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Hawthorn Primary School


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Year 6

Welcome to Year 6



Welcome back!


Welcome back to Hawthorn Primary School and welcome to Year Six! We hope you have had a restful break and that you are  ready to work hard  in the upcoming year.



This space is going to be an important area where you can see Year Six's learning, spy on their school visits (!) and also have an additional copy of any information our Y6 team send you. 


Below is a welcome to Y6 booklet which shares some information regarding P.E, uniform and home learning. 


We look forward to working with you this year, 

Miss Bingham & Miss Sheppard.




We have lots of exciting lessons planned and invite you to look over our termly curriculum overview :



P.E will be on Wednesday and Thursday each week. Children are required to come to school on P.E days wearing the correct sports uniform. Please see list below:




In preparation for SATs, all children should be able to read at a rate of 90 words per minute. Therefore, it is vital that children practice reading as a skill, not only for their end of year exams, but also in order to become life-long readers.


To support your children with this we do daily reading within class, enjoy a story together at the end of the day, prioritise daily reading interventions and promote a love of reading through Accelerated Reader.


All children are expected to complete a weekly quiz. Please use the link below if you wish to take a quiz at home:  


Will you be the first in the class to reach one million words?

World Book Day 2022


The day started very mysrteriously when school was littered with hundreds of paper aeroplanes! Mrs Abraham had to call us into the hall because someone thought they were the 'Great Paper Caper' and had filled school with their paper trail.


Year 6 took it in their hands to launch an investigation. They theorised the potential culprits, had a short break to take part in the BBC Live Lesson at 11:00, tested out lots of new books in a 'book tasting' and then continued their endeavors in the afternoon by creating paper aeroplanes and FINALLY reaching a guilty verdict! 


Take a look at our very exciting day:


Science - the components of blood


Science - heart dissection


Look away now if you are squeamish! Year 6 were extremely excited on Tuesday 18th January when we did a heart dissection as part of our stunning start to the topic 'circulatory system'. Children touched, handled, cut and explored the sheep's hearts and were mesmerised by some of the parts and features (not so much by the smell frown). The children were amazing at handling the equipment were unbelievably engaged.


I think we have some heart surgeons pending....

History - voting for an appeasement policy


In WW2, the government opposed a plea for an appeasement policy. After learning reasons for and against this policy, the children appeared in the court to put forward their thoughts and take part in a debate. Should we sign anappeasement policy?

Team building - 18/11/21



Drugs workshop 02/11/21


Year 6 had Ness join us to discuss what drugs are, whether they are harmful or helpful and some side effects of illegal drugs. Being educated leads to informed choices!



Educational Visit - The Botanical Gardens



Do you know why rubber trees have several cuts in their trunk? Do you know what tree Coca Cola flavouring comes from? Have you ever extracted DNA from a strawberry? Are green leaves really green?


As part of our learning and for pre-tutoring in Science, we visited The Botanical Gardens in Birmingham and took part in two different workshops. 


The children had to work out cryptic clues in The Rainforest Challenge and were exposed to many interesting trees and plants which are usually located in the rainforest. The children amazed the staff with their knowledge - especially about cocoa trees in Ghana which we have learned about in PSHE!


We enjoyed a leisurely walk around the gardens: meeting the resident peacocks, talking to parrots, enjoying the memory garden and having a little play on some swings (some children even learned how to swing by themselves today) before eating lunch outside in the bandstand.



Finally, we finished the day taking part in a 'Sensational Science' workshop. We extracted strawberry DNA, looked at using red cabbage as a pH indicator and investigated whether green plants are really green!


Poetry - Iambic Pentameter


Iambic Pentameter is a specific type of poetry which focuses on the pronounciation of the words. Shakespeare often used Iambic Pentameter for effect.


Hear some of our children perform this type of poetry whilst reading Macbeth!


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National Poetry Day - Ottava Rima


Ottava Rima is an Italian style of poetry with its own distinctive features:

- each stanza has 8 lines

- each line has 11 syllables

- each line begins with a capital letter but does not end with punctuation

- the last line either ends with a full stop or a question mark.


Listen to 3 of our Y6 boys performing and reading an Ottava Rima poem!



Class song - Autumn 1

Don't worry about a thing: the pupils are will loving this feel-good reggae classic by Bob Marley! This is a laid back song with a repeated verse and chorus, which makes it go. We are including 2 different harmonies too! Listen ahead and practise at home!

D.T - stuffed toys


Can you sew? Year 6 can now!


Look how pleased the children are with their sewing practise: a combination of whipstitch followed by blanket-stitch for the more confident! We are so proud of the progress they have made too!



Air Raid 

I don't know how long we will have to be here, but we are safe for now. What is happening? What is the air-raid siren warning us? We are in an Anderson shelter in 1940 and German planes are flying overhead. The siren is warning us that they may be planning on dropping bombs. The war has been going on between Germany and  Britain for six months. Not many people have taken the war seriously up until now; infact, they have called it the 'Phoney War'. 

Art Gallery


As an introduction to our artist for this term, the children entered into an 'art gallery' after lunch where they had to put their art critic hats on and try to determine the overarching themes which are prevalent in Henry Moore's drawings. The children considered what media had been used in the drawings, what mood the art was and what the artist may have been trying to portray. We will keep you updated on our page - we may have some artists that can give Henry Moore a run for his money!



The boys were busy debating the hidden meaning behind Henry Moore's artwork 'The Family Group'. They discussed how the people's faces looked 'dormant'. 

Academic Year 2020-2021

New books!


