This week we have been absorbing ourselves in the magical book 'Lost Words'. After enjoying the book we went out into our beautiful meadow to see if we could find some of the creatures and plants from the book and to learn more about the wild plants and flowers on our doorstep.
Sharing the exquisite book
Making observational drawings while enjoying the space and tranquillity
A beautiful day in the meadow
Lots to find and enjoy just a few steps from our classroom- we are so lucky.
After a busy and adventurous week at Hilltop, we have continued the outside theme with another fantastic bowls lesson. All children are making brilliant progress thanks to our expert tuition.
On Tuesday afternoon we enjoyed reading with year 3, sharing some favourite books.
A few memories from a wonderful visit to Hilltop. For a greater selection of photographs please visit our school facebook page.
Our stop off at Sandringham
Who is our Katnis?
Having fun with friends
Taking risks and feeling proud of our achievements
The verdict on the food is that it is delicious!
Enjoying our freetime as well.
Lots of fun being together
On Tuesday we were fortunate to take part in a STEM Science morning. Lisa, our visiting scientist, worked with us to learn about DNA and helped us to extract real DNA from a strawberry. It was an amazing morning.
Learning all about DNA
First we squashed up our strawberries
Then we measured our detergent and added salt
We added the two mixtures together
After the mixture had been left to combine we filtered out the solids from the liquids
When we had our liquid we had to put on safety goggles to protect our eyes from the mixture Lisa added in.
Looking cool lads
We watched in amazement as the DNA separated to form on the top of the liquid
Wow, we really made DNA!
We have continued the science theme by looking at how animals adapt to their surroundings. We experiemented with different shaped beaks (tweezers) and investigated how many seeds and what size seeds we could pick up in one minute. We used a sharp beak (thin tweezers) and a thick beak (blunt, large tweezers). We repeated the experiment three times and calculated the average. We discovered that sharp beaks were best at picking up the small seeds whereas the blunt beaks were best at picking up the bigger beans. We discussed how this would have affected the evolution of birds in different situations.
Timing each other to pick up the seeds
We finished the week by having two days to design our own bird; we had to create some art work and then write about them in a style of our choice.
Aidan and William's amazing creations- spotted in their natural environment
We put our work straight up onto display and year 2 were so interested they came to have a special look. We told them all about what we had learnt.
We are very proud of our work
A huge well done to Hawk's class who have all worked so hard this week. You have given 100% and should all be very proud of your effort.
Post SAT Popcorn and 'Wonder'
A class rounders game in the sunshine, time to relax and have fun after a busy week.
It's been another busy week in Hawks class as we get ready for next week's SATs. The children have all been working so hard supporting each other and helping to develop their confidence and skills. Well done Hawks, you have worked your socks off!
Working together to answer the questions.
We still managed to get outside though and enjoyed a good game of rounders in the sunshine.
We finished our week by completing our LEGO creations. Have a good weekend all!
Oh my goodness where did May spring from? We have been busy this week developing our reasoning skills, improving our SPaG knowledge and fine tuning our reading comprehension skills ready for the fast approaching SATs, however we still found time to get outside and active. We have been learning about word classes and made the most of a dry morning using the playground as our exercise book.
We also enjoyed a great sport's morning led by the year 5s.
Watch us go!
Today we wore silly socks to celebrate our own individuality as part of Autism Awareness week.
Silly socks on parade
We have been busy this week learning our spellings. We have challenged ourselves to learn 10 words which we could not spell from the Year 5/6 word list. We have been writing these onto the playground in chalk to practise.
Bruise was a tricky word to spell.
Lots of double letters to trip us up
We then worked with our partners to go over our reasoning papers. We found our mistakes and worked out where we went wrong. When we marked the papers we were able to collect a LEGO brick for each mark we received and started to make some models. When we do more tests we will add more bricks to our creations.
Look at some of our creations already
To revise nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs we went on a word hunt. We found lots of words and had some good discussions about what type of words they were.
Looking for examples of each type of word, taking inspiration from our beautiful surroundings.
What a beautiful day! Oh look- an exclamation sentence.
We have started a new Art unit on scultpure. We have been looking at the work of Richard Long, in particular at his circle sculptures. We have tried to create our own natural art inspired by his art.
