Sycamore 5

Welcome to Sycamore 5!
2021 - 2022
Miss Purdy/Mr Bright - Class Teachers
Mr Smith - Teaching Assistant
Home Learning Activities – Summer 

To view the home learning choice activities for the spring term, please click the link below. Remember to send you learning to your teacher via the eSchools messages, 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 5 

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily maths and English 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 5 Learning:

Take One Author – Kwame Alexander

Who is Kwame Alexander?


What is a plant?

What does a plant need to live?

Why are bees attracted to flowers?

What are the requirements for plant growth?

Why are plants important?

What is fertiliser?


What is an algorithm?

How do computer programs use variables?

What is debugging? 


What is Islam?

What is Ramadan?

What is Eid ul-Adha?


Gender Stereotypes (men and women at work):


Design Technology

To investigate structures:

To construct nets to create 3D shapes:

To evaluate existing structures:

To develop a design brief:

To explore contexts and purposes of structures:

To design, make and evaluate structures:

To experiment with making techniques:

To measure, mark out, cut and shape materials:

To assemble, join and combine materials:

To evaluate the final product:


Parts of the body:


What is composition?


Complete some of the workouts by visiting:  

Summer 1
Materials and their properties
Take One Author -  Kwame Alexander

Sycamore 5 made the long journey to the North of England as part of their residential trip to Lanchester.

First, we visited the famous Angel of the North sculpture and then we travelled to Durham for a tour of the cathedral. We learnt about the history of the cathedral and even got to see where some of the scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. After, we ventured outside and took part in some team building activities.

Next, we had a delicious dinner at Pizza Express and then journeyed to Lanchester Primary School for fun and games at the local park before settling down for our sleepover.

The following day, we walked around Lanchester village before departing for Newcastle. We arrived at Gateshead Quayside and learnt about the history of the many bridges.

Finally, we visited St James’ Park football stadium where we took a tour of Newcastle football team’s grounds.

We had an amazing time on our trip!!

Spring 2
 Industry and Inventions
Year 5 travelled to the Black Country Living Museum to see what life was like for the workers and miners of Victorian Staffordshire and Warwickshire.
They learned how items were cast using different metals and even created our own souvenirs using molten pewter.
They also learned about the dangers of deadly gases which fill coal mines - with some quite explosive demonstrations!
Finally, they explored the streets of a Victorian pit village and saw how people lived in the 1800s.
After discovering the buried artefacts, Sycamore 5 spent the morning using their inference skills to identify as much about the original owner as possible.
'I think these belong to a Victorian girl who is quite rich. She has lots of toys and in her diary she writes about etiquette lessons,' Paige.
'The candle holder shows that this would have been from a time when electricity was not used in homes - possibly the Victorian era,' Troy.
'The tools could be from the Victorian era as the look old and rusty. They are all made from metal and were used to extract coal from the mines,' Tyler.
Year 5 agreed to help the local historical society after they received an email with details about a Victorian time capsule being buried within the school grounds over 100 years ago. With the aid of a metal detector, the pupils set out in earnest to find it. They finally unearthed an old biscuit tin containing lots of different artefacts. 
Spring 1
The Black Death
To complete our theme of the Black Death and the Middle Ages, we travelled back in time to the 1300s! With our guide Richard, we explored everything from the life of a Knight, terrifying medieval weapons, amazing armour, colossal castles, measly middle-age medicine and the poverty-stricken lives of poor peasants!
During ‘Number Day’ we used our mathematical skills to help us with some cooking. We looked at measuring ingredients, reading scales, cutting into equal parts (fractions) and calculating time durations.
To support our learning, we went on an online adventure to ‘Interland’ where we learnt about the key lessons of internet safety through four fun, challenging games.
Autumn 2
The Solar System
As part our our art day, we created some fantastic ‘Solar System’ inspired paintings.  We experimented with colour and texture to create the background and then used careful line drawings to create the astronaut.
Amazing progress is being made by year 5 in their cello lessons.  They have been learning to read music notation and are now using the bow to play simple tunes.
To introduce our new science topic about the Solar System, we used secondary sources to research facts about the different planets by going on some planet ‘speed dates’. We then moved outside and used role play to model how the planets moved around the Sun.
Autumn 1
 Marvellous Mechanisms

Sycamore 5 got to grips with marvellous mechanisms and fantastic forces during their trip to Drayton Manor today. A fantastic day out - smiles and screams in equal measure!

