Image of Year 1 - Maths - Money
9 Jul

Year 1 - Maths - Money

Year 1 have been learning about money this week. We have been finding amounts using 10p, 5p and 2p.

Image of Year 1 R.E
9 Jul

Year 1 R.E

Year 1 have been learning about the Hindu creation story. They made groups pictures of what they had learned.

Image of Year 1 P.E.
9 Jul

Year 1 P.E.

Year 1 used all of the team working skills they have learned this half term to complete challenges in the hall using equipment.

Image of Year 1 Geography - Capital Cities
4 Jul

Year 1 Geography - Capital Cities

Year 1 researched the capital cities of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales using atlases.

Image of Year 1 - Design Technology - Choosing Materials
26 Jun

Year 1 - Design Technology - Choosing Materials

Year 1 explored different materials that would be suitable for the different parts of their garage. They explored tubes, corrugated card and different sizes of boxes.

Image of Year 1 - Science - Sorting Objects By Material
26 Jun

Year 1 - Science - Sorting Objects By Material

Year 1 sorting images according to different criteria. Some of us sorted into fabric, plastic or wood. others sorted into waterproof or not waterproof.

Image of Year 1 - Sport for Champions
19 Jun

Year 1 - Sport for Champions

Year 1 enjoyed their visit from the Sports For Champions representative. This is Year 1 enjoying an energetic work out.

Image of Year 1 Science - Testing Materials
19 Jun

Year 1 Science - Testing Materials

Year 1 helped teddy to find some material to make a new umbrella. They tested each material to see if it was waterproof and then told teddy the results. Year 1 found that plastic and tin foil were waterproof, but that the best material for an umbrella was plastic.

Image of English - Rat Facts
19 Jun

English - Rat Facts

Year 1 have been learning facts about rats. These photos show us sharing our ideas and making fact posters.

Image of Year 1 R.E. - Creation
12 Jun

Year 1 R.E. - Creation

Year 1 experienced creating new things during their first lesson on our unit of Creation.

Image of Year 1 - P.E - Orienteering
12 Jun

Year 1 - P.E - Orienteering

Year 1 began their unit on orienteering with some team building and problem solving challenges.

Image of Year 1 Science - Everyday Materials
12 Jun

Year 1 Science - Everyday Materials

Year 1 completed the task of sorting objects according to their material, whether they are waterproof or not and whether they are transparent or opaque.

Image of Year 1 Science Day - Our Bodies
28 May

Year 1 Science Day - Our Bodies

Year 1 investigated our bodies during Science Day. We discussed how we may all have the same body parts but that we are all different. We drew around each other and compared our outlines.

Image of Year 1 Science Day The Science Show
28 May

Year 1 Science Day The Science Show

Year 1 had lots of fun learning about pushes and pulls during the Science Show.

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24 May

Phonics Screening Check - Parent Info

Please see attached the parental information regarding the Phonics Screening Check.

Image of Year 1 Courageous Advocacy - Marcus Rashford
23 May

Year 1 Courageous Advocacy - Marcus Rashford

Year 1 talked about being brave and how to be brave to 'stick up' for someone else. They learned about the famous footballer Marcus Rashford. Marcus was a courageous advocate for children who do not have enough to eat. He wrote to the Prime Minister on behalf of all the children in the country to ask if they could have free school meals.

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23 May

Year 1 Skills Builder - Art Gallery

Year 1 enjoyed developing their creative skills on Skills Builder Day. They looked for inspiration from famous artworks of the seaside, cityscapes, the countryside and abstract art. They then created their own mini gallery.

Image of Year 1 Maths - Fraction Pizzas
21 May

Year 1 Maths - Fraction Pizzas

Year 1 have been learning about halves and quarters. Today, they made some fraction pizzas, they decorated them with three different toppings to show one half and two quarters.

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20 May

Year 1 - Guided Reading - Decoding

Year 1 enjoyed their guided reading session with their new book this week. The children read the new vocabulary from the text and enjoyed spotting these words as we read the book together.

