Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Mrs Miller's Class


Welcome to Year 5 Summer Term 2 2016

The children have really enjoyed our topic - Groovy Greeks - so far this term. Although it was a history topic, we linked it with Art and Design Technology and made some of our own amazing artefacts. The children made their own: Greek vase using ‘Scratch Art’ technique; Greek pots – painting their own designs on to terracotta pots; Greek temples moulded out of clay, Greek theatre masks made from paper mache and they painted their own Greek plate. The children all enjoyed dressing up for Greek Day where we had arranged lots of fun activities (including food tasting) for the children to complete.  We will be finishing off our topic with a trip to the theatre to see the ‘Groovy Greeks’ show.

Dates for your Diary this term for Year 5:

Thursday 9th June: Literacy workshop - Chris Connaughton

Monday 27th June: Parent Workshop

Tuesday 28th June: KS2 going to watch our Y6 perform at the Empire Theatre

Monday 4th July: Technology Tom - Solar cars

Monday 4th July and Tuesday 5th July: children to work with Mr Li and Miss Jsang - building rockets

Thursday 7th July: Greek Day - children come dressed-up!

W/b Monday 11th July: Health Week - Several activities organised throughout this week - PE kit everyday please!

Tuesday 12th July: Groovy Greeks at the Empire Theatre

Days to Remember:

Monday - Spelling test and new words sent home for the children to learn
Tuesday - Homework to be handed in to class teacher. Library time.
Friday - Homework will be given out. P.E.kit
Children are asked to bring in reading books every day and to take them home each evening to practise their reading. 
Multiplications Awards are given out weekly and children are therefore encouraged to learn any times tables to gain their badges and certificates

Chinese Visitors

Mr Li (supported by Ms Jsang) taught our Year 5s all morning.  We had such an interesting morning making rockets which actually flew very high into the sky then landed back with a parachute.  If you would like to take a look, please visit our school Twitter page - Grangetown Primary (@Grangetown_PS) on Twitter.


Technology Tom - Solar Cars

Once again the children had a visit from 'Technology Tom'; this time we were learning about sustainable energy.  Our project for the day was to make a car that could run on both a motor and solar panels.  The children worked very hard throughout the day to build their cars, then towards the end of the afternoon all the year 5 children went outside to test them. Unfortunately, it was too cloudy (typical British weather!) for the cars to run off solar energy but luckily enough the all worked from the motors that the children had installed earlier on.

Parent Workshop

We had a great turn-out for our Summer parent workshop.  Thank you all who were able to attend! The children had a fabulous afternoon designing and painting their own Terracotta pot and Greek plate.  The children used their own Greek myths for inspiration.



Literacy Workshop – Chris Connaughton

The children had an amazing day working with the children’s author – Chris Connaughton. We started the day with a gripping retell of the famous Greek myth ‘Perseus and the Minotaur’. The children were on the edge of their seats!!! After that, the children then had to do some writing themselves.  They had to write a letter home in the role of Perseus then they had to write a diary entry. Throughout these activities, Chris skilfully gave the children tips on how to improve their work and different features to include that made their work really impressive.  We all had a great time and the work that the children completed was of a very high standard.


Summer Term 1 2016

Welcome back to the Summer Term. The year 5 topic this half term is 'Stars and Stripes'. We will be reading the novel 'There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom' and will base our literacy work around the characters and storyline. In Geography, we will be learning all about North America and in History we will be studying 'The Saxon'.  


Hamsterley Forest

 Year 5 had a fabulous day at Hamsterley Forest linked to our Science topic - Life Cycles and Living Things.  We started our day by searching for bugs in the forest.  We then made our own species of bugs from clay and twigs. After lunch, we had the ultimate experience! We had the fantastic opportunity to take part in an art project called 'Through the eyes of an animal' which involved placing a virtual reality helmet on.  Through this the children were able to see what it is like to be a frog, bird, owl or a dragonfly living in the forest. To finish off our visit, the children got into groups and made dens out of branches and twigs.


Sports Relief Fun Run - 23rd March

The children took part in a fun run on Wednesday, in order to help raise money for 'Sports Relief'. Luckily, the weather stayed fine as all of the children in the school - supported by many parents and carers - ran (or walked quickly) around the school field - Six times!! In total we raised £96.81.  Well done to everyone who took part and thank you for putting in a donation.

Easter Egg Competition - 21st March

This week the children had lots of fun making their Easter Egg creations to enter into the competition. In year 5 we had some fabulous entries with some brilliant ideas. Well done Alex and Chloe, who were our class winners, with 'Emoji Fashion Show'.

Science Week - 14th 18th March

We had an amazing School Science Week! Y5 Linked our science to the Moon Mission topic, we tested different weighted balls into trays of flour to investigate whether they made 'craters' of different sizes. We also weighed different objects using a force meter to compare grams to Newtons - and we then worked how much these objects would weigh on the moon (where there is less gravity).

We also had a day working with Technology Tom. The children took part in a Key Stage 2 workshop and then had an amazing afternoon making orreries. The children all made their own individual models - following some complicated instructions! 

