Year 5 & Year 6

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...

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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.

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.

Monday 15th March to Friday 19th March 

British Values: Individual Liberty 

This week, pupils learned about how it is important to make their own choices, as long as they do not break the law. We spoke all about making choices about the clothes we wear and the way in which we style our hair. 

Monday 8th March 2021
Back to school for everyone! 

Today we welcomed all of the children back to school after lockdown! We were so pleased to see everyone back! Well done to all of the children who have worked so hard from home, joining in with zoom lessons in school!

Thursday 4th March
World Book Day

All children were invited to dress up as a book character for World Book Day. In year 5, we chose to focus on 2 of the books which had been written especially for WBD 2021. The children were then able to use their book voucher to buy their own copy, if they wanted to. During the day we did lots of reading activities, including predicting, wondering, writing book reviews, drama and art! Children who were learning from home were also encouraged to dress up and join in with the activities. We had some zoom sessions too, where we read part of the book aloud to all children! 

Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February
British Values: The Rule of Law
This week, pupils learned about how rules are important in life and how the law applies to everybody in society. Pupils decided on a law that they would introduce – if they had the opportunity to do so.

Thursday 28th January
The Feast Day of St Thomas Aquinas
Today we were able, on Zoom, to take part in a special liturgy to celebrate the Feast day of St Thomas Aquinas, who is the Patron Saint of our Catholic Multi-Academy Trust.
Led by Tom Shannon, the Chaplin of the Academy Trust, this celebration helped us to reflect on being thankful. We joined in prayer with Bishop Patrick McKinney, the Bishop of Nottingham.

Wednesday 20th January 2021
An Interview with Dr Scott
Today, as part of our topic on Earth and Space, we were lucky enough to be able to speak to a geologist: Dr Scott. She answered our many questions about volcanoes through an interview on Zoom. Children in school and at home were able to listen to her experiences of visiting volcanoes around the world. It was extremely interesting. Well done to pupils in Year 5 and 6 for posing such thoughtful questions.

Week beginning Tuesday 5th January 2021
New Topics
This week, pupils in Year 5 and 6 (whether learning from home or in the classroom) discovered what they will be learning in Science and Topic this half term. The theme is ‘Earth and Space’: a popular choice judging by the initial reactions!

Wednesday 6th January 2021
Feast of the Epiphany
Today we celebrated Epiphany with a liturgy in our classrooms. We remembered the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men , and what they symbolized.

Tuesday 5th January 2021
Return to school
Today we returned to school for the start of the Spring Term. Sadly, due to the latest Covid situation, many children will now be learning from home.



Friday 18th December 2020
Reverse Advent Calendar
During Advent, each class has collected non-perishable food items and toiletries. During the last week of term, these items were donated to a local food bank. Thank you to everyone who has donated something - it is much appreciated! 


Friday 18th December 2020
Christmas Jumper Day
To mark the last day of term, we came to school today in something festive. Happy Christmas from Year 5 and Year 6! 


Thursday 17th December 2020
Christmas Dinner
Today, we enjoyed a yummy Christmas dinner. Thank you to Jo and her team in the school kitchen!


Wednesday 16th December 2020
As well as a gift from Father Christmas, each child received a present of a children’s Bible. This is something to keep and treasure!


Wednesday 16th December 2020
Father Christmas
Father Christmas visited the school today and gave each child an early Christmas present! The children were very, very excited to see him. He said that he had heard how good they have been. Isn’t that wonderful! Everyone showed good manners and said ‘thank you’ for their gift. We are still trying to spot the reindeer and sleigh in the sky - we wonder if we will see them?!


Week Beginning: Monday 14th December 2020
This week, each Upper KS2 class has spent some time getting into the festive spirit with some Christmas crafts. Depending on which class they are in, the children have made decorations, calendars and cards - all of which looked amazing! The Year 6 children had lots of fun using pastels and charcoal to create a 2021 calendar which they took home to share with their families. 


Monday 14th December 2020
Our Best Book
The votes are in!

Only 5 out of the 15 titles on the Our Best Book list could make it through to this year’s finals.


The top 5 books (as voted for by participating schools) are:
BOOT: Small Robot, Big Adventure by Shane Hegarty
Crater Lake by Jennifer Killick
Eating Chips with Monkey by Mark Lowery
Seven Ghosts by Chris Priestley
Super Sidekicks: No Adults Allowed by Gavin Aung Than


Tuesday 8th December 2020
Mass: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
This morning, Year 6, along with a few children from Year 5, took part in a Mass (the first of this school year) to mark the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was lovely to be able to come together for this and to remember how special Mary (the mother of Jesus) is.  


Wednesday 25th November 2020
No Pens Wednesday
Today, was No Pens Wednesday! This meant that we had to find ways - that did not involve picking up a pen or pencil - to share our ideas. We did lots of speaking and listening activities.

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. During the morning, Year 5 and Year 6 joined the NDCYS live stream on YouTube. Afterwards, they spent some time reflecting on what they had seen and heard.


Wednesday 18th November 2020
Our Best Book
Over the next few days, each child in Year 5 and Year 6 will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite books from this year's 'Best Book' longlist. We look forward to finding out which books have made the top 5 and receiving our copies of these.


