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Nissan Visit

September 19th, 2021 by

On Monday, Year 6 were fortunate enough to go on their first school trip since they were in Year 4! The children went to the Nissan Factory in Sunderland for their Monozukuri Caravan event where they were able to learn all about the history of Nissan.

After their introduction to the company, the children were able to build their very own cars using some lego. The whole class loved this and they really got to show their creativity. Once they had created their own, they were then shown how they could build a nissan car using the parts they had been given. Working in teams, they then created their own production line where each child had a specific job to do. The class worked very well together but soon realised there must be a more efficient way to complete their tasks. Using their teamwork skills, the children came up with a few solutions to help them build their cars quicker. In the end, the class managed to get their average time to build the car down to 2.12 minutes – a course record!

Following their lunch break, the children were able to try out some of the tools and machinery that workers use on the factory floor. They were able to test their reaction times and their strength with an array of tasks.

Overall the children absolutely loved their day and we were very grateful to be given the opportunity to take the children. Thank you Nissan!


Mean Average

June 9th, 2021 by

This week year 6 have been looking at mean average in numeracy. We spent some time on Tuesday morning using cubes to help us find the mean average between 4 and 5 numbers. It didn’t take the class long to spot the relationship between the total number of the cubes and the number of columns we were sorting them into: timetables knowledge helping us out once again.


STEM Week

March 17th, 2021 by

So many children have enjoyed conducting science experiments at home this week. The dancing raisins experiment was definitely the most popular!

 


First Week Back

March 17th, 2021 by

We have had a very eventful first week back. We’ve played board games, painted, celebrated World Book Day and swung around like monkey’s on the PE apparatus in the hall! The whole class seemed thrilled to be back in each other’s company and our classroom definitely feels a lot more full. A huge thank you to all of our parents who have continued to support their child and their learning from home as well as those parents who continued to work hard in their key worker roles.

 


Drama in Literacy

November 12th, 2020 by

During our literacy lessons in Year 6 we have been continuing with our class novel, The Boy at the Back of the Class. On Tuesday, the children put themselves in the shoes of some of our main characters and acted out a scene from the book. We began by looking at the script and identifying the features that were there, for example the names of the characters, setting the scene and stage directions. Once given ample time to practise their scene, the children were able to perform to the class without their scripts! We had some fantastic drama and the children were able to show exactly how their character was feeling.

 


Exotic Literacy

November 5th, 2020 by

This week Year 6 had a great time in literacy tasting some exotic fruits in literacy, inspired by our class literacy novel (The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf). We had passion fruit and pineapple, mango and watermelon, papaya and pomegranate, and kiwi to taste and describe. Following this, the class had to write a detailed description of the fruit they had selected, remembering to include as much detail as possible. The next day the class was then set the task of drawing the fruit but this time using someone else’s written description. Thankfully we had some amazing descriptive pieces which helped the children to create some wonderfully detailed sketches. Excellent effort everyone!

 

 


Printing with William Morris

November 5th, 2020 by

Over the last few weeks in our creative lessons, Year 6 have been looking at the ancient civilization, the Maya. Our art focus for this half term was printing, where we took inspiration from William Morris, a famous printing textile designer from the 19th Century. In previous lessons the children have created their own Mayan codices and Mayan Gods so they had a few options of what they wanted their print to be. We had great fun making our stamps and then the messy part of painting and stamping our prints. There were some fantastic results which the children were very proud of. Great work.

 


Reception Buddies

October 1st, 2020 by

Although our Year 6 class have been unable to physically meet their reception buddies this year that has not stopped them from thinking about them. We spent some time on Monday making our very own well done cards that we then kept in quarantine ready to be sent out with the children on Friday afternoon. We hope our buddies have enjoyed their first full week here at Sacred Heart.

 


Mayan Artifacts

October 1st, 2020 by

This term Year 6 are learning all about the ancient civilization The Ancient Maya. One child brought in an artifact from home that her parent once bought whilst travelling through Central America. The class thought it was great to see and were very grateful that the child brought it in to show. Thanks for sharing!


Athletic Achievements in Year 6!

October 1st, 2020 by

Two of our boys have came in this week with stories of great recent sporting activities. It’s so great to hear what the children have been getting up to.


Ourselves

September 25th, 2020 by

This week saw the end of our first RE topic: Ourselves. The children celebrated this by planning a class liturgy which gave us time to reflect on what we have learnt over the last 3 weeks. Upon our reflection, children were able to share their favourite pieces of scripture, explaining what this scripture meant to them and how it made them feel.

 

Later in the week we created our focal point and held the liturgy in our classroom. It was a great moment for the children to think about their own qualities and talents.


Negative Numbers

September 23rd, 2020 by

Year 6 have continued their learning of place value this week by conducting some research of negative numbers in context. They used their research skills and atlas skills to find the hottest and coldest temperatures of various countries and continents around the world. They then had the challenge of finding the difference between these figures. We were very surprised at some of our findings.

Comparing and Ordering Numbers to 10,000,000

September 18th, 2020 by

This week Year 6 have started their first numeracy topic: Place Value. They have blown Miss Reid away with their prior knowledge and have had an excellent start!

On Thursday, we played some place value games where the children had to roll a 10 sided nice to find their digit. They then had to use their digits to make a number, trying to make a number which was greater than their partners.

After that, we each wrote down a digit on our whiteboards. The digit was determined by our birthdate. e.g if you’re born on the 13th you would do 1+3=4 so your digit is 4. Miss Reid then picked 7 names at random and got those children to the front of the class with their whiteboard. The class had to work together to order the children and their digits to make the largest possible number and then the smallest possible number. The class were excellent at this and were able to talk about the value each column held so could make the greatest/smallest number with great ease.

 


Welcome Back Year 6!

September 4th, 2020 by

What a week we’ve had! Year 6 have started this year with a bang, even though they forgot that they were Year 6 when I called them through the gates on Wednesday morning. We’ve welcomed a new child to our class this week too which has been wonderful! The whole class have made him feel very welcome and he looks as if he is already part of the yard football team.

Over the last few days, we’ve spent time discussing the changes to our daily timetable and getting use to this new normal within our school. Everyone has embraced this and we couldn’t be prouder of them.