Image of Year 1 Picture News  - Special Objects
17 May

Year 1 Picture News - Special Objects

Year 1 talked about the people who are special in their lives or a special time they have experienced. We discussed how simple objects can remind us of a person or an event. The children drew their special objects and shared their thoughts with the class.

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16 May

St James Rainbows and Brownies

St James Rainbows and Brownies have spaces available. They meet each week at St James Over Darwen Church. Rainbows is for girls aged 4 - 7 and Brownies is for girls aged 7 - 9. The children earn different badges, they bake, craft, raise money and have lots of fun! Please contact Lisa on 07895023147 for more information.

Image of Year 1 P.E - Throwing and Catching.
14 May

Year 1 P.E - Throwing and Catching.

Year 1 enjoyed P.E outside this week. During this lesson they learned how to throw a short distance under arm and a longer distance using an overarm technique.

Image of Year 1 Maths - FInding a 1/4 of a Shape.
14 May

Year 1 Maths - FInding a 1/4 of a Shape.

Year 1 talked about how to cut sandwiches into quarters. We used paper templates to help us look closely at each alternative. Then, we prepared jam sandwiches for our classroom picnic, making sure that every sandwich was an equal quarter.

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12 May

Ordering School Meals Via ParentPay

We have listened to your feedback regarding wanting to know what your child eats in school and we have now activated ParentPay meal ordering so that you can order what your child will eat in school (please note thaat this will be compulsory form September). Please familiarise yourself with this by logging on to your ParentPay account and selecting your child's meals with them at home. Dinners need to be ordered before 9am. Please message Miss Greenwood if you have any problems logging on, thank you.

Image of Year 1 - History
8 May

Year 1 - History

In History, Year 1 are learning about Sir Francis Drake. The photographs show the children following the route of Sir Francis Drakes circumnavigation of the world on his galleon, The Golden Hinde.

Image of Year 1 - Science - Melting Materials
8 May

Year 1 - Science - Melting Materials

Year 1 have been learning about the effects of heat on different materials. We exposed ice cubes, chocolate, sugar and wax to heat and recorded our findings.

Image of Year 1  - Art and Design - Knotting and Winding
8 May

Year 1 - Art and Design - Knotting and Winding

In Textiles, Year 1 have been experimenting with knotting and wrapping techniques. They practised knotting wool to a stick and then winding it around until the whole stick was covered.

Image of Year 1 - PE - Jumping
1 May

Year 1 - PE - Jumping

Year 1 have been learning how to jump in P.E. They thought about how to use their arms and their legs to help them jump further.

Image of Year 1 - Science - Classifying Objects According to Their Properties
1 May

Year 1 - Science - Classifying Objects According to Their Properties

Year 1 have been learning how to classify objects according to their properties.

Image of Reception and Y1 - Guided Reading
24 Apr

Reception and Y1 - Guided Reading

Reception and Year 1 have been developing their early reading skills. They have been applying their phonetic knowledge to help them decode the words in the book and they have been working on improving their fluency when reading. The children have really enjoyed these interactive reading sessions and have used the Chromebooks to use the ebook feature, this has been a real hit too!

Image of Year 1 - History - Sir Francis Drake
24 Apr

Year 1 - History - Sir Francis Drake

in History, Year 1 have been learning about Sir Francis Drake. In these photographs, the children are using the vocabulary they have learned about life aboard a galleon to produce posters.

Image of Friends of DSJ
22 Apr

Friends of DSJ

We are looking for new members of our Friends at Darwen St James group. The group was created to help raise funds for school by thinking of ideas and planning fundraisers throughout the year. Past events include; *Film night *Bingo night *Family evening *Summer Fair *Christmas Fair All the money we raise is used in school - we have developed the nurture room and we are currently renovating the library areas around school. If you would like to find our more or if you would like to volunteer, please speak to Miss Sears.

Image of Year 1 - R.E - Baptism
16 Apr

Year 1 - R.E - Baptism

Year 1 are learning about Baptism in R.E. In this lesson we were exploring different forms of Baptism ceremonies from around the world. We talked about the images and wrote down our thoughts and questions.

