Holy Family Catholic Primary School

To work, to pray, to play in the Light of the Lord

Year Five


A huge hello and welcome to Year 5’s page!

Teacher: Mrs Flanagan

Support Staff: Miss Conroy

Here we will share pictures and information about some of the interesting things we have been doing in class.

We hope you enjoy it! 


Monday 10th July

We visited Mount Saint Mary's High School for a taster day where we took part in lessons and activities. We were welcomed by Mr Fox and Mr Addison who gave us a tour around. We then had toast and a drink as a refreshment before taking part in a History lesson where we had to solve a crime. We then had an Alice in Wonderland Drama session where we played huggies and then went through the looking glass and created our own Jabberwockies. After that, we had lunch followed by a Maths lesson (where we had to decode secret messages) and then finally a creative poetry English lesson. We had a great day! Here are some pictures:

Friday 7th July

What an amazing Mexican themed day!! We created Mexican bunting, made our very own pinatas, had a piñata smashing time, played pin the tail on the burro (donkey) played Mexican chili bean races and games. Finally we ate some chili (made by Mrs Flanagan) wraps with guacamole, salsa and sour cream and Mexican rice and doritos with dips. We also had pineapple and coconut and apple and mango juice to drink. This was our most favourite day ever!!

Here are some pictures from the day: 

Thursday 6th July

We were lucky enough to go to Leeds Grand Mosque this morning where we took part in different workshops to learn more about Islam and the Muslim place of worship. We heard a call to prayer, saw how Muslims pray, learnt about their key beliefs, the 5 pillars of Islam and all about Mohammad. Then we tried on some traditional Islamic dress. We thought that our visit was fantastic and we were all surprised at how similar Islam is to Christianity. There was a very important and special message that we would like to share:

There is more that unites us than divides us.

Here are some pictures from our visit:

Tuesday 27th June

8 children from Year 5 took part in the Schools Yorkshire Tour. We were very lucky to be the final school to hand over the baton to the Lord Mayor of Leeds and Gary Verity (organiser of the Tour De Yorkshire). The baton travelled 245 miles and over 700 pupils from 75 schools across Yorkshire took part. Mae was the lucky child chosen to finally hand the baton over and then she was interviewed by BBC Look North. Reece and Callum were interviewed by BBC Radio Leeds. We also met Rich Williams from Heart radio who signed our t-shirts and posed for a pic with us. While we were riding to Millennium Square, Mrs Flanagan watched Joe Oakley (World Champion in extreme mountain biking and star of Britain's Got Talent Finals) in an impressive stunt show.

Mrs Flanagan and Miss Conroy were so impressed by the how sensible the children were. They did not complain once about being soaked through by the rain!!

We had loads of fun! Here are some photographs of us:

Thursday 22nd June

We had a great time practising some martial arts with the experts from Premier Martial Arts group in Bramley. We learnt that it is important to have discipline whilst training and in our lives too. Here are some pics of us:

Wednesday 14th June

What a fab day!! We absolutely loved our Music lesson this morning with Miss Lee. We learnt the song Happy by Pharrell Williams and learnt about keeping the tempo by 'doing the bear'! Here are some pics:

This afternoon we had some visitors from Mount Saint Mary's called Mr Fox and Mr Addison. They taught us all about growth mindset and how important it is for us. They taught us about the different learning styles and techniques to improve our memory such as putting information into categories, using mind maps and being positive. We will be visiting Mount Saint Mary's High School in a few weeks time to see what life is like there and meet more of the teachers. Mr Fox and Mr Addison entertained us all with their humour and enthusiasm. Thank you for coming to visit! Here are some pics of us learning to count to 10 in Japanese and working collaboratively on mind maps!

Tuesday 16th May

Today, 2 of our Year 5 children went to Pudsey Civic Hall to see the Leeds Book Awards. They were invited along with lots of children from other schools who also took part in this exciting reading project. They had the opportunity to ask the authors questions and to meet the authors and get their books signed! The children had 6 novels to read, discuss and write reviews about before they could vote for their favourite. They really enjoyed the sessions with Mrs Woolley who was kind enough to take them along today. A HUGE thank you to the children (4 from Year 6) and Mrs Woolley who worked super hard to read all the books in only a few weeks!! You have been fantastic!! Here are some pictures from the awards:

Friday 28th April

Today, 15 children from our class visited the new Brownlee Centre opening ceremony at Boddington Hall. The children were privileged to be able to ride around the 1 mile track and were trained on the racing line and how to corner when riding in a racing competition. They were lucky enough to meet the Brownlee brothers who opened the new cycling venue with a huge pair of golden scissors! They also got to meet another triathlon star. There were lots of media crews around so look out for us on Look North tonight to see if you can spot us!! Here are some pictures from the day:

Wednesday 19th April

This week we began our new topic all about the Maya (an ancient civilisation that lived in Mexico) and our new Science topic all about Earth and Space. Today we went on a fact hunt around our classroom to find out some interesting facts about our Solar System. Here we are enjoying our fact hunt:

Thursday 13th April

This week is Holy Week and we have been doing lots of work around what it means to us. We created a poster with lots of information on the special days during Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. We have written a newspaper report on the death of Jesus on the cross and we have also created these beautiful stained glass window crosses using tissue paper. Our Easter egg hunt in class was super fun too! Happy Easter everyone!!

