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Welcome to Class 7

Mrs Simpson  &  Mrs Sansom

This week's statement to live by is:
I understand the importance of peace
Welcome to the Summer term!

Week commencing 11th May 2015

The Key Stage 2 'Statutory Assessment Tests' are taken during this week! 
These tests are designed to establish children’s knowledge and understanding of specific elements of the Key Stage 2 programmes of study. They provide an understanding of a child’s attainment at the end of the key stage.

The Tests!

Maths, Reading Comprehension and the SPaG test (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) are taken at the end of Year 6. Level 6 tests are also now part of the Key Stage 2 SATS tests - these, however, are optional and are only aimed at very high attaining children. 
Throughout Year 6, teachers also assess children’s attainment in writing; this replaces the old 'writing test'(which the children previously took during SATS week). Here, at Holy Cross, we keep an Independent Writing Assessment Book - which is a collection of writing that the children have completed, on their own, throughout the whole year. Towards the end of the year, assessment judgements  for writing are reported to the Local Authority, as well as to parents.

I have put a range of websites below, for both parents and children; they offer information for parents on supporting and helping your child at this time, as well as fun games and activities to help the children revise (great for during the Easter break!). We are also more than happy to speak with individual parents (about their child's progress and how they can help them prepare for this time) should you feel it would be of benefit.

The school will provide a hot breakfast for the children during this week - to ensure that they are not only well fed, but have the opportunity to relax and speak with their friends, prior to the day starting.

We wish all the children the very best of luck during this time and, as ever, we only ask them to try their best.

They have worked so hard
and we are very proud of them!

Our topic for the Summer term is:

'Nottingham Past and Present!'

What better place is there to learn about than the very place we live and grow!

We will be taking a step back in time and learning about our wonderful city and county over years gone by and exploring how it has changed into what we see now.

Should you have any stories or photographs of Nottingham (or Hucknall) in the past, please bring them in to share with the class.

The very talented Matt will be returning to Holy Cross to teach our children cricket. This means our usual Tuesday PE lesson will change to a Wednesday. Mr Woolly will continue to take a PE lesson on a Thursday as usual. Please ensure you have an outdoor PE in school for these days

Welcome to the Spring Term!

Our class topic this term is

Apparently the Greeks (we are talking about the Ancient variety) were a rather groovy bunch! The boys didn’t start school until they were seven, and the girls didn’t have to go at all!
Greek children invented all manner of cool games just for something to do, and the grown-ups invented the Olympic Games and made the men run naked! But as we will learn - things were not always quite so jolly… and some of the things the Greeks did were actually, well, quite horrible!

Get ready to step back in time to around 2000BC to the home of the Minotaur (a man eating monster - half human, half bull!!) Prepare to take a journey alongside the 'wooden horse', as we learn how the Greeks captured the city of Troy and immerse yourself in  some Greek tragedies as we read some 'Myths and Legends!' 

 As we travel even further through the time of the Ancient Greeks, we will turn our hand at some Greek 'arts and crafts'.
Then, as the weather gets warmer, so too will our bodies as we organise our very own Greek Olympics which, of course, will work up our appetite ready to taste some yummy Greek food!!  

If you have any ideas about what you would like to learn, please come and see me.


Newstead Abbey
to celebrate a Victorian Christmas!


On Monday 24th November, Class 7 will be visiting Newstead Abbey to experience what life was like for the Victorians at Christmas time.

 Whilst we are there we will dress as Victorian children and take part in a variety of activities, including the making of sugar mice and shadow puppets! This will really help us to develop our understanding of what life was like for wealthy children during this period
(whilst having lots of fun too!!)

The cost for this will be £12, including the coach. We welcome the help of parents - please pop in and see me if you are able to come along!

Welcome back from the summer holiday! We hope you have had a wonderful break and are now ready for an exciting time in Class 7 (and a lot of hard work). 

For most of you, this will be your final year with us here at Holy Cross  Mrs Simpson and I hope to make the year a very memorable one for you, whilst helping to prepare you for your coming years at secondary school.

What we ask from you, is a commitment to do your best and, as always, we will be by your side to help you all the way.

"Rule, Britannia!" is a British patriotic song, originating from the poem "Rule Britannia" written by James Thomson in 1740. Traditionally, it was strongly associated with the Royal Navy, however, now it is used to celebrate all things British and is the perfect title for our class topic this Autumn!

How well do your know your country's monarchs, past and present?

From Henry VIII and his unfortunate wives, to Queen Elizabeth I and her terrible temper (and teeth!) to James I, to whom we owe bonfire night, and to Queen Victoria and her enormous empire!

Polish your crowns, sparkle your jewels and get ready for a ride through history as we take a closer and somewhat gruesome look into the lives of some of our most notorious monarchs!!


Check out the websites below to get a head start on your learning and take a look at the curriculum newsletter for more details about our other subjects.

Congratulations to our School Councillors Amber and Kyle, to our class Eco Warriors James and Kemi. I'm sure you will all be fantastic in supporting and leading the meetings and making our school better and greener.