Holy Family Catholic Primary School

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

wc 06/07/20

We're very quickly approaching the end of the year- only 2 weeks to go :( 

Story starter!
When the Jefferson family were out, their house came alive with activity.
Every morning, when Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson headed off to work, and their two children ran along to the bus stop to catch their ride to school, the signal for ‘all clear’ would sound, and out of the woodwork the little people came…


Question time!
What happens at the Jefferson House when the family are all out?
How many of these ‘little people’ are their?
Is it just at the Jeffersons’ house that they live?
Do the family know that they are not alone in their home?
How do the ‘little people’ avoid being seen?
What would happen if one of the Jeffersons made the discovery?


Sentence challenge!
What sounds might you be able to hear if you were there?
Can you write a paragraph describing the sounds that might be coming from the bathroom at this moment in time?


Sick sentences!
These sentences are ‘sick’ and need your help to get better. Can you help?
When the family were out, something happened. Little people came out.
They filled the sink. They played in the sink. They sat by the sink. They had a great time.


Perfect picture!
Can you draw a picture showing where these ‘little people’ live inside the Jeffersons’ house?


Below I've uploaded a Summer themed Maths booklet which should keep you busy!


wc 29/06/20

I hope that you all enjoyed the lovely weather last week. 

I have sent your parents an email about Leavers' hoodies. Please can you make sure that they email Mrs Webster over the weekend to let her know what initials you would like on your hoody (twebster@holyfamilyleeds.co.uk). 

English- Isolation

Activity one: 

Story starter!

Many people from the mainland thought the Smiths were a strange family.

Sure, life out here on the island was very different. For a start, they didn’t get their groceries from a supermarket, or visit the local pizza restaurant on a Friday night for a treat!

The weather up here could often be quite dramatic, even frightening. They frequently felt like the world was against them, yet they somehow found a way to harness nature’s offerings.

It may be far from what most people would call ‘civilisation’, but it suited the Smiths just fine…

Activity two:

Question time!

How might the Smith family’s lives different to the lives of the people on the mainland?

Would you rather live here or on the mainland?

What do you think it means by ‘nature’s offerings’?

What do you think the weather is like up here?

Do you think there are places like this in Britain?

How long do you think this house has been standing here for?

Why do the Smiths choose to live here do you think?

 Activity three: 

Sentence challenge!

Can you place the missing bracket in the sentence below?

The Smith family (who liked to keep themselves to themselves had been living here for generations.

Can you write a sentence containing brackets?

Activity four:

Perfect picture!

What might a typical day look like for the Smith family?

Can you draw a series of pictures that demonstrate what the family get up to on a typical day?

Activity five:

Sick sentences!

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need your help to get better. Can you help?

There was a house by the lake.

The house had grass growing on it.

It had stone walls.

The lake was grey.

The clouds were grey.

Maths- open ended investigations

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 This week is children's art week so it's the perfect opportunity to get creative. Have a look at the videos below to develop your drawing skills.

  1. Banksy- style stenciling- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zg8vmnb
  2. Create a picture with chalk- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zt8y2p3
  3. Drawing with an eraser- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zpnm4j6
  4. Drawing with perspective-https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zp29hv4
  5. Flip book animation- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zxyxrdm 
  6.    What's in the news? 
 Large Stone Age Discovery Close to Stonehenge Daily News Story.pdfDownload
 Large Stone Age Discovery Close to Stonehenge Task Sheet.pdfDownload
 Spider Named After Greta Thunberg Daily News Story.pdfDownload
 Spider Named After Greta Thunberg Task Sheet.pdfDownload
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wc 22/06/20

 Well done Year 6 for another great week, last week! I am excited to welcome some more of you back to school this week.

Whether you're working at home or in school this week, try to keep up the motivation as there's really not that long to go until the summer holidays. Maybe try to create a weekly schedule to keep you on track. I have included a template below that you may use, include a mixture of learning, exercise, screen time and chill out time. 

English- DragonWorld

 This week's English lessons are based around the picture below- it can be interpreted in many different ways. 

Activity 1- Story Starter

This was their favourite time of day to fly.

As the glowing, crimson sun dipped down below the vast horizon, retreating to allow night to take its place, the dragons took flight.

