Teak 5

Welcome to Teak 5!
2021 - 2022
Mr Hammersley - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - 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 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:

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? https://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/alexander



What is a plant? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8/articles/zcjnp39

What does a plant need to live? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8/articles/zcmtk2p

Why are bees attracted to flowers? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8/articles/zx4ktv4

What are the requirements for plant growth? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8/articles/z98jpbk

Why are plants important? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxfrwmn/articles/zss9msg

What is fertiliser? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zy66fg8/articles/z86ktv4


What is an algorithm? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs7s4wx/articles/zqrq7ty

How do computer programs use variables? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs7s4wx/articles/zw3dwmn

What is debugging? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs7s4wx/articles/ztkx6sg 


What is Islam? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpdtsbk/articles/zrxxgwx

What is Ramadan? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpdtsbk/articles/zjc2bdm

What is Eid ul-Adha?  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpdtsbk/articles/zhjjf4j


Gender Stereotypes (men and women at work): https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/men-and-women-at-work-c8v3et

Bullying: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/bullying-c9j3ar

Design Technology

To investigate structures: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-investigate-structures-6ngk2r

To construct nets to create 3D shapes: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-construct-nets-to-create-3d-shapes-75gk8c

To evaluate existing structures: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-evaluate-existing-structures-65j38t

To develop a design brief: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-develop-a-design-brief-and-to-sketch-ideas-for-the-product-71jpcd

To explore contexts and purposes of structures: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-explore-contexts-and-purposes-of-structures-crvk4e

To design, make and evaluate structures: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-design-make-and-evaluate-structures-6tk34d

To experiment with making techniques: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-experiment-with-making-techniques-cmw64r

To measure, mark out, cut and shape materials: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-experiment-with-making-techniques-cmw64r

To assemble, join and combine materials: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-assemble-join-and-combine-materials-creating-a-finished-product-6njkae

To evaluate the final product: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/to-evaluate-the-final-product-64up8c


Parts of the body: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6/articles/zdxwcmn


What is composition? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcbkcj6/articles/z6bsy4j


Complete some of the workouts by visiting: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k


Summer 1
Materials and their properties
Take One Author - Kwame Alexander
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.
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
Autumn 1
Marvellous Mechanisms

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.


Welcome to Pine 4!
2020 - 2021
Miss Mould - Class Teacher
Mrs Hill - Class Teacher
Miss Richardson - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Burps, Bottoms and Bile
Take One Author - Michael Morpurgo

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!


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!


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
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 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!

Welcome to Maple 3!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Smith - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant
If you need to contact Mrs Smith please do via - smith.v3@welearn365.com
Hi Maple 3! 

Hi everyone!

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 -  smith.v3@welearn365.com

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.

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
We are continuing with gymnastics this half term on Friday morning. Children are starting to develop their balances now to form a sequence of movements within a group. 
Maple 3 have been extending their understanding of the French language by building upon their knowledge from last half term and are now focusing more on the spoken and written element. 
Here are some photos showing Maple children using a combination of reading, listening and speaking skills. Hopefully we will continue to progress well!
Maple 3 have been learning how to read maps and locate canals on them.  Working in pairs they measured and calculated the distance between locations. Noticing where they are and when they cross over other canals. 
Maple 3 working in teams to use the new innovative IT equipment to mix mathematics skills with their computing. The children worked on a range of times table questions to test their knowledge and communication skills.
After the success of Autumn 1 we have entered Autumn 2 with enthusiasm and excitement.

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.

Over the course of the half term we will be learning about the canal system, water safety and the construction of the canals. How important they were for days gone by and the laborious  jobs of the adults and children hundreds of years ago. Additionally we will be exploring the mining history of the local area and how dangerous, important and essential mining was for the local area and beyond. What was it like to be a miner? What age did people start going down the mine? And many more questions will be answered.
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.
Here is a brief overview of our learning for this half term:

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.

Our learning for this half term involves digital literacy.  Building on our Internet Safety knowledge from Autumn 1, we feel it is important that our children have the ability to find, use and create information online in a beneficial and useful way. To link with our Underground, Overground theme, Year 3 will have the opportunity of creating their own fairy tale, or retelling a traditional fairy tale, with an underground/overground message such as Jack in the Bean Stalk or Alice in Wonderland.  We will be using Book Creator on iPads to support this.


Light and shadow is the focus this half term. The children will begin investigating the difference between different sources of light, the way light is made and the terms connected to it such as reflections, beams, translucent and transparency.
Our focus this half term will continue to expand but parents can help children by practising their 4, 8 and 3 times tables. Helping your children with quick recall. The children adore the attached clips.
In addition to this support, helping your children with continuing to work on addition and subtraction using the column method would really help them. If any assistance is needed please let me know!
After the wonderful success of our hands on reading session where a great many parents came into school to see the techniques we are using in class to help your children gain more from reading, I am glad to be able to attach the following to assist. 
Remember all children have a reading target of 4 times a week. We haven't yet managed to meet our reading target for the class and are desperate to get a tea party. 
I gave all parents a copy of these at parents evening however if you misplace them attached is a copy for you to refer to. These are the Statutory spellings for year 3/4.
Also for those who are still needing some assistance with the HFW (Those words most commonly found in sentences spoken and written) attached is a copy of those.
I will put a link up here for the handwriting we are using in class as many parents have asked. I know we have many children looking to aim for their first pens and some for their second. So please watch this space.
If you have any questions about anything please grab me on the playground or leave me a message via the school office and I will be more than happy to meet with you.
Autumn 1
Lost in the USA
We have been having such a wonderful time since the start of the year!
Our theme is Lost in New York. We have been following Larry around the USA where he keeps getting lost. During his travels we have helped him with postcards, letters and so many geography lessons. In addition we have been participating in so many practical math's activities, our favourite was the Now Press Play lesson! Where we went on an adventure helping to solve a crime in New York!
The children have had French, computing and even RE lessons. Here are some of our beautiful elephant photos to show their Hindu masks.
On Mondays the children have been participating in dance lessons with Embody dance and every child has really shown off their creative talents during these sessions. We cannot wait to get the whole dance finished.
English has seen the children working on a number of different areas of Literacy, based on the theme books and Snow White lost in New York. We have wrote character descriptions of the Evil Step mother and acted out many parts of the story during guided reading sessions. There have been many improvements in the children's confidence and approach to these sessions.
Science we are working on Animals including humans and looking at the differences and similarities of their skeletons and how they work.
We have to say that the children are showing amazing attitudes to their learning and are participating wholeheartedly in all their tasks!
Well done Maple 3!
Mrs Smith and Mrs Calloway