“Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring…”

                                                                         William Wordsworth

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

In our literacy lessons we have enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Mrs Breakwell used our enthusiasm for the book in our art lessons to help us to create wonderful water colour paintings, depicting scenes from the book. We also created 3D scenes but our favourite lesson was clay modelling where we made our own owls and broomsticks.


The Stone Lion

Compassion is a force mightier than stone.

Our class text during the first half of the Spring Term was “The Stone Lion” by Margaret Wild and Ritva Voutila. We used the text to revise our grammar objectives but we also had fun in art, drawing out own stone lions. 

We chose a variety of poetry forms such as Haikus and Kennings to describe the lion.



PE: Cross Country Running

The children excelled at the cross-country event at Prince Henry’s this term. All the children attending pushed themselves very hard to complete the 1900metre hilly and muddy course. We were so proud of everyone and it was fantastic to watch as they supported and cheered each other on.
A massive congratulations to Jacob Ginns (taking the silver medal, in the Year 5 boys), and to Josh Deacon (taking silver), Harry Porter (bronze) and Troy Amphlett (4th) in the Year 6 Boys category. All 4 boys are going through to the regional cross country competition, to represent South Worcestershire. Dara and Edward finished 7th and 8th (fantastic placing) and narrowly missing out on the regional cross country.
We were delighted with Holy Redeemer team performances too; Year 6 boys finished 1st, Year 5 boys finished 1st and Year 5 girls finished in 3rd place. The best team performance ever for Holy Redeemer, showing how many strong, determined runners we now have.
Thank you to Lisa Houghton and Prince Henry’s for organising and running the event and good luck to our qualifiers for the next round.



Outdoor Learning: Biomes

Year 6 had the opportunity to reinforce and develop their science/geography learning about Biomes during their outdoor learning session. They recapped on what they had already learnt in their lessons, talked about different types of biome (and which of them are found in the UK), and explored the difference between biomes and habitats. They were then set the challenge to link this learning to their class book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and create their own magical plant, beast, biome or habitat:




On the Friday before we broke up for Easter, the whole school went up to church to watch Year 6 perform their Holy Week drama, supported by Year 5 and the School Band. It was the culmination of six weeks of hard work in their music and drama lessons and was a beautiful and very moving re-enactment of the events. The younger children were completely spellbound by the performance and the parents and parishioners who attended commented on the maturity and skill of the Year 6 performers (both their acting and singing).