Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Year 6!

Dates to remember

Children to bring in their Home/School diaries and reading books in every day. We encourage children to read at home as often as they can throughout the week - to gain signatures in order to achieve their next reading band. Children are also encouraged to learn their times tables and work towards gaining their multiplications awards.

Tuesday - Homework to be handed in to class teachers. 

Tuesday - If children do football during the lunchtime club, a complete PE kit will be needed.

Friday - PE kit for both indoor (dance) and outdoor (games).

Friday -Both literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out - with the possibility of a longer term project that will last several weeks.


Welcome to the summer term!

Welcome back to the summer term in year 6! The children are all working very hard in preparation of their KS2 SATs exams which will take place 11th-14th May. We are all very proud of their self motivation and excellent attitudes towards their work. They have all made fantistic progress and are all trying their very hardest. After the tests, we have lots of exciting activities planned for the children, including working towards a Year 6 Production of Aladdin!

10th June - Mayan Animations

On Wednesday, the children worked with our visitor Mr Bailey, to create their own animations. Using the stop-go animation technique, the children made their own animations of the building of a Mayan Temple. After setting their own stage scenery and making lots of plasticine bricks, the children then created their animation - adding in titles, credits and sound to the film. We all had a fantastic morning!


8th June - Herrington Park

As their reward for winning 'The Big Pedal 2015', the year 6 children spent the day at Herrington Park. In the morning, we all worked at teams to navigate the class around the heritage trail. Along the way, childrenwere given challenges like rolling down the hill, jumping streams and team racing up and down the 'seats' in the amphitheatre. We all had a lovely picnic in the sun and then had team games and a play in the park in the afternoon - with a little visit to the ice cream van. We all had a wonderful day. 



4th June - Netball Tournament

Today, 18 children from years 5 and 6 visited Farringdon Community Academy to take part in a netball 'high 5' tournament. They had a really good afternoon, with one of our teams reaching the finals! Well done everyone!



21st May - Home

On Thursday, as a reward for working so hard toward their SATs tests last week, the year 6 children visited Sunderland Empire Cinemas to watch the film 'Home'. We had a fantastic time! The children had a whole cinema screen to themselves - such a choice as to where to sit! :) A lovely way to end the first half term.



11th May - 14th May - SATs Week

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you very much to all parents and carers for the support that you have given to the year 6 children in the lead up to SATs.

Monday 11th May - Reading

Tuesday 12th May - Grammar and Punctuation, Spelling

Wednesday 13th May - Mental Maths, Maths Paper 1

Thursday 14th May - Maths Paper 2

SATs week will be a very busy week for the children. We would appreciate your support to ensure that:

  • children have early nights so that they have a good nights sleep
  • children are in school on time so that they are not rushed each morning.

During SAT wek, children are invited to school early for 'breakfast with friends' - cereal, toast and a bacon or sausage sandwich. This will hopefully help the children to relax and not be too anxious about their tests.

Children are invited to arrive at school anytime between 8 o'clock and half past. After the children have eaten, they willbe allowed to go into the computer suite. 



24th - 26th April - Derwent Hill

The children (and staff), had a fabulous weekend in the Lake District during our residential weekend at Derwent Hill. The children all took part in a range of exciting activities including canoeing, gorge walking, high and low ropes courses, problem solving activities, fun games and orienteering around the beautiful grounds. The excellent behaviour and good manners of the children were commented on - well done!


30th March - Monozukuri Caravan Event

What a fantastic day! Today the year 6 children visited Nissan to take part in their Monozukuri Caravan Event. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop which educates and engages the children. The children had the opportunity to learn about Nissan and Japanese culture. They learned about Nissan's Kaizen culture for continuous improvement and even had the chance to design their own car! During the afternoon session, the children had a tour of the factory floor and then tried their skills using actual production parts and tools. We were all made very welcome - and were even given a class lego set to bring back to school and continue our designing.




17th March - Writing Workshop with Chris Connaughton

The children had a fantastic day today working with author and actor Chris Connaughton. After watching a fabulous one-man performance, the children then had the opportunity to work with Chris for a writing workshop. They wrote diaries in character - pretending that they were Robinson Crusoe. They also wrote letters home, descriptions of the island and asked 'Robinson' questions about his experiences. An excellent day!



14th January - Gas safety - Party at the Perils

 Y5 and 6 had a fabulous opportunity to watch a wonderful performance with a very important message : Gas safety.  A theatre production group (Edcom) came in and performed a short play about safety within the home with a particular focus on 'Gas Safety'.  We also found out about different hazards as we all took part in the interactive performance.


