King James I Academy News

All the latest news from King James I Academy

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Basketball is Going Down a 'Storm'!

March 2015

Thanks to our new development, we can now boast state-of-the-art facilities for Basketball and our students are making the most of it both in PE lessons and after school.

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An Evening of Astronomy at Kielder

March 2015

In March, students in Years 7-13 attended an evening learning event at Kielder Observatory, located in the heart of Kielder Forest, which boasts some of the darkest skies in the UK. Here, Year 13 student, Daniel B reports on the experience.

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Primary School Shakespeare in our New Theatre

March 2015

This week we have played host to a fantastic Primary School event, which celebrates the work of Shakespeare. We have been working alongside The County Durham Ensemble, which incorporates nine local schools including our own, to promote and perform eight of the best Shakespearean plays. The performances were the first to take place in our new theatre.

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Library Initiatives Promote a New Passion for Literacy

March 2015

During the Autumn Term, we launched a whole-school strategy to improve literacy skills by encouraging our students to rediscover reading for pleasure as well as for education. Our library programme, Reading Rewards has proved extremely popular and now our new library is a hub for keen readers.

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Sixth Formers Turn Music Video Producers

March 2015

In Film-based Media, Year 13s have produced a range of creative music videos using combinations of carefully edited bespoke and existing footage.

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Celebrating World Book Day 2015

March 2015

This month, we celebrated World Book Day with a variety of reading and creative writing projects in school including an exciting writing competition, which was launched in assemblies by Mr Grieveson.

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Daylight Stargazing for Young Astronomers

March 2015

As part of our STEM activities, over 100 students in Key Stage 3 have been considering the vast size of the universe and the Milky Way thanks to a portable planetarium on loan from Durham University.

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On the Way to Glastonbury Festival

March 2015

Our 2015 Glastonbury Festival Volunteer Team are busy planning and fundraising for the event in June. This is the second year we have offered this exciting opportunity to Sixth Form students.

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Conquering the Tenner Challenge

March 2015

Enterprising Year 8 students have been busy running their own mini-enterprise as part of The Tenner Challenge, a national competiton for young people.

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Uptown Funk Reworked for Music Video

March 2015

As part of their BTEC studies, Sixth Form Music student have been collaborating with 11 Media students to produce a music video for a reworked version of the hugely popular Bruno Mars hit, Uptown Funk.

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