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A Diary of photos of events in our School Year 2016-2017


Year 5 visit to The Frontier Centre

Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic and active visit to The Frontier Centre in Northamptonshire. They enjoyed lots of both indoor and outdoor activities including circus skills, "walk the plank," orienteering, canoeing and abseiling. The weather wasn't always kind but it didn't matter as they were going to get wet at some point anyway!

A lot of fun was had by all; it was great to see the children encouraging each other and overcoming nerves to achieve great things. Well done everyone!

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

Year 1 visit to Umberslade Farm

Year 1 enjoyed a lovely day at Umberslade Farm meeting a variety of farm animals

and learning about how they are cared for.

Umberslade is a working farm where the children were able to enjoy several hands on opportunities including handling guinea pigs and a white rat.

There are more pictures to see on the Year 1 class page.

Year 3 visit to The Zorbas Greek Restaurant

As part of their Ancient Greeks topic Year 3 visited this authentic Greek restaurant to sample Greek food. They also enjoyed learning some dances whilst they were there.



Summer Term Stay and Play Session in our Reception Class

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 show the learning they have undertaken in their school lives so far.

They are always a lovely family afternoon and visitors have the chance to leave

comments at the end of their visit.


Here are some examples of parent comments:

  • "I love these opportunities to come in and see what she's been doing at school. I'm really impressed with her progress and am delighted that she's being allowed to progress at the speed she needs."
  • "My child can read, my child can write, my child can count. What more could I ask for at the end of a brilliant first year! Thank you."
  • "Really pleased to see the progress made, especially the attempts to work freely. Well done!"
  • "My child seems to really enjoy coming to school and particularly enjoys things to do with nature. He keeps us updated with the bug house, strawberry plants and particularly the new baby chicks!"
  • "I am so impressed with my child's work folders! My child loves school particularly tricky challenges. It's lovely to see how far she has come over the year!"
  • "It's great to see how my child is thriving."
  • "We are so pleased with our child's progress this past school year. He is so enthusiastic and always looking to read or write at home."


Year 2 at Warwick Castle

Year 2 enjoyed a day at Warwick Castle where history was brought to life for

them in a full day of activities to compliment their topic work on Castles this term.



Fire Station visit by Reception Class

We encourage "hands on" learning at St James and this will often

include visits or visitors coming into school.

As part of this term's topic, Reception went to the Southam fire station to hear about the work of a fire fighter and they were very fortunate to be able to get in the appliance to look at the equipment and also they were given the chance to have a go with

the water hose which was very exciting!

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PCSO visit to Reception Class

As part of their "People Who Help Us" topic, Reception class were visited by 2 local PCSO's.

It was an opportunity to learn about the work of a PCSO and for children to ask questions. They also had great fun turning on the lights and sounding the sirens. 

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Year 6 visit to York

Year 6 enjoyed a great week in York seeing the sights of this ancient historic city and visiting many of the major attractions.

It was a very welcome break after all their hard work this year

culminating in the recent SATS tests.


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Reception Class visit The Sea life Centre in Birmingham

As part of their "Under The Sea" topic Reception Class spent a full day exploring the world of sea creatures at The Sea Life Centre. They even had the chance to touch the Star Fish.

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Easter Service in St James' Church

The St James Open the Book team led our annual Easter Service in church with the children taking part in dramatising the Easter story.

It was lovely too see so many parents, grandparents, carers and friends in church.

Our Easter prayers read on the day were written by some of the children.

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Minibeast Madness

Congratulations to all our Key Stage 2 children and particularly our

Year 5 class for their fantastic performance of "Minibeast Madness"

a colourful story full of bugs insects and creepy crawlies!

Governors' Easter Egg Raffle

This is an annual event that the children really enjoy and helps the Governors

raise extra funds for the school building fund, in readiness for when phase 3 of our building improvement and refurbishment is approved by the Diocese.



Special Visitors to School

We are very fortunate that Reverend Craig from Harbury Church is a regular visitor to our school. On this occasion he was accompanied by  a four legged friend a wonderful trained guide dog called Guss who has helped people and now helps bring along new puppies for training.

Reverend Craig explained the important role guide dogs play in the lives of people with visual impairment. Guss was very calm and loved seeing all the children in assembly.

He also showed how intelligent he is, demonstrating by giving a Hi Five!

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Science Week - you can also see more photos on our KS2 class pages.

