Year 5’s day with our Chinese visitors!

Year 5 enjoyed a very busy day with our visitors from our Chinese sister school.

We started the day off with some memory games – this gave us a chance to learn each other’s names and work in a team. As well as games, we constructed and decorated our own butterflies, birds or planes; created optical illusion pictures with our hands and we were also lucky enough to be taught some Chinese writing.

To top it all off, we were able to go and watch the Bede Burn Primary School vs Meiyuan Primary School football match. Bede Burn reigned victorious with an 11-0 win and we were very pleased indeed.

It was an invaluable experience meeting our new friends and it’s certainly one we won’t forget in a hurry!

– Miss Beadling

Y5 Spring term

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all! Firstly we would like to thank you all for the lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts we received. It was very kind and thoughtful and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.


This term we have a lot going on and we hope the children continue to show the same commitment and efforts in order to make the progress they are capable of.


In English this term we are reading ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by Tom McLaughlin. Much of our work will be based around this story and we will be doing lots of drama, reading comprehension and grammar work in the hope to get some quality written work from the children. The children loved last term’s book, ‘The Imagination Box’ and it was lovely to see them so engaged and keen to listen and take part in the work based around it. We hope to see more of this over the next few weeks.


In Maths we are focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages with a big focus on the children being able to apply the skills they learn through problem solving and reasoning activities. The children are working hard in maths and learning that it is ok to make mistakes and in fact it just makes our brain grow!


Our topic this term is South America with a focus on Rainforests and we will be doing a lot of cross-curricular work within this. We will be doing some map work and finding out what lies within South America. We hope to find out about rainforest habitats, the animals that live there, the different plants and the structure of the rainforest itself. Within this topic we will be doing some reading comprehension work, some leaf sketches, animal paintings and hopefully be able to create our own mini rainforests along with some writing links in there too.


In Science the children will be studying ‘Properties and Changes of materials’, where they will look at states of matter, changes of state, reversible and irreversible changes and materials and their properties. There will be a lot of practical work and scientific investigation which we’re sure the children will love.


P.E this term will be a Wednesday afternoon with a gymnastics coach but it is advised that children have their kits in everyday in case we do other P.E activities linked to other subjects.

Computing will see the children working with a program called ‘Scratch’ on a counting machine. PSHE will focus on democracy where the children will learn about British values and the rule of law.

R.E is based around what we know about the Bible and why it is important to Christians.

Music the children are working through a scheme called Charanga where they are give the chance to explore music is many different ways.

In Art this term we are looking at Matisse, under water and sky pictures as well as many links to our topic South America.


We’d like to thank you for your continued support and like to remind you the door is always open if there is ever anything you feel you’d like to discuss. Here’s to a successful 2017 for all.


Many thanks

Miss Smith and Mrs Smith

Year 5 stars!

Well done and thank you to all the year 5 pupils as they have started this academic year with a bang! They have returned to school engaged and ready to learn and we are so impressed with them. They are all working hard and proving they can do anything when they set their mind to it. Keep up the amazing work!

Special shout out to those parents who have connected to our fantastic new app Seesaw, the children love it and it is a great way to see what we get up to in the classroom.

Thank you all for your continued support.

Tag Rugby Champions

Yesterday teams from years five and six took part in the annual tag rugby tournament at Hebburn.

We took three teams from each year group and every team played brilliantly, in fact the only time one of our teams lost a match was against one of our other teams!

The final was decided between Year six A and Year five A.  A game of highly skilled play and amazing teamwork saw the year six team finish victorious with a score of 3 tries to 1.  However, the match was much closer than the score suggests with the final try being scored by year six in the dying minutes as the year five team pressed for an equaliser.


The staff were hugely proud of all of our children’s dedication, fair play and exemplary behaviour.

Photographs of the event can be seen here.

Well done every one!

Girl’s Football!

Tonight, the girls from years five and six played their very first competitive games in the Bede Burn blue kit!  Simonside and St Oswalds Hebburn brought teams along and all of the girls played really well.