Since it’s been a little while now since we were all back in school together, we thought it would be nice to talk and share about our feelings about returning to school and experiences we’ve had through lockdown. The children all seemed to enjoy extra takeaways and screen time whilst away from school but admitted they were happy to come back to see their friends again. They have created some wonderful pieces of art showing their thoughts and we cannot wait to get them up on the wall.

On Thursday morning we made time to say a prayer together and reflect on the year ahead of us. We sat in silence whilst the liturgy candle flickered and our quiet music played. In response we shared ideas of what we could do, not only to help ourselves be our best self, but our friends too. The children had some very thoughtful responses and showed that they are a very caring and considerate group.

We cannot wait for next week when we can get back to it and start create more memories again here at Sacred Heart.

 

Miss Reid ūüôā

 

 


Mental Health in Year 6

March 6th, 2020 by

This Friday morning, Year 6 spent some time with Miss Reid talking about Mental Health. We know Mental Health is a term that a lot of the children have heard but most are unfamiliar with what it really means. We thought we’d cover a few terms and have a chat about what things mean and, most importantly, what children should do if they think they feel any of these things. We expressed the importance of having a trusted adult as well as using our class worry box. The children were extremely mature and we had some great discussions. Well done Year 6!


World Book Day 2020

March 5th, 2020 by

This World Book Day, Year 6 were transported back in time with Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells (Miss Reid and Miss Dodd) in a Murder Most Unladylike adventure. Our class receptionist, Jessica, received a phone call from Chief McHawley at 9:15am asking for help. Shortly afterwards we received a parcel that was filled with clues.

The class were split into 5 groups of 6 and each team of detectives was given £1000. This £1000 had to be spent trying to find out what happened to the victim, P Naughton, in his last dying hours. Throughout the morning the whole class were determined to find the culprit(s) and most groups had their final ideas cemented by 10:30am after interviewing several suspects and looking over various pieces of evidence. Very impressive work.

Both Hazel and Daisy were very impressed by the classes teamwork and dedication. After several gruelling hours of police work we finally found out what really happened to P Naughton during his final hours. Great work detectives!


The Fanciest Dressers

March 5th, 2020 by

We had some amazing costumes in Year 6 for World Book Day this year. The children made a great effort. Have a look at some of our favourites!

 


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!


Y6 Coordinates

March 1st, 2020 by

In our second lesson of the week working with coordinates, the children used their knowledge to play a game of battleships. This involved playing against someone else in an attempt to sink their battleship. The two players took turns to call out coordinates, trying to ’hit’ one another’s ships. They continued this until one player had hit all the oppositions battleships and they were the winner! This activity also allowed the children to practice translating coordinates as they gave their next coordinate as a translation of the first.


Shrove Tuesday

February 25th, 2020 by

Year 6 got off to a flipping great start to Spring 2 today as we celebrated Shrove Tuesday! The children were all able to make and flip their very own pancake before loading it with sweet toppings before the fasting of Lent begins tomorrow.

We also wrote out our Lenten Promises focusing on praying, fasting and almsgiving through then next 40 days and 40 nights.

 


Year 6 Maya Day

December 5th, 2019 by

On Thursday, Year 6 had a very special guest in school: Dr Jo Bath. She spent the day with the children talking all things Maya. We had storytelling, dressing up, quizzes, puzzles and all sorts of fun filled activities including tasting some food and drinks similar to what the Maya would have had.

The children thoroughly enjoyed the Ed the day and definitely learnt a lot more about the ancient civilisation.


Welcome to Year 6, Cliff!

December 3rd, 2019 by

On Monday morning, Year 6 were greeted by a letter from a mysterious elf. The letter explained that the elf, formerly known as Elfy, was seeking to join our class. Overwhelmed with this idea, the children began writing letters back to Elfy to tell him how amazing our Year 6 class are. Elfy had also asked the children to choose a name for him – something which was rather difficult. Through persuasive writing, the children each wrote their ideas and allowed Elfy to choose. After much deliberation he settled on the name “Cliff”.

We are hoping Cliff is a nice elf and not a naughty elf. Let’s see what he gets up to over the next 3 weeks.


Enterprise Afternoon

November 29th, 2019 by

Year 6 had a fantastic afternoon at their last Sacred Heart Enterprise Day. There was laughter, lots of sugar and a few empty purses but a great time was had by all.


Taekwondo Champion

November 29th, 2019 by

One of our Year 6 children spent the weekend in London last weekend taking part in the Taekwondo Championships 2019. He left the event with 3 medals and the overall top competitor award for his age category! It is important to point out that his age category is 11-13 and he is the youngest of them all.

 

An incredible achievement which we are all very proud of. Well done!

 


Fabulous French Afternoon

November 21st, 2019 by

Year 6 spent their Tuesday afternoon finding out all about life in a French town. The children were looking at places within town and what you might get up to whilst there. We had some excellent pronunciation and it’s so lovely to see the confidence growing in the class as they speak the language around the classroom.


Equivalent Fractions

November 18th, 2019 by

The children continued their work on simplifying fractions with a practical Tarsia puzzle. The children had lots of triangle shapes with equivalent fractions which needed to be matched up. If the fractions were matched correctly, the triangles formed together to make a giant shape.  Once finished, the children turned over the pieces and created the same shape. They wrote their own questions and answers for equivalent fractions and swapped with another pair to solve.


The Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks

November 16th, 2019 by

Along with the rest of the school, Year 6 began their Friday taking part in the Big Morning Move with Joe Wicks for Children in Need.

Because the children were moving so quickly, our photos are rather blurry! Well done everyone for taking part and being such good sports.


Christmas comes early…

November 14th, 2019 by

I know, I know, it’s only November but our school enterprise fair is only 2 weeks away! Because of this, Year 6 have had two rather special afternoons this week; we’ve begun making our Christmas crafts!

On Tuesday, we met up with our special reception buddies to make some festive greeting cards that the reception children were able to keep to sell at their enterprise afternoon. The children were all very excited to spend some time with their friends. Sadly, the weather held us back as we had also planned to have some play time exploring the new outdoor area reception. Thankfully we still have many more days of Year 6 to enjoy the space with our buddies.

Following on from this, on Thursday afternoon Year 6 welcomed a visitor into class to help them making their own, very professional looking, Christmas cards. A friend of Miss Reid’s has her own stationary shop on etsy where she designs and makes everything from Christening invitations and birthday cards, to save the dates and wedding table cards. The whole class loved the activities that we had organised for them and I think you will agree their final products look fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who has given time to help us this week in our craft making and we hope to see you all on November 28th for the Enterprise afternoon.


