Redwood 4

Welcome to Redwood 4!
2021 - 2022
Miss Parkes - Class Teacher
Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant

Home Learning Activities – Summer  

To view the home learning choice activities for the autumn term, please click the link below. Remember to upload your home learning to your eSchools page, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

9th May

23rd May

20th June

11th July

Summer 1 - Remote Home Learning - Year 4

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons. 

Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 4 Learning:         

History – Anglo Saxons and Vikings

-Who were the Vikings? -

- What were the Viking raids? -

- What was life like in Viking Britain? -

RE – Islam

-How did the religion of Islam begin? -

-What do Muslims believe? –

-Where do Muslims worship? -

- What are the festivals of Islam? -

Science – Plants

-What conditions could we change to investigate the growth of a plant? -

-What are the parts and functions of a plant? -

-How do plants adapt to different environments? –


-Visit Purple Mash to practise our French learning with a variety of activities -

-Naming parts of the head and face -

Summer 1
Vikings and Anglo Saxons
Spring 2
Burps, Bottoms and Bile 
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo
Spring 1
Misty Mountain, Winding River
Pine and Redwood class had a wonderful time at Carsington Water on Wednesday. The children learned all about water filtration and carried out their own experiments.    We waded into the river to investigate whether it was a suitable habitat for a vole. The children carried out experiments to calculate the rate of water flow and they also measured the depth and width of the river. The centre staff were really impressed with how knowledgeable our children were about the water cycle and commented on their excellent behaviour. 

At the start of term, Year 4 found Ashley’s backpack on the school field containing lots of things such as photographs, interesting drawings and maps of China and Japan. We used our detective and inference skills to think about why Ashley might have these things in his bag.

A few weeks in, we are now on an adventure through the snowy Himalayas with Ashley and his new friends - a group of yetis!

Autumn 2
Heroes and Villains

Rosa Parks, Greta Thunberg, Varjak Paw? Someone from your family or the local firefighters? There are many heroes and heroines, but who do you admire the most?

In autumn 2, we have learnt, sang songs and created dances about infamous villains and heroes. How does it feel to do good and bad things? Which feels best and why? Can you do a good deed that changes the world? These are questions that we have discussed and debated throughout the weeks, and we have explored a range of non-fiction texts about real life heroes, with some taken from the Little People, Big Dreams series. We have also explored fictional heroes and villains in well-known stories such as Varjak Paw by SF Said.

We also had a visit from a theatre group for our Christmas pantomime, where we saw some typical heroes and villains in real life!

Well done Redwood class - you have worked really hard this half term! 

Autumn 1
Emperors and Empires
Welcome to Maple 3!
2020 - 2021
Mr Bright - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2

We all had a golden ticket delivered to our doors from Mr Willy Wonka to take a journey around his world famous chocolate factory. We have followed the journey of Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Jo as they ventured through the factory. After finding out about all the trouble the other children got into, we wrote our own chapter for the story. Mr Willy Wonka asked for our help after Augustus Gloop got stuck up the pipe. After a lot of research, we decided he should turn his factory into a smoothie factory to ensure he was helping keep the children healthy. We even made and tasted our own smoothies.


Summer 1
Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

In Rocks, Relics and Rumbles, the children learnt about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. They investigated different types of rocks to learn about their uses and properties. They also investigated soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. They had the opportunity to use atlases to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude when locating the ring of fire. They learnt about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.


Spring 2
Gods and Mortals
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 1
Mighty Metals

Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Mighty Metals topic, as we learn all about different metals and how they are used. We look at magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on different forces on Earth.

Below we have a range of photos from our theme and our lock down learning.



Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

Autumn 2
Through the Ages
We go back, way back, 2.5 million years back in time, reading what life was like for people of the Stone Age with the help of author Terry Deary and his range of books “Stone Age Tales”. We learn about exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period, 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 today.
Autumn 1
Road Trip to the USA

We join Larry on his adventures as he gets lost within the USA. We locate North America on the Atlas and identify where the places are that Larry visits throughout the topic. We get to explore San Francisco and its sights. With help off Snow White in New York, we even create our own Snow White story based in Texas. We learn about the Native America tribes, iconic buildings, places to visit, food, Presidents and culture of the USA. Even a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it is quite a journey!

PE is dance on a Monday and Outside Adventures on a Tuesday. Please ensure all kits are in school on these days as we are unable to lend any kits at this time.


Welcome to Larch 2!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Clarke - Class Teacher
Mrs Short - Teaching Assistant
We can't believe this is the last week of Year 2!
Although our year was cut short we have loved teaching you and seeing all the home learning you have completed. 
Well done for all your hard work during this strange and unfamiliar time. 
Have a wonderful Summer Holiday.
We look forward to seeing you next year! 
 Mrs Clarke and Mrs Short

Remember it is important to stay active while you are at home! Join Emma from Embody Dance every weekday morning (9:00am) for 10 minutes, where she will be doing FREE morning 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes to keep you all moving!


