Year 6 - Hawk
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 & Thursday
Children should come to school in their school PE kits on these days. They need to be warm enough for outdoor PE so are welcome to wear extra layers such as tracksuit bottoms, leggings, or jogging bottoms and hoodies or zip-up tops.
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 Autumn Term. Please see the document below.
Choosing your Secondary School
Applications for secondary school places are now open.
The deadline for applications is 31st OCTOBER 2020.
The information that you need can be found here: https://www.bedford.gov.uk/schools-education-and-childcare/schools-and-collegescadem/school-admissions/transfer-to-secondary-school/
Online admissions can be made here: https://www.bedford.gov.uk/schools-education-and-childcare/schools-and-collegescadem/school-admissions/online-admissions/
Most secondary schools have created virtual tours so that you can have a 'look round' from the comfort of your own home. You and your parents or carers can look at the different school's websites to see what they have for you to look at. However, if we are sent anything by any schools, we will add it below.
On Thursday 22nd October at 6pm, Bedford Academy are holding a virtual Q&A for anyone interested in applying to go to the school. This will be held on Microsoft Teams, but if your adults follow the link in the leaflet below, they will be able to join.
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 23rd October
Date due in / date to be completed: Ready for next half term
If you are doing homework that needs handing in, you are welcome to hand it in as soon as it is done, you do not need to wait until the Friday. Please bring it to school and put it in the homework box.
Reading - Read something that you want to read and enjoy reading as often as you can.
Key Word Spellings:
During the second week back after half term, you will be tested on your times tables. You know which ones you need to work on because you were given a sheet to take home with this information on it. If you have passed your Platinum Award, get practising on TTRockStars as the national competition starts after half term and we will be entering!!
If you would like to keep your other Maths skills up, this is a great website as you can do a small amount of daily practice: https://corbettmathsprimary.com/5-a-day/
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.
What to read after...
This is a great website to help you find recommended reads. 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.
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 (email@example.com).
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:
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
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!
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.
If you have not been published yet, don't worry, there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the year.