Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss McLoughlin's Class


SUMMER TERM (2nd Half Term)

Important Dates for your Diary

  • On a Monday the children will visit the school library and be able to take a book home to enjoy.
  • Every Tuesday the children will have PE.   They will need to have a PE t-shirt, shorts and gym shoes.  Some of the lessons will be outisde, so the children will need suitable footwear for this.  Children will need to have earrings removed to take part in the lesson.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and needs to be returned the following Monday.
  • Spellings will be set every Monday for the children to practise and learn and then they will be tested on the Friday.  The children will also practise the spellings daily in school.
  • Every Friday the children in Year 3 can take part in lunchtime football.  This is free of charge and the children will need to have shorts, a t-shirt and suitable footwear for playing outside on the field.



The topic for this half term is 'Spires and Steeples' and is a RE based unit of work.  The children will be visiting churches to find out about what the symbols in churches tell us about Christian beliefs.  The children will be visiting our local church of St.Aidan's and St. Peters at Monkwearmouth.  In Art, they will be looking at the images ahown in stained glass windows and then designing and making their own.  From their visit to St.Peter's church, they will learn about the role that the church has had in the history of Sunderland.

There are aslo lots of other exciting things to look forward to this term. The Year 3 craft afternoon is on Thursday 25th of June, starting at 1.30pm. The school production of 'Aladdin' is on Thursday 2nd July.  Sports Day is on the afternoon of Monday 6th July and this forms part of Health Week.  There is a visit to the Sunderland Empire to watch out Year 6 take part in a Dance Festival.  The Summer Fair is on the afternoon of Friday 10th July.  Letters and information about these events will be sent out nearer the time.

Visiting St Aidan's Church

To begin our new topic of 'Spires and Steeples', the children visited our local church, St Aidan's.  Father Peter showed the children different symbols and objects found in the church and what they tell us about the beliefs of Christianity.  They saw the different types of crosses, a chalice used in services and the robes that a vicar wears for a service.  The children were given the opportunity to explain the church and look themselves for different objects and symbols.  This was interesting for the children as it gave them the chance to see parts of the church they had never seen before.  The children asked lots of interesting questions and was a great way to begin our new topic.




Our Visit to St Peter's Church

To continue our topic of 'Spires and Steeples', the children visited St Peter's Church at Monkwearmouth.  The children had a fantastic day learning about the church and the monks who lived and worked there hundreds of years ago.  The day began with the children having a look around the church and discussing what they could see.  The children then got dressed up as monks and paraded around the church.  They were then put into 4 groups and during the course of the day the children completed a range of activities.  One activity was learning about the day a 8 year old monk would have had and comparing that to their lives today.  Another activity was looking at a timeline of Sunderland and using that to find facts and information.  A third activity was learning about the life of Bede, who was very important to the monastery, that stood on the site of the church.  The fourth activity was making a book in the same way the monks would hvae done.  The children also had the opportunity to plant some flowers in the new garden at the church and to look at the bee hives.  The children also heard the organ being played and learned a little about that.  The children had a very enjoyable day and found out lots of facts about the church and its role in the history of Sunderland. 



Sport at Farringdon

The children had a great afternoon when they took part in a sporting activity at Farringdon Academy alongside other local schools.  After a warm up the children practised their balancing skills and though about how to move in different ways with a gymnastics instructor.  They then worked with a dance teacher and thought of different movements that could go with different types of sweets.  For the sweet marshmallow, the children made large and slow movements.  Later on the children played an exciting game of dodgeball.  The highlight of the afternoon was having fun on the trampolines and practising a range of jumps. 




What happened in the first half of the Spring Term?


Our topic was 'Flower Power', which was a Science based topic.  The children learned all about different plants and flowers and investigated the jobs of each part of a plant, such as the roots.  They looked at  the art work of Georgia O'Keefe and used her work to inspire their own.  They made 3D flowers in our DT lessons.  They used the facts they have learned in their Science lessons, to write information and explanation texts in English.

