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Welcome to Miss McLoughlin's Class


  • SATs week begins on Monday 13th May.  The timetable for the week is as follows:

Monday 13th May - Punctuation and Grammar Paper and the Spelling Paper

Tuesday 14th May - Reading Comprehension

Wednesday 15th May - Arithmetic Paper and the first Maths Reasoning Paper

Thursday 16th May - Maths Reasoning Paper 2

A special Y6 SAT breakfast club will run that week from the Monday to the Thursday.  The children will receive a letter regarding this.

  • The children will be having PE every Friday afternoon and will need a full PE kit and suitable footwear for use in the hall.
  • After school SAT Booster will continue until  on  Tuesday 14th May.  On Tuesday 21st May, there will be party from 3.30 - 4.30pm to celebrate the end of SATs.
  • On Wednesday 22nd May, the children will have their photographs taken.
  • The children will be visiting Safety Works at Newcastle on the afternoon of Tuesday 11th June.
  • Health Week begins on Monday 18th June, with Sports Day being on the afternoon of Tuesday 18th May for KS2
  • The Dance Festival takes place on Thursday 20th June.  The dancers will be at the Empire Theatre all day and the rest of the children will be going along to support the children on the afternoon.
  • Some Y6 children will be visiting the Lambton Estate on Thursday 27th June.
  • Children will are due to attend Southmoor in September will be having 2 transition days on Tuesday 2nd July and Wednesday 3rd July.  The children will come into school as normal on both days and will be taken to Southmoor by Grangetown staff but will make their own way home at the end of the day.
  • French Day will take place on Thursday 4th July.
  • The Summer Fayre will take place on Thursday 11th July from 2-4pm.
  • A summer discos will take place on Thursday 18th July.



 This term our topic is 'We Are the Never Dead' and is based around the book 'The 1000 Year Old Boy' by Ross Welford.  The children will be reading this book and using it to inspire their writing.  The children will also their preparation for SATs.  As well as having their usual English and Maths lessons on a morning, they will be having revision sessions on an afternoon, this will focus on Maths, Reading comprehension and Punctuation and Grammar.



The children, once again, celebrated World Book Day and dressed up as characters from a range of books.  The day began with the children swapping classes - our class was paired with one of the Year 2 classes.  The older children either read a book to a younger child or they heard a younger child read.  The classes in KS2 looked at books from different cultures.  Our book was 'Here I Am' by Patti Kim.  The book contains only pictures and is about a child from Korea coming to live in America and the changes that they face.  The children enjoyed looking at the pictures and deciding what was happening to the character.  The children were then given a page from the book and had to write the narrative to go with it.  Some children also produced a book cover for their favourite book.



The children had a fantastic day at the both the Sunderland Minster and the Empire Theatre.  The day was the end of their work on the Unsung Hero Project, linked to the First World War.  The day began with the children taking part in a 'From the Page to the Stage' workshop in the theatre.  The workshop was led by the director of the show 'War Horse' and the children learned a little bit about how the show was put on.  Some of the backstage crew explained what the jobs were and how they saw how a scene from the show is put together.  This was led by some of the actors and puppeteers and the star of the show 'Joey - the War Horse'.  The children were also given the opportunity to ask questions.  After the workshop, the children went to the Minster where they performed the song they wrote with Marty Longstaff in front of another school and the director and some of the actors from the production of War Horse.  The highlight of the day was going back to the theatre to watch a performance of the brilliant War Horse.  The children had a fantastic and a special day and it was a great way to end the project.




The children once again worked with Marty Longstaff and Janet from the No Limits Theatre Group to continue working on their song about the First World War.  After some warm-up activities, the children were shown an image of WW1 soldiers in a trench and had to create a list of emotions and feelings the soldiers might have experienced.  The children then had to choose one and write a sentence to explain it in more detail.  The children were then asked to think about things in their own lives they were thankful for and create a list of these.  They then had to choose one and write a sentence about it in more detail.  The children's ideas will be taken away by Marty and Janet and will be used to form the verses of the song.  The children were shown the chorus of the song and practised singing that.  The children on Wednesday 13th February, will  perform this song at the Sunderland Minster for a special audience and will take part in a workshop about the show War Horse, which is set during the First World War.  The children will then watch a performance of the show at the Sunderland Empire. 



