Year 5

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

 

https://youtu.be/qF1n0aJtxJg  

“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

 

Year 5 – Home Learning wc 15.6

Hello Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

As Tom Bodett, an American author, once said, “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” So I hope you are all enjoying the extra time at home with your family who love you very much; I hope you are managing to keep yourself occupied with some fun activities and of course, myself and Mrs Camm hope to see you all back in school very soon 🙂

It was great to catch up with many of your parents and guardians recently and I was happy to hear that you are safe and well. For those of you that are struggling, just remember that the worst is over us now. I know you are missing school life and even though I am in school quite a bit recently, it isn’t the same without my Year 5 class. However, the end to this nightmare is ever closer guys.

Margot has grown so much since my very first blog post on here and is certainly keeping myself and Jess on our toes. What impresses me the most this week, is the fact that she knows the difference between the real Sky remote that controls the TV and the fake one we’ve got just for her. It looks EXACTLY the same, but she drops the fake one straight away. Call it baby intuition I guess?

This week’s home learning continues with the maths you would have been doing in school, as well as some Scream Machine topic work. As I said to your parents and guardians though, the most important thing is that you are practising times tables, spellings and reading, as these skills need to be constantly worked on to keep them fresh.

As ever, stay safe and keep calm. This will all be over before you know it!

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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Home Learning Year 5 – wc 8.6.20

Hello Year 5,

Myself and Mrs Camm hope you are all well and making the very best out of a difficult situation during lock-down. It seems a long time since we were in school together doesn’t it? But it does mean that we are one step closer to getting back to normal. I know many of you will wish you were in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 so you could get back into school; but have no fear we will be back to school before you know it.

In other news, Margot Monaghan is beginning to express herself more and more. She is calling Jess “mama” and I am being called “baba” for now. I can see her logic, I am a big baby at heart as you will all know haha. She also says “baba” for her Baa Baa Black Sheep book, so maybe she is convinced I’m a sheep instead.

Thank you for those of you that sent me a reply letter last week too. It was lovely to hear from you and I really did appreciate your kind words. I’m not sure if you have seen Jae Ellison out and about in Hebburn, but he’s been dying his hair different colours during each week of lock-down. It is currently blue and who knows what colour he will go for next! Thanks again for all of the letters Year 5, it was lovely to read them.

This week’s home learning is a continuation of the Scream Machine topic, so as always have a go at a few of the activities if you can. I haven’t seen many of you on Times Table Rock Stars recently; remember that is one really important thing to keep up with when you are at home, along with spellings and some reading. Well done to Jae and Leon who are first and second in the whole school on the app, a great achievement. Can anybody get ahead of them? There’s only one way to do that; have a try!

Remember, it is not too late to enter the Great Bugs 2020 competition. Head over to the homework page to find out more. The password is homework.

Stay safe, and myself and Mrs Camm can’t wait to see you all soon.

Mr Monaghan

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Home Learning – Year 5 W.C 1.6

Hello Year 5 from Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm,

We hope you are all safe and well and enjoying the lovely sunshine that we have had recently. It certainly does make things that little bit easier when the sun shines in the North East sky.

For those of you who enjoy Margot’s weekly update, here goes. She is now saying mama for Jess which was unexpected and out of the blue. She doesn’t say dada yet but I can’t complain 🙂 She also looks towards things when you ask her where they are. If I say, “where is brown bear?” she crawls over and gets him. It’s the little things in life that mean the most to us as a family.

This week’s home learning is based on our new topic – scream machine. It is all based on things like roller-coasters and theme parks which I think you will all enjoy getting involved with. As always, the most important things are your spellings and times tables, as well as your reading. Anything else on top of that would really benefit you, but no pressure to do it all.

This week’s homework is very exciting. It is a national competition – The Great Bug Hunt 2020. As we have seen in the past with Alex in the French competition and Ben in the ITV competition, you can be successful no matter how many people enter. Just have some fun with it and see what happens.

Take care and as always, we hope you and your families stay safe and well.

Mr Monaghan and Mrs Camm

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Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

It was the Dalai Lama that is quoted as saying the above statement and how true it is. With all of the uncertainty and worry in the world right now, an act of kindness can mean so much to someone.

Dean Burns in Year 5 has certainly been following the Dalai Lama’s advice this week. Just look at how many kind things he has done for his family, friends and community. He has been reading to his baby sister to give his mum a well earned rest; he has been dropping off Eclairs and a teddy for Margot (Mrs Monaghan loves Eclairs Dean, she was delighted with the choice) and he has been thinking of others around Hebburn by letting elderly customers go ahead of him in the queues for shops.

These things sum up the St James children. It isn’t the actual reading of the book, or receiving chocolates as a present, it is all about the kind and caring thoughts that go alongside that. A random act of kindness could mean the difference in somebody’s entire day or week.

So I don’t need to ask St James children to be kind, as I know you all are. I just want to tell you to continue being you.

Stay safe everybody.

Mr Monaghan

Going for birthday gold

 

 

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all safe and well. During such a testing time for us all, it was great to receive photos from Grace Ingham in Year 5 this week from her birthday celebrations. Of course, I wish she was in school so we could all celebrate together with her; but how magical it was to see how much fun she had at home with her family.

As the pictures show, she went digging in the Ingham household and struck gold. Well done Grace.

Stay safe everyone,

Mr Monaghan

TTRS Guinness World Record attempt anyone?

Hello St James,

I am really excited to be posting this for you. Because, as the title above suggests, you guys have the chance to become a Guinness World Record holder on Times Tables Rock stars! Imagine how amazing that would be! And as you may have seen last week, Ben and Sophia Toward showed us that you can dream big and be successful in national and international competitions.

The rules from the website are simple:

Guinness World Records has created a new title – Highest score achieved on ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ in one minute – and we are looking for players to aim for this special accolade. All you have to do is submit a video of yourself playing a Studio game with the highest score in the world by 23:59 on 4th June 2020.

Should I enter?

Over the years we have seen some incredibly high scores in 1 minute games, like the astonishing 186 in the video in the link below. That gives you an idea of how fierce the competition will be for this Guinness World Records title. With lots of practice can you become the number 1 in the world?

Social media vs Official Attempts

We’d love you to share your efforts on social media using #FastestRocker and copying in @TTRockStars and @GWR but all Official Attempts must be sent by email to support@mathscircle.com

All the final details are available at the link below:

https://ttrockstars.com/page/gwr

Good luck and remember, you have got to be in it to win it.

Mr Monaghan