Visit to the Botanic Gardens

The children visited the Botanic Gardens at Durham as part of the Flower Power topic.  The children spent time in the garden's woodlands exploring the trees and plants that live there.  They made a piece of land art using branches, leaves, fir cones and anything else they could find on the ground.  They also visited the sheep and lambs that live in the nearby meadow.  The children also spent time in the friendship circle where they listen carefully for the sounds around them and thought about what makes a good friend.  Later on the children worked with Mike the head gardener and visited the greenhouses.  In one greenhouse there is a rainforest habitat where the children saw enourmous lily pads and huge forest plants.  They coud feel how warm it would be in the rainforest and how wet it could be.  In the desert greenhouse, they saw a range of different cactus and learned about how these plants protect themselves.  The children fed the fish and for those that were brave enough they could hold a hissing cockroach.  The children also saw a tarantula skin and a scorpion.  The children had a fantastic day and came away from the visit with lots of new facts.




What happended in the second half of the Spring Term?


Our topic was 'Picture Perfect' and the children read  and enjoyed lots of picture books by different authors.  They used the ideas from the book 'Falling Angels by Colin Thompson to inspire them in their own writing.  They wrote a story about finding a secret door in the clouds and the adventure that Sally, the main character had.  They also use the ideas and themes from the books to create artwork, such as a model hot air balloon.   

Visit by Laura Smith

To launch our new topic Picture Perfect, the local children's author visited our class.  She talked to the children about what an author and an illustrator were.  She read them one of her own stories.  The children played lots of games to make them think of words and their meanings.  They had to think of an adjective and draw a picture that matched that word.  They also had to write a sentence and then swap that with another child who had to draw a picture that went with it.  The morning was a great way to launch our new topic and really made the children think about the importance of words and pictures in story books.


Laing Art Gallery Visit

In Science the children are learning about light and shadow and as part of this unit of work we visited the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle.  At the gallery the children completed a workshop about light and shadow used in paintings.  The children practised during light and shadow using a huge tapestry as an inspiration.  They studied a painting by the artist John Martin and then created their own cityscape using paper and pastels to add light and shadow.  On the afternoon the children had the opportunity to explore the gallery and look at paintngs and sculptures by a range of artists.  The children had a fantastic day and will be able to use what they learnt in their Science lessons.



Science Week

The children had a very exciting start to Science Week when they worked with Technology Tom.  They made a rocket and used a special pump to make it fly across the hall.  They then improved how well it would fly by adding wings to it.  In their Science lessons, the children learned about what makes a shadow move and investigated this by moving the light source and the object.  They also learned about what type of objects makes the best shadow and the terms opaque, transparent and translucent.  As the solar eclipse was due to happen at the end of the week, the children learned about what a solar eclipse is and why it happens.  To view the eclipse safely the children each made a viewer which they decorated.  On Friday, we joined with the rest of the school to view the eclipse.  We did see a little bit of it even though it was so cloudy.  To end this fantastic week, we worked together as a class and built our own model rocket. I wonder if it will it take us to space!

Animate to Educate

The children had a fantastic afternoon, working with Mr Bailey from Animate to Educate. The children used the images from the picture book 'Falling Angels' which they had read as part of their topic 'Picture Perfect'.  They used the Ipads to take photos and used green screen technology to put themselves into an illustration from the book.  They also used the Ipads to film themselves talking about the book and used green screen technology to put an illustration from the book behind this.  The children developed lots of ICT skills and enjoyed completing the activity.  The next day the children enjoyed sharing their videos and images with the whole class. 



What happended in the 1st Half of the Spring Term 2015?

Our topic was the topic was 'Super Settlers'.  During this topic the children learned about who the Anglo-Saxons were and why they settled in Britain.  They learned about how the Anglo-Saxons lived, their clothing and religous beliefs.  They also had the opportunity to handle Anglo-Saxon artefacts to learn more about them.  The children visited the Palace Green Library in Durham where they handled artefacts and learned about an Anglo-Saxon burial.  The children really enjoyed the topic and produced some great pieces of written work and artwork. 

Visit to Palace Green Library 

The children visited Palace Green Library in Durham to learn more about the Anglo-Saxons.  The day began with the children handling and examining Anglo-Saxon artefacts.  They had the chance to hold a sword, a shield and even try on a very heavy helmet!  On the afternoon the children learned about the Lindisfarne Gospels and dressed up as monks, in very itchy robes!.   They found out what daily life was like for a monk and were surprised to discover that if they lived in Anglo-Saxon times, they were old enough to be monks.  They aslo completed a gallery trail, where they could design their own Anglo-Saxon shield, design a God or a Goddess, arrange a skeleton for an Anglo-Saxon burial and guess what different Anglo-Saxon smells were. The children had a great time and learned lots of new facts which they will use in their writing and lessons back at school. 



