Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss Edokpayi's Class 

Trip to the Palace Green Museum

 As a part of our topic The Super Settlers we visited the Palace Green Museum in Durham to gain more of an insight into Anglo Saxon life. The children were able to look at and draw different artefacts, whilst guessing what they thought the object was and what it might be used for. To the delight of the children, they were also able to try on some of the items: the helmets were very heavy! Later in the day we looked at the Lindisfarne Gospels and learned about why they were important to the Anglo Saxons. We also had a try of creating our own front page using the same technique that was used by the monks at Holy Island. During the afternoon session the two year 3 classes came together to work in mixed teams to undertake different quizzes and activities. The activities were all based around what it would be like to live during the Anglo Saxon period for example guessing what different smells were and investigating armour.  To end our visit the children were all challenged to work in pairs to dress each other as a monk, in silence! This proved tricky. We really enjoyed the visit and were able to take a lot of interesting facts back to school with us and apply into our work.

See you on the Court!

Both Year 3 classes were lucky enough to take part in 3 tennis work shops with a coach from Sunderland Tennis Centre. The children practiced different skills such as balancing the ball, hitting the ball and rallying with a partner. The tennis coach observed the children, in order to pick 8 children to go a tennis competition later on in the term. The children really enjoyed these sessions and were really keen to be chosen as part of the tennis team for the competition. As a result, the children took second place out of 6 schools! Well done Grangetown!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to school. We hope you enjoyed the break. Our topic this term is “Super Settlers” and is all about the Anglo Saxons. We have been looking at how Britain has changed over time and the impact that the Anglo Saxons have had. The children will learn about who the Anglo Saxons were, why they came to Britain and the religion they followed. This topic is an Art and DT based topic meaning that the children will be engaging in a lot of hands on activities, creating their own artefacts. This will include making paper mache helmets, clay coins and making Illuminated Letter scrolls. Within Science the children are participating in an experiment to see how plants are affected their environment. Our topic for PE this term is Cricket. The children will be learning about the rules, different batting and fielding techniques and work as part of a team.

Dance Workshop!

Year 2 and 3 took part in a dance workshop linked to Numeracy. To start the day they had the opportunity to watch a very skilled engaging performance where the students from the University of Sunderland incorporated dance moves with number sentences for the children to solve. The dancers modelled a range of questions for the children to work out. Through this, the children were able to show their skills in working out addition, subtraction, division and multiplication problems. In the afternoon, the children had a chance to learn one of the dances from the morning’s performance as well as creating their own problems to solve. The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a great chance for them to carry out maths in a different way. A big thanks to The University of Sunderland.

Year 3 visit the library

On Tuesday 19th and on Wednesday 20th January, the Year 3 classes visited the library in Sunderland. The children were all given the opportunity to become members of the library. The library staff explained how the library works and the facilities that are available to the children. We engaged in hands on craft activities where the children were able to make Chinese New Year Crafts. The children were able to self check out the books that they had chosen to take out of the library to read at home. As a part of the visit the library invited the children to go back during the holidays with parents or carers to take part in a range of fun activities.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!

This half term we will be having fun exploring the topic of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory’. In this topic the children will develop their literacy skills through bringing Willy Wonka’s world into the classroom. We have been engaging in lots of reading and writing activities including writing a letter to Mr Willy Wonka himself, asking him to make the chocolate bars we have designed in his very own factory. The children have been looking at different chocolate bar designs to help create the best wrapper for our own tasty treats, which we have been making this week. Later on in the term, as we become more familiar with the story and its characters, we are going to be getting very hands on with some drama lessons. 

Bush Craft Day

To coincide with their terms topic 'The hunters and the hunted' we were lucky enough to participate in a Bush Craft Day, where the children were really able to showcase their knowledge of the Stone Age. The children were able to watch hands on fire making and even take turns to make fire themselves with a partner. As a class we created a wonderful piece of cave art, using ash mixed with coloured dyes, inspired by the work of those created throughout the Stone Age itself. Despite it being a cold and rainy December afternoon, both myself, Mrs Appleton and the children thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! 

New term, new topic!

Welcome back, we hope you enjoyed the half term break! This term for our topic “Hunters and the hunted” we will be travelling back in time to explore Stone Age Life. We will travel through the different time periods within the Stone Age, discovering how the Stone Age people lived, dressed and how they spent their time. We will be making comparisons between life in the Stone Age and life now, using a range of connectives in our work. Within our art lessons we will be creating cave paintings, bone jewellery and making model weapons. During Geography and history we will be creating a timeline to distinguish the changes which occurred throughout the Stone Age as time progressed. The science topic will require the children to be able to identify, classify and then compare different types of rocks, which will finish with the children discovering a range of fossils. Our PE lessons will see the Year 3 children participate in a hand jive dance to a rock and roll song.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to pop in for a chat (the best time is at 3.20 pm). We will be happy to speak to you and/or make an appointment for a more lengthy discussion. 


Say hello to our insect friends...

Recently, we had a visit from our little insect friends, Timmy and Tara! 

Year 3 visit the Hancock Museum!

On Friday 9th October year 3 visited the Hancock Museum in Newcastle. The trip was organised as a part of our “Under the Sea” topic. We were able to explore the “Spineless” exhibition, looking at lots of different sea creatures and plants. Throughout the day we used touch screen computers to research different animals to complete a range of tasks and activities including quizzes and creating out own sea creatures. We visited the Natural Northumbria exhibition and the Fossil Stories and discovered what it would be like to live under the sea. Some children were even able to dress up as different creatures – they looked great!


The Human Skeleton!

As part of our Science topic ‘Animals including humans’ Year 3 looked at and compared the different bones of animals and humans. They then used pasta shapes to replicate the human skeleton!


Welcome Back!

Welcome to the Autumn term! We hope you had a great Summer holiday and are looking forward to the exciting activities we have planned for this term in Year 3. 

Coming up this term we will take a journey to the deepest depths of the oceans. The children will dive into life underwater with an 'Under the Sea' topic. In this topic the children will discover weird and wonderful sea creatures, explore the major oceans and seas of the world, get creative with some fishy art and more!


A few reminders:

  • Monday: Library. Children are able to borrow a book to take home and return the following week.

  • Tuesday: P.E (Please ensure your child has a white t-shirt, black or blue shorts and appropriate footwear)

  • Wednesday: Reading/ Homelink book. Children have an opportunity to read their new reading book on a 1:1 basis with an adult in class each week. 

  • Friday: Spellings are sent home on a Friday and should be learned at home, ready for a  spelling test on the following Friday. Homework will also be sent out and returned to school the following Tuesday.

Toast is available every Tuesday and Thursday: 10p.

Fruity Fantasy is on every Friday, selling a range of healthy snacks. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to pop in for a chat (the best time is at 3.20 pm). I will be happy to speak to you and/or make an appointment for a more lengthy discussion.