Houghton Primary School

"Working hard to achieve our best"

Hawks (Y6)

  Hawks Class are our Year 6 group.

They are taught by Mrs Smith who is assisted by Mrs Leivers, Mr Johnson and Mrs Roberts.

Please click here for information on the Year 6 Curriculum Autumn 2019

Spring 2020 


Greetings Hawks. I hope you are all well and keeping busy. I wonder if any of you tried the animal Olympic idea from last week. We tried training Clara and Bertrude for the sprint, but they were only interested in the grass eating events.

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My stone class was missing some very special members last week- so here is the full team. Can you guess who is who?

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Everyone sends their love. Mrs Leivers says to tell you that 'The Glitter Queen is ready to sprinkle her glitter on you the next time you meet' and Mrs Roberts has been doing a jigsaw and wonders if any of you have been doing one too. Mr Johnson stone was keen to keep you all active so took the class for the daily mile.

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As well as putting a rainbow in our windows, my village has set up a 'Bear Hunt'. Every day my bears have been in my window trying to make children and grown-ups smile as they take their excercise. Here are some of the things they have been up to. 

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My stone class have been keeping a keen eye on the seeds we planted and are very impressed with their progress. 

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The ones inside have grown much quicker than those outside- why do you think that is?


We have also started a little experiment to see if we can grow tomato plants from some baby tomatoes which had gone soft. We will let you know if it works. Again, we have some inside and some outside. 

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 As always, take care my wonderful Hawks. Look in again next week to see what Rock Hawks have been up to and how the plants are doing. Well done to everyone who has been on Mathletics- some impressive point scores and lots of certificates. Remember, keep in touch with each other, keep sharing what you have been doing and look after each other.


Greetings Hawks. I hope you are all doing alright and are keeping well and busy. My village is suggesting that people draw a rainbow to put into their window to make people smile as they go by. Here is mine - maybe you could do one too and put it in your window.

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I was thinking about the Houghton Rock buddies we made and as I have been missing you all, I decided to get creative and make my own rock class.  Because the weather has been nice, 'Rock Hawks' have been in the garden studying the plants and enjoying a bit of fresh air and exercise.

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They have been also been busy doing some of the activities I put on our Home Learning page last week.They have been keeping a particularly close eye on some lettuce seeds they planted and are pleased with how they are growing. 

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Take care my wonderful Hawks. Look in again next week to see what Rock Hawks have been up to. They might be having a go at some more of the home learning ideas: there will be more ideas added each week, so keep checking in to the home learning page. Remember, keep in touch with each other, keep sharing what you have been doing and look after each other.


Greetings Hawks. I hope you are all safe, well and happy. I know this week is going to be a bit different for us all, but I hope you enjoy and have fun having a go at some of the ideas I've put on the home-learning page. Remember what we talked about last week about using this as an opportunity to develop a skill, or to learn something new that you wouldn't normally have time for. I know you are all amazingly creative, so please feel free to adapt my ideas and share what you've done with each other.  Make sure you stay in touch and look after each other. You are an absolutely amazing bunch and I know that nothing will ever change that.    


I have been so unbelievably proud of my Hawks this week; you have all been amazing!

We have kept ourselves busy and active. They enjoyed designing and making electrical advertising posters with working components. 

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Happy world of 'Harry- Bow', Prince Harry loves 'em so.' An advert with a moving bow tie and lights, each operated by switches.

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Advertising a new Hamster movie- the star has glowing eyes!

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Any one fancy some honey? A poster with moving and buzzing bees.

We also made ourselves some Houghton stone buddies to take home so we will always have a bit of Houghton School with us.

First we found our stone in the woods...

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Then we made them into our new buddies

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We hope these little chaps will have lots of adventures and keep in touch with each other over the following weeks.

...we even played archery

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They continuously supported each other, kept smiling, laughing and showing just how amazing they all are through this toughest of weeks.

