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Reception Half Term Update


Year 1 Parents Letter 2018


Year 4 Autumn Half Term Letter



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Year 5 trip to the London Planetarium

Year 5 have had a great half term! We have participated in many different activities both inside and outside of school. Here are just a few of the activities we took part in!

We became Dementia Friends and visited the Memory Café at St James’ Church. We also had guest speakers from the Cardinal Hume Centre who explained their important work. A charity CEO came to discuss her role for “Primary Futures” and this helped us to make links between learning and our futures.

The term ended with a fantastic visit to the Greenwich Planetarium to learn all about the Sun, Moon and Earth.

By Year 5

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Year 2 update December 2018

We have had another great half term but I think it is evident that the children are ready for Christmas! It has been extremely busy with Forest School and our Nativity.

This half term we have been continuing to learn about germs and keeping healthy. We did an experiment on whether cleaning our hands affected the amount of mould grown on a piece of bread. Our results were fascinating and the children have hopefully realised the importance of washing our hands for at least 20 seconds!

Year 2 have also greatly enjoyed their DT topic; making puppets. We have even acted out our English story of ‘The Lonely Beast’ using our puppets. We have been so impressed with the children’s determination, especially in threading through a needle!

Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Miss Stockton as she will moving to other schools to continue her teacher training. She has been amazing and she will be missed!

We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a lovely new year.
See in all in 2019!
Mrs Martin

Year 6 Update October 2018


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Year 2 October 2018

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Year 4 October 2018

Year 4

Autumn 1 Reception


Seven weeks have gone so fast! A first half term full of new experiences. New friends, new routines and experiences. Our first day at school, our first school lunch, our first assembly and our first Whole school Mass. The children have settled into school life so well. Phonics has started and we are having fun learning new sounds and words. Can't wait to see what next half term brings!

Congratulations Year 3!


You have all successfully moved into a new Key Stage and only had to travel across the hall to do so. New routines, new expectations and greater independence have all been developed over the last half term. Our weekly dojo target has been met many times due to the amazing effort and hard work shown by all.

In our Healthy Eating topic we discussed the food we eat and how it helps our body. We were amazed when we failed to accurately predict the hidden sugars in drinks especially in smoothies, a healthy option. Next term we will discover how our body works and protects us.

We actually had an erupting volcano in class, in our humanities topic, and after finding out why volcanoes erupt, questioned why people would live near them. Informative leaflets were then produced explaining why people would do so

During P.E the class have been encouraged to work as teams, becoming more competitive, but also learning how to accept a loss gracefully. This is a great skill to learn, that at times no matter how hard you try you may lose to another person and to learn from this. Whilst Yoga on Friday has also been a great time to relax and focus after a busy week.

It has been a great pleasure to watch the class develop in confidence in such a short time. I wish them continued success for the remainder of the year under Miss Atkinson’s care. Best wishes Mrs Morris

Year 1

year1Year 1 have had a great start to the academic year! They have made great progress in their transition from the Early Years Curriculum to the National Curriculum. We have been enjoying all our subjects and the children certainly have a passion for Science and RE!

I have enjoyed getting to know the children over the past couple of weeks and we have had lots of fun with our learning. We have learnt all about the story Beegu and the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the characters and the Space setting. Year 1 have learnt different facts about space and have applied this to their descriptive writing. We have been learning all about adjectives, speech marks and story structure. To improve further, the children need to work on their comprehension skills, working on predicting the ending of a story and identifying words that are adjectives or nouns. The children enjoy practical maths lessons and we have been using physical resources to learn about numbers, separating them into tens and ones, knowing 1 more/less and investigating length. The children are making sure that they know their number bonds to 10 confidently and can prove their answers with resources.

As a class we love to be creative, we have used drama in our lessons, created autumn collages for science and made posters in RE and created our own Prayer Tree. Beegu came to our playground and left footprints everywhere! We used this as a chance to develop our measuring skills. Below are some pictures which portray us as a class. Miss McCarthy

Year 5 pupils plan and lead the Word on Wednesday assemblies for KS2


Creative Photography Club

The amazing Art Exhibition was organised by our Creative Photography Club. All pupils achieved Grade 1. Edward, Mario, Annabelle, Millie, Gabriel, Frida, Louise, Aidan, Christina, Max and Betsy all exhibited their work and staff and invited guests were astonished at the standard of photography. Well done Everyone!​

Year 6 pupils successfully participate in the Primary Maths Challenge Bonus Round!

