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Class Teacher - Ms S O'Hara

Teaching Assistant - Miss S Jones

Welcome back to school and we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

This term our class theme is Fairtrade.  This topic has a huge geography focus and the children will be developing an understanding of trade links with other countries, the importance of Fairtrade and also take a look at the global supply chain.  In addition to this, we plan on getting the children out of the classroom to embed essential geography skills practically.  They will work as a team and learn how to use a compass and read a map to navigate themselves from one point to another but alongside this, they will be encouraged to appreciate their surroundings and learn relaxation techniques supported by the great outdoors!


This term the children will be taking their National Curriculum Assessments (also known as SATs). These assessments will be for Maths and English.  At school we very much encourage the children to ‘try their very best’ and to be resilient in their approach even if they find some aspects of the tests challenging. We talk openly and honestly about why these tests are important to them and to us as a school. It is a time when the children can really show their learning and celebrate their successes in the core areas of Maths and English.  We will send more information regarding dates of the tests etc shortly.   





In English this term, our focus text is the fabulous story of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.  The children are immersed in this unique text, which is a combination of stunning narrative and breath-taking illustrations. So far this term the children have written newspaper reports, narratives and diary entries all inspired by the book. They will be producing art inspired by the book later in the term. 

It's been a huge part of our learning this term, we will be sad to say goodbye to Hugo. . 

Newspaper Reports inspired by the fire at the museum from Hugo Cabret

Geography  - Field Trip

The children in Grinshill class were given the opportunity to explore the Llangollen countryside in the sunshine last week as part of their Geography fieldwork studies this term.  They were lucky enough to be working with Anthea from Head Outside : Adventures for Wellbeing.  Anthea and Wilfred Owen staff supported the children to complete a 10k hike up to Castell Dinas Bran and then continue scrambling upwards to Worlds End.  The children used OS maps and compasses to navigate from significant points, considering the landscape, contour lines, height gain and loss etc.  

The children were outstandingly resilient.  Despite high winds, fear of heights, wild wees and at times feeling utterly exhausted, they completed the hike in high spirits and at no point did any of them give up.

Such an achievement for our brilliant Year 6's and we hope many of them will continue to explore our beautiful local countryside. 






Rather than write about our visit to Llangollen in the conventional way, the children had great fun creating an 'Exploding Book' detailing the journey, the landscape, the challenge and their thoughts and feelings.  

They worked hard on their own book.  A wonderful keepsake of a fantastic experience. 



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