Take care and stay safe and well my amazing class- I will miss teaching you all. 


Today was Sport's Relief and year 6 had a busy sporting day. We enjoyed our daily mile and rang along with Robin's class.

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Running together

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We had a go at lots of new sports including archery. It was great fun.

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Some members of the school netball team even competed against staff. It was a great game which ended 3-3.

We have started our new Science topic of electricty this week. We were looking at how to make circuits and experimented with adding extra bulbs into circuits and observing the changes. 

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Making observations and predictions

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On Wednesday Hawk's Class visited Ely to further our study of Oliver Cromwell and to visit the Cathedral. On leaving the bus, we were amazed by how beautiful the Cathedral was and enjoyed looking at all the intricate stone work.

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We visited Oliver Cromwell's home first, learning all about how he lived in Ely and about life at that time. We were fascinated to learn all about the food and loved exploring his kitchen. 

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What a large chimney!

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Some of the facts we discovered really surprised us.

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When we moved upstairs, we learnt about Civil War era clothes and got to try some on. We also had the opportunity to play with some toys and games from the era- it was great fun.

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We love to dress up!

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Great hats!

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Writing with a quill

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Playing on hobby horses

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Sword fighting

After our lunch at the cathedral we turned our hand to brass rubbing. We really enjoyed that too.

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Later we explored the cathedral. We learnt all about how it was founded and its history; we spent a lot of time looking up as the ceilings and roof were so beautifully decorated.

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The octagonal ceiling

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At the entrance we found a labyrinthwhich we walked- we were amazed to find out that the journey around this was the same as if we had walked straight up to the roof.

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We had a brilliant day .

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Last night 17 members of Hawks class returned to school at 7pm to take part in The Rotary Club Quiz Night. Our team competed with other teams from around Huntingdonshire completing 3 rounds of questions.

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The team worked very well together and had lots of fun.

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On Wednesday Hawk's Class set off to Huntingdon on the bus to learn more about Oliver Cromwell. 

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We learnt lots looking around all the exhibits at the newly restored Cromwell Museum- we were really lucky as it hasn't even officially opened yet!

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Lots of exciting things to look at

There were experts there who showed us some of the weaponry from the time of the Civil War.

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Learning how to load a musket- it was a slow process. 

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We even got to have a go- don't worry, it wasn't loaded!

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We got to try some Civil War clothing on. The replica armour was surprisingly heavy.

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Watch out- Roundhead about!

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We enjoyed putting on the clothes

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I think we suited the fashion of the time and it was surprisingly warm.

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Great hats!

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After our lunch in the courtroom at the Town Hall, we went to see the arch which had been replaced on the Norman Bridge which had been blown up during the Civil War to stop troops crossing between Godmanchester and Huntingdon. We then traveled even further back in time to see the earthworks left by Huntingdon's Norman Castle. We had great fun having a run around down the mot and bailey. 

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We had a great day out and we only had to travel down the road. 

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On Tuesday we had a special visitor, Nick from the visual impairment charity Camb Sight who taught us how to play Goal Ball. We had to wear blindfolds and listen carefully for the ball to roll our way. Great fun and a great introduction to a new sport. 

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Blindfolds on

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Great oral communication was needed to play this activity

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 In position, ready for a game of Goal Ball

In RE we have been learning about Buddhist beliefs regarding happiness. Here are some of our poems and ideas based on The Four Noble Truths.

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We have also been working on our blogging skills: some of our class puppets have been rather busy when we've been at home it seems.

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Ratus, Ratus' blog 

As well as keeping our minds active, we have continued to keep ourselves physically active with our daily mile. 

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 Have a great half term everyone!


This week we have continued our exploration of William Shakespeare's Macbeth. We wrote poetry based on the quote 'Do not shake thy gory locks at me!' describing the change in atmosphere from before to after the appearance of the ghostly apparition of Banquo.  

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Here is our new display

We have also been learning about the Feudal system in History as we explore the theme of democracy. 

