Hawks Class are our Year 6 group.
They are taught by Mrs Smith who is assisted by Mrs Leivers, Mr Johnson and Mrs Roberts.
Happy Summer Hawks! It was so wonderful to see you all finally assembled yesterday (at social distance) so we could properly say our goodbyes. You really have been an amazing class and I wish you all the very best for the future in your secondary schools- they are lucky to have you. Thank you so much for all the gifts, messages and cards- they mean so much to me: I am very much looking forward to treating myself with my voucher and can see a new sewing machine in my future to keep me busy over the summer. I also love my special tree, what an amazing way to remember such a special class.
I leave you this year with a few pictures from yesterday. Have a great summer and stay in touch.
Take care my Hawks and always remember that you are amazing!
When we went out on an evening walk the other day we made some new friends. These calves came running up to see us and were very sweet and friendly.
While out on our walks we also noticed that some of the wild blackberries were ripe, so we gathering some from the hedgerows to make into smoothies and to add to our morning cereal. They were delicious!
I can't wait to see you altogether again on Tuesday afternoon. I hope you can bring something with you to share with your friends- a poem, a short letter, a favourite memory or even a joke. We also have your yearbook and hoodies waiting for you, so although we can't do our normal leavers assembly, we can still try to give you the great send off you deserve. See you on Tuesday!
It's been a bit of a wet week hasn't it. Amy and I have managed a few damp evening walks this week. It has been nice exploring our local nature reserve over the past few months; we especially enjoy the lakes.
Although I am still enjoying working in my garden at the weekends, my hopes of a bumper harvest are fading. I have managed to grow one pea from my pea plants and my runner bean's flowers have been eaten by some garden visitor. Never mind, hopefully my tomatoes and courgettes will be more successful.
Hetty and Rocky have been busy while I've been out. Hetty has baked a lemon drizzle cake (it was delicious) and Rocky has been trying out some cunning disguises.
I am really looking forward to seeing you all together again on the 21st. The weather is looking good and it will be great to catch up with you all face-to-face. Take care my Hawks, I can't wait until we can all 'assemble' once more.
I hope you enjoyed the short film I linked to your home learning English activities last week. I wonder if some of you enjoyed making your own book mark buddies and if they went on adventures? I did and he is already setting off for adventures on my book-shelf.
In the garden, we have noticed that the courgette plant is starting to produce fruit- they are a yellow variety and I am very much looking forward to cooking them up once they are fully grown. We also have our first strawberry rippening.
Thank you so much to all of you for sending in your yearbook writing and photos. The yearbook is now being printed by the publshers and I am sure it is going to look amazing. Well done also to everyone who has been doing the PurpleMash and Mathletics work - keep up the great work! Stay in touch with each other and stay happy.
Mr Smith and I were VERY happy this week when Liverpool finally won the Premier League after 30 years of waiting- I know some of you are also Liverpool FC fans so I hope you were happy too.
My two children were really missing school ‘fudge tart’, so I found a recipe online and Amy and I had a go at making one.
It is not quite up to Linzi’s standards, but I'm sure it will taste better than it looks.
Out in the garden I was really pleased to see that some seeds I had planted at the start of lockdown had started to flower. The tomato plants that I had grown from the baby tomato are also starting to flower so I hope they will start producing tomatoes soon. Although the bean plant is still flowering, there are no beans forming yet (still no giants to report).
A huge thank you to everyone who has sent their yearbook writing and photos in. I can’t wait to see the final copy, I think it is going to be really great. It is so lovely to read all your memories of your time at Houghton and to see your photos including some very cute ones from when you first started, oh how you’ve all grown.
Take a look at this week's home learning page for lots of activities and learning and also look on the homepage for our whole school sport's challenge. Take care my wonderful Hawks.
Greetings my Hawks. I hope you have had a good week and have enjoyed writing about all the happy times you've had at Houghton for your yearbook entry. I have really enjoyed reading the ones I have seen and can't wait to read more.
The plants in my garden have enjoyed the rain this week and some of my lawn is even starting to grow back after the many football sessions it has hosted over the past few months. The tomato plants I grew from the tomato I planted in March are doing really well and are nearly ready to flower.
Mr Johnson stone has been checking on the other plants and has reported that he can see flowers and seed pods starting to form. We hope to get some peas soon and that it won't be long before we get runner beans too.
We ordered a dartboard which arrived this week and have lots of fun in the evenings with it. It is really good for our mental maths skills- although we now have some extra holes in the wall! When no-one was looking, Rocky also decided to have a go.
