Year 5 & Year 6


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Welcome to the Year 5 and 6 page. Here you will find lots of information about the exciting things that we have been doing this year...


11/03/20 Year 6 Reconciliation

Father David visited Year 6 for a special service of Reconciliation. The children were given the opportunity to reflect on anything that they may have said, thought or done that they needed to say sorry to God for and also gave them the opportunity to put it right with Him.


09/03/20 British Science Week

This week the children in Year 5 and 6 have been celebrating British Science Week. The Year 5 children went outside and into the forest with magnifying glasses and searched for some invertebrates (insects, worms and spiders!) to see what they could find. Using a classification key, they were able to identify the bugs and draw and label the ones that they found. The children in Year 6 focused on how animals camouflage - specifically butterflies. The children used pencil crayons to produce shading to recreate different backdrops such as a brick wall or a tree trunk where the pattern is more complex than just a plain colour. Their creations looked amazing!


05/03/20 - World Book Day

The children in Year 5 and 6 had a great time celebrating World Book Day this week. In Year 5 the children read the book, The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and enjoyed exploring and discussing the book through a range of speaking and listening activities, hot seating the characters and writing diaries. They then sketched and painted their own Lost Thing! In Year 6, the children enjoyed reading the book, the Varmints by Helen Ward which is a mysterious tale of a threatened natural world and a hopeful new start. The children had a great time making and playing board games which continued with the theme of looking after our environment. During the day, the children also participated in a workshop run by the author Chris White.


26/02/20 - Ash Wednesday Liturgy

On Wednesday, we started our journey towards Easter with a special liturgy for Ash Wednesday, led by Father David, as we begin Lent - a very special and important time in our church family.


18/02/20 - Year 5 Class Blog

I hope you are all enjoying the holidays! Please check out Year 5's new class blog which they are going to be using after half term.


05/02/20 - Love Laughing Comedy Trip

Today, the year 5's travelled to the Y Theatre to perform their comedy sketches in front of an audience of different primary schools as well as judges. All pupils did brilliantly and represented Holy Cross superbly!


05/02/20 - Year 5 Poetry Performance Assembly

This morning year 5 practised their poems that they had prepared with the help of poet Owen in front of parents and KS2 in a very different type of assembly. Well done year 5!


03/02/20 - Ancient Benin Day

Today, year 5 and year 6 enjoyed a fun filled day, learning all about Ancient Benin, the theme of their topic work. They learnt all about the jobs people had, the things people traded and the types of art that link back to Ancient Benin. 


28/01/20- Feast of St Thomas Aquinas

The whole of year 6 and the year 5 chaplaincy team participated in the Feast day of St Thomas Aquinas. All of year 6 and the year 5 pupils represented Holy Cross extremely well and enjoyed an interesting day.


22/01/20 - Year 5 Love Laughing Workshop

All of year 5 practiced their comedy sketches with the help of comedian, Rob Gee, ready to perform them at the Y Theatre at the start of February.


20/01/20 - Visit from Steve Skidmore

Steve Skidmore, our patron of reading visited both year 5 classes, sharing his latest books. Steve led a creative workshop with the year 6’s which was enjoyed by all.


13/01/20 - Leicester Tiger's visit

Our pupils enjoyed a visit from the Leicester Tigers healthy school’s programme and learnt all about how eating a balanced diet and enjoying plenty of exercise can keep our bodies fit and healthy.


10/01/20 - Year 5/6 Fairtrade afternoon

Today the year 5 and 6 classes teamed up for a creative Fairtrade afternoon where they learnt all about Fairtrade and created some fantastic information posters.


10/01/20 - Sportshall athletics finals
A huge well done to our Year 5 and 6 pupils who represented our school in the county sportshall athletics final. They finished a superb 4th place out of the ten schools that competed.


08/01/20 - New Year Mass
Today, Father David celebrated New Year Mass in school with us, sharing how we can start the new year with the right focus.


20/12/19 - Christmas Jumper Day

The school council have organised a Christmas jumper day for the last day of term. Your child is welcome to come to school wearing a Christmas Jumper and non-school uniform trousers. School finishes for the Christmas break at 3:15pm on 20th December.

Children are back in school on Tuesday 7th January at 8:45am (for 8:55am start).

Have a happy Christmas holiday everyone!


