Grangetown Primary School

Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss Hunter's Class

Important Dates for your Diary:

  • Every Tuesday the children in Year 6 can take part in a lunchtime football session with Arj. The children will need to have shorts, a t-shirt and suitable footwear for playing outside on the field.
  • Every Wednesday, the children will have PE.  They will need indoor P.E. kits which includes plain shorts, plan t-shirt and plain black plimsols or trainers.
  • The children will be given the opportunity to read on various days throughout the week so should return their reading book daily.
  • On a Friday the children will visit the school library and will be able to choose a book to take home and enjoy.

 

What the Dickens?

Our new topic for the second half of Autumn term is all about the Victorians. This links to the Year 6 Christmas production of 'A Christmas Carol.' Children are going to be looking at what life was like in Sunderland during the Victorian era. As well as looking at Queen Victoria herself, the children are going to be spending time learning about what life was like for those less fortunate, the places they had to work, and the troubles they faced. Children will be reading a range of fantastic books throughout this topic. They have already started on Street Child which is the story of a young boy called Jim. 

If they want to do any additional reading of their own, books such as Gaslight by Eloise Williams and Cogheart by Peter Bunzl are fantastic books liked to our topic. 

Courage and Conflict!

World War 2 Day.

As it's the day of our Harvest Festival and as a nice way to finish off our fantastic topic, the children have all come to school dressed as though it was 1940. Each of the children made their own gas mask box, which must be carried with them at all times. They have also created their own evacuation tags and National Identity cards. After singing theme theme tune to Dad's Army and We have no bananas to a packed out hall, the children were treated to some typical WW2 meals. They were not fans of the spam and carrot/cabbage mix. However, some of the children enjoyed the apple surprise. 

 

Unsung Heroes 

The children visited Holy Trinity Church, which is a fantastic church located in the East End of Hendon. At the minute, it is currently in the middle of a multi million pound renovation, but our children were given very special access to it. Inside the church, we found a list of names. This showed the children members of the parish who had died during WW1.  The surname of one of the victims was shared by one of our pupils so may even be a distant relative. The children were read letters which had been sent home from the front line to his loved ones, but unfortunately they arrived too late. The children discussed what they would include in their letters if they were in the same position. Marty Longstaff, a local musician, took their ideas away with him and is going to use them as the lyrics for a song. Marty will be returning to school the week after half term to teach the children the song. This will be used as part of the Unsung Heroes celebration in November.Children also created poppies of remembrance which will be shown in the Museum and Winter Gardens all throughout November. 

Fabulous Day at Eden Camp

The Year 6 children had a fantastic day when they visited Eden Camp Museum as part of their ‘Courage and Conflict’ topic.  Eden Camp was used as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War and each of the huts now shows information about war and life during that time.  The day began with the children looking at life size replicas of transport used in the war such as Spitfire and a tank.  The children were able to experience what it was like in a blackout, during the Blitz and life under the sea in a U-Boat.  The children thoroughly enjoyed a puppet show which featured famous singers of the day including Dame Vera Lynn and George Formby. As they had been learning some songs by Vera Lynn in their music lessons, it was fantastic to hear all of the children join in with the sinigng.  The children were able to see what life was like for prisoners of wars and saw some of the craft and art the prisoners made, including a pair of tiny shoes made from bread.  The children really enjoyed their day and it brought to life many of the things they had been learning about in class.

Budding Blitz Artists

As part of their World War 2 topic, Year 6 have been learning all about life during The Blitz. They have described what children may have felt, seen, smelt or heard during the air raids. They used this as inspiration for their own pictures. Children used watercolour techniques to create the sunset backdrop for their images, then created silhouettes to place over their beautiful backdrops. Some of the images featured the planes which would have been seen across the sky, or the barrage balloons used to deter the Luftwaffe. As you can see, the results are beautiful.

Year 6 have a fantastic topic for their first topic of the year. They are going to be learning all about World War 2. They will focus on the impact that the war had on children, what living through the Blitz was like and how children had to leave their families when they were evacuated.

They are reading two fantastic stories which will help them with their writing. They are reading Rose Blanche which they have turned into a blog entry. They are also reading Letters from the Lighthouse which they are enjoying as their daily class reader.