From plays to peddling….

What a busy day for Class 11 on Friday.

Class 11 and 12 preformed their own version of a Viking Saga. We were wowed with music, dancing, consumes, face paints  and amazing acting. As well as superb directors, stage crew and props managers. A real treat on a Friday morning.

As well as this there was our sponsored event to raise funds to support Mrs Collins’ and Mrs Witcomb’s night bike ride next Saturday for Women’s cancer charities. We had great fun riding in the dark with disco lights and music to help,us through the ride. We didn’t quite meet the challenge of beating 100k but good fun, and a bit so sweat, was had by all.

 The day was finished with chocolate and popcorn! (Reversible and irreversible changes.) 

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Skills Zone and Torilla making.

We started the week with a visit to Skill Zone in Gloucester where the children were faced with different situations and had to think about what they would do, a test of their common sense and thinking about safe and unsafe situations.

We then began our Maya Street Food project by taste testing wraps. Later on in the week we made our tortilla wraps and made protypes to see if our ideas worked and taste tested them to make sure they would appeal to the children in school

 We prepared the filling in the classroom and were ready to go to market. Signs were made to name the wraps and to list the ingredients. We sold the wraps at morning play. It was almost a sell 
out we raised approx £50 for a  Charity for Maya school children.

A Very Busy Week!

This week has been a very busy week in school. We have had art week, where the children have created their own glyph using the research done as homework as inspiration. We learnt about different types of glyphs and their meanings. After creating their own glyph the image needed to be transferred onto a tile using a compass to create dots and then printed onto paper. As we used two colours the printing needed to be done twice. 

On Tuesday afternoon Year 5 walked to the Ladies College to see an amazing science show called ‘Gases in the air’.They had a brilliant time, and hopefully learnt a lot too!
Wedndeday was sponsored gallop day, and what a lovely sunny morning we had, the weather was perfect. The children enjoyed running around the course. The favourite part was the water jump where water was thrown at the children as they ran through.

Finally Friday the hall was festooned with amazing art from across the school. With a theme of modern and ancient civilisations the whole school showed what incredible artists St James children are. We all hope you enjoyed it.

Friday 10th Febuary

We had great fun this morning at the Samba Reggae workshop, learning different rhythms and beats.


We learnt, Boom  reggae – boom reggae – boom reggae, boom reggae its Samba raggae. A new rhythm – I like to eat baked beans and chips. The children played really well at the end of today’s walk, well done to them all as they had just an hours lesson to prepare.

This terms Value was Perseverence and the class voted for Elisabeth and Tara for showing most Perseverence this term.

On Tuesday we ran our house cross country competition, The fastest runners in the class were, for the girls Tara and the boys Daniel. Overall house winner was Fire, well done to all members of Fire.

Finally the walk this afternoon to celebrate the end of Natalia’s walk around Britian, what an amazing thing to have completed. We are all thinking of her, her amazing achievement and of course the reason behind it. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

Have a lovely, restful holiday.

Class 11 Assembly

What a fab assembly Class 11 put on yesterday. All their own ideas, especially the dance which was just the start of our Maya assembly adventure. Well done to all of Class 11 who worked really hard over the last couple of days. Miss Peace and myself are really proud of you. A special mention to Miss Peace who was consume maker and didn’t realise her creative talents. I am really proud of each and everyone one of you Class 11, you did an amazing job. Who knows there may be further performances to come…

Apologies to all parents as in the mayhem of the morning I forgot to ask for an official photographer, but I have a couple of photos of rehearsal for you as a reminder.

Have a lovely weekend all, Mrs Collins

Mask making morning

Well it’s all go in Year 5, following on from our Maya day last week today we each made our own individual masks.

With the help of parents, we couldn’t have done it without you, we firstly covered our faces in wet paper towels.  

After that the children carefully put strips of mod roc over the paper towels making a mask that was the identical shape to the child’s features.


Finally we gently removed the masks to allow them to dry, and all this before play!


Now we are ready to design our very own Maya mask.

A big thank you shout out from Year 5 teachers to all the parents who made everything go so well this morning, we hope you enjoyed the fun and now you know how to plaster your children at home!!

More Maya Day

During a fun packed and very informative day we learnt that the Maya people were a bit of a blood thirsty lot. They had five different ways to sacrifice people, drowning, being buried alive, decapitated, having your heart ripped out and burnt (whilst you were still alive) and finally if you were a prisoner you could opt to be chased and spears thrown at you!! Which would you choose?

A sign of beauty was for the ladies to colour their teeth red and if you were important you had jade drilled into your teeth and then they were sharpened to a point! A sign of beauty was to be cross eyed and to have an elongated head. Ask the children how this was achieved…


We also learnt the creation story, Maya style, where Mrs Hughes and myself took on the roles of Gods, only to be expected, in our own dramatic retelling of the story. 
We learnt that Mayan is a dying language so to keep it alive we can now count to ten in Mayan.

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We hope you enjoyed the day, ready for mask making on Monday.