Visit the past!
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.
The children in Year 6, together with
their parents, were invited to school on Thursday 18th
July to a leavers' BBQ.
The event, which took
place from 6pm until 7:45pm, was very well attended as
over 130 guests came.
A Blast from the
On Friday 16th July, Year 6 performed
their end of year play, A Blast From The Past.' A
comical look at the childhood their parents would have
From Navy Blue Knickers, to Janet and John, the play
took the audience on a merry tour of the past.
On Wednesday 7th July, KSJ sent their
Rounders team to Newport to compete in a Rounders
tournament. Although we did not win the whole tournament
(due in part to terrible umpiring by the VI form
students,) we played well. Four wins, one draw and one
Swap Shop Frenzy!!!
On Friday 25th June, Katherine Semar
Juniors held their first official 'Swap Shop'! Boys and
girls from all year groups enjoyed trading cards and
sharing their collections with one another. Beckham,
Messi and Ronaldo were the talk of the town as children
frantically tried to complete their collections!
On Friday 25th June, KSJ sent teams down
to compete in a Rounders tournament. We played schools
from all over the district.
There were 5 groups that are teams were put into. We won
2 groups and were runners up in 2 groups.
On Wednesday 23rd June, the Junior School
gave a presentation to Year 2 parents regarding their
children's transition to Key Stage 2.
If you missed the presentation, or would like to read
through it again, please click here...
Objectives and Ethos
Our school has updated our School Aims, the objectives
of the school and the Ethos we have.
Please read them here...
Year 5 visit Writtle
On 27th May, 2010, the Year 5
children participated in the Essex Schools’ Food and
Farming Day. The event was held at Writtle College and
provided opportunities for the children to develop a
better understanding of where their food comes from and
why the countryside around Essex looks the way it does.
Year 5 Curriculum
During the year, the Year 5 children have covered a wide
range of history and geography topics. We recently
enjoyed the opportunity to re-visit our work on the
Victorians when Oliver Naylor came into school to take
us on a journey back to the Victorian era. Oliver used
drama to bring aspects of Victorian life to our school.
The workshop was very entertaining and thoroughly
enjoyed by us all.
This week in eco club we
carried on tidying up the wildlife area and started to
weed the forest. Not only did we continue that, we
continued filling the compost bin and it had even
started to compost at the bottom. As we were digging
weeds out, we found more of the battered mysterious path
at both ends of the wildlife area.
results - KSJ win league, but lose play off
On Wednesday 19th May, KSJS took three
cricket teams, two teams of boys and one girl team - to
Saffron Walden Cricket Club to play in the local schools
tournament. All teams played well and really enjoyed the
afternoon and the first boys' team won their two
qualifying matches against RAB and St. Thomas More and
finished runners up - only narrowly losing to Radwinter
in the final.
Eco Club~ Week 2
This week at eco club, we have begun to
clean up the wildlife area. Not only did we clear up
rubbish, we also discovered a path under the mud and
groups were involved in the clean up and managed to fill
the compost bin at least twice.
What a load of
On Thursday 20th May 2010, Cat Auckland
visited 3CW to talk about recycling. Having studied
recycling within our environment topic, 3CW were able to
show off their knowledge and ask interesting questions
about recycling within Saffron Walden.
Essex Netball Champions!
KSJ win the Essex County Netball Finals, making us
the best school in Essex at Netball!
There are 577 schools in Essex. After 3 rounds there is only one
Well done Katherine Semar
This term, children and staff at Katherine Semar Juniors
are going green and are looking to transform the
school's environment. The aim is to rejuvenate the
wildlife area and create a sustainable area where we can
grown fruits and vegetables. Here are a selection of
pictures that we took before our project begins!
The History Man
On Thursday 20th May 2010, Oliver Naylor
came to KSJ to perform a show to Year 6. It depicted
life during WW2 for an evacuee. There was an interactive
workshop, where the children hot seated the main
Walk to school week
This week is Walk to School Week and all children are
invited to participate. This is a great opportunity to
encourage our children to be active and healthy by
walking to school every day for one week. If your child
lives too far to walk to school, you could consider
cycling together, catching a bus or car sharing with a
friend to school and parking a safe walking distance
from the entrance.
success for Katherine Semar!
On Friday 7th May,
children from Year 4 took part in a Tri-Golf tournament
at Saffron Walden County High School.
Pupils worked in small groups, and at the end, the
scores from all the schools were revealed. The children
from KSJ came in first, second and third place!