Starting work on our designs
Adding height to our designs
Incorporating our bodies
Starting to fill our shapes with natural materials
Thursday was wear a hat day for Amelia's Charity Brain Tumour Research. We supported this by wearing some cool hats to school and by making a donation- amazingly our class donation came to over £90!
Some of our funky hats!
On Thursday we also celebrated Earth Day. We switched off everything electrical for an hour and used some of that time to improve our environment by clearing the litter from the field.
Lots of litter collected.
We combined our learning from our angles, DT and Science to create electronic quiz machines to help children remember key angle facts. It was a tricky job which required lots of determination and resilience.
A successful duo with their 'Angles not angels' machine
When the correct question and answer are selected the light shines.
We have continued with our dance based on the song 'This is me' taken from the Greatest Showman. We have really enjoyed working on our routines based on this uplifting song.
'Look out 'cause here I come...'
'I'm marching on to the beat I drum...'
'This is me!'
We went on a SPaG treasure hunt- the rain stopped us going outside but we made the most of our wonderful building and carried on anyway. A fun way to revise our Grammar knowledge.
On Monday we celebrated Easter, German style. We worked in our house groups to take part in a whole range of activities and had lots of fun.
Making Osterschokolade Nester using a recipe and instructions all in German!
Die Osterschoko Nester waren lecker
Lots of great creations and treats to take home
This week we worked with Mrs Sharpe to produce collages which represent diversity. We cut out pictures from magazines and created our art work to represent how we are all different.
Cutting out our images
The final display
We also took part in our sport morning for Sport Relief and helped to raise an amazing £360!
Enjoying the activities
We have started to study the book 'The Island' by Armin Greder. This picture book explores the story of a man washed up on an island and the response of the islanders to his arrrival. To get to know the text we listened to the story and then role played some of the key scenes.
Who is he? What should we do?
He must be kept away from us!
He is not like us. He must be dangerous!
He must go!
We then looked in detail at the artwork of the book and the impact this has on the reader. We had a go at producing our own versions of the illustrations. We then collected powerful verbs, adverbs, nouns and adjectives to describe the characters which we use in our writing next week.
Looking at the use of colour
Angry islanders meet the stranger
The townsfolk are scared of the stranger
They make up stories about him
They force him to leave and build a wall around the island so that no stranger can ever trouble them again.
We also enjoyed a beautiful Spring day and took our computing work outside to complete on the tree house, so good to be outside.
Well done to everyone who took part in our school's readathon event!
This week we had a visit from two magistrates who came to talk to us about the justice system as part of our democracy topic. We found it very interesting and informative.
On Tuesday we held a music assembly so the children could show off their musical talents. We were entertained by pianists, recorder players and drummers. A wonderful demonstration of their amazing talents.
Talented recorder players
...and amazing drummers
On Wednesday it was World Maths Day. For one of our activities we took part in the Mathletics challenge, competing online against children from around the world. We recorded who we competed with and were amazed to find that they had come from over 68 countries!
We listed the countries we had competed with.
Thursday was World Book Day. We entered into the spirit of the day by dressing up as our favourite book characters. It was great to see so many Year 6 pupils joining in with the fun.
What great costumes- can you find Wally?
We also took advantage of the snow for some outside fun.
On Wednesday we visited Ely. We started the day visiting Oliver Cromwell's house and learning all about his life in Ely and his family. We were also able to try on authentic Cromwellian clothes and armour.
Outside the museum, braving the snow and cold.
Trying on costumes and armour
It was a beautiful snowy day in Ely and the Cathedral looked stunning.
After the museum we headed into the Cathedrel where we learnt about its history, taking part in an interactive tour which involved dressing up as various key characters in its history.
From nuns and monks...
... to Kings and Cromwell.
We also took part in some brass rubbing ativities and produced some great rubbings.
This week we have been learning all about Oliver Cromwell. In class we split into groups and, using the resources we borrowed from the Cromwell Museum, we each found out about different periods of his life. We then shared our group's understanding with the class.
On Wednesday we started the morning looking at bus timetables and, once we had worked out the times, we caught the 10:15 bus to Huntingdon.