Expectations

November 7th, 2019 by

Year 6 have began their advent topic in RE this week – Expectations. On Thursday, the class created their own PowerPoint presentations to show what they felt Isaiah’s expectations were based on some of the readings we looked at.

Miss Reid was very impressed with the children’s computing skills as well as their ability to explain in their own words what they felt the message was from the scripture.

One group responded to the question: “How do the words of the prophet make you feel?” with, “Hopeful that these things will happen and happy that they will possibly happen. My expectations are quite high.”

Another group said, “Hopeful because it says that Jesus is coming. Happy because the scripture says we should rejoice. Faithful because we should believe in Jesus.”


Prime Numbers

November 1st, 2019 by

The children investigated prime numbers (numbers with two factors) this week. Working with a partner, the children tried to identify all the prime numbers from 1-100.

Following this, we had a little competition to see if we could find the numbers from 1-100 which had the most factors. The children had great fun completing this activity.


Amazing Art Day

November 1st, 2019 by

Inspired by Banksy, Year 6 spent their art day analysing and recreating some of his poignant work. The children used their incredible inference skills to determine what the messages were behind the famous graffiti art. following this, the class were then set off to think about their own message that they would like to get across with their own piece of art.

Once they had an initial idea, we then went outside to find the perfect spot for our masterpieces. Some children then came back in with different ideas after being inspired by props around our school yard.

After a creative morning, which got all our brain juices flowing, we then spent the afternoon perfecting our art which was then printed onto clear plastic film. Eventually, the children were set off to display their art for the world (Sacred Heart) to see. How many have you found?


Fronted Adverbial Fun

October 18th, 2019 by

Thursday morning’s literacy lesson took Year 6 out to space with the introduction of Iggy Ispace and his fronted adverbial phrases.

In groups, the children firstly had to build the muddled sentences, working out where the fronted adverbial phrase was as well as what else the sentence was made up of.

Once everyone had built their sentences we could work out what each of the letters in Ispace stands for.
I – ing ending
S – similes
P – prepositions
A – adverbs
C – conjunctions
E – ed ending

We then had a go at writing our own phrases and realised that they could actually change the meaning of the main clause it was being added to. Let’s see if the children remember to use Iggy Ispace next time they are writing.


Creative Tuesday

October 18th, 2019 by

On Tuesday afternoon, Year 6 were given the task of creating some work for our Mayan display board. Each group were given a challenge question and then the children were given the relevant resources to help them come up with an explanation and answer to their question.

Thanks to all of their hard work and dedication, we now are on the way to one very informative display.

Team work makes the dream work.


Vocation Liturgy

October 18th, 2019 by

Today Year 6 held a class liturgy to celebrate the end of their second RE topic, Vocation. The children each planned a liturgy in their respond booklet before one child was selected to prepare for their liturgy for the class with some help from friends.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic thinking about commitments in life. As well as commitments, they have thought about their own vocation and mission in life at this time. Overall, the topic has been a great way for the children to reflect on how they act during their last year at primary school. A lot of them have come to realise how important their role is in Year 6: helping the rest of the children on their journey through primary school.


Division Board Game

October 17th, 2019 by

The children had fun playing a division board game this week. The children took turns to roll the dice and move around the board. The spaces contained a division sum which the children needed to solve. If they got it correct, they could stay. If they got it incorrect, they needed to move back to where they started. The questions got more difficult around the board and the children relished the challenge of answering these questions in order to progress and win!


Our Vocation

October 15th, 2019 by

Today saw Year 6’s final lesson on their current RE topic, Vocation. The children had to think about their vocation in life at this time. There were lots of ideas and examples of what the children felt their calling was at this time in their life. We have children who feel their mission is to come to school and learn, some who feel their calling is to be a buddy and role model to younger children, some even feel their mission is to help those who are less fortunate than others. All in all we have a very caring, thoughtful and mature group of children in Year 6, who are all set to inspire and shape the lives of others around them.


Chick- chick- chick- chick- chicken. Lay a little egg for Miss Reid

October 15th, 2019 by

This morning, Miss Reid was greeted at the door with some fresh hen eggs from one of our lovely Year 6 boys. The boy’s Grandad has his own hens who regularly lay delicious eggs. We have been advised to boil the smaller eggs as they are tastiest cooked this way and added to a salad. The larger ones are supposed to be served best when poached.


Teacher Lunch

October 11th, 2019 by

Three of our Year 6 girls have been saving their dojo‚Äôs and with a total of 120 points between them, had enough to buy ‚Äėlunch with a teacher‚Äô. Miss Wise and Miss Walker were delighted to spend lunch time with these lovely girls – we had lots of laughter and a great catch up!

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!

Multiplication Game

October 9th, 2019 by

In this lesson, 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‚ÄĒcovering 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!


Word of the Day

October 4th, 2019 by

This week, our discordant Year 6’s have tried to complete another word of the week challenge. They dubiously took part in activities to help them to diagnose definitions of new words. In order to determine if they were correct or not, we held a competition to see who could use them accurately. Some of our most debonair children managed and were very successful.

Can you guess this weeks 5 ‘D’ words of the week?


Black History Month

October 1st, 2019 by

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month 2019. To celebrate this in school, Year 6 spent their RE lesson doing some research on some significant people from history. This linked very well with our new RE topic: Vocation. The children discussed what commitment is and how people might show commitment. We researched Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges among others to see what it was that they did and how that showed commitment.


October 1st, 2019 by

We began our second lesson on mixed operations by using six number cards (1,2,3,4,5,6) and any operation to make different answers. The children worked in pairs, then we discussed the different ways that children had found their answers; highlighting the importance of the order of operations. The children were then given their main activity for the lesson:


What is it made of?

October 1st, 2019 by

As part of their Literacy lesson today, Year 6 have been analysing a chapter from our book – A Murder Most Unladylike. They were set the task to find all of the SPaG that had been used. The children were blown away to see how much is actually used.

As an extra challenge, the children then had to discuss the significance of the author using such specific SPaG features.

Hopefully this will help the children to see the importance of using SPaG in their writing, especially as they will be writing their own mystery themed story at the end of this half term.