The children visited Gateshead College, which is based at Nissan to take part in the Monozukuri Carvan Event.  The children had a fantastic time and completed a range of activities.  The day began with the children learning about Nissan cars and about the factory.  They were then given Lego and with a partner they had to construct their own car.   After this, the children were put into teams and had to make a model of a Nissan car from Lego as though they were part of a production line, with each child being responsible for making and checking a different part of the car.  After lunch, the children visited the workshop in the college.  Here they learned about how parts of the car are made and about electric cars.  They even saw one of the robots that helps to make the cars and it even drew a picture for two of the children.  The children then had the chance to test their reaction skills on the Formula 1 racing track and on a light reaction grid.  Back in the classroom, the children watched a film about how about cars are made and tested their co-ordination skills on a range of activities including using a drill to put in and take out screws and getting the dents out of a sheet of metal.  The children really enjoyed their day and the new and fun experiences they had. 




Our topic for the second autumn term is 'What the Dickens!' and will be linked to the Christmas production of 'A Christmas Carol' and life as a child in Victorian times.  The children will be working with Mrs Bryant-King every week to learn the songs and the script for the show.  In History, the children will be finding out what it was like to be a child in Victorian times.  In Art, the children will be finding out about the Victorian artist William Morris and producing artwork in his style using a range of techniques.  The children will be reading the novel 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, which is about a runaway boy in the 1860s. The children will also be working on two special projects.  In the first, called 'Unsung Heroes',  they are going to be working with a singer/songwriter called Marty Longstaff and writing and performing a song about a local man, who fought in the First World War.  In the second special project, the children are going to be working with Heritage England, where they will learn more about the local area and how it has changed over the years. 


A Christmas Carol

After many weeks of rehearsing the Year 6 children performed the Christmas production of 'A Christmas Carol'.  The children looked great in their costumes and the singing, with support from the choir, was excellent.  The acting was fantastic and at the and of both performances the children were given loud and enthusiastic rounds of applause.   For many of the children it was their first opportunity to perform in a show and it was a great experience for them.  We are looking forward to more shows in the future. 



Parent Workshop

The children invited their parents and carers into school for their parent workshop.  The children worked with their parents and carers on a Maths activity.  The children found out what tessellations are and about the work of a man called Escher, who created them.  The children then made their own tessellation template and used that to make a picture and coloured it in using colours of their choice.  The children also completed a Maths multiplication colouring sheet.   The children really enjoyed having their parents and carers in their classroom and working on an activity together.


Heritage Project

Following on from the first session of the project, where the children looked at maps of the local area, the children went on a heritage walk around our local area.  The aim of the walk was to see where things had changed and to find points of historical interest.  The children looked at the different types of houses and saw the difference in houses before and after the war.  They found the spot where a crater was formed from a bomb in the Second World War, near Valley Road School and thought about why flats where now there.  They found a blue plaque on Commercials Road, which shows where the first football match was played by the Sunderland and District Teacher's Association - this team would go to be Sunderland AFC.  The children looked at how the area near the school as changed with the demolition of the Paper Mill and how this would change in the future.  The children also visited the cemetery, where they found war graves and found out more about the men from this area who fought in the Second World War.

Back at school, the children worked with our music teacher, Mrs Bryant-King, and composed a song about the changes in the local area.  The children played either the keyboards or the ukuleles and this was recorded.  In groups, they thought of ideas for song lyrics and as a whole year group used these to write a song, which they practised and then was recorded. 





Unsung Hero Project

Before the Autumn half term holiday, the children had visited Holy Trinity Church in the East End and began the Unsung Hero Project.  Today, at school, they worked on the second part of the project.  Again Marty Longstaff and Janet from the No Limits Theatre group came into school to work with the children.  Our class worked with Janet.  The session began with Janet playing warm up drama games with the children.  The children then had to imagine that they were either Cecil (the First World War soldier) or his wife Ethel.  The children then acted out a scene where they imagined what types of things Cecil and Ethel might have said and felt during the war.  The class then joined with the other Year 6 class and practised singing the chorus of the song.  Marty and Janet are going to go away and write a song using the ideas from both of the sessions and return to school in January, when the children will learn the song, ready to perform it.


Heritage England Project

The children worked with Vicki Angel from Heritage England and spent a session looking at a range of maps of the Grangetown and Hendon area.  The children looked at maps from different points in time, such as today, 1970 and 1952 and examined them to see what had changed and what had remained the same and the possible reasons for this.  They also looked at aerial photographs of the area and again compared what had changed and what had stayed the same.  The children are going to use this session, as a starting point for their own projects about the area.



