Year 6 - Hawk
VASHTI HARDY - BOOKTASTIC BOOK FESTIVAL
Vashti Hardy's session at Bedford's Virtual Booktastic Festival is FREE and is on SATURDAY 3RD JULY at 1pm.
If you would like to join in, please ask an adult at home to book you a place at https://booktastic.eventsair.com/booktastic2021/tickets/Site/Register
There are other sessions you can book in for as well. The only one that has a cost is the event with Axel Scheffler. Tickets for this session cost £5. All other sessions are free.
Welcome to Hawk Class!
Welcome to Hawk's class page. This will be somewhere for us to share useful information and important updates, as well as celebrating many of the things that we will do throughout the year. As a general rule, if you need it, it will be on here. Having said that, if there is anything else that you would like to see on here, please let me know.
Please remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, visit the e-safety page.
Useful Class Information
Class Teacher: Mrs Dimbleby
Other adults working with Hawk Class: Miss Flynn & Miss Kidby
If you need to contact me, you can email me using email@example.com
Hawk's class page includes useful information and updates for you and for the children. This is updated regularly. You can find this by visiting https://www.balliolschool.co.uk/ and by clicking on ‘Children’ – ‘Class Pages’ – 'Hawk.'
We expect the children to be in full school uniform (when not wearing their PE kit.) Please ensure that they have their ties with them and are also wearing plain black school shoes or plain black trainers.
PE - Monday & Tuesday
Children should come to school in their school PE kits on these days. As the weather gets warmer, please make sure your children apply sun-tan lotion on these days before they come to school.
English and Maths homework will be given out weekly on a Friday. We will discuss homework activities with the children and will also put details of these on the class pages.
If your child walks to or from school on their own and you would like them to have their mobile phone with them, that is fine. However, it must be turned off when on the school site and kept in your child’s locker. The mobile phone remains the responsibility of your child at all times.
What we are learning this term
We have created an overview to show you the main areas of learning we will focus on during the Spring Term. Please see the document below.
Joke of the Week
Don't spell part backwards.
It's a trap!
Jokes provided by our resident joke teller.
Homework is a very important part of life in Y6 because it will help to support the learning you are doing in school. We expect you all to complete your homework every week. However, if you need any help, please make sure you ask us. Just remember to do this before the day that your homework is due in!
Date set: Friday 11th June
Date due in / date to be completed: Friday 2nd July
Homework this half term will be a little different. As you know, one of the things we are focussing on is helping you to become 'secondary ready.' As a result, we would like you to take some time to do some revision. This will help you to build your confidence in areas that we have already covered in school and will also help you to become more independent learners at home.
Revision means looking again at things that you have already learned. Our advice would be to focus on things you know a little bit about, but need some more practice with. If you pick things that are too easy, you won't really learn anything. If you pick things that are too hard, you will find it really tricky. There isn't anything that you HAVE to hand in, but if you would like to bring things in that you have been working on, we would love to see them. As always, we are also happy to help you if you need it; you only have to ask.
We have listed some ideas of things you can do to help you revise in both English and Maths below.
Reading - Read something that you want to read and enjoy reading as often as you can.
Read Theory - Practise your comprehension skills using https://readtheory.org/auth/login
PERFECT WEBSITE TO BUILD YOUR READING STAMINA FOR NEXT WEEK - https://authorfy.com/extracts/ This is the one we looked at and talked about in class.
Key Word Spellings - Your final key word spelling test is in Week 4, so get practising! Remember the other online spelling resources that are further down this page.
Homework Book - Choose pages to work on that will help you.
Crystal Explorers - The Y6 revision game from BBC Bitesize. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkbkf4j/articles/zbm8scw
Homework Book - Choose pages to work on that will help you.
5-A-Day - This website is a great way to practise a little bit every day. https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/ (If you want Y6 level questions, aim for Gold or Platinum level.)
Arithmetic Practice - https://myminimaths.co.uk/arithmetic-16-practice-questions/ allows you to click on different arithmetic question types. You can watch a video to help you and also have a go at different examples of similar questions.
CGP Online 10-Minute Tests - https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/resources/ks2-sats-online-10-minute-tests
Guardians of Mathematica - The KS2 Maths game from BBC Bitesize.
Times table website recommended by Jamie - https://www.timestables.co.uk/
Remember that you have your revision book which you can use to help you. You can also use any of the other websites in the Maths section of our class page.
Reading in Year 6
In Year 6, we want you to LOVE reading and read books which you ENJOY reading and WANT to read. We have lots of brilliant books in the classroom and there are also great books in the school reading books which you can borrow.
Remember to record the books that you have read on your personal 'Reading Bookshelf' sheet, recommend books to others that you have really enjoyed and ask an adult to photocopy the spine of the book to add to our 'Reading Pile'.
Parents and carers: Please see the letter below about reading in Year 6. This was sent home in the first few weeks of the school year.
This is perfect for practising your reading comprehension.
Looking for something to read?