Guided Reading in Year 6

September 30th, 2019 by

Dubbed the best lesson by a lot of the children, guided reading is a very special time of our week. Named after famous authors, the children are set off to do a variety of activities in their groups to help them with their reading skills. We have children completing reading plus, comprehension activity cards, spelling jobs and free readers. There is also at least 1 group reading our whole class book, holes, with a member of staff.

Each lesson we change who is doing what and sometimes some of the groups are allocated free choice seating. This is where they can sit and relax around some of our cushioned areas in our classroom. Soothing music and dimmed lights helps the children to relax and concentrate.


‘Loving’ Liturgy

September 27th, 2019 by

This morning Year 6 had held their first liturgy for their families. Our topic was loving and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the whole topic. They were able to plan and prepare their whole liturgy choosing their own scripture, songs, hymns and prayers. Thank you to all those that attended and a special thank you to those that got involved.


Lights, camera, action!

September 27th, 2019 by

Year 6 spent their Friday literacy lesson acting out parts of our book today – A Murder Most Unladylike. Some of the performances moved us to tears! The children worked very well together in their groups and were able to portray that characters and their feelings extremely well.


Negative Numbers

September 22nd, 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‚ÄĒone 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 ‚ÄĒpicked two cards and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 200 points and the other needed to reach ‚Äď200 points

Medium ‚ÄĒpicked one card and rolled one dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 100 points and the other needed to reach ‚Äď100 points

Easy ‚ÄĒrolled two dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach¬† -50 points


All aboard the Edit and Improve line!

September 20th, 2019 by

Year 6 spent Friday morning rotating around the classroom on our edit and improve line. There were 5 stations that the children had to visit: Punctuation Point, Grammar Grove, Rewrite Road, Spelling Square and Addmore Avenue.

This session gave the children the opportunity to look back over each aspect of the newspaper reports that they wrote yesterday. Independently, the class have added, corrected and upleveled all of their own work. Amazing work – well done!


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!


Circulatory System Board Games

September 18th, 2019 by

Last week, in Science, the children made their own board games for our topic – The Circulatory System. Today we had the chance to test these games out and see how much we can remember. Since we laminated all of the pieces, the games looked very professional and the children really enjoyed playing with what they had made. Let’s hope we can use them in the future with other Year 6 children!


Loving Liturgy – Friday 27th September 2019

September 17th, 2019 by

Since our class liturgy is next week, we have began to prepare what we are going to do for our parents and families. Split into groups, the children were given a role in order to help us build our liturgy. So far we have decided on our listen, respond and go forth aspect; we are yet to confirm the song choice as part of our gather.

We cannot wait to show everyone what we come up with!


Rounding Game

September 17th, 2019 by

Following on from our previous lessons rounding 7-digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000,100,000 and 1,000,000 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 7-digit numbers which they did very well.


The Prodigal Son

September 16th, 2019 by

This morning, Year 6 read the parable “The Prodigal Son” according to Luke 15:11-32. The class then held a courtroom style trial, where we had 3 defendants and lawyers, a judge, jurors, witnesses and even reporters. After a lengthy trial and lots of debating, the jury landed on the decision that the younger son was guilty and the one in the wrong. As a class they all worked very well together and were able to recall the story with ease. The children were also able to tell me what the message was from the story. Excellent work.


Place Value Game

September 12th, 2019 by

In our lesson on 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 billions. 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.


SPaG-tastic!

September 10th, 2019 by

Year 6 spent their Tuesday morning building some rather interesting sentences, including sentences that include fronted adverbials, relative clauses and subordinate clauses. The children then labelled the sections of the sentences, showing Miss Reid and Miss Dodd how much amazing SPaG they know. Miss Wise was amazed at how well the class were working as she popped her head around our door after hearing all of the conversations taking place. Great job everyone.


Welcome to Year 6

September 5th, 2019 by

This week we welcomed our brand new bunch of Year 6’s in the doors to their new and improved classroom. All of the children have had an exceptional week, even though Miss Reid and Miss Dodd have had them working extremely hard every day. Their behaviour and attitude has been perfect, which means everything has been a walk in the park so far. Let’s keep it up and we’ll be in for an incredible year.


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!


Wow-ish Week

May 23rd, 2019 by

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.


SATS – completed it.

May 16th, 2019 by

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


Open Day 2019

April 30th, 2019 by

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!


Booster

April 26th, 2019 by

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.


Big Clean Up 2019

April 4th, 2019 by

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.


Maths Eyes

April 3rd, 2019 by

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.


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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Science Week

March 14th, 2019 by

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.


Puzzles

March 12th, 2019 by

Before lunch, Year 6 had some down time as they enjoyed reading and completing puzzles. This is a great way to stimulate the brain as well as helping the children to relax after a crazy morning in Year 6.


World Book Day 2019

March 12th, 2019 by

Overnight, Year 6 had been transformed into Hogwarts for the children to enjoy a magical day filled with all kids of wizardly. We began our day with some magnificent setting descriptions inspired from scenes from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. This was followed by a trip to Gringots and some time working out everyone’s vault balance. After the parade and lunch, we got our creative hats on and began our own Sacred Heart version of a Marauders Map. As well as this the children had the opportunity to make their own wand and golden snitch. We all had a fantastic day and Miss Reid was blown away with some of the costumes some of the children had made themselves.


This week in Year 6…

March 7th, 2019 by

We’ve had a crazy week this week in Year 6, so much has happened.

To begin, the children were asked to “create an animal” during half term for us to use in our Liturgy. Some of the creations that we had in were incredible and it was clear that some of the children spent an awful lot of time focused on getting their animals complete.

On Wednesday we had our Liturgy and there was a fantastic turn out. Parent’s came to see the children in their last Liturgy in our school hall. The whole thing (including script and booklet) was prepared for and organised by the children. They have been inspired by our latest Literacy book, The One and Only Ivan. The book is based on a gorilla called Ivan who lived in a circus at The Big Top Mall in America. During Literacy the class have done research on animals in their natural habitat and in captivity. This seemed to spark a great passion in the class which is what led us to our Liturgy topic. Once they decided their topic they could pick a relevant piece of scripture, gather, respond and go forth.

In numeracy this week, we have been looking at converting different units of measurement. We’ve had such a successful week that it felt like we had 35 teachers in the classroom!

For our weekly booster sessions we decided to go outdoors on both Wednesday and Thursday night.


