Year 6 Maya Day

December 5th, 2019 by

On Thursday, Year 6 had a very special guest in school: Dr Jo Bath. She spent the day with the children talking all things Maya. We had storytelling, dressing up, quizzes, puzzles and all sorts of fun filled activities including tasting some food and drinks similar to what the Maya would have had.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the Ed the day and definitely learnt a lot more about the ancient civilisation.

Should Auggie go to school?

November 14th, 2019 by

During Monday’s literacy lesson, Year 5 continued to read their latest book – Wonder.

We held a class debate on whether or not we thought that the main character (August Pullman) should go to school or not. There were fantastic arguments on both sides and the children were very invested in the thoughts and feelings of our character. The hardest part for some children was arguing against something they actually believed in! All in all they were excellent and used their amazing comprehension skills to help them.

Well done, Year 5.

Eco Science Club

September 26th, 2019 by

This week at Eco Science Club, the children were back outside – this time collecting air from around our yard. Why were you collecting air, I hear you ask. Well, we have taken a sample of our air to send to be inspected. Hopefully, we will receive some data from the scientists explaining what is in our air and if we have “clean” or “dirty” air. The children were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed getting the samples.

Making biscuits

September 21st, 2019 by

We made some delicious biscuits for snack – we loved getting messy!! We measured out the ingredients. We mixed them all together. We patted and rolled, then we all chose a cutter.

Hall time fun

September 11th, 2019 by

The children love choosing things to do for themselves. They ran, skipped, jumped, bounced, rolled!!



Wow-ish Week

May 23rd, 2019 by

This week, Year 6 have began some of their wow week treats, with the rest having to follow after half term. They still managed to enjoy bikeability this week as well as a jaunt into Burnopfield with Mrs Robinson Crow and Miss Henderson. Today saw our trip to the coast, visiting the beach, park and ice cream shop. The children behaved exceptionally and had a great day. After half term we have games day and a movie day to look forward to. The children have been very understanding in our change of plan and we have assured them they are not missing out – we’re just spreading it out.


May 20th, 2019 by

We began this lesson by discussing how there are special occasions in everyone’s life, times when something happens which is different from normal life, times when you do something special, are with people you don’t often see or a time of making a special effort for some reason. We discovered that the ninth month in the Muslim calendar (which is different from the one used in the UK), is called Ramadan. It is the month when Allah first gave his message to Muhammad. Muslims commemorate this special event by fasting for the whole month of Ramadan. If you are very old or very young, or unwell you do not have to fast. Children are introduced to it gradually. It means that Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours. It does not just mean not eating or drinking but also trying to do good deeds too, to spend more time praying and thinking about Allah.

It also helps Muslims to share the experience of many people in the world who do not have enough to eat. It is hard for Muslim children at school where there are non-Muslims and everyone is eating lunch and having snacks. When it is night time Muslims first eat some dates and then have meal together. Sometimes the local Mosque puts on meals. We then watched a BBC learning clip about a Muslim family. The children then completed their main task for the lesson. Working in pairs, they designed a poster which could be used during Ramadan, writing a slogan which says why anyone should give. They shared these with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.

Heartbeat Issue 29

May 3rd, 2019 by

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Open Day – Druid Crowns

April 30th, 2019 by

The Year 5 children had a great time on Open Day when they made some Druid (the priests of the Celts) crowns. They learnt how the Celts were a group of the most powerful tribes in Europe during the Iron Age. The Celts believed in over 400 gods and goddesses that lived in rivers, cliffs, springs, lakes, bushes and other natural places.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. They went outside and collected some natural materials from the school grounds. They used these materials to make a crown fit for a Druid.

Science Week

March 14th, 2019 by

Thursday in Year 6 was science day. We began our day looking at light and how we can see. The children worked in groups and used wool to help them see how rays of light travel; they only ever travel in a straight line.

