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World Book Day

March 5th, 2020 by

The children had a wonderful time on World Book Day. In the morning, the children used their Literacy and Numeracy skills to crack codes and ‘escape from the library’. Following this, we held a quiz all about books. In the afternoon, the children produced some fantastic art work as they used chalk to recreate Hogwarts at night. Well done!


Farewell School Dinner

March 1st, 2020 by

Lots of the Year 5 children cashed in their dojos on Friday to share a final farewell school dinner with Miss Crawford and Miss Mullen. The children really enjoyed having the opportunity to spend some extra time with Miss Crawford and Miss Mullen and also enjoyed having their dinner in the Year 5 classroom.

 


Class Liturgy ‘Sources’

March 1st, 2020 by

Thank you to everyone who attended the Y5 liturgy on Friday. The children were keen to share what they have been learning in their topic of ‘Sources’ which has explored the Bible and all its different parts. The children read beautifully, carried out a role-play for the feeding of the 5000, shared their different gifts and talents and finished with a hymn. Well done!


Ouseburn/Victoria Tunnel Trip

March 1st, 2020 by

The children had a great time as they visited the Victoria Tunnel / Ouseburn as part of their creative topic on the Victorians.
The children had the opportunity to see, hold and discuss objects from the Victorian era including money and a teacher’s cane. Next, they visited the Victoria tunnel and learned how it was built and what it was used for. This also included a spooky story that was told in absolute darkness! After this, the children explored the Ouseburn area to see how it had changed from the Victorian era. We also thought about how the river Tyne had been used in the past and how this had changed too. Finally, we had the chance to visit Ouseburn farm, spend some time at a local park and buy a few things from the Seven Stories shop. Thankfully the weather was okay with just a light drizzle. What a fantastic day!


Eucharistic Prayer 3 PowerPoint

March 1st, 2020 by

‘Communion’ means ‘being at one with’. The celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of being at one with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as being at one with one another. It is about God making the world holy and of people offering worship to God. The Eucharist is a memorial of Jesus’ sacrifice. Jesus’ sacrifice unites the whole Church, those in Heaven and those on earth and makes it one Church.
That is why, in the Eucharist, prayer reference is made to Mary and all the saints. There are three Eucharistic prayers written specially for children. We read the text of the third. As we read the text, we considered all the words and phrases that speak about communion (friendship) and all the people with whom the Christian family are joined in communion.
The children then made a PowerPoint presentation/guide for younger children about Eucharistic Prayer III, so that they will understand it better when they hear it prayed.


RE Dance/Roleplay

March 1st, 2020 by

We began the lesson by considering the word ‘communion’. We discussed what it meant and other words that were similar e.g. relationship, empathy, unity, union, one with… etc. We then thought about what ‘in communion with Jesus’ means.
It was highlighted how Paul was one of the friends of Jesus who went from city to city telling people about the Good News of Jesus. He often wrote to the people he had left to remind them of the message of Jesus, to say ‘well done’ or to give them advice.
The children then completed their main activity. They chose some suitable music/song/hymns with which to develop a dance or used a role-play to show how Jesus brings together many different people with different gifts.


Year 5/6 Boys Football

March 1st, 2020 by

A fantastic effort from our football team this week, who took part in a football tournament at Thorp Academy. The boys played brilliantly and demonstrated fantastic team work. Well done boys!


Science Rockets

March 1st, 2020 by

Earth and Space:
The children finished their topic on Earth and Space by carrying out an investigation into rockets. We went through the method for getting our rockets to launch. We discussed how baking soda and vinegar react together to form carbon dioxide, which creates fizzing as it escapes the solution. This gas will rush up – if it has nowhere to escape then the pressure builds. Eventually the pressure builds so much that an explosion occurs!
We planned an investigation together and the children got into groups. Each group put a different amount of baking soda into their rocket to see if this would affect how high it would travel. We launched our rockets outside which was great fun. However, the most fun was had when a rocket exploded all over Mr Woods covering him in vinegar and baking powder!


French Day

March 1st, 2020 by

The children practiced their art skills on French day as they created some wonderful art based around the seasons. The children learnt the different months and seasons and made a note of these on their pieces of art. They started with a template of a tree split into four different sections. They used a cross hatching technique to add colour to the tree and to the four different backgrounds. The children used bright colours for spring and summer and darker colours for autumn and winter. Next, they used paint to add leaves of different colours to the tree.


Fair Trade Game

March 1st, 2020 by

We began our creative lesson by discussing/revising what we had learnt in the previous lesson about trade in the Victorian era. We discussed how we would be learning more about trade by playing a game. The objective of the game was to draw rectangular tables with an area of 24cm² which would generate money. The children were divided into five groups, with a maximum of 6 children in each group. Each group represented a different country. As most teams did not have all the necessary resources at the beginning of the game, namely pencils, rulers and ‘mahogany logs’ (paper) to produce the tables, the countries would need to trade with each other to obtain the necessary resources.
We discussed how to calculate area and went through some mental calculations, e.g. what is the area of a rectangle with length 6cm and width 8cm?
The children then played the game. Afterwards, we discussed the strategy that each group adopted. We considered which group was most successful and whether the game was fair. We linked the game to trade in the world and looked at the difference between free trade and fair trade.


Bible references

March 1st, 2020 by

We discussed how the Bible includes poetry, legal documents, songs, letters, eyewitness accounts, biography, historical documents and advice literature.
We then completed an activity to help the children handle their Bibles more easily. We discussed that when you want to read a particular text in the Bible, you would use a reference.
The children then completed their main activity for the lesson. They looked up the following references: Isaiah 44: 2, Proverbs 24: 13-14, Luke 22: 54-57, Psalms 5: 1-3. They made a note of which book of the Bible it comes from, what genre of writing it is, a note of the main content of the passage and the religious belief that comes from the scripture.


Dead Sea Scrolls Research

March 1st, 2020 by

In our R.E. Lesson we discussed how the Books known to Christians as the ‘Old Testament’ are the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ for Jewish people. Jesus was a Jew and would have been familiar with those Scriptures. ‘Scriptures’ means ‘writings’. The Old Testament is made up of:
• The Pentateuch (the first five books, called the ‘Torah’ by the Jewish people).
• The Historical books (from Joshua to Maccabees).
• The Wisdom books (from Job to Ecclesiasticus).
• The Prophets (from Isaiah to Malachi).
They show how God gradually revealed himself to his people, as he promised to guide them and give them laws to live by. For Christians, the stories in the Old Testament tell of the events which prepared for the coming of Jesus. Usually the first reading at Mass on Sunday is from the Old Testament. At the Easter Vigil there are a number of readings from the Old Testament which tell the story of God’s loving relationship with his people.
We then watched some videos about the Torah and the Dead Sea Scrolls. We talked about how shepherds found these scrolls in clay jars buried in a cave near the Dead Sea. The Scrolls include fragments from every book of the Old Testament, except for the Book of Esther. The only complete book of the Hebrew Bible preserved among the scrolls is Isaiah. This copy, dated to the first century B.C., is considered the earliest Old Testament manuscript still in existence.
The children were then given their main activity for the lesson: Getting in small groups and researching the Dead Sea scrolls to present to the class.


Multiplication Game

March 1st, 2020 by

The Year 5 children had great fun on as they consolidated their knowledge on multiplying 4-digits and 1-digit numbers together. The children played a game with a partner called ‘4 in a line’. The children rolled a dice. The number on the dice decided a 1-digit number. They rolled the dice again which decided a 4-digit number. The children then multiplied the two numbers together using column multiplication. The answers to these multiplications were laid out in a grid. The children put down a coloured cube every time they found an answer on the grid. The first person to get four cubes in a row was the winner!


Hancock Museum Trip

March 1st, 2020 by

The Year 5 children had a great time on Tuesday as they visited the Hancock Museum in Newcastle. They had the opportunity to explore the Ancient Egypt exhibit: looking at Ancient Egyptian artefacts and gathering facts about them. The children also got to work like an Egyptologist and examined different evidence to discover some of the secrets of mummification. They used original source material and looked at x-rays and CT scans from the two Egyptian mummies in the museum. This provided a ‘real’ insight into the journey the mummies have been on and included close-up imagery of an unwrapped mummy.
The children also enjoyed exploring the other parts of the museum and were a credit to the school throughout the trip with their behaviour.
Well done!


Sphinx Painting

March 1st, 2020 by

The Year 5 children did a great job finishing off their clay models sphinxes this week with some paint. The children considered primary, secondary, complementary and contrasting colours. Some children chose contrasting colours and some choose complementary colours. Can you tell which is which?