‘This has been the best trip ever. I have had so much fun!’ Troy.

‘I’ve learned lots about forces today and especially loved experiencing them for real on the rides,’ Henry.

‘This is my first time visiting a theme park and I have LOVED it. Except for the Pirate Ship. I did NOT love that!’ Riley.

Amazing Animations
We used the 2Animate programme on Purple Mash to help create some simple animations depicting the movement of different types of mechanisms.
“I really enjoyed making my animation.” - Faye
“The programme helped me to see what mistakes I had made and how to debug to get my animation working correctly.” - Henry
To celebrate European Day of Languages, we looked at the country of Poland. We learnt about the geography and culture of the country and then tried speaking some of the language. We were lucky to have Mrs Komuszynska helping us with our pronunciation! Later on, we used our cooking skills to make some zapiekanka (Polish street food) and finally took part in some art and crafts, creating some beautiful Wycinanki paper art.
We had a busy but very enjoyable day!
“The zapiekanka was delicious. I will definitely try making that at home.” - Jacob
“The Polish language is very difficult as their alphabet is very different to ours.” - Matilda
“I really enjoyed European Day of Languages and have learnt a lot about a different country. I would definitely like to go and visit Poland now.” - Eva
To kick-start our new theme, we took the plunge into the wild world of rollercoasters! We looked at the forces that make these marvellous machines work. We tested the strength of levers by moving the fulcrum closer and further away from the load and then used our knowledge of gravity to make loop-the-loop rollercoasters.
Welcome to Redwood 4!
2020 - 2021
Miss Parkes - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo
This term in Redwood 4 we have enjoyed learning about teeth and digestion. We have completed a number of experiments and activities to explore the processes within the digestive system and discussed how we could improve our teeth hygiene. Alongside our teeth and digestion learning, we have also enjoyed studying a number of books by Michael Morpurgo as part of our Take One Author English study. We really enjoyed the War Horse film and have been reading The Butterfly Lion as a class. 

This term, we also enjoyed a fantastic trip to Think Tank in Birmingham, where we participated in workshops on the human body, local inventions and animals and their habitats. 

Summer 1
Blue Abyss!
Spring 2
Raiders and Traders
This half term, Year 4 have been learning about Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We have been on many adventures with Erik the Viking, made Viking longships inspired by Erik’s Golden Dragon, learnt about Viking Gods and Goddesses and made our own brooches inspired by the Anglo Saxons!

What have we enjoyed in Year 4?

 'I like being back in school because I can see my friends and teachers,' Ellie.


 'I enjoyed making an Anglo-Saxon brooch out of clay,' Henry.


'I enjoyed writing my setting description about the storm,' Faye.


'I enjoyed doing the presentation about Anglo-Saxon artefacts and singing about Loki the Joker,' Evie-Jasmine.


'I enjoyed making a Viking longship in the classroom,' Riley.


 'I enjoyed outdoor PE (hockey),' Ollie.


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
Emperors and Empires

This half term, Year 4 are learning about the Romans. Here are some of the facts we have learnt so far:


‘I have learned that Boudicca was a British warrior queen,’ Lauren


‘The Romans conquered lots of countries.’


‘I have learnt that the Romans were very brutal!’ Paige


‘Boudicca means ‘victory,’ Romee-Lea


‘Boudicca is believed to have poisoned herself so that she didn’t get captured by the Romans,’ Tyler


‘Roman soldiers had to pay for their stuff, even the armour that they wear!’ Henry


‘I have learnt that the Romans built straight roads.’


‘A woman called Boudicca led the Iceni tribe,’ Matilda


‘The Romans were successful because of their strong battle formations.’


To start our learning journey this half term, a Roman soldier in full armour introduced the children to the day to day life of Roman in Britain. We experienced a detailed examination and try-on session of a legionary’s kit, and had the chance to explore world-class artefacts. Children explored the Roman conquest of Britain, and the incredible stories of Caratacus and Boudicca. After all of this, children performed some marching and shield drills (in Latin), and then explored a Roman bath house and a games arena. Children finished the day with some Roman stories and games! 

