Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss McLoughlin's ClaSS

Dates for Your Diary - Summer Term

* The children will be having PE lessons every Friday afternoon.  

* Booster classes will be continuing until the of week until SATs  - WB 14th May.

*The children will receive spellings every Monday and will have a practise sheet that they complete at home.  The children will be tested on the spellings the following Monday.

*The children will receive homework every Friday and it needs to be returned by the following Tuesday.

SATs Week

SATs week begins on Monday 14th May and lasts for one week.  Details of which days the days are on can be found below.  All tests take place on the morning.

Monday 14th May - SPaG Test (45 minutes) and the Spelling Test (15 - 20 minutes)

Tuesday 15th May - Reading Comprehension ( 60 minutes)

Wednesday 16th May - Mathematics Paper 1: Arithmetic ( 30 minutes)

                                  Mathematics Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)

Thursday 17th May - Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning ( 40 minutes)

*On May 24th the children will be attending Safety Works at Newcastle to learn about keeping safe, both in the home and when outside.

*On Friday 8th June, the children will be completing a First Aid course, in school, with the St.John's Ambulance.

*On Wednesday 13th June, some of the children will be dancing at the Empire as part of the Sunderland Festival - the rest of the children will be going along to offer their support.




Our topic, this term is 'Adventures with Kensuke' and is based around the novel by Michael Morpurgo.  The children will base all their English work around the story and will write diary entries, letters and adventure stories of their own.  In Maths the children will be using algebra, learning about the parts of a circle and angles.  The children will also be Coding every week with Mr Newby.  The children will also be busy preparing for SAts, through small group work, looking at sample questions and booster.  We are looking forward to another busy but fun half term.  


World Book Day


A Day with Chris Connaughton

 The children had a fantastic day working with the writer and actor, Chris Connaughton.  The day linked to the class topic of Adventures with Kensuke.  The day began with Chris acting out a play about an actor stuck at an airport and linked this to the story of Robinson Crusoe - who had been stuck on an island for nearly 30 years.  Chris brought the story to life using a range of props, including a bag of sand, pieces of driftwood and large sea shells.  The children then used the play to inspire their writing.  The children wrote a diary entry and a letter as if they were Robinson Crusoe and created a list of objects that they would take if they were stranded on a desert island.  The children also took part in a hot-seating activity, where they interviewed Chris, as if he was Robinson Crusoe, about life on a desert island.  The children also questioned Chris about his role as an actor, story writer and a playwright.  The children picked up lots of tips about how to improve their writing, which they are keen to use in the future. 



Monozukuri Caravan Event at Nissan

The children visited Gateshead College at Nissan to take part in the Monozukuri Caraven event.  During the day, the children learned how Nissan first began and watch a film about cars are made,  In pairs they made a Nissan Buddy car and then were put into teams to be a production line to make Lego cars.  This made the children think about the best ways to work together and teamwork.  The children also visited a workshop, where they saw some of the equipment that is used when making cars.  They also saw a robot in action and the robot even drew a picture for one of the children.  The children also had the chance to sit in and explore a Nissan car - the Infiniti model.  The children then took part in a series of activities that were designed to test their hand-eye coordination and how fast they could work, these included using a drill and getting the dents about pieces of steel.  The children had a fantastic day and learned a lot about Nissan, as well as developing new skills.




For the second half of the Autumn term, the Year 6 topic is 'Any Dream Will Do', and is all about the story of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  All of the children will be performing in the Christmas production and our class work will be based the story.  In English, the children will write poems about colour, produce a newspaper article about an event in the story and will write a story of their own using some of the people from the bible story.  In art and design technology, the children will produce a piece of multi-coloured cloth by weaving and turn this into a wall hanging.  They will design and make a dreamcatcher.  In Geography, they will learn about mountains and in ICT produce a PowerPoint about mountains.  In Maths, we will be learning about fractions, co-ordinates and measurements, as well as continuing to practise the calculations needed to solve the 4 operations,  We are looking forward to having a fun and exciting half term on the lead up to Christmas.