Take care my Hawks and keep sending through your pictures and writing for the yearbook- I love seeing them. Stay in touch with each other and be happy.
A big hello to all my lovely Hawks. I hope you are all well and happy. Despite it being quite chilly this week, I have enjoyed riding my bike everyday and going on some lovely evening walks with my children. Even though I have lived in the same town all my life, I am still finding new paths and tracks to explore. I hope you are finding some nice walks near you too. On one of our walks we discovered a stone snake. The idea is that people can add painted stones to the end, so the snake keeps growing. We added some stones to it; my daughter painted the TARDIS on hers, but they are all different. There are lots with rainbows and colourful pictures.
It all started with a snake head and keeps growing
It is becoming a very long snake.
The Houghton swan seems to be doing very well with her cygnets. Godmanchester has a swan family too and they currently have 8 cygnets. Here is a picture I manged to get of her with 2 of them. Did you know that a female swan is called a 'pen' and a male is called a 'cob'?
This week I hope you will all have a go at writing your entry for the Year 6 yearbook. There are full instructions and ideas on the 'Yearbook Big Write' link on the home learning page; I am really looking forward to reading them all. I have also found an Maths 'Escape Room' puzzle which I thought you might enjoy doing with your family.
As always, keep in touch, stay well and be happy.
Greetings my lovely Hawks. It's gone a bit cold hasn't it. I hope you were able to enjoy the good weather at the start of the week. I enjoyed cycling into school when it was sunny and I saw lots of baby rabbits; they usually hopped back to their burrows when they saw me coming, but I did get one photo.
When I came home from school on Monday, I discovered that my children had been busy with some blu tack, a packet of googly eyes and some toilet rolls. Our new Lockdown buddies did make me smile.
One of my lovely neighbours had been having a sort out and gave me a little greenhouse for my plants. It has helped them stay nice and warm even though the weather has turned cold. The beans are growing very high (still no giants) and the peas are starting to produce pods.
I hope you enjoy some of the new Home Learning activities I have found for you; I think you will especially like the new music app on Purple Mash, it looks really fun.Take care all my lovely Hawks, stay in touch with one another and stay safe.
Hello my Hawks. I hope you have enjoyed your half term. As well as preparing for next week, I have enjoyed some evening walks with my daughter, Amy. We like finding quiet spots to wander where we can listen to the birds and look out for wildlife. These cows were so excited to see us, they ran at full speed across the field to the gate to come and say hello- I think they thought we might be bringing their tea.
As well as discovering a wood mouse in our garden, we have also noticed that a frog has moved in with our goldfish. Amy and Mark have named him Kermit.
On the first week of Lockdown, I planted one baby tomato to see what would happen. I now have five healthy tomato plants, some of which have grown so big they needed re-potting this week.
The runner beans are also doing very well, I have had to use longer poles for them to climb up. Still no giants to report fortunately.
Last week Stone Hawks had such a good time on their trip to the Grand Canyon, that they've decided to have a rest for a while; I hope you had a good rest over half term also. I've put some new activities to try at home on the home learning page, we will be doing the same work at school- I hope you enjoy them. Stay in touch, be kind and stay safe.
Hello my lovely Hawks. It's been a bit windy hasn't it, I nearly got blown off my bike coming back from school the other day. I like my bike ride as I get to see lots of lovely wildlife; there was a red kite overhead the other day and I always see lots of baby rabbits.
My guineapigs, Clara and Bertrude, needed another bath and haircut this week. I think they enjoyed their cuddles as we got them dry. As before, the birds quickly gathered up all the cut hair in their beaks and flew off with it to line their nests.
Getting nice and dry
The beans are still growing very well and we are pleased to say there have been no reports of any giants.
Did you guess that Stone Hawks were at the Taj Mahal in India last week? Can you work out where they are this week? I hope they don't mind heights.
I hope you all enjoy your half-term next week. I will be putting more home learning on for the second half term next weekend. Stay safe and stay in touch with each other.
Greetings my Hawks, I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this week. I have been in preparing the classroom for the changes and have also enjoyed some nice evening walks with my daughter. We saw lots of cows and heard a cuckoo. In my garden we made friends with a little mouse- I took a photo and sent it to Mrs Grant who identified it as a Wood Mouse- we have called it 'Mr Squeak'.
Stone Hawks have also been out in the garden checking on the seeds.