Hoopstars Festival

The children took part in a hula hooping festival held at Farringdon School alongside other local primary schools.  The children began the session by taking part in a warm up and then the instructors showed them how to hula hoop correctly.  The children had great fun practising this skill.  They then took part in a range of activities, such as hula hooping using their arms, legs and feet.  The children also worked with a partner to try and move the hoops over their bodies without using their hands.  They practised jumping in and out of the hoop and moving it along the ground.  As well as the session showing the children how to hula hoop properly it also helped to develop their team work skills, listening skills and overall co-ordination.  The children had a great morning and I'm sure many of the children will want to .keep practising the skills they were taught.



Chinese New Year

The children had a great day completing lots of activities to celebrate Chinese New Year.  In English they heard the story about how a Chinese dragon is important in the celebration and wrote a poem about it using lots of similes.  In Maths, they used shapes called tangrams to make pictures of people, animals and objects.  On the afternoon, they heard the story of 'The Willow Pattern' and drew their own pattern and they made a mask of the goat, as 2015 is the year of the goat. They also made a Chinese money wallet which children would receive as part of the celebrations.   They also had the opportunity to taste some Chinese food, such as Spring rolls, prawn crackers and dipping sauce.  It was a lovely way to end the half term!


Visit by Mr Dig the Archeaologist
To get our topic 'Stig's Stone Age' off to a great start the children were visited by Mr Digs the archeaologist who told them all about life in the Stone Age.  In the morning children handled artefacts such as fox and wolf furs that the Stone Age people used to keep warm.  They also handled tools, such as knives, arrows, spears and hammers made from flint and bone.  They aslo had the opportunity to hold a hairy mammoth's tooth and saw a model of part of its leg bone.  Later on they made a clay coil pot in just the same way as Stone Age people and made a necklace. 

On the afternoon the children used paint and charcoal to make a cave painting.  They also learned a little more about how Stone Age people hunted.  The children practised throwing a spear and using a bow and arrow.

The children had a fantastic day and it was a really exciting and interesting way to begin our topic about the Stone Age times.


Anyone for Tennis?

The children were given the opportunity to try their hand at tennis during a taster session.  A coach from the Puma Sunderland Tennis Centre worked with the children in practising their skills.  The children had to practise keeping the ball on the racquet, keeping it in the air by bouncing it gently off the racquet and bouncing it off the ground.  The children were also challenged to see how many times they could bounce the ball off the side of the raquet and this did prove to be quite a challlenge!  The children had great fun and really enjoyed their session.



Fabulous Fossils!

In their Science lessons, the children have been learning about rocks, soils and fossils and to help with their understanding of this, they visited the Great Museum of the North in Newcastle.  The children attend a fossils workshop where they were able to hold a range of different fossils.  The fossils were over 300 million years old and included an ammonite, a sea urchin and a shark tooth.  They even got the chance to hold fossilised hairy mammoth pooh!  The children spent the rest of the day looking at the other exhibits in the museum.  These included minerals and crystals, models of dinosaurs and models of animals.  The children had a great day and enjoyed looking at lots of new and exciting things.




Planting A Poppy!

The children planted red pansies in the shape of a poppy at Barley Mow Park as part of Sunderland's Rememberance Day events.  The flower bed, shaped like a poppy, is near the entrance of Ryhope Road and the children had great fun planting the flowers.  While they were at the park they were also given a tour of the greenhouses where new plants are grown and where some plants 'sleep' over the winter ready to be replanted in the spring.  They also got the chance to use the potting machine!  On the day of the planting the rain was terrible but this didn't stop the children having a great time.  We hope to visit the park soon, to see how our flowers are doing.



Bones and Skeleton Workshop

As part of our topic 'Our Brilliant Bodies', the children visited Sunderland Museum to take part in a Bones and Skeleton workshop.  The children were given the opportunity to examine animal bones, such as a badger skull, ribs of a sheep and the jaw of a sheep.  They measured and drew the bones and described what they felt and looked like.  They also learned the scientific names of the bones of the human body, such as the cranium, patella and the phalanges.  They then used these words in the song 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes'.  The children had a great time and learned many new facts.