68,000 pupils across the country entered the Primary Maths Challenge in November organised by the Mathematical Association. 3,288 pupils were invited to take part in a Bonus Round in February 2018. Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils who took part and achieved bronze and silver awards! We are proud of you!


Healthy Pizza!

This term we have been designing and making healthy pizzas for our DT topic. We have learnt all about a balanced diet and how putting chocolate on a pizza would definitely not make it healthy! We can all now make wonderful healthy pizza!


Year 4 Science

In Year 4 we have been looking at habitats in Science, we went out (in the snow) to have a look at the different types of habitats in our school grounds! In Maths, we scaled the solar system down so we could re-construct it on our playground.



On the 28th February Year 3 enjoyed a visit from an RSPB volunteer to help them locate animal habitats in the school grounds. They would have been easy to find, except on that day we had a thick blanket of snow hiding many habitats. However we valiantly ploughed through the snow and identified areas of interest on a map. It also made us think about how we could improve our school grounds to encourage more wildlife.

Forest School 2018


Spring Walk 2018

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Year 3 in the Autumn Term 2017

Year 3 enjoyed a trip to The Royal Naval College in November. It helped us to begin to learn about the Ancient Greeks.

We climbed over 70 steps to look at the ceilings of the Painted Halls and were very lucky to be able to get so close.

We also used the Victorian Skittle Gallery for a quick game before lunch. In the afternoon we made masks that represented some of the characters from the Greek Myths we are learning about now in class. Come in to our classroom to see them as they are currently on display!


Year 5 at the London Planetarium

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NSPCC workshop with Year 5 and Year 6

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"The Passage"

A representative from The Passage visited KS2 children to talk about the charity that we were able to support at Christmas. The RE Ambassadors were able to present them with a cheque for £852.95 from collections raised at the KS1 Nativity Play and the KS2 Advent Concert. The charity's aim is to provide support to homeless people to help them transform their lives

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Faith In Action Award

The Faith in Action Award is launched for a second year by the Bromley Deanery!

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Hindu Speaker

Teacher of the Hindu Faith visits St James'

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Onesie Day

St James' supports Diabetes UK with Onesie Day!


Our School Garden

Jo Johnson, our local MP, visits St James' and opens our new school garden.

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KS2 Advent Concert at St James' Church

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Year 2 Forest School

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Year 6 Explore Learning


Year 6 CAFOD Visit


Year 6 at Aylesford Priory


What we are doing in Reception Class

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Year 4 Autumn Term 2017

In Year 4, our Topic for the autumn term was the Roman Empire. We learnt about Roman housing, how they lived and all about the significant impact that they had on Britain and the way we now live. We went on an amazing class trip to The Lullingstone Roman Villa to help develop our understanding and this was a great success!

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17.10.17 Lisa Weeks - Good Morning from Liddington!



Dear Parents,
We have all been having a fabulous few days with lots of exhausting activities! There have been huge achievements made by so many children, many laughs and loads of memories made.
Today, like yesterday, is going to be a soggy one so please be prepared when it comes to washing this weekend!! Despite the rain, everyone has kept smiley and determined.
We don't want to tempt fate, but for the last two nights every child has been in bed and asleep by 10pm and slept through until we have been forced to rudely awaken them in the morning at around 7am (and that bit we secretly enjoy!)
See you all tomorrow afternoon - We will start the cascade when we are about an hour away with an eta!
Bye for now!
Mrs Connolly, Mrs Wakefield & Mrs O'Neill


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St. James’ RC Primary School
Maybury Close,
Petts Wood,

Headteacher: Lisa Weeks
Chair of Governors:
Mary Hutchinson
SENCO: Joanne Richards

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We are delighted to announce that our 2021 Ofsted Report states that we remain OUTSTANDING.

We are pleased to be included in The Sunday Times Top 250 Primary Schools in England.


Thank you for your donations to the Bromley Foodbank.

We are looking forward to the Music Performance after school.

We had a fantastic sports morning. Thank you to everyone who came to support.

Please remember a sun hat and a water bottle.

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