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

Autumn 2019


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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