13th January - Safety works

At the beginning of the term, Year 6 had a fantastic visit to safety works in Newcastle. The children visited different 'zones'. The first zone that they visited was the imitation park and hospital. The children learnt what to do if somebody had passed out. They then placed their friends into the recovery position and phoned 999. The second zone was the police station where the children were shown what would happen if they broke the law. Another zone was set up as the metro station where the children were taught where best to stand on the plaform which was at the back with your back on the wall. A different zone was set up as a house and inside the children were all told about fire safety. A final zone actually had a real Sainsbury’s shop where the children learnt about unsociable behaviour and how they should behave in order to help others feel more comfortable. We had a great day out and now we all know how to be safe!



Welcome back!

Happy New Year! Hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas! This term, the year 6 children are working very hard indeed. Our topic ‘Adventures around the world’ is based on a wonderful book written by Michael Morpurgo called Kensuke’s Kingdom. The children have been following the character as Michael sails around the world. There have been many writing opportunities including looking at discussion texts, non-chronological reports, recounts and how to use speech punctuation. The children will be finding out about different customs and traditions of the countries that Michael visits. To help us to understand different safety aspects, we visited safety works in Newcastle. Later in the term, we will have the opportunity to work with the author and actor Chris Connaughton.


14th November - Children in Need Day

Year 6 had the challenge to design and make their own outfit using only recycled materials.  We linked this to 'Children in Need Day' by making superhero costumes.  The children had a great afternoon on the Thursday, designing and making them, however, Mrs Millican and Mrs Napier didn't quite share their enthusiasm whilst cleaning up aferwards! The children wore their costumes with pride on Friday and helped to raise lots of money for a very worthy cause. Take a look at their fabulous creations.  I think we have some budding designers - watch out Vivienne Westwood!!

6th November - Hamsterley Forest

Today, the year 6 children took part in an amazing visit to Hamsterley Forest. We all completed a number of fantastic activities including: learning about what what needs are essential for survival, den building, finding out how animals adapt to their environment and even creating out own creature made from objects from nature. The visit was an excellent introduction to our new half term topic 'Extreme Earth'!


24th October - Niall's Mile and Halloween Disco!

We had a fantastic day today raising money for an excellent cause. In the morning, we all donated money and took part in Niall's mile by walking a mile around the school field. It was a lovely atmosphere, with lots of parents and carers coming along to support us. As an end of term treat, during the afternoon, we had an amazing whole school Halloween Disco :)


23rd October - Harvest Festival and Evacuee's Day

Today was our Harvest Festival. The whole school joined in to perform songs, poems and information all linked to food or harvest to a crowded hall full of parents and carers. The year 6 children gave an explained about rationing during WWII which has been our topic this half term. The children recited a 'Dig for Victory' poem and explained all about Potato Pete and Dr Carrot. We ended our performance by singing the popular war song 'Run Rabbit Run', where the children worked together to make up their own actions. We were all dressed as evacuees, wearing our identity labels and the gas mask boxes that we made from nets of cuboids. We had a great day and all wrote postcards home in character.


14th October - Water Safety

Today at Grangetown, the children from years 1 to 6 took part in water safety talks from the RNLI. As our school is so close to the sea, we all know how important it is that we know how to keep ourselves safe.


7th October - Visit to Eden Camp

Last week, the year 6 children all took part in an excellent visit to Eden Camp in Malton. It is a fantastic Modern History Museum. Old Prisoner of War huts have been converted to help tell the story of World War Two, re-creating sights, smells, sounds and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes you feel like you have travelled back in time to war time Britain. The children had a fantastic time and their behaviour was impeccable!



6th October - Show Racism the Red Card

The children all enjoyed an excellent session this week working with SAFC to Show Racism the Red Card! All of the children took part in a fun fitness session and a very important class based workshop to educate the children against racism. We all had a fantastic day taking part in interesting discussions and learning how to make the right choices.



30th September - Working with St John Ambulance

This week the year 6 children had the fantastic opportunity to work with St John Ambulance. They all learned how to help someone by being able to put them into the recovery position. They learned how to perform CPR and what to do if someone was choking. The children enjoyed the bandages session and all even ended up having a cast put onto their finger! The whole class passed their Student Fist Aid and received a certificate. Well done year 6!


Welcome to Year 6

Year 6 have had an absolutely amazing start to the new school year. The children are demonstrating excellent attitudes and are all working very hard. Children have already chosen monitor responsibilities that they will carry out throughout the year and are all being superb role models. The class councillors who will represent year 6 this year have been elected by the children. Well done Damon and Lucy!

During the autumn term we will be learning all about life during World War II in our topic Blitzed Britz. They have read the book 'Rose Blanche' and are currently reading 'The Silver Sword'.

We will be looking at the safety precautions that were used during the Blitz and how people kept themselves safe. We will also find out all about rationing, evacuation and what children's lives were like during the war.