Friday 10th May 2019
Year 6 SATs
Next week, our Year 6 children will take their SATs. They have worked hard and we wish them all the best of luck for their tests. Please keep them in your prayers over the next few days.
Thursday 9th May 2019
This morning, we came together as a school community to think about and to give thanks for the central mystery of the Christian faith: that Jesus rose from the dead and lives among us through his Holy Spirit.
Wednesday 1st May 2019
Year 5/6 Trip to Rutland Water
The Year 5/6 children began their new topic, Living Things, with an exciting trip to Rutland Water. Here, they had the opportunity to take part in a number of different activities, including: pond dipping, bird watching, bug hunting, willow weaving and creating a bird feeder.
Monday 29th April - Friday 3rd May 2019
British Values: Democracy
The Year 6 children spent some time discussing with Mr Sweeney what the word ‘democracy’ means to them and what this looks like in our school, local community and nationally. They then used a post-it note to record their ideas and added this to a class poster.
Thursday 11th April 2019
Way of the Cross Liturgy
On Thursday afternoon, KS2 led a liturgy to mark the final journey Jesus took to a place in Jerusalem called Golgotha. This was a solemn occasion in which we took time out of our busy lives to remember the pain, suffering and death of Jesus.
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Easter Art and Craft Open Afternoon
Our school is part of a group of local schools working on developing resilience in learning and in life through building ‘character muscles’ such as good teamwork, friendship, perseverance, determination (and lots more). In learning what these things look and feel like the children will be empowered to build and maintain a more positive attitude towards learning and life. As part of this, we held an art and craft open afternoon event for parents, so that they could come along and find out more. Thank you to the adults who came and joined us in Year 6 during the course of the afternoon!
Monday 1st April - Friday 5th April 2019
This week, Year 6 led a fundraising activity titled: Where in the World is the Easter Bunny? For 20p, children were able to choose a square on a world map. The aim being to correctly guess the hidden location of the Easter Bunny. The winner will be announced next week in assembly and will receive a chocolate bunny. Thank you to the team of Year 6 children who helped to run this activity and to everyone who entered.
Monday 18th March - Friday 22nd March 2019
British Values: Rule of Law
In Year 6, the children began the week by learning about how the Ancient Greeks have influenced our world today, particularly our system of democracy. The children wrote a letter, applying for the role of a politician in Ancient Greek times.
Then, on Wednesday, they were visited by a group of university students, who are all studying law, and who led a workshop for the class. The children were introduced to different laws before then having a go at creating some of their own.
Year 6 also decided that they would like to lead their class liturgy this week on a rather topical issue: knife crime. The children worked in small groups to plan different parts of the script. The emphasis was on life choices and how God is always there to guide us in difficult situations, as is the example given to us by Jesus. God wants each of us to be happy and Christians are, in their daily lives, called to put into practice their love of God and their faith in Jesus Christ – by living the Beatitudes. Some children led a short drama scene which showed a child being given a knife by his friends. With encouragement from others, he made the right choice and took the knife to the police station; reporting those who had given it to him. The children also sang a Natasha Bedingfield song, Unwritten. Although we can feel as if our lives and futures have already been decided – that it is out of our control – the lyrics of this song remind us that our lives are unwritten and the choices that we make will shape who we become.
We are very proud of the children for handling this subject so sensitively.
Wednesday 13th March
British Science Week
To mark British Science Week, Year 6 explored the strategies animals in temperate regions might adopt to cope with changing weather conditions in winter. This included: migration, hibernation and behavioural changes such as growing a thick coat. Children then went on to consider how polar species are well adapted to cold environments year-round.
In English, they researched a polar animal of their choosing, and used the information they had found to write a non-chronological report about this animal. In Maths, they used co-ordinate grids to give the position of different polar animals.
To end this special day, the children designed their own species that is adapted to a winter habitat, explaining the adaptations chosen.
Monday 11th March
Year 5/6 Reconciliation
After a short Service of Reconciliation, the children were given the opportunity to talk privately with a priest.
Thursday 7th March 2019
World Book Day
In Year 6, we used World Book Day as the perfect excuse to discuss our favourite books. For some, this was a much loved picture book from when they were younger and for others, it was a book that they have read and enjoyed more recently.
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
This morning, the children marked the beginning of the season of Lent with an Ash Wednesday liturgy. During Lent, each class will be leading activities in order to: raise money for those in need, develop an appreciation of all that we have, and be reminded not to take things for granted.