Year 6 had an amazing surprise when they came in the classroom to 30 new books!

There were a few heated discussions after Samia decided to have 6 books to read!!!


Geography - how polluted is our local environment?


Have you ever wondered what condition is of the air we are breathing? We conducted an interesting experiment in geography to look at the amount of pollution in our local area. After collecting leaves, we mixed them with water and filtered the water for the traces of pollution. Look at the results!


Eid Mubarak!


In preparation for our Eid celebrations, Year 6 decorated the classroom. We had banners, lanterns, flags of countries celebrating this religious festival: it looked amazing!





Our party was extremely fun too! We had a quiz on Eid and Ramadan, ate samosas and played party games to some traditional Islamic party music! Before the children left to celebrate with their family, we gifted the children with a little present - as this is a tradition to families during Eid.


We hope you have amazing celebrations at home and we look forward to hearing about it and seeing some beautiful photos!

DT - birdhouses.


We had so much fun constructing our birdhouses in D.T. Once we had measured and planned our design, we used nails, hammers and wood glue to join together our work. We painted them and took them home to help the birds! We think the 'Eco Warriors' team at Hawthorn will be super pleased!


Knife Crime Workshop


West Midlands Police came to visit us to talk about street safety, choice-making and knife crime.


Cultural Diversity


We are very lucky to have so many different cultures, faiths and religions in our school. To celebrate this, we have created some art in a 'stain glass' style!

This week Year 6 made witches potions for an introduction to their English learning . Can you see what they are using for their potions ?

The children in Year 6 had the choice to create a character from a book with a potato or do a story in jar for World Book Day .

PSHE - what are your dreams and goals?


During our daily teams meeting, we discussed why people set themselves dreams and goals. We talked about what the difference is between a 'dream' and a 'goal' and the children were asked to think about academic or personal achievements they would like to work towards. It is safe to say that we have found these to be very endearing...


We can think of nothing more cheery and uplifting than owing a balloon shop Alex!


To help others always makes us feel good in ourselves. What a lovely goal Ethan and something you have already done by contributing to our class food bank!


Kyrah, we think you should already be very confident in yourself. You have made excellent progress already this year and you are capable of amazing things!


Wow! Khalid, once you've learned, would you mind teaching us too?


A full pen license will be on the cards Max... keep practising your handwriting at home!


Taylor, this will definitely be Mr Barr's favourite goal! We love the aim high attitude from you!


Samiah works so hard in class, the world will be her oyster. Although, her carpentry skills were also excellent when we made our birdhouses so maybe that could be added too?

Well done!

We love celebrating your success in Year Six so during this new lockdown, I will share some of the additional work that you have emailed me and completed.



Well done Alex, you have followed the art tutorial really well to create your own drawing of Grumpy!


Well done Heidi, you have remembered your learning on the persecution of the Jews in WW2 and applied it to your R.E learning about persecution and discrimination.


You have also tried out some of the drawing tutorials and created a lovely drawing of Winnie The Pooh.


Well done Samiah, you have been practising your cartoon drawing with a good focus on proportion.

Additional Online Learning


If you are looking for additional activities to go alongside your set work, please take a look at this timetable from BBC Bitesize outlining some lessons which are taught live everyday. 



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Science - What are the components of blood?


Today we made models of blood which helped us to understand the four main components of blood: plasma, platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells. Can you tell which ingredients we used for each part? 

Science - What is the circulatory system?


Year 6 have started their new science topic - The Circulatory System. Some children knew that this was a biological process in the body but were unsure of the organs and components of the body involved. The children started by drawing the two-way circuit and used a poster to identify the key components.



After a short video, the children used a fill the gaps activity to write a description about the heart and how it works to pump blood around the body. 


Planet Earth



Learning about microorganisms


Year Six have recently learned about microorganisms (small living things also known as 'germs') in their science lesson; so we have incorporated our science with our health and well-being to observe the growth of micro-organisms on bread handled with clean hands and bread handled with dirty hands.


The class made a unanimous prediction that they bread handled with dirty hands will evidence more microorganism growth than the bread handled with clean hands.


Check in with us soon to see the results...

Forest School


The children that took part in forest school incorporated our theme of World War 2 into their learning. They used powdered egg (as it kept for longer during the war) to make 'egg in windows' and cook it on the fire that they made! They then had a taste of their cooking and all enjoyed it!





Welcome to Year 6!

Year 6 intro video

This is "Year 6 intro video" by Hawthorn Primary School on Vimeo.

Welcome back!


Welcome back to Hawthorn Primary School and welcome to Year Six!


The children have already settled amazingly into their new routine and have enjoyed being back at school, seeing their friends and sharing 'lockdown' stories.


We are so proud of how sensibly and maturely Year Six have adapted to the 'new normal' around school. They are making sure they are regularly washing their hands, using the one way systems, not sharing resources and complying with the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' advice we have all been given by the government. 


This space is going to be an important area where you can see Year Six's learning, spy on their school visits (!) and also have an additional copy of any information our Y6 team send you. 


Below is a welcome to Y6 booklet which shares some information regarding P.E, uniform and home learning. 


We look forward to working with you this year, 

Miss Bingham & Mrs Kaur.






Time Capsule of Hopes and Dreams


Some of the children in Y6 Forest School buried our time capsule on Thursday. 


Individually, we all wrote a hope or dream that they wish to achieve by the end of Year Six. This could be a personal or academic goal. We then put them in the box confidentially and we have buried it in our Forest School area.


We can't wait to see who has achieved their goal at the end of Year Six!