The sky looked beautiful: wisps of pillow-like clouds seemed to part in front of them as they flexed their powerful wings. Like sails from ancient ships, the wings beat in the dying embers of the sun’s fire, embracing what little warmth remained. Thousands of tiny scales that covered the beasts’ bodies glistened like rubies in the dazzling light.

As they reached full speed, leaving the world far beneath them, they almost grinned as they thought about where they were going. There would be others like them there. It would be paradise…

Activity 2- Question Time

  1. Where are the dragons heading?
  2. What is ‘paradise’? Why are they looking forward to it so much?
  3. Are these the only 3 dragons that exist, or are there more?
  4. Where have the dragons come from? Where is their home?
  5. If you had a pet baby dragon, how would you look after it?

Activity 3- Sentence Challenge

A simile is a way of describing something by comparing it to something else, often using the word "like" or "as."

Can you identify all of the similes in my writing?

Can you think of your own similes to use in your writing?

You could experiment using metaphors, or even personification to make your writing really exciting to read!

Activity 4- Perfect Picture

Can you draw what you think a dragon’s home might look like? Think carefully about what dragons are fond of.

Activity 5- Sick Sentences

These sentences are ‘sick’ and need help to get better.

Can you help?

Could you add an adverb? a fronted adverbial? An expanded noun phrase? Change the structure of the sentence? 

The dragon flew through the sky.

The sun was shining in the sky.

There were big clouds.


Below are some revision mats which cover lots of different things that we have learned this year. If you are struggling with anything try to use the internet to revisit and teach yourself what you don't know (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39https://www.twinkl.co.uk/searchhttps://www.theschoolrun.com/maths). If you finish these activities, go back and try some more problem solving activities from last week). 


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What's in the news?

 Black Lives Matter Protests Daily News Story.pdfDownload
 Marcus Rashford Campaigns for Kids Meals Task Sheet.pdfDownload
 Marcus Rashford Campaigns for Kids' Meals Daily News Story (ages 9-11).pdfDownload
 Solar Orbiter Makes Closs Pass of Sun Daily News Story (ages 9-11).pdfDownload
 Solar Orbiter Makes Closs Pass of Sun Daily News Story Exploration Sheet.pdfDownload
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wc 15/06/20

Well done to all our Year 6 children, those who have returned to the Year 6 pod and those who are still working hard at home. 

If your child is hasn't returned to school and you wish for them to do so, please check your emails for further details and email me by Tuesday 16th June. 


 In Maths, we are going to go right back to the start of the year and re-cap some basic skills. I have also uploaded a booklet full of maths problems which would be good to do with your family when you have some spare time. 

 THURS MATHS ANS.pdfDownload
 WEDS MATHS ANS.pdfDownload
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 Using pictures and maps 3.pdfDownload
 Using pictures and maps 2.pdfDownload
 Word meanings 2.pdfDownload
 Word meanings 3.pdfDownload
 Word meanings 4.pdfDownload
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High School transition 

We really enjoyed starting this program in school and I hope you enjoy the activities at home. 

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wc 08/06/20

I hope that you all had a lovely two weeks! This is your final half-term in Year 6- it will be very different from what you imagined it to be like but it definitely will be memorable. 

English: JK Rowling has released a book for children to read during lockdown. It is actually a book she wrote a while ago but it has never been published. She is releasing a new chapter each day and also running a competition for children's illustrations to be published in the final copy of the book in November. How amazing would it be to have your illustration in the book?



Maths and English independent learning book

High School Transition

This half-term, we will be looking forward to and getting you prepared for the next, exciting stage in your life- high school! Below are some sessions which will take you through some big ideas that will help you on your way to high school. There are some books that you can buy (i'll include the link below) to support the sessions, but you don't need them. 



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I hope that you enjoy 2 weeks off for half-term :) Fingers crossed for lots of sunshine!

I have uploaded a message for you below, you may recognise a few familiar faces. 

WEEK 8- 18/05/20

Hello Year 6!

Last reminder about Year 6's photo montage. I'm planning on posting it on Friday so if you would like to be part, email me a photo of yourself, holding up a message for your friends, by Friday lunchtime. Thank-you! I love the ones that I have received already and I'm exciting to see some more of your faces!! 


