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Year 5


Summer 2:


Sports Day


Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits

This week, we are busy rehearsing for our production called Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits. You are in for a treat! Come along on Friday 6th July in the afternoon or evening to watch the show!



KS2 had a lovely mass today. The children who made their first holy communion looked beautiful. Thank you to our visitors for coming along!


Leicester University Festival

15 Year 5 children were selected to visit Leicester University today. They did the school proud and really put in 100% effort in to all the sporting activities. First, they met a famous Olympic athlete and had a tour of the university before having fun buying their own lunch in the canteen! In the afternoon, the children took part in glow in the dark badminton, zumba and many more activities! The children were also very pleased with their free gifts too!


Best Book Awards

10 children from Year 5 and Year 6 enjoyed a trip to the Leicester Tigers Stadium today to find out the results of this year's My Best Book scheme. The winner was... Dog man! Year 5 were delighted with the results as this was their favourite book too! Throughout the morning, the children also met an author and came back with some goodies!


Athletics at Saffron Lane

Well done to all of the athletes who went to the competition at Saffron Lane today! We have some very talented athletes with various medals being won and records being broken! Well done!


Summer 1: 

Year 5 Class Liturgy

Our class mass was focussed on how we transform energy for good - we focussed on the gifts of the holy spirit and how we can us them to help others. Everyone spoke really clearly and confidently. Well done Year 5!


Saint Catherine of Siena - Feast Day

This week, we celebrated our class saint's feast day! We enjoyed finding out more about her, drawing pictures and making paper chains for our classroom in the Dominican colours!

Year 5 Class Mass

Year 5 did a great job with our class mass today. Fantastic reading and beautiful singing - well done all!


British Values - The Rule of the Law

This week, we focussed on rules and laws. We discussed how important it is to have rules and laws, in order to keep us safe. We also discussed our school rules and then finally invented our own new laws.

Cinema Trip

Because we filled up our marble jaw, we voted for our reward to be a trip to the cinema to watch a film based on a book that we had read in class.  The film is called Wonder which is about a 10 year old boy with a facial defect. We smiled, laughed and some of us even cried at the heart-warming film. The following day, we wrote film reviews about the movie.

Fire Safety

Today, we learnt all about fire safety when some fireman came to visit us! We now know how important it is to keep safe and also know what to do in an emergency.



Have a lovely Easter holiday!


Spring 2:

Stations of the Cross Liturgy

This afternoon, the school took part in a liturgy led by KS2 children. This was beautifully put together to show Jesus' journey to the cross. Well done everybody who took part.

NSPCC Workshop

Year 5 and Year 6 took part in a workshop led by the NSPCC. The children found out about different types of abuse and how to stay safe, discussing what to do in particular situations. They used actions to learn the child line number 0800 11 11.

Author Week   

As part of author week, Year 4 and Year 5 went on a trip today to the Leicester Tigers Ground to meet the author, Ross Montgomery. They found out all about him and his books, created ideas for their own stories which they will write next week and also received a book as a gift to take home and enjoy (Max and the Millions). Happy reading Year 5!

NSPCC Assembly

This morning, two ladies from the NSPCC (along with Buddy) came to speak to the children in Year 5 and Year 6. The 'Speak Out - Stay Safe' assembly helped the children to understand about different types of abuse so that they can get help if or when they need it. The assembly helped them to identify a trusted adult they can speak to if they are worried about themselves or a friend. Children also learnt about Childline and how this service can help them. Next week, both classes will take part in a follow-up workshop. 

British Values - Individual Liberty

This week, Year 5 will be learning about one of the British Values - Individual Liberty. Children will be finding out about the rights that people in Britain have. They will be celebrating the fact that we are all different and can make our own choices as well as exploring what peer pressure is.  

Botanic Gardens

As part of our Topic work, Year 5 and Year 6 visited the University of Leicester Botanic Garden to learn more about habitats. The children completed six activities throughout the day, which included: finding out about tropical and desert climates, how plants and animals are adapted to their habitat, searching for minibeasts in woodland and pond dipping. It was lovely being outside all day and finding out more about the world around us!     


Spring 1:

New Walk Museum

Today, the Year 5 and Year 6 children went on a trip to the New Walk Museum where they participated in a Victorian art session. After exploring different paintings within the Victorian Gallery, the children used pastels and crayons to create their own masterpieces - a self-portrait or a portrait of a friend. As part of their day out, the children also had some time to explore other exhibitions at the museum; something which they very much enjoyed. The Ancient Egyptian area was popular and gave the children a chance to build upon their learning from last half term. 


British Values - Democracy

This week, Year 5 are going to be focussing on the British Value, democracy. Children will be learning more about parliament, what it is and what they do. You can find out more here: 

My Best Book

Today we get to vote for our favourite book from the 20 that we were given to read. The results will be collected and added together to other schools' votes. We will then receive 20 copies of the final 5 for Year 5 and Year 6 to read. Which is your best book?


