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Goodbye and Good Luck!
Year 6, for the very last time I am writing to you as your class teacher!
Firstly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for the past year and for being you!
This year may have not worked out the way we would have hoped, but you have been amazing and have been excellent ambassadors of Hawthorn Tree Primary School.
I hope you will look back at your time in primary school and will not forgot all of the years you spent here, learning new things, making new friends and enjoying every moment spent here in school - we appreciate that the last few months have not been easy.
I would also like to thank you all for your cards, presents and kind words. Your thoughtful gifts, of which many were personal gestures, have not been unnoticed and I appreciated them all.
You are all a credit to your parents and I am just very sorry that you were unable to celebrate the end of your time here at Hawthorn Tree with the usual celebrations-especially our residential to London. We still hope to visit Warner Bros. Studios - The Making of Harry Potter. We will keep you all updated on this...watch this space!
I hope you all have an incredible summer and I wish you all the best for your new adventures at your secondary schools. Please keep it touch! It would be so nice to see you from time to time and hear all about how you are getting on!
Take care and thank you!
Preparing for Secondary School
If you are still feeling a little bit worried about starting your new school in September (which is only normal) then remember that you can always visit the BBC Bitesize website to receive testimonies of those who have been through what you are currently going through.
Please see the links below.
Equally, if you still wish to continue your learning throughout the summer, then please feel free to use the links below, where you will be able to access different age related educational activities to use throughout the summer.
Please click on the links below to take you to these web pages.
Year 6 Leaver's Evening
We are pleased to inform you that Mrs Brennan and I, with the support of Mr Kelwick, have organised an opportunity for your children to return to the school to say goodbye.
On Monday 13th July, between 4:30 and 6:30pm, we are able to welcome small groups of 8 pupils, accompanied by one adult only (if you wish to attend with your child), back to school to collect an end of year gift and have the opportunity to see a small number of their peers and staff. Unfortunately, due to the current government guidelines if more than one adult per family attends, we will only allow entrance for one adult.
In order to adhere to the current government guidance on social distancing and to ensure that safety of both your children and staff within school, we have created a timetable (please see letter via Parent Mail) which gives you a brief outline of the time slots available. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
To book your time slot, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating the name of your child, their class and the time slot you would prefer by Thursday 9th July. If we do not hear from you by this date, we will assume that you are unable to attend.
We hope that you are all able to attend this evening. It will be great to see you all!
The Story of Rosa Parks
This video tells the story of Rosa Park's life. She shows how her refusal to give up her seat to a white person on a segregated bus changed the rules of American society and led equality and justice for everyone, whatever the colour of their skin.
Rosa grew up in Alabama, struggling to understand why black and white people were treated differently. One day, Rosa refused to give up her seat to a white person on a crowded bus.
Rosa explained that she was 'tired', tired after a long day at work, but also because she was tired of being treated this way.
This small act was a start to changes in American society forever.
This BBC clip, from BBC stories, really gives you an insight into what life was like for Rosa when she was alive.
Click on the link below to watch Rosa's story.
Sock Olympics replaces Sports Day this year!
As we are unable to hold Sports Day this year, we are pleased to announce that we have created a whole school sporting activity, which you can do at home, in place of Sports Day.
If you are interested in taking part then please watch the demonstration videos via the 'Sports' page on the school website. These videos will explain everything that you will have to do and how to do it.
You will also need to download the activity and score cards to submit your results! (These are also available via the 'Sports' page or download them below).
All entries for your house are to go to email@example.com
We will add all entries for each house together and announce overall Key Stage winners before the summer break!
Thank You to Ms Ingamells for organising this for us!
Transition to Secondary School
Over the past few months, Mrs Brennan, Mrs Blakeborough and I have been speaking to your Secondary Schools about your transition. I just wanted to let you know that we have spoken to them about each and every one of you. We have spoken about what you are like as a person, as well as what you are like in the classroom. I can confirm that ALL the schools have been so impressed with finding out this information and can’t wait to meet with you and work with you at your new school.
Working together means that we can help to make your transition as smooth as possible even though we are unsure as to what this will look like at the moment.
They are keen to meet with you all eventually and we can honestly say they have been great in making sure that they do what is best for all of you.
So, please don't worry, your Secondary Schools have been amazing!
All schools will be sending out transition packs to you all in the next few weeks.
If you are still unsure about next year and need a little bit more information about what it is like for Year 6 pupils to transition to secondary school, then please use the web links below to listen to the testimonies of pupils who have been through what you are all going through. These links may be very useful to you and your parents.
Equally, you could always look on your secondary school’s website for more information or contact them directly.