Thursday 2nd March

We celebrated World Book Day. We all dressed up as heroes or villains and we looked fab!!

Thank you to all the parents who helped make us look amazing!!

We created our own wanted posters for our own invented villains and also invented our own hero or heroine. Here are some pictures of us in our costumes:

Wednesday 22nd February

Year 5 had our class assembly. We were fantastic!! We remembered all our lines and our singing was beautiful too. It was so lovely to see so many parents and other family members that had come to watch us. Thank you!! Here are some pictures from our performance: 

Friday 10th February

We had the bikeability trainers in. Ann taught us how to check to make sure that our bikes were properly safe before we began to ride them. She trained us how to ride our bikes safely and how to manoeuvre around obstacles. Although it was freezing outside, we still really enjoyed it and had lots of fun. Here are some pictures of us: 

Monday 30th January

Year 5 visited the Buddhist Centre in the centre of Leeds as part of our Other Faiths week. When we arrived, Craig and Kerrie welcomed us. First, Craig guided us through a meditation session all about love and kindness. We then split up into groups to learn more about the special objects in the room and about key promises Buddhists make. We will be learning lots more about the Buddhist religion this week. We will be creating Bodhi leaves with the story of the Enlightenment of the Buddha, making lotus flowers and creating rules for display in a Buddhist Temple.

Here are some pictures of our visit:

Wednesday 18th to 20th January

We went on our residential to Castlerigg Manor. We had an amazing time there. We did lots of fun things, ate lots of lovely food, strengthened our friendships and most importantly we reflected on our faith.

Parents, other family members and friends, please come and join us for our assembly all about our time at Castlerigg on Wednesday 22nd February at 9:15am to learn more.

Here a just a few pictures of us: 

Wednesday 4th January

Today was the first day back at school after the Christmas holidays!!!!

We had D-Side Dave in class to talk to us about the dangers of solvents. He told us the effects they have on they body and taught us what some of the symbols mean that we might see on the side of some bottles and cans such as: flammable, corrosive and irritant. Dave also told us about peer pressure. If we were ever in a tricky situation, he told us to just say no, walk away, make an excuse or give some facts to try to persuade the people not to do it. 

Wednesday 7th December

This afternoon we took part in our second ballet workshop. Keisha was a dancer from Northern Ballet who taught us and talked us through the Beauty and the Beast ballet that we are going to see next week. We also had Elena who played the piano for us so we even had live music from the Beauty and the Beast show. What a fantastic afternoon! Here are some photos:

Wednesday 9th November

We had our class assembly this morning on World War 1. We had some children do a role play from our class novel, we read out newspaper reports that we wrote in class and talked about wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day. Here are some pictures:


Thursday 20th October

We had 3 firemen (called Darren, Matthew and Marcus) visit us this afternoon to give a fire safety talk. They told us the importance of smoke alarms and making an escape plan. They talked about hoax callers and how dangerous they are and that they cost lives. The fire brigade also go to car crash scenes too and they told us how important it is to wear our seatbelts every time we are in a vehicle.



Wednesday 19th October

We learnt a Halloween song with our amazing Music teacher Miss Lee. We hope you enjoy it! 



Friday 14th October

Year 5 visited The Alhambra theatre to see the first of our ballets. The theatre was very grand with golden stairs and a beautiful painted ceiling. We saw the Tortoise and the Hare ballet and we all loved it! We can't wait to see Beauty and the Beast in December...



Friday 7th October

We went to Lotherton Hall for a World War 1 themed day. The stately home was used as a hospital in the war and held over 650 soldiers during the four years. We planned where the beds would have been in the wards, played in role as doctors and nurses and sent messages in Morse code. We also had a look at lots of fascinating artefacts that would have been used in a hospital during the war. In the afternoon, we looked around the bird garden and had a quick play in the adventure playground. We had so much fun!!




Wednesday 5th October

This afternoon we took part in our first ballet workshop. Keisha and Ebony were the dancers from Northern Ballet who taught us and talked us through the Tortoise and the Hare ballet we are going to see next week. We also had Elena who played the piano for us so we even had live music from the Tortoise and the Hare show. We all had a fantastic afternoon. Look at all of the smiles on our faces! 




Friday 30th September

Today the whole school went on a pilgrimage to Bolton Abbey. We walked around the grounds and saw beautiful landscapes, had a time of prayer and reflection in the Abbey and had an adventure through the forest with really cool obstacles. We had such a fabulous day. Here are some of our favourite pictures from the best house team St Nicholas!!!




Thursday 8th September

 Our class enjoyed a Tae Kwando session. Here are some pictures to show you how good we were!