Year 4

Year 3 and Year 4 take on Monkton Stadium

Year 3 and Year 4 had a great time at Monkton Stadium today. They took part in several athletic activities from the long jump to 50m sprint, the 400m run and a javelin throw. Although it was a little cold and wet, we all had a great day. We are so proud of our children as they cheered on others from both our own school and other schools in the area. They really showed our true St James spirit.

Mrs Gofton and Mr Monaghan

World Book Day

 A great day celebrating books and reading.

KS2 children enjoy Boccia competition

A number of children from KS2 took part in the recent Boccia competition held at St. Joseph’s, with all of them having lots of fun in the process.

For many of the children, this was their first experience of playing Boccia, but you wouldn’t have known that given how well they all played on the day.

Boccia is a type of bowls game, a tactical challenge which involves three members in each team. On the day, St. James had two teams involved, and they represented their school brilliantly.

Well done to all those involved.

Mr. Monaghan

Year 4 Enjoy I.T Crumble Day

Year 4 had a fantastic day learning all about I.T Crumble with Mr. Hughes on Monday, where they completed a number of programming and debugging challenges set for them.

It is a fact that many jobs that the children of today will go on to be hired for, have not even been created yet. As technology changes and advances, the demand for new expertise and skills grows with it.

The children learnt how to program a computer to carry out their own set of commands, and more importantly they learnt how to debug any errors in their programming.

A wonderful opportunity, and one that the children really embraced. Well done Year 4.

Fun on the slopes

Year 3 and Year 4 had a great time at Silksworth Sports Complex for their summer trip. We had to complete lots of activities such as problem solving, orienteering and skiing but I think the best part of the day for everyone was the snow tubing (even the teachers had fun racing each other down the slopes!) Of course in true Mr Monaghan style he won the races.

Mrs Gofton and Mr Monaghan


Year 4 shine on their recent trip to the YMT Village

Year 4 children had a fantastic time on their recent overnight stay at the Youth Ministry Team Village in Consett, with some of them staying away from home for a night for the very first time.

The theme of the event was Light and the children were encouraged to think how they shine their own lights and how others shine light on them. The children interacted brilliantly with St. Peter’s School in Low Fell, who had also sent along a Year 4 class.

Not only was this ideal preparation for the upcoming First Holy Communion sacrament which some of the children are making,  but each and every child came away from the experience feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Thanks to the YMT who not only provided the children with some fantastic activities to complete over the course of their stay, but the hospitality was also top class with some lovely food at meal times.

Well done Year 4, I am a very proud teacher after the trip. Your behaviour overall was outstanding and you were a credit to   your families and your school.

Mr. Monaghan

Easter Disco

We had a lot of fun at the Easter Disco. We danced and played games to win prizes. I think it is safe to say we all had a lot of fun!


Christmas Craft Day

We had a great day at Christmas Craft.  In the Year 3 Classroom with Mrs Gofton and Miss Hipkiss we created our very own stocking that we had to sew together and add either a snowman, reindeer or Santa.  We had a lot of knots along the way but our stockings were great!