Next, once we understood that, we looked at how light is reflected. Using mirrors, card and a torch, we were able to create an incident ray and a reflected ray. We realised that because of the law of reflection, the angles were identical.

After break, we then had the challenge of making our own periscope. Although it was tricky and some instructions were quite vague, all of the groups managed to work together to make their periscope successful. Excellent job everyone.

Our final activity of the day was to do with refraction. We had glasses of water and a variety of images and lines. We noticed that when we put the empty glass in front of the line, the line appeared to jump up. However, when we filled the glass with water the line moved down. We learnt that this was refraction. We then put the image below the glass and filled it with water. We could still see the image. Next, we put a book on top of the glass and suddenly the image was gone! We then realised that, that was because we had taken away the light source which meant that we could no longer see it below the water.

World Book Day 2019

March 12th, 2019 by

Overnight, Year 6 had been transformed into Hogwarts for the children to enjoy a magical day filled with all kids of wizardly. We began our day with some magnificent setting descriptions inspired from scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This was followed by a trip to Gringots and some time working out everyone’s vault balance. After the parade and lunch, we got our creative hats on and began our own Sacred Heart version of a Marauders Map. As well as this the children had the opportunity to make their own wand and golden snitch. We all had a fantastic day and Miss Reid was blown away with some of the costumes some of the children had made themselves.

This week in Year 6…

March 7th, 2019 by

We’ve had a crazy week this week in Year 6, so much has happened.

To begin, the children were asked to “create an animal” during half term for us to use in our Liturgy. Some of the creations that we had in were incredible and it was clear that some of the children spent an awful lot of time focused on getting their animals complete.

On Wednesday we had our Liturgy and there was a fantastic turn out. Parent’s came to see the children in their last Liturgy in our school hall. The whole thing (including script and booklet) was prepared for and organised by the children. They have been inspired by our latest Literacy book, The One and Only Ivan. The book is based on a gorilla called Ivan who lived in a circus at The Big Top Mall in America. During Literacy the class have done research on animals in their natural habitat and in captivity. This seemed to spark a great passion in the class which is what led us to our Liturgy topic. Once they decided their topic they could pick a relevant piece of scripture, gather, respond and go forth.

In numeracy this week, we have been looking at converting different units of measurement. We’ve had such a successful week that it felt like we had 35 teachers in the classroom!

For our weekly booster sessions we decided to go outdoors on both Wednesday and Thursday night.


February 8th, 2019 by

Year 2 and Year 4 enjoyed their workshop from the fantastic RNLI team today. The children learnt all about identifying dangers at the beach and how to keep safe such as recognising lifeguard safety flags, floats and how to alert and contact lifeguards for help.


Heartbeat issue 14

December 14th, 2018 by

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Christmas lunch – part one

December 5th, 2018 by

Thank you to everyone who came in today for their Christmas lunch – hope you all enjoyed it

Christmas Tree

December 5th, 2018 by

On Monday we decorated our Christmas tree….

Preparing for Christmas Lunches

December 5th, 2018 by

This week, courtesy of the Friends, all of the children have had Christmas hats to decorate ready for their Christmas meal. Year 6 took this very seriously and have spent a lot of time perfecting their crowns for the occasion. I think you can all agree with me, they look fantastic.

Halloween fun….

October 31st, 2018 by

RE roleplay

September 14th, 2018 by

We began this lesson by discussing how all people are called by God to be special, that is to be holy.

Paul describes some of the qualities of a holy person in his letter to the Colossians 3:12-17. We looked at Paul’s letter together and thought about its meaning. We then answered some key questions to further our understanding:

What qualities does Paul list and which is the most important of all?

How would they help us to be a peacemaker?

Which of those qualities do you admire most and why?

When are people not at peace with one another and why do you think this happens?

Can you think of someone you know who is peacemaker, what do they do?

How could you be a peacemaker?