Take care and please don't worry!
We are all here to help your transition to secondary go as smoothly as possible!
Please look at the links below from BBC Bitesize!
VE Day: Celebrating 75 Years
By 1945, the Second World War had gone on for nearly six years of bloodshed and sacrifice, but things were beginning to change. Following the success of D-Day, the Allied armies in Western Europe from Britain, France, Canada and the United States started to advance on Berlin from the West. Meanwhile, Soviet forces were attacking from the East, leaving Nazi Germany surrounded.
Find out more about VE Day by clicking on the BBC Bitesize link below:
War Inspired Garden
Over the past few weeks, Jacob and his brother Alfie have transformed their garden into a World War replica battlefield.
They have worked extremely hard to create this exciting war inspired garden along with war memorabilia, hammocks and tranches to keep them engaged and occupied.
Well done boys! You have worked extremely well and I hope you enjoy playing in your new garden!
I'm only a little bit jealous that this isn't in my garden!
Watch the transformation video below.
Home Learning Packs
Our next set of learning packs can be collected on Monday 11th May.
These packs are designed so that each pupil can complete a range of different activities over a two week period.
Each learning pack can be collected from Miss East in the main office.
Each year group has been issued with a designated time to collect their learning packs and Year 6 can collect their learning packs between 14:00 and 14:45 (and siblings) unless you are a key worker, then your child will bring this home with them on a day that they are in school.
I hope that you are all keeping well and are keeping yourselves busy with lots of different, fun activities.
If you child is struggling with some of the activities, then please use the websites below to help you.
Mrs Blakeborough and I have had a great day, with children from Year 3 -6, making erupting volcanoes.
The children created their own volcano by using different materials. We then used white vinegar, red food colouring and bicarbonate of soda to make the volcano erupt!
Check out our pictures below!
Follow Anne Frank's Video Diary
Build on your prior knowledge of Anne Frank, from Autumn Term, by following Anne's video diary which will air on YouTube for fifteen episodes. Luna Cruz Perez plays Anne Frank, sharing her life in the Secret Annex, her thoughts and feelings with the camera.
All characters, locations, and events in the series are based on Anne Frank's diary letters.
Also, explore the Anne Frank Museum online.
Follow the links below:
Top Virtual Excursions
Have you ever wondered what it was like to dive to the bottom of the ocean? Or ever wondered what it was like to visit Paris or Rome? Maybe even find out what it's like on Mars?
Well, now is your chance to experience them from the comfort of your own home.
Simply click on the links below to start exploring.
Have fun and send me a postcard!
If you're interested in watching educational programmes that can improve both your knowledge and understanding of Geography, then you can watch them every evening this week.
View the Geogglebox timetable below to find out when each programme is on.
However, if you do miss any of these programmes, they are avaliable on Catch Up!
Thank you to Mrs Brennan for providing this for us!
We hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the sunshine.
Over the past few weeks we have been hearing about some awful
news relating to Covid-19.
However, some of our Year 6 pupils have been researching about positive news stories from around the globe; stories that we’re not necessarily hearing about on the news during lockdown.
Our Year 6 pupils have started to create their own news reports about these global news stories called Sunshine News.
If you wish to view these news reports, and we strongly suggest that you do, then please follow the link to our Video Research Centre below.
Keep them coming girls, you’re doing an excellent job in what is already such a difficult time!
Your news reports have definitely put a smile onto our faces during such a difficult time, we hope they put a smile on your face too.
Year 6 Team
Home Learning Packs
Our next set of learning packs can be collected on Monday 20th April.
These packs are designed so that each pupil can complete a range of different activities over a two week period.
Each learning pack can be collected from the Old Kitchen on the day.
Each year group has been issued with a designated time to collect their learning packs and Year 6 can collect their learning packs between 14:00 and 14:45 unless you are a key worker, then your child will bring this home with them on a day that they are in school.
I hope that you are all keeping well and are keeping yourselves busy with lots of different, fun activities.
Mrs Blakeborough, Mrs Avison and I hope that we can see you all again soon!
Below are some different activities for you to enjoy over the Easter weekend.
Free Activities to complete at Home
If you fancy a challenge, why not see how many of these activities you can complete while you’re stuck at home!
You won’t even need any form of technology to complete them!
There’s 25 different activities to complete -Have a go!
I really like number 12! Here’s my silly sentence:
The banana-eating dolphin closed his bedroom curtains; he was scared of the snow balloons falling elegantly to the ocean floor.
Additional Home Learning
As you are aware, you would have had several different maths, reading and SPaG activities issued to you in your home learning packs.