Edit and Improve

February 15th, 2019 by

Today, Year 6 took responsibility with marking their own assessments in Literacy at our Edit and Improve Stations. Each station had a specific theme that the children had to focus on: Spelling Stop; Punctuation Place; Grammar Grove and Synonym Station. Using the resources that Miss Reid had provided, the children worked through their work together showing great team work. Great independence Year 6, well done.


Thank you

January 25th, 2019 by

Before Christmas, the children wrote some beautifully kind thank you letters to some of our local emergency service in the area. Recently, we received a few thank you’s back. The children were over the moon and it made them realise how much their own letters actually meant. Amazing job team, you should be very proud of yourselves.


Year 6 Booster – Night #1

January 9th, 2019 by

So today was the first day that Year 6 stayed back at school with Miss Reid and Miss Dodd to participate in their SATs Booster session. The children were all eager to see what we would be doing during our extra special hour in school. Before the session, most of the children were filled with dread that we would be spending the time repeatedly going over past SATs questions. Luckily, they were wrong. The thoughtful teachers had organised a range of SPaG and reading tasks for the children to complete alone and within pairs, as well as milkshakes and biscuits to keep their brains going. Tomorrow we have numeracy and Mathopoloy. Let’s see what they make of that.

Well done everyone.


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.


Preparing for Christmas Lunches

December 5th, 2018 by

This week, courtesy of the Friends, all of the children have had Christmas hats to decorate ready for their Christmas meal. Year 6 took this very seriously and have spent a lot of time perfecting their crowns for the occasion. I think you can all agree with me, they look fantastic.


Welcome to the newest member of Year 6

December 5th, 2018 by

Year 6 put up their Christmas tree this week and were welcomed with a great surprise on Tuesday morning. An elf had been delivered in the night and was wrapped up in our tree. One lucky child was able to open him off to see who he was. He still doesn’t have a name and we’re not yet sure on whether he’s going to be a good elf or a naughty elf. Let’s hope he’s a good elf.


Monday morning maths

December 3rd, 2018 by

Monday mornings are always hard when it’s dark and cold outside. However, this morning in Year 6, Miss Carr had a great brain teaser to get the children thinking about translation of shapes in a grid. The children were given a die, 2 paper boats and a grid. There challenge was to move the green boat so that it was on top of the red boat. They could only move left, right, up and down and could only move the number of units that were rolled on the die. What a fun way to start the week!


Enterprise 2018

November 29th, 2018 by

What a day! Year 6 have worked hard all week making some fantastic crafts for you all to purchase during our Enterprise Fair 2018. We had a range of crafts from homemade fingerprint Christmas cards, to cross stitch jumpers and the good all faithful chocolate-coated marshmallow reindeer heads. Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise a fantastic amount of money. The children will be using this money to help make our Christmas party full of festive fun, but some of it will be going into our WOW Week kitty for May 2019.


Year 6 Football Team

October 11th, 2018 by

A big well done to the seven Year 6 boys who represented Sacred Heart on Thursday. The boys played in two matches against Lobley Hill and Washingwell. The boys played some fantastic football and won their match against Lobley Hill 2-0. They drew their second match 2-2 despite dominating the game and missing a penalty. The boys will come together again in the spring term when they plat their second round of matches. Let’s keep the undefeated streak going boys!


What a week!

September 21st, 2018 by

Year 6 have had a rollercoaster week, this week. There has been an awful lot going on and the children have definitely shown that they’re ready for the challenges ahead.


Reception and Year 6 Buddies

September 10th, 2018 by

This morning Year 6 paid a visit to our new reception class on their first full day at school. Year 6 were very excited to meet their new buddies which had been picked for them by Miss Reid and Mrs Gritton. After an introduction in the classroom we went outside to play with our new friends. All of the children got along brilliantly and they are already looking forward to the coming weeks, making sure their buddies settle in well to school.

 


Welcome back Year 6

September 5th, 2018 by

This week our new Year 6 children have been settling back into school life nicely with Miss Reid.

We managed to get outside and take a class photo today. Sadly we did have 1 child absent so we will be taking another photograph when we have 100% attendance, which will be proudly posted for you all to see. The girls look very smart in the new design school skirts and pinafores.

Since it was not raining this morning, we managed to get outside to play a spot of classmate bingo. This involved the children trying to find a child in the class that had, for example, a younger sister, a pet hamster, blue eyes etc. As always, the children were highly competitive and there was a lot of debate as to who won. After checking the first 5 finished, it turned out that our 6th finisher was the only one who had filled their bingo card accurately! Well done to all of the class for taking part and making it such a tough competition.


Year of Mary – July

July 3rd, 2018 by

This month includes Sea Sunday (8th July) when we pray for those at sea. The children learned about the work of the Apostleship of the Sea. They watched a video with workers at sea being interviewed which gave them a sense of the difficulties that these workers face in their daily lives. Next, they learned about how the Apostleship of the Sea help these people by providing somewhere to stay when they dock and internet connection to contact their loved ones. The children then made a hand print and wrote a prayer for seafarers all around the world.


Year 6 plaque

June 28th, 2018 by

The Year 6 children were given a pleasant surprise this week as they walked out onto the school yard; they had their very own leavers plaque! This is a tradition started in 2016 and ensures that the current Year 6 leavers will forever be remembered with their names proudly on display. Thank you to the families of our Year 6 children who raised the funds to buy the plaque. The children really appreciate it.


Year of Mary – June

June 11th, 2018 by

The theme for the Year of Mary РJune was the persecuted. We discussed what this meant and focused on Mary’s love for us all, especially those who are in trouble or persecuted in some way. The children then thought about those people in trouble, in war zones or those who are refugees because they are escaping persecution. They wrote some prayers on a heart template which will be kept on the class focal point. To finish, we said a prayer together.


Year 6 Tri-Golf

June 8th, 2018 by

On Wednesday, Year 6 took part in a tri-golf tournament. They competed against 20 teams and represented our school superbly, receiving bronze medals for 3rd place. Well done!


Bill Quay Farm and South Shields Beach

June 3rd, 2018 by

The Year 6 class had a fine day on Wednesday when we visited Bill Quay farm and South Shields beach. The children used the bus and metro to get to Bill Quay farm where we met several animals including reptiles and baby goats. From there we jumped back on the metro to get to South Shields beach. The children were hungry so we called in on Colemans on the walk for some lovely fish and chips. We continued onto the beach where the children played tennis, football and some even dared to get their feet wet in the sea! Eventually, we headed back to school and bought some ice creams for the journey.


