Houghton Primary School

"Working hard to achieve our best"

Hawks (Y6)

Autumn Term 2018

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Friday 15th February

This week we have been having a go at the SAT tests we will be taking in May. We all worked very hard and should be very proud of ourselves. As well as this we have continued working on 'The energy challenge', a project which we are engaged in with Astrazeneka. We had worked in class to find out how many KJ were in 100g of different fruits and foods which we might find on a desert island and how many KJ we would need to be able to row out to sea for an hour. 

We had another visit from Andy and Sargent from Astrazeneca who helped us weigh a range of different fruits using their scientific scales.

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Accurately weighing the fruit

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Later in class we calculated how many KJ were in one banana, one mango etc and then tried to plan a menu which would give us the energy we needed to row out to rescue.  We found lots of different combinations. 

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Lots of energy

One group found the exact amount of energy needed which involved using 1/36 of a kiwi. Mr Johnson didn't think they could find 1/36 of a kiwi so they accepted the challenge. 

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A kiwi cut into 36th- see we can do it!

Some worked so hard and showed such determination to find the perfect recipe that they were visited by Percy, our perseverance penguin. 

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We even got to eat some of the fruit

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We wondered how Pineapples grow so we found out. We have planted our pineapples top- we hope it grows for us.

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Happy half term everyone!

Friday 8th February

This week we have worked very hard completing our desert island survival guides. These are now proudly on display in our atrium. Some wonderful writing and great presentation. 

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Our new display

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Beautifully written and presented work

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We have also been continuing with our Science, investigating which materials are electrical conductors.

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We also investigated magnets and some of the children made an interesting discovery: some two pence coins were magnetic and others weren't. This set us off into a new line of inquiry as to the types of metal used in their production and how this may have changed over time.  Fascinating stuff!

Friday 1st February

This week has been our Science week. We have been using our Science skills to work out how we would have survived on a desert island if we had been marooned as Michael was in Kensuke's Kingdom.

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We have investigated how to get salt from salt water and found out first hand how difficult it is to collect the evaporated water using equipment we might have found on the island. We made up our own experiments and evaluated their effectiveness; we learnt as much from our failures as our successes. 

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Lots of perseverance on show- we didn't give up! 

We have tried to clean dirty fresh water using a system of sieving and filtering.

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We would never want to drink that!

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Sieving and then filtering removed all the visible dirt- but it would still need to be boiled. 

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As Michael suffered from sunburn in the story we even tested which materials would offer the most protection against UV light . We used special UV sensitive beads to test how good different materials were at blocking the sun's harmful rays. 

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We are in the process of writing a 'Desert Island Survival Guide' to share our knowledge. We have had lots of fun and learnt lots. 

We have also been looking at the art of Hokusai, the Japanese painter Kensuke spoke of. We have made our own versions of his famous wave pictures so that we too could be great painters. 

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Beautiful paintings by our budding artists.

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On Friday there was snow in the air as we came to school, so we put on our coats and enjoyed a moment of calm by the mill- listening to the sounds of nature, feeling the snowflakes land on our cheeks and watching them disappear into the water.

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Taking a moment of calm.

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What a beautiful place 

Friday 25th January

This week in RE we have been thinking about the Four Noble Truths. We have been discussing how these ideas can help us achieve happiness. We role-played different scenarios and gave each other different advice based on the teachings of Buddha.

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We have also continued to work on our perseverance skills and 'Percy the perseverance penguin' has visited many tables where children have shown grit, determination and self belief in their learning.

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We have continued to read and enjoy 'Kensuke's Kingdom' in class and have produced some wonderful writing based on this which we have now displayed in our classroom. We are proud of our hard work. 

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Finally we made the most of the snow!

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Friday 18th January

This week we have continued to read our class book 'Kensuke's Kingdom.' We have been writing formal police reports to record Michael's disappearance using clues from the text and have also been using the story to inspire our Science work. On Thursday we were visited by Andy who works in the world of Science. He brought some very technical scales with him which he taught us how to use.

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Learning how to read the scale

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We are going to use these to complete an investigation. We are going to imagine that Michael has seen a rescue ship and needs to row for a mile. We are working out how many Kj (kilo joules)  he would need to consume to have the energy to do this. We have looked at the clues in the book to predict where we think he was shipwrecked and have been investigating the types of fruits and foods which might be available there.

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Working out where in the World Michael might be. 

Friday 11th January

Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year. What a busy and productive first week back we have had. We have been working on our oracy skills and our ability to take part in unstructured conversations. We were given the problem of getting Bob to his cake in the most ingenious way possible and had to discuss this as a group. Each time a new person spoke we passed a ball of wool to them to track the conversation. Some people soon realised that  they were not contributing as much or as often as others so they worked on their strategies for making their voices heard.

