Year 1 has a very special visitor!

November 27th, 2020 by

This week, Year 1 had a very special visitor, it was Harry the Elf! Harry was very naughty during his visit, he even painted our windows! To make up for his naughty behaviour, Harry travelled all the way to the North Pole to bring us a gift of advent calendars. Thank you Harry!

Year 1’s Space Mission

November 20th, 2020 by

Last week, Year 1 received a special message from an astronaut. They were asked to design and create a fantastic new rocket for Buzz Lightyear. It was very important that the children included the main parts of the rocket in their designs and were specifically asked to use the three primary colours to decorate their rockets. We had so much fun creating our space rockets. Well done Year 1, mission accomplished!

Remembrance Day

November 12th, 2020 by

This week, Year 1 have been learning all about Remembrance Day and why we wear a poppy. We shared wonderful photos of our families and friends who currently serve our country and grandparents who fought in WW2.

Cave Paintings

October 15th, 2020 by

As part of our current literacy topic based on the book ‘Cave Baby’ b   y Julia Donaldson, Year 1 have been learning about the Stone Ages and have created our very own cave paintings. To create our 

cave paintings we used a variety of natural resources to paint with, such as sticks, pine cones, conkers and feathers. Amazing artwork Year 1!

A Toy Time Machine

October 15th, 2020 by

On Monday, Year 1 were very lucky to have a special visitor in their class. To link in with our current creative topic all about the history of toys, we took part in a special workshop learning all about the toys that children played with in the Victorian era. During the workshop, we learned all about life in the Victorian times and were even given the opportunity to play with some of the toys children used to play with in the ‘olden days’!

Autumn Adventure

October 15th, 2020 by

Year 1 have been having lots of fun looking for signs of autumn. Last week, we  decided to go on an autumn adventure to see what seasonal treasure we could find around the school grounds. We were absolutely delighted to discover a conker tree and had so much fun collecting lots of beautiful conkers! Great work Year 1!

Drama in Year 1!

September 24th, 2020 by

As part of our current ‘Hook of a   Book’ topic based on Julia Donaldson’s ‘Cave Baby’, Year One have had a great time acting out the story. We worked together to retell the story through drama, transforming into Mammoths, Tigers, Hares, Hyenas and of course Cave Baby. Amazing acting Year 1!

Counting with conkers!

September 24th, 2020 by

Year 1 have had lots of fun learning all about the seasons. We have been looking for signs of autumn and have noticed the leaves are starting to change colour. To link with our ‘Seasonal Changes’ topic, we have been swapping counters for conkers in our numeracy lessons and have been showing off our wonderful counting skills. Great work Year 1!

Our first week in Year One

September 17th, 2020 by

What a fantastic first week we have had in Year 1! We have had lots of fun learning about the story of ‘Silly Billy’, sharing any worries we have and making our very own worry dolls.
Miss Hudson and Mrs Bowes are so proud of all of the children in Year 1 for their beautiful behaviour and settling in so well. Well done Year 1, you are superstars!

Roald Dahl Day Fun

September 11th, 2020 by

Year One have had so much fun today celebrating Roald Dahl and learning all about the BFG. We have discussed dreams, adventures and how we can be a kind friend like the BFG. We have also been making our very own dream catchers and ears to match.

Miss Hudson, Mrs Bowes and Mrs Richardson made their very own BFG ears too! Well done Year 1!

Year 1’s Magical Day at Beamish Museum

December 2nd, 2019 by

What a wonderful day Year 1 have had on their trip to Beamish! We began our day by getting into the festive spirit and learning all about Christmas traditions in the past. The children got their hands sticky making traditional ginger cookies, they made fantastic wooden dolls using fabric and pegs and had lots of fun playing hide the thimble and pin the tail on the donkey in front of the cosy log fire. We then stepped into our time machine and travelled back to the Victorian era where we went to school to take part in a Victorian lesson – it was very different to Sacred Heart! We finished our day with a surprise visit to Santa and his reindeer’s. A truly wonderful day had by all. 

  with a surprise visit to Santa and his reindeer’s. A truly wonderful day had by all.

Fabulous French

November 21st, 2019 by

On Tuesday, Year 1 had lots of fun learning all about colours in French. We began our afternoon by learning how to pronounce each colour of the rainbow and then we all took part in singing a french colour song. We were soon experts at our colours and went on to create some beautiful pictures using our french skills. Très bien Year 1!

Buzz’s new spaceship!

November 8th, 2019 by

Today, Year 1 have transformed into Space Rangers. We had a very special visit from an astronaut informing us that Buzz needed a new rocket ship and we had to help him! Year 1 were certainly up for the challenge and worked very hard to create a brand new rocket ship ready for Buzz to fly into Space! We have had lots of fun learning all about rockets and we have even sang a special rocket song. We can’t wait to see the finished results next week!


Well done Eco-Science club!

October 15th, 2019 by

This week the last week of Eco-Science club for KS1. Miss Reid and Mrs Gritton have been blown away by the eagerness and enthusiasm the children have shown over the last 6 weeks. If you can remember, in the first week we planted some seeds in pots which the children have been checking on each week.

This week they had the opportunity to draw what has happened to their seed. We hope the children remember to water their plants at home and hopefully soon we might have some small vegetables appear! Everyone left yesterday with a special Eco-Science certificate to show what an amazing job they have done. Let’s hope KS2 are just as enthusiastic!

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.

