Wednesday 21st March
During this morning's workshop, the children explored the definitions of abuse in greater depth. This included looking at different scenarios and deciding - in small groups - whether they are OK or not OK.
Wednesday 14th March
Individual Liberty (British Values)
This afternoon, Year 6 spent some time considering Individual Liberty, one of the British Values. Their discussions were inspired by a book called: 'We Are All Born Free: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures'. The children used the pictures and text to identify the different rights people in Britain have. They then worked in small groups to create posters to reflect what they had found.
Wednesday 14th March
Father David visited Year 6 this morning for a Liturgy of Reconciliation.
Tuesday 13th March
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.
Monday 5th March
University of Leicester Botanic Garden
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!
Wednesday 7th February
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.
Monday 22nd January - Friday 26th January
Democracy (British Values)
This week, we have learning all about Democracy, one of the British Values. In Year 5 and 6, we voted for our school councillors at the beginning of the year and each week, we vote for activities for Golden Time. When we got thinking about it, we were surprised by how many opportunities we have to vote while at school.
Thursday 18th January
Year 6 Class-Led Liturgy
This morning, it was the turn of Year 6 to lead a whole-school liturgy. Our theme today was 'perseverance'. As part of the liturgy, the children encouraged the school community to think about what to do when faced with difficult situations as well as making a link to what the Bible teaches us about this. The children acted out the story of Zacchaeus. This man was determined to meet and speak with Jesus and did not give up until he had succeeded with his goal.
Wednesday 17th January
This morning during assembly, the children of Holy Cross listened to and joined in with a story all about trees. Afterwards, all classes had the opportunity to plant some trees within our school grounds. It was very cold, but we had a lovely time.
Monday 15th January
This week started a little differently for Year 6. Rather than their usual Mathematics and English lessons, the children took part in a Comedy Festival. Rob, a comedian, visited Holy Cross to teach our Year 6's how to create comedy sketches. After a few warm-up activities, the children got themselves into groups of 4 and began devising their sketches. Their ideas were wide-ranging and included naughty grandchildren, a family car journey and a very unusual funeral. The children ended their session by presenting their sketches to one another. There were certainly lots of giggles had by all!
Happy New Year from everyone in Year 6!
Tuesday 19th December
Preparation for Christmas Mass
This morning, Father David visited Holy Cross to lead Mass. It was lovely that so many parents and carers were able to join us for this special occasion . Thank you to those Year 6 children who read and acted as altar servers. During the Mass, Father David encouraged us to reflect on the story of the nativity.
Monday 18th December
Ancient Egypt Day
What a fantastic day! Today, the Year 5 and Year 6 children marked the end of their Ancient Egypt topic with an 'Ancient Egypt' themed day (specially organised by Miss Billington and Miss Gardiner). The children (and adults) got into the spirit of things by dressing up and choosing an Egyptian name. During the course of the day, the children got the chance to experience different craft activities, which included: making amulets from clay, creating perfume cones filled with sweet-smelling spices and carving scarab beetles into soap. In the afternoon, there were opportunities to take part in Egyptian dances and drama as well as food tasting. Thank you to all the adults who helped us to make this day a success!
Wednesday 13th December - Friday 15th December
Year 6 have spent a GREAT couple of days on retreat at The Briars. The trip provided our Year 6 children with the opportunity to discover community, come to a friendship with Christ and to deepen their awareness of themselves - an "Adventure in Faith". It was also a much needed chance for children (and staff alike) to step back from the busyness of daily life and enjoy spending time as a 'family'.
Thursday 6th December
Well done to the eight Year 6 children who took part in the annual Menphys Concert at DeMontfort Hall this evening. Your singing was fantastic!
Thursday 6th December
Knife Crime Prevention
This afternoon, the Year 5 and Year 6 children visited The Sue Townsend Theatre in Leicester for a special Knife Crime Prevention Workshop. The children had the chance to watch different scenarios unfold on the stage and then to discuss these as part of a small group. The performers told the story of Jonathan; a boy who was so unhappy with things that were happening at home, that he lost his temper at school and was excluded for his actions. In a bid to 'fit in' and be a part of a 'family', he ended up joining a gang. These young people carried knives and gave Jonathan one to carry too. When out and about, Jonathan found himself in an argument and without thinking, drew a knife and stabbed somebody else. Accounts from a young person who had lost her brother to knife crime, a mother who's son had been killed by Jonathan and the emergency service workers who were called to the scene of the stabbing, helped the children to reflect on the damage that carrying and using knives can cause.
Tuesday 5th December
This afternoon, the children enjoyed a trip to see Robin Hood.