Although the main aim was for the girls to get a chance to represent their schools and have fun, there had to be a winnng team…

Of course it was Bede Burn!  The team won the first game 3 – 0 and the second 4 – 0!  Everyone played brilliantly and all the matches were played in a superb spirit!

Really well done girls and thank you to all the family and friends that came along to support them!


Year 5 Tinga Tales

Year 5 have had great fun creating their own creation stories in the style of Tinga Tinga Tales, on CBeebies! We used ‘Book Creator’ on the iPads to create digital stories, which can be read by following the links below. Our target audience was Year 1. We read our tales to our reading buddies and the feedback was fantastic! Well done, Year 5.

Mrs F

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Here Comes The Sun..doo doo doo doo…

Summer term is here!

Welcome back! I can’t believe we’ve already arrived at the final term of year five. I have loved teaching this class so far and I’m confident that this term they’ll continue to work with oodles of enthusiasm to grow and improve further. With year six looming, this is a very important term and we have a lot to get through…as always I am here to help so if anyone needs extra guidance or has any queries, please feel free to ask. May I kindly remind everyone of the sheet I handed out at parent’s evening with numerous links to English and maths websites as well as pupils’ login details for our school accounts…they’ll be needed in the upcoming weeks for homework.


Just a reminder…Homework will usually be provided on a Wednesday, to be completed by the following Monday. If specific homework is not provided, it would still be a good idea to practise times tables (this could be through the aforementioned websites) and/ or brush up on those reading comprehension skills through some questioning about reading books. It is expected that your child will read for at least 15 minutes every night.


The effort in reading at home last term was absolutely brilliant… many of the pupils have found a new level of enthusiasm for literature that is a joy to behold. May I remind you that children are responsible for bringing their reading record to school every day and for changing books when necessary.

In class, we will be extending our skills of reading comprehension, grammar, spelling, drama, punctuation and writing composition. Our first text type this term is creation myths, which ties in nicely with our topic and gives the children an excuse to watch the cbeebies favourite, Tinga Tinga tales! We will follow this with writing inspired by film then a focus on reading, using the excellent book ‘Holes’.


This term we will begin with area and perimeter before moving on to roman numerals, negative numbers, time, geometry and measures. Phew! We will also continue our focus on mental maths skills and choosing efficient methods, as well as increasing our application of maths skills into complex problem-solving.


Our term will be a tale of two topics. The first is called ‘The Ancient Kingdom of Benin’, focussing on the little-known but fascinating civilisation based where modern-day Nigeria is located (not, in fact, the modern country of Benin, confusingly!) After studying their artwork, trade success (including the slave trade), rise and fall, we will move on to our geography-based topic, ‘River deep, Mountain high’. This will include a study of our very own River Tyne before switching focus to the more distant Mount Everest! From geographical features to human interest stories, this promises to be a great topic.


We will be studying space before moving on to living things and evolution. These topics are very interesting and I’m sure the children will enjoy them immensely.

Other subjects

Music this term will be closely linked to our topic, from spiritual songs to African chants and djembe drumming! We will also have time for some singing games just for fun! ICT, French, RE and PSHE will continue as usual.


We will be continuing our studies of French with Mrs Richardson; the current topic is food.


Our PE lessons for this term will take place on a Thursday and a Friday. We aim to be outside a lot this term so pupils should bring trainers as part of their PE kit, along with our red school PE t-shirt, black shorts and a water bottle.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs N Faulkner

Year Five trip to Las Iguanas

On Wednesday 2nd March, Year Five went on an exciting visit to Las Iguanas, a South American restaurant in Newcastle. Our Spring term topic in based on this beautiful continent, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to allow the children to immerse themselves more fully in the culture by sampling some delicious South American cuisine. We had ten taster dishes, each one more delicious than the last. We also made our own delicious drinks using fruit grown in South America. The chocolate brownies and churros were very popular, as were the cassava chips! The children were an asset to the school and a great day was had by all. Well done, Year Five!

Mrs N Faulkner