The children then got into groups to produce some role play with someone acting as a peace maker. They considered why the peace maker might be behaving this way…

Heartbeat Issue 32

June 15th, 2018 by

Heart Beat Issue 32

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Phase 6 Phonics

May 10th, 2018 by

Today, the Phase 6 Phonics group have been continuing their work on contraction using apostrophes. We have been discovering what apostrophes are and ow they work, as well as applying them through a variety of fun games, activities and writing tasks. Today, the children imagined that they were chefs, chopping up words to remove unwanted letters, and mixing them back together to create contractions. Have a look below at our fantastic work.

We have even been lucky enough to have fun writing our sentences on the classroom tables. What fun we’ve had! Don’t tell Mr. Naughton…

“There’s a glittery, golden unicorn horn.”
“There’s a red, fiery dragon on the loose.”
“They’ll find the humungous, orange crab.”
“She’ll steal a cupcake on Sunday.”
“There mightn’t be a cove on the beach.”
“There mightn’t be any cheese left because I ate it last night.”
“Who’d want to see a ginormous, red monster?”
“There’s going to be somebody coming over tonight.”

Year 4 Gibside Trip

May 1st, 2018 by

Year 4’s trip to Gibside was a fantastic success. The children were involved with lots of activities. On Monday, we worked together in groups on the Gibside hunt. Later on, we made dens, we learnt how to make a fire safely, roasted marshmallows and finally placed food in different areas along with cameras to track which animals ate our bait. On Tuesday, we watched our animal investigation footage and found that many animals had taken our food such as deer, badgers, mice and birds. To end our trip, the children were involved in a nature art activity and had time to play in the play area at Strawberry Castle. The children had great fun staying over at Gibside and have made so many memories!

Open Day – ‘Explorers’

April 24th, 2018 by

Year 2 have had a wonderful day inviting parents, parishioners and governors to join us for our annual Open Day. We have been celebrating the learning involved in our new Creative Curriculum unit ‘VIPs’, which is all about the famous explorer Christopher Columbus.

We began the day by writing instructions on how to cross remote desert islands  to reach forbidden treasures, then continued with spelling games and activities. Our Numeracy lesson was top secret – we were writing on the classroom tables, so don’t tell Mr. Naughton.

In the afternoon, we conducted a PE gymnastics lesson, centred around the theme of being shipwrecked, before finally making our very own explorer companion parrots to take home with us. What an exciting day it has been! Thank you to everyone who joined us today.

It’s Competition Time!

January 23rd, 2018 by

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!

Hope Liturgy

November 28th, 2017 by

Thank you to everyone that came to our class liturgy this morning. It was great to see so many of you take time from your busy schedules, we really appreciate it.

Mission Week

November 24th, 2017 by

In preparation for Mission Week next week, the Reception classes have been making paper chains to send to other schools in the area with messages of love and prayer. The other schools will send some back in return so we can read their messages, putting them all together and make a chain for the theme ‘unbroken’.


November 16th, 2017 by

Today was our eco council plant-a-thon! We were prepared with our forks and trowels to tackle the soil and grass to make way for our new trees.

We had 3 very helpful and enthusiastic volunteers who brought their own tools to help us complete our mission.

Although we planted a lot of the trees, we still have lots left! Since we had so much fun today, Mr Naughton said it would be great if we could do it again to see if we can plant all of the trees that we have! Our parent helpers were sent by Oskar (rec), Eliza (Y2), Matthew O (Y2) and Kate (Y5), who have each been awarded 5 dojo points!

Our next plant-a-thon will be held next Thursday 23rd November from 11am. Please come and help!

KS1 Drama Club

October 13th, 2017 by

Following on from our recent work on choral and performance poems, this week Drama Club have been devising our own action poetry!

 Visit our school facebook page to watch our video of our work.


September 27th, 2017 by

Reception Class have been thinking about September’s theme of justice. We thought about people who are less fortunate than ourselves and are hungry. We prayed for them and thought about what Jesus would have done. The children drew Jesus giving food to hungry people on a plate and role played the actions.