Once we had arrived at the bus station we walked to the Cromwell Museum where we worked in groups on four different activities.
Trying on Civil War costumes
We had fun with the helmet
We also studied the many amazing portraits of Cromwell and his family which were dotted around the museum.
We learnt about Civil War soldiers and the equipment they would have carried and held a real Civil War cannon ball. We even learnt about the history of the building itself, including the alterations which had been made during its long history.
After the museum we had lunch at All Saints Church which kindly opened its doors for us.
After we had eaten we walked its labyrinth and learnt why these are often used in churches.
We also found out that the font in the church used to belong to St John's church which was destroyed in the Civil War and would have been the font which Oliver Cromwell was baptised in.
We then went for a walk around Huntingdon, following the trail of markings on the pavement, each with a quote from or about Cromwell.
We visited Cromwell's birthplace and the site of St John's Church before taking the bus home. We had a great day out.
To finish a busy week 15 members of year 6 came back on Thursday evening to take part in the Rotary Club quiz night. There were three timed rounds of 50 questions. The children all worked very well together to answer them and had a great time. Thank you for the Rotary club who organised the event and donated £50 to school funds and to FoHPS for organising refreshments.
Deciding on the answers
Our fantastic team
As part of our Readathon celebrations we have enjoyed sharing books with Owl's class.
As part of our light topic we have continued to work on our stained glass designs.
Adding glass paint to our outlines.
We brought in some amazing home learning all about garden birds. It was great to see all the imaginative ways you had presented the work.
Pixel art produced on Minecraft
Nesting Wood pigeons.
This week we also had our final gymnastics session with Mrs Davis. We worked on creating a sequence joining two balances using smooth transitions.
This week we launched our School Readathon.
Houghton year 6 have been selected to be judges in the National 'Young Quills Award' for historical children's fiction. We are looking forward to enjoying the wonderful new books we have been sent as judges and will be writing reviews to help them decide upon the winners; the extra minutes we spend reading these books will all also add to our individual and class Readathon totals. Very exciting.
Wonderful new books to enjoy and review.
We have been working on our German, learning the months of the year and seasons by playing games. Lots of fun was had.
This week we took part in the RSPB Big Bird Watch. We walked down past the Mill and while we enjoyed listening to the birds singing we watched out to see how many we could spot enjoying the crisp morning.
Early excitement at a sighting of an unusual bird on a roof was short lived when we looked a little closer.
Quietly watching out for the birds.
We even spotted that the snowdrops in the churchyard have now come into flower and were looking beautiful.
When we got back to the classroom we shared our data. The following day we calculated the mean average of each bird spotted and then used this data to create our own pie charts.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Kick Ash, year 10 students who helped us discuss issues around smoking and peer pressure. We were all shocked to learn that only 1% of year 8 pupils in Cambridgeshire were regular smokers.
Deciding if we agree or disagree on a range of statements.
Discussing which statements would best fit the character we were given and deciding how likey they were to start smoking.
This week we have been starting to use our new computing app called Purple Mash. We started to explore their coding app called 2code. We enjoyed the challenge.
Trying to work out the right code.
On Wednesday we shared our books with Owl's class. We always enjoy the opportunity to read together.
In Science this week we have been creating our own hypothesises which we then shared. We had to decide what we though the link was between the size and shape of shadows and the object which made them. We then created an experiment to see if we were right and recorded our findings using Scientific language.
Working out how a shadow is made.
We started the week working with Mrs Davies from HSP on our gymnastics skills. We are working on performing a conditional phrase- ensuring that we consistently hold our positions and working on our linking movements.
Hold for the count of three..
We also worked on some tricky partner balances. We had to communicate well and try to keep our balance.
In Science we have started our new topic of light. We have been learning that light travels in a straight line and about how we can see objects because of it.
We mapped out the path of the light using string.
We finished the week by organising and running a sport's morning for years 2,3,4 and 5.
Well done all for such hard work.
On Wednesday we had a visit from Gripping History. We came into the hall and found a sleeping medieval woman called Lady Catherine. Once we had gently woken her up she told us about her life and, as her ladies-in-waiting were not there, we helped her to dress- learning all about the clothes which she and her husband -the Baron- would have worn.