Mr Johnson stone took a small group to check on the beans (and to double check for giants).
He regretted taking his group to check the rocket though!
Mrs Leivers took a group to check on the peas, which are coming along nicely. She thought they could be a bit more sparkly though.
Mrs Roberts' group observed that the baby tomato that she planted weeks ago has produced seedlings. She might have to spread them out soon to give them room to grow.
Mrs Smith took a group a bit further afield. Can you guess where they went? Here is a clue. It was finished in 1643 and is one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Did you guess where they went last week? That's right, they went all the way to Australia to visit the Sidney Opera House.
Stay safe my lovely Hawks and keep in touch with one another. I hope to speak to some of you again next week.
Hello my wonderful Hawks. It has been lovely talking to so many of you over the past week and hearing all your news. I know many of you have been busy drawing pictures of yourself to go on our fence; they are looking amazing. Remember if you haven't done one yet, you still can.
I also know that a lot of you were planning your own VE day celebrations for Friday. We decided to try a wartime ration recipe called Homity Pie; it is made from potatoes, onions, garlic, cheese and egg and was actually very tasty. The bears also celebrated in our window for the local children to spot.
Homity Pie- it tasted better than it looked
I know Mrs Leivers told you about her husband's book and you visited the grave of Captain Drummond on remembrance day last year with her. On VE day her husband put special red, white and blue flowers on the commemorative stone she told you all about.
Did you guess where the Rock Hawks went last week? That's right, they went to see the Eiffel tower. Can you guess where they are this week? I'll give you a clue- they did travel a long way to get there.
Where in the world are they now?
I've put some more learning ideas for you on the Home Learning page which I hope you will enjoy. As usual my amazing Hawks, keep in touch with each other and continue to be the amazing buddies I know you all are. Stay safe and happy all.
Greetings Hawks. I hope you've managed to keep yourself busy this past wet week. I enjoyed watching some of the amazing downpours and seeing the birds bathing in the puddles. There seem to be lots of fledglings around at the moment and we had fun watching them running after their parents, pestering them for food. The Hawks team all send their regards. Mrs Roberts and her family managed to get out into the woods near her house between the showers and took a lovely picture to share with you.
Mrs Leivers also sent me a picture of her cross-stitches which she has been working on. I think they are brilliant- what tiny stitches!
Rock Hawks have been busy learning also. Rock Mrs S took them on a few field trips. She started by bringing them to check on the seeds- but the lettuce had grown so big it was like a jungle to them and she lost her class- oh dear!
'Hawks Assemble... Hawks... Hawks...???'
Eventually she managed to find them all again and after a cup of tea, she decided to be a bit more adventurous again. Can you guess where they went this week? My clue is that its construction was completed in 1889 and it stands 324m tall.
How many of you worked out that they were visiting Athens last week? Did you spot the Parthenon in the background?
After all the rain, some more of my seeds have started to grow. I know some of you have planted seeds as well- have yours started to grow?
The runner beans are growing fast- Mr J, Mrs L and Mrs R stones are on the look out for giants.
I've put some more activities on the Home Learning Page which I hope you will enjoy next week. Next Friday is a special day because it is the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. I've put some information on this on your homelearning. We might join in by making some bunting for our window- I wonder if you are planning anything? Well done to all of you who have been working hard on Mathletics and who've won certificates- I have been super impressed by some of your scores! I look forward to hopefully talking to some of you over the following week and hearing what you've been up to. Take care my wonderful Hawks. As always, look after each other and be happy.
Hello my lovely Hawks. It has been brilliant talking to so many of you this week and hearing all about what you have been doing. It seems lots of you have been enjoying short walks and cycle rides and some have even spotted some wildlife- including a wild snake! The badgers on the school field have also been busy and have been caught on camera. Why not have a look at these brilliant clips.
I know many of you are keeping in touch with each other using technology, well the Hawks team are too. We all agree that we miss you guys lots. Mrs Leivers has been enjoying her evening walks and sends you all lots of love- she misses having fun with you all and hopes you are all safe and happy.
Mr Johnson also says 'Hi' and has been enjoying spending time in the garden with Harper. We thought you'd like this picture of him.
Very cool Mr J.
Mrs Roberts has spent a lot of time in her garden with her chickens and tortoise this week. Apparently 'Rocket' the tortoise is always chasing 'Bunty' the chicken around!
I thought you would want to know how our puppet pals were doing. Well, after having a bit of a break in the classroom they have all had a good wash, a brush up and are now 'vibing' in my garden at home. They all send their love too.
