Year 3 & Year 4

Monday 12th April to Friday 16th April
British Values: Tolerance of Other Faiths

This week, we have been looking at Islam and learning about the Muslims’ religious place of worship, the Mosque. The children have looked at the external and internal features of a mosque, and been able to describe some of the reasons why Muslims worship there. This has also led on to discussions about different places of worship in other faiths.



Monday 12th April 2021
Welcome back
We hope you all had a lovely, peaceful Easter and are rested and ready to learn. A big welcome to Mrs McVea who has joined us from St Joseph’s in Market Harborough. We wish her well in her new role as Headteacher of our fantastic school.


Friday 26th March
Ms Neill’s Last Day
Today, we said a sad good bye to Ms Neill who has been with us at Holy Cross for the last 4 and a half years. We had a surprise assembly for her where we were able to give her the cards that we had made and present her with the gifts that were brought using the donations from parents and children. We thank Ms Neill for all of her support and guidance over the years and wish her well in the future.


Thursday 25th March
St Marie Alphonsine’s Feast Day Mass
Today, Year 3 celebrated St Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas’ feast day with a mass, where we were joined by Father Tony. We reflected on her life’s work and how this should be an example to follow and learn from.



Wednesday 24th March
Mass for Ms Neill
This afternoon, we surprised Ms Neill with a farewell mass led by Year 5 in the Chapel. It was a beautiful celebration and Ms Neill really enjoyed the occasion. 


Friday 19th March 2021
Diocesan Schools’ Mass- Feast of St Joseph
This morning, we joined schools from around the diocese as Bishop Patrick celebrated a live-streamed diocesan schools’ Mass from Bishop’s House to celebrate the Solemnity of St Joseph.


Thursday 18th March 2021
Year 4 mass

This morning, Father Tony shared a lovely Lenten mass with Y4 in the school hall. We were reminded during the mass about the importance of Lent and how Lent is a period of time when we as Christians think about things that need to change in our lives for us to become more like Jesus Christ. It is a time of preparation for us to get ready for Easter, for us to fast, pray and give to help us to grow closer to God.


Monday 15th March to Friday 19th March
British Values: Individual Liberty

This week, Year 3 and 4 have increased their understanding of Individual Liberty. Through discussion, the children have learnt that having individual liberty means having the freedom to choose who we play with, what we eat, what we talk about etc. The children now know that even though we have freedom, we have to follow rules that exist to keep everyone safe. Individual liberty does not mean you are free to do what you want, you are free to do what is right. In order to raise awareness of the importance of individual liberty, the children created posters.


Thursday 4th March
World Book Day
In Year 3, the children entered a Winter Wonderland and explored the story of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. They created characters out of clay and then explored the forest pretending they had entered Narnia. The children then went onto using this experience to write a description. In the afternoon, they took part in a drama activity, acting out scenes using their models. They also drew a backdrop using charcoal for their clay characters and made a folder of recommendations of their favourite books.
In Year 4, the children looked at the book ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann. Before they read the book, they discussed what they thought would happen in the story and made predictions. Then they read the book and talked about their thoughts and opinions of the text, discussing the different themes of the story. In English, the children wrote their own Cinquains and answered questions about the text. They then measured leaves in maths to the nearest mm and then converted them to cm. In the afternoon, they looked at the beautiful illustrations in the book and compared these with the painting ‘Surprised’ by Henri Rousseau. The children then created their own version using pastels.

Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February
British Values: Rule of Law
This week, Year 3 and 4 have been learning about the Rule of Law. We discussed why it is important to have rules and the new laws have been brought in due to COVID-19. The children then went onto looking at rules for games and using this knowledge to create their own games.

Thursday 28th January
The Feast of St Thomas Aquinas
Today, we have celebrated the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas, our CMAT patron saint. Year 3 and 4 enjoyed joining with other children from schools around Leicestershire to celebrate this special day. It was led on zoom by Tom Shannon and we were joined in prayer by Bishop Patrick McKinney, the Bishop of Nottingham.

Wednesday 6th January 2021
Feast of the Epiphany
Today, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany which marks the end of the 12 days of Christmas. In our liturgy, we reflected upon the visit of the Wise Men to Baby Jesus, and the gifts they brought.

Tuesday 5th January 2021
Return to school
Welcome back to school! Unfortunately, due to the current COVID situation we can only welcome some children back to the classroom. Those children at home will have remote learning on Seesaw and we look forward to seeing the work you complete. Please make sure that you check Seesaw and Studybugs for regular updates! Please also look at our newsletter for all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Wednesday 25th November 2020
No Pens Wednesday

Today, was No Pens Wednesday! This meant that we did our work without writing ALL day. We did lots of speaking and listening activities. In Year 3 and 4 some of the activities we did included; playing multiplication games, having a debate, giving verbal book reviews. It was great fun!