Shh,don't wake her up...
Helping her to find all the layers of her clothing
We played a role playing game where we had to survive the year as peasants. We had to do lots of tasks such as produce wool bales and collect the crops.
We collected beans and got them ready for market to sell. We thought we had enough to survive on, but then the king sent a message demanding more taxes and we were not at all happy as all our money had gone!
Next we learnt all about how ink and parchment was produced. We used real quills to write our letters asking our Baron- Sir Robert- to ask King John to stop being so unfair to us.
Unfortunately King John heard that some us had been complaining about him so he threw us into prison without a trial even though he had no evidence.
Because our local Baron had not been able to pay some of his taxes, us peasants were forced to go to war to fight for the king. We had to learn fast.
Listening to orders
We had a great day, but I think we are all thankful that we were not medieval peasants.
Happy New Year everyone!
Year 6 have started to learn all about 'Growth Mind Sets'. Mrs Smith surprised us by asking us to make an origami penguin with just a picture of the finished item to help us- it was very hard. We then learnt all about Growth Mind Sets and about how we can approach different challenges in our lives; it was really interesting. We all tried again to make our penguins and with time and effort we were all successful.
We also went for a walk to enjoy our local surroundings. We went to see the river in flood and experience the power of nature. We also enjoyed some quiet time.
Watching the power of the river.
Listening to the water rushing by.
We took the ipads to record scenes we found beautiful or inspiring and so we can see how the environment changes as the year goes by.
Some brilliant questions were asked about why the water was still there.
We finished the week by working together to place all the kings and queens of England into order. We had to show a lot of teamwork to complete this challenging task. We are now looking forward to our Magna Carta Day next Wednesday.
Starting to sort our information and coming up with a strategy
Successfully ordered- now we all have lots of questions which we want answered...
Something very strange happened in Hawk's Class today. We discovered that, through the magic of Christmas, our class had been overrun with naughty elves. As soon as our backs were turned they started exploring all around the classroom and getting up to all sorts of mischief.
The strangely familiar looking elves were climbing on the whiteboard,
hanging off our Christmas tree,
dangling from our decorations,
exploring in the pencil pots,
and even hanging out with Felix and Franzi!
Fortunately they eventually wore themselves out and fell asleep on our model furniture...
... so were were able to catch them and bring them home.
Have a great Christmas everyone! We look forward to welcoming you all back on Thursday 4th January 2018.
Well done to our half million and millionaire readers. Keep up the good work!
It snowed! Before the snow got too wet and hard we ventured out to inspire our grammar work. Some beautiful sentences written in the active and passive voice.
Taking inspiration from our beautiful surroundings
To get into the Christmas spirit we have started to make our Christmas cards. Helped by Mrs Brennan and Mrs Garrick, we made some beautiful Reindeer cards.
Proudly showing our cards.
On Thursday we enjoyed our School Christmas Lunch. We made special Christmas hats, paired up with a buddy from Robin's class and enjoyed a festive feast together.
Helping with the cutting.
Brothers and sisters enjoying their lunch
Delicious food. Thank you!
This week we have finished making our DT chairs. We painted or paper-mached coloured paper onto our white paper base to ensure a good quality finish.
Painting our models
We also enjoyed a shared reading session with Year 3.
Sharing our love of books with each other
Finally we have worked hard to produce a totally recycled Christmas tree for our door. We used newspaper for the tree and recycled packaging and wrapping paper for the decorations. We even used old CDs to make a shiny star. Many thanks to Mrs Leivers, Mrs Brennan and Mrs Garrick for helping us put it together.
This week we have continued to work on our model chairs and have made a great start to the papier mache. We hope to be able to paint and decorate them to a high quality next week.
Busy at work
We have also been looking at mummification and have started the process of mummifying a tomato. We had to remove its organs (seeds) and dry the internal cavity before we encased it in salt. We will be making careful observations of the tomato over the next few weeks.
Our mummification bags upon the 'mummification station.'
We will compare our mummified tomato's decay with that of our control tomato which has not gone through the same process.
