RE – Value of Gospels

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

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

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

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

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!

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?

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

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

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!

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.