This term our topic is 'Courage and Conflict' and is all about the Second World War.  In our History lessons, the children will be learning about what the causes of the war were and the affect it had on the British people, such as food rationing and evacuation.  In English, the children will be using stories set during the war to inspire their writing, such as 'Rose Blanche' and 'Letters from the Lighthouse'.  The children will design their own propaganda posters and make a model air raid shelter.  The children will also be taking part in a  local heritage project where they will look at censuses from  the 1940s and learn more about the people from that time.  In Science, they will be learning about light and electricity.  The children will end the half term with a special WW2 day, where they will cook wartime recipes, make a gasmask box and learn about Morse code.  We are looking forward to an exciting and enjoyable half term.



To celebrate the end of our topic 'Courage and Conflict', the children had a special WW2 Day.  The day began with the children taking part in the Harvest assembly.  The children sang the theme tune from the television programme 'Dad's Army' and song 'Yes, We Have No Bananas.  The children dressed up for the day as evacuees.  To accompany their outfits, they wore the gas mas boxes they had made in class.  The children made a name label that evacuees would have worn when they were sent to the countryside.  They also made an identification card to prove who they were.  The children tasted some food, that would have been eaten during the war years.  They tried a creamy apple dessert, which most of the children liked but was a little too sweet.  They tried Spam, which was popular in wartime, and most of the children liked it.  The least favourite food was a sandwich filling made from grated carrot and cabbage and a pickle.  The children also decorated Union Bunting.  In Music, the children sang popular wartime songs.  The children had a great day and it was a lovely way to end the topic. 






The children are taking part in an Unsung Hero Project, which remembers local soldiers and the role they played in the First World War.  The first part of the project involved the children visiting the Holy Trinity Church in the East End.  Here, the children learned about a local man called Cecil, who was a Maths teacher and  bell ringer, before he was called up to fight.  Sadly, Cecil died at a battle in Ypres aged 30.  The children then worked with Janet, from the No Limits Theatre group and imagined that they were Cecil's wife, Ethel and thought about what things she would have written in a letter to him.  They also imagined that they were Cecil and thought about what he would have written in a letter to his parents.  The children made poppies to remember all the soldiers who fought and died in the First World War.  These poppies are going to be displayed in Sunderland Museum and Winter Garden during November.  Some of the children worked with the local singer and songwriter, Marty Longstaff, and recorded the names of the some of the local men who died during the war.  These names and the ideas for the letters are going to be turned into a song , when Marty returns to school in November to work with the children.  




The children had a fantastic day at Eden Camp Museum in Yorkshire as part of their 'Courage and Conflict' topic.  Eden Camp Museum used to be a Second World War 2 prisoner of war camp but the huts now show information about the war and life during that time.  The day began with the children looking at life size replicas of transport used during the war, such as a Spitfire and a tank.  The children also learned more about The Blitz, what it was life during a blackout and life in a German U-Boat.   The huts brought to life the sights, smells and noises of these events.  The children also visited the Music Hall and watched a puppet show.  It featured famous singers of the day, such as Dame Vera Lynn and George Formby.  The children also experienced what a 1940s street was like and learned more about rationing.  the children were able to see what life was like for prisoners of war and to see some of the actual art and craft the prisoners made, including wooden carvings and a tiny pair of shoes made out of bread.  The children had a very enjoyable day and it brought to life many of the things they have been learning about in our History lessons. 




 To celebrate European Day of Languages, the children attended a workshop at Southmoor Academy.  The sessions were run by students and staff from the University of Sunderland.  The children learned about the culture and languages of 5 countries.  The first was Norwegian where they were taught to say hello and ask someone their name.  They even had a go at saying a word in Norwegian that contains 53 letters!  The children were also taught about Portuguese and found out more about the countries it is spoken in.  In the Mandarin Chinese workshop, the children were taught how to say and write the numbers 1 -10 in Chinese and practised writing some of the language's characters.  In the Arabic session, the children were taught how to say hello and also how to ask and tell someone their name.  In the final workshop, the children learned about Russian and had a go at writing their name using the Russain alphabet, as well as saying hello and telling some their name.  The children had a great morning and enjoyed learning about new languages.




Some of the Year 6 children along with children from both Year 5 and Year 4 took part in 'Hit the Surf' at Seaburn Beach.  After putting on wetsuits, the children did warm up activities, like jogging in the sand.  Before they hit the sea, the children practised on the sand how to use a body board and how to get on it when they were in the water.  Once they were in the water the children practised paddling to move the board and the different techniques that were needed.  The children also practised how to save someone in the water using a special harness.  The children had a great morning and thought it was a lot of fun even though the water was a little bit chilly.