Family Newsletter - 21st January- full text for you to translate as needed

St James' Family Newsletter


Dear Parents and Friends of St James,


I was so proud of all our children when they lined up on Harlestone Road to pay their respects to Pam on the day of her funeral. The day was very cold and the children waited for some time but they behaved wonderfully and sung at the top of their voices when the cars went past. Pam’s family were very moved and have asked me to pass on their thanks for such a wonderful tribute to Pam.


Thank you for attending Parents Evening last week – if you missed this, please contact school to arrange another time to meet your child’s teacher. It is such an important meeting to share successes and discuss how we can work together to ensure the best opportunities for your child.


Alan Walters, our Chair of Governors, met 80 families over the two Parents Evening and asked you what you thought was going well at St James and what we could do better. Thank you for your overwhelmingly positive feedback as well as your constructive suggestions for improvement. One of the things that cropped up as needing consideration was homework. Homework is always the most contentious issue in schools with some parents wanting more and others less! Overleaf is the expectations that were developed with staff and parents in October 2017. If you think your child is not receiving these opportunities, please let me know. I am aware that we have not being running our ‘family project’ which I will try and resolve but you should be aware of reading, times tables or number and spelling expectations along with Doodlemaths and a project task each term. If you would like to discuss this further, please let me know and I will arrange a time to get everyone together to debate the issue again.


We have some exciting things coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Free bagels start in the playground at 8:30am each morning after Half Term. These are being provided by the National Schools’ Breakfast Programme and we are hoping it will reduce our incidents of late arrivals to school as well as having full tummies for learning! In addition, the NSBP is supporting our Breakfast Club for disadvantaged families. If you receive Pupil Premium, you can have a free place from 7:45am, including a nutritious breakfast. Please ask at the school office to check if you are eligible
  • World Book Day is on Thursday 7th March. This year we are celebrating ‘ Bedtime Stories’ so are asking all children (and adults) to dress up in pyjamas and dressing gowns to spend the day exploring different bedtime stories; hopefully writing our own to be published for everyone to read.
  • Comic Relief is on Friday 15th March. We will be dressing in red for this day and red noses will be on sale from Monday 11th March. On this day, we will also be taking some time off timetable to develop our Learning Powers in a project led by Mrs Williams. We are inviting parents in to school at 2:30 to see what we have been up to and perhaps to buy some cakes for Comic Relief!


I wish you a relaxing Half Term break next week. We look forward to welcoming the children back into school on Monday 25th February – with a smile and a bagel!!


Best Wishes,

Sarah Beach





  • Reading to an adult at least three times a week (please sign reading record!)
  • Practising spellings (lists are tested once a fortnight)
  • Practising times tables / number work

EXPECTED (if set)

  • Targeted homework for groups of children based on learning in class that needs extra work at home. Likely to include support and ideas for parents to extend learning
  • This will become more common for Year 6 children approaching end of KS2 SATs


  • DoodleMaths 10 minutes everyday / ReadTheory (internet based learning & games) Children without access to the internet at home can join Homework Club if they want to


  • Project style homework given by each year group at the beginning of term and linked to the curriculum. Celebrated in class throughout the year.


  • A school based project for the whole family to work on – celebrated in school at the end of term

ADDITIONAL (optional)

  • Workbooks available to purchase at Parents’ Evenings



Friday 15th Feb

School closes at 3:15pm for HALF TERM

Monday 25th Feb

School opens at 8:45am

Monday 25th Feb

Magic Breakfast starts in the playground at 8:30 – free bagels!

Thursday 7th Mar

World Book Day

Friday 8th Mar

Year 1/2 Movie Night

Thurs 14th March

Year 5 to CSALT exhibition

Friday 15th Mar

Learning Powers Day

Friday 15th Mar

Comic Relief Day / Learning Powers Day

Friday 15th Mar

Year 3/4/5 Movie Night

Friday 22nd Mar

Nursery / Reception Movie Night

w/b 25th March

Year 4 residential trip to Everdon

Tues 2nd April

Year 4 Faith Roadshow (swimming still on)

Wed 3rd April

Y345 Performance

Thurs 4th April

Easter service at St James Church

Friday 5th April

School closes at 3:30pm for EASTER