Friday, 7 December 2018


Hi all,

With the anticipation of all of the forthcoming events about to take place, both this weekend and over the next couple of weeks, it is quite clear that the children are most definitely in the Christmas spirit now. Thank you for all of your generosity in sending in items for the class Christmas hamper –it really does look worth winning at the Christmas Event this Sunday. I know that those children who are attending the fayre are looking forward to it and I hope to see many of the class on the skating rink, as this is a very exciting addition this year!

In English next week, we will be finishing Kensuke’s Kingdom, writing a recount of events from an alternative character’s viewpoint.

In maths, we will be focussing on algebraic reasoning. I know that when we covered algebra earlier on in the term, some of the children found this particularly challenging but our aim next week is to ensure that it is not seen as something abstract, but can be attached to real objects and situations to support the children's understanding.

In D & T, we will be creating the final frame structures that the children have designed. Most of the children have measured and cut out their pieces of wood already and now they just need to put them together before then reinforcing them.

Homework for this week is a piece of maths to consolidate our learning in multiplying and dividing fractions. Please continue to encourage your child to use Mathletics and to continue to bring in their completed maths records every day.

Next week, the festivities will begin in earnest, as we will be watching Foundation Stage and KS1 performing their Christmas show and we will be going to Church to practise singing the Carols in preparation for the service the following week. We then have the Christmas meal to look forward to on Thursday, as well as Christmas jumper day on Friday. I have tried to root out my most fetching jumper for this and I look forward to seeing the class do the same.
I'll hopefully see many of you on Sunday.

Kind Regards

Mr Gradwell

Friday, 30 November 2018


Dear all,

Are we really at the end of November already? The children’s excitement levels are already rising, as they are well aware that with December beginning tomorrow, Christmas is just around the corner. We still have plenty of work to keep them occupied before then though!

We had a particularly exciting day today. As well as mufti day (this was a new one on me) we also had some trainee children’s nurses join us for part of the morning to involve and engage the children in a range of interactive activities designed to promote health and well-being of the children. From topics such as healthy eating and exercise to staying safe in the sun and getting enough sleep at night, the children thoroughly enjoyed their learning. Unfortunately, due to these added activities, we didn’t get to carry out this week’s spelling test, but we will do this on Monday morning.

In English next week, we will be continuing with Kensuke’s Kingdom, focussing on word meanings and grammar used within the text.

In maths, we will be looking at division of fractions by whole numbers, once again focusing on solving real-life problems and investigations.

Homework for this week is a reading comprehension piece called Hostages to Handheld Devices, found on Pages 8 and 9 and is once again due to be completed and brought back by Monday. Please continue to encourage your child to use Mathletics and to continue to bring in their completed maths records every day.

Finally, as I’m sure you know by now, each year the class makes a Christmas hamper for a raffle prize at the fayre. Could you please send in an item to go into the year 6 hamper by Wednesday 5th December? This can be anything such as chocolates, wine and biscuits.

Kind Regards

Mr Gradwell

Friday, 23 November 2018

Dear all,
We have had another productive week in year 6 this week with some excellent work produced –particularly in geography where the children wrote newspaper reports to describe an incident of coastal erosion in Norfolk. The discussions around maths reasoning have also been a highlight and it has been good to see and hear the children describing how they got to their answers.
In English next week, we will be deepening our understanding of the themes surrounding our text of Kensuke’s Kingdom. The children will be using drama to explore unknown settings, which they will use to write descriptions.
In maths, we will be adding and subtracting fractions and finding percentages of amounts. Problem solving and reasoning will be a key focus of the week in this area.
Homework for this week is a piece of maths work to consolidate our work on division and fractions. This is once again due to be completed and brought back by Monday. Please continue to encourage your child to use Mathletics and to continue to bring in their completed maths records every day.
I spoke to the class today about our non-uniform day next Friday –they know to bring in a bottle or a box of chocolates if they wear their own clothes for the day; these will then be used to help raise money at the Christmas Fayre.
Finally, if any of you are attending the maths meeting next Tuesday, then I look forward to seeing you there.
Kind Regards
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 16 November 2018


Dear all,

And so it continues; the days flying by that is! It seems like it was only yesterday that I was writing about the preparations for the firework display and now a week later I am sitting down to write my blog again. For those who were able to make it to the fireworks, it was an amazing show despite the horrendous weather and I hope that you all enjoyed it as much as I did. The children in the class who went all agreed how good it was –I am already looking forward to next year’s display!

It was nice to see everyone in their own clothes today, helping to raise money for what is a very special cause –Children in Need. I hope that the children enjoyed bringing their own teddies to school as a treat as well and that they were relieved that they didn’t have to donate them as some of them thought they were going to have to do. Thank you for all of the money donated today and thank you to those who donated cakes for the cake sale as well.

In English next week, we will be continuing our unit based on Kensuke’s Kingdom. We will be focusing again on reading comprehension strategies and the different Content Domains for reading before beginning to write narratives in the same style as the author.

In maths we will be beginning our ‘maths fluency’ sessions. These sessions will be incorporated into our maths lessons three times a week from now on and will be used to recap and consolidate upon all prior learning. The main focus of our maths lessons next week will be division, fractions and percentages.

