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Zoo Visit

On Monday 18th September, years 5 and 6 had the opportunity to visit Paignton Zoo as part of the zoo's centenary celebrations. Luckily, the storms on the previous day hadn't caused too much damage and the rain stayed away. The children enjoyed visiting the resident red pandas, lions, tigers and giraffes - to no name just a few animals!
Paignton Zoo
Year 6 Residential
The time is nearly upon once again when year 6 will be packing those big rucksacks and heading off to Adventure Okehampton for 4 nights. 
The staff accompanying the children this year will be Mr Gude, Mr Tye, Mrs Jarvis and Demelza.
Leaving Monday 16th October and returning on Friday 20th October.
Coming Soon...
Victorian Day - Tuesday 26th September
A fun day of learning where children get to dress up in their best Victorian outfits! Rich, poor, lord/lady or street urchin! Children will get to experience being put through their paces in the school yard and classrooms, while being given a taste of life in the workhouse.
In English this term, Ginkgo, Flame and Trumpet Tree classes will be linking much of our work to the topics we are currently studying in history and science.
We will be reading the fictional text 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty and taking inspiration from this Dickensian style Victorian tale to create our own historical narratives.
Additionally, to complement our science project on 'Earth and Space', we will also be working towards creating our own non-fiction texts based on planets of our own creation.
We're sure the ideas will be out of this world!
In maths this term, year 5 and 6 will be revisiting place value and building on the knowledge they have learnt in their previous years at The Grove. This will include the following elements:
 - Counting, reading and writing numbers up to 10,000,000 
 - Rounding whole and decimal numbers
 - Multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
 - Calculating with negative numbers
 - The value of digits in both whole and decimal numbers
In order for the children to feel secure and gain a solid understanding of these mathematical concepts, we adopt the 'Mastery Approach' here at The Grove. This entails equipping the children with a deep knowledge of mathematical fluency and reasoning by way of using quality questioning, visual representations, manipulatives (concrete elements such as bead-strings and blocks) and the correct mathematical vocabulary. 
As the term progresses, we will be moving on to our next sequence which is based on transferring this place value knowledge to the four operations.
Our history topic for this half-term will be Victorian Britain, where the children will have the opportunity to dress up as Victorians and experience, first-hand, what life was like in the schools and workhouses. As part of this history sequence, the children will get to see and touch real Victorian artefacts while learning more about Victorian Britain, The British Empire, The Education Act, The Industrial Revolution and Victorian toys. 
Earth and Space will be the area of study in our science lessons this half-term, allowing the children to gain an understanding of the wider universe around them. This will include carrying out scientific investigations, such as measuring the length and movement of shadows to better understand how the earth, moon and sun move in relation to one another. In addition to this, the children will learn more about the solar system itself and the planetary bodies within. 
As part of our science curriculum at The Grove, the children will also have the opportunity to learn about a diverse range of famous scientists and the contributions they have made to science.
Considering we are studying Victorian Britain as our overarching history topic this half-term, it seemed only right that we study the work of one of the most famous artists of the time - L.S. Lowry. 
At the beginning of the sequence, the children will experiment with mixing primary colours, creating both secondary and tertiary colours. They will also work with different tones and shades when using black and white.
Towards the end of the sequence, the children will then get to produce their very own versions of a Lowry style Victorian Totnes. Watch this space for their creations later in the term!
Formerly known as PSHE, here at The Grove, PSHME (Personal, Social, Health, Mental, Economic) looks at a wide range of topics that address the modern world our children live in today. Unlike other subjects, PSHME here differs in that the pupils are mixed with children from the other year 5/6 classes to give them the opportunity to share views and opinions with children they don't usually learn with on a day-to-day basis. As part of one of three groups, each child will visit each year 5/6 teacher on a three week rotation. Below are the talking points for this half-term.

Mrs MacLeod will be looking at how we can recognise and respect similarities and differences between people and what they have in common with others. 

Mr Gude will be throwing light on the range of factors that contribute to a person's identity, e.g. ethnicity, family, faith, culture, gender, hobbies, likes/dislikes. Furthermore, he will also be talking about how individuality and personal qualities make up someone’s identity.

Mr Tye will be discussing stereotypes and how they are not always accurate. Additionally,  highlighting how they can also negatively influence behaviours and attitudes towards others. How can we challenge stereotypes and the assumptions we sometimes make about others?