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Teak 5

Welcome to Teak 5!
2023 - 2024
Mrs Hammersley/Mrs Hill - Class Teachers
Ms Winsloe-Warder/Mrs Shaw/Mrs Fisher - Teaching Assistants
Spring 2
Polesworth and Coal Mining
Spring 1
English Civil War
To help Year 5 to immerse themselves in the world of the English Civil War, Year 5 had a visit from Richard: a historical expert and reenactor. With his help, Year 5 were able to delve deeply into the causes of events of the War and its links with our local area. They learned about the battle to control Tamworth and the many sieges of Lichfield, as well as the story of King Charles II and the Royal Oak at Boscobel House. The children also held their own trial of the King — holding him accountable for all of the crimes of the war, and sentencing him to death! In addition, the children were also able to handle many artefacts from the period—from armour and weapons to clothing and household items from the 17th century.

For our next piece of historical learning, the children in Teak 5 took a detailed look at King Charles I and tried to find out why he was so unpopular at the start of the English Civil War. They then took on the role of a citizen of 17th century Britain to explain why they were so angry with their monarch. Scan the QR code to watch some of these interviews.

This half term, Teak 5 have been learning about long multiplication and different methods of division. They recent solved a series of short divisions to crack a coded message and have also been creating their own division word problems.

This half term, we have listened to a selection of gospel music and spirituals, discussing which we prefer and why.  We have spoken about the pieces of music in terms of their contrasting texture of solo singers and choirs, the pitch of the songs and looking at the meaning of the lyrics.  We then worked as a class to become a gospel choir, singing ‘Why We Sing’. Scan the QR code to see our final gospel performance.

In PE this half term, Teak class are keeping active by improving their tennis and gymnastics skills.

In tennis, the children are practising their racket skills as well as developing fore and backhand strikes. They are learning to serve and rally with a partner as well as gaining an understanding of the rules of tennis.

In gymnastics, the children are practising their jumping skills by learning the split and pike leap techniques. They are then moving on to learn new rolls such as the straddle roll.

To launch this half term’s class reading book, the children in Teak 5 played a game of ‘pass the parcel’. Under each layer of the paper, they found a clue about the context of the text. They kept on unwrapping the layers until they discovered the book and then used these clues to make predictions about what the story could be about. Scan the QR code to find out more!

This half term, Teak 5 are learning about the English Civil War and how it affected our local area.

To begin this topic, they learned about some of the key vocabulary from the period and found out about some of the main reasons that the war broke out in 1641. They were then asked to order these reasons from the most important to the least important and explain their choices. Their explanations were excellent and they were able to give some great justifications for their choices.

Scan the QR code to watch some of these responses.

Autumn 2
The Solar System

In Design and Technology this half term, Teak class were tasked with designing and then baking festive cupcakes to sell at our school Christmas fair. The children tasted four different flavours before selecting one and creating a festive design for the decoration. They then baked, decorated and packaged the product, ready to be sold. They even created labels to list the ingredients and allergens in each cake. The cakes all sold out — raising over £350 for our school!

Teak 5 loved sharing their knowledge with the rest of the school and their families today. We have been learning about how to protect our planet from climate change, and we shared some important tips for those that joined us. 
Year 5 have been creating artwork inspired by Peter Thorpe. They used a range of skills, including using paint, chalk and oil pastels. Their aim was to use contrasting colours to create an abstract, space-themed design. They were very proud of their final pieces.

In geography, Teak 5 learned about the different types of aerial photography and how it is used to create maps, help with navigation and to support industries. They also had a go at using aerial photographs to complete  a ‘scavenger hunt’ for different human and physical geographical features.

To begin our new science topic of the Solar System, Teak class looked at the structure and features of the Solar System. They began by looking at common misconceptions about the Solar System before finding out about individual planets and moon within the star system.

To explore the size and structure of the Solar System, Teak class created a model of our system using toilet roll to demonstrate the distances between each planet. This helped them to clearly understand how far away planets such as Neptune are from our Sun.

Autumn 1
Marvellous Mechanisms

Year 5 had an amazing time at Drayton Manor on Friday and certainly didn't let the weather dampen their spirits!  Whilst they had lots of fun on the rides, they also got the opportunity to learn about how the rides are designed and the importance of forces when designing rollercoasters. This linked perfectly to the science learning that they have been doing this half term! 

