Year 2

Virtual Travelling Crib 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Things have been very different this year for everyone. But as Christmas approaches, we wanted to make sure that the spirit of that special day that we remember each year, wasn’t lost.

So please see attached the virtual travelling crib letter. There are sheets for the children to complete or use a template to complete on their own sheet of paper. There is also a video from our lovely Year 6 children on Google Classroom, showing how you might take part at home. This will also be available on Google Classroom.

Merry Christmas everyone,

Mrs Scott

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Letter from Mrs Heslop – Christmas Activities

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Films and clips on Social Media

Dear Parents and Carers,
In the last few days we have become aware of one or two safeguarding concerns regarding social media apps and games.  Therefore, this post is just to remind everyone of how to stay safe online and how to ensure children are accessing appropriate content online as well.
As you may be aware of, sometimes there are films and clips on the internet that are nasty and inappropriate. It is our aim to advise you wherever possible on how to keep children safely away from such content.
The following website goes into a little more detail on how to ensure the safety of children online:

We would like to remind everyone of  PEGI ratings  that are an indication of age related content and that even though a game looks fun, if it has an 18 rating, it should not be played by young people under that age.  For more advice on online gaming go to:
The release of the Playstation 5 has also generated some possible safety issues.  I’ve attached a leaflet from the National Online Safety website to advise on matters such as this one:
If anyone is affected by what they’ve seen please speak to Mrs Heslop or another member of staff who will endeavour to assist further.
Kind Regards,
Mr Monaghan

Lest We Forget

The children created a moving display to pay their respects to the brave men and women of the armed forces who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Horror at Max level with Ofsted lurking!

Hats off to every single child who got involved in all things Halloween before the half-term break. As you know, Year 5 were off. But that didn’t stop Max Donnelly giving all of the staff at St James a mighty scare and a much needed laugh. He certainly looks the part as an Ofsted inspector, and I will be sure to keep on my toes in case he comes knocking again anytime soon.

In the unprecedented times we all face as a family at St James, little things like this can really lighten the mood. Good lad Max!

Mr Monaghan

Using Google Classroom at home

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, thank you so much for embracing all things Google Classroom. I know we have had a few teething problems with it, but I feel it has been a really successful remote learning tool for the children to use.

I have attached a document below that reminds you of how to get logged onto the account and what to do once you are there. I have also included the video that I posted earlier in the term, that also explains the steps needed.

If there are any issues, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher, who will be able to assist you further. We will be posting our remote learning policy in the coming days too, so please do look out for that.

Kind Regards,

Mr Monaghan

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Using Google Classroom

Hi everyone,

What a rollercoaster 2020 we have all had and life continues to twist and turn at the moment. With some children now isolating, we wanted to ensure every child in the school has access to Google Classroom.

This can be used for remote learning, so that the teacher of your child can send out work to them each week and can also provide feedback for your child’s work on it.

The video shows you how to get logged into Classroom by going onto and entering the child’s details. I will endeavour to send out each child’s email address and password in the coming days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know and one of the staff will help you and your child in accessing Google Classroom.

Stay safe,

Mr Monaghan