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.

Virgin Money: Make £5 grow

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

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.


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

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.