Year 5 loved working with Darrell Wakelam this week,  creating some brilliant pieces of artwork for around our school. They used lots of new and existing art skills to create these fantastic pieces of art.
We have had lots of fun conducting some scientific enquiries to investigate different types of forces including friction, gravity and air resistance.
Welcome to Pine 4!
2022 - 2023
Mrs Atkins/Mr Bright - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless/Mrs Komuszynska - Teaching Assistants
Summer 2
Living Things and their Habitats
in Design and Technology we used our knife, grating and egg-shelling skills to put together a delicious fish pie. We didn't know if we would like it, but most of us were pleasantly surprised!
Learning to make a brooch out of clay and decorate it with intricate patterns and texture.
We used a range of tools to help us carve intricate patterns into the clay. We also used our hands to smooth the clay to attach pieces onto the top of the clay.
We had to make sure that we firmly secured the additional pieces of clay that we added to our designs, as we remembered that during our Roman coil pot making, unless we secured it properly pieces fell off when it dried.
In Science, we have been learning about sea pollution. After doing some research, we made some informative posters about it. We used our Design and Technology knowledge of mechanisms to make some of the parts on our posters move. 
Summer 1
Year 4 had a great day on Friday 5th May 2023 celebrating the Kings Coronation. We coronated our very own King of Pine and Queen of Redwood. The children loved learning about the Kings coronation and what would happen over the weekend. Our King and Queen for the day also loved their crowns.
What an amazing day Year 4 had at The Tower of London! We were dazzled by the breath-taking collection of jewels in the Jewel House and loved seeing the guards and Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) outside. We visited Britain’s world famous castle, the White Tower, where there were many unique and extraordinary arms and armours on display. We even found a typical medieval toilet!

We saw the ravens and know about the legend that says the Kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the ravens ever leave the fortress.  Whilst there, we met a ‘pirate’ and he told us stories about two prisoners that were kept in the Tower of London and they learnt what it really meant to be a pirate.

On the journey into London, we also saw many famous landmarks - Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Sherlock Holmes’ birthplace and The Shard.

Well done Year 4, you were brilliant!


Spring 2
The Human Digestive System
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo
Spring 1
Misty Mountains, Winding Rivers
On Wednesday 15th February, Year 4 visited Carsington Water. We completed a river study to see if this part of the river would be a suitable habitat for a water vole. To do this, we observed the area around the river, measured the depth and width, and estimated the speed of the river by measuring how fast a floating object travelled two metres. We also had a go at some pond dipping to see which creatures could be found in this habitat and designed our own pond creatures using our knowledge of adaptations that the creatures would need to survive in the pond environment. 
Autumn 2
To start off our Anglo-Saxon learning, Year 4 were visited by the History Squad. We got the chance to learn about everyday life for the Anglo Saxons and look at some artefacts from the time. We got to hold weapons, helmets, shields and everyday items that were replicas of items believed to be used by the Anglo Saxons.
Autumn 1
Roman Britain
After looking at some examples of Roman coil pots and comparing them to coil pots made by Elizabeth Fritsch, we had a go at using the coil method to make our own pots. 
On Monday 17th October, Year 4 went to Roman Mancetter and Boudicca Heritage Centre. Whilst we were there, the children made their own mosaics and learnt how to be a Roman soldier, including performed some battle tactics. As well as that, they learnt how the Romans made their roads, like Watling Street, so straight and about different types of Roman pottery that have been found around Mancetter.  We had a brilliant time and the staff there were very impressed with all of the children's knowledge about the Romans, well done!
In our outdoor PE lessons this half term we will be learning how to play hockey.  The first thing we had to learn was how to hold a hockey stick properly.  After that, we practised some dribbling and passing.
This half term, our Science topic is sound. In this lesson, we were playing different instruments to see which part was vibrating to make the sound. We also explored how each instrument could make a higher or lower sound and how we could change the volume of the sound. 
Why was the Roman army so successful? How did the Romans shape Britain? Who was Boudica? We will explore the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar and Emperor Claudius, the power and success of the Roman army and how the Romans changed Britain. Although they were well-trained and disciplined on the battlefield, they were not always fighting. We will learn that the Romans brought many things into the lives of Britons of the time including founding cities, building new roads and the idea of money and coins.   
Welcome to Maple 3!
2021 - 2022
Mrs Lewin/Mrs Davis - Class Teachers
Miss Dow - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Take one Author - Roald Dahl
What a tasty topic this one is! All of Year Three have a golden ticket to take a journey with Mr Willy Wonka as he endeavours to turn his chocolate factory into an equally delicious yet healthier option. We must try, test and sell our healthy product ideas to ensure they are worthy enough to be sold and created by his trusty Oompa Loompas.
Summer 1
Ancient Greece
Visit this fascinating European country with us and find out about the weather, landscape, landmarks and culture. Travel back to Ancient Greece to discover how our lives today have been influenced by this exciting and important time in history. While you're there, take part in some exhilarating Olympic events and discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.
Spring 2
 Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Come and join us on a magnificent adventure where we discover what is beneath our feet. We follow the adventures of the famous fossil hunter - Mary Anning. Also venturing inside the workings of the world’s most explosive and dangerous volcanos and even having a go at making our own volcanic explosions. Engage in limitless fun and explosive excitement! 
Spring 1
Forces, Magnets and Metals
Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Forces, Magnets and Metals theme. We learn all about different metals and what they are used for, explore magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on forces.
Autumn 2
Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age
Throughout this half term, we go 2.6 million years back in time by reading ‘The Great Storm’ by Terry Deary. We learn about the exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period. We learn about changes in diet, tools, art and housing as we venture through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, making comparisons to how we live nowadays.
Autumn 1
Road Trip USA!
Maple class had a fantastic day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we had a rain free day. We had fun searching the woodland and pond habitats doing a bit of minibeast hunting and pond dipping, we even found some newts in the pond.  Afterwards we had a session all about plants. We learnt about what plants need to grow well and about the life cycle of a plant, which involved one of us getting dressed up as a bee! 
Year 3 have had a letter from Larry the dog and his owner Pete to invite them to go on a road trip around the USA. So we packed our suitcases, got on a plane and looked forward to the adventure. The problem was Larry kept getting lost so Pete needed our help to find him in the different states. We have already explored San Francisco in California, Washington DC and New York, we will soon be moving to Texas and then finally Los Angeles to take a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it will be quite a journey! Along the way, we will research iconic American people, make traditional American dishes and identifying physical and human features of North America. We even had a go at designing and building our own bridges after finding out about the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Welcome to Larch 2!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Clarke/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2