However, if you have completed all of these tasks and would like some different activities to complete, whilst at home, then please feel free to enjoy these free activities by clicking on the different links below:
Year 6 Classwork (20/03/2020)
Dear Parents and Carers,
We appreciate your patience as we organise and manage our distance learning for your children. These are indeed unusual times for us all and we all have questions and concerns that we may not have the answers to at the moment. Your child will be bringing home a learning wallet containing spelling, grammar, reading and maths activities. We do expect the children to complete at least one English and Maths activity daily. In addition to this, please encourage your children to read as much as possible, this could include reading to other family members and friends.
Please keep up to date with our class page as we will be posting more information here regularly.
Thank you for your support and understanding,
Year Six Team
Welcome to Falcons Class
Mrs Blakeborough, Mrs Avison and I would like to welcome you to our class page. It is a pleasure to work alongside your child - we are all excited for the year ahead.
Throughout the year, we will all be facing lots of different and exciting challenges which we are going to tackle together as a team, working together and supporting each other. There will also be lots of exciting roles and responsibilities for your child to become involved within, allowing us to grow in confidence, independence, resilience and more importantly, allow for us to be immersed in fun and develop our love for learning.
Each week, your child will be set homework which links in with the learning taking place within the classroom. We encourage you to support your child with the tasks which have been set, alongside listening to your child read at least twice a week.
Throughout the year, different reading challenges will be set and reading will be celebrated throughout the school. We have some fantastic Y6 texts to read this year beginning with Goodnight Mister Tom in support of our English and History lessons.
Please don't hesitate to come and speak to us if you have any questions or concerns about your child. If your child is struggling with homework, then please encourage them to come and speak to myself, Mrs Blakeborough or Mrs Avison BEFORE their homework is due in, this means we can go over the homework together in enough time.
Please keep browsing our class page for important updates, homework timetables, curriculum newsletters and more importantly, the children's learning.
Congratulations to: Izzy, Janis, Oscar and Freeman who are our termly Reading Raffle winners. These lucky winners have received a £5 cinema voucher to spend at West End Cinema, Boston.
Well done and enjoy your visit to the cinema!
Remember to keep reading!
Transporting Water and Nutrients Presentation
This lesson, we had to create an informative poster, which explained how water and nutrients are transported around the body.
We first recapped about the Digestive System, which we learned about in Year 4, before working in different groups to collect relevant information about how water and nutrients are transported around our bodies.
Once we had created our posters, we had to work together to present our posters to the rest of the class.
Here is what we found out:
Nutrients and water are absorbed in the system in the stomach, small and large intestines.
They enter the blood stream via the capillaries where they are passed through to the arteries.
The blood is circulated throughout the body (including being oxygenated in the lungs and the heart).
Nutrients are absorbed by the cells that need them and water is absorbed by all cells.
This afternoon, Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to receive an educational lesson from Sharon Sipple who works in partnership with the Holocaust Education Trust.
Building on our prior knowledge of WW2 and The Holocaust, Sharon delivered a lesson about the largest organised response to the refugee crisis – the Kindertransport programme – through the experiences of one Czech Jewish girl.
Vera's Journey follows the life of Vera, a young Jewish girl, who became one of thousands of young children who were brought to Britain during WW2 on the Kindertransport. The Kindertransport enabled Britain to take pride in the fact that it opened its doors to save the most helpless of Hitler’s potential victims.
Thank you Sharon for sharing this inspiring story with us.
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
This term, we have been concluding our maths unit on fractions, decimals and percentages. In Year 6, we have been ordering, comparing and finding fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents.
Over the past two weeks, we have been looking at percentages and have been finding: percentages of amounts, fraction and decimal equivalents and have been using bar models to help us find percentage increases and decreases.
This was tricky at the start, but we got there in the end!
Well done Year 6 with your positive working attitude towards your maths work - Keep it up!
Take a look at our work samples below.
Trade and Economics
Our new topic this term is Trade and Economics.
Since returning in January, we have been finding out about how goods and services are traded around the world.
Over the past few weeks, we have been looking at how the UK trades with different countries around the world and which goods are imported and exported and the methods of transport used to transport them globally.
Take a look at some of our work, where we had to draw bar charts to show which goods are both imported and exported to and from the UK and also who the UK's trade partners are.
The War in Europe is Over!
Victory in Europe Day/ VE Day took place on May 8th 1945. It was a public holiday and day of celebration to mark the defeat of Germany by the Allied forces in World War 2.
VE Day marked the formal conclusion of the war with Germany and brought to an end six years of suffering, courage and endurance across the world.