We started the week by performing our anti-bullying rap 'STOP' to the school in assembly
This week's work has been themed around our DT project. We have been designing furniture for our client- a fictional character of our choice. We started the week by looking at how furniture design had changed through the ages, we then considered the needs of our 'client' and produced a range of designs for them. Some of us have started to make a newspaper model of our furniture ready to paper mache next week.
We have also based our writing upon our DT theme. Focusing upon the skill of writing with different levels of formality we wrote official formal letters to our clients about their furniture order, asking questions regarding styles and function, and then composing informal replies from the customers. We worked hard to peer edit our letters.
Enjoying sharing our work
Checking our meaning is clear and looking to improve our writing.
We finished the week by orgainising a sport's morning for years 2-5. Great leadership year 6!
This week our work has had an anti-bullying theme to link in with Anti-bullying week. We produced some emotive descriptive writing based on the experiences of the characters in an animated film 'Wings'; produced information leaflets giving advice on bullying and even wrote our own anti-bullying raps which we are going to perform in assembly on Monday.
As well as all this work we also organised activities for the school to enjoy over lunchtime in aid of Children in Need. A great time was had by all and £500 raised. Well done year 6.
Pin the patch on the Pudsey
Pudsey treasure hunts
Pudsey beanbag game
Organising Pudsey colouring in sessions
Pudsey target practice
This week we have been looking at the concept of freedom. As we had been looking at sugar last week we looked at the link between this and slavery- learning about the slave triangle. We then found out about Harriet Tubman's link with the underground railway and bravery of Rosa Parks. We completed the week with some independent research on Nelson Mandela learning about his work towards equality in South Africa.
Working independently on our projects
Some great creative responses
Also, well done to another sporting superstar!
This week we have been investigating the fat and sugar in our food. We looked at packaging and found out how many grams of fat and sugar were in different food stuffs.To help us visualise this we weighed out the same amount of fat (lard) and sugar as we would consume in an average portion.
Cutting up our fat
Accurately weighing out the amount per portion of our product
Some of our results
We then looked at the recommended daily intake for an adult and worked out the proportion of this we would eat in our portions. We displayed this information in pie charts.
We are now asking and researching questions as to the effect of exceeding our recommended daily intake.
We have also been finding out about the Aswan Dam in Egypt. We started to learn what a dam does and why a dam was thought to be needed on the Nile, using ourselves to model the effects of flooding and of the dam on the river flow.
Our crops growing along side the banks of the Nile
Along comes the flood water which carries the crops away!
The Aswan Dam would hold the flood waters back.
We then looked at the pros and cons of the dams construction, creating notes for a debate which we held in drama, pretending that the dam had not been constructed and deciding if the advantages outweighed the problems it would cause. We will be producing a balanced argument on this next week.
Finally, a well done to our sporting legend who proudly showed off his awards in our sharing assembly. Good luck representing Team GB next year!
This week we have been busy writing our tension filled, Egyptian inspired stories entitled 'The Tomb'.The children have worked very hard to plan, write and edit these and have done a great job. We finished the week by dimming the lights, getting out the torches and reading our stories to each other- some great performances and a few jumps.
As well as this year 6 planned, organised and ran another sport's afternoon, this time for years 2,3,4 and 5. Despite the weather the children did a wonderful job keeping the children active and inspiring them to have a go at some different activities.
Brilliantly run and organised activities.
Keeping the children active at all times
Year 6 leading the way
13.10.17 Carrying on our Science work the children have been investigating the effect of exercise on our heart. We took our pulse when resting, after a brisk walk and after skipping.
Taking our pulse
Taking quick bursts of intensive exercise
Measuring our pulse again to see the effect.
We repeated each activity three times, taking our pulse each time so that we could calculate the average, we then displayed this information in charts and graphs.
We were also fortunate enough to receive an excellent informative session from the NSPCC.
Thank you for all the sponsor money we have received, please remember this should be in by Monday.
Today we looked at a real animal heart. We cut it open to look at the left and right atriums.
We thought of different questions we had about the heart and used the new ipads to research our answers.
This week we set up the KS2 NSPCC physical challenge for our sponsored event. We all enjoyed taking part in our circuit of activities designed to get our hearts racing and muscles' pumping.
