This has been a good one. We've settled back into a non assessment routine and got to grips with our new text in English - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.
This is a wonderful book with some brilliant characterisation and equally great writing. We've focused largely around explore the language and figurative language this week.
In Maths we have, as well as celebrating National Numeracy Day, we have moved into looking at some statistics work. This has largely involved exploring data sets and line graphs for continuous sets of data. We have tied this in with our Geography work and explored the temperature in New Orleans and Rio De janeiro.
In Science we have started a week long experiment charting the optimum conditions for mould growth on bread as part of our work with micro-organisms. This will no doubt become quite a disgusting looking experiment by the end but should really help refine our observational skills!
Yet again it has been another busy week this week, especially with the children taking their SATs. This year saw the return of the assessments after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, and I would like to applaud and congratulate all of the year 6 cohort for taking everything in their stride.
Their dedication in coming to SATs breakfast and all their work in class has been tremendous. Well done Hawthorn.
In addition to the SATs this week we have found time to look into some interesting things in class as well. Science this week was particularly interesting with a closer look at Carol Linnaeus and his methods of categorisation relating the natural world.
In Geography, we also looked at the exciting city of New Orleans and touched on its hosting of Mardi Gras as part of our topic in geography relating to North and South America and Carnivals. The children have been working hard on their research skills and it's been great to see the quality of their note taking improving as we have progressed through this unit.
Finally, there's still going to be a lot going on in school over the coming weeks so please keep an eye out on parent hub. As ever, if there is anything I can help with then please get in touch.
This week we have focused in on our revision in SPAG related knowledge. The children have worked extremely hard to identify all the various arcane elements of sentences and grammatical constructions.
We have also looked further at our text of 'How to Live Forever'. The children have finished off their rather wonderful sets of instructions and have now moved into writing a short narrative prequel to our story. The quality of writing has been superb with some really atmospheric descriptions.
In maths we have focused on the internal angles of shapes. The children have jumped into this topic and really worked hard on the problem solving elements. It's been a very satisfying process to see how they've developed as we've moved through it.
A final note regarding SATs:
With SATs coming up next week the children are now prepared and ready to go with the assessments. They have worked incredibly hard in such a tricky time and have set themselves up in the best position possible to succeed come next week. Please make sure that the children are as relaxed and prepared as possible for next week and if they have any concerns please let me know so that I can talk them through any of the worries.
Welcome back to term 5!
We have a lot of learning going on this term for a full overview of what we are doing please have a look at the MTP overview linked on this page. Our time table is also updated and available with the MTP.
Our P.E days are now Tuesday and Friday so please can you ensure that children come in with their kit on for those days. If your child cannot take part in P.E could I please ask that you let me know with a quick e-mail or message sent in.
In this penultimate term we are now very close to the point when the children will be taking their SATS, now more than ever it is vitally important that the children are in every single day. The children have worked extremely hard this year and this will help give them the best lead in to the testing period.
In terms of work this week we have jumped into our new text 'How to Live Forever' by Colin Thompson. The writing from this first week has been excellent - some of the recipes for immortality have been particularly brilliant!
In maths we have continued with our revision and ticked off some areas that the children wanted to become more confident in. The world challenge has been key in the class the children have really been stretching and challenging themselves with what they have been doing.
We have also started in on our topic of Carnival and comparing how Carnivals look in North America. This will later lead to looking at South American Carnivals and then finally comparing it to British ones.
If you have any queries or would like any additional work set to support your child's learning then please e-mail. My address is email@example.com .
Welcome to Hawthorn Class
My name is Mr Webber and I am now in my third year at CPS. As well as being lucky enough to be the year 6 teacher I am also Maths subject lead and help oversee the development of Maths across the school. Outside of school I have a young son called Oliver who is just about to start Year 1 this year and a rather gorgeous pet Hamster called Eliza. My wife is also a teacher in secondary.
Other adults who you will be seeing this year are the wonderful Mrs Watters. As I'm sure you already know Mrs Watters is amazingly supportive and we are very lucky to have her in Hawthorn this year.
In Hawthorn class the aim of all our learning is focused around making you, as learners, confident and independent. At the end of year 6 you will be learners who are confident and willing to try out new skills and ideas. The key to learning in year 6 particularly, is about developing a mindset that will allow you to take risks in the knowledge that if something goes wrong, then it's not anything to worry about, rather it is a brilliant opportunity to learn something and try again. You will never fail at anything if you don't give up on it.
What to wear and bring to school
All students should come to school in school uniform and with a school bag. Students should pack a water bottle, hat and any pencil case/stationery that they may want to use. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. On PE days, we are asking children to come into school in PE kits rather than school uniform.
Termly timetable and homework
Your child will receive a timetable at the start of each term. This will also be sent out and put on the class web page. Homework will be slightly different this year and will be aimed at helping support the transition to secondary with a different pitch to the homework. A letter will follow on this within the first week.
End of the day
The school day ends at 3.05pm – if your child walks home a letter needs to filled in and sent in to school to let the school know that is okay for your child to walk home. Please note that permission for independent walking ends at the end of the academic year and new permission will be needed for the following year.
If you have any queries about the daily routine or what your child is learning then do not hesitate to get in touch. Please refer to our email addresses on the first page. We will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible, occasionally this may take longer than we would like but we will always aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the school week.