As news of the surrender spread, the war-weary British citizens began to rejoice straight away. During the previous six years, half a million homes had been destroyed, thousands of civilians had been killed and many millions of lives disrupted, in Britain alone.
The news of a surrender was what everyone needed to hear.
Year 6 Celebrations
To celebrate the end of our WW2 History topic, we celebrated VE Day in school. Throughout the day, we completed activities about VE Day and why it was important to so many people in Europe. We found out that even through the war in Europe was over, fighting still continued over the world.
We also had the opportunity to have our very own street party in the hall where so many of us, including the teachers, dressed in wartime outfits to celebrate the day. We also made our very own eggless sponges, a war time recipe due to rationing, and served them at our street party. Did we like the cakes I hear you say? Well, the jury is still out on that one!
A thoroughly enjoyable day – thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Well Done Y6 for your hard work and enthusiasm this term. It is definitely evident throughout the work you have completed.
Take a look at our pictures below.
Throughout the war, stories emerged of acts of great heroism. Many of these acts were well known by the public, both during the war and afterwards.
We were aware of national heroes such as Winston Churchill, but there were so many of whom we did not know. Other heroes only became well know after the war such as: Oskar Schindler, who saved many Jews from being killed. His story only became widely known after a book was written about him in 1982.
Alan Turing's important decoding of German military messages was a secret for many years after the war due to a law called the Official Secrets Act.
As a class, we have been learning and researching about many of these unsung heroes and have even had the opportunity to decode our own secret messages, just like Alan Turing did.
We researched the lives of: James Stagg (a meteorologist who advised Allies in Europe about the Normandy landings) Sir Nicholas Winton (Who saved hundreds of European Jewish children by bringing them to Britain on the Kindertransport) Corrie Ten Boom (Helped hide Jews in her home during the war in Amsterdam) and Eileen Nearne (She was sent to France to spy on the Nazis, networking to receive money for the resistance fighters).
We are proud of the work we have completed - especially Jack and Connor.
Take a look at some our work below.
Planning an Investigation
This week in Science, we have been concluding our topic on Electricity.
As a class, we have been investigating whether or not the length of a wire affects the components within a circuit.
In our groups, we created a circuit that included: wires, a cell, a cell holder and a light bulb; to test to see if the wire length affected the brightness of a bulb, or a buzzer; to test to see if the wire length affected how loud the buzzer was.
Throughout our investigation, we had to take into consideration different variables which might have affect the results of our investigation: a dependent variable, an independent variable and a controlled variable.
Have a look at our photos below to see us making our circuits.
Each week, Falcons are encouraged to read to an adult, at home, as many times as possible. Every Monday morning, Mrs Blakeborough will check the reading diaries and issues the children with raffle tickets depending on how many times they have read to an adult that week.
The children will then enter their raffle tickets into a prize draw and at the end of each term, two lucky winners will have the chance to win a £5 cinema voucher each to spend at West End Cinema, Boston.
Congratulations to Katie and Leah for being our first Reading Raffle winners for Term 1.
You have to be in it to win it!
Keep reading - it is so important that you do read!
Today, 18/11/19, we have had the privilege of having Nadia and Lou host a light workshop in our very own classroom. Throughout the day, the children have been creating their own jellyfish lanterns, in preparation for the Boston Illuminate Festival on Thursday 21st November in Boston town center.
Firstly, we used willow and bent it into required shapes, then used masking tape to create a 3D frame, before coating our frames in tissue paper and glue to create our own lanterns.
We have had such a fun day and the results are fantastic.
A BIG thank you to Nadia and Lou for working with us today and a big well done to Year 6 for their hard work throughout the day.
Have a look at our pictures of our lanterns below and we hope to see you all on Thursday 21st for the Illuminate Boston Light Festival 2019.
A Christmas Day Truce
Christmas Day 1914, the sound of gunfire in the WW1 trenches has fallen silent and has been replaced by the singing of Christmas Carols from both sides.
Here the story of one incredibly brave soldier, Jim, is told as he decides to climb out of his trench onto No Man's Land. Here, stood petrified on this vast, battle ground, he meets a German soldier named Otto. After an initial meeting, Jim and Otto wander into No Man's Land before exchanging conversation about their lives back home and playing football with other soldiers and for just a moment, they forgot about the horrors of war around them.
Sainsbury's Retelling the Story
2014 commemorated a 100 years since these events of 'The Great War' took place. Sainsburys coupled up the Royal British Legion to bring a wonderful story to life.
In our English lessons, we have been learning about the Christmas Day Truce. We have watched the Sainsbury's advert many times, before answering a range of comprehension questions about
We then used the information from the story depicted through the advert, to write our own dual diary entries from the perspective of the two brave soldiers, Jim and Otto.
