Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

01744 678300

Welcome to miss kelly's year 6 blog

Week Beginning 4.12.2017

It's been a very festive week at school! We have really enjoyed watching KS1 and Reception's nativities this week. We were really proud of them and it made us even more excited to perform our KS2 Production next week!

On Thursday evening, members of our class (from KS2 Pop Choir) joined other schools from St Helens at Parish Church Christmas Sing.  It was a fantatic opportunity for the choir to learn a body of work and then perform with other local schools. We were accompanied by a brass band and led by Dr Kerem Sleith. The children were a credit to our school and absolutely loved the performance! Our Key Stage 2 Dancers and Pop Choir also attended Christ Church for a service with their parents and families. They performed brilliantly and it was a lovely celebration! 

On Friday, we had our Christmas dinner at school! As always, this was a lovely way to celebrate the festive season with our friends. Pictures of what we were up to are below! 

We also joined Year 3 this week to teach them a little bit about how Christmas is celebrated in Sweden as part of our Around the World at Christmas Project. The children loved sharing their new knowledge of Christmas in Sweden and were such fantastic role models for the younger children in Key Stage 2. Hopefully, the children in Year 3 will be able to tell their friends a little bit about St Lucia Day!

It's a very busy week next week! Keep checking on the blog or dojo for updates!

Reminders

11.12.2017 - Year 6 trip to Christ Church Haydock 

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

Week Beginning 27.11.2017

It feels a little more like Christmas has started this week! We really enjoyed selling our mugs and cakes to raise money for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. We are still counting up our money but we will let you know the total soon! Thank you for all of your cake donations. 

In Topic, we learnt about the Holocaust. We learnt all about the concentration camps and how Hitler treated others who were not 'pure German.' We learnt about a young girl, named Ann Frank, who hid from the Germans with her family! Unfortunately, she died, however her diary is now famous all over the world! Year 6 really enjoyed learning all about this and said it was their favourite history lesson so far!

On Thursday, we watched the pantomime Robin Hood. It was a great way to start our festive season and we had lots of fun!

Reminders

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets can be ordered through school).

11.12.2017 - Christ Church Visit for Year 6

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

 

Week Beginning 20.11.2017

 It's been a great week this week! 

We have planned our newspaper articles for our final piece of writing next week. We are basing our writing around the grandma gobbling Big Bad Wolf! The children are enjoying adding facts and statistics into their work as well as changing the tone of their articles through dialogue. 

In Maths, we have learnt how to multiply decimals. We are now moving on to dividing decimals. 

On Thursday, we completed our Christmas mugs that we are going to sell next week as part of our enterprise challenge for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. We are selling our mugs every night after school next week for £2.50. Year 5 and 6 are also holding a cake sale on the 30th November to raise money. 

We have started our Christmas Production 'The Grinch.' So far, it is looking fantastic! 

We enjoyed a rugby lesson on Wednesday. Our team work was superb and our skills are improving!

Reminders

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets can be ordered through school).

11.12.2017 - Christ Church Visit for Year 6

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

 

Week Beginning 13.11.2017

We have had a fantastic week in Year 6! In Maths, we have learnt how to divide whole numbers by bigger numbers to give us decimal numbers. We also revisited how to express fractions and decimals and vice versa. The children's knowledge is increasing in fluency and I have been really proud of their efforts this week!

In English, we have begun our new unit on newspaper articles, in particular the story of the porridge thief Goldilocks. We have explored using puns in our work, hyperbole and answering W questions for the article. I can't wait to read your finished articles!

We created our first model for our Anderson shelters this week. Next week, we will be designing an even bigger one for our final design. 

It was lovely to see everyone's parents at Parents Evening this week and it was great to celebrate your children's progress and successes. I'm sure you will agree that they are all working so hard! Thank you to everyone for your support. 

Reminders

20.11.2017 - Road Safety Week 

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets can be ordered through school).

11.12.2017 - Christ Church Visit for Year 6

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

Week Beginning 6.11.2017

The highlight of our week was definitely our Remembrance Assembly on Friday. Parents and families joined us for a special service that we had been working hard to prepare for. The children sung beautifully, read clearly and loudly and reinforced the important message of peace to everyone in school. I am very proud of you children! Well done!

I am looking forward to seeing you all next week at Parents Evening. Appointment times are being given out tonight. 

Reminders

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

20.11.2017 - Road Safety Week 

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. We will let you know when tickets can be purchased).

11.12.2017 - Christ Church Visit for Year 6

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

Week Beginning 16.10.2017

What a great start to this half term we've had! 

In English, we have started our new unit 'A Monster Calls.' This week, we have been writing effective onomatopoeia, using repetition for effect and giving time clues to our reader. Everyone has made a super effort with their writing this week! Well done Year 6!

In Maths, we have explored multiplying and dividing fractions. All children are confident with this but some of us need to remember to check whether we can simplify our answers! Keep up the good work!

We are currently practising our Remembrance Assembly and the children are really proud of it! It would be lovely to see parents/family members at our assembly next Friday.

We had a fantastic PE lesson on Wednesday using the apparatus! Lots of children showed great confidence and pushed themselves to achieve! Photos are below. 

