Sycamore 5

Welcome to Sycamore 5!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Webb/Mrs Özdoğaç - Class Teachers
Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Spring 2
Firedamps and Davy Lamps
Home Learning Activities – Spring 

To view the home learning choice activities for the Spring term, please click the link above. Remember to send your 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: 

15th March

29th March


Home Learning – Year 5

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 5 Learning


- Where Are the World’s Natural resource?

- How has the use of natural resources changed?

- What natural resources does the UK have?


- What is the theory of evolution?

-How do fossils provide evidence for evolution?

- What impact have humans had on plants and animals?


-Life is all about balance:

-Food, glorious food!  

- Time to get active!  


- Learn all about Judaism:

(Activities and games can be found at the bottom of this page).

-What is Passover?

-What is Yom Kippur?

MFL (French)

- Learning french words for clothes:

-Describing clothes using colours:

- Describing clothes with colours and sizes:

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. 

Spring 1
Autumn 2
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge Year 5; the dreaded and deadly Great Pestilence is here. Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to king and country. Rouse your troops with promises of bloody battle and violent jousts. Read and write historical accounts, poems and tales and discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body. And if you smell a rat, my friend, get out of there!
Autumn 1
 Alchemy Island
It’s time to suspend disbelief!
Year 5 are going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island. Can they find the gold hidden deep within the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map and unravel the riddle. On the way, they must do all they can to learn about gold and master the ancient art of alchemy.  They need to be creative and try to impress the island’s team of ace alchemists with their scientific expertise?  They have their map, the coordinates and everything else they need to make their way across the island.
Year 5 don’t forget to pack your imagination. Got your suitcase ready? Then let the journey begin........
Sycamore hope you enjoy their Alchemy Island raps.
Welcome to Pine 4!
2019 - 2020
Miss Johal - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant

Hi Year 4!

Wow... we can't believe it is the final week of your home learning. Although this year has been a shorter one than usual, we really have enjoyed getting to know you and the time we had together. Keep working hard and smiling! We can't wait to see you again in September!

From Miss Chamberlain, Miss Johal, Mrs Shaw and Miss Dow


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:

You could also download the TopYa! Active app, where you can get feedback from virtual coaches. Have a look on the school homepage to find out more information about this.

Remember to STAY SAFE online too.  Visit: 


Spring 2
Windows of the past
Spring 1
Blue Abyss
This half term, Pine 4's theme has been the 'Blue Abyss'. We have been looking at our oceans and the damage we are causing to them! 
Did you know over 70% of the Earth's surface is water? We really need to start protecting our oceans more!
Pine 4 have written some very persuasive speeches to persuade you, yes you, to stop using single use plastic as it is having devastating consequences. 
Have a listen... Have you been persuaded yet? We have! 
Autumn 2
Traders and Raiders

Gregolf the Viking showed us some important artefacts that belonged to the Vikings. These included: weapons (spears and battle axes); armour (including helmets, chainmail and shields) and other useful implements, such as the ear scraper and the piece of cotton wool for wiping their bottoms with after a visit to the toilet!  

We became real life traders for a session, looking at different artefacts that would have been sold during Viking times, adding prices together and seeing if we had enough coins. 

Year 4 got to play some traditional Viking games.  At the end of the day, Gregolf told us a Viking myth all about Thor the Mighty, Loki and Freyja the Goddess of Beauty working together to trick Thrym the Giant.  

'I learned that Vikings wore really heavy armour that you can't cut through,' Leighton.

'My most enjoyable experience was the Viking shields and I learned how Vikings made swords,' Max.

'I learned that Vikings don't have horns on their helmets,' Kai.

'Today I learned that Vikings needed scales for trading,' Alfie.

'Vikings are still living now.  I loved everything because it was all great,' James.

'I have learned that they used a candle for a light,' Emile.

'Today I learned that a place called Valhalla is where all of the Vikings who were killed in battle go in the afterlife,' Holly B.


Autumn 1
Voyage into the Unknown
Pine 4 chose their most memorable experience of this half term:
'My most memorable moment is when I started to learn about our topic,' Cassey.
'I loved being with my friends and teachers and learning about Charlie Small.  I loved adventuring in the jungle,' Amy T.
'It was definitely the school trip to Conkers and my favourite thing was the camping,' Zane.
'My most memorable experience was the fruit kebab,' Jensen.
'Going to Conkers is my most memorable experience of Voyage into the Unknown,' Taylor.
'My most memorable moment was every day because I have the best teachers and friends.  I would love to go to school seven days a week.  BEST half term ever!' Korlie.


