Welcome to Hawthorn - Year 6!
Welcome to Hawthorn Class! Our class teacher is Miss Yeates who loves pandas, reading and Harry Potter. We're very lucky to have Mrs Davidson working as our brilliant teaching assistant.
For the time being, there are obviously going to be some big changes to our learning.
The children have been sent home with the following:
- Spelling activity menu
- Reading activity menu
- Topic activity menu
- Lined exercise book
- A reading book
They should regularly complete activities from the menus and I will be setting a Literacy and Maths activity on here for 9am each day as well as setting weekly spellings and homework book pages on a Friday. They should also continue to read regularly and may wish to complete book reviews of what they've read. I'll look forward to seeing all of their hard work.
I will also be setting Times Table Rockstars battles and challenges regularly.
As Twinkl is offering free access at the moment, you may wish to give your child other work to complete. If you go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS you will be able to access all of their content.
I am sure you are aware that audible.co.uk offers a free 30 day trial and so you will be able to download a free audiobook for your child if you wish. If you cancel the membership once the free trial ends, you're able to keep the audiobook. Audible is also now offering free access to a range of children's books through the website stories.audible.com.
Joe Wicks, "The Body Coach", will be leading a live 30 minute PE session with exercises which children can do from their own homes. It will take place every weekday at 9am on his YouTube channel starting next week- https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1/videos It's aimed at children but I'll still be giving it a go!
As a school, we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning and use their resources in most lessons. New home learning maths lessons can now be found at https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/ Each lesson will contain a PowerPoint, worksheet and answer sheet. Please note, this is new content which we have not learned in class.
While we are now facing lots of changes, what will not change is how proud I am of my class. Each of you have already grown up so much this year. You have worked so hard and pushed yourselves, talked respectfully about important topics and shown such kindness and compassion. Even on days when you have been given warnings or we've had to talk about listening and respect, I have loved teaching you. I really can't wait to see you all again.
Look after yourselves and your families.
Friday 3rd April
Good morning Hawthorn! 😊
I hope you’re all well. Yesterday, I was busy watching The Prisoner of Azkaban (my favourite of the Harry Potter films), starting a new book and filming the final Room 13 video. Below, you’ll find a word document explaining your choices for the book we’ll read after the Easter holidays. If you want me to read a book after Easter, you have until Monday 20th April to vote for the book you’d like.
Tom A has found a YouTube channel which you might be interested in: Art for Kids Hub. This is a really cool YouTube channel which uploads a new video every weekday with How To guides to drawing different things. If you’ve got time, have a look and try one of the drawings: https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub/videos
Here is your home learning for today. Remember to spend some time doing things which you enjoy today and which are good for you: read a book, play a game or be creative and make something!
It’s time for another Free Write Friday. Your literacy learning today is to do some free writing. As before, your writing does not need to focus on a specific thing- you can choose what you would like to write about. You can also choose which text type you want to use but you should write at least a paragraph. If you’re struggling for ideas, your writing could be based on the Pandora video (a story set there or a diary entry from someone visiting the planet for example) or could be about Easter as it’s almost Easter Sunday. Make sure to use your best handwriting and make careful spelling choices. You may want to decorate the page once you’re done too.
I’ll look forward to reading your free write.
Today, we’re going to recap fractions and the four operations. Below is a PowerPoint to help refresh your memory on how to answer different fractions questions. As before, we have learnt this in school previously. The answers to yesterday’s work are also on the PowerPoint and I’ll give you the answers to today’s work after the Easter holidays.
There’s a PDF version of the PowerPoint below which is almost all black and white if you’d like to print it out and want to save your ink!
If you’re struggling to access the PowerPoint or with your work, please email me so I can help.
As next week is the Easter holidays, I won't be setting you any work to do. As I've been doing over the past two weeks, I will update this page with some fun activities or websites you might want to try out. I'll share some ideas with you on Monday so check back if you're looking for some things to keep you busy during the holidays.
Hope you have a great Easter holiday; I’ll see you in a couple of weeks!
Reubun's Crystal Experiment- Well done Reubun!
Tom's Pandora Animal- Well done Tom!
Theo's Pandora Animal- well done Theo!
This is a copy of our weekly timetable. Please note that some weeks will be different.
We have been using the poem The Highwayman in Literacy and have looked at some of the illustrations which accompany it. Today, we recreated one of them using card and either chalk or charcoal. It was a tricky task as we had to use different art techniques and try to use perspective.
The children have produced some fabulous pieces- I've been trying to work out who they each belong to!
On Friday 6th March, we celebrated World Book Day. Everyone came to school dressed as a book character and had lots of fun sharing their costumes. During the day, we finished our class book, took part in the World Book Day Bumper Book Quiz and also were visited by Maple class. We read to the children in Maple class and listened to them read to us. We all had a fab day celebrating reading!
Our visit to Bletchley Park
As part of our history topic this term, we've been learning about the code war fought at Bletchley Park during World War 2. After we had a lesson in school on ciphers, the Enigma machine and the role of the people working there, we went to visit Bletchley Park. While we were there, we explored all of the huts in the park and had an interesting, and informative, guided tour. We also saw plenty of different machines, including multiple Enigma machines, a replica Bombe and Alan Turing's office and had time to play on all of the interesting interactive displays. At the end of our visit, we took part in a Codes and Ciphers activity where we had to decrypt different messages using different ciphers. We also had a closer look at an Enigma machine and were even allowed to use it! Thank you very much to Mrs Davidson and Mrs Snellgrove for coming with us and enabling the trip to happen.
Making model Anderson Shelters
While the rest of the class were on their Young Voices trip, we learnt about Anderson Shelters which were used during World War 2. We learnt about what they were and how they were used before then having some time to build our own model Anderson Shelters and show our knowledge of them.
In Science this term, we've been learning about the Heart and the Circulatory System. After we learnt about the different parts of the heart and its function (and observed a lamb's heart dissection where we were able to get up close and touch the heart!), we've been learning about the components of blood. We learnt about the four different main parts: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma, as well as their functions. To help us remember our learning, we then made blood out of cheerios, red food dye, white marshmallows, pom poms and orange squash!
Wallingford School Sports Morning
We were lucky enough to be invited to Wallingford Secondary School for a sports morning. The children took part in a carousel of activities including trampolining, the climbing wall, circuit training and a dance session. As well as being a fun morning, it was a great opportunity for children who are interested in attending Wallingford next year as it allowed them to experience some of the facilities and get to know some of the PE staff.
We hope that you enjoyed the PGL assembly. The children had designed it themselves and chosen what they would like to share with you. Unfortunately, I am unable to upload the PowerPoint to the website. Instead, I have shared a selection of photos from the PowerPoint.