Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Mrs Millican's Class

Welcome to Year 5!

Dates for your diary Year 5 Summer Term

Wednesday 20th June - Cricket Festival, Ashbrooke
Wednesday 27th June - Summer Parent Workshop
Wednesday 27th June - NSPCC Workshops
Monday 2nd July - Galley's Gill Visit
Thursday 12th July - Summer Fayre
Thursday 19th July - Summer Disco

Days to Remember

Monday - Home/School diaries to change reading books
Tuesday - Homework to be handed in to class teacher
Tuesday - Football with Arj every Tuesday lunchtime for years 4,5 and 6. Please bring a complete change of P.E. kit, including suitable footwear
Wednesday - Violin lessons
Thursday - Swimming Please could ensure children have swimming costume and towel
Friday - Homework will be handed out - to be returned the following Tuesday. (Please bring in on a Monday if any support is needed)

Toast is available at playtime on a Tuesday and Thursday (10p per slice).
Fruity Fantasy - our healthy tuck shop - is open for business on a Friday playtime.

Mighty Mayans!

For our final Year 5 half-term topic, we will be finding out all about the Mayan ancient civilisation! 

13th June - Empire Dance Festival

All of years 5 and 6 had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Sunderland Empire today so that we could support our wonderful dancers. The theme this year was 'Games'. GPS called their dance, 'Opposite of Childhood' where the children portrayed games from the past, including the Victorian era, that still influence childhood today. We had a fantastic time and were very proud of our Year 5 and 6 dancers.


Raging Rivers!

For our first half term summer topic, Year 5 will be working on our topic of 'Raging Rivers'. This will have a geography focus and will look at the journey of a river. The children will learn all about the water cycle and write their own explanation texts. They will be creating a leaflet all about river facts. We will learn about rivers in the UK and also find out about those around the world. 



23rd May - Hit the Surf

The children in years 5 and 6 were once again given the fantastic opportunity to ‘Hit the Surf’ at Seaburn Beach. First, they took part in a very important presentation and discussion about water safety – all joining in pretending to be waves and currents!  They looked at what the different flags mean and how to keep themselves safe in the water. Once the children had changed into their wetsuits and completed warm up tasks, they divided into two groups. The first activity was to work with friends to save each other by running through the waves and using a rescue torpedo to bring them back to safety. Next, the children used body boards to paddle out into the sea and surf the amazing waves back towards the shore. The children had a wonderful time.

21st May - Galley's Gill

As part of their Lost Landscapes and Learning project, had a wonderful half day visit to Galley’s Gill – a park close to the River Wear in Sunderland. The first task the children took part in was to look at old industries from Sunderland. Among others, children talked about glass making, rope making, fishing, and mining. We then walked closer to the river and sketched drawings, using charcoal, of the Wearmouth Bridge. Each group took turns to investigate the old railway tunnel and look for clues about the past. Finally, we went for a walk along the riverside looking at plants, wildlife and industry. We all had a fabulous visit.



24th April - The Big Dig

Today, the children had a wonderful time working with Sue from CEED to continue to create out wildflower meadow. During the morning session, children were given the opportunity to dig over the soil in preparation for sowing flower seeds. This afternoon, all of the year 5 children took part in planting the flower seeds - ensuring that we had the correct mix and 'shushing' the seeds to 'tickle' them into the soil. We are all excited to see what the wildflower meadow will look like when it begins to germinate and grow. Thank you very much for our wonderful volunteers who came to school today to help in our creation!


Amazing Americas

For the second half of the Spring Term, our topic will be Amazing Americas. We will be studying North America and will find out all about the 23 countries that make up the continent. We will look at both the physical and human features of the countries in order to compare them. In literacy we will be basing our work around 'The Eye of the Storm' where children will write their own narrative stories.

23rd March - 25th March - Derwent Hill Residential Weekend

This weekend, fifty two children from years 4, 5 and 6 had the amazing opportunity to take part in a residential weekend at Derwent Hill in the Lake District. The children took part in some fantastic activities including a gorge scramble, canoeing on Derwentwater, completing high rope challenges and climbing or orienteering. The children all had an amazing time trying out new activities and challenging themselves to overcome fears. The behaviour and attitude of the children were excellent and we all had a fabulous weekend.