I hope that you didn't find the activities from last week too challenging. Here are some more to keep you busy. 

 Close reading 3.pdfDownload
 Text structure 3.pdfDownload
 Using pictures and maps 1.pdfDownload
 Word meanings 1.pdfDownload
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 Lesso 1 calculating scale factors.pdfDownload
 Lesson 1 Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2 Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2 ratio and proportion probs.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3,4 and 5- 4 operations recap.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3,4 and 5- Answers.pdfDownload
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Over the next few weeks, I am going to give you some lessons on living things and their habitats. This ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ unit will teach you about the classification of living things, including micro-organisms. Hopefully, you will build on the work that you did in Year 4 by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and differences.

The aim of this lesson is to classify and to give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics in the context of sorting and grouping animals for a zoo.

I would like you to look out for this key scientific vocab:

Classify, sort, group, similarities, differences, compare.

 Activity Sheet Zoo Classification Example.pdfDownload
 Activity Sheet Zoo Classification.pdfDownload
 Lesson Presentation Classifying Conundrums.pptDownload
 Zoo Animals List.pdfDownload
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WEEK 7- 11/05/20

Happy Monday Year 6!

We're hope you're all keeping busy and not too bored. 

As you all know, this week was supposed to be SATS week and I know a lot of you will be disappointed that you're able to do them. I  want to take this opportunity  to say that we're extremely proud of each an every one of you, not only of your academic achievements, but also the caring, funny, confident, inspiring young people that you have become. We definitely don't need SATs to tell us how wonderful you are! 

I've had a request for us to create a photo montage (similar to year 3's) so that we can all see each other's faces. If you would like to  be part of it, send me a picture of yourself holding up a message to your friends and i'll put them all together :)


You may be finding it difficult to complete lots of school work at home and if that's the case, we don't want you to worry at all. One of the easiest and most important things you can do at home is reading. We don't mind what you read, you may have books and magazines or you may be reading things on the internet. Below I have included more activities from Reading Plus. 

 Close Reading 2.pdfDownload
 Main ideas and themes 2.pdfDownload
 Mood and tone 2.pdfDownload
 Prediction 2.pdfDownload
 Summarising 2.pdfDownload
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Recapping the work that we did on ratio this week. Click on this link if you need any extra help to complete this work.


 Lesson 1- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 1-- Using ratio language.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2- Ratio and fractions.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3- Using the ratio symbol.pdfDownload
 Lesson 4- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 4- Calculating ratio.pdfDownload
 Lesson 5- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 5- Using scale factors.pdfDownload
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Florence Nightingale was a nurse and she saved the lives of many soldiers during the Crimean War (1854-56). She was dedicated to her profession and she worked hard day and night. She became known as the Lady with the Lamp as she carried a lamp to check on her patients throughout the night.2020 is a special time for Florence as it marks 200 years since her birth. Her name is very much in the news at the moment as it has been chosen as the name for the huge makeshift hospitals created to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

I'd like you to click this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks1-ks2-florence-nightingale/z68fcqt, watch the video below and think about the following questions:

  1. Why was it such a shock that she wanted to be a nurse?
  2. Which event gave her the opportunity to be a nurse? And how were her beliefs different to other nurses at the time?
  3. How successful was she in the hospital at Scutari? Pupils might like to research what they think was the long-term impact of Florence's work.
  4. Does she deserve to be famous?
  5. What lessons can we learn from the life of Florence Nightingale?


 Try this quiz and see how many you can get right out of 20.

Can you beat your parents!??

WEEK 6- 04/05/20

Hello lovely Year 6!

Only a short week this week as it is a bank holiday on Friday to mark 75th anniversary of VE day. Do you know what VE day is? VE day is a day to commemorate the end of World War 2, but I won't tell you anything else as I have included some activities about it so you can learn for yourself. 

I have sent out an important email to your parents about high school so please ask them to check their emails if they have not already seen it :) 

Finally, have a lovely week and remember to email me if you need any help. 


This week's theme is... Goldilocks! Bet you weren't expecting that! But, like always in Year 6, we are going to approach the classic from a different angle, with a bit of a twist.

First of all, you may need to familiarise yourself with the story... 

