School Visits & Trips
We feel that visits from school to places which will support and enhance the
children's learning area an important part of school life.
Most classes will make one or two visits per year to further the Curriculum. We
also arrange visits to school by authors and poets, actors, theatre groups,
scientific and historical re-enactment groups or individuals who are of interest
and relevant to the study focus.
Each year group has the opportunity to go on a Residential Extended Journey
during the year. These vary in length depending on the age group of the children
and are to a variety of areas in the country.
Parents are asked to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost of each
trip. Residential trips can be paid for over a period of months with a
contribution towards the total cost being paid monthly.
One of the highlights of the year are the school productions which are
held at Christmas. There is one lower school and one upper school
production, with every child in the school participating on stage.
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff, the plays are
always of a very high standard.
of Year Assembly
Cycling Proficiency, Gold and Silver House Point Awards,
Attendance Certificates and Beech win the House Points
competition for 2009. Read about it all here.
The weather was kind on Thursday
16th July for the Year 6 leavers' BBQ. Parents and
children were welcome and enjoyed a feast of burgers,
hotdogs and salad on the warm July evening.
The BBQ was to mark the end of the children's time at
Katherine Semar Junior School.
Holiday and a Half
Year 6 ended the academic year on a high with their
production of A Holiday and a Half. The plot is set in a
low-budget holiday camp (Bunter's) where the prized
racing camels go missing. The hunt is on to find out
which of the disgruntled employees would have committed
this heinous crime!
Saffron Walden District Sports
The following pupils all took in the Saffron Walden
Family Athletics meet on Wednesday 8th July
at Helena Romanes School.
Hawks is launched
KSJ is proud to be involved in the
creation of new sports clubs to serve the community of
Click here for more information on our linked clubs for
Football and Netball.
KSJ Girls' new
The manager of Saffron
Walden Girls’ Football Club visited Katherine Semar
Junior School to present the girls’ team with a new
Great fun and a friendly competitive spirit was on show
on Thursday 2nd July as the whole school took part in
our annual Spots Day. The weather was hot, and every
child was asked to wear their hat, carry their water
bottle and bring their sun cream in to school, to ensure
no one got burnt!
A big thank you to everyone who gave us
Tesco vouchers this year.
We collected more than ever!
West Stow Educational Visit - 2009
On Wednesday 10th June, the
Year 3 children enjoyed a visit to West Stow Anglo-Saxon
The children have been learning
about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings in their Topic
work. When the children first arrived at West Stow, they
were shown around the marvellous museum and were able to
try on Anglo-Saxon costumes!
International Day - 2009
On Friday 26th June 2009 KSJ celebrated International
Day. Our school is made up of children of many
nationalities and our diversity was celebrated through a
whole day of activities and an assembly.
4JA class assembly
On Thursday 25th June, Mrs
Archer’s class preformed their class assembly to the
whole school about: food chains in science and King
Henry the VIII in History.
Pictures to follow...
June, Miss Spearpoint’s class performed their class
assembly to the whole school (KSJS) and this is what
Firstly, we were told that they have been studying:
Anglo Saxons, Romans and Vikings. We were told a small
amount of information about them both.
KSJ win Essex
On Wednesday the 10th
of June, 4 pupils from Katherine Semar Junior School
went to Lawford Mead Primary School to participate in
the Essex heat of a science quiz and WON!
KSJ win Inter-school Rounders
On Friday 5th June, KSJ were due to play in an
Inter-School tournament at the SWCHS. Unfortunately, it
was cancelled on the day.
Undeterred, the teams from Henham and Ugley came to KSJ,
and we spontaneously hosted an eight team tournament. (6
teams from KSJ and 2 teams from Henham and Ugley.)
Year 5 - Kessingland Residential
On Wednesday 20th May, until Friday 22nd
may, Year 5 travelled to Kessingland, for a 3 day
Read the recount of their trip and view the photos
Thrones and unique chairs!
Most of the Year 5 children went to Kessingland for a
three day residential. For those who stayed behind,
there was a three day Art and Design project waiting for
them! After two days, the chairs were almost finished
and what a make over they had received!
On Thursday 21st May Miss
Walbanke’s (Year 4) class presented their assembly. The
assembly was about Henry the VIII and his 6 wives. The
children presented it to us in a TV show style, (Was I
really a bad husband?) with the hosts as Ruby H and
Year 3 residential to St. Mark's College
The Year 3 children
who went on the residential trip had a really enjoyable
time. For many it was one of the first experiences of
being away from home and all of the children rose to the
occasion! St Mark’s is a perfect location for a Year 3
residential; the children slept in ‘cottage style’
dormitories and enjoyed three wonderfully homemade meals
Visit to Kessingland
Year 5 have gone to Kessingland,
Suffolk, for their residential visit.
Catch up with their latest news here.
KSJ Vs Friends - Cricket
Read all about our nail-biting match
between Katherine Semar Junior School and Friends
The league is balanced, with every team having won and
lost one match. Our fate this year hangs on the result
between us and RAB, which will happen next week. Good
Year 3 are getting greener!
