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!
This week, Year 6 have began some of their wow week treats, with the rest having to follow after half term. They still managed to enjoy bikeability this week as well as a jaunt into Burnopfield with Mrs Robinson Crow and Miss Henderson. Today saw our trip to the coast, visiting the beach, park and ice cream shop. The children behaved exceptionally and had a great day. After half term we have games day and a movie day to look forward to. The children have been very understanding in our change of plan and we have assured them they are not missing out – we’re just spreading it out.
Today marked the last day of the KS2 SATs that our Year 6 children have been sitting this week.
They have been preparing for these tests for so long and have worked their socks off for this week. Miss Reid, Miss Dodd and the entire group of staff at Sacred Heart are extremely proud of everything they’ve done.
This afternoon, to celebrate, we let off some steam and played rounders with Miss Reid and Miss Dodd! Everyone had a great time, even though neither of the teachers managed to get a rounder.
Thank you to all of our families who have continued to support us this year. Here’s to the final steps before secondary school
This year, for Open Day, Year 6 showed everyone their love for the environment by creating a variety of environmentally friendly activities. As part of a carousel, the children switched between 4 jobs: weeding, painting, bee bath making and bird feeder making.
Job 1 saw the children helping to weed part of the school yard. We are hoping to plant lots of colourful, bee friendly plants to help our fuzzy companions.
Job 2 was creating a postcard painting, only using the colours green, yellow, black and white. the children had to use a variety of techniques using a sponge and a brush to create their own masterpiece. Once they had finished, we stuck them to a piece of card and added our pledge to the environment.
Job 3 involved the children doing a quick sweep of the yard and surrounding areas to find some natural resources to help construct their bee bath. Once they had all they needed, the sprung to work and we ended up with some fantastic new additions to our yard!
Job 4 was all about the birds. Firstly, we halved an apple before scooping out some of the inside. Following this, we mixed water with gelatin and stirred it until the gelatin had dissolved. When it had we added the bird seeds. The final step for today was the stuff the hole we had created with the seed. The apples have been put to set in the fridge and will be finished another day. Our final step involves attaching twine to the fruit so that it can be hung from a tree in the playground for the birds to enjoy.
What an excellent afternoon we’ve had!
After a long run of booster sessions now, our Year 6 classroom walls are beginning to close in on us. With this in mind, Miss Wise kindly let us use her classroom on Thursday night. It must have helped as the children completed their SPaG Challenge booklets in record time! Fantastic effort and commitment once again.
We’ve had a tremendous start to our big clean up this year and Eco Council are extremely proud of what the children in our school have done. Sadly, due to the poor weather conditions this week, Year 6 have been unable to take part. Because of this, our Big Clean Up will be extended to after half term. Parents and other helpers will be warmly greeted if they would like to join us on Thursday 25th April. Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.
Today we spent the morning exploring maths through several pictures from real life settings. There were a number of challenges that required the children to think logically as well as testing their mathematical knowledge. Overall they worked very well in their groups and were able to give some very detailed reasoning which helped to deepen their knowledge. Fantastic work everyone.
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.
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.
Thursday in Year 6 was science day. We began our day looking at light and how we can see. The children worked in groups and used wool to help them see how rays of light travel; they only ever travel in a straight line.
Next, once we understood that, we looked at how light is reflected. Using mirrors, card and a torch, we were able to create an incident ray and a reflected ray. We realised that because of the law of reflection, the angles were identical.
After break, we then had the challenge of making our own periscope. Although it was tricky and some instructions were quite vague, all of the groups managed to work together to make their periscope successful. Excellent job everyone.
Our final activity of the day was to do with refraction. We had glasses of water and a variety of images and lines. We noticed that when we put the empty glass in front of the line, the line appeared to jump up. However, when we filled the glass with water the line moved down. We learnt that this was refraction. We then put the image below the glass and filled it with water. We could still see the image. Next, we put a book on top of the glass and suddenly the image was gone! We then realised that, that was because we had taken away the light source which meant that we could no longer see it below the water.