After listening to the story, ask yourself the question: Was Goldilocks in the wrong? Did she do anything wrong in the story? Did anything illegal happen? Was she or someone else to blame for her actions?

This week's task is to explore the story and think very carefully about whether Goldilocks was in the wrong for entering the bear's house, eating their food and breaking their furniture or was she an innocent child lost in the woods. 

  1. Read the text and underline/ copy out any facts that support the idea that she was wrong.
  2. Draw 2 columns. Read the statements about Goldilocks and decide whether they should be put in the column FOR blaming Goldilocks or AGAINST blaming Goldilocks. There are 2 card sorts- one is a bit easier. 
  3. Write up your argument. Imagine you are in a courtroom speaking to a lot of very important people so it should be a formal piece of writing. 
 1. How wrong was Goldilocks.pdfDownload
 2. For and Against card sort.pdfDownload
 3. Writing an argument.docxDownload
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Some of you will be pleased that the angles topic is finished, and you'll be even more pleased to know that we will be moving on to... fractions! 

We have already looked at fractions in school so some of this will be recapping skills already learned. However, there will be some new learning too so remember to watch the help videos if you need to: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/.

 1. Answers.pdfDownload
 1. Simplifying fractions.pdfDownload
 2. Answers.pdfDownload
 2. Compae and order fractions.pdfDownload
 3. Add and Subtract fractions.pdfDownload
 3. Answers.pdfDownload
 4. Answers.pdfDownload
 4. Mixed Add and Subtract fractions.pdfDownload
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 DESIGN A MEDAL.pdfDownload
 EV DAY VETERAN.pdfDownload
 KS2 VE Day Information PowerPoint.pptDownload
 MORSE CODE.pdfDownload
 VE DAY THOUGHTS.pdfDownload
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Religious Education

 The month of May is very special for Christians as we celebrate Mary, mother of Jesus. 

 Hail-Mary comic strip.pdfDownload
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WEEK 5- 27/04/20

Hello Year 6!

I hope that you enjoyed the lovely sunshine last week. Hope you enjoy these activities for this week and remember if you need anything, I am just an email away. 


I have downloaded these sheets from ReadingPlus so that you can recap some of the reading skills that we have learned this year. Some of them are a bit tricky, but read the introduction at the top of the sheet carefully to help you. 

 Close Reading 1.pdfDownload
 Comparing 1.pdfDownload
 Main ideas and themes 1.pdfDownload
 Mood and tone 1.pdfDownload
 Prediction 1.pdfDownload
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 This week, I'd like you to finish off revising angles and then I've downloaded some problem solving activities to finish off the week with. Click this link (https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/) for lesson videos. 

 Lesson 1- Angles in special quadrilaterals.pdfDownload
 Lesson 1- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2- Angles in regular polygons.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3- Answers.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3- Problem solving.pdfDownload
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 Have you ever looked at a door and wondered what might be on the other side? Where may it lead? What may be hiding within? At first glance, a door is just a piece of wood, glass or metal that is opened and closed so that people can get in and out of a room, a vehicle or a space. But in the hands of a writer, a door represents a world of possibility, a world where things are not only hidden but often closed off and restricted.

This week, I'd like you to explore the potential that a door offers to you, the writer.


L.O: To write a poem

This idea is inspired by Kit Wright's poem, 'The Magic Box' (you could search this on the internet to find his poem). In the poem, Kit imagines what might be inside his magic box. We can use this idea to think about what might be behind a magic door. 

Here is a WAGOLL to help you

Get creative: For the next three days, we would like you to plan, design, create and play a game linked to a particular theme (you can choose this theme). This could be anything you like: a classic board game, Top Trumps, Scratch, anything which captures your interest.

Step 1: Plan it. Consider what you will call it, how many players is it for, what is the aim of the game, are there different levels to the game (e.g. chance cards, challenges, etc).

Step 2: Begin putting the game together. This could be creating the artwork for it, writing questions or instructions, whatever you decide is a good starting point. 

Step 3: Make the game!! :)

I would love to see some pictures of your games or maybe even you playing your game with your family.

WEEK 4- 20/04/20

 Good Morning Year 6! We hope that you had a lovely Easter break, ate lots of chocolate and found some time to think about Jesus and the sacrifice God made to show us all how much he loves us all. We have included some activities below to keep you busy this week. Remember, email me if you need any help or if just want to show me something you're proud of. 