Image of Year 1 - Textiles
16 Apr

Year 1 - Textiles

Year 1 are learning about weaving in our Art unit of Textiles. In these photographs, the children are embellishing strips of fabric with pom poms, glitter and sticky shapes. In our next lesson, they will use these to weave a whole class piece of work.

Image of Mrs Simms and Mrs Williamson - A New Adventure Awaits!
11 Apr

Mrs Simms and Mrs Williamson - A New Adventure Awaits!

On Friday we say a sad farewell to Mrs Simms and Mrs Williamson as they leave us for pastures new. We would like to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication at Darwen St James. I am sure you will join us in wishing them luck for the future. Mrs Williamson and I would like to send a heartfelt thank you for all your support over the last 13 years whilst we have been at Darwen St James, however this Friday will be our last day in school as we both move on to new adventures. We would also like to thank the children for all their hard work and dedication over the years and we are sure they will continue to flourish throughout the years to come.

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8 Apr

Free School Meals - Extended!

As you all are aware, we received funding last year and we were fortunate to be able to offer free school meals to all of our children. We thought that this would be run until the end of March, however we are thrilled to announce we are able to extend this to the 26th April. From 29th April children who are not on free school meals will have to pay for their lunch and there will be a slight increase in cost and the new charge will be £2.50 per day. Now is a good opportunity to look into seeing if your child will be eligible for free school meals if you haven't yet applied by visiting Blackburn with Darwen Borough Councils website here https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/schools-and-education/school-meals

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3 Apr

Online Safety - What Parents and Educators Need to Know about Township

Potentially addictive online games are nothing new, but the specifics of this kind of media can vary enormously – and, as a consequence, the risks in each individual game are just as diverse. The city-builder Township is no exception: providing its legions of devotees with accessible, satisfying fun … but exposing them to potential hazards at the same time. However, any safeguarding issues that the game might have can (with a little knowhow) be neutralised – allowing young players to have some engrossing fun without adults needing to worry about children’s data, their money or their mental wellbeing. Our guide outlines how to help young gamers enjoy Township safely and responsibly.

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28 Mar

Easter closure information

Easter closure information

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28 Mar

Easter Competition Winners

A huge well done to the winners of this years Easter competition! Rev Kev and Miss Greenwood had the difficult decision of selecting 3 winners form each class. We had over 20 family entries too, which was great! Congratulations to those winners.

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27 Mar

Online Safety - Wake up Wednesday - Clickbait

While scrolling online, you’ll almost inevitably have come across posts or links with headlines like “You Won’t Believe These 10 Crazy Facts about …”. Such lurid language – and the often-dubious nature of the content it promotes – has become something of a running joke on the internet. Yet while these articles are often laughed at by communities online, they can have an insidious side. Clickbait, as it’s known, can frequently function as part of a trap: intended to draw users in for the sake of advertising revenue or, in worse cases, masking an attempting to collect their personal information. This #WakeUpWednesday guide explores the various risks of clickbait and offers some top tips for evading the pitfalls of this controversial marketing technique.

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27 Mar

Easter Egg Competition

This year our competition theme was the Paris Olympics and we have had some eggstrodinary entries! Well done ot every family that entered this years competiton, the judges have had an eggstremely dificult decision this year! The winners will be announced in our special Easter Worship tomorrow, you are all welcome to join us.

Image of Year One - Guided Reading
26 Mar

Year One - Guided Reading

In Guided Reading, we have been using our pointers to help us track our reading. We also used them to point to tricky words or graphemes too.

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26 Mar

Measles Guidance

Please see the latest guidance for measles.

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24 Mar

BwD Family Hub Website

Fantastic news! Our website is live! The Start for Life Family Hub Website is the gateway to information of where services are, it details everything a family will need in those 1001 critical days and beyond. Our Family Hubs and Children Centres are our Single point of access to those start for life, wider services and family help. The Hubs and Children Centres are the physical places where a family can visit and speak to a trained staff member, face to face, who will provide them with straightforward information or advice on a wide range of family issues spanning the 0-19 (25 with SEND) age range and connect them appropriately to further services across that age range if they need more targeted or specialist support.