On Thursday 7th May, children from Year 3
were given the opportunity to meet Mr Clarke, the Waste
& Recycling Officer from Uttlesford District Council.
SWCHS Tri-Golf Tournament 2009
Children from Year 3 took part in a
Tri-Golf tournament at Saffron Walden County High
The children competed in teams of 10-12, practising
various golf skills against the clock. There were twelve
bases and each team got an opportunity to try their hand
at different golfing techniques.
On Thursday 7th May, 3CG performed an amusing
and interactive class assembly about: turning our world
in to a greener place to live!
Give us a 'K' - Give us a 'S' - Give us a 'J' ...
On Tuesday 5th May,
children from Years 4 and 5 were given the opportunity
to practise their cheerleading skills with a qualified
They are hoping to be included in a Cheerleading club
that is to start in the Autumn.
Spring Term Assembly 2009
Another term draws to a close, and
it's time to celebrate all the good things that have
happened this term.
The children who have been present
each day this year, without ever being late were awarded
their attendance certificates.
Children who have reached the Bronze and Silver House
Point awards received their certificates.
the House Points were added up, and the winning house
were awarded the shield.
KSJ Football Team win
Huge congratulations are due to the school boys football
team. After 5 gruelling matches, KSJ won the SWCHS
tournament. Matches were against: Dame Bradbury's;
Thaxted, Dunmow, St. Mary's (Dunmow) and RAB. The boys
were presented with their first place medals.
On March 12th 2009 - the Katherine Semar
Quiz Club team competed in the regional heats of the
Quiz Club Competition.
As part of National Science and
Engineering Week, all pupils took part in a series of
investigations and experiments in school last week. Many
local schools also carried out these investigations as
heats for a local 'Science Olympiad'.
Red nose day was celebrated in style at Katherine Semar
Juniors with games and cakes sales.
A total of £487.81 was raised. Thank you to all that
helped raise the money.
Day – Celebrating our love of reading
A huge thank you to everyone who made a ‘book hat’ or
donated books and cakes in celebration of World Book
Day. The hats were amazing and the staff were impressed
by the variety of books represented and the quality of
On Friday 27th February 2009, Katherine
Semar sent four teams to the County High to take part in
an Inter-school Netball Tournament.
pictures! - Now 50 photos!
Unfortunately, the snowman
competition is now over.
Thank you for the 50 snowmen we received!
House Points will be issued on Wednesday 4th February.
All photos will be published on the
website and House Points given for the most creative!
Add a piece of Katherine Semar uniform
for extra House Points!
Good luck, and happy building!
We are pleased to unveil our new P.E.
Children may still choose to wear either
dark blue or black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, but we
have introduced two distinct styles of P.E. shirts. Both
are available at Grey Palmer's clothing store in Saffron
During the warmer weather, we have a lightweight
'football' style shirt. This is made from breathable
materials, which will help keep the children cool during
the summer. It is stylish and in school colours.
When the weather is cold, we have a
thicker 'rugby' style shirt. This will keep our children
warmer when working outside. As the shirt is reversible,
it can also be used to quickly distinguish between teams
during games. If the weather feels cold enough, the
children may choose to put both tops on, removing their
top layer once they have warmed up.
Maths Puzzle Week Photos
This week, we held a
Maths Puzzle week and it has once again been a great
success with the children having many opportunities to
solve a variety of puzzles and investigations both in
their classes and in their year groups. All the school
really enjoyed the Happy Company Puzzle workshops and
many children and parents came after school to buy some
of the puzzles for themselves.
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd January is
Katherine Semar's Puzzle Week. The Happy Puzzle Company
will be visiting us, and we have a sponsored Maths
event, to raise money for the NSPCC.
To help you prepare for the week, try the
puzzles below. If you can complete 3 or more of the
puzzles, print it out and take them to Mr. Hull. You
will be rewarded with House Points.
We have completed our Ofsted successfully. The report
will be sent to parents and placed on the website as
soon as it arrives, which will be in approximately two
weeks. Thank you to all parents who sent back the
Activemark Award for KSJ
We are very proud to
announce that Katherine Semar Junior School has achieved
the Activemark status.
All schools are now automatically
assessed for one of the marks through the national
school sport survey, which all School Sport Partnership
schools take part in.
Christmas Carol Concert 2008
On Friday 19th December, Katherine Semar
Junior School held their first outdoor Christmas Carol
By performing outdoors, we were able to invite all our
parents to celebrate this event with us. Over 140
of Term Parties
To celebrate the end of term, our classes
held Christmas Parties. The children were allowed to
attend school in their best party clothes.
Each year groups designed a menu of games and activities
and were amused by an entertainer who performed magic
tricks and hosted 'The X factor.'
End of the Autumn Term Assembly
On Thursday 18th December we celebrated
the end of term through our assembly.
