Ukulele – Uke-u-yay-le 🤗

Class 10 have been working hard learning how to correctly play the ukulele.

We first looked at the 4 strings on a ukulele and learnt their names: GCEA. We put this in to a fun acronym to always remember the strings:
G – good
C – cats
E – eat
A – anything

After we learnt the strings we had a fun time just exploring the ukuleles and the sounds each string make. We developed on this by learning the correct strumming technique and how to hold the ukulele for effective playing.

I have since taught class 10 how to play chords C, Am and F, individually and in chord patterns. We learnt to strum in time and with a group and had a few children have a go at conducting the class to a standard 4/4 rhythm.

Children further went on to creating their own music using these chords and arranging a small piece and performing it in time and with confidence.

It is lovely to see how far the class have come on with this and they have really been enjoying our ukulele sessions.

World Book Day 2018

World Book Day 2018 was the coldest one I’ve ever done… but it was the best fun ever!

The children embraced the weather and came to school all full of smiles and living in a world of magic, awe and wonder. We had an array of outfits on display and the effort put in was incredible. So thank you to all the parents for your effort.

During the morning we looked at extracts of books and unpicked them on our tables. Reviewing them, analysing the language, discussing plot predictions and character developments. It was great to engage the children in a variety of texts, none of which they had read before!

They were all found on the official world book day website for free!

So make the most of the snow and cold and go and explore:

Language workshops by Bournside

This Wednesday Year 3 and 4 were lucky to have a fun language workshop led by GCSE students from Bournside Secondary School.

We work very closely with many departments at Bournside as it is our main feeder school and staff have worked very hard from both schools to build good working relationships to benefit pupils.

Mrs Fernandez from Bournside bought a selection of pupils to lead the children in both French and Spanish activities. The children loved these and were especially excited to learn Spanish, as we currently only teach French at St James’.

It was a great afternoon and it really created a buzz in the juniors. It was fantastic to hear some of the Year 3s and 4s talking to each other in a variety of languages of these workshops.

Myself and Mrs Fernandez have been talking about continuing these workshops and I am pleased to announce that more language experiences will be taking place in the summer term.

Thank you so much to Mrs Fernandez and the pupils from Bournside who braved the awful snow and cold to give us a wonderful and exciting afternoon.

Fun Fit sessions

Every Wednesday Classes 9 and 10 will be having Fun Fit Sessions led by Matt from Just Camps. During each hour long session Matt will be focusing on developing a specific muscle type and movement.

The aim of these sessions is to teach children about the correct movement and posture when exercising. We are really lucky that as a school we have been able to have this training and experience for two years running. The course is funded from our sports premium funding and so comes at no additional cost to parents.

The children loved their first week, which was focussing all on how to do the prefect burpee!

Thanks Matt and we look forward to learning many more moves over the coming weeks.

The Big First Aid Lesson


Friday was the day that’s St John’s Ambulance held a live ‘Big First Aid Lesson’.

Year 4 and 5 logged in and took part live along with hundreds of other schools.

We learnt how to treat burns that might happen with fireworks night coming up. We found out you must run it under cold water for at least 10 minutes to try and cool the burn. Then wrap it loosely in cling film or  a paper bag.

As well as learning how to save someone choking. We learnt about techniques called back blows and abdominal thrusts and got to recreate these ourselves if we needed to stop someone choking.

If you need to call an ambulance ring 999 or 112 from any phone.

Year 4 felt very confident leaving for a weekend full of fun and fireworks after having this training.

Today Year 3 and 4 had an Internet safety talk from a member of Gloucestershire police.

She talked about what websites many children might go on and how some of these sites might want your details.
They talked about the risks of having your own YouTube account. You shouldn’t have one if you are under the age of 17 as it could be dangerous putting your own videos up there.
We talked about bullying and how it is possible to get bullied on the internet as people can say mean things or post horrible videos and pictures of you.
We talked about reporting people who are upsetting you online… you can tell your parents, report them within the game, mention them to the Internet police.
You have to be careful about giving out your personal information such as: address, name, date of birth, email, your school, password, telephone number etc – you can protect against this by sometimes creating a username (a nickname that isn’t you) and just not giving certain information.
If people ask you questions you don’t want to answer, don’t lie, but just don’t tell them the answers, either ignore them or say no.
It was a really informative talk that answered a lot of questions about how to protect yourself online including appropriate websites for us to use at our age.

Pan European Gaming Information – PEGI is the age range for games that you should be playing or buying. 

Sports Day

Infant sports day is always a highly anticipated day and a great experience for the children to take part in a wide variety of sporting events and generally just have fun with their peers.

The sun shone and the day was buzzing. This year infants came in to school already in their PE kits, this privilege is usually for juniors only, but the children loved it and showed pride in wearing their house colours.

The whole morning was busy and hot, but behaviour was excellent and beaming faces were seen from all angles. Well done to all the children who took part. Enjoy some of the photos from the morning.