activities taking place including role play as a restaurant customer or waiter/waitress, learning days of the week and weather words, directions and animals.



Year 2 Trip to Warwick Castle

Year 2 enjoyed a trip to Warwick Castle as part of their topic on castles. They looked around the inside of the castle and especially enjoyed the Great Hall with weapons. A visit to the Kingmaker exhibition enabled Year 2 to see how the previous inhabitants lived their daily lives. They watched the trebuchet being operated and found it very interesting that the men inside had to run around the inside like a hamster wheel! They saw a wonderful bird of prey display and climbed the hill that was the original site of the motte and bailey.


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World Cup Day

To celebrate the World Cup the whole school enjoyed a themed day where each class chose to learn about one of the represented countries.

It was a beautiful day full of indoor and outdoor activities.

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Year 6 Residential Trip to York

Year 6 enjoyed a week away in York after SATs. At Eden Camp they looked at the history of World War One and Two. They visited the historic city sites and learnt about the Viking and Roman settlements as well as the history and journey of chocolate. The magnificent York Minster was awe inspiring and the private service in the crypt gave time for reflection and prayer. A boat trip down the river Ouse gave an opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. The National Railway Museum taught us about Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Motion and the science behind the workings of an engine. Some well earned rest and recreation was spent in some of the local parks playing or sketching some of the city ruins. There was also time to go shopping in the historic street of the Shambles.


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Visit to our Reception Class by local PCSO

Also as part of their "People who Help Us" topic,

Reception class were visited by Lewis Barber a Southam PCSO.

It was a "hands on" opportunity to learn about the work of the police.

They particularly enjoyed looking at and sitting in the police car.

This kind of opportunity really brings their learning to life.

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Reception Class Visit Southam Fire Station


As part of their "People Who Help Us" topic Reception Class visited the local Fire Station to learn about the work of a fire fighter.

This was a very "hands on experience" which helps to bring their learning to life.

The children particularly enjoyed climbing up into the cab, seeing all the equipment close up, watching Miss Duncumb and 2 of our helpers dress up in specialist clothing and

spraying water from the hose which was great fun!

We all came away with a much deeper understanding of the important and very varied work that the fire fighters undertake.



(You can find more photographs on the Reception Class page.)


Visit by The Archbishop of Canterbury

On May 3rd we were honoured that Archbishop Justin chose to visit St James as part of the Centenary of the Diocese of Coventry celebrations.

As some of you will be aware Archbishop Justin has strong connections with Southam. He was vicar at St James Church and three of his children attended St James Primary so it was really magical to be able to welcome him and Mrs Welby back to our school.

We held a special assembly for his visit and the children were enthralled listening to him. Some of the children had the chance to ask questions, very thoughtful questions which brought forth  interesting and sometimes amusing answers.

Mrs Welby told a very amusing story of his initial reaction on being told he would be the next Archbishop of Canterbury.

It was truly a memorable afternoon for all the children, staff, Governors and all of our visitors.

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The Cross of Nails

2018 marks the centenary of The Diocese of Coventry.

As part of the celebrations The Cross of Nails is travelling between all 75 Church of England Schools in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

Therefore we were privileged to be part of the pilgrimage welcoming the cross from Napton School as it continued its journey and then relaying it on to Long Itchington School.

The pilgrimage will culminate in a service of celebration in Coventry Cathedral with representations from all the schools involved.


The Cross of Nails is a symbol of hope, friendship and reconciliation

in the aftermath of conflict.

On the night of November 14th 1940 much of Coventry was destroyed by German bombs and its medieval cathedral left in ruins. Two burnt roof beams had fallen in the rubble

forming the shape of a cross. Bound together they were placed where the altar would have been. Three medieval roof nails were formed into a cross,

hence the original cross of nails came to be.


The Cross of Nails visited each class whilst in school and we held a special assembly before its journey to Long Itchington primary School.




As a school we have been thinking about the Christian Cross as a symbol of Christianity and have created this wonderful display as our contribution to the Centenary celebrations.







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.



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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.

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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.

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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 :


  • "...... was so proud of the work he showed to me in his classroom; it gave us some great ideas for home learning."
  • "I am very pleased to see the topic "Zoom Zoom" in her literacy book; this looked like really good fun."
  • "We are very impressed with ......'s progress. He loves coming to school and is always talking about his work."
  • " WOW - I am really impressed with ......'s work and how excited he was to show me and tell me all about it."
  • "I am so proud  how she is learning and taking part."
  • "I can't express how pleased and proud  we are of ...... He is constantly wanting to learn, asks questions and talks about school.
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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.


Picture 1 The Mummification process
Picture 2 Music played as part of the ceremony
Picture 3 The headdresses of different Egyptian Gods


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.


Key Stage 2 Carol Concert in St James Church

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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.


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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.


Picture 1 The Judges
Picture 2 The Funky Camels
Picture 3 The Innkeepers

Christmas Jumper Day

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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. smiley



Picture 1 Our Lords and Ladies
Picture 2 Mrs McLaren and Miss King in costume
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Picture 4 Receiving applause for their dancing
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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.




Harvest Festival

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:




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