19th and 20th March - Lost Landscapes and Learning & The Big Dig

This term, the year 5 children have started a Lost Landscapes and Learning Project. We began by having a fantastic visit to Rainton Meadows and yesterday, continued the project by using aerial photographs and exploring the school grounds to decide where to create our wildflower garden. The children discussed where they felt it would be best and then helped to measure out three different areas. We also completed a wildflower investigation so that the children will be able to help design their garden. Today, some of the children had the opportunity to work with CEED to help start to dig their garden. We will continue to create and prepare for our wildflower meadow after the Easter holidays.

12th March - Recycling Workshop

The children had an amazing afternoon this week when we had Michelle visit us from Groundworks. She led a fabulous lesson all about the importance of recycling. We started with a quiz - which tested us to see which products we thought we would put in our blue recycling bin. There were a few surprises - including learning that black plastics cannot be recycled! We then all made elephants, using recycled plastic mile bottles - they were very colourful and we had lots of fun. The children all then made a pledge to use the 'Right Rubbish, Right Bin' and we are encouraging all of our families and friends to do the same. For further information, please visit 

27th February - Recording of Plane Without a Pilot

Some of the year 5 and 6 children had the amazing experience of working with singer and songwriter Marty Longstaff. They had previously worked with Marty - as part of the Never Such Innocence competition - to write the song and then performed it at the Sunderland Minster in December. Today, in partnership with the Sunderland Music Hub, the children worked together to practise and then record their song in order to enter it into the competition. The children listened, practised and sang beautifully! Well done.


26th February - Rainton Meadows

Today, the children had a wonderful day exploring Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. In the morning, we looked at scale and how to read a compass leading to map reading. The children also collected pictures of wildflowers -finding out all about their special qualities - on their 'magic wands'. After a lunchtime adventure in their amazing playground, the children then divided into groups to read maps and complete a treasure hunt, searching for wildflowers and letters to make up a book name - it was amazing to be searching around in the snow. All of the teams made it back in time and one team actually found all 18 'treasures'! As part of a competition, children then had to try to work out the book name (Alice in Wonderland). We then played 'lingo bingo' to match the flowers and finally, children made up jokes about the wild flowers from their packs :) We all had an fantastic day! Thank you to all parents and carers for sending children to school well wrapped up for the weather. 


19th - 23rd February - Celebrating Chinese New Year

This week, to celebrate Chinese New Year, the children have completed a number of different activities. In literacy, in order to help understand why we celebrate Chinese New Year and to learn about some of the traditions, the children read all about it and completed a comprehension to demonstrate their understanding. They then found out all the story of how the animals of the zodiac ended up having different years named after them. In art, the children created beautiful cherry blossom paintings using finger print painting.

6th February - Literacy Workshop Chris Connaughton/Greek Day

To celebrate the end of our Greek topic, the children took part in an exciting literacy workshop led by actor and author Chris Connaughton. After an amazing story telling morning, the children then wrote letters and diaries in character. They also wrote descriptive pieces of writing using their word hoard to add and improve their work. To help children get into character, they were invited to come to school dressed as Ancient Greeks. We all had a fantastic day!

23rd January - Northern Spire

The year 5 children had the fantastic opportunity today to visit the new bridge across the River Wear - The Northern Spire. Children first sat around the conference tble to discuss the benefits of the new structure and we found out lots of interesting facts including the spire being 105 metres high! The children investigated the tubing and cables and watched video clips of what it will look like when it is all finished. The highlight of the morning was going out onto the viewing platform to have a close look at the bridge and building site.



Groovy Greeks

For the first half of the spring term, the children will be learning all abut the 'Groovy Greeks'. We will be reading together The Adventures of Odysseus and completing lots of work linked to this - including the Battle of Troy, writing letters in character and creating their own comic strip story. We will be learning all about Greek Gods. warfare, clothing and food. In Geography we will be looking at where in the world Greece is and at the countries and seas that surround it. We will be creating our own 'scratch-art' Greek vases designing them to tell stories of life in Ancient Greece. To celebrate our Greek topic, children will have the excellent opportunity to work with actor and author Chris Connaughton and can dress up as ancient Greeks as we take part in a literacy workshop.