Tuesday 17th November 2020
Year 5 World War Two Day
Today, Year 5 had their World War Two Day. During the day, they, like Year 6, found out what it would have been like for a child during the war.


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.

It has also linked well to our RE work. During the last fortnight, we have been learning about another religion: Judaism. In Year 5, the children have learnt about the celebration of the Passover. In Year 6, the children have explored Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; celebrations which mark the new year of the Jewish calendar.



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 are all different but all equal.

Throughout the week, Year 5 and Year 6 had discussions about what bullying is and that we all have a part to play to prevent and reduce bullying. 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 we have explored cyber-bullying and the importance of being kind to others when texting or playing online games. 


Monday Wednesday 11th November 2020

This week, we have been learning about Remembrance Day. 

At 11 o’clock on Wednesday 11th November, Year 5 and Year 6 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.


Wednesday 4th November 2020
Year 6 World War Two Day
Year 6 had a fun day learning what life would have been like for a child during World War Two. Everyone (including the adults) dressed up for the day. Each child made an evacuee’s suitcase, added their name and address to a luggage label and wrote a post-card home. We also learnt about rationing and made a ration book to go into our suitcases. As part of our work on rationing, we peeled and chopped the vegetables needed for a wartime favourite - vegetable soup - and once heated up, we tried it. In the afternoon, we played card games, Beetle and dominoes - just like children of the time would have done.

Year 5 will be having their World War Two Day soon! 


Monday 2nd November - Friday 6th November 2020
Stay Safe, Speak Out
This week, the children have explored some resources produced by the NSPCC. As part of their sessions, they have identified who their trusted adults are and places where they feel safest. They also made some chatter boxes and bookmarks which they could then take home and share with their families.


Tuesday 27th October 2020
Visitor to Year 6
Today, Year 6 met the headteacher from Tudor Grange Samworth Academy (Mr Wilkinson) via Microsoft Teams. He told us lots about what life is like at secondary school and how it is different to primary school. He also answered lots of our questions about this.


Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th October 2020
Parents' Evening
This year, our parents' evenings will be online using Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Your child should have brought a letter home with the details on. If your appointment is online using Microsoft Teams, you will receive an email with a link for the meeting.

Friday 10th October 2020
World Mental Health Day
In Year 5 and 6 today, we discussed the importance of mental health and wore yellow to help raise awareness. We identified different things we can do to help us to feel good - for example: eating healthily, spending time outdoors and listening to music. 

Thursday 8th October 2020
Today, we had a special online assembly, led by CAFOD. The theme of the assembly was harvest.

Thursday 1st October 2020
National Poetry Day
Today, Year 5 and 6 marked National Poetry Day by listening to different poems throughout the day.

Friday 25th September 2020
Our Best Book

This afternoon, Sandy Gibbons (from Leicester Libraries) introduced us to the project ‘Our Best Book.’  She will contact us later in the year to see which of the 15 books she has given to us, we like the most.
You could request these books at Pork Pie Library.

These are the books:
Too small Tola - Atinuke
The unimaginary friend (Skeleton Keys) - Guy Bass
Charlie changes into a chicken - Sam Copeland
The clockwork crow - Catherine Fisher
Bright bursts of colour - Matt Goodfellow
Evie and the animals - Matt Haig
Boot small robot big adventure - Shane Hegarty
Crater Lake - Jennifer Killick
Eating chips with monkey - Mark Lowery
The time of green magic - Hilary McKay
Lori and Max - Catherine O’Flynn
Anisha, accidental detective - Serena Patel
Seven ghosts - Chris Priestley
No adults allowed (Super side kicks) - Gavin Aung Than
Sam Wu is not afraid of zombies - Katie & Kevin Tsang

Find out more here:

Friday 25th September 2020
Visitor to Year 6
Today, children in Year 6 met the headteacher from English Martyrs (Mr Carney). He told us lots about what life is like at English Martyrs and gave us the opportunity to ask lots of questions. 

Monday 21st September 2020 - Friday 25th September 2020
British Values: Democracy / School Council 
This week, Year 5 and 6 have learnt more about democracy. We discussed what it means and
watched videos about it. We found out about the leaders of different political parties in our country before holding our own election for our school council. We enjoyed listening to the speeches and voting using ballot paper!

Congratulations to the following children who were elected to represent their year group in the School Council:
Year 5 - Patryk and Esmiren
Year 6 - Jessica and Julia

Friday 18th September 2020
Briars Outreach Team
This morning, a team from the Briars visited our school playground. We were lucky enough to have a session with them and to have the opportunity to take some time out of our busy school day to think about how thankful we are to Jesus for his sacrifice on the cross. 

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

August 2020 - Welcome

Hello and welcome to a new school year! It has been wonderful to see all of the children settle back in to school and the children have really enjoyed being back!

You can find out what we will be learning by looking at our curriculum newsletters each half term which you can see by clicking on the links below:
Year 5
Year 6

We are looking forward to a great year! 

Miss Wilson and Miss Fura (Year 5)
Miss Gardiner, Miss Billington and Miss Noon (Year 6)


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