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Summer Holidays

The Summer holidays have arrived and we hope you all have a lovely break.

If would like to continue with home learning that has become a new norm for so many, here are some links for you:


Purple Mash

You need to be logged in to access the above Purple Mash link. 

You can find the summer learning daily activities on the Purple Mash home page in the featured section on the right hand side of the page. 


Oak National Academy - Online Classroom


BBC Bitesize


Have a lovely summer and we will see you in September. Stay safe and have fun!

Summer 2 Half Term

We are at risk of local lockdown. Everyone needs to take action - Friday 10th July

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Outdoor Learning Ideas


Use these ideas to get outside and engage with the nature around you.

Purple Mash Games

Design Competition

Home Learning Resources for Each Year Group

Resource packs that have been created for each year group to help children learn from home

Directory of Videos/ Activities

There are lots of things being released daily and so we will start a collection here. These will be added to daily. There are lots of great things around at the minute to help at this time. Keep checking this page as it is updated daily Monday - Friday.

Our Message to you...

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A little message from us to you...

A video to show you all how much we are missing you. Enjoy the smiley faces and remember that we are ALL thinking about you. Keep smiling! Top tip: Watch the...

A message to all the staff at St James' Lower Darwen

Some of the children have a little message for you! They hope you enjoy it and they are missing you loads!

This Week's Videos

Monday 15th June - Friday 19th June

Wednesday 17th June

Stones // #OffTheShelf // Collective Worship for Schools

Welcome to another #OffTheShelf video. This time Carole is back with something off her shelf. What do you think it will be?

Monday 15th June

Trust // #OffTheShelf // Collective Worship for Schools

To start the week off, Lisa is back with another #OffTheShelf video. In this episode, she shows us a photo that she has picked from the shelf.

Fischy Music Assembly (week 13)

Tune in to get singing and moving with Fischy Music and [...drum roll...] the PREMIERE of our brand new song 'We Won't Stop Singing' featuring the Fischy Lockdown Band!

Celebrity Supply Teacher - Gary Lineker - Spanish


Online Safety Support for Parents


Elmore is the mascot for ELHT&Me, East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust official charity. East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust is seen as the beating heart of our wonderful and diverse community. They have over 8,000 staff working across five hospital sites as well as providing community services across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. They are all working together to make sure our extended hospital family can continue to care for yours, including ELMORE.


Normally ELMORE can be seen out and about at the hospitals, but like everyone else he staying indoors to help his dedicated friends during these exceptional times. As a show of appreciation for our NHS heroes, ELMORE has created a colouring sheet that can be coloured in by children and adults alike and displayed in windows to say #ThankyouNHS.


ELMORE wants everyone to help him spread some cheer by downloading their free colouring sheet to show their love, support and thanks to our NHS staff.  They would love to see the images of your completed designs once your children (or you!) have decorated.  They can be shared with them by emailing or tagging them @ELHTandMe on social media.



The Rainbow Children

This poem was sent to Mrs Jacques by a parent who thought it would be nice to share with others. It's a lovely poem and well worth a read. heart

Dancing Queens.

Evie, Poppy and Ava choreographed a dance at school today. Maybe you could do the same. Don't forget to send your video to our school PTFA so we can see it!

Please note: This video is only accessible though this link. It is not public on our YouTube channel.

Useful Links to help you at home...
Super Home Learning Activity Grids for each year group

Lego Challenge



Download it using the link below...

Brought to you by our science co-ordinator Mrs Malik....

Starters for STEM are 10 activities that parents can use at home to help children develop their science, technology, engineering and maths skills. These activities are easy to resource and provide children with the stimulus to talk about the world around them. If you see a link, you can explore how to extend these activities, you will need to sign up, for free, to access these materials.


Pop UK - see the attached flyer about a brand new PopUK song for use in school and for schools to send out to all the families to use at home for free.

How to upload photos and work to a blog

Loads of ideas of activities from a range of subjects that can be done without much preperation or resources

Story to share with children about Coronavirus

Here is a  really useful social story about Coronavirus/COVID-19 to help children of all ages and abilities try to make sense and feel empowered in these difficult times.


Phonics Play Free Subscription for Parents


During this time Phonics Play are offering a period of time where you can access all the games for free. 


The games are really good for Reception and KS1 children.


Click on the following link:


Login using the following details:

Username: march20

Password: home

Class Blogs


During this extremely difficult period of time we have set up blogs to help us communicate with each other while anyone is off school or if there comes a time when chool has to close.


How to access the class blogs:


1) Log into Purple Mash using the logins that have been sent home.


2) On the top menu bar click on sharing and then shared blogs. The blogs that are available to you will appear.


3) Click on the one you want to view and it will take you to that blog.


There is a shared blog between Mrs Jacques and the children of St James', this has the heart icon and it is titled 'How are you? How am I?


There is also a blog for each class. Only the pupils in the class will be able to see it and the staff in that class.


Adding messages to a blog:


1) Click on the blog you want to add to.


2) Click the green plus button in the top right of the screen


3) Type in your message and add pictures from a gallery. (See screenshot below)

You must give your post a title and then add content, the summary box isn't        essential.


3) Save your post by clicking the purple save button at the bottom.


4) Before your post becomes visible to the class, a teacher will have to approve the post.






Below are links that will take you directly to the relevant class blogs.