There are some great resources out there to help you choose a book to read. Here are some of the most useful:
#BookMatch - This is part of a fantastic website from 'The Reader Teacher' and has book lists showing you books similar to ones
written by some of the most popular authors at the moment. https://www.thereaderteacher.com/bookmatch
It is worth looking at others parts of this website, there are so many book suggestions, you list will get longer and
What to read after - You can put the name of books or authors you really like in the search bar and search for other books that you
might like based on what you have already read. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/our-
If your favourite author or set of books is on this map, follow the correct 'tube line' for suggestions of other books that you might like:
Here are some of the interesting and inventive places we have been reading! These photos are really making us .
If you would like to share your photo with us, please email it to Mrs Dimbleby (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We have been lucky enough to receive tweets from some authors. We always get very excited when this happens. Here is what we have received so far:
We have also been lucky enough to receive some post from Lindsay Littleson, the author of The Titanic Detective Agency:
Spellings in Year 6
Whichever spellings you are working on, this website is really useful: https://spellingframe.co.uk/
You can click on the year groups you want to. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page to practise the words from our word lists.
Another useful website is: http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html
You can click on the year groups you want to, then click on the books in the background to select different words.
Key Stage 2 Spelling Lists
Year 6 Spelling Menu
Other Useful Websites for English
Synonyms and Antonyms: https://www.abcya.com/games/wordtoss_synonym_antonym
Maths in Year 6
Here are lots useful websites which you can use at home to help you with your Maths:
My Maths - This is not just for homework! You can log on and access lots of lessons and activities as well as games. The lessons are particularly useful as they explain what you need to do and give you examples to try. https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Corbett Maths Primary - A fantastic website. Many of the resources can be printed, but could also be looked at on screen with
practise being done on paper.
5-a-day: 5 questions to practise every day at different levels. Perfect for practising those important, basic skills as well as other
areas of Year 6 Maths.
Videos: Videos to explain how to tackle different skills, followed by questions to answer.
Worksheets: These link to the videos mentioned above.
Quizzes: Link to Kahoot quizzes.
My Mini Maths - This is a really useful website which can be used every day, or can be used to focus on areas which you would like to practise more. Many areas include videos to watch and there are always questions to have a go at answering.
This part of My Mini Maths is particularly helpful when you are practising for the Arithmetic paper. You can select the types of questions you find tricky, watch a video to help you, then try lots of examples of that type of question:
IXL - A fantastic website. You can pick an area to work on, look at examples or explanations and also answer some example questions. To use the website for free, you are limited to a certain number of questions, but it's definitely worth looking at every now and then. https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6
BBC Bitesize - A great website. Again, you can choose an area to look at. There are videos, explanations and short quizzes to help you. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
Topmarks - You can search for games that link to specific areas of Maths. Look out for the age range underneath all games. It will give you a good idea of how useful it is. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/
Hit The Button - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Maths Is Fun - This site is really good at explaining things and gives you practice questions at the bottom of each page.
Online Maths Dictionary - http://www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com/dictionary.html
To access Espresso from home, go to https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/ then click 'Login' in the top right-hand corner.
Login details: student 4307 / espresso (Please do not change this as it is the login for the whole school.)
What we've been up to!
Head Girl and Head Boy Applications:
Well done to all of those children who applied for the positions of Head Girl and Head Boy, we are very proud of all of you. Mrs Youngman and Mrs Bicknell were very impressed with all of your applications and videos. Whichever role you have been given, it is well deserved and we know that you will represent Hawk Class brilliantly!
We had our own 'iceberg' in the classroom! This led to lot of discussion, questions and predictions and leads perfectly into the work we will be doing on the Polar regions as well as the sinking of the Titanic.
TTRockStars Rock Out 2020
This is real dedication! A number of Hawk Class are keen to score as many points as they can during this week of competition. The steps to the classroom have become a favourite place to sit quietly with an iPad during breaktimes to earn a few more points.
(I must add that this was their idea, it was nothing to do with me!)
The results from the TTRS Rock Out 2020 are in!
Balliol came 440th out of 3,887 schools. (Some of these schools were secondary schools.)
Hawk Class came 1,236th out of 31,039 classes. That is amazing!!
Hawk Class were the top class at Balliol.
A huge well done to everyone who took part.
Polar Explorer Day
We had a fantastic day with Simon, the Polar explorer. He has been to the Arctic and the Antarctic and had so much to show us and tell us about. He also had lots of questions for us and Mrs Dimbleby was VERY impressed with how much we remembered about all of the things we have learned this half term.
Here are the results of the Polar Animals quiz he set us:
1st place - Jaden & Amrit (23.5 points)
2nd place - Jamie & Eduardo (23 points)
3rd place - Emily & Aleks (22 points)
Hawk Class Christmas Quiz Results:
1st place - The Wolves
2nd place - The French Fries
3rd place - The Three Muskateers & The Holy Trinity
Well done to those of you who have been published this year on Pobble:
Letter to Shackleton - Nicole, Eduardo and Lewis.
Pack Ice Poetry - Amina and Kirstie.
Polar Regions Reports - Caiden and Marius.
Titanic Diary Entry - Lianah.
Hidden Figures Diary Entry - Esha.
Katherine Johnson Biography - Amrit.
Land of the Dead Poetry - Emily, Jamie, Jayden, Jack and Maciej.
If you have not been published yet, don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the year.