Lego League Challenge

March 1st, 2020 by

Ten Year 5 children had a great day on Thursday as they competed in the Lego League Challenge at Gateshead College Skills Academy in Sunderland. The Year 5 children have been attending lego club this year where they have been working together to complete several tasks. The children came up with an innovation project where they identified a problem in the local community and found a solution for this problem. They created a presentation about this and presented it to the Lego League judges. They also built and programmed a bot to complete missions which they had the chance to showcase on the day.  The children were competing against 26 other teams with children’s ages ranging from 9 to 16 years old. The children did fantastically and worked really well as a team all day. So much so, they were given the judges award after they demonstrated their teamwork and empathy to console a team member. Please check the class blogs/facebook for photos and a video.
Well done!


Clay Models

December 6th, 2019 by

The children really enjoyed their creative lesson this week as they created some clay models of the Sphinx. The children shaped their pieces of clay and then used water to mould the pieces together. Following this, they used different tools (rulers, pencils etc) to score the clay and create some detail. The children worked really well and produced some fantastic models. Well done!


Multiplying & Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000

December 4th, 2019 by

The children completed a matching activity and some problem solving questions on Thursday as they consolidated their knowledge on Multiplying & Dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. The children were given 10 different cards; each with a question and an answer. The children worked in pairs to match up the questions and answers which formed a continuous loop. Following this, the children tried some tricky problem solving questions and really enjoyed the challenge of solving them. Well done!


Called into fellowship with Jesus

December 2nd, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing how Jesus Christ came to live among us in human form 2000 years ago. When he ascended into Heaven, he promised that he would come again, the Second Advent of Jesus Christ. The early Christians thought that he would come quite soon.
We discussed how that is why Paul tells people to be ready. We do not know when Jesus Christ will come again, but we know he will, as he always keeps his promises. The advice to be prepared for Jesus Christ’s coming can also apply to our meeting with him in Heaven when we die. Advent is another opportunity to be ready and waiting in expectation of meeting Jesus. The children then created a presentation about how we as Christians are ‘called into fellowship with Jesus’. Different groups of children explored a variety of environments (home/school/parish) and what these might look like and the expectations involved.


Christmas Craft Enterprise Day

November 29th, 2019 by

Well done to the children of Year 5 who produced some fantastic crafts to sell on Enterprise day. The children made and sold a variety of crafts: funny face baubles, Christmas jump-up characters, angel pine decorations, festive meerkats, elf headbands and an assortment of Christmas toys. The children worked well on the day to buy and sell different items. Some items sold out quickly. However, other items required the children to use their selling skills to drum up interest.  They did a fine job and every item was sold at the end of the day.

The class spent £87.00 on craft materials and toys. The returns on the day were £227 which resulted in a brilliant profit of £140 overall . Amazing!


How the planets move

November 29th, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing the meaning of ‘orbit’ and ‘rotate’. In pairs, the children discussed and demonstrated the difference to each other. We fed back as a whole class and asked a pair to model. We then looked at videos of geocentric and heliocentric model of the solar system. How are the planets moving? What is the centre of the solar system? Which model of planetary movement is correct? Why?

Next, we read the story of the change from the geocentric model to the heliocentric model. The children played characters and read lines when their character arose in the story. Following this, we went outside so that we could better understand the heliocentric model and to gain more understanding of the distances of different planets to the Sun. The children were given roles as planets and stood (to scale) approximate distances from the sun. The children side stepped around the sun in a circular motion which showed us why some planets orbit the sun very quickly whereas other take a long time.


Isaiah’s expectations

November 29th, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing how Advent is a time of expectation. As Christians, the prophet’s expectation of the Messiah is foremost in our minds. We looked at Isaiah 35: 9-10 ‘Let the whole world be glad.’ The reading reminded us of the expectations we have of the Messiah’s coming and the effect this will have on us. We then read Isaiah 62: 11-12 ‘God is coming.’ In this reading, we were reminded of what God has done for us and the expectations that have been placed upon us as ‘God’s Holy People’. The children were given their main task for the lesson—in pairs or small groups, they designed a PowerPoint presentation using text and photographs which depicted and explored the prophet’s expectations within the readings.


Christmas Crafts

November 22nd, 2019 by

The children really enjoyed making some of their Christmas crafts this week in preparation for the craft fayre next week.


Science – Planetary Facts

November 22nd, 2019 by

To begin the lesson, the children got into groups and discussed their existing ideas about the solar system focusing on the following questions: Can you name the planets? Do
you know the order of the planets? Where have you got your ideas from?
The children then took part in some Solar System Speed Dating! Each pair was given one Planetary Fact Card. The children took turns to visit another one of the other planets to discuss and compare facts about the planets.
Finally, the children were given their main task for the lesson. In their pairs, they coloured in the planets and added facts to a poster. At the end of the lesson, they swapped posters and peer assessed. They wrote two things they liked and one thing
that could be improved.


French Afternoon

November 22nd, 2019 by

The children had a great time on their French afternoon. To start, we recapped our work done previously by revising the activities for a daily routine. Next, we played a game of bingo. The children picked six activities from a daily routine. They wrote these in English. They heard the daily routines in French and crossed them off if they had them. When they had crossed all six of their daily routines they shouted out ‘Lotto! J’ai gagne.’ Following this, the children then worked with a partner and created some mime for their daily routine. Their partner tried to guess the activity. The children then swapped over and repeated. At the end of the lesson, the children showed their mimes to the class who guessed the routine activity.


Build a Pyramid Workshop

November 18th, 2019 by

The children enjoyed an extremely interesting workshop on Monday as part of their learning on Ancient Egypt. During the workshop, the children helped an Egyptian explorer assemble an incredible giant model of the King’s Pyramid at Giza. We discovered where the passages lead, and explored the hidden chambers and escape tunnels. We also examined an absolutely beautiful model of the temple complex that sat next to the pyramid. Once this was complete, we turned to the mummification process. Using a specially designed mannequin and sarcophagus, we prepared the body for mummification, removed organs, and placed them in real canopic jars. We then took it in turns to wrap the mummy while listening to a number of incredible Egyptian myths. A fascinating workshop, full of secrets, stories, and surprises!


RE – Expectations

November 18th, 2019 by

We began our new RE topic on Expectations by considering ‘I would like/wish for’ and ‘I expect’ and what the difference was.  We discussed how there is a lot of difference between ‘I would like/wish for’ and ‘I expect’.

To expect something means that there is a strong possibility, even a certainty that it is going to happen.

We then talked about how it is good to have high expectations of a person. It gives them confidence. However, expectations of yourself and others have to be realistic.

The children then got into mixed ability groups and considered a range of scenarios from day to day life, e.g. completing some homework or preparing for an event. They used role-play to show the expectation that they should have of themselves and what others, such as parents and teachers, expected from them.


Anti-Bullying Week

November 18th, 2019 by

This week has all been about the Schools Council’s final Anti- Bullying push. The children organised our Anti-Bullying play, wrote to BBC, North East Bikers against Bullying and Liz Twist MP to launch our new Anti-Bullying charter which will be taken to London in March by the School Council. The children loved seeing both the North East Bikers and Liz on Wednesday and Friday to talk to the children. The children also had the chance to sit on some of the North East Bikers bikes!


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.


November 8th, 2019 by

We began our RE lesson by learning how priests, brothers and sisters live their commitment to following Jesus – their vocation, in a particular way and all Christians are committed to following Jesus whatever their vocation or way of life is.

Blessed John Henry Newman wrote a special reflection which applies to everyone’s vocation:

God has created me to do Him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission…

He has not created me for nothing. I shall do good.

I shall do His work. Therefore I will trust Him whatever I do, wherever I am. I cannot be thrown away.

If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain.

He knows what He is about.

The children then researched the life of John Henry Newman. They found out who he was, what he did and how his belief shaped his life.


Ancient Egyptian Food

November 8th, 2019 by

On Monday, the children had a great time learning about the food that the Ancient Egyptians used to eat. They also learnt that a healthy diet is made up of a variety and balance of

different foods and drinks, as depicted on ‘The Eatwell Plate.’ They decided if the Ancient Egyptians were able to have a healthy diet with the foods available to them and discussed whether all the members of Ancient Egyptian society would have the same food. Next, they created their own perfect plate of healthy food which they shared with the class. To finish, the children worked in groups to make some Egyptian bread; adding different ingredients to change the taste.