Tuesday 26th February 2019
Year 5/6 Greek Day
This half term Year 5 and Year 6 will be focussing on a history topic – Ancient Greece. The children started the topic with a themed day. To get into the spirit of things, children and staff dressed up. This day included: an introduction to Greek life and clothing, time to play games from the time, a Greek storytelling session and workshops on Spartans and the Olympics. During the topic, children will also learn about different Greek Gods as well as the different jobs people in Ancient Greece did.
Monday 4th February - Friday 8th February 2019
British Values: Mutual Respect For and Tolerance of Those with Different Faith and Beliefs and For Those Without Faith
In Year 6, the children have spent some time learning about the beliefs and values associated with Hinduism. The children began their work by thinking about why we need rules in everyday life. They then explored Hindu beliefs associated with Karma as well as the different dharma (religious duty) which followers have depending on their age and situation in life. The children ended their work by exploring how and why Hindus try to show such care for creation.
Monday 4th February 2019
Safer Internet Day
Year 6 marked Safer Internet Day (a day early) by discussing how to keep themselves safe online. They then made posters on the computer to promote the SMART rules and to remind everyone in school to: Be Smart be Cool!
Monday 28th January 2019
St. Thomas Aquinas Mass
Today, over 50 children from Year 4, 5 and 6 travelled to the Morningside Arena for a special Mass celebrating the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas. This was a particularly significant event for Year 6 as St. Thomas Aquinas is their class saint. The children exchanged postcards with another school before celebrating the mass, led by Bishop Patrick.
Thursday 17th January 2019
Visit of the Prior Provincial
This morning, we were delighted to welcome the Provincial of the Dominican Order for England and Scotland, Father Martin Ganeri, to our school.
Thursday 10th January 2019
Today, Year 5 and Year 6 had great fun exploring different aspects of WW2! The children found out how the war started, learned what it was like for evacuees and made their own suitcases, found out about rationing and made food using the items that would have been available then - e.g. jam sandwiches and honey cakes. In the afternoon, the children created silhouettes of the Blitz before eating some of the food they had made and playing games from the time.
Wednesday 9th January 2019
Epiphany of the Lord Mass
Today, we marked the Epiphany of the Lord with a beautiful Mass in the school hall. Thank you to the Year 6 altar servers who did such a good job and thank you for Father David for leading this for us.
Spring Term - Welcome Back
We have got lots of exciting things lined up this term! Please keep checking out the Year 6 class page for more information on what the children get up to.
This half term Year 5 and Year 6 will, in their science lessons, be studying Forces. They will, through a series of investigations, identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction. Their work will be linked closely to the context of WW2 and as such the topic will start with a WW2 Day during the first week of the half term. The children will learn a little about this significant historical event – especially what life was like for children in Britain between 1939 and 1945 - alongside their work in science.
Monday 17th December 2018 - Friday 21st December 2018
Preparing for Christmas
During the last week of term, the children took part in a number of festive events. On Monday afternoon, it was our Christmas Fair. We even had a visit from Santa just before lunchtime! On Tuesday morning, the whole school visited De Montfort Hall to watch the performance of Peter Pan. On Wednesday afternoon, KS2 took part in a Carol Service at St. John Bosco’s Church. This was a lovely event which reminded those present about the true meaning of Christmas. On Thursday, not only did the children and staff have their Christmas Dinner at lunchtime but in the afternoon Year 5/6 had lots of fun making Christmas decorations. Thank you to all the family members who joined us for this occasion. To mark the last day of term, we held a Christmas jumper day; organised for us by the school council.
Wednesday 12th December 2018 - Friday 14th December 2018
Year 6 spent a GREAT couple of days on retreat at The Briars. The trip gave the Year 6 children the opportunity to not only deepen their awareness of themselves, but to deepen their relationship with Christ - a “Journey in Faith”. On the way to the Briars, the children went ice skating. They had a fantastic time; helping and encouraing one another.
Tuesday 12th December 2018
Internet Safety Assembly
Google and Parent Zone teamed together to deliver a highly interactive, fun and educational assembly to our five KS2 classes.
The assembly focused on the five main pillars of internet safety which are:
1) Power passwords
2) Dangers of oversharing images
4) Being kind on line.
5) Reporting to a trusted adult.
Friday 7th December 2018
Well done to the five Year 6 children who formed part of our school choir at this special event. The singing was AMAZING!
Wednesday 5th December 2018
Year 5/6 Advent Mass
This morning, Year 5 and Year 6 marked the beginning of the season of Advent with a Mass; the theme of which was hope. Thank you to Father Tony.