Science Week - you can also see more photos on our KS2 class pages. 1 Year 4 with their Science Fair projects.
Science Week - you can also see more photos on our KS2 class pages. 2 Ollie's "Layers of the Ocean" project.
Science Week - you can also see more photos on our KS2 class pages. 3 Communication Skills Experiment
Science Week - you can also see more photos on our KS2 class pages. 4 Recreating structure from verbal instruction only.

Robyn's SPACE Project (Year 5)


Year 5 made Spectrascopes and used them to discover the different colours in white light.




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World Book Day

The children and staff really enjoyed dressing up as their favourite character from

a book to celebrate World Book Day.

In assembly the children enjoyed trying to identify who the staff represented.

What a colourful variety of characters we had.

Well done everyone!

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Year 4 Day of the Drones

Year 4 enjoyed a fun day at Long Itchington Primary School where they programmed drones as well as having the opportunity to take part in some Forest School activities.

Thank you to Long Itchington for hosting this event which was enjoyed by all the children and proved to be a great day for making new friends.


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Reception Stay and Play

This was a lovely opportunity for parents, grandparents and carers to come and spend some time in school with their children in the classroom. It's also a chance to welcome younger siblings and the children really enjoy showing their classroom and talking about their school day.

Additionally it is an opportunity to look through the children's learning journeys,

maths folders and literacy books.

This year too it comes towards the end of the children's "Zoom Zoom" topic and so we had our fantastic vehicle showroom to look at too!

Picture 1 Ella showing Mum our Sound Garden.
Picture 2 Mary and Ionie with a computer phonics game.
Picture 3 Sadhik showing Mum his learning journey.

January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science

January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science 1
January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science 2
January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science 3
January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science 4
January 2017 - Teacher Training Day on Science 5

Carols Round The Tree

To celebrate the end of term the whole school took part in our traditional last day afternoon enjoying carols, songs and having fun watching the teachers perform!


Key Stage 2 Carol Concert in St James Church

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A Special Christmas Visitor in School


Children in Reception and Key Stage One enjoyed their party afternoon during which they were fortunate enough to receive a special visit from Santa Claus!


It's A Cracker!

For our Christmas production this year, children in Reception class and Key Stage One performed this lively musical which through it's story telling made everyone thing what Christmas is really all about.

They all sang beautifully and the show finished with everyone

wishing Jesus a great big Happy Birthday!


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Visit to The Warwick Arts Centre

to see "Stick Man."

Children from our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes enjoyed their visit to the theatre to see this adaptation of the popular children's story.

As a follow up activity, Year 2 created this lovely display of work. The children wrote on the speech bubbles some of the things they enjoyed about the performance.



"My favourite part was when Stick Man was flying with Santa." Grace.

"It was funny when the dog bit Stick Man's bottom." Tom.

Christmas Art Workshop Day

As part of our non-uniform day to raise funds for Children in Need, we held our annual Christmas Art Day. This is a day full of fun, creative activities which is thoroughly

enjoyed by all the children and adults.

The children have made some wonderful pieces to decorate the school, with cards, calendars, decorations and gifts to take home for the festive period.

Thank you to everyone who came along to help with the activities.



Year 6 created this stunning nativity scene incorporating a representation of our forthcoming Key Stage 1 Christmas production of "It's a Cracker."



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Harvest Festival

We held our annual Harvest Festival service in St James Parish Church on the 6th October.

It was lovely to see so many parents, grandparents, carers and friends

of the school in church.

Children in Key Stage 1 made generous donations of tinned and dried food to go to the local food bank and in Key Stage 2,  cash donations were made to the LIV Village charity. This is a charity which provides homes and education for orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

Many thanks to Mr Morgan and all of Year 4 for leading the service and to

Reverend Vikki for the blessing.


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Exciting Visitors in School

On 27th September we received 2 very special visitors.

Steve Smallman is an award winning children's author and illustrator who created fabulous illustrations in front of the children whilst telling some of his very funny stories.




The children were absolutely fascinated. This type of activity is fantastic

stimulation for them and inspiration for their own writing.






Our other visitor was Captain Graham Nunn, a Church Army officer who spends time working with children using drama based activities linked to relationships and our Christian values. Before visiting  classes, he led a really interesting assembly for the children and he was particularly impressed with their knowledge of stories from the bible.

New Intake

We welcomed 20 children into our Reception class this year. They have all settled really well and are enjoying exploring their new environment and making new friends.

Picture 1 Enjoying the sunshine and making friends.
Picture 2 Tending the plants.
Picture 3 Exploring our wooded area.
Picture 4 Practising my numbers!