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We thought about the pros and cons from the point of view of The King, Barons, Knights and Peasants.  

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We have also continued with our optical illusion art. Here is some of our amazing work so far. 

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As we have worked so hard this week and as it was such a beautiful day, we decided to 'escape' for a while and have a mindful walk in our beautiful village.  

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We looked at how the dew formed droplets on the leaves of the snowdrops

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A villager told us where to find a poem to a Victorian village blacksmith on one of the graves and where we can find his name on his old house.

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We reflected on the imagery in a reading comprehension we examined yesterday which described the sea as a glass table. 

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We felt the mud slip under our feet

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We played Pooh-sticks. So much fun!

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This week we have been learning about how democracy works in our country. We learnt all about the role of the Queen, parliament and the government. We  showed this understanding through creating scenes using models.

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Vote for me!

We have been also learn how to read music and, using a chalked up stave, we positioned ourselves to create words using the musical notes, A-G.

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Can you guess the word?

During the week we have worked very hard on our spellings, learning 4 new spellings each day. We have 2 minutes to remember and spell as many words as possible using the table as a whiteboard.

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Forcing our brains to remember

On Wednesday we were pleased to join the rest of KS2 to welcome back Amy and Kasie from the American NFL adventure. Well done girls, we are so proud of you both!

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Welcoming back our superstars. 



What a full week we've had.

In our science lessons we have been focusing on making observations of shadows, focusing on how they are the same or different as the object that cast them. 

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We used words such as elongated and indistinct.

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In our gymnastics we were working on partner balances. We had to work closely together and communicate well.

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After hearing about the impact of the wildfires on Australian Wildlife,  Hawk's class decided to hold a cake stall to raise funds for RSPCA Australia. 

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We brought cakes in from home and also decorated some to sell.

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We enjoyed selling our cakes.

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Rose even made little plaster animals to sell and made over £20!

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Our total is just over £200 and there is still some money to come in. Well done Hawks, that will really help the animals in need. 


This week we have continued to read and enjoy Macbeth. We thought about the characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and how they are seen by others and how they really are inside. We made a big outline and used post-its to write aspects of their character, sticking them inside and outside the outline to demonstrate this. 

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We then acted out the scene from the play where Macbeth and Banquo meet the witches and are told the 'future'. We then wrote this section in prose, focusing on setting our dialogue out correctly.

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In PE we continued to work on our gymnastics. This week we worked in pairs making sequences based on some of the holds from our conditioned phrase. 

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We really enjoy our sessions with Mrs David

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On Friday the school held a special assembly to say good luck to our NFL team who are off to America next week to represent the country. Good luck to Amy and Kasie from Hawks who are part of the winning team. 

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Hawk's class have made a brilliant start to 2020. We started our new Science topic on Light by proving that light travels in straight lines. We cut wholes in two pieces of cards and lined them up, we then made the class as dark as possible and shone a torch through the hole and saw that the shape was projected onto the back sheet.

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When the moved the holes out of alignment and found that when we shone the torch the light did not project. This proved that light only travels in straight lines.  

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On Monday we also started work on our new text 'Macbeth'. We acted out scenes from the first section of the story and developed our vocabulary to describe the battle and the 3 weird sisters.

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Hawks in battle mode

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Later in the week we wrote a narrative of the strange opening to the play using our newly learnt vocabulary. We learnt new words such as desolate, malevolent, attire and withered. 

On Wednesday we were lucky enough to be visited by Liza a STEM ambassador, who taught us all about how our brain works. We made brain hats which explained all the different sections of the brain and also got to see and handle a real lambs brain. It was all very exciting. 

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Look at our big brains!

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Examining a real brain. 

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We celebrated Christmas today by sharing our delicious Christmas dinner with our buddies from Robins.

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We all made Christingles

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At the end of the day we met together in the hall for our Christingle service.

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Happy Christmas everyone and thank you for the cards and gifts!