Homework for this week is a reading comprehension from the KS2 English Comprehension book, ‘Born on a Blue Day’, found on pages 6 and 7. This will be due to be completed and brought in on Monday. Once again, please also encourage your child to continue to use Mathletics and to continue to bring in their completed maths records every day.

Mr Gradwell

Friday, 9 November 2018


Dear all,

I hope you had a lovely half term break. This half term has begun just as the last one did –it seems like it has flown by! 
I hope that the children have talked to you at home about their wonderful cinquain poems that they completed in English this week. Please encourage them to write them down for you at home as I’m sure you will be as impressed with them as I have been. I can recommend looking out for the book which is by the same author and illustrator as the one that we used in class called ‘The Christmas Truce’ (by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey), telling the true story of the opposing sides during WW1 downing their weapons and playing a game of football on Christmas Day 1914.

In English next week we will be beginning a unit based around the Michael Morpurgo text, Kensuke’s Kingdom. We will largely be focusing next week on reading comprehension strategies, which will support the comprehension homework that is sent home.

In maths we will be covering measurement and geometry; calculating area and perimeter in different contexts and investigating properties of shapes.

It is good to see Mathletics being used more regularly by the class and I would like to see this continue as well as for the children to continue to bring in their completed Mathletics records every day –well done to those who have been doing so as they will know who they are.

Finally, I am looking forward to the fireworks display tomorrow as I know that the children who are attending are too! I will see some of you in the morning as we put the bonfire together and for those who are coming to the event, you will see me in my fetching hi-vis as I help to marshal. I hope to see you there!

Mr Gradwell

Friday, 26 October 2018


Hello again,

I know I have written before about how time seems to fly each week, but I genuinely cannot believe how quick this half term has gone. Being a slightly longer half term than usual, I am sure that the children are ready for their break and will hopefully get plenty of rest before returning and the hard work continues.

It was a pleasure to meet those of you who I saw last night, getting to share with you the progress that your children have already made so far in year 6. I hope that you enjoyed looking through the books at some of the excellent work that they have produced and enjoyed hearing your child share with us all of the things that they have enjoyed and learnt. Now it is up to the children to remember and work hard on meeting their targets for the rest of the year in order to achieve everything that they want to.

In English when we return, we will be focussing first on poetry; specifically looking at cinquain poems. The first unit will be exploring poetry from those who fought in World War 1, leading up to the commemoration of 100 years since the end of the war.

In maths, we will be focussing on negative numbers and fractions; the latter being something that many of the children mentioned in their consultations that they would like to work on.

Quite a few parents mentioned last night that they used different methods for calculating in maths to how their child has been taught in class and were sometimes unsure how best to support their child, especially with division. I have included a link to a site which has a good explanation of the ‘long division’ method which we use to teach division of larger numbers:
Long division

For their homework over the half term break, the children have taken home two CGP books to complete –one comprehension book and one arithmetic book. The comprehension task and questions are based on an extract from Holes by Louis Sachar (I can strongly recommend this book to the children as well as others by the same author also). This comprehension can be found on page numbers 4 and 5. For the arithmetic, the questions are all related to addition and subtraction and can be found on pages 1-7. I know that the maths seems to be a lot but is nothing that I envisage that the children should struggle with! These books should be brought back on Monday 5th November.

Once again, please encourage your child to use Mathletics regularly at home, reminding them to complete their Maths Records and ensure that they bring them into school every day -thank you to all those who do so. 

Have a lovely break and see you all when we return.

Mr Gradwell

Friday, 19 October 2018


Hello all,

I wish to start by saying how mature and understanding the children have proved themselves to be this week during our ‘Celebrating Differences’ topic. There were some very thought-provoking issues covered throughout the week which the children dealt with respectfully, showing their high levels of tolerance that they have for others who are different to them. I hope that your children have talked with you at home about some of the key issues that we have looked at throughout the week and that you have been able to further continue any discussions with them. It was unfortunate that the weather wasn’t kind enough in the end on the planned days to allow us to complete the filming of the ‘moving art’ creation, however we were still able to carry out a practise run and I know that the finished piece will look amazing when filming eventually takes place!

In English next week, we will be carrying out assessments, focussing on reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Like with the maths assessments which we carried out this week, we will discuss any findings from these during the parent consultations next week. The children will also have opportunities to edit and redraft some of their recent writing, which they will then create a final draft of using the laptops.

In maths, we will be focussing on subtraction of decimals, as well as gaining a greater understanding of the language of reasoning.

For their homework this week, I have asked the children to prepare for a short ‘presentation’ that they will share with us when they attend their parent consultation appointment along with you next week. They have been given 3 key areas to think about, which will form the basis of our discussion. They have an extra day –until Tuesday –to complete this, when the children will be given time in class to rehearse in preparation. Please note that the year 6 consultations will take place in Mrs Custis’ office.

Please encourage your child to use Mathletics regularly at home, reminding them to complete their Maths Records and ensure that they bring them into school every day. I have set them the challenge of competing with some of the other year groups, who are currently far exceeding the total use and points collection of our class.

I look forward to seeing you all next Thursday, but in the meantime enjoy your weekend.

Mr Gradwell