19/12/19 - Christmas Dinner

If your child would like to have a Christmas dinner on Thursday 19th December, please could you complete the letter and return it with the payment of £2.00 by Friday 13th December, or sooner, if possible. Thank you.


18/12/19 - Year 5 and Year 6 Christmas Decorations Morning

Parents are welcome to join us from 9:00am to 10:30am to help us make Christmas decorations!

18/12/19 - Christmas Carol Service

KS2 will be taking part in a carol service at St John Bosco’s Church at 1:45pm. You are welcome to join us. When it finishes at approximately 2:15pm, you can collect your child from the church if you wish. All other children will return to school to be collected as normal at 3:15pm.


17/12/19 - Christmas Pantomime

Please return the letter as soon as possible for the performance of Aladdin at De Montfort Hall.


16/12/19 - Christmas Fair and Santa!

In the morning, Year 5 and Year 6 will be receiving a present from Santa. In the afternoon, children will be taking it in turns to run g a Christmas stall at our Christmas Fair. 

Each class will visit the Christmas fair during the following times:

1:15pm-1:45pm – Foundation, Year 6 children and parents


1:45 – 2:15pm – Year 1 and Year 5 children and parents 

2:15-2:45 pm– Year 4 and Year 3 children and parents 

2:45-3:10pm – Year 2 children and parents 

Older siblings will be able to join younger siblings during their time slot.


Games, raffle and tombola – 20p a go.

20p entry per adult.

Any donations for the raffle and chocolate tombola are greatly appreciated.


11/12/19 - 13/12/19 - The Briars (Year 6)

Welcome back to Year 6 who have been on their residential trip for the last 3 days. They have been an absolute credit to the school and have enjoyed LOTS of exciting activities including ice skating, making new friends, liturgies and a disco!


4/12/19 - KS2 Menphys Concert

Well done to all of those children who took part in the Menphys concert today. The performance at De Montfort Hall was outstanding. We are all very proud of you.

5/12/19 - KS2 Advent Mass

This morning, Father David celebrated Advent Mass in school with us. This marked the beginning of our Advent preparations as we wait for the birth of Jesus. To mark the start of Advent, we lit the first candle on our Advent wreath, reflecting on ‘Hope’ in the coming of Our Lord.

4/12/19 - KS2 Cross Country

Another excellent performance by our KS2 children! They persevered and tried their absolute best! Well done.


2/11/19 - Year 5 Love Laughing Workshop

Today, both Year 5 classes took part in a workshop led by comedian, Rob Gee. He taught us different techniques used by comedians to create our own comedy sketches. We will be performing these later on in the year at the Y Theatre.


29/11/19 - Year 5 and 6 Dodgeball Competition

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 dodgeball team. You played brilliantly today and were a credit to the school!


29/11/19 - My Best Book

Sandy returned to our Year 5 and 6 classes today so that we could vote for our favourite 'Best Books'. Our favourites were:

Inkling - Kenneth Oppel
Killer Custard - Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson
The Bad Guys: Episode 1 and Episode 2 - Aaron Blabey
The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods - Samuel J. Halpin
What Lexie Did - Emma Shevah


27/11/19 -and 28/11/19 - Anti-Bullying Workshops 

Both Year 5 and Year 6 had a special workshop this week focussed on anti-bullying. We discussed what bullying is, why people might bully and what to do in different scenarios.

20/11/19 - Year 5 Reconciliation

Year 5 led a beautiful reconciliation service today. Well done.

26/11/19 - Our Patron of Reading Visits Holy Cross - Steve Skidmore

Wow - what an exciting day today! We had our school's patron of reading come and visit us. He led a hilarious assembly which we thoroughly enjoyed. At lunch time, Gideon and Zara from Year 5 and Margaret Alisha and Lucas enjoyed a special 'our of this world' lunch with him. They had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions and find out more about life as an author. Steve will be visiting us again in January. You can find out more about him here:


25/11/19 - British Values Week (Individual Liberty)

This week, all classes learnt about one of the British Values. We focussed on what individual liberty means. We discussed how we all have freedom but with that, comes responsibility. We explored ideas linked to a picture and these are displayed in the hall.


22/11/19 - Wear Red to Show Racism the Red Card

 The whole school wore red today to unite together against racism. Thank you for your support.