Just hanging around
Now enjoying the sunshine
Stone Hawks have been busy too. They have been checking in on the seeds which we have started to harvest.
In my phone conversations it was suggested that Stone Hawks should 'get out a bit more and go on a field trip'. Well, they did (sort of). I wonder if you can work out where they went? I'll put the answer on this page next week- I'll give you a clue- it's 'topical'.
Where in the world are they?
I don't know if you heard, but it would have been William Shakespeare's birthday last week. As I know you all enjoyed our Macbeth work, even if the ending wasn't very 'warm and fluffy', I've planned some work on another of his plays called 'The Tempest' which I thought you might also enjoy. You will find activities and links to watch the first episode and even start learning some songs on the home learning page.
Take care my wonderful Hawks. Look in again next week to see where Rock Hawks have been and what they've been up to. I think a group of them have been gathering in the corner of my sitting room to make up a rap and another group seem to be enjoying spending time with each other on their x-box; maybe I'll catch them on camera for next week. Remember, keep in touch with each other, keep sharing what you have been doing and look after each other.
Greeting my wonderful Hawks. I do hope you have all had a good Easter. Over the Easter weekend we had a wedding in our house- Rocky and Hetty Bear decided to tie the knot. We up-cycled some old clothes to make their outfits and Amy and I made a wedding cake using what we could find in the cupboards.
The 'Big Day'
After the wedding, the bears went back to their day-job of sitting in the window, trying to make people smile as they walk by.
Mrs White was in touch with me this week and suggested that my 'Stone Hawks' might like to come to Singing Sixes.
'Not the Dog Song again!' sighs Mrs White.
Singing leaders also lead singing assembly in my garden. They started with 'Boom Chicka Boom', before moving onto 'Popacatapetel' and finishing with 'Soft Kitty'.
The local 'wildlife' enjoyed copying and joining in.
The seeds 'Stone Hawks' planted when we first broke up are doing well. The inside seeds are definitely growing quicker than those outside- why do you think that is?
It has been lovely talking to some of you over the last few weeks, especially hearing what you have all been up to and what has been making you happy. My family have been enjoying playing cards in the evening- our favourite game at the moment is one called 'bridge'. Have you been playing any games? It sounds like some of your pets have been enjoying extra time with you. We have also been enjoying spending more time with our pets. As well as Clara and Bertrude the Guinea-Pigs, we have three fish called Manny, Bernard and Fran. They didn't want to stay still, but I hope you can see them in our pond. They are over two years old now and enjoy chasing each other around and playing hide and seek.
As always, stay safe and stay in touch with each other my amazing Hawks. You can look on the home-learning page and homepage to see the new ideas posted there which you might enjoy having a go at. Also you can check in on Mathletics- well done to those of you who have been gaining points and certificates! I look forward to talking to you all again soon; maybe you might come up with some new ideas of fun things 'Stone Hawks' can get up to.
Hello my wonderful Hawks. I do hope you are all safely enjoying the sunshine and your Easter Break. It has been lovely to talk to some of you and your families this week and to hear what you have been up to. I will continue to ring next week and look forward to speaking to more of you then. I am very pleased that you have been inventive in how you are keeping in touch with each other, making the most of the technology available- or even how close your houses are and having loud voices!
Many of you are doing the Joe Wicks keep fit exercises each day and challenged me to try it. Apparently, missing it live at 9am isn't a problem as I can get it anytime- thanks for letting me know! So I had a go Friday.
I did my best: I found the 'frog crunches' hard, but you should have seen my 'Silly Billy' dance moves! I have to agree with your Mums, it's quite a challenge- I ache today!
My bears saw me trying to keep fit and they had a go at some exercise too.
The plants are doing well. Rock Hawks have been keeping a close eye on their progress and have actually eaten some of the inside cress seeds. They said they were delicious.
As the weather has been warm, my daughter Amy and I gave Clara the guinea-pig a bath and a hair cut. Being long-haired we have to do this quite often to keep her clean and tangle free.
Lovely and clean Clara
We tried again with the animal Olympic theme and attempted to teach them both some football skills. They are actually getting quite good at knocking the ball about.
Clara wasn't so keen to be photographed after her hair cut and stayed hidden inside her hide. Have any of you had some interesting home hair cuts too? When we cut Clara's hair we left the off-cuts out on the grass and the birds took it all to make their nests super cosy and warm ready for their chicks.