Grab your bucket and spade and let’s head to the coast! On the beach we will learn about the physical and human features that can be found and explore how life in a coastal town compares to life here in the Midlands. As an island we are surrounded by the sea so we will take a closer look at which seas specifically surround the United Kingdom and the wildlife that inhabits them. We will also explore how to stay safe when we are near water.


Summer 1
Land Ahoy!
On Wednesday Year 2 spent a swashbuckling day in the life of a pirate. We were joined by Richard from 'The History Squad' who taught us lots of information about pirates.
To start with he taught us special pirate vocabulary such as 'stern', 'bow', 'port' and 'starboard'. When given orders by the Captain, we had to run to the correct place on the ship. Richard then showed us some artefacts. We were able to hold pieces of eight, canon balls, a cutlass and even had a go a firing real pistol (don't worry it wasn't loaded!) Can you believe we played games that pirates would have played on their ships? It was a very fun day and we learnt lots.
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to 'The History Squad'.
Spring 2
Bright Lights, Big City
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea   Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!
Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.
In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.
Autumn 2
Movers and Shakers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
'Stuck has been my favourite book because it is so funny,'Theo.
'My brain gets filled with words and I get to write them down,' Poppy.
'You can be whoever you want to be when writing,' Vinny.
'Oliver Jeffers makes your imagination grow,' Thea.

Movers and Shakers

'Rosa Parks was so brave! She is amazing!' Jensen.

'Votes for Women! Women should be treated equally!' Karinna.

'I have been to Robert Peel Hospital. Now I know it is named after the man who invented the police,' Rosie.

'I can’t believe women weren’t allowed in the police!' Ava.

'I have loved using the Ipads to do our work on Emmeline Pankhurs,' Jacob.

Autumn 1
Wiggle and Crawl 
Year 2 arrived back at school to find a surprising letter from Paddington Bear asking them to help his rainforest friends.
Year 2 are now on a learning journey with Paddington to find out all about the rainforest, what is going on and how we can help.
'It's really sad the rainforests are being destroyed,'  Billy.
'I love learning about nature,' Stanley.
'I've found lots of things around my house that contain palm oil,' Izabella.
'There's even palm oil in the food I eat at home!' Thea.
Welcome to Hazel 1!
2019 - 2020
Miss Purdy - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
Spring 1
Turrets and Tiaras

After reading ‘The Princess and the Pea, we decided to use the leftover peas and cook pea and mint soup.

‘I love cooking! I will try and make this for my grown ups when I get home,’ Thomas.

‘It was delicious!’ Isaac.


Exploring tints and tones of colour to recreate a fire or ice version of Paul Klee’s ‘Castle and Sun’ painting.


‘I feel like a real artist,’ Thea.


Autumn 2
The Magic Toybox
Autumn 1
Here Come the Aliens!

As part of our ‘Democracy Day’ we first reminded ourselves about British values and our rights and responsibilities.

We then learned about what happens inside the Houses of Parliament and the roles that different members have.

To reflect on what we had learned about democracy and fairness, we decided to hold a vote by secret ballot on which story to have read to us.

We enjoyed cooking pear crumble using pears freshly picked from our very own Birchwood orchard.
We practised our weighing, cutting and mixing skills and the results were delicious.
'I can't wait to do some more cooking. I'm going to help cook at home to get better,' Isaac.
We were very excited to attend our first tea party of the year for achieving our reading target as a whole class.
Mrs Day read us 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney and 'Snow Bears' by Martin Waddell and the delicious cakes were supplied by Mrs Tucker.