Grangefield School

Year 6

Year 6 have had a fantastic week of Science.  Throughout the week the children have been designing and making balloon-powered cars, separating materials, evaporating salt water solutions, making parachutes and answering the whole school question – Do taller people have bigger feet?  It has been wonderful to see the children working in groups and demonstrating their teamwork skills during these many practical activities.

    

For the past two weeks Year 6 have been writing their own play scrips based around traditional fairy tales. The children have also made their own props and organised costumes for their characters.

  Year 6 – DT Day – report by Matthew On Wednesday this week Year 6 had a DT workshop designing a cereal box. When we first came in we discussed what a USP and product communicator was and why they are important.  After that we discussed why packing is useful to identify products and how we all know varieties of crisps from their packaging.  We then got onto designing our own cereal boxes.  We had to think about all the things that would make this particular product the one to buy by designing an eye catching and recognisable box.  It was an enjoyable and exciting day that everyone loved.  Thank you to Mr Bunting. Curriculum Newsletter – Oh! What a Performance Year 6 Poetry Year 6 have been studying personification poetry, which requires the children to give human qualities to an object or animal.  The children learned and performed the poem ‘Sun is laughing’ in the amphitheatre on the hottest day of the year so far.  The following day the children have been working in owl groups to create their own section of a personification poem about the moon.   Each section was joined together to produce this wonderful poem that we wanted to share with you.

Outdoor Learning

K’nex Challenge On Friday 3 March Year 6 competed in the K’nex challenge, where the whole class had to build a vehicle that could rescue people from a burning building. It had to reach two grey rods high and had to be strong.  Here are some pictures of the vehicles.  Congratulations to:  Winners – McKarthy and Kaydon Team Work – Scarlett and Dolly Creativity – Josh and Ethan Problem solving – Isabella and Anisha

Visit On Friday 24th February Year 6 visited the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent. We have had an absolutely fabulous day learning about many different birds of prey with a special talk and tour focusing on our owl groups. We also watched a spectacular birds in flight demonstration which included a falcon, buzzard, owl and eagle.   Hamster fun! Archie and Josh enjoying quality time with the Nuke and Flicker (the Year 6 hamsters) at break time! English Research Homework To be handed in on Monday 9th January 2017 As part of our English topic this term Year 6 are studying owls and will be writing information texts next week. Today the children have watched the Natural World documentary about Super Powered Owls.  Please see link below: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b054fn09/natural-world-20152016-2-super-powered-owls The children have now been asked to select an owl of their choice and spend some time over the weekend researching facts about their habitats, diet, special features, breeding and any other relevant information. Many thanks, Mrs Phillips and Mrs Adams Curriculum Newsletter Spring Term Xmas party y6-xmas-party Year 6 Persuasive writing In Year 6 we have been studying Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This week the children have been using their persuasive language to promote the Island of Kensuke as a holiday destination.  Mrs Phillips has really struggled to only choose a few as they were all so wonderful, please feel free to pop into Y6 to come and read your child’s piece of work.  I think we will want to book a ticket to visit – they have sold it to us! Tilly – Introduction Do you need a break from a stressful lifestyle and depressing weather? Tropical beaches are located here in the wonderful Kingdom of Kensuke.  Enjoy the freshly grown fruit, phenomenal hilltops and transparent seas.   Josh M – Wonderful Weather Kensuke’s Kingdom’s forecast is truly exceptional. Red scorching sun by day and glistening stars at night.  Step onto the lovely warm sun and swim with beautiful dolphins.   Dolly – Blissful Beauty Kensuke’s Kingdom is a voluptuous place to go on holiday with your family. There are lots of fantastic things such as: golden sandy beaches; crystal clear water; dense forests and panoramic views for you and your family to discover.   Jessie – What to do? Whether you are desperate for adventure or just want to lie on a golden sandy beach. Kensuke’s Kingdom is the place for you.  Swim in the luscious crystal sea, with turtles and dolphins or explore the towering dense forests.   Matthew – Peaceful Accommodation In the heart of our Island there is accommodation to relax all day and admire the natural beauty of the island. Comfortable sheets and mosquito nets are available to hire straight from Kensuke’s cave.   Oliver – Conclusion Take in all of the stunning activities this coconut island has to offer. Drink in the wonderful atmosphere and stroll along the blissful beauty of the many beaches.  Kensuke’s Kingdom is the holiday destination of a lifetime!  