Tree Planting

This morning, we listened to a story during assembly all about trees! We joined in with the storytelling and understood how important trees are. Afterwards, we worked with reception children and in small groups we dug holes and planted two trees on the school field. It was very cold but we loved every minute of it!


Welcome back!

After a good rest, we are all back to school ready to learn! This term, we are learning about the Victorians, fractions and reading a story called Dobber and the Silver Ring. Find out more by reading our parent newsletter.


Autumn 2:


Christmas Jumper Day

It was lovely seeing you all in your Christmas jumpers today! Have a lovely Christmas and a good rest! Don't forget to keep ticking off your Christmas list homework and I look forward to seeing you back at school in the new year.


Christmas Mass

Thank you to all of the visitors who joined us for our Christmas Mass with Father David today, The children did a great job with their readings - well done to Year 5 children, Vanessa, Orion and Aisha. The singing was beautiful too. Later on in the day, we enjoyed our tasty Christmas dinner - yum!


Ancient Egypt Day

What a fantastic day! The children got into the spirit by dressing up as Ancient Egyptians and choosing an Egyptian name. Throughout the day, they enjoyed different craft activities, drama and dance activities as well as food tasting. Thank you to all of the parent helpers for supporting us!


Memphys Concert

A massive well done to the Year 5 children who took part in the Memphis Concert this evening. The show was magnificent - you all did such a good job and made us all very proud at Holy Cross.


Knife Prevention Show @ The Sue Townsend Theatre

Today, Year 5 and 6 went to the Sue Townsend Theatre to watch a very informative show based on knife prevention. During the show, the performers discussed key issues with the children, emphasising the dangers of carrying a knife and potential consequences that it can have.


Christmas Pantomime

This afternoon, we went to watch a Robin Hood pantomime at the Peepul Centre. The children had great fun participating, especially with the songs.


Advent Mass

Well done to all of the readers today during our Advent Mass. The service was beautiful and the singing was amazing as always.


Decorations Afternoon

Wow! What a lot of fun we had in Year 5 and Year 6 this afternoon! The children were busy decorating baubles, creating felt Christmas decorations, Christmas cards and much more! Thank you to our parents who joined us for the festive fun!


Anti-Bullying Week

This week, we are reinforcing the messages about being kind to others. The children in Year 5 will be taking part in various activities throughout the week and then will end the week with a workshop using drama and games to discuss key issues.


Year 5 Reconciliation 

Thank you to Father Tony who led Year 5's reconciliation service today. The service was lovely with confident and clear speakers and great singing.


British Values - Judaism (Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different Faiths)

This week, we will be focussing on Judaism in our RE lessons. We will be thinking about British Values alongside this and how importance it is to respect those of different faiths.


Our Best Book

Today we welcomed a visitor from the library. We were told all about the 20 books that will be part of the 'Our Best Book' scheme this year. A long list of about 20 titles are discussed, debated and voted on by pupils in participating Leicester schools, to produce a short list of five great books. The top five books are read and voted on by the children involved, and the winner announced.

You can find out more about it here: 
On your marks, get set, read!

Anti-Bullying Performance

Today, we enjoyed an anti-bullying performance to the whole school. The key messages from this performance will be discussed and reinforced throughout the week. We also have some workshops to follow on from this in the next couple of weeks!


Sportshall Athletics

An incredible performance from the Year 5 and Year 6s who went to this years Sportshall Athletics Competition. You all did incredibly well and did us proud! Events included running, jumping, throwing and relays - we had some truly incredible talent this year and finished in second place overall. Well done!


Autumn 1:


No Pen Day

Today we focussed on language through different activities and didn't use a single pen all day! As part of our topic work, we dissected a sheep's heart - we learnt a lot about the different chambers in the heart; the left and right atrium and the left and right ventricles.


Year 5 Class Liturgy

Our class liturgy was about our class saint - St Catherine of Siena. We read beautifully and very clearly, informing the rest of the school and parents about St. Catherine's life. One of things that we can learn from her is to be peaceful with others.



Well done to our Year 5 and Year 6 footballers - you did a great job this afternoon! A fantastic result with both our Team A and Team B performing very well. 


Playground Leader Training

This afternoon, Year 5 trained to be playground leaders. They discussed what makes a good leader and practised leading lots of new and exciting games. The children will take it in turns to lead the games for other children at lunchtimes.


Holy Cross Jubilee Mass @ Holy Cross Church

Thank you Year 5 for being wonderful this afternoon! We enjoyed celebrating our jubilee mass - 50 years at Stonesby Avenue. We also received our class saint - St. Catherine of Siena.
The children really did us proud - you behaved superbly and read beautifully. Well done!

4/9/17 Our Class Prayer

Dear God, We thank you for our school, family and friends and all those who help us. We thank you for helping us in the past. We ask that you help us again this year with our new challenges. Help us to listen and learn together in faith. We pray for peace and fairness around our school. Help us to have love for each other, to forgive and build kindness into each and every day. Amen

A big welcome from Year 5!

Welcome to our Year 5 page. Here you will find regular updates about what we have been up to! 



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