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Reading Schemes 


At James Cambell Primary we use letters and sounds as our preferred way of delivering high quality teaching of synthetic phonics. 


We use Phonicsplay, Collins Big Cats and Bug Club for our reading scheme which is introduced in Reception and continues to Year 6.


We expect that all pupils will read at home whether it is using the scheme provided or other interest books and ask that parents sign their child's reading log and provide feedback. 


Books are changed at least once a week but can be changed more frequently if requested by the parent.  

Extreme Readers Challenge

Pupils and staff were asked to take part in an extreme readers challenge.


Our winner's are ......


Daisy                        Eniola                     Elizabeth

Hilda                        Rosemary                Sabrina

Opemipo                  Ishaaq                     Yusef

Karina                      Rachel                    Sophia

Armaan                    Sophie                    Denas

Freddie                    Blaine                    Scarlett

Adenike                   Melody                   Chisom

Mariyah                   Zayd-Musa              Elizabeth

Vanessa                   Alfie


These children all won a golden ticket which allowed themselves and 3 chosen friends to have a non uniform day on 30th November.


Congratulation to all of our winner's and thank you to everyone that took part!!  

British Science Week is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. 


The theme for this year’s British Science Week is ‘journeys’, encouraging young people to think about the different scientific journeys that happen everyday and how they can discover science through their own lives and experiences. It is also a chance for young people to consider how journeys can help us experience more of the world around us. 


We will be holding a design a poster competition as well as having two companies called Science Boffins and Science Wizards come into school to do a presentation for the children. 


Each year group will be learning about a specific topic during lessons this week: 


Year 1 Senses

Year 3 Plants

Year 3 Light 

Year 4 States of Matter

Year 5 Forces

Year 6 Electricity  


You can support help your child develop a love of science by doing activities as a family. Please see the link below: 


Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year, also known as the “Spring Festival” (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; PinyinChūn Jié) in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 Jan and 20 Feb. 


The children learned about China and the Chinese New Year during Religious Education Lessons. 



About Safer Internet Day 2019:


Safer Internet Day 2019 is celebrated in the UK on Tuesday 5th February, focusing on the theme of:


Together for a better internet


The aim of Safer Internet Day is to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively. 


Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. 


The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of three leading charities – Childnet International, Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) - with a shared mission to make the internet a better place for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe.


This year in the UK, Safer Internet Day will focus on how consent works in an online context and will ask young people to explore how they ask, give, and receive consent online. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.


The campaign encourages young people to explore how the internet works, who owns the information that is shared on it, and how they can actively take ownership of digital spaces. We want Safer Internet Day 2019 to empower young people to take control of their online lives and to feel that they can harness and use the positive power of the internet for good.



International Education Week - 21st January 2019


The week beginning 21st of January is International Week. 


This year’s International Week focus will be looking at the cultures we have in our school community.


We asked parents to support our International Week by coming in and helping out – perhaps reading a book from their own culture or teaching some cookery to a group. 



Reception Bollywood Dancing

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Year 6 Children Visited Nursery to talk about different cultures and traditions

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Anti-Bullying Week 12th - 16th November

The week of November 12th to November 16th is Anti Bullying Week. The theme for this year is 'Choose respect over bullying' 


Following a consultation with over 800 children, teachers and members of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, it emerged that a top priority was showing that bullying is a behaviour choice, and that children and young people can set a positive example by opting to respect each other at school, in their homes and communities, and online.


The aims of this week are to support schools and other settings to help children and young people, school staff, parents and other professionals who work with children to understand:


  •  The definition of respect

  • That bullying is a behaviour choice

  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other

  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online


We will be holding a whole school assembly and then discussing bullying in our PHSE lessons.


We are encouraging students to wear odd socks to school during the campaign to show their support for Anti-Bullying week. This will be taking place on Friday 16th in conjunction with 'wear spots' for Children in Need


Last week years 4, 5 and 6 were pleased to watch the fantastic bullying & respecting difference show Knowing Me Knowing You by Chain Reaction. This engaging 35 minute performance helps young people to accept others and embrace our differences. Tackling different forms of bullying and addressing the increasingly problematic issues of Cyber-Bullying in a fun and memorable way.

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World War 1 Centenary Celebration Week 5th to 9th November

This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 and we will be helping the children have a better understanding of the war and its impact.


During the week of 5-9 of November classes will be focusing their CLJ lessons on WW1.


The themes of WW1 that each year group will be doing are listed below:


KS1 - Life in the Trenches

Yr 3 - The Homefront

Yr 4 - Battles

Yr 5 - Woman at War

Yr 6 - WW1 Poetry


At the end of the week we will be choosing artistic and written pieces for display. They could be diary entries, newspaper reports, letters back home or to loved ones in war, information texts, stories about the war etc. These could be done on tea stained paper to look aged.


The artistic form will be decided by year group teachers. The artwork can even be combined with the writing such as creating a background image and using it to back a diary entry or something.


These works will be put on display around the school. Some outside classrooms, others in the halls and other corridor spaces.


We will also be creating a wreath display in the KS1 and KS2 Assembly halls.

Road Safety Week - 29th October to 2nd November 2018

We are taking part in Road Safety Week from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 2018. 

We invite parents and children to 'Make the Pledge' below to help promote road safety. You can download and print a copy for your family to all sign - see below 


THINK! Child Road Safety: Tales of the Road campaign

Cautionary tale: The Girl Who Did Not Dress Bright in the Dark

Websites and games that teach road safety
Games and info for 2-6 year olds and parents, by road safety company dbda 
Activities, videos and resources for families
Games and activities for children, focusing on road safety and how to stay safe around trucks and lorries

Tales of the road
Road safety advice for kids showing consequences of risk taking through cartoon imagery, by UK’s Department for Transport
For children with learning disabilities, by Road Safety Scotland 
Games and activities for children, by Waikato Regional Council in New Zealand

Izzy's road safety games
Children's road safety games and activities, by the Western Australia Department of Education