St James'CE VA Primary School

Creating a school family founded upon Christian values

  • love
  • hope
  • peace
  • joy
  • forgiveness
  • compassion
  • honesty
  • patience
  • perseverance
  • koinonia












Raptor Foundation

All children at St James' were lucky enough to have a visit from the Raptor Foundation in Cambridgeshire. Robins were incredibly calm and gentle when it came to being around the birds. Everyone got the chance to hold a white faced owl. Although it was small, it had very sharp claws, so the children had to wear a thick leather glove to protect their hand. The children gently stroked the owl’s soft feathers and looked closely at its striking features. The children were keen to take their experience back to the classroom exploring the story ‘Owl Babies’. The children retold the story, wrote tickets and performed their very own show of this wonderful tale. An online version of the book can be found here:

Birds of Prey


The children have become engrossed in our minibeasts topic. We have been encouraging them to carefully observe, ask questions about the world around them and think about why things happen. The children have found beetles, worms, caterpillars, crane flies, snails and many more tiny creatures living in our garden. They are rapidly becoming bug experts and have loved making ‘hotels’ for the bugs and writing minibeast facts.

New resources

We are very grateful to PSA who donated £500 towards our Reception outdoor learning environment. With this money we have been able to purchase much needed equipment that supports the children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum, but especially in Understanding the World. The children have already made good use of the magnifying glasses, bug catchers, waterproofs, water channelling set, small world bugs, and natural tree blocks (to name a few things!) We are very grateful to the PSA and all of the school community for your support and donations at the many PSA events throughout the year – a huge thanks to you all!


Weather and Seasons

Robins have had a great start to the term. We have luckily been able to enjoy and explore all sorts of weather during our topic. We made and flew kites in the wind, collected and melted hail, drew round our shadows in the sunshine and wrote with sticks in the frost. So much excitement was caused by snow and this was the most popular type of weather by far.

Chinese New Year

Robins have been learning about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. Did you know that this year is the year of the Sheep? The children enjoyed finding out their own zodiac sign and we have a class full of oxen and dragons! We used our fine motor skills to cut paper lanterns and paint Chinese characters. We enjoyed tasting noodles with a dash of soy sauce.

Spring and Growing

Now that spring is in the air, Robins have begun digging and preparing the garden. We have planted beans and sunflowers so far and will be planting all sorts of vegetables over the coming weeks. We hope to be eating some school-grown vegetables soon!