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Holy Family Catholic School

As Holy Family, we learn, believe and seek to make the right choices, as God's children

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  4. Autumn

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, it is this week anyway. We had a wonderful open morning with a Christmas theme, where parents came into class to help make some decorations that would get us into the Christmas spirit. We then had a Christmas dress up day where everyone dressed up in different Christmas outfits, the array of colour was wonderful and to top it off we were very excited to have a brass band in our school to give us a Christmas themed concert - wow, it was amazing - this has definitely started our first week of Advent off in a great way.

CAFOD Fund Raiser

As a school we are taking part in a CAFOD's advent fund raising event. Each class had to come up with some ideas on how they could raise money to buy some gifts to make a difference to the poorest communities around the world.

Year 5 decided to do a 'guess how many sweets there are in the jar' and a cake sale. The amount of sweets in a jar was very popular among the class and one lucky pupil guessed the exact number of sweets that there was. The cake sale could only go ahead if the pupils and parents supported us and provided cakes for the year 5 children to sell. This proved to be very popular among the whole school and all the classes supported our cake sale and we raised lots of money for CAFOD - £162.78 to be exact, WOW! As a class we have decided to buy a marvellous moo cow,  water for a family, sa chool starter pack and a happy queen bee. I am very proud of all the effort from the class and their parents.



Trip to Ordsall Hall

Today was a very exciting day for Year 5,  we were transported back in time by 800 years into the Tudor times, as we visited Ordsall Hall and spent time Lady Clem and her servant Nancy. During the day we went back in time to help to prepare for a Tudor wedding feast. We had a chance to see what Tudor homes were like by exploring the kitchen, Great Chamber, Star Chamber and Great Hall. We had the chance to learn about Tudor celebrations, table manners and food as well as discovering how different life was for rich and poor people during the period. It was a fantastic day, we had lots of fun and learnt lots of new facts. 

Today was a special day at school today, it was NO PENS DAY WEDNESDAY. We had a great day learning in a practical and explosive way. We started the morning solving some maths puzzles - great discussions were had by all. We then moved onto start our new computing topic on blogging, we started by discussing how we can keep safe on the internet, what information we can put on our blogging page and so we designed and created our own avatar to use - it was lots of fun.

In the afternoon, Maddy came in to carry out a science experiment with us on reversible and irreversible changes - this was the explosive part. It was great fun and the  children were able to show off the knowledge that they have learnt and mixed different materials to make a new product. It was a fantastic day, have a look at the pictures below to get a flavour of what we did.

Multi-faith open morning

Today was our first open morning of the year, where we welcomed the parents of our children to come into the class and find out about what the children have been learning in class. The children told their parents what they had learnt about the Muslim faith and together they created a masterpiece in art.

In school this week it is Multi-faith week, where we learn about another religion that is different to our own. Today we were very lucky to have a visitor from the Islam faith, Imran. In an interactive way, Imran told us about the beliefs of Islam and the foundations of the religion. All children enjoyed taking part in this workshop.   

As part of Year 5's topics on the Tudors - the children have been working extremely hard on their home-learning projects (which are incredible). Below are some picture of the models that the children have created, with the help of their parents. Well done and you should be very proud of yourselves!

We had a visit from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service who came into school  today to talk to Year 5 and Year 6 about the importance of keeping safe especially as the nights get darker and how to stay safe on nights like Bonfire Night. We all learnt a lot!

To raise money for the charity CAFOD, the whole school dressed in bright colours and donated £1. We looked at the crisis in Syria and learnt about the daily struggles that people in Syria are currently facing. 

To celebrate Black History month,  Zulu Nation visited our school and did some fantastic work with us. It was an amazing day filled with dancing, singing and laughter. 

We had a great day today celebrating French Day – we all dressed up in the colours of the French flag and learnt all about the artist Claude Monet, who loved painting pictures of nature, especially his colourful garden. Have a look at some of the paintings of ‘The Water Lily’ that the children did today. I think you’ll agree they are amazing!

In science we are learning about different materials and their properties. Today we carried out an experiment to find out which material would be the best insulator. Have a chat with your children about what we found out.

On September 13th we all participated in celebrating Roald Dahl Day (which would have been his 100th birthday, had he still been alive). We all had fun dressing up as different characters from his amazing books and doing some fun activities based around these, have a look at how good we all looked.

Autumn Newsletter  


The link below will take you to the list of spellings that are aimed at children in Year 5 and 6. Please encourage your child to learn these spellings.

spelling words for 5 and 6.doc


 The link below will inform you of the classroom rules and consequences that have been agreed by all the children.

rules and consequences.doc