Year 5 Art Day

November 1st, 2019 by

The Year 5 children had a great time on their art day. They started the day by drawing some sphinxes which were in the foreground and then added some detail to the background. They also completed some cartouches with their names written in hieroglyphics. They made these look realistic by staining them with tea bags and crumpling them to make them appear very old.

Next, they looked at the work of George Seurat and his technique of pointillism. The aim of the lesson was for children to use this technique to paint a portrait of a pharaoh. The children sketched their drawing of the pharaoh first and used cotton buds to add the paint as dots/points.

A parent in the class also came in to see the children. Mr Healey is an artist and helped the children with their paintings; showing the children some tips/techniques.

He also shared what his life is like as an artist and answered lots of questions from the children who were very interested. He also showed the children some of his drawings which were very impressive!


Living Things and Habitats

November 1st, 2019 by

As today was our last lesson on Habitats and Their Living Things, we worked together to make a nature documentary ‘Life’.

Each group had to take on the role of wildlife presenters and write a script to narrate a programme all about the life cycles of plants and different animals. In our groups we then took it in turns to present our show.


Parts on an egg

October 18th, 2019 by

The children continued their work in science looking at the life cycles of different living things. We learnt about the life cycle of birds and took a closer look at some eggs to see what they looked like inside. The children enjoyed seeing if they could spot all the different parts.


Year 5 Loving Liturgy

October 18th, 2019 by

Thank you to everyone who came along to see the Year 5 liturgy on ‘Loving’ on Friday. Each child shared how they show love to others which was lovely to hear.  The children read beautifully, acted amazingly and sung and danced enthusiastically! The children played a big part in the liturgy and helped with planning several aspects. This included the focal point which looked fantastic. Well done!

World’s Worst Children

October 18th, 2019 by

For the past week, Year 5 have been planning a story based around their own World’s Worst Child. Inspired by David Walliams, the children have each came up with a disgustingly behaving child to write about. Some of their ideas have been incredible.

This week, the children were able to start writing up their stories onto paper to make it into their very own book. Over half term they have the challenge of completing the illustrations ready for Miss Reid in the first week back.

As you can imagine, she is already very excited to see what the children produce to go with their amazing writing.


Year 5 Numeracy:

October 11th, 2019 by

The Y5 children consolidated their knowledge on written addition and subtraction with a board game on Thursday. Each child started with £500,000. They rolled the di and moved the amount of spaces on the board. If they landed on a payment box, they took away the amount from their budget. The person with the most money at the end of the game won. The children then played again but this time added on the amount. The player with the most money won this time.


Year 5/6 football

October 11th, 2019 by

Well done to the eight Year 6 boys and one Year 5 boy who represented Sacred Heart at a 7-a-side football competition on Thursday. The boys played three matches: winning 1-0 against Dunston Hill (arguably the strongest opposition); losing 1-0 against Washingwell; and losing 3-1 against Lobley Hill. The boys played really well and could have come away with three victories if they had taken more of their chances. The next set of matches is in March 20120. Until then, the boys plan to practice their shooting and develop their skills in this area. Well done boys!

Mission team – St Thomas More

October 9th, 2019 by

The mission team had a great time at a mission event at St Thomas More on Tuesday. The morning was led by some students from STM. The aim of the day was for past pupils from the feeder primary schools to teach some music and dance. They also led with some prayer and reflection. Our mission team will now be able to take the things they have learnt back into school. The children represented Sacred Heart extremely well and were fully engaged learning the new music and dances. Well done!


RE – courageous and committed people

September 30th, 2019 by

We began our new topic on vocation by thinking of the word commitment. We discussed what we thought it meant and brainstormed other words that have a similar meaning:

dedication, loyalty, promise, pledge, devoted

It was highlighted that whatever you do in life, you need commitment to do it well. We thought about some of the jobs people do—some paid and some voluntary. We made a chart on the IWB and added jobs to it—answering questions such as:

What does it involve? What is the commitment? What are the personal risks? How do you measure this commitment?

The children were then given the main task for the lesson—research a story of an adult or a child who showed great courage and commitment. What did they do? How did they show commitment and why do you think they acted like that? They shared their findings with the class at the end of the lesson.


September 26th, 2019 by

Today we looked at the different job roles that people had during ancient Egyptian times. Everyone was given a different role and they had to imagine that that was their job. There was a drought alert and the people of Egypt were called to a meeting with the Pharaoh’s Vizier to try and persuade the Pharaoh to listen to their desperate message for action.

In the end, the Vizier decided whether the threat was urgent enough to inform the Pharaoh. Each role argued their case well and put forward some interesting points!


Direct Speech

September 26th, 2019 by

In preparation for their story writing, Year 5 spent today’s literacy lesson recapping how we punctuate direct speech. We looked at lots of examples together and even wrote some conversations between two frogs!

The class are well on their way to becoming a bunch of writing superstars.


Negative Numbers Tug of War

September 26th, 2019 by

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:

Hard —rolled two die and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach –50 points

Easy —rolled one dice. One player needed to reach 10 points and the other needed to reach -10 points


Rounding Numbers Game

September 23rd, 2019 by

Following on from our previous lessons rounding 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 we looked at using our rounding knowledge to play a game.

The children worked in mixed ability pairs to put together a jigsaw of triangles to make a hexagon. Each triangle had a rounding related question or answer on its sides which needed to be matched up. Once the children had matched up all the questions and answers in the correct place, they had formed their hexagon. The children then moved on to playing a game of dominoes with the triangles. These fun activities tested the children’s ability to round 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 which they did very well.


September 19th, 2019 by

Well done to the six Year 6 boys and one Year 5 boy who represented Sacred Heart at a 7-a-side football competition on Thursday. The boys played four matches: winning 1-0; losing 3-0; and drawing 0-0 and 1-1. The boys played brilliantly together and showed great fitness to play all their matches with no subs. They were unlucky not to come away with three wins as they were unable to convert all their chances. Well done boys!


Literacy Wonders

September 16th, 2019 by

Today, Year 5 have been spending some time recapping some of the amazing SPaG that they have been taught over the last few years of Key Stage 2. We began by looking at expanded noun phrases. The children were very keen to share their ideas as we used a variety of images to inspire our writing. Using whiteboards, the class were able to write down and share what they thought. We had some great examples and Miss Reid was very impressed. Mr Naughton also caught a glimpse of our lesson and was very interested to see what the children were getting up to.


RE – Value of Gospels

September 13th, 2019 by

We began this lesson by discussing that near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, a large crowd had gathered to hear his words, to be encouraged and to learn how to shape their lives in a more loving way. This teaching is called the ‘Sermon on the Mount’, because Jesus went up a hill so everyone could see and hear him. It is also called the Beatitudes; in some translations the word blessed is used, In other versions the word happy is used. Jesus explained the meaning of true happiness and its rewards. We then looked at The Sermon on the Mount as written by Matthew 5: 1-12. We looked at different images  to illustrate the text and discussed how the various images reflected the values of this Gospel. At the ending of his teaching, Jesus has a word about how we are to love even our enemies as written by Matthew 5: 44-4. We discussed the meaning of this and what it might mean in our own lives.

The children were then given their main task for the lesson: In groups, they explored and described how the values from the Gospel are lived out at school and the parish community and what difference they make to people’s lives. They presented their findings to the class.


RE – The Prodigal Son

September 12th, 2019 by

In our R.E. lesson we discussed how Jesus told many stories to help his friends understand difficult things. We discussed how his parables (stories with special meanings) still have meaning for people today. When you read them, you have to think and try to work out the message that Jesus is giving to his friends today. We looked at the parable of the Prodigal son and discussed its meaning as a class. As a class, we then held a trial for the characters in the story. The children were given various roles: Lawyers for the defence and prosecution, The jurors.

At the end of the trial, the jury decided who showed or failed to show unconditional love and the reasons why this may have been.

 


Year 5 Place Value Game

September 12th, 2019 by

Two children were picked to play against each other. They took turns to pick a numbered card and placed the number in a place value column ranging from ones to 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 cards had been picked, the class read both numbers. The children then played this game in pairs with cards.


First Week Back

September 6th, 2019 by

The Year 5 children have had a great first week and really impressed Mr Woods with their behaviour and attitude. They have completed some fun activities this week including making bookmarks and drawing self portraits and are all looking forward to another year at Sacred Heart. Keep a close eye on this Year 5 blog to see some of the things they have been getting up to this year.