On Thursdays at 8pm, we, along with most of the country, have been out in our garden banging, clapping and cheering to say a big 'Thank You' to all those key workers. I know that includes some of your Mums and Dads, so we clapped very loudly for them in particular and for you guys for staying at home and doing your bit.
Even my bears, Rocky and Hetty, joined in to say a big 'Thank You'.
As always, take care my wonderful Hawks. 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 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.
My stone class was missing some very special members last week- so here is the full team. Can you guess who is who?
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.
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.
My stone class have been keeping a keen eye on the seeds we planted and are very impressed with their progress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy world of 'Harry- Bow', Prince Harry loves 'em so.' An advert with a moving bow tie and lights, each operated by switches.
Advertising a new Hamster movie- the star has glowing eyes!
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...
Then we made them into our new buddies
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
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.
We had a go at lots of new sports including archery. It was great fun.
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.
Making observations and predictions
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.
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.
What a large chimney!
Some of the facts we discovered really surprised us.
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.
We love to dress up!
Writing with a quill
Playing on hobby horses
After our lunch at the cathedral we turned our hand to brass rubbing. We really enjoyed that too.
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.
The octagonal ceiling
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.
We had a brilliant day .
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.
The team worked very well together and had lots of fun.
On Wednesday Hawk's Class set off to Huntingdon on the bus to learn more about Oliver Cromwell.
Off on the 45A
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!
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.
Learning how to load a musket- it was a slow process.
We even got to have a go- don't worry, it wasn't loaded!
We got to try some Civil War clothing on. The replica armour was surprisingly heavy.
Watch out- Roundhead about!
We enjoyed putting on the clothes
I think we suited the fashion of the time and it was surprisingly warm.
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.
We had a great day out and we only had to travel down the road.
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.
Great oral communication was needed to play this activity
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.
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.
Ratus, Ratus' blog
As well as keeping our minds active, we have continued to keep ourselves physically active with our daily mile.
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.
Here is our new display
We have also been learning about the Feudal system in History as we explore the theme of democracy.
We thought about the pros and cons from the point of view of The King, Barons, Knights and Peasants.
We have also continued with our optical illusion art. Here is some of our amazing work so far.
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.
We looked at how the dew formed droplets on the leaves of the snowdrops
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.
We reflected on the imagery in a reading comprehension we examined yesterday which described the sea as a glass table.
We felt the mud slip under our feet
We played Pooh-sticks. So much fun!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
We used words such as elongated and indistinct.
In our gymnastics we were working on partner balances. We had to work closely together and communicate well.
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.
We brought cakes in from home and also decorated some to sell.
We enjoyed selling our cakes.
Rose even made little plaster animals to sell and made over £20!
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.
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.
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.
We really enjoy our sessions with Mrs David
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hawks in battle mode
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.
Look at our big brains!
Examining a real brain.
We celebrated Christmas today by sharing our delicious Christmas dinner with our buddies from Robins.
We all made Christingles
At the end of the day we met together in the hall for our Christingle service.
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.
First we cut our designs out of felt and pinned them in place.
Next we used an applique stitch to attach the design to our front piece of fabric.
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.
We were really pleased with our final products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making an incision across the orange .
Scooping out the oranges inners.
We dried the empty orange and then filled it with the salt, bicarb and cinnamon.
Finally we wrapped the mummified orange.
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.
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.
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.
We practiced timing our compressions to the song 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Another great week in Hawk's class. We have been busy organising Harvest Festival and our food collection for Godmanchester Foodbank.
Displaying the food.
So much food!
Sorting the food into boxes for the foodbank.
This will save the foodbank people a job! All the beans in one box, all the soup in another...
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.
Writing different types of sentences
We love writing on post it notes
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.
Mushing up the strawberry to break down the structure
After adding detergent and salt to break the cells down we strained the solution to remove the solids.
After adding ethanol we were able to remove the DNA
We also made models of a helix and bracelets of DNA sequences.
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.
We were able to hold a real heart
Listening to one of our six form volunteers as she explained what we could see.
We found the aorta and were able to put our finger in it. It was bigger than we thought.
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.
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!
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.
The lungs breathe out the carbon dioxide and breathe in the oxygen.
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.
We loved our little visitor
On Friday we led sport's morning for years 2-5. The children did a great job.
The children created games, explained how they worked and encouraged younger pupils to take part.
This week we have started working in our School Council committees to set out our aims for the next term.
The Community Committee
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
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
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.
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
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.