13th December - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Today, the Key Stage 2 children gave two wonderful performances of the songs from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. During their music lessons this half term, children have learned a selection of songs and this week they have worked hard to put together as a key stage a wonderful production. The children looked fabulous in their mulitcoloured t-shirts and were supported brilliantly by a live band. Go go go Joseph!

11th December and 14th December - Never such innocence

On Monday 11th December, some of the children from years 5 and 6 had the wonderful opportunity of working with a local singer/songwriter Marty Longstaff as part of a Never Such Innocence project. The children first took part in a writing workshop which was to help write a song to commemorate the centenary of WWI. They focused on the RAF and the important part that they played during WWI. The children helped to create a very moving song entitled ‘Plane without a Pilot’ which they then practised and performed beautifully – alongside Marty – at Sunderland Minster on Thursday 14th December.


7th December - Parent Workshop

The children had a fabulous time during our parent workshop today. We started off with a ‘Mystic Rose’ challenge. The children and parents had to predict how many lines would need to be drawn on a circle with 6 points. They had to work in a systematic way to find that 21 lines were needed.  They then moved on to a harder challenge; this time looking at a circle with 12 points. We found that 66 lines were needed. Once the difficult part was finished, we moved on to the fun part of the session -  making a Mystic Rose using a needle and thread. Look at our fabulous work!


Never ignore a possible

For the second half of the Autumn term, the year 5 topic is Never ignore a possible, which is a quote taken from the book that the children are studying - Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell. They will complete lots of different types of writing, including writing diary entries and formal letters in character. As part of their topic, they will also be studying the French impressionist Claude Monet where they will use a range of different medium to create their own art work including watercolours and pastels. For our science, the children will carry out a number of different experiments including testing for water resistance and using force metres to investigate friction.

Out of this world!

For our first topic of the new school year, the year 5 children will be working 'Out of this World'. We will be learning all about the Earth, sun and moon, famous astronauts who travelled in to space and how discoveries changed the way we think about the world.
In literacy, we will be writing imaginatively - creating our own planets, hexapods and writing fantasy stories. We will develop our non-fiction writing by writing instructional, information and discussion texts. In science the children will learn about how and why we have day and night and the different seasons. We will also find out why the moon appears to change shape. In art, we will create our own planets by using marbling techniques and will make our own origami stars.

12th October - St Aidan's Church

The children had a wonderful time today visiting St Aidan's church in Grangetown. For our RE this half term, we have been finding out about the Northern Saints and really enjoyed the tour of the church looking closely at the statues and stained glass windows. Father David took the children around the church telling them stories about the saints and discussing the symbols associated with them. The children listened well and asked some very interesting questions.

2nd October - The Centre for Life

What an amazing day we have had today at the Centre for Life in Newcastle! We started the day by visiting the planetarium and finding out all about the different satellites in outer space. Then it was into the curiosity zone where we investigated and tested lots of curiosities. It was then into the Dino Jaws exhibition which displayed full sized model dinosaurs that all moved! We found out lots about how and what dinosaurs eat. In the afternoon, we took part in a Destination Space workshop completing different experiments - including how much liquid could be held in an astronauts 'nappy'! A Dracula cartoon 4D motion ride was next which was thrilling and then we all made robot puppets in a Make and Take activity. Finally, after a quick visit to the gift shop, we entered the Brain Zone which was full of optical illusions and brain training puzzles. The children were impeccably behaved and all had a wonderful day! 


26th September - Hit the Surf!

Some of the year 5 and 6 children today had an amazing time 'Hitting the Surf' at Seaburn beach. Jumping onto their body boards in their wet suits, they had a fantastic time as the huge waves were absolutely perfect for boarding! They also helped to 'save' their friends  and learned all about water safety. A great day!



22nd September - Jeans for Genes Day

Today, the children helped to raise money for a very important cause by coming to school in their jeans. 500,000 children in the UK are affected by a life-altering genetic disorder and today our boys and girls helped to raise funds to transform these children's lives!

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