Year 5 Assembly

July 11th, 2019 by

Thank you to all the parents and carers who came to see the Y5 assembly on Thursday. The Y5 children shared what they have been doing in their latest creative topic – Virgin Money: Make £5 Grow. The children read, carried out role-plays, asked probing questions and sang beautifully. Each group also had the opportunity to present what they will be selling next week. The rest of the children in the school are welcome to bring in money next week to spend during break and lunch times on:

Nerf-gun target game – 20p per shot
Football shout out game – 30p per shot
Sweet shop – 10p minimum required
Guessing squishies competition – £1 a guess
Popcorn – £1 minimum required
Stress Relievers – £1 minimum required
Bracelets – £1 minimum required
Rock art – £1 minimum required
Great work Year 5!

July 5th, 2019 by

The Year 5 and Year 6 children had a wonderful time on Friday at South Shields for their Sandcastle Challenge. The children were put into four teams and designed and built a sand sculpture based around the environmental theme of ‘Build a new world’. The children decorated their sand sculptures with items and worked together brilliantly to create their sculptures. Well done!


Virgin Money: Will it work?

June 26th, 2019 by

The children continued their good work on the Virgin Money scheme this week. It was explained to the pupils that they now needed to think about their enterprise idea more carefully in order to understand if it would work. In pairs, they generated as many questions as they could about their enterprise idea. These were then shared with the rest of the class. Next, the pupils were asked why they thought companies do market research. It was highlighted how the key to a good business is understanding who your customers are, what they want and meeting those needs in a way that is profitable for you. The pupils looked at similar products or services already on the market to see if they could learn from them.  The pupils then designed a questionnaire about their business idea. They considered preferred versions of the product and the cost. It was discussed how it is important to understand what resources are needed to get a business idea off the ground and the cost of these resources.


Show Racism the Red Card

June 26th, 2019 by

This week the Year 5 welcomed James and Patrick from ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ which is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. Established in January 1996, the organisation utilises the high-profile status of football and football players to publicise its message. The children were involved in workshops designed to educate young people about the causes and the consequences of racism. The children had plenty of to discuss and really enjoyed the sessions.


Sandcastle Challenge

June 20th, 2019 by

On Thursday, Sacred Heart welcomed Gateshead College in to talk to Year 5 & 6 about an upcoming event – the sandcastle challenge. The children will be taking part in the local event on Friday 5th July, where they will compete against many other schools for the top prize. Keen to win, the classes have already began thinking about what their designs are going to look like. Good luck!


Virgin Money: Module 1 – What is enterprise?

June 19th, 2019 by

We began the lesson by explaining to the pupils that they were going to be taking part in an exciting enterprise project. We watched a short film of a school completing the ‘Make £5 Grow’ scheme. Afterwards, we discussed what the word ‘enterprise’ means. We captured their thoughts and then read the definition together. Next, we completed a young entrepreneurs’ quiz. Pupils guessed the business of 10 young entrepreneurs from the picture clues provided. The quiz covered a variety of businesses from goods-based, such as bakers and sports gear retailers, to expertise-based, like a restaurant or garage. This allowed the children to gain a breadth of ideas that they might use for their own project.

Following on from this, we read a short profile of Sir Richard Branson. As a class, we discussed the different skills that might be needed for an enterprise activity. The children completed a skills sheet and wrote a definition for each skill. It was highlighted that entrepreneurs are not magicians. Most of them have developed successful skills and qualities through practice and experience. It was stressed to pupils that they could develop these characteristics too. The children then ranked themselves across the different skills. They were encouraged to give reasons for their rankings and considered what they might be able to do to improve their weakest ranking skills.

To finish, the children were given a short amount of time to discuss their initial ideas with other members of the class.


Virgin Money: Make £5 grow

June 19th, 2019 by

The year 5 children have started Virgin Money: Make £5 Grow as part of their creative curriculum this half term.

Make £5 Grow gives young people aged between 9 and 11 years old the experience of starting a small business using a £5 loan from Virgin Money. The programme gives pupils an insight into how business works and helps them to build skills for the future, such as teamworking, problem solving, leadership, money management and creativity. Engaging, educational and great fun, it delivers key elements of the National Curriculum.

Pupils form groups and pool their money to design and develop a product or a service. At the end of the programme, the school will arrange for pupils to sell their product or services to other children and parents of the school. The year 5 children will keep any profit made by the pupils’ small businesses once the loan has been repaid.

We will let you know what the children have got planned in the near future.


Transformation Liturgy

June 6th, 2019 by

A big well done to the children of Year 5 who shared their transformation liturgy on Wednesday. The children discussed the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit that they possessed. Thank you to the parents and carers that came to see the liturgy. We hoped that you enjoyed sharing it with the children.


Ramadan

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.


Eucharist Hymns

May 17th, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing how there are several  Eucharistic prayers with some written specifically for  children. There are four main ones that are used at Mass on Sunday. It was then revealed that in in Eucharistic prayer II, after everyone has joined in with proclaiming the Mystery of Faith, the priest continues the prayer, offering to God the Father the consecrated bread and wine which is Jesus Christ’s own offering. It is a prayer which remembers and thanks Jesus. The children were then given their main task for the lesson—in mixed ability groups they were to explore the meaning of different hymns that are sung during the Eucharist and  present their findings to the class.


Creative – Stonehenge

May 17th, 2019 by

In this lesson, the children learnt all about the history of Stonehenge, discussing what they had learnt and made predictions based on the evidence presented to them throughout. Working in groups of 5 or 6, children were then given a ’role’ each, and spent some time arguing their character’s opinion on the original purpose of Stonehenge in a small debate setting. The groups decided on their most convincing argument and shared their reasoning in a whole class debate. Overall, after several informed discussions, the class decided that Stonehenge was most likely to have been built as a place to study ancient astronomy.


Research – Tower of London prsioners

May 17th, 2019 by

In this lesson, the children were inspired by a recurring theme in David Walliams’ fantastic Gangsta Granny to use tablets to conduct research about a famous prisoner of the Tower of London. First of all, the class enjoyed reading an extract from the text together. The children were given an opportunity to discuss and reflect upon this extract with a partner, focussing on the references to the Tower of London and its significance to the story. The children then conducted internet research on previous prisoners of the Tower of London in order to deepen their understanding of the story, working in pairs but individually selecting and noting down important information. This new knowledge will be consolidated as a fact file in the next lesson, and will definitely inform future learning about Gangsta Granny.


RE – Eucharist

May 13th, 2019 by

We began our lesson on the Eucharist by watching a video clip of the Consecration. We discussed how every time the Eucharist is celebrated, Christians are keeping the memory of Jesus alive. The Eucharist is a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross and makes that present and real, just like for the Jewish people the events of their freedom from Egypt are made present to them each time they celebrate the Passover.

During the part of the Mass called the liturgy of the Eucharist, in the Eucharistic prayer, the priest holds the host and says some important words; we looked at these together as a class.

At that moment the memory of Jesus’ actions at the Last Supper are called to mind and made present and real for Christians. These are called the words of consecration, consecration means made holy.

Catholics believe that at this point in the Mass, through the power of the Holy Spirit the bread becomes truly the body of Christ and the wine the blood of Christ. The server will ring a bell as the priest holds ups, elevates, the host and then the chalice. People will look up and make an act of faith and pray in their hearts something like ‘My Lord and my God’, affirming that they truly believe in the words of Jesus, when he said at the Last Supper ‘this is my body, this is my blood.’ This is the real presence of Christ. The children then completed their main task for the lesson – creating a poster on the Eucharist.


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.


Big Clean Up Cont.

April 3rd, 2019 by

Year 5 timed their Big Clean Up right and were able to roam around the school grounds in just their shirts. Another fantastic effort which has helped greatly in the bigger process. Thank you Year 5!


Litter Pick

April 1st, 2019 by

Year 5 were Eco Warriors this week by picking up lots of litter lying around our school grounds. The wonderful Eco-Council provided us with litter pickers so we could hunt rubbish and we did a fantastic job making areas around school a lot cleaner. Well done, Year 5!


Creative – D&T

April 1st, 2019 by

The children used the tablets to help them research different materials and their properties in this D&T lesson.

We began by learning that any substance that is used to make something is a material. Natural materials such as stone, wood and cotton are used or worked with in the way they are found in nature. Synthetic or man-made materials are made from natural materials, but are altered with the help of heat or chemicals. Some examples include plastics, polyester and Kevlar. The words used to describe a material are known as its properties. Each material has its own set of properties. These properties make different materials useful for different purposes.