Lots of activities to energise and stretch.
Also this week we have continued with our dance based on the theme ' Why bully me?' The children have been producing some powerful movements based on our discussions around the effects of bullying.
What amazing home learning you produced last week. You obviously love your books and I was so pleased to see the imaginative way you had aproached the task.
From giant books...
...to interactive wanted posters - Harry Potter style.
Our big focus this week was supporting the Godmanchester Foodbank. We wrote accounts imagining that we were in need and how we would feel using the service- they were very powerful. On Friday it was our Harvest Festival and the Community Committee led the way collecting and displaying the food which was brought in.
Hawks displaying their donations
Wow, look how much we collected altogether!
After assembly we bagged all the food up ready to be collected by Phil from the Foodbank.
We all worked together as a team to get the job done.
At the end of the day Phil from the foodbank arrived and we helped to load up his car. In a while we will find out how many families our food will help. Thank you everyone at Houghton for your kind donations.
Finally we have been learning about blood. We learnt that blood is made up of plasma, platelets and red and white blood cells. To help us understand we made some fake blood using yellow water for the plasma, red jelly hoops for the red blood cells, oats for the platelets and small marshmallows for the white blood cells.
Here is our end product.
This week we have been learning about the heart. We learnt how the heart pumps blood around the body in order that it can collect oxygen from the lungs, bring it to all areas of our bodies and bring back waste carbon dioxide which we breathe out.
We used blood cards to reenact this process, turning them over from oxygenated to deoxygenated on our journey to and from the left and right chambers of the heart. One of us played the blood; one the heart, who gave us a gentle push; one the lungs, which took the carbon dioxide and supplied the oxygen and one various body parts which used up the oxygen in order to function.
The heart gently pushes us on so we can continue our journey.
Freshly oxgenated having picked up oxygen from the lungs, we return to the heart for another push.
Friday morning we ran the KS2 sport's morning. We organised and ran our own activites which we delivered to 9 groups of years 3,4 and 5. We worked very hard setting up our activities and demonstrating and explaining the tasks.
Calling our groups over.
Explaining the activity
Enouraging and motivating
All of KS2 busy and active. Well done Year 6
This week we have been learning about how the internet is not the same as the World Wide Web. We started to find out about how the internet worked and carried out a practical activity to mimic how a document is sent.
We were all given a copy of the Jabberwocky and had the task of sending it through some thin pipes. The poem had to be cut small enough to pass through the pipes and we all had to be able to identify our pieces once they had been mixed up and be able to correctly reassemble our poem the other side.
We all came up with our own solutions to this problem. This showed us how information is broken down into packets and sent through the internet, with information as to where it came from, where it is going and how it needs to be assembled once it has arrived at its destination.
We are also planning our 'visit' to Egypt by plotting the route we would take on a plane and imagining the views we would see out of the window. We then wrote imaginative descriptions describing our journey and the views from the plane window.
We ended the week by starting to think about our Science topic 'The circulatory system'. We drew around a 'willing volunteer' and then discussed the size and location of the heart and lungs.
Making an outline
Working out where to place the heart and lungs.
What a great start to the term we have had. It has been a pleasure getting to know you all. We have been looking at the home learning which you produced over the Summer. Some great work has come in and it is not too late to add to our collection.
Information on hieroglyhics
Research on gods
In class we have been learning all about the weather in Egypt and have plotted temperatures and precipitation levels on line graphs. We had to work out our own scales and decide upon the best way to set out the data. We then used the information to decide when we would visit Egypt if we had a choice.
We have also been thinking about which school council committee we would like to go on and have written persuasive letters to Mrs Smith to try to get into the group we want.
We ended the week with music singing 'Livin on a prayer' by Bon Jovi as part of our Rock unit. A smashing first week.
Welcome back, I hope you all had a great holiday and are ready for the new school year. We have an exciting and varied term's learning planned for you all.
We are looking forward to seeing the Summer homelearning tasks you have completed - a board is backed and ready to display all your wonderful work.
Please remember your inside and outside PE kits, these can be left at school during the week and brought home on a Friday.
See you all next week.