At St. James', we strive to provide engaging and purposeful English lessons, to explicitly teach the skills necessary for reading, writing and speaking and listening making use, where necessary, of a range of Computing and Multimedia skills. We aim to deliver engaging lessons that are both dynamic and interactive. There is a heavy focus on using Talking Partners as part of a wider ethos of collaborative learning.
Check our photo gallery for what we have been up to!
Each term, children at St. James' choose a piece of extended writing ('Big Write') that they are most proud of to publish in their Golden Book. The children carry these Golden Books with them through the school, to create a wonderful record of the progression of their work and a valuable keepsake of their favourite pieces of writing. Parents and carers will be invited to comment on their child's writing, as well as the children themselves and their class teachers.
Writing Wall of Fame
A huge congratulations to everyone who has made it on to the Writing Wall of Fame! Each term, class teachers select one piece of writing by one pupil to be displayed on the Wall of Fame, in our office. Please do stop by and have a look at some of the absolutely stunning written work.
Term 1- Congratulations to Demba, Murewa, Kira, Honey, Narges, Fatima, Ruth, Ore and Ryan!
National Poetry Day
We took part in National Poetry Day on Friday 7th October, with children mixing year groups and classes to read, recite and discuss poetry around the theme of 'messages'. The children created some wonderful work and wrote some beautiful poems inspired by the poets they looked at. Have a look in our photo gallery for some more pictures from the day!
Summer Reading Challenge!
Well done to the amazing number of children who completed the Summer Reading Challenge put on by the Blue Anchor Library! Paul from the library came to assembly at both sites to give out certificates to the children who took part.
Each class at St. James' has a Reading Champion representative, whose position is to maintain class reading areas, report to English subject leaders about books to order on behalf of classmates and also to be in charge of keeping the library in the Learning Hub at Key Stage 2 neat and orderly. Check on the right hand side of this page for a gallery of our Reading Champions!
Boys Enjoy Extreme Reading Clubs
New this term, boys in Years 4 and 5 and Years 3 and 6 have teamed up for a weekly peer-reading club. All seem very enthusastic about the club and are building strong learning relationships.
Reading Area Competition
A huge congratulation to all of the hard work put in by the children to refresh their reading areas. Children have chosen class authors, written book recommendations, categorised books and, most importantly, chosen the overall look of their reading area themselves. Each class has worked incredibly hard! Ms Boyd and Mr Taylor took a look at some of the fantastic reading areas and winners will be announced shortly.
Author visit: Gary Northfield
Years 3, 4 and 5 were treated to a visit by comic book maker, cartoonist and author, Gary Northfield! He had some fascinating things to say about his life, his inspiration and how we came to be such a successful writer and illustrator. Gary read an excerpt from one of his books (Julius Zebra and the Rumble with the Romans) and took the children through a drawing workshop, creating their very own Julius Zebra characters. At the end of the event many children had coies of the book signed by Gary too. You are welcome back any time Gary!
Crazy Creatures Story Writing Winners!
Well done to the following hugely talented writers at Key Stage 2, who were selected by Young Writers for their 'Crazy Creatures' stories to appear in their publication!
Y3: Kourtney Kebirungi, Daniel Akpokomua, Tessy Adepoju and Isabela Garzon.
Y4: Hypatia Ndege, Demba Coulibaly, Rowan Claxton, Louis Shields, Tokunbo Meldad, Adi Sanghani, Levi Craze, Evelina Kosheleva, Megan MacAuley and Joju Oduwusi.
Y5: Summer Stevens.
Y6: Josh Sheridan, Isabella Thompson and Harry Millett.