Year 6 Classwork.
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. Our Seesaw page will also remain open and parents and children are welcome to message me directly. I have enclosed sign in sheets for those not currently subscribed. TT Rockstar logins are glued onto children's folders as this remains part of our homework policy.
Thank you for your support and understanding,
Year Six Team
Welcome to Owl Class.
We hope you enjoyed the summer break; it's great to be back. I am delighted to have the privilege of teaching so many of you again in your final year here at Hawthorn Tree. Our journey together in Y6 will be filled with challenges, but it will also be filled with discovery, amazing learning experiences, new roles and responsibilities, growing independence and equally importantly- enjoyment and laughter.
This is the year of reading; challenges have been set and reading will be celebrated throughout the school. Please support your child's reading by hearing them read at least twice a week, we have some fantastic Y6 texts to read this year beginning with Goodnight Mr Tom.
We have had a great first week back in the classroom, the children have been writing their School Council speeches and having read them I know that the teachers are going to find it very difficult to vote this year!
Our Maths this week has focussed on Place Value and Comparing and Ordering numbers. The children have completed a range of activities and have enjoyed building on their resilience through some tricky problem solving questions.
Congratulations to Jenson for being awarded our Class Certificate this week for his great start to Year 6 and for being a bit of a hero.
Fundraising for our London trip will continue throughout the year with groups of children each taking turns, approximately one fundraising activity per month. Mrs Brennan has promised to provide cakes for the children to sell at each fund raising event - because who doesn't love cake!
Please do come and speak to us if you have any questions or concerns about your child. We are available briefly at the start of the school day and most evenings after school. If your child is struggling with homework, they are welcome to come and see Mrs Brennan BEFORE their homework is due in, this means we can go over the homework together in enough time.
Please keep checking out our class page for important updates and snapshots of our learning.
Geograpphy - Brilliant Biomes!
We created some brilliant work on biomes this week. I think you'll agree the children's work has created a fantastic display. The children wrote about how the world is divided into lots of different biomes and how these differ depending on their climate. They were able to choose from desert, aquatic, rainforest, tundra, forest and grasslands.
Fantastic workshop this afternoon to celebrate World Book Day. The children, together with West End Dance, choreographed a series of still and moving pictures around the novel Coraline written by Neil Gaiman. The story follows a young girl , Coraline, after she moves into a mysterious old house with her parents. She explores the garden and meets the other inhabitants of the building: retired actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible who live in the flat below, and a strange old man who claims to be training a mouse circus in the flat above. What a tale...
The children thoroughly enjoyed their session and were engaged from start to finish.
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.
Well done to Year 6 for completing our unit on percentages. We used the bar model to help us calculate percentages of amounts. We then moved onto calculating the percentage increase and decrease of amounts.
Science - How are nutrients and water transported around the body?
We have been designing posters to explain how water and essential nutrients are transported around the body. Next week we will present our posters - watch this space for more photos next week.
Fund-raising for London 2020
A massive thank you and well done to Katie, Bailey and Leiton who have shown their amazing enterprise skills by creating Harry Potter themed gifts for their classmates to purchase. All money raised will be put towards our London trip in 2020.
V.E. Day Celebration.
Well done to the children in Year 6 who dressed up for our V.E. Day themed Christmas party. We celebrated the end of our W.W.2 topic with our very own street party. Morning preparations included the children baking Rock Cakes - a popular treat made during rationing- followed by our class party. Thank you to all of the parents for your kind contributions. I have really enjoyed this term's topic, but I am also looking forward to our next topic - The Titanic!
A great afternoon investigating what happens to a bulb when we increase or decrease the voltage in a circuit.
Fantastic Lantern Making Workshop.
Year 6 have had an amazing day working with two artists to create our lanterns ready for the Illumination procession on Thursday 21st November. The children worked hard all day to produce their lanterns using skills such as: bending willow sticks to make the main body and tail, attaching light circuits inside the shell and then covering their finished fish lanterns with tissue paper and decorating them. Well done everyone for such a great day. Can't wait for the procession which celebrates 400 years of local history.
Another great week in Year 6 this week, your mature attitude toward your tests was admirable - I am proud of you all.
Well done to Jayden who was awarded our class certificate this week for being a fantastic role model in PE on Thursday with Miss Neal.
Please check the homework timetable on this page to check when homework needs to be submitted.
Enjoy the fantastic weather this week-end and remember to have a well earned rest Year 6.
Congratulations to all the students who read their School Council speeches on Monday. You all spoke clearly and delivered your ideas well. Announcements will be made soon.
Congratulations also to Mia who won this week's Good Work certificate for her letter home from an evacuee. Well done Mia.
World War 2 - Gas Mask
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 we write 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!
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!