On Thursday 22nd April 2010,
an excited 3CW were invited to Saffron Walden town
library. When we arrived we met 3 ladies who kindly told
us about the Dewey decimal system which helps the
library keep track of where the books are and helps
visitors to find the book they need.
Year 5 make
use of the library
On Thursday 29th
April, the Year 5 children enjoyed a morning at Saffron
During the visit, the children had the
opportunity to help create a Mind Map about the Ancient
Greeks and to use a selection of non-fiction texts to
help them research a particular aspect of life in
Year 4 visit
the Saffron Walden Museum
Year 4 visited Saffron Walden Museum during the last
week of the Spring term..
It was to support their Ancient Egypt
topic and also give a taste of next term’s work on the
Thank you to all of our parents, children
and staff who contributed to our Haiti Earthquake
Appeal. We were amazed at the response and are delighted
to have raised £211.65!
KSJ win netball
On Wednesday 17th March, the victorious
Netball A team travelled to Newport Free Grammar School
to play St. Mary's, Stansted.
KSJ had won the North Uttlesford Netball tournament the
previous week, and St. Mary's had won the South
Uttlesford Netball tournament. Only one team could be
selected for the Essex finals...
part in National Science and Engineering Week
March 12-21 this year was National Science and
Engineering Week in the U.K.
As part of this celebration of science, all KSJ pupils
took part in a variety of activities and investigations
in a week-long science fair. The tasks ranged from
designing outstanding paper aeroplanes to building a
wind powered winch...
KSJ play Dame Bradbury's
On Wednesday 10th March Katherine
Semar played Dame Bradbury's school in two football
The A team lost 2:1
The B team won 2:0
A mixed set of results, but the children played to a
very high standard.
Partnership Netball Championships in style
On Wednesday 10th March, the netball A team travelled to
the County High School to take part in a netball
There were 8 teams and KSJ played them all, winning all
of their matches with ease. During the 7 matches, KSJ
scored 67 goals and conceded only 2.
6NL and 6AH
visit the library
Thursday 4th March was World Book Day. As part of their
celebration of reading and of literature, 6NL made hats
and masks on the theme of the book being used in English
at the moment: Chocolate Mousse For Greedy Goose by
Julia Donaldson. They also took the opportunity to visit
the town's Library. 6AH visited a week later, on
Thursday 11th March.
On Friday 5th March 3 teams from KSJ went to SWCHS to
play against 3 teams from The Meadows primary school
After the success of the family netball tournament the
previous week, it was decided to let our D, E and F
Our D and E teams won all their matches, while team F
won one and lost two.
celebrates World Book Day
On Thursday 4th March, 2010,
the children at Katherine Semar Junior School were
joined by children from all around the world in
celebrating ‘World Book Day’. The day provided an
opportunity for children to celebrate their love of
reading and of books.
visit the Cambridge Botanical Gardens
As part of our Topic work on the
Rainforests, the Year 5 children and staff recently
enjoyed a visit to the Cambridge Botanical Gardens.
During the day, the children took part in a variety of
workshops and were able to develop their understanding
of the types of wildlife that can be found in the
rainforests of the world. The children enjoyed a tour of
the gardens and were amazed to discover a tree that the
experts explained was around at the same time as the
dinosaurs! (Yes – a tree even older than the teachers!).
Bethany’s Judo victory for KSJ
It was the 28th
of February and I was pumped and a bit nervous as I was
heading towards a Judo competition (Dacorum Police
Championships at Berkhamsted)
weighed in at 19.5kg making the lightest weight
of U-32kg catagory. As I was eventually called up to
fight- I felt ready and prepared. I came out aggressive
but foolishly made a simple mistake but luckily I held
down the girl I was fighting which won me the fight.
KSJ victorious at every level during Netball tournament
It was smiles and cheers all round as
Katherine Semar won each and every group of a netball
tournament held at the Saffron Walden County High
School. On Friday 26th February 2010, during a blustery
winter's day, 8 teams from KSJ ventured down to the
County High to play against other schools.
The tournament was held in 5 groups, each one
running as a separate competition. KSJ won each and
Spartak 78 v
On Saturday 6th February Saffron Hawks
played their away match against Spartak 78.
The game started well with Saffron
Hawks keeping a good shape and putting Spartak under a
great deal of pressure. Saffron Hawks were rewarded for
their continued pressing with 3 goals in the opening 15
minutes of the game, including one long range
spectacular strike from Tom S, and two other well worked
goals finished off by Callum C. and Tom S.