Friday 20th November 2020
National Youth Fun Day

On Friday, our Diocese held a Fun Day. Children and staff were invited to come to school wearing their own clothes.


Monday 16th November - Friday 20th November 2020
British Values: Mutual Respect

This week in class, the children have been thinking about the meaning of the word ‘respect’ and how they can show respect to others.
This has complemented the work we have completed for Anti-Bullying week - a week where we have reinforced the message that we stand united against bullying and by doing this we are respecting everyone. We have been celebrating that everyone is unique and deserve to be respected for being so.
It has also linked well to our RE work. During the last fortnight, we have been learning about another religion: Judaism.


Monday 16th November - Friday 20th November 2020
Anti-Bullying Week: United Against Bullying


This week is Anti-Bullying week. The theme for this year’s campaign is: United Against Bullying.
On Monday, the whole school showed support for Anti-Bullying Week by wearing odd socks to show that we are all different but all equal.
Throughout the week, Year 3 and 4 have talked about what bullying is and why is it so important to speak out if you are being bullied or know bullying is taking place. We have learnt that we ALL need to play our part in saying NO to bullying at Holy Cross. We are very lucky at our school that there are lots of trusted adults who we can talk to. We also have Think Books to be able to let an adult know if we are feeling worried or sad.
As part of our work on bullying - as well as in Computing lessons - we have explored cyber-bullying and the importance of being kind to others when texting or playing online games.


Wednesday 11th November 2020
Remembrance Day


This week, we have been learning about Remembrance Day.
At 11 o’clock on Wednesday 11th November, the whole school joined the rest of the country and fell silent for 2 minutes. We used this time to think about all the men and women who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.




Week beginning 10th November 2020 

Religious Education - Other Religions: Judaism 

This week, we are all focussing on Judaism as a whole school. In year 3 and 4, we have been learning about how Jewish people worship in a synagogue. We have learnt what key features and artefacts are found in a synagogue and when Jewish people visit to worship.


Week beginning 2nd November 2020 Child Safety Week 

This week in school we are learning about child safety week.  As part of this we have talked about the NSPCC's 'Talk PANTS and stay safe like pantosaurus' campaign. 

Pants stands for:

Privates are privates.

Always remember your body belongs to you.

No means no. 

Talk about secrets that upset you.

Speak up. someone can help. 


Tuesday 13th October and Thursday 15th October 2020
Parents’ Evening
This year, our parents’ evening will be online using Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Your child will be sent home a letter with the details on.

Friday 9th October 2020
World Mental Health Day
At school today, we celebrated World Mental Health day. In Years 3 and 4, we discussed how to look after our physical health through healthy eating and exercise, but also the importance of looking after our mental health. We also spoke about how important it was to talk to somebody if we were worried or upset.
During the day, pupils and staff wore yellow to support the campaign, to show young people they're not alone when it comes to mental health.


Thursday 8th October 2020

CAFOD national assembly: A harvest like no other

Today, we shared a special online harvest assembly for CAFOD’s Family Fast Day. 

Thursday 1st October 2020
National Poetry Day
Year 3 and 4 had a great time reading and performing poetry today.


 Monday 28th September 2020
Year 4- Our new class book is called ‘To the Edge of the World’ by Julia Green.

Monday 21st September 2020
British Values Week
In Year 3 and 4 this week, we have been talking about democracy. We have talked about what democracy means and how it is useful in society. During our circle time lessons we have talked about how we demonstrate democracy in our school.
For example -
• Election of school council members, eco-leaders, class monitors
• Decision and voting for what we select as our class reward for our marble party.
• Decision and voting for what we select to do for golden time each week.
• Taking turn for responsibilities.

We also talked about how it would feel it we were not democratic at school, we agreed that voting and taking turns made it feel fair for everyone and that we all had a say in how our school and class is run. We understand that Britain is a democratic society as all adults get to vote for who leads the country and therefore can have their say.

Congratulations to the following children who were elected to represent their year group in the School Council:
Year 3: Oscar and Naira
Year 4: Mateusz and Maddison


Monday 14th September 2020
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
This morning, Ms Neill held a lovely liturgy (via MS Teams) to help us reflect on this special day.


Tuesday 1st September
Year 3- Our new class book is ‘Rabbit and Bear’ Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough and Jim Field
Year 4- Our new class book is ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman.


Autumn 1
Welcome back to school everyone! It is so lovely to all be back at school again as a whole school community. While school life is still a little different and we are not mixing with other classes, it is still loving to hear all the laughter and games in the playground again. We hope you are looking forward to this year and learning lots of fun things. We’re all incredibly happy to have you back and school and are really excited about the year ahead.

Mrs Gatward, Mrs Hunt and Miss Edmonds (Year 3)
Mrs Ward, Mrs Dawson and Miss Johnson(Year 4)


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