Autumn 1
Misty Mountain, Winding River 

King of the Cloud Forests

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!


What are Redwood enjoying about Year 4 so far?

‘I like my new teachers and our theme of rivers and mountains,’ Romee-Lea.


‘I’ve liked being back in school because I have really nice teachers and they help me whenever I need it. I’ve liked all the work because the teachers always make it fun,’  Henry.


‘I liked the Maths maze investigation,’ Tommy.


‘I’ve enjoyed Year 4 so far because I like my teachers and teaching assistant. I liked writing the story in English,’ Paige.


‘I like school because I can play with my friends and learn and do fun activities,’ Kye.


‘I love school in general, but I also love seeing all my friends. I also love my new teachers and the new year because that gives me a chance to make a new impression,’ Matilda.


‘I’ve enjoyed coming back to school to see my friends and getting back into my school routine. I really like English,’ Lauren.


‘I have enjoyed seeing my friends and the freestyle football in PE,’ Troy.


‘I have enjoyed being back at school with my friends because I love learning new things,’ Rory.

Welcome to Oak 3!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Atkins/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
 Hi Oak 3! 

Hi everyone!

We hope you are all looking after yourselves and staying safe.

We absolutely can't wait to see you next week.  If you can't make it into school please send any work to Mrs Williams - we would love to see pictures!

Below is your home learning for this week.

We have also included some other websites and exciting activities you may want to try under this message.

Remember we love to see the learning you are completing at home. Keep sending photos of you completing your tasks to to go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website.

Keep smiling and stay safe!  We will see you all soon, 

Mrs. Atkins, Mrs. Bayliss, Mrs. Faultless and Mrs. Davis

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 School League
  • 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

Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

Join Emma and James from Embody every morning with 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes from 9:00 - 9:10am. 

Helping to keep everyone happy, active and energised!

PE with Joe every morning at 9am

Remember to go onto Skoolbo to complete your daily tasks and continue to learn your times tables using TTrockstars.

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

We have enjoyed having you all in our class this year, even though it was cut a little short,  and wish you the very best of luck for next year when you move to year 4. Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe and keep smiling!
Spring 2
Tales of the Unexpected
Spring 1
Tribal Tales
Autumn 2
Underground, Overground
Take One Author - Aaran Becker
Journey by Aaron Becker

A picture adventure book to invoke the imaginations of the children in Year 3! We have chosen this book to allow the children to develop their inference skills, apply their own ideas to interpret this glorious book applying a range of English genres along the way.

We will follow a little girl (who the class have named Josephine) on a magical adventure of her own making, encouraging our children to imagine her feelings and thoughts throughout.

Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
Autumn 1
Lost in the USA
Oak 3 took time out to reflect on their learning for this half term.

'In English, I really liked writing the story about Snow White in Texas,' Paige.

'In Maths, all of the calculations are challenging and help me learn,' Henry.

'I loved it when we wrote our trip advisor page about Texas,' Rory.

'In Maths, I like adding and subtracting using the new column method that we have just learnt,' Ollie.

'In one of our Maths lessons, I enjoyed using Now Press Play because I really liked the investigation,' Matilda.

In English, I really like working on getting my writing neat,' Zak.

'In Maths, I really like adding and subtracting bigger numbers,' Lacey

'In Guided Reading, I liked answering questions about Donald Trump,' Cassidy.

'I loved it when we were learning about Texas because it was fun,' Riley.

'I loved it when we started learning about America because I have found it interesting finding out about all the places,' Troy.

'I like English because I like learning about new things,' Romee-Lea.

'I like learning about Larry the dog,' Eva.

'I like listening to all of the Larry Gets Lost stories because they are really funny,' William.

'I like Maths because I have enjoyed doing the Texas booklets, Evie-Jasmine.

'In Maths, I liked learning the column method because I can now add and subtract faster,' Ollie.

'In Guided Reading, I enjoy answering questions,' Faye.

'I like English because I like putting my ideas down,' Lauren.