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Working on listening to each other and taking turns

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We have also started our Materials projects and this week focused on the concept of solubility. Each group was given a range of materials and had to decide how to create a fair test to see which were soluble. 

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Mixing our solutions

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We have also been reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We used the main character, Michael's, experiences at sea to inspire our own diary extracts. We then helped each other to edit and improve our writing. 

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Reading each others work and giving feedback

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Wednesday 19th December

We have been enjoying the last few days before the Christmas holidays  start working hard on our Pop Up Christmas Card designs. After studying different designs and mechanisms for the past week the children produced some amazing final products- each one unique.

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A pop up Santa

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Manga style Christmas trees and presents. 

We also had fun playing with the Math's games we made for our home learning.

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Lots of concentration

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Have a wonderful Christmas everyone and thank you for all the cards and gifts.

Friday 14th December

Another busy week in Hawk's class. We have been collecting mince pies for our local foodbank and calculating the height of our pile if we were to place each pie on top of each other. By the end of the week we were so proud to have collected over 80 packets which would have create a tower over 14 metres high. Well done year 6.

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We carefully arranged the boxes in the shape of a Christmas Tree

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We also enjoyed our Christmas dinner. We were paired up with Robin's class and helped them cut up their food and chatted to them while we ate.

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We all enjoyed making and wearing our Christmas hats. 

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 Friday 7th December

This week we have continued to investigate sound, specifically whether the volume of a sound decreases when you move away from the source of the sound. We used our new data loggers to measure the volume of a sound as we moved away and recorded our findings scientifically.  

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Using our brilliant data loggers

We have also been learning binary code and can now read and write using this computer language. It has been fun being computer Geeks!

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At the end of the week we launched our Mince Pie Mountain Challenge. We are asking families to donate packets of mince pies for the Foodbank. We worked out how high our mountain might get if everyone donated one packet and we piled them up on top of each other... 36 meters!

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Friday 30th November

This week we have been investigating Sound for our new Science topic. We watched a clip of the Death star from Star Wars exploding and investigated the question- 'Would we have really heard the explosion?' Spoiler- you wouldn't because Space is a vacuum and sound waves need a medium to travel through.

We then researched how we could change the pitch of a sound using a range of instruments and equipment.

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Investigating the pitch of a stringed instrument

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What happens when I shorten the string?

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What is the difference in pitch between a thin and a thick string?

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What happens to the pitch when I change the amount of water in a test tube and blow across the top?

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At the end of Friday we helped run the games room at the Christmas Fayre. We had lots of fun being the human fruit machine. 

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Friday 16th November

Today was Children in Need day and year 6 organised a range of activities to entertain the school during lunchtime. All together we raised £330. Well done year 6

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Throwing bean bags

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Name the bear

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Pin the patch on the Pudsey

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Treasure Hunts

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Friday 9th November

On Friday, as part of our week's work on WWI, we were visited by two local historians who told us about the people from the village who had fought and died in the Great War. They also brought some artifacts with them to show us and gave us some background as to how and why the war started.

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Looking at real shell casings from WWI

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Both big and small

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We looked closely at some of the artifacts including the 'death penny' which was given to the fallen's relatives.

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We saw how some of the aircraft parts were made into other objects after the war such as this walking stick which was made from the propeller of a WWI aircraft.

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We also looked at some very precious medals which were sent to the families of those who had perished.

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We learnt a lot and are very grateful to our visitors for sharing their knowledge with us.

On Monday we enjoyed a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester. We learnt lots and had lots of fun.

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Training to be an astronaut 

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Getting the hang of operating the equipment

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Making new friends from far, far away

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Learning about the Soviet/ American Space Race

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Finding out what it was like living in the 1960s during a time of huge advances in Space exploration.

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Learning about gravity on different planets

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...and finally making friends with Tim Peake.

Friday 2nd November

During half term our poppies went up. We are really proud with how amazingly beautiful they look. Next week we will be learning more about WWI and will be having a visit from a local historian who will teach us about the villagers who gave their lives during the conflict. 

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Our beautiful poppies mark 100 years since the end of WWI

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Friday 19th October

This week we have been working hard on our Science Fiction writing. We wrote our stories independently and then worked together to edit and improve our writing- giving constructive feedback where necessary. We were very proud of our finished stories. 

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Carrying on with the Science Fiction theme, we used Purple Mash to write newspaper articles about an alien invasion. We worked together to create our reports online. 

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Finally the big news this week has to be the safe arrival of Baby Harper Johnson- congratulations Mr Johnson and Carly from everyone in Hawks Class. 

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Friday 12th October

Today we led the school's Harvest Assembly. We talked about the traditions of harvest and also about how a food bank works as this is where our donations were going. .  

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Starting to put the donations out before assembly

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Lots of wonderful food to help lots of people in crisis

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We bagged it all up ready to be delivered to the food bank

We also took part in this years first inter-house sport's morning where we played football and tag rugby.

