To view the home learning choice activities for the autumn 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:
Autumn 2 - 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 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:
The Solar System
What are solar eclipses? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-solar-and-lunar-eclipses-6nh3et
What is the solar system? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-solar-system-c5jk6r
How do the planets in the solar system differ? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-the-planets-in-the-solar-system-differ-69k6ar
What are stars and star constellations? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-stars-and-star-constellations-chjp6c
What is the universe and what is it made from? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-universe-and-what-is-it-made-from-c8uk8e
What do astronomers do? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-do-astronomers-do-cnh3ac
World famous people (Neil Armstrong): https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjwvb82/articles/zhx4k2p
What is Christianity? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztkxpv4/articles/zvfnkmn
What is Easter? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztkxpv4/articles/z4t6rj6
What is Christmas? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztkxpv4/articles/zdjjf4j
Different ways to communicate online: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv63d2p/articles/z9r72hv
What are viruses and malware? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv63d2p/articles/zcmbgk7
Should I trust everything I read on the web? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv63d2p/articles/zt9thyc
How do you design a good character? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv63d2p/articles/zprj7ty
Mechanisms (lever and linkages – 10 lessons): https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/mechanisms-levers-and-linkages-7fcb
Talking about school: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6/articles/z4q8g7h
Understanding pulse and rhythm: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/understanding-pulse-and-rhythm-c8up2t
Reading simple rhythms: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/reading-simple-rhythms-c5h3ad
Composing rhythms: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/composing-rhythms-ccrk0d
Performing rhythms: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/performing-rhythms-6dh32r
Complete some of the workouts by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k
So far this term in our outdoor adventurous activities, the children have been challenged to use their planning and communication skills to create challenging activities, which draw on lots of different physical skills such as throwing, catching, sprinting, and co-ordination. They have designed their own obstacle courses and participated in competitions between teams of their classmates.
'I love the sprinting activities!' Louis.
'Balancing activities are tricky, but I’m getting there!' Oscar.
'I like using my creativity to design the different courses,' Lailah.
This half term, we have been practising the team game of rounders. The children have worked very hard to improve their throwing, catching, batting and communication skills and are really getting to grips with the game! In the latest session, we saw some fantastic batting and fielding and a positive competitive spirit.
'I love this game – particularly the batting part!' Martyna.
'I scored the first rounder!' Evan.
'I’m getting really good at catching people out!' Elsie.
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.
This term in Pine 4, we have enjoyed learning about teeth and digestion, taking part in a number of experiments and activities to explore and replicate the processes within the digestive system, and to improve our teeth hygiene. We have also loved studying a number of books by Michael Morpurgo as part of our Take One Author English study - we really enjoyed the War Horse film, have read The Butterfly Lion as a class and many children have decided to read one of our library Michael Morpurgo books as their ‘reading for pleasure’ book. 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. Well done Pine 4 - you have completed some fantastic learning this term!
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!
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.
King of the Cloud Forests by Michael Morpurgu
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!
We hope you are all looking after yourselves and staying safe.
I cannot believe that this will be over this week. How did that happen? Seems only moments ago you were walking into Maple 3 all nervous and smiling, and now you will be leaving and heading to year 4 in September. Please know what a joy it has been teaching you this year, each one of you is special, unique and destined for great things!
Remember to keep smiling, that mistakes are part of learning and that Mrs Smith and Mrs Calloway cannot wait to be able to see how you have grown and how you are in September. Enjoy this last week!
Keep smiling and stay safe! We will see you all soon,
Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Calloway
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:
- https://www.yourschoolgames.com/sgo/queenelizabeth/ 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.
www.nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/ Password: nowpressplay
Remember STAY SAFE online too. Visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to keep going on Skoolbo, one person in Maple class has 58 snazzimals! There are still plenty of tasks on there for everyone to have a go at.
This half term our theme is Underground, Overground which is a history based theme around the local canals and mining. The children enjoyed an amazing hook day where we discovered a hidden time capsule on the playground, it contained a letter from our mystery friend and many clues.
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.
Aaron Becker is a famous illustration author who has produced many wordless books. Captivating children and adults by the turn of each page.
This half term we have moved away from Hinduism and are embarking on a journey through Christianity. We are concentrating on Lent and the importance this has on Christians throughout the world.
Outdoor Games - please ensure children have outdoor PE clothes on Tuesdays this half term. We will be going out and learning a range of different skills outdoors. Dressing appropriately is important as the weather is not always fine.
Friday Gymnastics- the children will be continuing on their gymnastics lessons. So please make sure PE kits are in on Fridays for this. It is important that any child who has earrings brings plasters to cover them.