Welcome to Hawk Owls Class!
I hope you have all had a wonderful half-term break resting and you are all ready for our new term! Mrs Drummond and I were so impressed by how amazing you all were last term – your homework was incredible and your attitude to our learning was fantastic! We cannot wait to see you all and start our new topic: Frozen Voyages. We will be learning about the Titanic and Ernest Shackleton. This will help inspire lots of our writing, art work and music this term!
For more information about which objectives we are covering this term, please see the topic web which I have uploaded on our class page. You will also find our homework grid and spelling lists for this term under ‘Autumn Term 2 Documents’.
Hawk Owls will have their PE split over two days on a Wednesday afternoon (indoor PE – gymnastics) and a Thursday morning (outdoor PE – hockey) with Mr Sykes. Please come into school in your PE kit ready for the lesson. You should also bring in a change of clothes (school uniform) in case you get wet or muddy. For around the classroom, you will need a pair of indoor shoes so you are not bringing any mud inside after your PE session. You will also need a pair of indoor trainers or plimsolls in case your PE session is moved into the hall during wet weather. Throughout the school week please have a pair of labelled outdoor shoes (trainers or wellies) for break times in case it is wet or muddy outside.
We are also going to be having tennis coaching with Neil on a Friday afternoon! We will be rotating in the afternoon in small groups for the tennis coaching. As this will be a slightly shorter session, please just send your child in wearing trainers and a change of tracksuit bottoms or shorts.
Year 6 are still welcome to bring in their own stationary and pencil cases which you can then leave in class each week or for the whole term. I know you made your own personalised pencil cases with Mrs Wood at the end of last year which could be perfect for your extra stationary. We will still have whole class stationary which everyone is welcome to use throughout the year.
For shared reading, we will continue to read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. Thank you so much for all of your generosity and kindness for voluntarily purchasing a copy of the book. Our daily reading sessions were brilliant last term and we have been so impressed by the class’s discussions, vocabulary and comprehension skills. As with any book depicted during World War II, there are sensitive topics brought to light: evacuation, grief and loss. You may wish to discuss some of these topics prior to the start of term. Please be assured we will deal with these conversations sensitively.
In Hawk Owls, we have an extensive range of exciting books which you are more than welcome to borrow and enjoy at home or in the classroom. We have a signing out book which you can fill in with the book you would like to borrow to help us keep track of our lovely books. Once you have returned this book, you can then sign out a new one. You are also welcome to bring in your own books from home. I would suggest writing your name in the front so we can easily return it to you if it wanders around the classroom.
To ensure we are being as kind as possible to our environment by reducing paper, I will be uploading your homework grid and spelling lists to our class page for you to access. I will also be printing out a double-sided Maths sheet which you will add to your homework folder and complete at home. The Maths homework is set from Active Learn and is a great way of consolidating what we have covered in class that week. Remember, if you are finding your Maths work really tricky then ask an adult in class to talk it through with you before it needs to be returned to school. This will then give you a bit of extra help and enough time to complete it at home. Please bring your homework into school on Tuesday so we can send it back out on Thursday.
Each week, you are expected to pick a task from the homework grid, learn your spellings and complete the Maths sheet to help consolidate your learning in the classroom. Some of the tasks in the homework grid may take longer or shorter amounts of time so please pick what works for you that week whilst also keeping a balance throughout the year. Our classroom was full to the brim with all of your amazing creative homework last term. It really brought our topic alive and I was so proud to see all of the hard work you were putting in at home, thank you!
In the mornings, you will be dropped off by the Hawk Owl classroom door which is to the left hand side of the front office. At the end of the school day, we will walk around together to the main playground where you will be collected for home time.
If you have any queries or concerns this term, please feel free to contact me via the school office at email@example.com
We are both really looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces on Monday 1st November and hearing about your half term break. For now, get lots of rest and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Remember, we are here to support you throughout this year together in Year 6.
Miss Johnston and Mrs Drummond
Helpful weblinks for the World War II Homework Grid
Please use the following links to help you with some of the activities in our World War II Homework Grid if you are looking for some guidance. Don't forget - you can also sign out some of our books from our World War II displays if you find that helpful for any research.
Stay safe at home. Remember, there is always someone to listen if you do not feel safe. Follow this link to the Childline website:
Useful Websites and Resources
Below is a list of recommended websites and resources for continuing learning at home.
BBC Bite Size
This web site has opportunities to revise key areas of English and Maths and learn across the curriculum.
Key Stage 2 Literacy
A good web site for revising spelling patterns, grammar and punctuation.
Practice KS2 SATs questions for English, Maths and Science.
Free SATs revision resources.
Online quizzes linked to subjects and topics across the curriculum, including Ancient Greece.