With this in mind, the children were then given their main activity for the lesson. The children referred back to their superheroes and considered what properties their costumes, weapons, armour etc. would have. They researched the different materials that had these properties and decided which material would be the best option for their superhero. They made a note of this and write down justification for each material. At the end of the lesson, they shared their findings with the rest of the class.


March 26th, 2019 by

The Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in a special one-off lesson based around the BBC Blue Planet TV series this week. The children joined thousands of other children around the UK as they watched a live lesson on BBC iplayer and completed some activities based around the environment. The children considered plastic pollution in the worlds oceans and the impact it has having on marine life around the world.

 


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.

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Lenten Liturgy

March 20th, 2019 by

Thank you to everyone who came along to the Lenten liturgy on Wednesday. The children did an amazing job in reading, praying and singing. The children didn’t have much time to prepare but did themselves proud. The children explored the importance of Lent and shared their Lenten promises. Let’s hope that they can keep to them! Well done Year 5.


World Book Day – Crafts

March 7th, 2019 by

The children finished World Book Day with a crafts afternoon. The children decorated paper plates to make them look like cowboys / cowgirls. They looked fantastic!


World Book Day – Literacy

March 7th, 2019 by

The children used their descriptive writing skills in this lesson to draw and describe their very own cowboy / cowgirl. We began the lesson by discussing what a cowboy / cowgirl was and looked at some images. The children discussed some common features. We then looked at the success criteria for our descriptive writing and brainstormed some good adjectives, adverbs, similes and metaphors. Finally, we looked at an example of some descriptive writing and picked out things that worked well and things we would improve. The children then drew and described their very own cowboy / cowgirl which they shared with the rest of the class at the end of the lesson.


World Book Day – Numeracy

March 7th, 2019 by

The children used and applied their maths knowledge in this lesson to solve a murder mystery! The police had been called to investigate the murder at a hotel. As Chief Detective Officers, the children had to solve the crime.

There were 32 suspects—all of them an outlaw in the Wild West.  Each clue was left in a different code so that only the children, with their amazing code‐breaking skills, would be able to solve them all.

They could tackle the clues in any order. Once they had solved each clue they would be able to eliminate some of the suspects from their inquiries. Each clue would remove half of the suspects from the list, until they were left with just one.


20 day challenge

March 5th, 2019 by

The children started day 1 of the 20 day challenge this week. They will be working with TaeKwon Do coach: Jon Churchward. Jon will be coming to school most days of the week to carry out some core strength exercises. The children will begin with one repetition each on day 1 and will build on this by doing an extra repetition each day. The exercises will include leg raises, press-ups, crunches and pad work. Jon is hoping to build core strength in the children so that they can do 20 repetitions in each exercise by the end of the 20 days.  Well done Year 5!


Lenten Promises

March 1st, 2019 by

The children completed their Lenten promises this week ready for the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. They wrote their promises in the middle of a flower and how this would be beneficial on the petals. Following this, they coloured in their flowers and shared their promises with other children in the class.


How planets move in our solar system

February 28th, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing the meaning of ‘orbit’ and ‘rotate’. In pairs, the children discussed and demonstrated the difference to each other. We fed back as a whole class and asked a pair to model.

We then looked at videos of geocentric and heliocentric model of the solar system. Next, we read the story of the change from the geocentric model to the heliocentric model. The children played characters and read lines when their character arose in the story.

Following this, we went outside so that we could better understand the heliocentric model and to gain more understanding of the distances of different planets to the Sun. The children were given roles as planets and stood (to scale) approximate distances from the sun. The children side stepped around the sun in a circular motion which showed us why some planets orbit the sun very quickly whereas others take a long time.


Dracula role-play

February 28th, 2019 by

In this lesson, the children got together in mixed ability groups to carry out some roleplay based around Dracula. First of all, the children were shown an example play script. The children worked with a partner to discuss the purpose of a play script and the features. Some children were given different roles from the play script and acted it out. Using this to help them, the children got into groups of four to plan out their own play script for their roleplay. The children decided who would be doing each part. Once they had written out their plan, the children were given time to practice their roleplay. This will help the children in the next lesson when they write up their play scripts into their books.


Mixed Numbers Improper Fractions Bingo

February 13th, 2019 by

In this lesson, the children used their improper fractions and mixed numbers knowledge to play bingo! The children got into mixed ability pairs. They selected 9 mixed numbers from a list of 16. Each time an improper fraction was revealed, the children had to convert the improper fraction to a mixed number and mark it off if they had it. The first pair with all 9 mixed numbers crossed off was the winner! The children then repeated the game but played the opposite way round—picking improper fractions and converting to mixed numbers. We used multi-link during the lesson to help us understand the relationship between improper fractions and mixed numbers.


Vampire Survival

February 13th, 2019 by

The children continued their work on Dracula with a research lesson using the tablets.

The children worked in pairs to research hints and tips on how to survive against a vampire. The children shared some of their findings with the rest of the class which included using crosses, garlic and staying in the sun!

The children made a note of these things and will use these ideas in their following lessons creating a vampire survival guide.


Year 5 Boys Football

February 7th, 2019 by

A big well done to nine boys in year 5 who battled really hard on Wednesday night in a 5 a side football tournament. The boys played 4 matches against some strong opposition; many of them year 6 children. The boys got better and better as the matches went on. After a heavy defeat in the first game, the next two games were much tighter with some cracking goals scored. The final match was the boys best result, a draw, which they were unlucky not to win. Well done!


Planets Facts

January 31st, 2019 by

To begin the lesson, the children got into groups and discussed their existing ideas about the solar system focusing on the following questions: Can you name the planets? Do you know the order of the planets? Where have you got your ideas from?

The children then took part in some Solar System Speed Dating! Each pair was given one Planetary Fact Card. The children took turns to visit another one of the other planets to discuss and compare facts about the planets.

Finally, the children were given their main task for the lesson. In their pairs, they coloured in planets and added facts to a poster. At the end of the lesson, they swapped posters and peer assessed. They wrote two things they liked and one thing that could be improved.


Making sentences

January 31st, 2019 by

The children continued their work on their new text (Dracula) with a creative writing lesson.

The children all chose a book. We picked a number – this gave us a page to turn to. We picked another number – this gave us the line. Finally we picked a small number – this selected a word.

The children then wrote a sentence using the selected word; trying to make it appropriate for our current unit of horror stories.

Following this, we used the same sort of process to randomly select two words which the children had to use together in the same sentence. At the end of the lesson, they shared their fantastic sentences!


Multiplying 3d x 2d

January 31st, 2019 by


NSPCC

January 25th, 2019 by

We welcomed the NSPCC to Year 5 following last week’s assemblies as we completed a workshop. They delivered their ‘Speak out Stay Safe’ programme. This is a nationwide
programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands.

We learned more about how to keep ourselves safe from harm and how to get help if we have any worries.

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe programme, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools.


Multiplication

January 21st, 2019 by

In the final lesson of the week, the children used their multiplication knowledge to play a multiplication game. The children got into pairs. They took turns to roll a dice. The number on the dice decided the number in the left column. They rolled the dice again and this number decided the number in the right column. Then they multiplied the two numbers together—covering the answer on the grid with a counter. The first player to get four counters in a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line was the winner!


Angry Birds

January 21st, 2019 by

In our last Literacy lesson, the children began their stories on the Angry Birds using description to introduce the characters and set the scene. In this lesson, the children thought about the build up for their stories and how we might include some speech in their writing. To start, we watched the Angry Birds video and noted how there wasn’t any dialogue. We discussed how we could generate our own dialogue by getting into mixed ability groups and doing some roleplay.

The children considered what the characters could be talking about and we discussed this as a class: new bird in town, special abilities,  defending their eggs etc.

The children then performed their role play to the rest of the class.

They will use this for inspiration when writing their build ups next lesson.


Judaism

January 21st, 2019 by

We began the lesson by discussing that when we gather together as a family for special occasions, one of things that many people do is reminisce about past stories or events. Sometimes these are funny or serious stories about things that have happened. They are special to our families.

Every year during spring time the Jewish people get ready to come together as families to celebrate the festival of the Passover or Pesach. During Pesach Jewish people remember the story of how God delivered them from slavery in Egypt, how God still takes care of them and how they is still the need for freedom in some places of the world.

We then looked at the story of the Exodus. We learnt how God chose Moses to lead the Israelites to freedom. Pharaoh sent his soldiers after Moses and the people as they were leaving Egypt but God led them unharmed over the Red sea towards the desert, so they got away safely. God had freed them from slavery. so today Jewish people celebrate Passover or Pesach (the Jewish word for Passover), to remember that God passed over his people, so no disasters had happened to them, and lead them to freedom.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. Working in mixed ability pairs, the children used what they had learned to create an information guide on the Passover. They answered several key questions:

What is Passover? Where does it come from? Who celebrates Passover? How is it celebrated?