Today, we were lucky enough to visit Conkers. We learnt how to survive in the wilderness using minimal equipment. We created our own shelters using natural materials that we could find on the forest floor. We then created fires using steel and flint tools, cotton wool and wood shavings. We learnt the basic skills of survival and even got a treat at the end - a toasted marshmallow! 

'I enjoyed making the fire with my friends,' Amy. 

'My favourite activity was when we used the flint and steel to light the fire,' Billy. 

'I really liked it when we made a shelter out of sticks and logs,' Cassey. 

'The Bushcraft activity and toasting marshmallows was a truly delicious and amazing experience,' Daniel. 

'The best thing was everything,' Jensen. 

'My favourite experience was making a fire because I finally accomplished it! Overall 100/100,' Korlie.


Food Technology
Since finding out that Charlie was trapped in a tropical rainforest, we researched the possible foods that would come from this destination. We found out that these fruits come from tropical rainforests and jungles: avocado, starfruit, banana, papaya, grapefruit, dates, lime, mango, kiwi, lemon, pomegranate, orange, coconut, golden berry, pineapple, lychee, passionfruit,  jackfruit, mandarin. From finding out this information, we decided to make tropical fruit skewers.

We had to use certain cutting techniques, such as the bridge and claw, to chop the fruits safely. We also had to peel fruits and arrange by threading the fruits onto skewers.


Sustainable Travel

We were lucky enough to have Louise visit us from Warwickshire Road Safety. She taught us all about the importance of sustainable travel, building on what we learned last year about safe places to cross. We spoke about active travel and the reasons that people don’t travel to school in these ways but we also came up with some solutions to their excuses.


Pine class have been excited to join Charlie Small, from ‘Charlie Small: Gorilla City’ on his round the world adventures. We are creating our own journals based on a journey similar to Charlie Small’s. We have encountered different habitats, where our science skills are required to help us categorise the critters and understand their relationships with each other and where they live. We have also employed our geography skills to identify countries outside Europe.
Welcome to Maple 3!
2018 - 2019
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Summer 1
Mighty Metals
When the children came in this morning, there was lots of mysterious pieces of metal on their tables. These were jumbled up with twigs, shells and sand. They had to try and predict where they thought that the items had come from. They sorted the items, first based on their own criteria, then whether they were magnetic or non-magnetic. They then found out (from a maths activity) that the parts belonged to the Iron Man. Mrs Albrighton found a book about this in the library so we began to read it. 


When they were looking at the items on their tables, here is what the children thought:



'This is a jack for a car.' Zac.


'I think that this has come from a robot and the wires control it,' Mason.


'That .looks like it’s an engine from a bike,' Kai.


'I think that part of a satellite has fallen onto the beach,' Sophie.


'It’s part of a cuttlefish from the beach,' Amy.


'It’s a spring from a car,' Jensen.


'I think that someone has been searching the beach with a metal detector,' Alex.


Spring 2
Tales of the Unexpected
When we returned to school on 26th February, we had an exciting day where we were immersed in the culture of Scotland. We had the opportunity to try many different Scottish foods, such as smoked salmon and Irn Bru. We then got to learn a Scottish dance with our very own professional, Mrs Willis.

In the afternoon, we received a mysterious letter from the chief at the Daily Drumnadrochit. He told us that we were to be trainee journalists. Our first task was to predict where we thought a mysterious egg may have come from. Hopefully we will find out more as we read 'The Water Horse' and follow the adventures of Kirstie and her family.


Spring 1
Tribal Tales
Take One Author - Ted Hughes
Year 3 experienced life in the Stone Age on their return to school. The day involved excavating real life artefacts, creating a museum, making bronze age jewellery, making stone age pottery, grinding their own flour, making their own stone age weapons and weaving material. Lots was learned about how Stone Age people lived and we all had great fun!
Autumn 2
Overground, Underground
Autumn 1
Lost in America
'This term we are learning all about North America.  So far we learned that a dog called Larry was lost in America.  He then went to Washington DC.  There was a letter that said he was afraid to be away but loved to play.  Will we find him?' Alex.
Welcome to Juniper 2!
Miss Noctor - Class Teacher
Mrs Whitlock - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Year 2 are continuing with their Summer 1 theme due to SATs.
Summer 1
Spring 2
This half term we will be covering our theme Street Detectives and our Take One Author, Roald Dahl.


When Year 2 returned to school they discovered that they had been left a mysterious message from Mufasa the lion. He asked the children to find out all about lions and what life is like in Africa. He explained that to join him in the Pride Lands they would need to complete many challenges over the coming weeks.