In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with Topya! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels. 

Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!

To access the app follow the following instructions.

  • Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Create your Parent account
  • When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary or Secondary School League based on which type of school your child attends
  • Then create your kid(s) account(s)
  • Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf!
  • Local area page: Twitter @schoolgames_nw

Your children might be in lockdown, but their imaginations don’t have to be. With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.  Password: nowpressplay

Remember STAY SAFE online too.  Visit 

If you have any queries regarding Learning by Questions please contact Mrs V Smith -

 Spring 2
Fiery Flames
Spring 1
Ahoy, Me Hearties!
Ahoy There! It’s time to set sail with Captain Redblood himself and join his pirate crew. Do you have what it takes to become one of his shipmates? Join Sam Silver to travel back in time to explore what life as a pirate on the open sea was really like and discover more about these famous pirate’s and their Caribbean home.
'We have to help Captain Redblood,' Jenson.
'Captain Coleman is the captain of the Birchwood's ship. That is why we found the Captain's hat outside his office,' Ryan.
'Are pirates still alive today?' Isabelle.
'I would hate to eat Hard Tack!' Chloe.
'There was a note in Juniper class from Captain Redblood,' Elsie.
'Captain Redblood asked us to find his treasure.  We knew it was covered in ice because one of the clues told us,' Arianne.
'Some of us made suggestions about where to find the treasure.  It took us about half an hour to find it.  It was in the cooking room in the freezer,' Abbey.
'My group tried to melt the ice with salt.  Other group's tried smashing it, pouring hot water on it, covering it with sand and holding a candle next to the ice,' name withheld.
'Smashing the ice worked best!' Teddy.
Autumn 2
A Twist in the Tale
Year 2 have loved the theme ‘A Twist in the Tale’ during Autumn 2.
They arrived after half term to a recorded message and a copy of ‘The Wolf’s Story’. The Wolf desperately needed Year 2’s help. Little Red had been telling lies about him so he had been banished to Fairy Tale Jail. It was our job to investigate and help find out whether the Wolf was guilty or innocent.
Along the way we have read other ‘twists’ to familiar fairy tales and ‘Inside the Villains’ to see whether the Wolf was misunderstood and to see if the Fairy Tales reveal the whole truth.  

'I think the wolf is innocent because Little Red Riding Hood was telling lies. I hope we can convince the judge to set him free,' Max.


'I enjoyed making the Wolf’s vegetarian cuisine because I got to try new vegetables and it tasted really nice. We also learned about cutting them safely with a knife,' Ayla.


'I was curious to find out more about the character of Jub,' Gracie.


'I enjoyed helping Jub to make the wish catchers because we got to decorate them with beads and feathers,' Frankie.


The Year 2 Infant Agility Team took part in North Warwickshire Finals alongside Warton, Shustoke and St Edwards. Birchwood were fantastic! They won the Final and all received a gold medal. Birchwood have now progressed through to the next stage of the competition competing against schools from Nuneaton and Bedworth. Year 2 cannot wait for the next competition.


We were able to take 30 Year 2 children to the NWPSSA Infant Agility Competition. All the children were brilliant and a credit to Birchwood. They used their agility, balance and co-ordination skills as well as showing they can work well as a team, encouraging and supporting each other. Birchwood won the Heat and have secured a place in the Finals towards the end of the month! We cannot wait to compete in the Finals and look forward to letting you know how we get on!
So you think you know the story of the Big Bad Wolf but what if you have got it wrong? Have you ever heard the wolf’s version of events or taken the time to hear how he feels about what happened? Perhaps Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t so innocent after all. What about the other Fairytale villains, has anyone asked them for their side of the story? Is there a twist to be found in the traditional tales?
Autumn 1
Under the Canopy
Larch 2 have loved learning about tropical rainforests in their theme 'Under the Canopy'. We finished the theme by making our own rainforest animal masks to raise awareness of the endangered animals that live there. We can't wait to find out what our theme is next half term!
Year 2 had a brilliant time yesterday at Twycross Zoo. We learnt lots about food chains and habitats and enjoyed meeting the creatures and animals from the rainforest.
As part of our science Year 2 have been investigating micro habitats around school. We found all kinds of mini beasts in the woodland area, playground & orchard. We were also surprised to find a small frog had made a home in one of the sinks in the kitchen garden!
An orangutan and her babies have travelled all the way from a rainforest because they need our help as their home is being destroyed! In order to help them we need to investigate tropical rainforests. We will discover where they are found, what the climate is like there and learn all about the animals and plants that live there.