Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

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

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

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Welcome to miss kelly's year 6 blog

Week Beginning 5.2.2018

 We've had a lovely week in Year 6!

In English, we have written a balanced argument. At the beginning of the week, we each chose our own subject that we wanted to debate about. Some of us wrote about whether school uniform should be banned, some of us asked whether classes should have a class pet and other debating whether residentials were beneficial to children! We researched our topic thoroughly and finished our week off with some super cohesive, formal writing! 

In Maths, we have been exploring the angles in quadrilaterals and triangles. We have found the missing value and explored problems in context. We have also learnt about the features of a circle, such as the diameter and radius!

In Topic, we created our own board game to summarise our learning about The Americas! This was a lovely afternoon which really showcased our new knowledge about the geographical side of the Americas! We even got to play each others' games at the end!

This week was Internet Safety Week. We explored the importance of staying safe online by discussing certain scenarios online and how we would respond to these scenarios. I was really impressed with how mature Year 6's responses were and they were super role models for the rest of the school.

Have a lovely half term, 

Miss Kelly and the Year 6 Team

 

Reminders

21.3.2018 - SATs/Booster Meeting in Y6 classroom for parents. 3:30pm. Please attend!

9.3.2018 - Kingswood Payment Due £50

W/C Monday 12th March - Parents Evening

W/C Monday 14th May - SATs Week 

Week Beginning 29.1.2018

It's been a very busy week in Year 6 this week!

Our mock SATs week was very successful! We completed past papers in line with the above timetable and I am so proud of your progress! We still have lots of work to do but we are learning how accuracy is key and our confidence is really building! Well done Year 6- keep up the hard work!

In Maths, we explored area and perimeter of compound shapes. This is quite an easy skill but we must take care to see what the questions asks us to do. Overall, we have made good progress. We are becoming increasingly confident with our arithmetic - keep practicing this at home!

In English, we completed a creative piece of writing all about the Avatrice, Jacqueline Auriol. In 1953, she was the daughter-in-law of the French president and was strapped into her jet plan and created history. We imagined ourselves to be in her shoes and created a diary entry all about her experiences, describing the events which allowed her to become the first European female to break the sound barrier.

In Science, we followed up our work from our home learning task! We had to record how many living things we saw through the week in a living things diary. Once we had collected our data, during the next lesson, we produced own bar graph and analysed the data.

Have a lovely weekend, 
Miss Kelly and the Year 6 Team

Reminders

9.2.2018 - Kingswood Payment Due £50

W/C Monday 12th March - Parents Evening

W/C Monday 14th May - SATs Week 

 

Week Beginning 22.1.2018

What a busy week we have had in Year 6! 

We have made masses of progress in Maths this week! At the beginning of the week, we didn't know what Miss Kelly meant when she said '3n + 1 = 10.. What is the answer?' However we quickly realised that n represented a number! We have been using number crunching machines to create algebraic expressions! After some deep thinking and hard work, we realised that it is simple like a missing number sentence but the missing number is replaced by a letter! We also replaced the numbers with pictures and realised that this is the same too! By the end of the week, we were so confident, we could create our own reasoning problems and then ask our partners to work out our algebraic expression!

In English, we wrote instructions on how to survive your first day at Hogwarts! Within our instructions, all children used the Year 6 writing checklist to ensure that they used a range of punctuation and a formal tone for our audience. It was really important to think about our tone and our purpose as it was a set of instructions! I was really proud of all of your writing! 

In Computing, we have been creating algorithms for scratch. This week, we learnt how to broadcast a message and also write algorithms to make different sprites appear at different times! 

It is assessment week next week. We will be completing a 'mock' SATs week and I can't wait to see what super progress you have made since our last one! Don't forget to keep learning your year 6 spellings!

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Kelly and the Year 6 Team

 

Reminders

9.2.2018 - Kingswood Payment Due £50

W/C Monday 12th March - Parents Evening

W/C Monday 14th May - SATs Week 

Week Beginning 8.1.2018

Welcome back everybody!

We have had a wonderful start to 2018. Everyone has worked so hard and had a fantastic attitude towards their learning! 

On Monday, we noticed a leftover gift from Christmas! We waited all day to see whether anyone would claim it, then decided that we would open it to see what was inside! It was a little Paddington Bear! As a school, we have been given Paddington to look after and take with us on our travels! Each week, someone, who has impressed Miss Kelly, will get to take Paddington home for the weekend. They must write about what they have been doing in the Paddington journal. We have produced some super Paddington writing this week so I can't wait to see what Paddington has been up to this weekend! 

In Maths, we have shown lots of progress already! At the beginning of the week, we didn't know how to find percentages of a number. Now, however, we can find percentages of a number, work out percentage decrease and percentage increase! Some of us are struggling to work out calculations involving money - please help your child at home by working out discounts etc with them!

In Topic, we learnt all about the countries of North and South America. Lots of us didn't know about the Americas so I was so pleased when we could locate various continents and countries on the map by the end of the lesson!

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Kelly and the Year 6 Team

 

 

Week Beginning 18.12.2017

What a fantastic end to our Autumn term!

This week has been filled with treats such as a cinema afternoon watching Paddington, our KS2 party and a class buffet! The children have worked so hard this term and have proven to be fantastic role models for our younger children, working hard and trying to be the best that they can be! 

Thank you very much to all who gave gifts to myself and Miss Abbott. You are all so kind! Thank you so much, parents, for your continued support, attending events and assemblies and encouraging your children to grow academically and personally. Have a wonderful Christmas break. See you in 2018!

 

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.