At the end of the lesson, the children shared their information guides with the rest of the class.


Year 5 Liturgy: Hope

December 14th, 2018 by

The Year 5 children shared their ‘Hope’ liturgy on Thursday with parents and carers. The liturgy explored how Advent is a a time of waiting in joyful hope for the coming of Jesus, the promised one, at Christmas and at the end of time. The children reflected on how they could use the remaining waiting time of Advent purposefully to show love and service and so be a light to others. They made some Advent promises and shared these. They sang well at the end of the liturgy and incorporated some lovely actions. Thank you to all the family members, guardians and friends that came to share this special occasion. Well done Year 5!


Christmas Party

December 12th, 2018 by

The children had a great time on Tuesday for their Christmas party day. We started with a Numeracy lesson. A cheeky elf had stolen a mince pie and the children needed to crack some clues to establish who the culprit was. Prizes were given to the team that solved the clues quickest and to the child who guessed correctly. Next, the children took part in a Christmas quiz with the winning team getting a prize of their choice.

The children then moved into the hall where they played lots of different games: corners, flap the kipper and musical statues. This meant more prizes!

Finally, the children enjoyed some lovely food prepared by the kitchen.


Mini-Vinnies food collection

December 12th, 2018 by

Thank you to all the school community who donated food for our collection in the Autumn term. The Mini Vinnies collected all the food and made a note of the items donated from each class. The winning class was Year 5 with 56 items donated who received an extra break in the final week of term. Well done! The Mini Vinnies met Frances 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 Craft Enterprise Day

November 30th, 2018 by

Well done to the children of Year 5 who produced some fantastic crafts to sell on Enterprise day. The children made and sold a variety of crafts: Bear baubles, Christmas jump-up characters, Polar bear racers, Christmas trees and an assortment of Christmas toys. The children worked well on the day to buy and sell different items. Some items sold out quickly. However, other items required the children to use their selling skills to drum up interest.  They did a fine job and there were only a few items left unsold at the end of the day.
The class spent £85.00 on craft materials and toys. The returns on the day were £160.50 which resulted in a brilliant profit of £75.50 overall . Amazing!

Year 5 Crafts

November 26th, 2018 by

The children really enjoyed making their Christmas crafts in preparation for the Enterprise Fayre.

They coloured in Christmas tree cones, built toy car racers and put together tree decorations.


Creative – Vinegar tea cakes

November 26th, 2018 by

The children learned all about rationing during the second world war in this lesson. Before Second World War 2 began, Britain imported over 50 million tons of food from many different countries every year. Britain stopped importing food when the war started because ships bringing the food were destroyed by German submarines. The government knew that this would lead to a shortage of food, so rationing was introduced in January 1940. Rationed food included butter, sugar, tea, meat, eggs, cheese, jam, sweets and milk.

Rationed food meant some ingredients were used as replacements which led to the vinegar cake.

The children worked in mixed groups of six to change a vinegar tea cakes recipe and keep the same ratio and proportion. They weighed their ingredients and made their tea cakes. At the end of the lesson, the children tried the cakes. Much to their surprise, they were tasty!


Creative – Morse Code

November 26th, 2018 by

We began the lesson by discussing the different ways of sending secret signals that have been used over hundreds of years.

We looked at Morse Code in particular and learnt about when it was invented and by whom and how sounds or flashing lights can be used to communicate messages. We discussed the importance of Morse Code during WWII. The children were provided with a copy of Morse Code and we dimmed the lights. I sent a short message (pausing between each letter) with the children writing down the message. I highlighted how the bulb only lit up when the circuit was complete – when it was broken it went out!

The children were then given a training exercise… They got into groups of six and created two ‘mini signallers’ . After this, they sent secret codes to another group of children!

The children sent messages back & forth, recording & deciphering the messages as they went.

We finished by discussing whether the message got through what the advantages & disadvantages of Morse Code were.


Blue Reed Aquarium Trip

November 15th, 2018 by

The Year 5 children had a fantastic time on Thursday visiting the Blue Reed Aquarium in Tynemouth. The children had time to explore and loved seeing all the different marine life. They took part in a workshop learning about the different types of animals and the differences between them. They even had the chance to get up close and personal with a star fish and have a feel of it. Following this, the children loved watching the seal show and got a little bit wet when they stood in the ‘splash zone’. We had just enough time at the end of the day to visit the shop and pick up a souvenir. What a great day.


Creative – The Sound of Music

November 9th, 2018 by

The children started their creative topic on ‘The Sound of Music’ with a                  research lesson on tablets / laptops. The children researched the ‘Sound of Music‘ first and found out when it was made, its cast, the plot and its setting. Once the children had found this information, they began researching Word War II (the time period that the musical was set). The children found out when the war started, the countries that were involved and the reasons for the war starting. At the end of the lesson, the children fed back their findings to the rest of the class.


Literacy – Kenuske’s Kingdom

November 9th, 2018 by

In our literacy lesson, we created a timeline of the events that happen in chapter 6 of Kensuke’s Kingdom. We then wrote a play script based on these events, focusing on using adverbs effectively in our stage directions and structuring our writing properly. This lesson, we edited and improved our play scripts so that they could be used to create the best performance possible. For example, we included movements in our stage directions so that the characters would not just stand still and deliver lines. We then got into mixed ability groups and selected one of the play scripts to perform, based on which play script met the success criteria best. We rehearsed, then performed in front of the class. Whilst each group was performing, the rest of the class watched the play script on the visualiser, and we worked together to identify any particular aspects of the play script (e.g. a particular adverb in a stage direction) led to a particularly good performance.

 


RE – Mission

November 9th, 2018 by

We began our RE lesson by noting the difference between apostles (those sent out) and disciples (followers).

We learnt that Paul explained to the people living in Ephesus how everyone has a special role to play, and if each one is committed to it, it will help everyone.

It was he who gave gifts to people; he appointed some to be apostles, others to be prophets, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers. He did this to prepare all God’s people for the work of Christian service, in order to build up the body of Christ. And so we shall all come together to that oneness in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God; we shall become mature people.

We must grow up in every way to be like Christ.

Ephesians 4: 11-13, 15

The children got into small groups and used these words of Paul to produce a guide on how to fulfill responsibilities for others to follow.

 


Ourselves Liturgy

October 10th, 2018 by

The children completed an end of topic liturgy on Wednesday to mark the end of our RE topic on ‘Ourselves’. The children got into groups to decide what to do for different parts of the liturgy. We began by gathering in a circle around a focal point (which the children created) and passed around a cross; remembering a loved one. Next, we listened to Colossians 3:12-17 and responded to this by dropping a pebble in some water and reflecting on the words. Finally, we passed around a candle and remembered a happy memory.


October 3rd, 2018 by

We began this lesson by rereading  what happened at the end of the chapter as Michael feel overboard into the sea. We discussed what would happen when Michael’s mum and dad couldn’t find Michael in the morning. We discussed how there weren’t mobile phones readily available in those days or access to the internet so newspaper articles were vitally important in spreading news. An article about Michael’s disappearance would need to be written!

Before the children began to wrote their articles, we looked at some of the features of an article. One of these features was a quote from someone who knew Michael. To help generate ideas for this, the children got into small groups and assumed different characters. Each child had the opportunity to be in the hot seat as the rest of the group asked questions. At the end of the lesson, some children were chosen at random to be hot seated in front of the rest of the class who asked questions. These ideas will be used in tomorrows lesson when the children can use the answers as quotes in their articles.


Negative Numbers Tug of War

October 3rd, 2018 by

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 100 points and the other needed to reach –100 points

Orange —rolled two die and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach –50 points

Red —rolled one dice. One player needed to reach 10 points and the other needed to reach -10 points


Rounding Game

September 28th, 2018 by

Following on from our previous lessons rounding 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 we looked at using our rounding knowledge to play a game.

The children worked in mixed ability pairs to put together a jigsaw of triangles to make a hexagon. Each triangle had a rounding related question or answer on its sides which needed to be matched up. Once the children had matched up all the questions and answers in the correct place, they had formed their hexagon. The children then moved on to playing a game of dominoes with the triangles. These fun activities tested the children’s ability to round 6-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000 which they did very well.