Final score Spartak 1 – 4 Saffron Hawks
4 - 2 Cheshunt
The under 11s continued their fine form
winning another game. The Hawks had plenty of possession
but failed to take all their chances until Alice fired
in three goals. Read more here...
Chesterford Girls 3 Katherine Semar Girls 0
Luck wasn't on our side on Thursday 4th February, as our
girls' football team failed to hit the back of the net.
As the girls' team played, they showed good passing
skills and applied pressure on the Gt. Chesterford team.
The girls, who train each Wednesday afternoon, played
well, but couldn't convert their chances.
visit the Saffron Walden Library
On Thursday 4th February, the children in Year 4 visited
Saffron Walden Library.
They attended an Ancient Egyptian workshop and were
shown how to locate different resources on Ancient
Gym and Dance
On Thursday 28th
January, 3CW were invited to take part in a gym and
dance performance at Saffron Walden County High School
to showcase their talent to 11 other schools from the
Linton Zoo Visits
On Wednesday 20th January the rainforest
animals of South America visited Year 5 pupils.
If snakes, spiders, giant cockroaches and bearded
dragons aren't your thing, you won't want to view the
Carol Concert and last day fun!
The snow did not stop KSJ from ending the Autumn term in
style. The traditional Christmas movies were interrupted
by snowman building fun and then our school carol
School Christmas Production
On Friday 11th December, Years 5 and 6
present their Christmas production. in anticipation of
the event, please look at the cast photos.
School Christmas Production
On Monday 7th December, Years 3 and 4
present their Christmas production. In anticipation of
the event, please look at the cast photos.
- Autumn 2009
As the end of term draws nearer, KSJ hold their annual
Autumn term music assembly. Pieces were performed by
individual musicians, groups, the choir and the school
orchestra. The quality of music was as high as ever.
Well done to all those who took part.
The National Blood Service is having a blood donor
session in your local area and we would like to invite
you along to the session to donate a pint and save a
4AW’s Class Assembly
Thursday 26th November 2009, 4AW performed
their class assembly.
The assembly was about fairytales in Literacy. The main
character was Ned, and they recreated the story after
…they told Ned (Jacob Hill) to put in adjectives and
adverbs to make the story interesting.
On Thursday 26th November, 3CW
travelled to Colchester Castle as part of their topic on
Christmas Fair a success
Father Christmas, tombolas, raffles,
cafes and games were the order of the day on Saturday
21st November as Katherine Semar Junior School raised
almost £2000 during their Christmas fair.
their class assembly
4LW held their class assembly on Thursday
They shared information about their topic of India,
looking at the culture, faith and traditions of
villagers in Sothern India.
Design a Christmas
As part of the preparations for our
Christmas fair, children were asked to design a
Christmas cup. The quality of the competition was high,
and the photo here shows the cups and the winners.
from the Partnership Cross Country
Due to their success in the Family Event,
the following children represented the school at the
Partnership Cross Country Event. The children competed
against many other schools in Essex. The children were a
credit to the school and competed superbly. Mr Wallace,
Mrs Howett and Mrs Sandwell were all very proud with
they way the children behaved themselves.
Saffron Hawks 16 - 2 Turnford C
A huge victory for the netball team made up of players
from KSJ, and playing in a weekend league.
Jose Hofstede visits KSJ
On Wednesday 11th November,
the children enjoyed a visit from author, Jose Hofstede.
Jose Hofstede has written the Brave Hunter series of
children’s books which describe the adventures of Brave
Hunter battling pirates, outsmarting dragons and fooling
visit Bhaketivedanta Manor
On 12th November, Year 4 visited Bhaketivedanta Manor.
Once we got to Bhaktivedanta Manor and met Indriyesha,
who runs the temple, the children were separated into
two groups. Whilst at the temple, the children dressed
up in saris or as Hindu warriors, taken on an bull cart
to view the Manor's cattle and watched a Hindu
USSP Tag Rugby
Katherine Semar won the tag rugby tournament against the
local schools, which meant they qualified in the finals
against schools from all over Essex.
Read all the results here...
6AH's Class Assembly 2009
On Thursday 5th November, 6AH performed
their class assembly.
The theme of the assembly revolved around their World
War 2 topic. The children showed artefacts from the war
era including machine gun bullets, shrapnel from
exploded mortar bombs, gas masks and ration books.
successful at the annual Cross Country Event
On Wednesday 4th November, the whole of
KSJ walked down to the County High School to take part
in the annual Cross Country event. Many schools from
North Uttlesford were there, each competing for the
honour of representing Uttlesford in the Partnership
finals. The top two teams in each race would qualify.