This week we have enjoyed our DT lessons. After studying Art Deco and Clarice Cliff in our Art lessons, we used applique to add our own Art Deco inspired designs on the front of a pillow. We learnt lots of different stitches and how to use a sewing allowance and to turn our product out ready to stuff. 

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First we cut our designs out of felt and pinned them in place. 

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Next we used an applique stitch to attach the design to our front piece of fabric. 

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We turned our fabric so that the wrong sides were together and used running stitch to attached the back and front together. Once this was done we turned it back the correct way and stuffed our pillows. 

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We were really pleased with our final products.

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This week we have continued to learn about the fascinating Ancient Egyptians. We investigated different ways to make nets for a model pyramid and then made our own net which we decorated with pyramid facts. 

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We also learnt all about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and wrote diaries as if we were Howard Carter himself. After learning how he knew that the tomb was undisturbed, we were keen to find out about seals. We tried out different seals on our classroom door, much to our amusement when someone came in. 

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We also looked at the amazing artifacts found in the tomb and made our own art work based on these.



We hope you like our finished display.

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We also enjoyed a quiet moment with a cup of hot chocolate while we watched Newsround and caught up on the news of the day.

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Mummy update- all mummified oranges appear to be weighing less day by day, observations have also been made regarding the colour and texture of the fruits.


After learning about how and why the Ancient Egyptian's Mummified important people, this week we have tried to mummified oranges. We scooped out the flesh and stuffed the dry skin with a mixture of salt, bicarbonate of soda and cinnamon to make it smell nice. We then wrapped the orange in bandages.  We weighed the orange straight after it was 'mummified' and made observations. We will be observing and weighing the orange daily to see how the preservation process changes the weight and appearance of the fruit. 

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Making an incision across the orange .

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Scooping out the oranges inners.

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We dried the empty orange and then filled it with the salt, bicarb and cinnamon. 

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Finally we wrapped the mummified orange.

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We weighed the orange so we can plot how its weight changes over the mummification process.


The children have been learning about the life and work of Picasso. They have produced some eye-catching cubist inspired art.  

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As part of their Science work on the Human Circulatory System, Hawks Class have also investigated the fat and sugar content of food. We were surprised how much fat and sugar was hidden in food and weighed out the equivalent amounts so we could visualise the quantities. 

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We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Sally, a paramedic who works with MAGPAS. She taught us how to cope in a medical emergency and let us practice CPR on her 'Little Anne' models. It was an informative and enjoyable session and we all felt we had learnt a lot. 

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We practiced timing our compressions to the song 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.

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This week Hawks have been thinking about remembrance as part of our school's focus on being kind.

On Monday, we visited the churchyard and placed a poppy on the graves of the 24 servicemen (WW1 and WW2) who are buried there as an act of kindness during Remembrance Day. It gave us the opportunity to think about loss and how remembering those who gave everything for others is so important, no matter how long ago it was.

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One child stood for each fallen soldier
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We also worked very hard to organise fun Children in Need activities and helped the school to raise a magnificent £405.51

Hawks have been learning about the ceramic artist Clarice Cliff as part of their Art Deco project. They have been writing about her life and have produced some beautiful art work based on her designs.

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Hawks have started working with sport's coach Clare David on a new gymnastics unit based on the theme of bullying. They have been learning how to create a movement phrase. 

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This week we have been thinking about religion and what it means to be a Christian. We have also been learning that there are many different denominations of Christianity. As part of our learning, we were very fortunate to welcome Father Geoff to our classroom to talk to us and answer our questions. 

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Another great week in Hawk's class. We have been busy organising Harvest Festival and our food collection for Godmanchester Foodbank.

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Displaying the food.

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So much food!

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Sorting the food into boxes for the foodbank.

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This will save the foodbank people a job! All the beans in one box, all the soup in another...

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Look at all the food that we have collected- thank you everyone!