Saltwell Park

June 3rd, 2018 by

Year 6 finished the week with another trip out; this time to Saltwell Park. The weather was slightly warmer than Wednesday and the children enjoyed playing in the park. We brought along left over treats from our Movie afternoon earlier in the week and enjoyed them very much. It was a great way to end a brilliant week!


Kwik-Cricket

June 3rd, 2018 by

On Monday, eight of the Year 6 children took part in a Kwik-Cricket tournament at Felling Cricket Club. The weather was glorious and the children had a brilliant time playing cricket all day long! Despite the fact that they had no subs, the children worked extremely hard and finished in a respectable fourth place. A big thank you to some of the Year 6 parents who provided transport and made the event possible.


Bikeability

June 3rd, 2018 by

Twelve of the Year 6 children successfully completed their Bikeability on Monday and Tuesday. Bikeability is today’s cycle training programme. It’s like cycling proficiency, but better! It’s about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability gives everyone the skills and confidence for all kinds of cycling. The children showed great enthusiasm and listened carefully to instructors John and Mel. This ensured that they were the first class ever to gain 100% level 2 proficiency. Well done!


Year 6 hoodies

June 3rd, 2018 by

The children loved receiving their special leaver hoodies last Friday courtesy of the friends of the school. The children showed them off during assembly to the rest of the school who were suitably impressed. The decision was made this year to give the hoodies to the children earlier than the final day so that they could wear them with pride in school. I am sure you agree that they look very smart!


Year 6 Trip – Nissan Car Plant

March 29th, 2018 by

The Year 6 children had a brilliant time on Wednesday as they headed to the Nissan Car Plant in Sunderland. The workshop explored the exciting world of manufacturing through the use of a Lego production line in which the children set up and built model cars. It also gave the opportunity to see, hear and use some of the tools that Nissan make use of every day in building cars. The children learned a great deal on the day and even met a robot who could draw and write names! The day was a great success with many of the children saying that they would consider a future career in building cars.


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 6 Challenge Morning

March 14th, 2018 by

Five Year 6 children had a great time on Thursday as they went to St Thomas More for a challenge morning in Numeracy and Literacy. In Literacy, they completed activities in poetry and personification. In Numeracy, they completed word and logic problems. This also gave them the opportunity to meet some of the teachers which they really enjoyed. 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 6 Play Leaders

March 9th, 2018 by

Year 1 were really lucky this week to have a special P.E. lesson led by our fantastic Year 6 pupils. The Year 6 children are working with Mr Cairns, who is one of our P.E. specialist teachers, to achieve the ‘Playmaker Award’.¬†¬†The award is a course which is designed for use in a variety of education settings¬† and focuses on developing learners leadership skills. As part of their training each of the Playmakers has to lead small games/activities with the younger children.¬†

Year 1 had their first session on Wednesday and they thought it was fantastic. It was lovely to see both year groups fully engaged and building teamwork whilst enjoying physical exercise. Jay (Y1) asked, ‘Miss, when can be go and do that again? That was brilliant!’¬†

Year 6 Maths HWK

February 28th, 2018 by

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Year of Mary – February

February 9th, 2018 by

The virtue of Mary for the month of February is ‘charitable’. The children considered how Mary is charitable towards others; particularly the sick. With this is mind, the children created prayer cards for the sick; drawing an appropriate picture for the front and a prayer for the back. These prayer cards were then put up in the class as a visual reminder of the Year of Mary. We finished by saying a prayer together.


Year 6 Healing Liturgy

February 9th, 2018 by

Thank you to all who attended the Year 6 Liturgy based around our theme of Healing. This  fitted in with the Sunday Gospel and the February Year of Mary theme of being charitable towards the sick. The children reflected on how lucky we are to get medical help when we need it. This is not the case all around the world where people do not have access to medical supplies or doctors. The children then shared why they are thankful for their health; reflecting on the nice things that they are able to do.

The children read and sang beautifully. Well done Year 6!


Writing Algebraic Expressions

February 9th, 2018 by

The children consolidated their knowledge of writing algebraic expressions by working in pairs and taking part in an activity.

During the lesson, tricky rules were shared with the class to see if we could work them out together. The children created some brilliant one and two step rules which really got everyone thinking!


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.


Percentages

January 25th, 2018 by

The children consolidated their knowledge of finding percentages of amounts by carrying out a practical Tarsia activity. The children were given lots of different triangles with questions and answers around each of the three sides. The children had to calculate the percentage of amounts and match up the sides of the triangle with each other. Once they had done this correctly they formed a big triangle! Following this, the children used the triangles to play a game of dominoes.


Light – Shadows

January 25th, 2018 by

We began our final lesson light by doing a quiz on all the things we have learned so far on light. We went through the questions together and addressed any misconceptions. Following this the children discussed whether shadows are the same shape as the object that casts them. They investigated this by using torches and different objects to cast shadows. We discovered that shadows do have the same shape. This is because when an object is in the path of light travelling from a light source, it will block the light rays that hit it, while the rest of the light can continue travelling. Therefore, the shadow it casts is exactly the same shape.

 However, a shadow can change size depending on the distance the object casting it is from the light source. Shadows can also be elongated or shortened depending on the angle of the light source.

To finish, we learned about a dispute between Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke over Newton’s theory of light and colour. We learned how Isaac Newton used his experiment to prove his theory to others.


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!
 
 
 

Trade and Economics

January 12th, 2018 by

We began the lesson by discussing what the word trading means in the context of a country. We discussed the children’s definitions and then shared the key words from the Lesson Presentation. Children were provided with a UK Imports and Exports Activity Sheet where they investigated which goods and services were imported to or exported from the UK. Children listed goods and services by whether they are imported, exported or both.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson.

They worked in 5 groups to simulate how global trade works and used a Trading Game activity, using the Trading Game Shapes Poster and Trading Game Money provided. Different groups had different amounts of money and resources in order to replicate the conditions for different countries when they trade.

After a set amount of time we discussed the results of the trading game. Who made the most money? How did groups C1 and C2 feel at the start of the game? How did each group feel when the prices changed? How does this represent what happens in global trading?

