Year 5

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 Gmail.com 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

Home Learning Year 5 – 13.7.20

Greetings Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

It is the final week of Year 5 and it is nearly time for your summer holidays. I want you to treat the next 6 weeks after this like any other summer holidays. There will be plenty of time for school and education from September, trust me. For now, from Friday, just enjoy having free time with your friends and family. You won’t be missing anything over the 6 weeks; it will be the same as any other summer you have had without school. Then in September, as I said last week, we can help you get back on track with school work.

Last Margot update for the time being; she is now attempting to climb the stairs by herself. They are steep stairs in our house, so I commend her just for trying. If I was a baby, I would stay clear of them; too much hard work haha. I will bring her in to see you guys in September, as I know some of you will want to see how much she has grown.

The final week of home learning is there for you if you want to access it. For the last time this term, I will repeat myself by saying “times tables, read, practise spelling.” I don’t need to say anymore than that at this stage 🙂

Myself and Mrs Camm hope you have a summer to remember for all of the right reasons. You have had a tough time of it lately and have been in our thoughts every single day that we are in school without you. But the great thing about this class, is that they stick together and show real resilience.

I just want to say that myself and Mrs Camm are so proud of you and for me personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you and watching your confidence grow in Year 4 and Year 5.

Take care,

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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Burns family spread their wings

Hi everyone,

I just had to show this fantastic piece of artwork that Dean Burns and his family put together for our butterfly homework this week. The attention to detail is absolutely amazing and what an end product they have ended up with. I cannot wait to see this for real in September; hopefully we can use it as part of our whole school display.

Don’t forget to send your own butterfly masterpieces in; the more we receive, the better the school display will be in September. It can be as simple as colouring in a butterfly template in different colours, or you can try to go that extra mile like Dean and his family have done. It is entirely up to you.

We look forward to seeing more wonderful butterfly artwork from the St James family this week.

Take care and stay safe,

Mr Monaghan

Home Learning Year 5 – 6.7.20

Hi Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

It is hard to believe that this would have been the second last week of Year 5 for you. Time has flown by recently, even during lock-down. I hope you are all well and keeping yourselves occupied as much as you possibly can.

Myself and Mrs Camm have been in school quite a lot recently; we have both commented on how much we miss the normal 9-3.20 with our Year 5 class, but we are both really looking forward to seeing you all in September too. You will be the kings and queens of St James on the benches for assemblies.

Margot has now learnt to cheers us when she is having her water in her bottle. She likes Jess or myself to clap her in recognition of her new magic haha. We have put up the baby gate this week at the top of the stairs; she is like Road Runner now crawling around the house and we really do need eyes everywhere.

I know some of you are struggling at the minute. But just try to get yourself in the mindset that next week is summer holidays anyway and that you would usually be off school for those 6 weeks. That should help to ease your worries a little. And you know that you will all be returning in September and that the adults at St James will help you to settle back in again for Year 6. We will all help you adapt again, so try not to worry.

I have repeated it every week on here, but please do practise your times tables and spellings, as well as a bit of reading. These skills are absolutely vital to practise over the summer to give you the best starting point for Year 6.

As ever, stay safe and keep calm.

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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Year 5 – Home Learning wc 29.6

Hi Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

I hope you are all keeping well. I know some of you have found it difficult to keep up with doing any work at home lately and I totally understand that. Why not try to jump back on the wagon for the last few weeks? Even if it is just the odd lesson here and there it will really help you and make you feel more prepared for September. Times tables, spellings and reading are key things to try to keep working on.

Anyway, on a different note, it was lovely to receive some quotes and photos from some of you for the whole school video; whether you sent one in or not, why not check it out? It is on the blog and the school news, including staff and children.

Margot update incoming. She is now sitting up in her cot, arms wide open shouting “mama” in the morning, to let us know she is ready to start her day. She certainly knows how to play us; we can’t resist no matter what the time on the clock says.

I am really looking forward to seeing you guys in September; you are going to be the bigger kids on the block. I couldn’t think of a better class to represent us at the top end of the school; you will do us all proud I have no doubt.

But for now, keep yourselves safe; keep talking to each other; keep doing things each and every day that make you happy and enjoy this time with your family because you will be making memories for life, trust me.

Keep safe guys,

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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The Walk of Life – St James

 

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“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

As the quote suggests, we all have to live with disappointments and setbacks in life, and the last few months have certainly been testing for everybody connected with St James.

However, nothing can stop us looking to the future with hope and optimism; some day soon, this will all be a thing of the past that we can move on from and hope for better things ahead.

As the video shows, the beauty of nature and the world around us, hasn’t changed during lock-down. We are blessed with so many amazing places to visit in the North East, and this time away from school has given us more opportunities to visit them more often.

Enjoy and stay safe.

Mr Monaghan

Home Learning wc 22.6.20

Hello Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

“It always seems impossible, until it is done.” Wise words indeed from the late, great Nelson Mandela. I thought it was a very appropriate quote for the situation we all face at the minute. At times, we have all doubted when this nightmare was going to end. But this week’s announcement that suggests you will all be back in the classroom in September is a welcome one for us all at St James.

Margot is oblivious to it all thank goodness; everything that is, except any food and drink you might have. Then she is alive to the scent and wants it for herself. There is something magical about sharing your food with your child though, even if half of it ends up on the floor. She has also been mastering the art of xylophone playing this week; myself and Jess are trying to work out who she gets her musical flair from. Mrs Monaghan I think.

This week’s home learning is there for you to dip in and out of as you have been doing. As I have said each and every week though; practising your times tables is absolutely vital, along with a little bit of reading and spellings practise.

Please do have a go at this week’s homework; it will take you all of two minutes and will be going on the school video.

Myself and Mrs Camm hope to see you all very soon and we really miss you.

Stay safe and keep calm.

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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Fun in the sun and flour power in Year 5!

It was great to receive some pictures this week from Alex and Dean, showing us the fun they are having in lock-down. Yes, times are tough, but it is made a whole lot easier with friends and by adding a little fun to you day. I hope everybody manages to have fun this week and keep themselves busy.

Ciao for now,

Mr Monaghan