Year 5 Netball Tournament

We were fortunate to take some year 5 children along to Temple Park today to take part in a netball tournament as run by School Games, Tyne and Wear Sport. They had so much fun competing in competition with some great game play! We were able to submit 2 teams and so the competitiveness shone through when they played each other where St. Mary’s B beat St. Mary’s A 1-0.




What’s the Matter? – Newcastle University Outreach Visit

Years 5 and 6 were treated to a morning from Newcastle University last Thursday where they explored various states of matter. They had great fun, with lots of hands on activities, in finding out the difference between solids, liquids and gases.

Admittedly (even for us) the “Elephant’s Toothpaste” experiment was a hit! We’ve put our science heads on to tell you a bit about it

The foam that’s made is special because each tiny foam bubble is filled with oxygen. The yeast acted as a catalyst (a helper) to remove the oxygen from the hydrogen peroxide. Since it did this very fast, it created lots and lots of bubbles. The children were drawn towards noticing that the bottle got warm. The experiment created a reaction called an Exothermic Reaction – that means it not only created foam, it created heat!

This experiment is called “Elephant’s Toothpaste” because it looks like toothpaste coming out of a tube, but don’t get the foam in your mouth!

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Arts Mark Treats!

Year 5 busy making their Christmas Pudding Truffles for the Arts Mark fayre.



Making the mixture.


A real team effort!


Creating the detail.


The truffles are shaped.


Melted chocolate goes on top.



The importance of volunteer work.

As we came to the end of our Baptism and Confirmation unit in R.E we looked into the life choices that some people make. These are those who remain unmarried and are also called by God in love and service to others. All Christians whether they are married or unmarried are called by God to be kind, loving and holy and to follow the example of Jesus. To do this we discussed how that they need to use all the gifts that God has given them to love God and to be of service to their neighbour. There is no limit to the love and service Christians show in their lives.

We found that it is not always easy to be loving and to be of to service others, but it we can still live in peace and happiness.

We read about Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount and how he talked about what we need to do to achieve true happiness

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

“Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God! “Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! Matthew 5: 6-9

In response to this we began to explore the lives of those who volunteer and give their time, skills and love to those in need, by supporting local communities and charities among others.

Working in groups we researched this role and presented our findings.


Getting creative with English

During our English topic, based on instructions, we put our creative minds together and developed our own board games. Using cross-curricular skills of art and design and the strategy and logic of mathematics the children of year 5 planned, designed and made a board game and developed an instruction manual to support it. Afterwards we took turns in playing each board game and evaluated the success of it based on the quality
of the instructions provided.

Here we are having fun with our learning!

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Spooky Stuff!

The children of St. Mary’s gave us all a freight on Halloween with their amazing costumes and face paint!

Year 5 got creative and wrote some spooky stories which we shared later on by torch light.


Astromaths with the Life Centre

The Life Centre came to St. Mary’s to deliver an outreach program incorporating maths and science. Year 5 were engaged in Astromaths which was full of hands-on activities that use astronomy and space science as the basis for rich tasks in mathematics. It included a show inside an inflatable planetarium, a rocket investigation and allowed them to get their hands on real stuff from space!

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