Year of Mary – February

The virtue of Mary for the month of February is ‘charitable’. The children considered how Mary is charitable towards others; particularly the sick. With this is mind, the children created prayer cards for the sick; drawing an appropriate picture for the front and a prayer for the back. These prayer cards were then put up in the class as a visual reminder of the Year of Mary. We finished by saying a prayer together.

Year 6 Healing Liturgy

Thank you to all who attended the Year 6 Liturgy based around our theme of Healing. This  fitted in with the Sunday Gospel and the February Year of Mary theme of being charitable towards the sick. The children reflected on how lucky we are to get medical help when we need it. This is not the case all around the world where people do not have access to medical supplies or doctors. The children then shared why they are thankful for their health; reflecting on the nice things that they are able to do.

The children read and sang beautifully. Well done Year 6!

Writing Algebraic Expressions

The children consolidated their knowledge of writing algebraic expressions by working in pairs and taking part in an activity.

During the lesson, tricky rules were shared with the class to see if we could work them out together. The children created some brilliant one and two step rules which really got everyone thinking!

year 5/6 Girls Football

Well done to the girls football team who took part in the Girls Gateshead U11’s tournament on Thursday. The girls showed tremendous spirit and great sportsmanship in all their games and really enjoyed themselves. Unfortunately they didn’t make it past the group stages but had some good matches.

Year 5/6 Football Team

A big well done to the boys and girls of Year 5 and Year 6 who took part in the Gateshead Regional Qualifiers for the Premier League Schools Tournament 2017. The team did brilliantly in the group stages and won their three matches 3-0, 5-0 and 5-3. This meant the team finished top of the group and saw them progress to the semi-final where they put in another fantastic performance to win 5-1! The final awaited and a game against St Mary and St Thomas Aquinas. It was a very tight game with Sacred Heart hitting the woodwork twice. Unfortunately the opposition did manage to score which made them 1-0 winners. It was an unlucky end to a great day.


The children consolidated their knowledge of finding percentages of amounts by carrying out a practical Tarsia activity. The children were given lots of different triangles with questions and answers around each of the three sides. The children had to calculate the percentage of amounts and match up the sides of the triangle with each other. Once they had done this correctly they formed a big triangle! Following this, the children used the triangles to play a game of dominoes.

Light – Shadows

We began our final lesson light by doing a quiz on all the things we have learned so far on light. We went through the questions together and addressed any misconceptions. Following this the children discussed whether shadows are the same shape as the object that casts them. They investigated this by using torches and different objects to cast shadows. We discovered that shadows do have the same shape. This is because when an object is in the path of light travelling from a light source, it will block the light rays that hit it, while the rest of the light can continue travelling. Therefore, the shadow it casts is exactly the same shape.

 However, a shadow can change size depending on the distance the object casting it is from the light source. Shadows can also be elongated or shortened depending on the angle of the light source.

To finish, we learned about a dispute between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke over Newton’s theory of light and colour. We learned how Isaac Newton used his experiment to prove his theory to others.

It’s Competition Time!

At Sacred Heart, we are taking part in a Creative Writing Competition this half term, whereby the winning child will win a Living Eggs Incubator for the school. The children could also win various runner up prizes.
If you are interested, we are asking children to submit a piece of creative writing; such as a short story (300 words max) or a poem (70 words max). Entries are to go to Miss Bray by Monday 19th February 2018, with winners announced on Tuesday 20th February 2018.
The writing could be on anything you like, although we think Easter, Spring and New Life are all fantastic themes.
Get writing!

Trade and Economics

We began the lesson by discussing what the word trading means in the context of a country. We discussed the children’s definitions and then shared the key words from the Lesson Presentation. Children were provided with a UK Imports and Exports Activity Sheet where they investigated which goods and services were imported to or exported from the UK. Children listed goods and services by whether they are imported, exported or both.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson.

They worked in 5 groups to simulate how global trade works and used a Trading Game activity, using the Trading Game Shapes Poster and Trading Game Money provided. Different groups had different amounts of money and resources in order to replicate the conditions for different countries when they trade.

After a set amount of time we discussed the results of the trading game. Who made the most money? How did groups C1 and C2 feel at the start of the game? How did each group feel when the prices changed? How does this represent what happens in global trading?

It was highlighted how some countries have plenty of resources but lack the skills or equipment to use them; some have the skills but not the raw materials, and some countries have neither.

Rounding Decimals

The children began their work on decimals by recapping their previous work on rounding and rounding numbers with 3 decimal places to the nearest whole number, tenth and hundredth. The children were given a few problems to solve which were discussed and then we moved on to play a game.

First of all, the children worked together to match the questions and answers on the sides of the triangles to make a shape. Next, the children played a game of dominoes. Each side had a question and answer related to rounding. The children  had to match up each question and answer to win the game. This fun activity tested the children’s ability to round whole numbers to the nearest thousand to rounding numbers with 3 decimal places to the nearest hundredth.