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Lots of fun and exercise was had 

Lastly this week we have been learning the cup song which Mrs Young performed to the school on Monday in assembly. She joined us on Friday to see how we were getting on and has challenged us to perform with her next Friday in assembly. 

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Friday 5th October

This week we have been working on our long division skills. We split into groups each led by an 'expert'. These 'experts' led their group through the calculation to solve the problems. Great team work and math's talk from all 

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Wonderful Math's talk led by today's experts

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In our writing we have been developing our use of powerful adjectives within our expanded noun phrases. We included these in our settings which we based on a short silent film clip of an alien planet. We then read our descriptions over the clip; we had to speak loud and clear over the backing music to make sure we were heard by the audience.

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On Friday we also started to compose our Space themed music. We worked on the field and recorded our compositions so we can continue to develop them next week.

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Great team work

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Finally our amazing year 6 manned another cake stall on Monday which brought their fundraising total to £450 for Macmillan. We are all very proud of your efforts.

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Friday 28th September

Where has September gone? Another busy week in Hawks class. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to have a visit from Lisa, a STEM ambassador, who taught us how to make ice cream by lowering the temperature of ice below freezing- an activity which was in equal parts fun, educational and delicious.

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Working scientifically

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Enjoying our efforts

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Science never tasted so good!

During the week we have been researching a planet we were given at random so that we could become an expert on it. We had to give a oral pitch  to the class which would have persuaded Professor Brian Cox to focus on our planet in a new TV series on space.  We had to include lots of great facts and make it sound 'AMAZING' We then used the information we had gathered to write non-chronological reports.

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Presenting our pitch to the class

We finished the week with our community and fundraising committees working together to run a Macmillan Coffee afternoon. Lots of fun was had by all and £382 raised. Well done kids!

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Ready for service

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Our fantastic team of helpers

Friday 21st September

This week we have continued to explore our space topic. We looked at the distance between planets; the numbers were so huge they were difficult to visualise so we used toilet paper to produce a scale representation. We calculated that one sheet of toilet paper was worth 10 million km of space. We then set about counting out the sheets and marking on the planets. 

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It was a lot of paper!

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When we had measured the distances out in the classroom we took the roll outside to unravel it on the field and mark where the planets were using children.

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We found that the gaps between the inner planets were relatively small compared to the outer planets. We had to use the whole length of our school field just to get to Neptune and Pluto would have been almost twice as far again.

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Unfortunately the wind was against us, but we got a good indication of the distances involved and it was fun.

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We also organised and ran a sport's morning for Years 2,3,4 & 5.We had a great time and we hope the chidlren did too.

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Encouraging the younger pupils 

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We ended up the week by eating some of the homework which had been brought in- yummy meteor cakes. For more photos please look at our home learning page.

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Friday 14th September

What an exciting week it's been. On Monday morning we went to the field to investigate a mysterious object which Mr James had  'found' during his early morning grounds check. He wondered if it could be a meteor, so the children set off to find out. They quickly discovered that meteors burn up as they enter the Earth's atmosphere so the investigation quickly changed into finding out if it could be a meteorite.

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The children did lots of research and found out that most meteorites are magnetic due to their iron content, so they decided to get a magnet to check our mystery object. Unfortunately it wasn't magnetic. 

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Others found out that it should weigh considerably more than a rock the same size, so they found one and weighed it, unfortunately our mystery object was lighter. Finally the class decided they wanted to try to break it open to check the internal structure as this should be open and bubble like and could also contain crystals, diamonds and gold. 

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Unfortunately, when we broke it open we found it was a soft sedimentary rock and Mrs Smith confessed that it might be the one she found on Hunstanton beach. Never mind, we had fun finding out all about meteorites and it was a very exciting start to our space topic. We are currently working on newspaper articles all about our investigations which we hope to publish next week . 

Friday 7th September

What a great start to the school year Hawks class have had. They have been working very hard in all their lessons and have already enthusiastically started with some of their year 6 duties. They have begun their play leading duties, forming a rota and organising fun activities for other children to join in with during lunch time.

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Organising the troops

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Ready for the off

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Let the fun begin

They have also been busy applying for and being allocated roles within the school council. Once in committees they have worked hard to write an overview of the vision of their committee and a more specific action plan for the work they aim to complete this term. It is now over to them to organise their events and to make a real difference to the school. We think they are going to do a smashing job.

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The Community Committee

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The Fundraising Committee

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The Eco- Committee

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Class Reps

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The E-Safety Committee

 

Wednesday 6th September 

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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. 

Please remember your PE kits, we will be having inside PE on a Wednesday and outside  on a Thursday, however please bring them both in on Mondays and bring them home on a Friday in case we have any additional opportunities on other days. 


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