Eco Science Club

September 16th, 2019 by

This evening, Eco Science club went outdoors! The children were able to get stuck in this week with some weeding and planting. We were extremely sensible and very grown up as we used trowels, rakes and forks to dig out small weeds and make little holes for our seeds. Mrs Gritton and Miss Reid were both very impressed by the children’s behaviour. We hope that are little plants can survive the winter!

Fantastic first week for Year 1!

September 6th, 2019 by

Year 1 have enjoyed their first week back and have wowed me with their positive attitude to learning and their fantastic behaviour. They have had lots of fun learning about autumn and building their very own hedgehog hotel. Great work Year 1!

Year 1b Big Clean Up

March 27th, 2019 by

Year 1b took part in their Big Clean Up this week. Luckily they had the sun beaming down to help them. Thank you everyone who has helped so far.

Terracycle – Recycle Plastic to make your School Fantastic!

March 25th, 2019 by

We have signed up to another Terracycle recycling scheme, this time with the chance to win a recycled playground makeover worth £ 10,000!

Participating is easy! The school that sends in the most accepted waste between the 25th of March 2019 and the 5th of July 2019 will receive a recycled playground makeover worth £10,000, on top of points earned by the shipment weight.

The winning school will be able to choose from a selection of play equipment or gardening equipment made from recycled material worth £10,000. Depending on the prize selected, the overall area required to install the prize could be up to 25m x 3m.

There is a recycle bin allocated for these items at the front office in school. Please see the attached link below to see what is acceptable waste.

Let’s work together to look after our amazing planet.


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.”

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!

Mini Vinnies Food Collection

December 15th, 2017 by

Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection this Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies have been collecting all the food and making a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 3 with 52 items donated who will now receive an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances on Friday morning who collects food for Stanley Food Bank. We brought all the food over to Church where we helped Frances count and move the food into her car to drop off. This will make a real difference to lots of families this Christmas.

Christmas Celebration Concert

December 12th, 2017 by

Well, that’s a wrap on our Christmas Celebration Concert 2017. Well done to all the children, who have represented our school so beautifully today, and have worked their socks off over the past few weeks in order to prepare our Advent concert for friends, families and parish alike.

Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate Advent with us. Sacred Heart, as a staff, hope that you have enjoyed the event, which some Governors and parents have kindly called our best concert yet. A huge thank you to Miss Cook for all her hard work with the graphics, and congratulations are due to every single child for braving the season’s coughs and sneezes to perform with their hearts and souls.

The children of Y1 performed wonderfully as our Nativity characters and our Y5/6 soloists did an excellent job. What fantastic voices!

Well done everyone. Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Miss Bray

Plant-a-thon round 2!

November 23rd, 2017 by

Absolutely massive thank you to the two parents that came to help us plant some more of our trees today, even in the pouring rain. Katie (REC), Grace (REC) and Daisy (Little Hearts) have each been given 5 dojos for their parents hard work. Thanks again to everyone that has been involved, whether that was by digging holes or my donating bulbs. It’s great to have such a supportive family community.

Lots of thanks,
Eco council


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!

Eco Council Need You!

November 9th, 2017 by

Are you green fingered? Love being outdoors? Free next Thursday from 11am? Then come along to our Plant-a-thon!

Along with our school Eco council, we need willing volunteers to help plant some of the many bulbs and trees that have been generously donated by our amazing school families. All you need is a spade, pair of gloves and a wheelbarrow full of determination!

We hope to see you there!

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.

Sniff, Sniff, Sniff

October 5th, 2017 by

Based on the performance poem ‘Sniff, Sniff, Sniff’, by Julia Donaldson, drama club have been devising our own rotten and revolting poems. Using rhythm and actions, we have worked to improve our ideas.

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

KS1 Drama Club

October 5th, 2017 by

This week, our Key Stage 1 Drama Club have been enjoying some very exciting activities! We have been using vocal exercises and whole body movement to express our understanding of a variety of choral poetry and rhymes. We have been wriggling like slimy eels, roaring like angry bulls and slowly growing like a nut seed. What an exciting afternoon!

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

Tiger Masks

September 12th, 2017 by

We enjoyed making tiger masks in class today and couldn’t believe how different they all were. We hope you enjoy looking at them as much as we all enjoyed making them.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

September 11th, 2017 by

What a morning the Year 1 children had today when a surprise visitor turned up hoping to stay for lunch! The tiger who normally comes for tea, made a special trip to our new Year 1 classroom and had lots of fun tricking and scaring the grown ups. He surprised Miss Shield, Mr Dixon and even Mr Naughton, who was so frightened he hid behind the cupboard door thinking he was real! Nobody was as brave as Miss Shield however as she picked him up straight away for a cuddle/wrestle.

He will be staying with us at school for the next couple of weeks to help us with our Literacy work and with our Party Tea preparations.

Anyone get a hole in one?

September 8th, 2017 by

Wow! What a treat we had today, when we had our very first session with Brian the brilliant golf coach! He commented on the excellent behaviour and skills from such young children and found it hard to believe we were only in Year 1! Rory McIlroy watch out…Year 1 are coming!


Our Lady of Fatima

May 12th, 2017 by

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.


Out and About in Y1

April 16th, 2017 by

This week we have been making the most of the spring weather and taking our learning outside. On Wednesday we went in to the school grounds with Father Kelly to have a lenten prayer session. It was wonderful to be able to spot all the signs of spring and talk about God’s creation.

On Thursday, as part of our creative topic on the Cottingley Fairies we went out in to the forest school to take our own fairy pictures. You never know what kind of mysterious, magical creatures you might find around Burnopfield!