Negative Numbers

In our lesson on finding the difference between a positive and a negative number, the children used their knowledge to play a game.

The children were put into pairs—one of the children was positive and moved from left to right, the other child was negative and moved from right to left. Each child started at zero and took turns to score points. These points were used to move left (negative) or right (positive). The first child to reach their total was the winner!

The task was differentiated so that each pairing could decide the way that they scored points and the total they needed to get to:

Green —picked two cards and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 200 points and the other needed to reach –200 points

Orange —picked one card and rolled one dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 100 points and the other needed to reach –100 points

Red —rolled two dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach  -50 points



Year 5/6 Football

Well done to the Year 5/6 boys who took part in a football tournament at Fellside Primary School this week. The boys came up against four other teams in a cup format. They had two losses to start in two tight games; losing to xxx 2-0 and xxx 1-0. They boys never lost heart though and kept on working hard and results improved with a 0-0 draw against xxx. The final game was an epic with a 5-2 victory against xxx. Danny, Evan and Luke with the goals for Sacred Heart. Well done boys. Keep training hard for the next tournament in a few weeks!

Sacred Heart Team: Luke Jacob W Owen Lucas Jacob D Cruz Evan Jay Daniel Filip Danny Ryan

Place Value – Compare numbers up to 10,000,000

In our lesson on comparing numbers, the children played a game to consolidate their knowledge. We began by recapping place value and how it helps us read big numbers. Next, the children took part in a practical activity. Each child wrote a single digit number on their whiteboards. Two children were picked to play against each other. They took turns to pick a child from the class. They placed the child (and their number) in a place value column ranging from ones to tens of millions. The aim of the game was to make the biggest number possible. The children soon realised that bigger single digit numbers needed to be placed with the higher place value columns and smaller single digit numbers needed to be placed at the lower place value columns. Once all the children had been picked, the class read both numbers. The children then played this game in pairs with cards.

Year of Oscar Romero – Peace

The theme for the month of September was peace. We discussed the meaning of peace and considered the type of world we would live in if everyone was at peace with one another. The children consolidated their knowledge on how Oscar Romero pursued peace and then thought about the different symbols for peace. The children used these symbols to make crosses which the children decorated. These were then put up on display to remind us of what we had learnt. We finished by saying a peace prayer together.

Welcome to Year 6!

The children of Year 6 have had a great first week back in what is a very important year. They got in touch with their creative sides when they produced some fantastic self portraits. These have gone up on display in the classroom to remind us that we are all special. Keep up the good work Year 6! Class photo to follow!

Our Lady of Fatima

The children had a special assembly on Friday as they learnt all about Our Lady of Fátima; a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Saturday 13th May brings about the 100 year anniversary of the famed Marian apparitions reported in 1917 by three shepherd children at the Cova da Iria, in Fátima, Portugal.

On 13 May 1917, the children reported seeing a woman “brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. She asked them to devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and to pray “the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war”. The second appearance occurred on 13 June, the feast of St. Anthony, patron of the local parish church. In the following months, thousands of people flocked to Fátima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.


Learning the Haka!

Today we were able to explore Miss Gray’s ancestral routes – we travelled all the way to New Zealand in our creative topic! We learned how to dance the Haka! The Haka is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. You may have seen it performed before a New Zealand rugby match as they try to scare off their opponents! We thoroughly enjoyed pulling some hilarious faces.


Eco Council

The Eco Council had great fun planting bulbs and seeds along the school path! We planted lots of wild flower seeds and daffodil bulbs with the hope of them blossoming in Spring time!

Closing the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy came to an end this week and we celebrated all we had done this year with a special closing liturgy with Father Kelly in attendance. The liturgy also celebrated Youth Friday with a special video message from Bishop Seamus. In preparation for the liturgy, the children worked in class to recap what mercy means and looked at times when Jesus showed mercy. We looked at the story of the Good Thief and how Jesus was merciful even as he was dying on the cross. The children wrote their hopes, dreams and prayers for the new year in the Church, remembering those who still need our love and mercy. The children shared their ideas which were then written on a template of a door. These class doors were brought forward during the closing liturgy. The children behaved beautifully throughout and a big well done to Maddison, Bella, Nancy, Ava, Roan, Tia, Evie and Jessica for reading on Friday and again at the Sacred Heart Mass on Saturday.