In lessons we have been thinking about varying our sentence starters and applying all the writing skills we have learnt so far this term. We have been imagining that we were lost in a Cairo market and have been writing descriptions to explain how we felt and what we could see.

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Writing different types of sentences 

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We love writing on post it notes

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Our final work has been displayed ready for open afternoon- we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.


Wow, we have been very scientific this week- welcoming not one, but two scientists to our classroom.

On Monday we were visited by a scientist who taught us all about genes, genetics and DNA. We learnt all about how DNA can be extracted and even had a go at extracting some from a Strawberry. It was great fun and we learnt lots. 

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Mushing up the strawberry to break down the structure

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After adding detergent and salt to break the cells down we strained the solution to remove the solids.

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After adding ethanol we were able to remove the DNA

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We also made models of a helix and bracelets of DNA sequences.

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On Friday we were visited by Mr MacLennan and a group of six form students from St Peters School, who helped us to dissect a real lamb's heart.

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We were able to hold a real heart

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Listening to one of our six form volunteers as she explained what we could see.

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We found the aorta and were able to put our finger in it. It was bigger than we thought. 

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At the end of the session, Mr MacLennan showed us a complete lungs and heart. He pumped air into the lungs and we could see them inflate.

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At the end of such a busy week, the chidlren still found the energy to run a MacMillan Coffee morning for the school and village. Well done year 6!

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This week we have been learning about the circulatory system. We took roles as blood cells and organs and moved around learning how the oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported around the body.

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The lungs breathe out the carbon dioxide and breathe in the oxygen.

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We used the heart to push the blood cells around the body, bringing the fresh oxygenated blood to the organs and removing the waste carbon dioxide. 

We also had a visit from Bobby the dog.

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We loved our little visitor

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On Friday we led  sport's morning for years 2-5. The children did a great job.

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The children created games, explained how they worked and encouraged younger pupils to take part. 

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This week we have started working in our School Council committees to set out our aims for the next term. 

The Community Committee

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We are aiming to bring the school and local community together this term. We are hoping to do a Macmillan coffee morning; we are also hoping to do a pumpkin carving competition as well as a ginger bread competition. These events are for fun rather than to raise money. We will be involving the class reps and fundraising committees.

The Fundraising Committee

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This year we are aiming to raise as much money and awareness as possible for different charities and for our school. We are going to be raising money for ‘Children In Need’, ‘Red Nose Day’, ‘MacMillan’ and ‘Wear A Hat Day’.

We are going to meet regularly for meetings about fundraising to discuss events. We will work with other committees to help us arrange events.

The Eco- Committee

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As the eco committee our main aim this term is to reduce the litter and plastic in the school grounds. We are going to monitor the type and amount of litter at school and look at ways this can be reduced. We are hoping to plan a Litter week were pupils will learn all about litter, this will include a big litter hunt.

Class Reps

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We are aiming to be friendly class reps and make some new friends along the way. We want the children to be more aware of us so we will introduce ourselves early on. As class reps we want to have closer links with teachers, children and the other committees. Hopefully we will find out what new school equipment children want and what is important to them. One of the first things we want to do is read to the children and have regular meetings. For all of these things to happen we will need the help of everyone in the school including adults.

The E-Safety Committee

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This term the E-safety committee are aiming to help pupils at our school avoid online scams aimed at children. We will do this through making posters which we will put up around the school and by making a short film which we hope to share on the website. The film will explain what online scams are around and how they can avoid them.

 For more information on our school council please visit the Community section of our website.


Welcome to Year 6.

The new Hawks Class have made a brilliant start to the year. They have settled in very well and have already been thinking deeply about some tricky Maths problems and have written some application letters to apply for the School Council.

They have also been thinking about the qualities needed to be successful and happy and watched a clip from Frozen Planet about a very determined penguin. We have created some posters to help us remember that we should not give up if we want to be successful. 


Please note that PE lessons will be on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this term, but that trainers will be needed every day for the daily mile.

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