The children were not in school uniform in preparation
for their afternoon parties! Firstly, Mrs. Callaghan
announced all the children who had not missed a single
day of term and had never been later either. They were
awarded 10 house points each.
Cinders - Upper
On Friday 12th December, Katherine
Semar's Upper School proudly presented Cinders, a
traditional fairytale with a twist! The children
performed at 2:00pm and 6:00pm with both performances
An Interview with Mrs. Seymour
Mrs. Seymour has worked at Katherine Semar Junior School
since 2006. She is a Learning Support Assistant in
school, but also runs Ace Kids Club (Katherine Semar's
breakfast, after school and holiday club).
Read more information about her here...
T-Towels for Christmas
During November, the children decided to help raise
funds for the school by producing a T-towel with their
pictures on it. As you can see, the results are
fantastic and they are now on sale from the PTA or
through the school, priced at £5.00. These would make
great Christmas presents for friends and family.
Q103FM - Katherine Semar's Got Talent!
On Thursday 4th December, presenters from
Q103FM's breakfast show arrived at Katherine Semar
Junior School to make a recording.
The school choir, plus 3 deserving additional singers
from each class sang a Christmas jingle.
An Interview with Mrs. C. Graham
Mrs. Graham joined KSJ in 2008. She is a
Literacy specialist and has made an immediate impact on
the way Literacy is taught in school. She currently
works in Year 3 with Miss. Spearpoint.
Fair - 2008
Katherine Semar Junior held its Christmas fair on
Saturday 29th November. The annual event was organised
by the school's thriving PTA and included: Father
Christmas; a BBQ; Lucky dip; Guess the number of sweets
in a jar; a School Council stall; cake stall; tombola
and plenty of activities and games.
Year 4 visit to
On 27 November, Year 4
visited Bhaketivedanta Manor.
As it is near Watford,
we had to be at school at 8am.
Once we got to
Bhaktivedanta Manor and met Indriyesha, who runs the
An Interview with Mr. Boland
Mr. Boland is the Site Manager for both the Junior
school and the Infant school.
We sent two Year 6 pupils off to find out more about him
(and improve their interviewing skills!)
Find out more about him here...
An Interview with Mme.
Every child at KSJ receives a weekly French lesson.
Madame Rowden has worked at Katherine Semar since 2004
and she is responsible for Modern Foreign Languages.
Find out more about her here...
An Interview with Mrs. Archer
Mrs. Archer has worked at KSJ since April 2007. She is
responsible for History and Geography throughout the
school. Find out more about her here...
In October 2008, Year 6 students went to Bournemouth for
a 4 day residential.
While most of Year 6 were on their residential in
Bournemouth, the remaining children merged into a single
class under the direction of Mr. Hull. They planned and
created a model village based on 1:76 scale, using nets
of 3D shapes to create buildings like houses, pubs, shops, churches
Year 3 visit to New Life Pentecostal Church
Year 3 very much enjoyed their visit to the New Life
Pentecostal Church on Shire Hall, Saffron Walden. The
children went to visit the church as part of their R.E.
work on Christianity and found it interesting to compare
it with St. Mary' Church.
The Big Sing
On Tuesday 21st October 2008, children
from Year5 and 6 took part in the Big Sing. A group of
five primary schools sang in a concert. Along with
Katherine Semar Juniors were Ashdon Primary school, Dame
Bradbury's School, St. Mary's C of E Primary School and
St. Thomas More RC primary school.
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On Friday 17th October, the children at
KSJ celebrated Harvest with an assembly. Each class
performed a song, and presented some work on the theme
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On Thursday 2nd October, Year 6 took a trip to RAF
Duxford, visiting the Battle of Britain Hanger, Airspace
hanger and the Land Warfare hanger as part of their work
on World War 2.
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Year 3 went to St. Mary's Church as part of their RE
topic on Christianity. Miss Spearpoint guided them
around the church discussing it's features and the
various uses of the church in the local community. They
walked there and had a great time.
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On Tuesday the 30th September, Year 6 were invited to
County High School to attend a performance of the
travelling Jiangsu Theatre company from China. The
theatre company is in Essex as part of the recent
cultural festival establishing and celebrating links
between China and Essex.
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Audley End - Year 5 visit
On Wednesday 24th September Year 5 went on an
educational visit to Audley End in Saffron Walden.
The children are currently studying the Victorians
and the visit would make the learning feel more
interactive for them. The day consisted of a tour inside
Audley End house looking at the various rooms
downstairs. In contrast, they were also taken through
the servants quarters upstairs. >> more information
On Saturday 20th September, the Katherine Semar Junior
school choir performed as part of the Saffron Walden
Michaelmas celebrations. The day's celebrations,
organised by the Saffron Walden Lions Club, included
Morris Dancing, performances by the town's swing band
and a fun fair on the common.
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Watch this SPACE!
On Tuesday 9th September,
Peter Ingram, a
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and an
affiliate of the University of Cambridge Institute of
Astronomy visited Katherine Semar Junior School to talk
to the children about meteors, asteroids and comets.
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