Year 6 Art

As our topic this term is ‘No Place Like Home’ Year 6 have been focusing their artwork on observational pencil drawings in the style of Lowry.  Lowry is famous for painting industrial scenes, churches and other buildings in the mid-20th century. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes.  Here are some examples of our artwork in the style of Lowry. 1 2 3 4 5   Nuke and Flicker Every break time four Year 6 children get the chance to look after the hamsters, which we thoroughly enjoy. Furthermore, every weekend two different children get the opportunity to take them home. They are both very unique hamsters: Nuke loves to sleep, on the other hand Flicker is lively and enjoys playing.  They are both 1 year’s old and already enjoy their new class.  They love their cages and we have created play activities with their toys. Written by Bella, Raj, Tomislav and Tilly fullsizerender img_4485 img_4486 img_4488 PGL Visit Day 4 PM – Vertical Challenge Amazingly the Vertical Challenge was better than we expected. It consisted of climbing a ladder, followed by tyres which were very tricky. Next we had to scramble up a climbing wall and finally a cargo net. Getting to the top was like being on top of the world.  By Ethan, Oliver and Daniel. img_4320 img_4327 img_4335 img_4336 Day 4 PM – Zip Wire All harnessed up and ready to go! Filled with excitement we climbed up the stairs until we reached the top of the tower. Feeling a little bit apprehensive we moved to the edge of the platform. Suddenly the excitement started to build so we jumped off and zoomed down the zip wire!  By Anisha, Scarlett, Ellie and Jessie. fullsizerender-1 img_4298 img_4307 img_4319   Day 4 Am – Trapeze and Orienteering This morning we tackled the Trapeze. Firstly we had to climb up a huge pole and stand up on a tiny platform. Finally we had to jump off and try to grab the trapeze. It was great fun swinging up high. Next we walked to the orienteering place where we had to map read to find different points.  By Matthew, Theo, Samuel and Archie. img_4268-1 img_4267-1 img_4284 img_4283 img_4279 img_4271 Day 3 PM – Campfire Photos img_4251 img_4253 img_4255 img_4259 img_4264 fullsizerender Day 3 – PM Activities – Crate Challenge and Challenge Course As the sun began to shine on us for the first time this week we attempted the Crate Challenge. Together as a team we stacked crates to make a tower whilst two children climbed up.  Later on in the day we completed the Challenge Course. It consisted of climbing, jumping, balancing and hanging off obstacles. We’ve had a brilliant afternoon working as a team.   By Charlotte, Isabella and Tilly. img_4220 img_4222 img_4240 img_4244 Day 3 – AM Activities – Jacob’s Ladder and Archery Our first activity today was Jacob’s Ladder. A thrilling challenge that keeps the adrenaline pumping throughout your body. Teamwork is the key to success with this task. The other activity that we attempted this morning was archery. Big smiles filled the air as we approached the targets. Archery develops precision and needs concentration at all times! We’ve had another fun filled morning at PGL.  By Tomislav, Jasper, Damien, Sam, Josh and Zak.   IMG_4188 IMG_4192 IMG_4193 IMG_4196 Day 2 – PM Activities – Tree Top Trail After a great morning, we took part in the adventurous Tree Top Trail. Once we’d completed our training we navigated through the course. High up in the tree tops we met many challenges but eventually our reward was the exhilarating zip wire!  By Charlie, Connor, Joshua and Raj. IMG_4182 IMG_4183 IMG_4185 IMG_4186 Day 2 – AM Activities – Canoeing and Giant Swing With a bumpy start into the glistening lake we went on our canoes. Rocking from side to side we managed to keep the boat stable. We had a huge amount of fun splashing each other with our oars! Excited as ever, we moved to the Giant Swing. As the others pulled us up we were absolutely terrified. However, once the cord was pulled, we flew down with immense joy and laughter. by James, Kaydon, Steven and McKarthy. IMG_4149 IMG_4150 IMG_4152 IMG_4165 Day 1 PGL – Just Arrived Filled with excitement we arrived at PGL. Firstly we ate our lunch as quick as we could so we could go and unpack. Walking into our room, our faces smiled with delight – the room was amazing! It felt like home sweet home. I think we are going to have a great adventure this week! said Dolly, Hetty, Meghan and Liberty IMG_4141 IMG_4143 IMG_4144-1 IMG_4147   Curriculum Newsletter – No Place Like Home – 2016

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

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