To end a fabulous week, the children spent some time on Friday making their own outfits out of recycled materials - or upcycling some of their old clothes to make them more fashionable. The children then took part in a whole school fashion parade around the hall to show off their amazing creations.

Dr Bike - 8th March

On the 8th March, the year 5’s had the fantastic opportunity to work with Dr Bike. All of the children brought in their own bikes or scooters and raced, played games and learned all about how to stay safe on their wheels. The children were very enthusiastic and even asked for a second session outside in the afternoon! They worked brilliantly together and could answer all of the quiz questions back in the classroom. Well done Year 5!


Welcome to the Spring Term of Year 5!

Centre for Life

First, we lined up with our partners and then we climbed onto the huge, big, shiny red bus. The bus travelled over bridges and through big cities. We soon arrived at the Centre for life. First, we put our pack lunches and coats in a red cage. Then, we were taken to the planetarium to learn some more information about all the planets and stars. The planetarium was one of my favourites because the dome moved around and I thought that was amazing. After, we went on a ride called the 4D motion ride where we had to sit in a huge seat that were in rows of four. We watched a short video of ‘Happy Feet 2’ on the ride whilst the seats were bashing all over the place. When the penguin slipped into the water, loads of water sprayed on us! I think the 4D motion ride is at the top of my favourites list because that was the first ride I’d ever been on and it was the best few minutes of my life! After the gift shop, we went ice skating and as soon as we got our skates and went over the rules, we were allowed to have some free time on the ice . I enjoyed ice skating and I was very lucky as I didn’t fall over! This was the best trip ever!!

By Kelsie Goldsmith


Dates for the Diary

Thursday 7th January - Children will start weekly swimming lessons at Southmoor (pm)

Tuesday 12th January - Show Racism the Red Card

Thursday 28th January - Centre for life visit

Weekly Reminders

Monday - Spelling test and new words are given out for the following week

Tuesday - Homework to be handed in; Library session

Thursday - Swimming (pm)

Friday - Homework given out

'Elf' The Musical

Last week, as a culmination to our topic - Lights, Camera, Action!, the year 5 children - supported by the brilliant choir, performed the magical musical - Elf! We were all so proud of the children, who had worked extremely hard this half term to learn all their lines, choreography and songs.  All that hard work paid off as it was truly amazing and a huge success!  Thank you so much to all the parents and carers who helped with supporting their child (whether it be to learn lines or make costumes).  We are very grateful!

ParentWorkshop - 1st December

Thank you to all those parent/carers who were available to attend our year 5 parent workshop. We had a lovely morning making festive decorations using our sewing skills.  The children designed, cut-out and sewed together a festive hanging decoration.  I am sure they will look amazing hanging on a Christmas tree!

Durham Cathedral - 30th November

On Monday, both year 5 classes visited Durham Cathedral as part of our R.E. topic - Northern saints.  The children had a tour of the Cathedral whilst learning about the lives of St Oswald, St Cuthbert, St Bede,         St Aidan and St Hild. Some children were lucky enough to get dressed up as a saint! After lunch, we visited the gift shop then went back in to the Cathedral to sketch some of the symbols of the saints.  It was a lovely day.

Autumn Term 2

Welcome back. Hope you all had a lovely half-term!This term our topic is 'Lights! Camera! Action!  This links closely to the Y5 Christmas performance of Elf the musical. The children are all very excited to be singing, dancing and acting in their end of term production. We have held the auditions and the children all have parts.  We are now very busy with the rehearsals. You can come along and watch our spectacular show on Thursday 10th December. There will be two performances, a matinee at 1.45pm on and an evening performance at 6pm. Tickets will be on sale soon from the school office.

Harehope Quarry

As part of our Geography topic 'Raindrops Keep Falling' Year 5 went on a field trip to Harehope Quarry in Durham. The children had a fabulous day measuring the length, width and velocity of the two rivers (Harehope Gill and Bollihope Burn). As you can see from the pictures it was a glorious sunny day!#

Harehope 2KM

Harvest Festival

On Wednesday 20th October we celerbrated Harvest Festival with a spectacular show. Each year group did a short performance on the stage. Year 5 sang 'Raindrops Keep falling on my Head'.


Welcome to year 5

Take a look at the lovely Year Y5KM

Hope you have all had a fabulous summer.  The children have settled in really well and are all eager to learn. Our new topic this term is 'Raindrops Keep Falling' This topic links with our Geography study of rivers. In Literacy we are reading 'Treasure Island' - The children are hooked!

Weekly Reminders

Monday - Spelling test and new spellings given.

Tuesday - Homework due in; Library books.

Thursday - PE.

Friday - Homework given.

Children are to bring their reading books in everyday and change them when they need to. Home school diaries are also needed in school everyday. Children are regulary tested on their timestables as they are expected to work towards gaining their multiplication awards.

Hit the Surf

Some of the Year 5/6 children had an amazing opportunity to take part in 'Hit the Surf' at Sandhaven Beach in South Shields.  We were very lucky with the weather and eventhough it was quite chilly the sun was out all morning.