 

Reminders

 

10.11.2017 - Remembrance Assembly 9:15am. Parents are welcome to join us.

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

20.11.2017 - Road Safety Week 

30.11.2017 - Robin Hood Pantomime in school

6.12.2017 - Christmas Bingo and Enterprise Sale 5-6pm

7.12.2017 - Pop Choir Christmas Sing at Parish Church (children to arrive at 5:30pm, The concert is 6.30pm – 7.45pm. We will let you know when tickets can be purchased).

11.12.2017 - Christ Church Visit for Year 6

13.12.2017 - KS2 Performance - The Grinch Who Stole Christmas AM and 6pm Performance

15.12.2017 - Christmas Jumper/Hat Day (bring in £1)

15.12.2017 - Puppet Show in School

18.12.2017 - KS2 Christmas Party

20.12.2017 - Break up for Christmas 

Week Beginning 16.10.2017

It's been a great end to a great half term!

Year 6 have really enjoyed their poetry unit this week! We learnt all about the features of poetry, recognised the subjective form and then even wrote and performed our poems to the class! We added actions, varied tempo and pace and ensured that we spoke loudly and clearly to make the performance interesting for our audience. 

In Maths, we have revised how to add fractions with different denominators and we have learnt how to add mixed numbers too. Some of us still need a little more help with this but they have promised me that they will practise hard over the half term!

In Topic, we made a start on our Remembrance Assembly, which is next half term. The children thought of their own ideas and were very mature in their responses. I was very proud of them. 

A big well done to everyone who brought their homework in on time, every week this half term! 24/31 children! Let's try to make it more next half term!

 

Reminders

30.10.2017 - Back to school

3.11.2017 - Athletics Competition for team members

3.11.2017 - Ugly Bug Disco during school day - £2 per child for disco ticket, refreshments including hotdogs, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco.

10.11.2017 - Remembrance Assembly 9:15am. Parents are welcome to join us.

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

 

Week Beginning 9.10.2017

We have had another busy week in Year 6 this week! 

In Maths, we have focused on multiples, factors and prime and composite numbers. All children can now find multiples, factors and can confidently explain the difference between prime and composite numbers! We have increased our confidence when describing the properties of a number too! Well done Year 6!

In English, we have completed our unit on WW2 non-chronological report. I was absolutely blown away by the children's new knowledge of WW2 and the way that they included many Year 6 expected elements in their writing! We redrafting using our 'Write Stuff' redrafting model and it really helped the children think about the content of their writing and how many silly errors can be easily rectified! 

Well done to Jennifer and Grace who represented our school at the Art and Culture Debate at the Town Hall on Tuesday. They debated with other children from St Helens around issues in our area such as dance and drama. They then presented their findings a large group. Well done girls- you made us proud!

Reminders

18.10.2017 - Main pool swimming group must bring shorts and t shirt for personal survival. 

20.10.2017 - Half Term

30.10.2017 - Back to school

3.11.2017 - Athletics Competition for team members

3.11.2017 - Ugly Bug Disco during school day - £2 per child for disco ticket, refreshments including hotdogs, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco.

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

Week Beginning 2.10.2017

This week, the highlight of our week was definitely our 'No Pen Day Wednesday!' The day was created to encourage children put down their pens and pick up their language by spending one day focusing on learning through speaking and listening. First, our day started with swimming. The children were fantastic as usual! The children in the main pool completed their first survival skills session wearing their clothes in the pool. Then, we held a debate. We debated whether WWII was a positive or a negative thing. The children debated brilliantly, remembered all of the debating rules from Year 5 and gave some thoughtful, mature responses. In the afternoon, we created musical compositions using percussion instruments. Our compositions were based on certain emotions: fear, happiness, sadness, anger and worry. The children worked well collaboratively and created some wonderful pieces of music! Finally, we enjoyed a 'mindful' art session. We used our fingers to create repeating patterns and encouraged ourselves to be present in the moment. It was a wonderful day and all of the children really enjoyed themselves! 

Reminders

11.10.2017 - Main pool swimming group must bring shorts and t shirt for personal survival. 

3.11.2017 - Athletics Competition for team members

3.11.2017 - Ugly Bug Disco during school day - £2 per child for disco ticket, refreshments including hotdogs,sweets and drinks will be on sale at the disco.

13.11.2017 - Parents Evening Week

Week Beginning 25.9.2017

This week, as part of our History topic, we attended a WW2 Evacuee library session. We got to look inside a real evacuee suitcase, create our own name tags and write a letter home to our parents. We were also introduced to the text 'Goodnight Mr Tom' which gave us an insight into how an evacuee would feel. Lots of the children wanted to go back to the library to loan the book! This session complemented our English work, where we are reading 'Letters from the Lighthouse' by Emma Carrol. Next week, we are writing non-fiction texts about WW2 and evacuation.  

A big well done to the football team who came 4th in the tournament this week. They won all of their matches and drew one! Fantastic boys!

As always, attendance and behaviour has been fantastic this week! 100% attendance. 

Reminders

4.10.2017 - Main pool swimming group must bring shorts and t shirt for personal survival.