In the photos below, you can see two excellent examples written by Katie and Martynas.
Well done to you all for your enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail within your writing.
Help for Heroes
Congratulations to Jayden and Jacob for raising an amazing £90.30 for Help the Heroes 2019. The children held a bake sale (fantastic baking skills Jacob) and Guess the Sweets in the Jar. The children used their own play times and lunch times to advertise, plan and make the posters and bunting in preparation for the sale. Thank you to all the parents and pupils who supported Jayden and Jacob in their fund raising. Well done!
World War 2 - Gas Masks
This term, Year 6 have been working really hard, learning all about WW2. In our DT unit, we have been looking at wartime gas mask and why they were so important during WW2.
We found out that during WW2, everybody was issued with a gas mask to protect them in the event of a gas bomb being dropped during an air raid. Luckily, there was never any need for a gas mask to be used properly. It was essential that everybody carried their gas mask at all times wherever they went and you would be fined if you were caught without it. Posters were also displayed everywhere to remind people to carry their gas masks at all times.
Throughout the term, we have been researching about wartime gas masks, creating our own research questions, asked our peers about the design of a gas mask they would like, created a detailed product design, which shows us the steps we needed to take to be able to make our own gas mask, constructing our own wartime gas mask, before writing a detailed evaluation about our finished product.
This topic also fits in with our English topic, Goodnight Mister Tom, which follows the journey of a young boy from London, William Beech, as he is evacuated to the countryside. William also had a gas mask which he carried with him everywhere he went.
Our gas mask were constructed using, paper, cardboard and we used plastic for the eye holes.
A GREAT effort Year 6 - Well done!
Opening Evening - 'See Where We Learn'
Thank you to all who attended our open evening, last night (8/10/19). It was nice to finally meet and talk to so many of you. It was a pleasure to welcome you into our classroom to see our learning environment and allow for you to have the opportunity to see your child's hard work that they have completed since September. It was nice to listen to the children explain to you about their learning so positively.
Again, if you have any concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Week 6 - Addition and Subtraction
Our focus in maths, over the past few weeks, has been addition and subtraction. In yesterday's lesson (30/9/19), we were using different representations to solve missing number problems.
The children worked really hard to find missing numbers by drawing either a bar model or part whole model, before using the inverse operation to help them calculate the missing number from the original question.
Well done Year 6!
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Firstly, I would just like to thank all the children and adults who very kindly baked and bought delicious cookies, cakes and edible sweet treats, in support of MacMillan Coffee Morning, on Thursday 26th September.
Throughout the morning, Falcons Class had the opportunity to colour in pictures of cakes, design their own cupcake and take part in a baking quiz.
It was lovely to see so many supporting this very worthwhile charity - Thank you for your continuing support.
(The overall total amount raised will be shared on the school's social media pages shortly)
Mrs Blakeborough first in the queue to purchase her delicious sweet treat.
This week in science, we have been learning about how light travels in a straight line and how the light rays reflect off of different objects, enabling us to see.
Throughout the lesson, we found out that a reflection allows for us to see around or over other objects e.g. a wall, and that a periscope allows for us to be able to do this.
We worked in smalls groups and used cereal boxes, detailed templates and mirrors to create our own working periscopes however, the task was more challenging than it sounds. Firstly, we had to create a list of our own instructions on how to make the periscope, before using these instructions (hopefully instructions which were accurate) to create a working model.
Take a look at our pictures below to see how we got on!
School Council Speeches
We have been absolutely blown away by the quality of School Council speeches this year!
Yesterday, (11/9/19) Falcons presented their speeches to KS2 in the hall. It has been such a difficult decision for the staff to choose just 6 children to represent the class for School Council. We are awaiting the speeches and results from Mrs Brennan's class, before the results can be announced.
We are so pleased with all of the children as they have worked their socks off to produce such amazing speeches and with this alone, the children should already be proud of their achievements.
Keep up the hard work Falcons!
Well done and best of luck to you all.
Summer Homework Projects
We have received some fantastic homework since returning to school in September. The children have worked extremely hard over the summer researching about how Boston was affected during WW2. We have received amazing fact files, posters, scrapbooks, interviews with grandparents and even Lego models. The children should be incredibly proud of themselves for the hard work and commitment to their summer homework project - well done Falcons!
Number and Place Value Lessons - Week 1
A great first maths lesson in Year 6 recognising numbers up to 10,000,000. Throughout the lesson, all children were enthusiastic with their learning. Well done Year 6! Here you can see us using Place Value mats and counters to recognise numbers up to 10,000,000.