Houghton Primary School

"Working hard to achieve our best"

Hawks (Y6)

  Hawks Class are our Year 6 group.

They are taught by Mrs Smith who is assisted by Mrs Leivers, Mr Johnson and Mrs Roberts.

Please click here for information on the Year 6 Curriculum Autumn 2019

Spring 2020 

SAT information meeting for parents Tuesday 21st January 6:30 


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. 

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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.

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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. 

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We really enjoy our sessions with Mrs David

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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Hawks in battle mode

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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. 

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Look at our big brains!

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Examining a real brain. 

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We celebrated Christmas today by sharing our delicious Christmas dinner with our buddies from Robins.

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We all made Christingles

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At the end of the day we met together in the hall for our Christingle service.

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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. 

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First we cut our designs out of felt and pinned them in place. 

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Next we used an applique stitch to attach the design to our front piece of fabric. 

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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. 

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We were really pleased with our final products.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Making an incision across the orange .

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Scooping out the oranges inners.

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We dried the empty orange and then filled it with the salt, bicarb and cinnamon. 

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Finally we wrapped the mummified orange.

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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We practiced timing our compressions to the song 'Staying Alive' by the Bee Gees.

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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.

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One child stood for each fallen soldier
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We also worked very hard to organise fun Children in Need activities and helped the school to raise a magnificent £405.51

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.

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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. 

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This week we have been thinking about religion and what it means to be a Christian. We have also been learning that there are many different denominations of Christianity. As part of our learning, we were very fortunate to welcome Father Geoff to our classroom to talk to us and answer our questions. 

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Another great week in Hawk's class. We have been busy organising Harvest Festival and our food collection for Godmanchester Foodbank.

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Displaying the food.

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So much food!

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Sorting the food into boxes for the foodbank.

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This will save the foodbank people a job! All the beans in one box, all the soup in another...

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Look at all the food that we have collected- thank you everyone!

In lessons we have been thinking about varying our sentence starters and applying all the writing skills we have learnt so far this term. We have been imagining that we were lost in a Cairo market and have been writing descriptions to explain how we felt and what we could see.

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Writing different types of sentences 

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We love writing on post it notes

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Our final work has been displayed ready for open afternoon- we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.


Wow, we have been very scientific this week- welcoming not one, but two scientists to our classroom.

On Monday we were visited by a scientist who taught us all about genes, genetics and DNA. We learnt all about how DNA can be extracted and even had a go at extracting some from a Strawberry. It was great fun and we learnt lots. 

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Mushing up the strawberry to break down the structure

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After adding detergent and salt to break the cells down we strained the solution to remove the solids.

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After adding ethanol we were able to remove the DNA

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We also made models of a helix and bracelets of DNA sequences.

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On Friday we were visited by Mr MacLennan and a group of six form students from St Peters School, who helped us to dissect a real lamb's heart.

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We were able to hold a real heart

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Listening to one of our six form volunteers as she explained what we could see.

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We found the aorta and were able to put our finger in it. It was bigger than we thought. 

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At the end of the session, Mr MacLennan showed us a complete lungs and heart. He pumped air into the lungs and we could see them inflate.

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At the end of such a busy week, the chidlren still found the energy to run a MacMillan Coffee morning for the school and village. Well done year 6!

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This week we have been learning about the circulatory system. We took roles as blood cells and organs and moved around learning how the oxygen and carbon dioxide are transported around the body.

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The lungs breathe out the carbon dioxide and breathe in the oxygen.

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We used the heart to push the blood cells around the body, bringing the fresh oxygenated blood to the organs and removing the waste carbon dioxide. 

We also had a visit from Bobby the dog.

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We loved our little visitor

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On Friday we led  sport's morning for years 2-5. The children did a great job.

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The children created games, explained how they worked and encouraged younger pupils to take part. 

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This week we have started working in our School Council committees to set out our aims for the next term. 

The Community Committee

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We are aiming to bring the school and local community together this term. We are hoping to do a Macmillan coffee morning; we are also hoping to do a pumpkin carving competition as well as a ginger bread competition. These events are for fun rather than to raise money. We will be involving the class reps and fundraising committees.

The Fundraising Committee

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This year we are aiming to raise as much money and awareness as possible for different charities and for our school. We are going to be raising money for ‘Children In Need’, ‘Red Nose Day’, ‘MacMillan’ and ‘Wear A Hat Day’.

We are going to meet regularly for meetings about fundraising to discuss events. We will work with other committees to help us arrange events.

The Eco- Committee

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As the eco committee our main aim this term is to reduce the litter and plastic in the school grounds. We are going to monitor the type and amount of litter at school and look at ways this can be reduced. We are hoping to plan a Litter week were pupils will learn all about litter, this will include a big litter hunt.

Class Reps

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We are aiming to be friendly class reps and make some new friends along the way. We want the children to be more aware of us so we will introduce ourselves early on. As class reps we want to have closer links with teachers, children and the other committees. Hopefully we will find out what new school equipment children want and what is important to them. One of the first things we want to do is read to the children and have regular meetings. For all of these things to happen we will need the help of everyone in the school including adults.

The E-Safety Committee

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This term the E-safety committee are aiming to help pupils at our school avoid online scams aimed at children. We will do this through making posters which we will put up around the school and by making a short film which we hope to share on the website. The film will explain what online scams are around and how they can avoid them.

 For more information on our school council please visit the Community section of our website.


Welcome to Year 6.

The new Hawks Class have made a brilliant start to the year. They have settled in very well and have already been thinking deeply about some tricky Maths problems and have written some application letters to apply for the School Council.

They have also been thinking about the qualities needed to be successful and happy and watched a clip from Frozen Planet about a very determined penguin. We have created some posters to help us remember that we should not give up if we want to be successful. 


Please note that PE lessons will be on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this term, but that trainers will be needed every day for the daily mile.

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