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Year 6 – Hawk Owls


Teaching Staff: Laura Ray (Monday to Thursday) and Sarah Taylor (Friday).


Welcome to Term 3!

Welcome back to school after what we hope was a lovely festive break for you and your families! We would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.


As the new Year 6 teaching team, we are very excited to have the opportunity to teach the wonderful Hawk Owls, as well as being able to work together to help the children achieve their very best this year! We are looking forward to a busy term ahead and have planned a wealth of exciting opportunities for the next part of our learning journey together.



Our topic theme this term is ‘Hola Mexico!’ The topic web attached provides an overview of the children’s learning journey for the term ahead. They will be learning about Mexico's culture, geography and the ancient Mayan civilisation.



This term we will begin with a focus on properties of shape which will include angles, describing and classifying shapes, coordinates and solving shape problems. We will also concentrate on time, with the emphasis on reading timetables and problem solving. In order to prepare the children for their SATs, we will also complete some practise papers and address gaps in understanding following these assessments.



We are excited to have a ‘Book swap’ box in our classroom! The children have already started recommending texts to their peers. We are encouraging them to try something new- perhaps a different author or genre. Please see the ’20 Books to read in 2020’ attached which may be a good starting place to fuel excitement for reading! Our main focus text in whole class guided reading this term is ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We will also look at a range of shorter texts alongside this.



This term we will be focusing on an ancient Mayan creation myth; story-mapping and re-telling it, before planning and writing our own creation myth. Following that, we will be writing instructions about how to play an ancient Mayan ballgame. Lastly, we will create non-chronological reports about the ancient Mayan civilisation.





We will continue to teach daily spelling, punctuation and grammar; starting with a big ‘push’ on punctuation (in particular hyphens, dashes and semi-colons). The children will be given 10 spellings per week to focus on as part of their morning work. These spellings will also be sent home for further practice.



This term we will be looking at evolution; starting with the characteristics of living things, before moving on to focus on variation and adaptation across specific animals.


PE/ Outdoor Learning Kit

This term we will be learning yoga on Wednesday afternoons and taking part in outdoor learning with Mrs Howlett on Thursday afternoons. It would be really helpful if indoor kit remained in school until half term.


For outdoor learning, the children should arrive at school in uniform and then change into warm, waterproof clothing in the afternoon. Their clothing for outdoor learning can also stay in school if not too dirty, though we have asked children to use their discretion on a weekly basis; if it has been an extra muddy session, be prepared for kit to come home for a wash!



Homework will continue to be given out on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Wednesday. The children will be set weekly spellings, a piece of maths and can select a piece from the homework grid as with previous topics.


With warmest wishes for the term ahead,


Laura Ray and Sarah Taylor

November- December Frozen Kingdom Topic Web

September-October Fight for Freedom World War 2 Topic web

Y6 – Hawk Owls


Teaching Staff: Emma Goodes  

Teaching Assistants: Tracy Green


Our learning in Term 1 


What a brilliant first half term we had!  The Hawk Owls fully embraced learning about World War 2.  We had a wonderful class visit to Steam Museum as part of our World War 2 topic.  The quality of the home project work and classroom writing was amazing, the children truly showed a growth mindset approach to their learning.  


This half term we have much to look forward to.  We will be leading Friendship week for National Anti-bullying week and have Bikeability- cycling proficiency on November 25th.  Please start preparing your bikes and helmets for this.  Our topic is Frozen Kingdom and we will be learning about the adventures of Ernest Shackleton and life on The Titanic.  


Dates for your diary:

Monday 11th November 2019 Friendship Week

Monday 25th November 2019 Bikeability 

Monday 11th -Thursday 14th May 2020

Monday 15th June-Friday 19th June 2020- Kilvrough Manor visit



We are looking at Maths Mastery where we deepen our understanding through reasoning and problem solving following the steps systematically.  We will be strengthening our understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages this term as well as beginning to look at Coordinates and quadrants.



This half term we are writing for a range of purposes and audiences.  We are focusing on our vocabulary choice and using higher level punctuation.  We will be writing biographies from historical explorers and looking at The Titanic, with a focus on advertising and persuasion.


Please follow the hyperlink to look at the 2019/20 objectives for writing, this is how we assess whether your child is working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or at greater depth:



We continue to practice our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills on a daily basis as part of our English lessons.  This term we have been focusing on active and passive voice, different clauses in sentences, such as: relative clauses, embedded clauses and fronted adverbial phrases.  Homework every week contains 10 spellings, please support your child in this as spelling remains a big focus in Year 6.  There are 20 marks up for grabs in the SATs SPAG test, so we are working hard to ensure that we can do our best in May!



This term we are looking at living things, which fits in nicely with the habitats in The Frozen Kingdom!  We will be describing how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals.


Year 6 and reception Buddies 

The buddy system is up and running!  It is fantastic to see new friendships forming and how supportive and kind the Hawk Owls are being to their Elf Owl buddies.


PE Kit

Please can PE kits be left in school all week, this term we will be having PE on a Thursday.


Please take a look at the games and activities below 






Maths Year 6 objectives

We had an amazing time on our residential at Kilvrough Manor on the beautiful Gower Peninsula - take a look at our photos! We have been orienteering, team-building, caving, abseiling, rock-climbing, surfing, den-building. Challenging ourselves, trusting each other..........