21/11/19 - Year 5 Class Liturgy

Well done to Year 5 G/M who led an information liturgy this morning to the rest of the school. The liturgy explained what racism is and how we can all play our part in making it stop. We learnt the following mantras to help us.
'Change starts with us'
'Stomp out racism'
'Show racism the red card'


20/11/19 - Year 6 Reconciliation

This morning, Father David visited Year 6 for a special service of Reconciliation. This gave us a chance to reflect on anything that we may have said, thought or done that we needed to say sorry to God for and also gave us the opportunity to put this right with Him.


20/11/19 - Orchestra Unwrapped Concert

 What an amazing performance by the Philharmonic Orchestra at De Montfort Hall today. We thoroughly enjoyed singing along to the music and learning about different composers. Well done to all of KS2.

18/11/19 - Anti-Racism Week

This week, we are focussing on anti-racism and how 'change starts with us'. Each class will be completing various activities to help them understand what racism is and how we should respect each others' differences.


14/11/19 - Year 6 Class Liturgy

Well done to all of the Year 6 children who led an amazing class liturgy today focussed on commitment. The rest of the school thoroughly enjoyed finding out more about your talents that you are clearly very committed to!


13/11/19 - No Pens Wednesday

Today we all enjoyed focussing on our speaking and listening skills! We didn't use a pen or pencil all day - including the teachers! We enjoyed making our Egyptian Shadufs, using discussion and sorting activities for anti-bullying week and even cycled on a 'smoothie bike' which made us some very tasty smoothies!


1/11/19 - Anti-Bullying Week

This week, children in all classes will be learning what bullying is using our motto:

They will also discuss different types of bullying including cyber bullying, emotional, physically and being a bystander. They will discuss different scenarios including what to do if they ever experience bullying or see someone being bullied:


11/11/19 - Remembrance

At 11 o clock, we had 2 minutes silence in order to remember those who have died in the war.


8/11/19 - Sportshall Athletics

Half of the Year 5 and 6 children went to Aylestone Leisure Centre today to compete in the Sportshall Athletics competition... and we came back with a gold trophy for coming FIRST! We are incredibly proud of all of the children who competed. Now, we will be representing West Leicestershire in the finals in January.


7/11/19 - All Dominican Saints' Mass

All Dominican Saints' Mass was celebrated by KS2 children today at Holy Cross Church. During the Mass, the children read very clearly and their singing was beautiful. Well done everybody.


6/11/19 - Year 5 Poetry Project

Today, children in Year 5 started a 10 week poetry project, led by the poet, Owen Wilson. The children will have a session a week, focussing on different aspects of poetry, before performing their poems at the Y Theatre in the spring term.


6/11/19 - Year 5 and 6 Able Maths Day

Two children from each class took part in an able maths day today which was held at our school. They enjoyed taking part in various mathematical activities led by a maths consultant, Hazel Large, along with children from other schools.


5/11/19 - Drugs Prevention Workshop

Today, we found out more about the impact of drugs on our bodies as part of our topic work. We listened very carefully to the information that our visitor told us.


1/11/19 - All Saints' Day

During the Mass today, the children read very clearly and their singing was beautiful. Well done everybody!


31/10/19 - Year 5 and Year 6 trip to Welland Park

Today, Year 5 and Year 6 visited Welland Park in Market Harborough. When the children were there, they took part in four different physical activities, investigating how each one affected their heart rate. They recorded their results which they will be using, once back at school, to draw bar charts and line graphs.


29/10/19 - Chaplaincy Team

Today, members of our school Chaplaincy team, attended a special training session with Mr Shannon (the Chaplain for our school and the other schools in our Academy Trust). At this session, the children worked together to plan a whole school liturgy.


28/10/19 - Diwali

This morning, Ms Neill led a special liturgy to mark Diwali: The Festival of Light. We learnt a little about this special festival which is celebrated each year by our Hindu and Sikh brothers and sisters.


22/10/19 - Year 5 Sports Festival

Year 5 had lots of fun today having a go at lots of different physical activities at Crown Hills. We are very proud of you all!


11/10/19 - Cross Country Festival

Lots of children in KS2 travelled to Knighton Park today to compete in a cross country festival. We are so proud of them all for trying their best!


10/10/19 - World Mental Health Day

Today, we spoke out about the importance of mental health and agreed that it is ok to not feel ok.


9/10/19 - Harvest Mass

Thank you to everyone who contributed something to our Harvest display today. Your donations are very much appreciated and produce will be donated to local charities.


