Friday, 11 October 2019


Hello all,
In English today, after we finished our unit on Varjak Paw, it was great to have the impromptu round of applause from you all. The unit has led to some excellent discussions regarding the issues that arose in the book and I was as sad as you all were to finish reading it in the end as I would have liked it to have continued! Remember to look out for the sequel -the ‘Outlaw Varjak Paw’ –to find out what happens next to Varjak.
Next week in English and maths, we will be carrying out some assessments during the week in order to identify any areas of your learning in grammar, reading, arithmetic and mathematical reasoning to focus on.
In science, you will be writing up your findings from the mould experiment.
In art, you will be taking digital images of yourselves and each other in order to begin your self-portrait photomontages.
In history we will explore crime and punishment in the Victorian era.
Homework this week is found in the CGP Reading fiction booklet –pages 6 and 7. If you finish these pages please don’t continue on this week, but instead write some of your own questions in a similar style.
Once again, please continue to use Mathletics as much as possible, complete your Maths Records (if you have one) and ensure that you continue to bring them into school every day.
Have a good weekend!
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 4 October 2019


Hello all,
Another week has passed by quickly and the weekend is here already –though looking at the forecast I’m not sure how good it’s going to be weather-wise.
In English next week, we will be completing our unit on Varjak Paw, focussing on comprehension strategies as well as redrafting and editing our writing.
In maths we will be looking at equivalent fractions, so make sure you practise your times tables if you are not secure as this will be a huge help.
In science, you will be looking at the findings from your experiment about microorganisms and mould.
In history, we will move onto looking at crime and punishment in the early modern period.
In art, we will begin to use digital cameras for self-portrait photography.
Homework this week is a maths activity and is found on pages 8 and 9 of the CGP Arithmetic book which you should have taken home today. As I mentioned, if any of you find that it is not challenging enough, then I would like you to generate your own numbers (including decimals) to multiply and divide by 10, 100 or 1000.
I will end with my weekly reminder to you to continue to use Mathletics –I would love to be able to give out more certificates!
Have a good weekend!
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 27 September 2019

Hello all,
So another week has gone by all too quickly and I will need you all to work even harder next week!
In English next week, we will be writing our newspaper reports based on the ‘Vanishings’ in Varjak Paw before writing a recount from a character’s point of view.
In maths we will be applying our knowledge of factors and multiples so make sure you get practising your times tables over the weekend to help you with this!
In science, we will be investigating microorganisms, carrying out an experiment involving mould.
In history, we will be exploring crime and punishment in the medieval and Tudor periods.
In computing, we will be concluding our unit of work on e-safety by looking at the different forms of communication, ensuring that we stay safe using each.
In art, we will be producing self-portraits out of watercolours to once again compare at the end of the year.
This week is the first piece of reading comprehension homework –pages 6 and 7 of the Non-fiction KS2 SATs buster book (‘Dare to Dance’). Remember I did say that if you wish to complete more than those pages you can but don’t go beyond page 11. This is due in on Monday.
I am pleased to see that some of you are using Mathletics but I would like to see you all doing so more regularly now.
Have a lovely weekend!
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 20 September 2019


Greetings year 6.
So I want to start by saying well done to all of you who put yourselves forward for our House Captains elections this week –it is a very brave thing to do and there was a lot of effort put in. The winners will be announced by Mrs Custis in our assembly on Monday –good luck!
In English next week, we are continuing with our series of work based around the book, Varjak Paw. We will be writing newspaper reports based around Varjak’s adventures in the city.
In maths we will be solving problems involving all four operations.
In science, we will be creating our own creatures and classifying these using the Linnaean system.
In history, we will be continuing to look at Crime and Punishment within the Roman period before comparing and contrasting with that of the medieval period.
In computing we will be continuing to look at e-safety, discussing how to ensure that personal information is kept safe and secure.
In art we will be completing self-portraits which will be used to compare at the end of the year.
There is a homework sheet that has gone home this week to consolidate our learning in maths. This is due to be returned on Monday.
Please remember to complete your Maths Record and ensure that you continue to bring it into school every day. Well done to those of you who have received Mathletics certificates –I would like to be able to give out even more though so keep using it everyone!
Have a good weekend
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 13 September 2019


Hello again year 6.
I can’t believe we have come to the end of our second week back already!
In English next week, we will be continuing with our series of work based around the book, Varjak Paw. The writing focus will be a setting description, including the feelings of the main character Varjak, before we then write a diary entry from Varjak’s viewpoint.
In maths we will be reviewing our understanding of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, mental maths strategies and solving problems.
In science, we will be continuing with the topic on living things and their habitats by looking at sub-divisions of broad groupings such as micro-organisms, plants and animals.
In history, we will be focussing on Crime and Punishment specifically within the Roman period.
In computing, we will be focussing on using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
Our art will be the completion of the fireworks posters.
Once again, no homework sheet has gone home this weekend, as most of the children in the class will be preparing their campaign speeches, posters and presentations in advance of our house captain elections to be held next Thursday 19th September. Maths and Reading comprehension homework will then begin next Friday (alternating every other week).
Please ensure that you continue to use Mathletics at home and that you are completing your Maths Record, which should come into school every day. Well done to all of you who have already received certificates for your participation!
Have a good weekend
Mr Gradwell

Friday, 6 September 2019


Hello year 6!
We have had a good first week back and have eased ourselves (fairly) gently into the new school year before the real hard work begins in earnest! While there is no formal homework sheet going home this weekend, please remember that I have asked you to write about what qualities that you have that would make you an ideal candidate for House Captain. Remember that this isn’t just for those wishing to put themselves forward for House Captain as the purpose of this activity is to reflect on all of your own positive qualities that you have. I expect this to be returned on Monday; non-completion will lead to you having to do so at break time.
In English next week, we will be beginning a series of work based around the book, Varjak Paw. This is a brilliant text and we will focus on understanding the book next week, making links to other texts/real life. The writing focus for the text will be short story narrative, conveying a range of different genres.
In maths, we will be continuing with our work on place value; comparing and ordering numbers; understanding negative numbers; and rounding numbers.
In science, our topic will be classifying living things and their habitats. You will be describing how living things are classified based on differences and similarities.
In history, we will be beginning our unit on the trends of crime and punishment from the Romans to the present day. We will begin by identifying specific changes over the time period and how things have progressed rapidly in recent times.
In computing, we will be focusing on using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
Our art lesson will be focused on experimenting with different techniques to create texture, colour and pattern and will be used to create posters for the school fireworks.
We will be starting our spelling lessons next week and you will have a pre-test on Monday to identify the words that you will need to practise, then you will be retested on next Friday.
Just to remind you all that you have PE on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday so make sure you have your kits in on these days. All of the PE lessons will be outdoors for the next few weeks so please ensure that your PE kits are appropriate for cooler weather.
***Note to parents***
A letter should have come home to you on Wednesday regarding secondary transfer. The online application system has already opened and the deadline for applications is 31st October. Local secondary and upper schools will be holding their open events during this month and next so please go and visit them if you can.
Have a good weekend
Mr Gradwell