Keep staying safe and have a lovely week! :) 



 This week, we'd like you to carry on working through your homework book and arithmetic tests (if you have not already completed them). Below we have included some lessons and answers all about angles. We know we have already covered this in class, but we moved quite quickly so we thought some revision would be good. If you're struggling, click this link: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ as it contains video explanations for each lesson. 

 Lesson-1-Vertically opposite angles.pdfDownload
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 Lesson-2-Angles in a triangle.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2- Answers.pdfDownload
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 Lesson-3-Angles in a triangle.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3- Answers.pdfDownload
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 Lesson-4-Missing angles.pdfDownload
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21st April (Tuesday) is the Queen's Birthday so I thought you might like to do some activities in celebration.

Some activities have stars at the bottom of the page. 1 star=tricky, 2 stars= trickier and if you want a challenge, 3 stars= trickiest. 

 Design a Birthday card.pptDownload
 The Queen's Birthday Letter Writing Editbale.docxDownload
 The Queen's Birthday newspaper.pdfDownload
 The Queen's Birthday number challenge.pdfDownload
 The Queen's Birthday Powerpoint.pptDownload
 The Queen's Birthday reading comp.pdfDownload
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Another special day this week is 23rd April because it is St George's Day:

 Saint Georges Quest for the Beast SPaG.pdfDownload
 St George Biography.pdfDownload
 St George Maths Mystery Game.pdfDownload
 St George's Day Powerpoint.pptDownload
 St George's Day Reading comp.pdfDownload
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WEEK 3- W/C 06/04/20

Hi Year 6, 

We really hope that you are all okay, keeping busy and staying safe. We miss you!

Year Book tasks:

  •  I have now received most of your year book entries (thank-you!!). I'm still waiting on a few so if you are reading this, please please please message your friends and check that they have sent me theirs and are reading my updates on this page.  
  •  I have now got lots of cute pictures of you all and i'm busy adding them to the year book. Remember, if you have anymore pictures of you and your friends or family, that you would like putting in, send them to me jnicholson@holyfamilyleeds.co.uk  
  • I have got a fun task for you this week! I would like you to send me your class nominations for the following awards: 
  1. Ray of sunshine award.
  2. The aspiring author award
  3. The mathematical whiz award
  4. The good friend award
  5. The sense of humour award
  6. The most likely to become prime minister award
  7. The most likely to play sport for England.
  8. The perseverance and determination award.  

Think carefully about who you think should achieve each award, as well as names, I would like you to give detailed reasons why/ examples of times when they have shown particular qualities. 



Even though this time is sad and worrying for many people, you are living through history right now so why not make a time capsule.

  1. Write a letter to yourself. Tell your ages, who your friends are, favourite TV show, song, book etc. Write about what's going on in your own world. Tell your future self how you feel. Talk bout what you want to be when you grow up and things you would like to do when your an adult.  
  2. If it's safe, get a newspaper and cut out articles you think would be important for your future self, or you could print off online articles or even just write down some headlines. 
  3. Draw a picture of your family as it it now.  
  4. If you can, take some pictures of today and include them in the box.
  5. Put it all together in a scrap book or box and put it somewhere safe for you to discover in years to come.


  • Try to read for about half an hour everyday- you can read anything that interests you. 
  • Complete at least one reading comprehension from your home learning pack. 
  • Year 6 now have access to ReadingPlus until 31st May so make the most of it.


  •  Complete one page from you Maths homework book each day. 
  • Search: 'whiterose maths home learning' for extra maths support and lessons with video explanations. 
  • Carry on completing arithmetic tests. 


I know it's difficult, but this week i'd really like you to try to KEEP ACTIVE!


WEEK 2- W/C 30/03/20



I am busy working on your year book, but I need you help! Please can you write a paragraph which summarises your time at Holy Family. Your paragraph could include things like:

WEEK 1- W/C 23/03/20

Hi all :)

I hope you are all healthy and happy and aren't missing us too much!


I am busy working on your year book, but I need you help! Please can you write a paragraph which summarises your time at Holy Family. Your paragraph could include things like: