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Hawks (Y6)


Hawks' Class are our Year 6 group. They are taught by Mrs Smith who is assisted by Mrs Leivers and Mrs Garrick.

Please click here to find out more about the Y6 curriculum for the Autumn term 2017

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Autumn 2017


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.

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Taking our pulse

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Taking quick bursts of intensive exercise

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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.

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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.

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We thought of different questions we had about the heart and used the new ipads to research our answers. 

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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. 

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Lots of activities to energise and stretch.

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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. 

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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.

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From giant books...

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...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. 

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Hawks displaying their donations

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Wow, look how much we collected altogether!

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After assembly we bagged all the food up ready to be collected by Phil from the Foodbank.

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We all worked together as a team to get the job done.

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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. 

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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.

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The heart gently pushes us on so we can continue our journey.

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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.

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Calling our groups over.

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Explaining the activity

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Enouraging and motivating

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Making an outline

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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. 

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Beautiful embroidery

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Information on hieroglyhics 

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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.


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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.

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