4/10/19 - Our Best Book

This afternoon, Sandy Gibbons visited us and introduced the project ‘Our Best Book.’ She will return later in the year to see which of the 20 books she has left we like the most.
You could request these books at Pork Pie Library. These are the books:

A Wolf called Wander - Rosanne Parry
Accidental Trouble Magnet: (Planet Omar) Book 1 - Zanib Mian
Ariki and the Giant Shark - Nicola Davies
Iguana Boy Saves the World with a Triple Cheese Pizza - James Bishop
Inkling - Kenneth Oppel
Killer Custard - Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties - Humza Arshad and Henry White
Not My Fault - Cath Howe
Roller Girl - Victoria Jamieson
Run Wild - Gill Lewis
Shivers: Ghost Stories - John Townsend
Ten Nasty Little Toads - Steve Cole
The Bad Guys: Episode 1 and Episode 2 - Aaron Blabey
The Dragon in the Library - Louie Stowell
The Midnight Hour - Benjamin Read and Laura Trinder
The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods - Samuel J. Halpin
The Unlucky Eleven - Phil Earle
Tin - Padraig Kenny
What Lexie Did - Emma Shevah
When we were Warriors - Emma Carroll


3/09/19 - National Poetry Day

Today, we marked National Poetry Day! Each class had a different focus. In Year 6, the children explored (and performed) the poem The Owl Looked Out of the Ivy Bush (by Charles Causley). In Mr Sutton's class, the children discussed a poem called Gingerbread Man by Joseph Coelho using Circle Time to reflect upon the theme of bullying. In the other Year 5 class, the children explored The Magic Box by Kit Wright. After reading it, they created their own versions.


1/10/19 - School Council Training

Today, our school councillors visited Sir Jonathon North Community College to meet other school councillors and to learn more about their role. The children thought carefully about their responsibilities and discussed their initial ideas about improving the school.


30/09/19 - Readathon

Our two week sponsored read starts today! On your marks, get set, read! We are helping to raise money for books in Leicester hospitals and also our school library.                                We will finish the sponsored read with DEAR on Friday 11th October when children, staff and parents will all ‘Drop Everything And Read’ at 2.45pm.


25/09/19 - More Able Writers’ Day

A small group of Year 5 and Year 6 children enjoyed spending the day with the author Nick Cook, for a More Able Writers' Day. They focussed on writing in role as a newsreader, weather person and storm chaser before using ICT techniques to bring the characters alive!


18/09/19 - Year 6 First Aid Workshop

Today, Year 6 took part in a special workshop led by Steve from St John’s Ambulance. They learnt lots of new skills including how to apply a bandage to a wound, the signs and treatments used for asthma and how to put somebody in the recovery position.


17/09/19 - Visitors to Year 6

Today, Year 6 met the head teacher from English Martyrs (Mr Carney) and two current sixth form students. One of the students, Daniel, came to Holy Cross and remembers having Miss Wilson as his Year 6 teacher. Both the students are applying to go to university. They told us lots about what life is like at English Martyrs and gave us the opportunity to ask lots of questions.


16/09/19 - Feast of the Holy Cross Mass

This morning, we had a Mass in our school hall to mark this special feast day.


16/09/19 - 21/09/19 - British Values: Democracy

This week, all classes have been thinking about  democracy and what it means to live in a democratic country. As part of this, Year 5 and Year 6 considered all the different things children at Holy Cross get the chance to vote for. For example, Golden Time activities and School Council representatives.


12/09/19 - Year 5/6 Assembly

Today, we met the head teacher from Samworth Academy. He told us all about secondary school and explained how it was different to primary school. We asked lots of questions to find out even more!


11/09/19 - New Walk Museum

Today, Year 5 and Year 6 had great fun finding out about the Ancient Egyptians. We enjoyed a very informative workshop and a chance to explore the museum.


6/09/19 - Eco Committee

The Eco Committee have regular meetings with Miss Scott. During these meetings, the group plan how to keep our school environmentally friendly. Thank you to those children in Year 5 and Year 6 who are a part of this.


6/09/19 - School Council

This week, all 3 classes voted for their school councillors. Well done to those children who were successful and will now represent their class at School Council meetings.


August 2019 - Welcome

Hello and welcome to a new school year!


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