Monday 19th November 2018
Year 5 and Year 6 Able Maths Day
Six children from Year 5 and Year 6 were selected to take part in an able maths day led by one of the UK’s leading maths tutors, Pete Hall. His moto is 'Making Maths fun!' and the group certainly had an enjoyable day taking part in his mathematics workshop.
Friday 16th November 2018
Other religions: Judaism
This week, Year 6 have studied Judaism in their RE lessons. Their focus was on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; celebrations which mark the new year of the Jewish calendar.
Tuesday 13th November 2018
Anti-Bullying Week: Choose Respect
In Year 6, during Anti-Bullying Week we revised what we already knew about bullying and focussed on cyber bullying. We looked at what it is and what to do if you are bullied. We talked about our methods for telling in school and the importance of telling a trusted adult. We also talked about how to show respect to one another as this is the focus of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week. We then thought about how we could share our learning with Year 1. The Year 1 children enjoyed our visit and learnt the importance of saying stop and telling an adult if they need help.
Friday 9th November 2018
A group of Year 5/6 children represented our school at this afternoon’s West Leicester Sportshall Athletics competition. Well done to everyone involved.
Wednesday 7th November 2018
All Dominican Saints' Mass
In our Mass this morning, we thanked God for the lives of the Saints of St. Dominic’s Order of Preachers. Year 5 gave special thought to their class saint St. Catherine of Siena and Year 6 remembered their class saint St. Thomas Aquinas.
Tuesday 6th November 2018
British Values: Individual Liberty
In Year 6, the children looked at a picture called ‘Freedom Park’. They identified and discussed the different freedoms that we have in this country - for example: the right to play with whoever we want to. As part of their discussion, the children thought about what makes each member of Year 6 special; remembering that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. The children then created their own pictures of ‘Freedom Park’ - including the freedoms that are most important to them.
Monday 5th November 2018
Year 5/6 Trip to The National Space Centre
Year 5/6 had a wonderful time visiting The National Space Centre. They took part in a special workshop where they got to learn about being astronauts and also watched a show in the Planetarium. In any free time between sessions, they explored the different zones; learning more about space.
Thursday 1st November 2018
The Feast of All Saints
Today, we marked All Saints’ Day with a Mass. Saints are happy people and our Mass gave us the opportunity to thank God for the lives of these individuals. As part of the service, we remembered the people who recently lost their lives in the helicopter crash in Leicester.
Thursday 18th October 2018
Our school community came together today to thank God for the harvest. Thank you to all the staff and children for your generous donations which we can now share with those less fortunate than us.
Thursday 11th October 2018
We have learnt about one of the British Values - Democracy. This means we live in a country where we vote for things such as our prime minister. In our class, we voted for our school council representatives. The school councillors in Year 5 and Year 6 travelled to Sir Jonathan North Community College today to learn how to become effective school councillors.
Monday 8th October 2018
First Aid Workshop
This afternoon, 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.
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Year 5 and Year 6 More Able Writers' Day
Six children from Year 5 and Year 6 were selected to take part in an able writers’ day led by Jon Mayhew, author of the award-winning Mortlock and Odyssey Series. They enjoyed learning about how to create engaging characters through the use of vocabulary. Well done!
Friday 28th September 2018
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. On your marks, get set, read!
Friday 14th September 2018
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
As a way of marking this occasion, KS2 visited Holy Cross Church for a special Mass led by Father David. Thank you to all of Year 6 for being such wonderful role models and to those members of the class who either read or acted as Altar Servers.
It has been a busy start to the academic year for the new Year 6 class.
In Mathematics, the children have been learning how to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 million.
In English, the children have started a new text called 'Blackberry Blue'. This coming week they will write a diary entry in role: a baby has just been found abandoned in a blackberry bush. Miss Billington has also started reading a book to the class called 'The Island at the End of Everything'. It is both a challenging and a thought-provoking text.
This half term's topic is 'Electricity'. Last week, the Year 6 children experimented with different components to see what is needed to make a simple circuit.
Please keep looking back at the Year 6 class page for updates on what the children get up to during their last year at primary school.
Our Class Prayer
Thank you for always being there for us. May you continue to help us as we go through our last year of primary school.
When we are faced by obstacles and things that challenge us, please help us to remain positive, to be determined, to persevere and to try our best.
We pray for our class and that each and every one of us will succeed during Year 6 (our SAT's year).
Through your love and example, may we always have the courage to choose the right path.