Parent Craft Workshop

The children had a lovely afternoon when their parents and carers joined them in the classroom for some afternoon fun.  The children worked alongside their adults completing Christmas crafts.  the children made a wreath to hang on the wall, a Christmas tree decoration, completed a word search and used their mathematical skills to draw a Christmas picture using co-ordinates in all 4 quadrants of a grid.  The children then shared a drink and a biscuit or mice pie with their adult.  It was a very enjoyable afternoon and the children thought it was very special having their parent or carer in the classroom.  Thank you to all the adults who were able to attend and we are looking forward to the next workshop in the Spring term. 


Learning about Parliament

 The children had a morning session learning about Parliament.  After a KS2 assembly, where the children learned about what Parliament is and how MPs are elected, they took part in two workshops.  The first workshop involved the children working in groups to write a manifesto, thinking of a party name and writing a persuasive speech.  The children voted for the party that they thought had the best ideas.  In the second workshop, the children learned about how parliament first started and how voting has changed over the centuries.  The children had a very interesting ands enjoyable morning, where they learnt a great deal.


New Wear Crossing

The children visited the New Wear Crossing to learn about why it is being built and how it is being built.  They looked at pictures at how the area across the river has changed and held parts of fabricated tubes  and steel cables, which are used on the bridge.  The children considered the impact the new bridge would have on Sunderland now and future.  They also learned about the different jobs involved in the building of the bridge.  The children then went on the viewing platform to look at the bridge in more detail.  The children had a great visit and learned a great deal. 





For the first half term our topic is 'Keep Calm and Carry On', which is all about the Second World War.  The children will be learning about what caused the war, the affects of the Blitz, rationing and the evacuation of children.  In their English lessons they will learn about Anne Frank and write descriptievely about the Blitz.  In Design TEchonology the children will make theor own model Anderson Shelter and a gas mask box.  In Art, they will design a poster to encourage people with the war effort.  In music, the children will sing and learn more about wartime songs.  Our class reader is 'Letters from the Lighthouse' and is set in Devon during the war. 

This year the children will also be beginning French lessons, with our new language teacher Mrs Blackett.


World War 2 Day

 The children celebrated the end of their topic, 'Keep Calm and Carry On' with a War World 2 day.  The children were dressed as evacuees and sang the wartime song 'Run Rabbit Run' in the school Harvest festival.  The children then made and filled in an identity card, which everyone had to carry during the war.  They also made a Union Jack flag to celebrate VE Day.  On the afternoon, the children tasted typical wartime food.  The children tasted Spam, jam sandwiches, fish paste sandwiches and jelly and fruit.  The children also tasted a wartime sandwich filling made from grated carrot, white cabbage and chutney.  The day ended with the children singing wartime songs.  The children had a fantastic day and it was a great way to end the topic, which all of the children enjoyed. 


Show Racism the Red Card

The children attended a Show Racism the Red Card event at the Stadium of Light.  The day began with the children taking part in a workshop, which looked at what racism is and how we make judgements about people's nationality and religion based on the appearance.  The children then worked with the Foundation of Light and thought about what rivalry is and the consequences this can have.  The children also considered what stereotypes are and the importance of not making assumptions about people based on their appearances or backgrounds.  After that, the children then had a tour of the ground.  They visited the changing rooms, the media room and the player's lounge.  They also ran down the tunnel and had the chance to sit in the dugouts.  After dinner, the children watched a video about racism and took part in a question and answer session with past players Kevin Ball and Gary Bennett and current players Jack Rodwell and Brendan Galloway.  The children had a fantastic day and developed a better understanding of what racism is and how it can be prevented.




Eden Camp Visit

The children visited Eden Camp Museum, near Malton, in Yorkshire to learn more about the Second World War.  The museum used to be a prisoner of war camp and the huts the prisoners were kept in have been turned into exhibits, to show different aspects of the war.  We travelled to the museum by coach, which took two hours.  There were many huts to explore and these included huts about The Blitz, U-Boats, The Blackout, Streets at War and the Home Guard.  The huts used smells and sounds to bring the exhibits to life.  The children also watched a puppet show which showed the music of Vera Lynn, George Formby and Gracie Fields.  The children really enjoyed that.  They also saw replica planes, vehicles and weapons that were used during the war.  The children had an excellent time and learned a great deal.