Kensuke’s Kingdom Roleplay

September 28th, 2018 by

In this lesson, the children got together in mixed ability groups to carry out some roleplay based around Kensuke’s Kingdom. First of all, the children were shown an example play script of Jack and Jill. The children worked with a partner to discuss the purpose of a play script and the features. Some children were given different roles from the play script and acted it out. Using this to help them, the children go into groups of four to plan out their own play script for their roleplay. The children decided who would be doing each part: Michael, mum, dad and narrator. Once they had written out their plan, the children were gieven time to practice their roleplay. At the end of the lesson, they showed their roleplays to the rest of the class. This will help the children in the next lesson when they write up their play scripts into their books.


Being Unique

September 23rd, 2018 by

We began our lesson by looking at Paul’s letter to the Colossians  and answered some key questions. We then discussed how we are all unique. The children shared what made them unique with the rest of the class.


Literacy – Fact Files Research

September 23rd, 2018 by

In this lesson, the children carried out a research lesson using the tablets. In chapter two of Kensuke’s Kingdom, Michael sees a basking shark and a flying fish and writes a report on them. The children gathered facts about the animals so that they could do the same! They worked in pairs and found out facts related to different areas: characteristics and habitat and diet. They also noted down any other interesting facts about the animals.

The children will use these facts in the next lesson to write up their very own fact files.


Kensuke’s Kingdom Debate

September 14th, 2018 by

Following our lesson on researching what Michael’s bedroom might have looked like in 1988, the children took part in a class debate. We recapped the end of the first chapter of Kensuke’s Kingdom: Michael was off on a round the world trip on a boat. We discussed that there would be many positives and negatives in doing this. The children were split into two groups, One group thought of arguments for the trip and one group thought of arguments against the trip. The children worked together to think of lots of convincing arguments. After a period of time, the children were invited to stand and read their argument. The opposing side had the opportunity to reply with a counter argument before giving their own argument. The two sides put forward their arguments and counter arguments and these were written on the board. By the end of the lesson, the children had created some compelling arguments on both sides. These will be used in our writing when we create a discussion text later on in the week.


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…


Place Value

September 14th, 2018 by

In our second lesson on ordering and 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 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.


Welcome Back Year 5!

September 6th, 2018 by

Year 5 have settled in very well this week into their new classroom and a new academic year. The class has welcomed Sophie who has already made lots of new friends. We have been doing lots of activities together this week which has allowed the children to share some of their summer memories and make their own bookmarks! Another activity was drawing self portraits which will be used for our birthdays display. Here are a few examples. Can you guess who they are?!


Year 5/6 Football

March 23rd, 2018 by

A big well done to the mixed Year 5/6 boys team who played at Lobley Hill on Thursday. The boys played four matches in total. They started against Lobley Hill and recorded a dominant 2-0 victory. Next were Washingwell who were beaten in a 1-0 victory for the boys. Riverside followed who grabbed a 1-1 draw by scoring in the last minute. Dunston Hill was the final encounter and the boys battled well to get a 1-0 victory. This left them undefeated and with 10 out of 12 points on the day. Well done!


Year 5 Maths Challenge

March 15th, 2018 by

Well done to the four Year 5 children who attended the Newcastle High School for Girls on Wednesday for a Maths Challenge. The children were put into pairs and had a variety of Maths challenges to complete in the morning followed by a Maths investigation around the grounds of the school. The children had a great time and finished in 7th and 9th place of 23 teams altogether. Well done!


World Book Day

March 9th, 2018 by

The children had a great time in the Year 6 classroom on World Book Day. The Year 6 book was ‘Gangsta Granny’. This book has been adapted into a film so we began by watching a short clip of some acting. We used this as inspiration for our very own role-play. We warmed up first by acting out different ages – baby, toddler, teenager and old person. The children moved about in different ways in order to make it clear which age they were. Following this, the children were given an extract from the book: the moment that Ben discovers his Granny’s emeralds and jewels. The children used the extract and added some of their own dialogue and actions. The children then acted this out and showed it to the rest of the class at the end of the lesson. There were some fantastic performances. Well done!


year 5/6 Girls Football

February 1st, 2018 by

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

January 31st, 2018 by

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.


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!
 
 
 

Snow Day

January 18th, 2018 by

What a beautiful day! The sun is shining, the ground is pure and white, we could not miss this opportunity to think of some amazing things that we could write to describe our surroundings!


Christmas Party Day

December 21st, 2017 by

On Wednesday, Year 5 had their Christmas party day. We had a great day doing Christmas activities, competing in an end of 2017 quiz, dancing and singing in the hall at our very own disco and then finishing off with a delicious buffet of food provided by the friends. A great day was had by all. Thanks again to the friends for helping out and Year 6 for joining in the festive fun with us. Merry Christmas everyone!


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


Captain Cook theme lunch

November 22nd, 2017 by

Today we got to try some Australian food in our Captain Cook themed lunch! Our kitchen staff did a great job at preparing some delicious meals that the children, and some parents, in year 5 absolutely loved! The kangaroo burger was definitely a firm favourite.


Children in Need 2017

November 17th, 2017 by

Today everyone in year 5, including Miss Reid and Mrs Robinson Crow, brought in their teddy bear for our teddy bears picnic! While the children were in lessons this morning the teddy’s all sat at the back of our class and watched as we learned.

During lunch we all sat together with our picnics! We raised a total of £30 which is amazing, well done year 5!


KS2 Drama Club

November 17th, 2017 by

This week, we have been inspired by the children’s favourite ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.’

 Visit our school facebook page to watch a video of our work and to see what happened next in the crazy little town of Chew and Swallow…


Plant-a-thon!

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!


Anti Bullying Week

November 16th, 2017 by

As this week is anti bullying week we started our day by holding an in class liturgy. I prepared a reading and left everything else up to the class!

Gather: We stood in a circle and held hands whilst listening to quiet music.

Listen: We listened as some of the children took turns to read aloud the reading. The reading was from the Gospel according to John 13:34-35

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,”

Respond: We then cut out a hand shape and wrote a prayer on it to help remind us to love one another and treat others as we wish to be treated. Following this we said our prayer aloud whilst dropping a prayer pebble into some water.

Go Forth: Going forward we promised to try our best to love everyone and be a good friend.

What a lovely start to the week!


KS2 Drama Club

November 9th, 2017 by

This week, our work has been inspired by the frustrations and excitement of Gervase Phinn’s poem ‘My Story’. The children have devised original scenes set in classrooms, and shouts, giggles and play-acting ensued.

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

My Story by Gervase Phinn

“My story on Monday began:
Mountainous seas crashed on the cliffs,
And the desolate land grew wetter …
The teacher wrote a little note: Remember the capital letter!

My poem on Tuesday began:
Red tongues of fire,
Licked higher and higher
From smoking Etna’s top …
The teacher wrote a little note: Where is your full stop?

My story on Wednesday began:
Through the lonely, pine-scented wood
There twists a hidden path …
The teacher wrote a little note: Start a paragraph!

My poem on Thursday began:
The trembling child,
Eyes dark and wild,
Frozen midst the fighting …
The teacher wrote a little note: Take care – untidy writing!

My story on Friday began:
The boxer bruised and bloody lay,
His eye half closed and swollen …
The teacher wrote a little note: Use a semi-colon!

Next Monday my story will begin:
Once upon a time…”


Remembrance Day

November 9th, 2017 by

Today in year 5 we talked about the importance of Remembrance through the month of November. We shared stories and thought about those that are sadly no longer with us. Then the class discussed why we wear poppies, what they show and the meaning that they have.

As we read our remembrance prayer, we took a moment of silence to show our respect and compassion for those we have lost.

Every child then wrote their own remembrance prayer which we then listened to as we gathered.

Finally, we each made a red hand print on a piece of card to make our own class poppy. Mrs Robinson Crow and Miss Reid will then help the children display this in our classroom for the rest of the month.


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!


Happy Half Term!

October 20th, 2017 by

We have survived our first half term in year 5, woohoo!

There have been highs and lows but all in all I think we’ve got off to a great start and I’m very proud of what we have achieved so far as a class.

Enjoy your break and I’ll see you all in a week!

PS Happy Birthday to two of our class members who both turned 10 this week!


Year 5/6 Football

October 15th, 2017 by

A big well done to our Year 5/6 boys who took part in our first league tournament this week. The boys played four matches in total on the night and did extremely well in some very tight games. The boys won their first match against Lobley Hill 1-0 with a lovely goal. They followed this with a 1-0 loss against Washingwell but bounced back with a 3-0 win against Riverside. Some great goals scored. Unfortunately our last game was a 1-0 loss against Dunston Hill. The boys battled well in all their games and played some great football over the four games. Well done!