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20 Mar

10 Top Tips for Parents and Educators: Encouraging Open Conversations at Home

Cultural and technological changes have made the experiences of today’s children vastly different to our own childhoods; it can be challenging to engage youngsters in open, honest conversation – especially about more sensitive topics. This, combined with many children’s instinct to avoid “rocking the boat”, can make it difficult to stay up to date with the goings on in their lives. However, it’s hugely important that trusted adults still offer an empathetic ear and feel able to encourage young people to open up about their day-to-day activities. This #WakeUpWednesday guide provides ten top tips for promoting open conversations with children – helping to make sure there’s someone they know they can turn to in times of need.

Image of Year 1 - Maths - Numbers to 50
20 Mar

Year 1 - Maths - Numbers to 50

In maths we have been learning about numbers to 50. We looked at how to represent numbers using tens and ones. We used a 50 square and found different numbers based on their tens and ones. E.g. I am thinking of a number with 1 ten and 7 ones - The children then had to find and circle my number.

Image of Year 1 - Computer Science - Coding
13 Mar

Year 1 - Computer Science - Coding

Year 1 enjoyed a great coding lesson in computing today. They made planes move along runways and take off by organising their code. Later they made scary ghosts and bats move across a haunted house!

Image of Year 1 - Maths - Number Problems
12 Mar

Year 1 - Maths - Number Problems

We have been looking at missing number problems in maths today. We had a first, then and now story and the children had to work out how many frogs jumped in the pond. 3+_=8

Image of Year 1 - Science - Planting Seeds
12 Mar

Year 1 - Science - Planting Seeds

Year 1 had a great afternoon planting seeds and learning the names of common flowers.

Image of Year 1 - Phonics - Popcorn Pop!
11 Mar

Year 1 - Phonics - Popcorn Pop!

In phonics this morning, we played 'Popcorn Pop', reading words with the 'ea / e-e' digraph.

Image of Year 1 - English - Ordering a Poem
11 Mar

Year 1 - English - Ordering a Poem

In English this morning, the children thought about the shape of the poem and worked in pairs to put the poem in order.

Image of Year 1 - World Book Day
7 Mar

Year 1 - World Book Day

Year 1 have had a great Book Day afternoon. We read Sloth in The Slow Lane and learned some key facts about sloths. Later, we made a sloth mask and some children did a collage.

Image of Year 1 - English - When I am by Myself
7 Mar

Year 1 - English - When I am by Myself

We started our new unit in English today, a poem called 'When I am by Myself'. The children have been learning the shapes for the poem which will help them with the sequence when they are writing their own. We played a game called 'Show me'. After learning the names of the shapes, the children worked with a partner and matched them to the different parts of the poem.

Image of Year 1 - PE - Athletics
7 Mar

Year 1 - PE - Athletics

In PE, the children have completed a relay race as part of their athletics unit.

Image of Year 1 - Maths - Subtraction
6 Mar

Year 1 - Maths - Subtraction

In Maths today, we have been subtracting by counting backwards on a number line.

Image of Year 1 - Little Red Riding Hood
1 Mar

Year 1 - Little Red Riding Hood

Year 1 have been collecting vocabulary to use in their writing about Little Red Riding Hood. They focused on the characters and the woods. The children worked in pairs completing a 'Role on the wall' activity. For this, they had to think about how the wolf felt and what he looked like.

Image of Year 1 - Funky Food
1 Mar

Year 1 - Funky Food

This week Year 1 started their new D.T unit of Funky Food. We started this unit by doing a survey of our favourite fruits and vegetables. The photographs show the children completing a tally chart as they asked their friends questions. Then Year 1 produced pictograms of what they found.

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21 Feb

Online Safety - Self Regulation

As infants, we all rely completely on adults to help us resolve situations that are causing us to become upset or stressed. This is known as co-regulation. The next phase, once autonomy has begun to develop, is called self-regulation: this is when children start to become capable of exercising more control over their impulses and behaviour, and managing their own emotions. This vital developmental milestone, however, isn’t reached spontaneously. Learning to self-regulate requires sensitive guidance from trusted adults – simply talking with children about their thoughts and feelings, for instance, can ease the route to self-regulation. This #WakeUpWednesday guide has some expert tips for supporting children to reach this goal.