Wintery Hiakus…

Have you ever written a hiaku? It’s not as easy as you think. There are certain rules that you need to follow to make sure you have the perfect hiaku. The first line must have 5 syllables, the next must have 7 and the final line should also have 5 syllables!

Class 8 would like to share with you some of the wintery hiakus they have written today! I have to say, Mr Bradley was very impressed with them!

Houses in the town

Standing in a row so long

Keeping out the cold (Erik)

Stunning Christmas lights

Magical stars in the sky

Roasty fires on (Tilly)

A weather forecast

For a frozen world that’s nippy

Giving out goosebumps (Moses)

Santa on the roof

Will he fit down the chimney?

Wearing waterproofs (Juliet)

Schools are closing now

Snow is falling all day long

And I wonder how (Megan)

Animals run quick

Lots more hot chocolate for me

Some people may slip (Annabel)

Stunning icicles

Wintery wondery land

Glistening white snow (Lottie)

Gingerbread sweeties

Roofs like gingerbread houses

Bitter bleak goosebumps (Libby)

Restful trees glisten

In the blinding sun through trees

In the forest trees (Harry)

Winter is dreadful

I’m cold and I hate winter

Wish I was sleeping (Joseph)

Schools are closing now

Snow falling all around

And I wonder how (Olivia)

Please let us know what you think about our amazing writing by posting your comments below! Class 8 are all eager to find out! šŸ™‚


Keep Calm and Carry on Coding #HourOfCodeWeek

Wow! What an exciting and code-filled day we have had here at St James’! The children across the school have been taking part in the global Hour of Code Week! As explained below, the Hour of Code week is designed as…

…The first step to introduce children to computer science… the largest learning campaign in history. In one hour, students (and teachers) can learn that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages.

Children from Year 1 to Year 6 have had the opportunity to work with Mr Nolan and Mrs G, who had kindly come in to run our Hour of Code workshop. Using apps on the Learnpads the children learnt the basics of coding and we were all very impressed with how quickly they picked up the language and terminology!

I need to Debug my program because something isn’t working… (Year 1)

An algorithm is like a set of instructions… (Year 1)

If I run a procedure as well it will let me use more instructions… (Year 3/4)

To begin with, Mr Nolan and Mrs G showed the children a short video clip to give them an idea of how important coding and technology are in today’s world…

Take a look at the video…

The children then used a program calledĀ  ‘Lightbot’ to navigate around a series of obsticles and reach a target at the end. They picked up the idea of instructing the little robot very quickly and didn’t need much help from the adults in the room (which is a good thing as we were trying to figure it all out too!)

Take a look at Year 1 in action – some superstar coding!

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Of course we had some experts in the making too!

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Mr Nolan and Mrs G then moved to Year 3 and 4 to continue coding. This is where the children were introduced to ‘Procedures’ within their coding so had to think very carefully about how they could reach their intended targets.

Take a look at these expert coders! Even Miss Woodward got in on the act!

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In the afternoon, it was the turn of Year 6 and Mrs Wakefield. Some of the children in the class got further and started to look at more challenging problems such as ‘Repeat’ commands and ‘Loops’. This was the highest level that could be used with Lightbot. Take a look at how they got on!

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All in all it was a very successful day and it was enjoyed hugely by the children. Many thanks to Mr Nolan and Mrs G from FocusEdu for coming in and working with us all. We have some coders in the making at St James’!IMG_4068

Learning to Learnpad..

The children across the school have had opportunity to further their learning by using our latest gadgets!

The Learnpads have proved to be an exciting way to develop understanding in different subjects, but more importantly, lots of FUN!!

“Please can we use the Learnpads to help us write our newspapers, Mr Bradley? We can be like real reporters!”

The children in Class 8 have done exactly that. By using an application on the Learnpads they have been able to use the technology to type, edit, format text and combine with images and pictures suitable for their newspaper story! All very technical, but the children have improved their writing skills hugely!

Our next step is to use our newspaper writing skills to develop a news reader script and film ourselves as news reporters – watch this space!!

As well as being fantastic journalists, we managed to squeeze in some time to program and code, all in preparation for our Hour Of Code Day next Tuesday. The children used a program called ‘Lightbot’ to instruct a character to move around the screen and carry out commands. There was much twisting and turning in the children’s seats as they tried to predict what the little robot was going to do as we hit the play button.

“What will happen if I move forward twice before I turn?”

“I think I know where I’ve gone wrong…”

It takes a lots of skill to think ahead and also ‘debug’ a sequence of instructions should they not go exactly to plan!





In maths, the group have been looking at weight and measure and learning to read scales accurately. This is a difficult skill, especially when working with kilograms and grams all at the same time! How mean of me!

Using the Learnpads, children were able to enter the weight they thought and immediately know whether they were correct. If not, they could alter and re-enter their answer.





The children have been engaged and enthusiastic in their learning, and the Learnpads have fuelled this want to learn.
Well done all! šŸ™‚