Year 5/6 team:

Hearing Impairment Assembly

October 13th, 2017 by

This afternoon during our celebration assembly we had the chance to tell the whole school all we know about hearing impairments. We talked about the different types of hearing loss and the difference in the variations of deafness. We also looked at hearing aids and discussed the importance of the radio aids that the hearing impaired children in our school all have.

The children also highlighted what other children and staff can do around school to support those children that have a hearing impairment. We had a great response from the rest of the school in assembly and they were all able to point out things that may be a challenge to those children that have a hearing impairment, for example fiddling with pens and pencils on a desk, whispering when the teacher is talking or simply not facing a child when speaking to them.

Mr Naughton, and myself, think the class did an excellent job at delivering the presentation in front of the 200 plus children that were sat in front of them. An extra well done to Grace who started and ended the presentation herself! What a lovely way to end a great week, well done year 5!


Kingswood Day 1

September 27th, 2017 by

Day 1 of Kingswood is almost over and we’ve had an amazing time so far!

We’ve been quad biking, orienteering, screaming on the 3G swing and running through the woods playing laser tag! Finishing off the day with a hot chocolate before getting ready to settle down for the night, perfect!


Father Kelly Prayer Garden

September 25th, 2017 by

Today was our first opportunity as a class to use the Father Kelly prayer garden! Even though it was a little damp, we still made the most of it and are excited to enjoy the special space all year around.


Year 5/6 Football

September 22nd, 2017 by

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 2-0 and 1-0. They boys never lost heart though and kept on working hard and results improved with a 0-0 draw. The final game was an epic with a 5-2 victory. Well done boys. Keep training hard for the next tournament in a few weeks!

Sacred Heart Team:

100% Attendance

September 18th, 2017 by

Today was the first opportunity that we have had since coming back to get a whole class photo taken!

Don’t we all look smart. Let’s hope that we can all stay in good health for the rest of the week, Miss Reid would love us to have 100% attendance by Friday so we can have some extra time at break and possibly hold our own talent show in the yard!


Birthday Celebrations!

September 6th, 2017 by

Today we celebrated two 10th birthdays!

There was cake and sweets for everyone! Thank you for bringing goodies in for your classmates, boys. We hope you enjoy the rest of your day 🙂


First Day of Year 5

September 5th, 2017 by

Today was our first day in year 5 with our new teacher, Miss Reid.

We began the day by sharing our favourite summer moments before discussing what we can do this year to be a great classmate! The whole class agreed that they will be polite, friendly and helpful pupils this year.

Mr Naughton held a welcome back assembly for us before break which was indoor due to the rain, boo.

After break we came back to class and started to think about the many talents that we have. Everyone was given 3 strips of paper to write down 3 things they believe themselves to be good at. We had everything from Taekwondo to smiling! Over lunch time, Miss Reid attached all of our talents together which made a paper chain that was the length of the classroom!

We’re going to ask Mr Dixon very kindly if he can hang it up for us across the classroom ceiling to help remind us what we can achieve when we all work together.


Year 5 Victorian Assembly

July 17th, 2017 by

The Year 5 children did a fantastic job on Friday when they delivered their assembly on The Victorians. The children have been studying The Victorians this year as part of their creative work and have been learning all about this amazing era. They used roleplay to highlight how tough life was for children in those days. They focused on one girl in particular – Lizzie Dowson – a girl who actually lived in the Victorian times in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle. They followed Lizzie’s life as she went to school, saw a Punch and Judy show and went to work in the lead factory where she died. They followed this with a court case where the children debated who was to blame for her death. Great job Year 5!


Year Of Oscar Romero – July

July 5th, 2017 by

The theme for July was based around Oscar Romero’s words ‘Aspire not to have more, but to be more’. The children thought about they could aspire to be more as they approach the end of another academic year and their final year in primary school approaching. The children completed an engaging activity to help them think about this as they created their very own ‘chatterbox’. The children had a chatterbox template with eight numbered statements; each one a saying from Oscar Romero. The children wrote in the corresponding numbered triangle what they were going to try to do to fulfil that statement. They also coloured in the four corners in an El Salvadorian Cross Style using bright colours. Once they had done this, the children used the chatterboxes on each other to share their personal thoughts and feelings. To finish, we came back together as a class and said a prayer together.


Year of Oscar Romero – June

June 29th, 2017 by

The children came into school in non-uniform on the 29th June to celebrate the ‘Day of Many Colours’ – run by Mission Together. This linked in to the Year of Oscar Romero for June. The children began by watching a short assembly presentation which highlighted how Mission Together carry out fundraising to help children all around the world. The children then prayed together for the children in different continents. They used these prayers as inspiration to write their very own own mission prayers which were shared with the class. Finally they coloured in a flag template to create their very own Mission flag.

The children brought some money into school which they spent in the afternoon at a cake sale with some of the proceeds being given to those most in need.


Ouseburn Valley Trip

June 15th, 2017 by

The Year 5 children had a great time visiting the Ouseburn Valley on Thursday as part of their creative work on the Victorians. We began our trip by taking a trip down the Victoria tunnel and learning all about how it was used in Victorian times. After some lunch, we explored some more of the Ouseburn and investigated how things have changed since the times of Lizzie Dowson – a  young girl who died through lead poisoning many years ago. To finish, we visited the Ouseburn farm and handled some of the animals. Fantastic!


Transformation Liturgy

June 12th, 2017 by

A big well done to the children of Year 5 who shared their transformation liturgy on Wednesday. The children discussed the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit that they possessed. Thank you as well to the parents and carers that came to see the liturgy.


Amazing Animals

May 16th, 2017 by

The children had a great time learning about lots of different animals this week. The children got the chance to get up and close and personal with animals such as meerkats, snakes and scorpions! The children were very brave and really enjoyed themselves.


Year of Oscar Romero – May

May 16th, 2017 by

The children continued the Year of Oscar Romero in the month of May by looking at the Church. We discussed the role of the Church and how it aims to help those less fortunate across the world. We looked at the work of CAFOD over the years and how they have helped those most in need. The children then researched the different ways that the Church / CAFOD have helped communities around the world. They presented their findings to the class and we finished with a prayer.


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.

 


Year of Oscar Romero – April

May 8th, 2017 by

After Romero’s death, many of the ordinary people of El Salvador began calling him ‘San (Saint)Romero’ and came to his tomb to pray. In February 2015, Pope Francis declared that Romero was a martyr. This meant that he would become known as ‘Blessed Oscar Romero’, the first step to being officially declared a saint.
In El Salvador, there is a tradition of producing very colourful crucifixes. The bright decorations not only have a figure of Jesus at the centre but also include images of the local community set in a Salvadoran landscape.
In the blank outline of a cross or using the template on the next page, the children designed a cross with drawings / cut-out photos from their school, parish or other community of faith.
They thought about the background landscape, colours that reflected their surroundings and which aspects of their community’s life to include.
As they worked, they brought their community’s joys and sufferings to Jesus on the cross.


Centre for Life Visit

May 8th, 2017 by

The Year 5 children had a great time at the Centre for Life on Wednesday. The children took part in a Space workshop which highlighted some of the skills that an astronaut needs before they blast off into space. They investigated space nappies and air pressure; and used a robotic arm to move things around. The trip also allowed the opportunity for the children to use the planetarium where they learned about our solar system. What a great day!


Victoria Sponge Cakes

May 8th, 2017 by

It was explained that Afternoon Tea became extremely popular in Victorian times. It evolved into a mini meal to stem the hunger of a late evening meal. Afternoon Tea is still extremely popular today. Queen Victoria herself took part and held tea receptions. She adored cake especially and gave her name to one of the finest of all British teatime cakes – the Victoria sponge. The children worked in mixed groups of six to change a Victoria sponge recipe and keep the same ratio and proportion. They weighed their ingredients and baked their cakes. They had a really fun time doing this and en

joyed eating the cakes when they had finished!


Year of Oscar Romero – February

April 6th, 2017 by

The children continued with the Year of Oscar Romero by completing an activity for February. This month explored  the idea of light which also fitted in with our Candlemass Liturgy. We looked at several scripture references involving light and prayed together as a class asking Jesus to ‘Shine in our darkness!’  The children then completed an activity; they took a ‘flame’ card. They thought about all that they had learnt about  Oscar Romero, a guiding light for his people and how we can also bring light to others. They wrote a prayer or message sharing how they would let their light shine. We then placed our decorated ‘flames’ around the prayer space.