Friday 1st December
Year 5/6 Advent Mass
The Year 5 and Year 6 children began Advent this Friday with a celebration of Mass. .
Wednesday 29th November
Christmas Decorations Afternoon
Christmas came early to Upper KS2 this week. The children spent Wednesday afternoon getting into the festive spirit by making Christmas decorations – there was a choice of activities between the Year 5 and Year 6 classrooms. It was lovely that so many parents/carers were able to join us.
Friday 24th November
Being Different, Belonging Together
As a follow-up to 'Tweet Town', Year 6 have taken part in a special workshop (Being Different, Belonging Together). Towards the beginning of the session, the children worked in pairs to create a short performance which they performed (if they wanted) in front of the rest of the group. The focus of this were things the children had common and the things that make them different. Later, the children thought about whether they agreed or disagreed with a statement and why - discussing their opinions with others. The class ended the afternoon by considering different situations where bullying might arise and role playing these.
Thursday 9th November
British Red Cross - Refugee Awareness Session
Rupesh from the British Red Cross returned to Holy Cross to talk to Year 6 about refugees. As part of their session, the children thought about the 'ingredients' that are needed to make local communities peaceful places.
Wednesday 8th November
This morning, the whole school watched a very special show which explored bullying in all its forms (including cyber-bullying). It motivated children to tackle bullying and gave them tools and tips to avoid becoming bullies themselves. Over the next few weeks, the children will continue to work on this in class.
Monday 6th November
British Red Cross - First Aid Session
Year 6 took part in a First Aid session put together by the British Red Cross. As part of their session, they learnt how to deal with different situations where someone may need medical help. This included: bleeding, a broken bone, swallowing something harmful, head injuries and seizures. Some members of Year 6 also had a go at performing chest compression on a dummy ('Little Annie').
Friday 3rd November
This afternoon Year 6 took part in a special 'Stay Safe' workshop led by three student nurses from De Montfort University. In three separate sessions, they learnt about road safety and the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling, how to treat burns and scalds, and DR ABC and the recovery position.
Wednesday 1st November
All Saints' Day
To help the school community to mark All Saints' Day, Father David came into school to say Mass. Well done to all the Year 6 children, who were involved in this, either by being an altar serving or a reader. Year 6 were also very lucky that after this, Father David was able to come and talk to them about Ordination and what it means to be a priest. This helped them with completing a piece of RE work about this Sacrament.
Friday 27th November
Well done to all the Year 6 children who took part in this afternoon's West Leicester Sportshall Athletics competition at Aylestone Leisure Centre. We are extremely proud of everyone and delighted to have finished in 2nd place overall.
Monday 9th October - Friday 13th October
This week Year 6 have been taking part in Bikeability. Bikeability is Cycling Proficiency for the 21st century. All children had the opportunity to take part in Level 1 training (on the school playground) and, if successful, Level 2 training, which took place on quiet roads near to school.
A big Holy Cross welcome from all of us in Year 6!
It has been a very busy start to the academic year.
In English, we have almost completed a unit of work around a fairy story, "Blackberry Blue", by Jamila Gavin. We have written diary entries and letters in role as well as creating our own newspaper reports. Would you believe it...a baby was found hidden in a huge rambling, shambling, prickly, blackberry bush! Our work in Maths has so far covered Numbers and all four operations. Miss Billington, our teacher, likes Maths and in our Morning Work we have an extra chance to practice the skills we have learnt during lessons.
As part of our first RE theme, "Loving", we have been learning about unconditional love and how God's love is never ending. Alongside this, we have explored the love and care that people show to others, including those in need. We have also unpicked the Beatitudes and how we can live these out in our daily lives. On Thursday 21st September, we led the first whole-school Liturgy of the year; we used this opportunity to tell the school community about our class saint, St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of Catholic schools and their students.
Our topic this half term, Healthy Me, has focused on the human body. Last week, our class had a Science lesson that we will not forget in a hurry - we dissected a sheep's heart!
A group of Year 6 children (girls and boys) represented our school at a football tournament at GOALS. Some children are also a part of the squad for this year's Football League matches which are held on the pitches at Aylestone.
Please keep looking back at our class page for updates on what we get up to in our last year of primary school.
Our Class Prayer
We thank you for this Year 6 class, for our teachers and teaching assistants and for all the things we are going to accomplish this year.
We thank you for our friends and for our learning partners who help us through hard times.
We ask that you will guide and protect us in all that we do this year. May we always do our best!
We are sorry Father for our mistakes - those times when we fail to follow the Golden Rules - and ask that you may help us to follow the right path.
Through your love and example, my we live, grow, learn and pray together in faith.