Year 3 Visit
On Tuesday 3rd
and Thursday 5th November, 3CW braved the rainy
conditions and embarked on two trips into Saffron Walden
to compare two very different Christian churches; the
New Life Church and St Mary’s church.
Can you answer the
following questions from the Primary Mathematics
Challenge run by the Mathematical Association?
Primary Arts Festival 2009
Year 6 children from Katherine Semar,
Ashdon, R.A.B., Crishall, St. Thomas More, Great
Chesterford and Dame Bradburys all travelled to the
'wrong' schools on Tuesday 3rd November to take part in
the Primary Arts Festival.
The mixed up children chose
from Art, Music, Dance, Drama and ICT workshops based at
the different school, all working on the painting 'The
Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein.
- Saffron Hawks 10-10 Turnford B
All the girls that played in this
game are from Katherine Semar Junior School. This is a
club / schools link which we are pleased to recommend to
It helps improve our game, playing in a weekend league
against teams who train netballers that end up playing
Katherine Screamer's Monster Project
While most of Year 6 were 'sunning'
themselves in Bournemouth, the remaining children set
about an Art and DT project.
They were commissioned to design and then build a series
On Thursday 22nd
October, 3CW had their first class assembly. First of
all they gave us a recount about the famous shipwreck of
the 'Sepoy' that they have learnt about.
Then they read us coast poems that they
have been doing in literacy they used interesting
adjectives and WOW words.
Shoe Aid Appeal
Thank you to everyone who donated shoes
to the Shoe Aid for Africa appeal. This was a huge
success and we now have two boxes overflowing with pairs
of shoes ready to be sent to Africa. They have been
counted and there are over 200 pairs of shoes that will
The Big Sing 2009
On Tuesday 20th
October, the Year 5 children participated in the ‘Big
Sing Africa!’ at Saffron Walden County High. The ‘Big
Sing’ is a charity concert on behalf of WaterAid, a
charity providing clean water in developing nations.
Each class in the school played their part in a whole
school assembly on Friday 16th October.
Children and parents generously donated tinned and fresh
food, which was donated to the Salvation Army.
Then each year groups displayed their work on Harvest
and sang a song to the school.
KSJ girls' team played against Felsted on
Thursday 15th October.
Read all about it here.
On Friday 9th October, children from Year 4 took part in
a Multi-Skills Festival at Saffron Walden County High
4JA's class assembly
On Thursday 8th
October 4JA performed their class assembly.
Firstly they introduced us to their History and R.E.
topic Hinduism and India.
and 5 celebrate National Children's Book Week
In Celebration of National Children’s
Book Week, the Year 2 and Year 5 children from Katherine
Semar Infants and Junior schools worked together to
produce some wonderful Literacy and art work. The
children’s work was based on the book ‘Into the Forest’
by the Children’s Laureate, Anthony Browne.
3 Visit to Cromer
Year three took a visit to Cromer,
Norfolk, to continue their studies on coasts. read Corey
and Liam's recount here...
Year 5 go to
Audley End House
On Wednesday 30th September,
the Year 5 children visited Audley End House as part of
their Topic work on the Victorians. To enhance their
experience, the children dressed up in Victorian style
costumes for the day – they looked fantastic!
KSJ celebrates 'Yellow' Day!
Last week, the Essex Air Ambulance landed
in our school field to raise awareness for their
On Friday 25th September, pupils had a non uniform day
to raise money for the Essex Air Ambulance. The only
twist being that they had to wear an item of clothing
that was yellow.
Our 2009 SATs results are now ready for publication. We
are very proud of the children's achievements. Please
take a look.
6NL’s class assembly
On Thursday the 24th September 6NL had their
First of all they introduced us to Science; they told
what is in a circuit:
On Wednesday 23rd September 2009, KSJ played St. Mary's
in 2 football matches.
Team A won 5:1
Team B won 7:0
On Friday 18th September, a
group of Year 5 children had the opportunity to attend a
Creative Workshop at the Friends’ School.
During the morning, the children worked
in groups to create a ‘woven’ blanket based upon a
forest or a mountain theme. The finished results were a
real celebration of the children’s creative and artistic
Take the virtual tour of our school.
Check out the classrooms, facilities and grounds.
It has been two years since our last update... Take a
look at the changes that have taken place in that time.
Our meal menus have changed slightly. Please take a look
at what is on offer each day.