Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Mrs Dolan's Class

Class Photo

We hope you enjoy looking through our page at all the fantastic things we have been up to.  It will be updated at least monthly with information and photographs to keep you informed of what we are up to!

A few reminders;

  • PE will be on a Monday afternoon.  Please ensure full PE kits are in school every week and that earrings have been removed.
  • Reading books have all been issued to the children, they need to be in school everyday as there will be opportunities for your child to read with an adult at different times of the week.  Books will be changed weekly as a minimum but should you wish for your child's book to be changed more regularly simply sign their home-school diary and we will send home a new book mid-week!
  • Homework will be sent home every Friday and we ask that this is returned no later than the following Thursday.  This allows time for the work to be marked, feedback to be given and new homework issued.
  • Toast is available at playtime on a Tuesday and Thursday this is sold at 10p per slice.
  • Fruity Fantasy is a healthy tuck shop open every Friday playtime.  Children can bring in money but we limit this to 30p, which is more than enough per week.

May/June 2017

To round off our fantastic Journey's topic Year 1 visited 3 different lighthouses this week.  We saw Roker Lighthouse, Cliffe Park Lighthouse and Souter Lighthouse.  We observed what each one looked like and discussed why they were in each place e.g. to help the boats get into the harbour or to warn boats about the rocks and cliffs.  There was also time to have a lighthouse building competition on the beach and we did some sketches of the different lighthouses.  The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed our packed lunches in the park.  Once again the Year 1 children were impeccably behaved and a great day was had by all! Photos to follow very soon.

January 2017

Did you know there is a tiger on the loose!  The children have been engrossed in Literacy this week as we have had a wild animal escape from our circus!  The children have used adjectives to describe the tiger and they have then used these words to help them create a 'Missing' poster to display around school.  If you see the tiger be sure to let us know ;-)

The children have returned after the Christmas holidays settled and eager to learn.  I have been so impressed with each and every child in the class.  This term we have started a new topic called, 'Roll Up, Roll Up!' and it is all about the circus.  We started the topic by a mysterious circus tent arriving in our classroom with a bag of props outside the doors.  It was very intriguing and the children came up with lots of ideas about why it was there and what it could all be about.  The next day, the children came into school to find a job advert outside the tent, advertising a Clown Vacancy!  We did lots of research about clowns and decided we would apply for the job!  The topic is now 3 weeks in and there is no sign of the enthusiasm fading!  This week we welcomed Circurama into school, a circus skills workshop.  The children had a half day session with Marty learning lots of new tricks!

December 2016

What a busy December this has been!  We have had an amazing time in our class in the run up to Christmas.  On the 6th December we visited Whitley Bay Playhouse for the Pantomime, Aladdin.  It was amazing and the children and staff laughed all the way through.  We were very honoured to have one of our children to be picked to meet one of the characters and go up on stage. 

On 12th December we had our annual Nativity, this year it was called 'Wriggly Nativity'  The children were brilliant and they made everyone of us proud.  The children sang their hearts out and I am sure the memories of your child up on that stage will last a lifetime.

Thank you to all of the parents that came into school for our Christmas Workshop.  The children were delighted to have you in class working alongside them making decorations, biscuits, wreaths and much much more.  We appreciate all of the support you give to your child and without you these events could not take place.

November 2016

Our topic this half term is called 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' and it is all based around the classic Janet and Allan Ahlberg story The Jolly Postman.  We have already done so much work around this book and the children have really enjoyed it so far.  We have made porridge as the story features an apology letter from Goldilocks for eating their porridge, we have designed stamps as well as test different materials to decide which would be best for making a postman's bag! 

post box

This week Year 1 walked to the post box to post a letter. We posted the letter to ourselves at school so we had to make sure we had the correct address on the envelope for our school as well as a 1st class stamp.  Before we left we all made a prediction about what day we thought the letter would arrive back and we made sure the office staff would look out for our letter coming back to us with the postman!  The letter was dropped into the post box at 1.30pm and after reading all of the information on the front of the box we found out that our letter would be collected at 5.30pm that day.  Even though this time of year must be very busy for Royal Mail our letter was delivered back to school at 9.30am the following day, less than 24 hours!

We looked closely at the ink marks on the front and the stamp said that our letter had been in the sorting office at 7.30pm being organised for delivery. The children really enjoyed this experience and have been busy writing letters in our Post Office role play area ever since!  Click Here to learn about the journey of a letter!

police visit

As a special one off visit this half term we had Steve a Police Dog Handler come into school to teach us about his job.  He spoke to the children about staying safe around dogs and gave us some excellent tips!  Jackson the dog was extremely well behaved and the children all got to give him a stroke!

On Friday 18th Novemenr it was Children In Need and we had a great day coming into school wearing our spots in support of this fantastic charity.  We had the opportunity to colour in a Pudsey picture.  But this was no ordinary colouring in sheet!  When we had finished we used an app caller Quiver and our drawing came to life...Pudsey jumped off the page and danced!  It was amazing.  Year 4 also did this and we linked up to their class interactive whiteboard using Air Server to show off our dancing Pudsey's!  Children in both classes thought this was a great way to showcase our work and we will definitely be doing something like this again!  I sent out a note to explain to parents how to access the free app if you would like to see for yourself!

October 2016

Our topic is now well underway and we have had so much fun!  You should have recently received your Parent Pamphlet which outlined exactly what we are learning about in each curriculum area as well as a few reminders to help keep you informed about Year 1.  Since our last update we have had a visit from Nurse Julie, visited Grangetown shops (linked to food tasting and our senses) and dressed up as a crossing patrol to learn about how to stay safe on the roads. 

Here is a picture of one of our children scanning the items we were buying into the till.  The shop keeper was very helpful and allowed us to go behind the counter, scan the items as well as count the money into the till! 


Learning how to safely cross with a 'crossing patrol'...

Click here to see us in action!