It was highlighted how some countries have plenty of resources but lack the skills or equipment to use them; some have the skills but not the raw materials, and some countries have neither.


Rounding Decimals

January 12th, 2018 by

The children began their work on decimals by recapping their previous work on rounding and rounding numbers with 3 decimal places to the nearest whole number, tenth and hundredth. The children were given a few problems to solve which were discussed and then we moved on to play a game.

First of all, the children worked together to match the questions and answers on the sides of the triangles to make a shape. Next, the children played a game of dominoes. Each side had a question and answer related to rounding. The children  had to match up each question and answer to win the game. This fun activity tested the children’s ability to round whole numbers to the nearest thousand to rounding numbers with 3 decimal places to the nearest hundredth.


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.


Year 6 Expectations Liturgy

December 14th, 2017 by

The Year 6 children shared their ‘Expectations’¬†liturgy on Thursday with parents and carers. The¬†liturgy explored how Advent is a¬†a time of joyful expectation of Christmas, the Word becoming a human person, Jesus. The children considered how they could prepare their hearts for Jesus this Christmas and shared these thoughts. They sang beautifully at the end of the liturgy; repeating their performance of Hallelujah at the Christmas Nativity Concert. Thank you to all the family members that came to share this special occasion and thank you to the friends for providing juice and biscuits. Well done Year 6!


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


Christmas Craft Enterprise Day

December 5th, 2017 by

Well done to the children of Year 6 who produced some fantastic crafts to sell on Enterprise day! The children sold a variety of crafts: Festive gliders, Christmas crackers, Christmas jump-up characters, Christmas cross stitch decoration kits, Nativity gift boxes, Foam wreaths, Christmas colour in magnets and an assortment of Christmas toys. The children will also buy DVDs containing Kingswood photos later on in the week. The children worked well on the day to buy and sell different items and it wasn’t before long that everything was sold out!

The class spent £71.00 on craft materials and £6.00 on DVDs. They managed to make £98.15 on crafts and £51.00 on DVDs. This resulted in a brilliant profit of £72.15 overall . Amazing!


Expectations

November 27th, 2017 by

In our R.E. lesson we discussed the meaning of expectations. We read a story about expectations of yourself and others which allowed us to think about the concept in relation to our own lives.

We agreed that it is important to have high expectations in life for ourselves and other people. It is also good that people have expectations of us, which allows us to become confident and enforces a sense of belief in ourselves.

Some examples we thought of included our school expectations – such as being smart and in the correct school uniform. Others related to helping one another and being kind and caring human beings.

The children created posters in which they listed their expectations of themselves, but also those they have from family and friends.


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


Anti-Bullying

November 17th, 2017 by

The year 6 children completed some activities for anti-bullying this week. They discussed how everyone is different and how this should be celebrated. They thought about what makes them unique and then wrote down a list of hobbies they liked to do. The children then prepared a short liturgy on the theme of being different. They prepared the focal point and selected some scripture which highlighted how we are all different and need to use our gifts. The children then randomly selected a list of hobbies and tried to guess who had written them. Finally, the children reflected on how they could be a good friend in the coming weeks and said a prayer together.


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…


Parliament Week

November 16th, 2017 by

This week, the children have been taking part in parliament week and learning about how our country is governed. Each class has taken part in different activities with many of the classes taking part in class debates; just like MPs in the House of Commons! This has tied in with our new Tuesday lunchtime debate club which has proved very popular with the children. Year 6 completed research on parliament and were very interested to find out that there is a ‘Official Monster Raving Loony Party’ which people can vote for! Learning about parliament is important for children as they learn how they might instigate change in the future. Who knows; we may have a future prime minister at Sacred Heart!


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!


Year of Oscar Romero – November: Remembrance

November 10th, 2017 by

The theme November for Year of Oscar Romero is Remembrance Рbased around Remembrance Sunday. We discussed what Remembrance Sunday was about and why we mark the occasion. The Year 6 children have been helping to sell poppies all week and we discussed how the poppy has become the symbol for Remembrance Sunday.

The children then completed an activity: doing an outline of their own hands and cutting out on red paper. They wrote prayers on these hands and then we put them all together to form a giant poppy. This poppy was used in whole school collective worship on Friday afternoon. We finished by praying together and hoping for an end to bloodshed and war.


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…”


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!


Kwik Cricket

November 7th, 2017 by

On Tuesday, year 6 set off on the public bus to face other year 6 teams in a Kwik¬†Cricket¬†tournament. Despite the sweltering heat our year 6 team showed fantastic agility, coordination and team work! In the playoffs our A team came first within their group and our B team came 2nd. This meant that our A team had to go head to head with St Joseph’s, Blaydon to try and get a place in the Gateshead County finals. Despite showing unbelievable skills and determination we missed out on the final by a mere 30 points. We had a fantastic day and look forward to showing off our¬†cricket¬†skills in the future!


Martin Luther King

November 5th, 2017 by

We began the lesson by being introduced to our new topic: Inspiring change‚ÄĒMartin Luther King. We discussed how MLK came to England in 1967 to receive an honorary degree from Newcastle University. We learned that MLK was¬† a Christian leader who thought that because we were all made the same by God, then racism, poverty and war were wrong. But this made him disliked by many people in America, and so he came to England to get some encouragement and inspiration.

We then looked at the background to the problem: slavery in the USA. Black slaves were brought from Africa and sold to property-owners in the USA to work as free labour. They were owned and could be bought and sold, and were often subject to violence and abuse. Even after slavery was abolished in 1865, African Americans were victims of discrimination. Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister in the Baptist Church who became a leader of the ‚Äėcivil rights movement‚Äô ‚Äď the campaign to end discrimination. He gave a famous speech in which he said, ‚ÄėI have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.‚ÄĚ The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. The children worked in pairs to research the life of MLK and presented their findings. They incorporated a range of media including videos, photos ands audio clips.


Living Things Field Guide

November 5th, 2017 by

We began the lesson by looking at our WALT: children creating their own Field Guide to the habitat around their school. It was explained that the children would have the chance at the end of the lesson to present their work to another pair.

The children then worked in pairs to identify living things in the habitat around the school. They were reminded not to touch or eat any of the organisms they found. They listed all of the plants and animals they found, using Plants and Animals ID Sheets to help them identify some of the species they may found.

Next, the children created their own Field Guide to the habitat around their school. They classified the organisms they found and added them to the correct area of the Field Guide.

To finish, the children presented their Field Guides to their audience, explaining why they classified the organisms into each group.


Sports Leaders

November 2nd, 2017 by

The Year 6 children began their Sports Leaders awards this week. Over the course of the year, the children will be learning how to lead the younger children in school and facilitate different activities and games. The children will play the activities and games first; create flash cards which they can use outside; and then facilitate during break and lunch times. The children really enjoyed their first session and look forward to more over the coming year.


Prayer Garden

November 2nd, 2017 by

The Year 6 children visited the prayer garden on Wednesday. Tying in with our topic on vocation; the children spent some time discussing what they wanted to achieve in their lives. Following this, we discussed All Saints Mass and remembered loved ones who are no longer with us. We finished by saying a silent prayer in front of the cross.


Performance Poetry

October 31st, 2017 by

Today, we have been thinking about our voices when we perform poetry. We have taken the time to discuss our given poems and how they can be expressed in different ways‚ÄĒthere is no correct answer! We worked in groups with our performance tips cards and decided how we thought each poem should be best read‚ÄĒquietly or loudly? Softly or with strong emotion? Which words should be expressed most strongly?

We rehearsed our poems and then performed them to the class, justifying our decisions and explaining our choices. This really helped us to get to grips with the meaning behind the poems and was a lot of fun.

Miss Bray

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Canticle of St Francis

October 27th, 2017 by

We began the lesson by discussing how some men and women are called by God to live their vocation in the religious life. This means that they are called to live in a religious community as brothers, sisters or priests.

One of the most well-known saints who was a member of a religious order was Francis of Assisi; in fact he started a religious order. He was the rich son of a merchant born in Italy in 1182. Whilst he was recovering from having been captured in a war, he started praying and thinking about his life. He thought about how Jesus had been poor and had helped everyone he met. Francis realised he had been selfish and not thought about anyone else. He gave all his riches away to the poor and sick and dressed himself in some clothes he took from a scarecrow in a field. Some of his friends thought he had gone mad.

Francis travelled around telling people about God’s love for them and encouraging them to love everyone. Other people joined him. They lived together in simple wooden huts and slept on the ground. They made three promises called vows; to be poor like Jesus and to share everything, to be obedient to God by following the rules they had agreed on and not to marry so they could give all their heart to God. Francis had a great love of nature and of birds and animals, because they reminded him of God and the wonderful gift of Creation. Francis wrote a beautiful hymn or canticle to God about Creation.

The children were then given their main activity for the lesson. They worked in pairs to explore the canticle and design a poster; explaining how it honoured God’s creation. They fed back their ideas at the end of the lesson.


Maya tortillas

October 25th, 2017 by

The children learned all about Maya food in this lesson. They learned how the early Maya were hunter gatherers but they soon developed farming techniques which allowed them grow their main food resource‚ÄĒmaize. We looked at the different foods that the Maya made from maize including tortillas. The children then worked in mixed groups of six to change a tortilla recipe and keep the same ratio and proportion. They weighed their ingredients and made their tortillas.


Year of Oscar Romero ‚Äď Justice

October 15th, 2017 by

The theme for the month of¬†October was Justice. We discussed the meaning of justice and the ‘rights of all’ to have a voice. We learned about the work of CAFOD to help bring justice and peace to the people of El Salvador. After watching a short video, the children got into small groups and created an El Salvador factfile; researching the impact of the civil war; the work done by CAFOD to help; and other interesting facts. At the end of this process, the children fed back to the class what they had found out. We finished by saying a peace prayer¬†about justice in the world.


Multiplying Game

October 15th, 2017 by

In our Numeracy lesson, 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‚ÄĒcovering 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!


RE – Vocation

October 15th, 2017 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‚ÄĒsome paid and some voluntary. We made a chart on the IWB and added jobs to it‚ÄĒanswering 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‚ÄĒresearch 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.


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:

Using Mixed Operations

October 6th, 2017 by

 

We began our second lesson on mixed operations by using six number cards (1,2,3,4,5,6) and any operation to make different answers. The children worked in pairs, then we discussed the different ways that children had found their answers; highlighting the importance of the order of operations. The children were then given their main activity for the lesson: The children rolled the dice to make four numbers. They rolled once more to get the value of the expression. Using the first four numbers, the children made a number sentence that gave the value of the expression; using any of the four operations. The children really enjoyed working together on this investigation. Well done!

 


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!


Negative Numbers

September 22nd, 2017 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‚ÄĒone 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 ‚ÄĒpicked two cards and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 200 points and the other needed to reach ‚Äď200 points

Orange ‚ÄĒpicked one card and rolled one dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 100 points and the other needed to reach ‚Äď100 points

Red ‚ÄĒrolled two dice and multiplied them together. One player needed to reach 50 points and the other needed to reach¬† -50 points

 

 


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:

Place Value – Compare numbers up to 10,000,000

September 15th, 2017 by

In our lesson on 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 tens of 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.


Year of Oscar Romero – Peace

September 11th, 2017 by

The theme for the month of September was peace. We discussed the meaning of peace and considered the type of world we would live in if everyone was at peace with one another. The children consolidated their knowledge on how Oscar Romero pursued peace and then thought about the different symbols for peace. The children used these symbols to make crosses which the children decorated. These were then put up on display to remind us of what we had learnt. We finished by saying a peace prayer together.


Welcome to Year 6!

September 10th, 2017 by

The children of Year 6 have had a great first week back in what is a very important year. They got in touch with their creative sides when they produced some fantastic self portraits. These have gone up on display in the classroom to remind us that we are all special. Keep up the good work Year 6! Class photo to follow!

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 F√°tima and nearby Aljustrel, drawn by reports of visions and miracles.

 


Learning the Haka!

March 16th, 2017 by

Today we were able to explore Miss Gray’s ancestral routes – we travelled all the way to New Zealand in our creative topic! We learned how to dance the Haka! The Haka¬†is a traditional war cry, dance, or challenge from the MńĀori people of New Zealand. You may have seen it performed before a New Zealand rugby match as they try to scare off their opponents! We thoroughly enjoyed pulling some hilarious faces.

 


Y6 Liturgy – Let Gods Love Shine

February 17th, 2017 by

Thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who attended Y6’s¬†liturgy this week. It centred around the idea of how we can let Gods love shine.