Teak 5

Welcome to Teak 5!
2020 - 2021
Mr Hammersley - Class Teacher
Mrs Fisher - Class Teacher 
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 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: 

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? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/where-are-the-worlds-natural-resources-6mu3et

- How has the use of natural resources changed? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-has-the-use-of-natural-resources-changed-65j36d

- What natural resources does the UK have?  https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-resources-does-the-uk-have-c4rkjc


- What is the theory of evolution? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-theory-of-evolution-6ru32d

-How do fossils provide evidence for evolution? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-fossils-provide-evidence-for-evolution-6gt3ce

- What impact have humans had on plants and animals? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-resources-does-the-uk-have-c4rkjc


-Life is all about balance: https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/eat-well-live-well-7109

-Food, glorious food! https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/food-glorious-food-64vkec  

- Time to get active! https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/time-to-get-active-cth62c  


- Learn all about Judaism: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/articles/zh77vk7

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

-What is Passover? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/articles/zn22382

-What is Yom Kippur? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znwhfg8/articles/z4vvjhv

MFL (French)

- Learning french words for clothes: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/learning-some-clothes-cgr64t

-Describing clothes using colours: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/describing-clothes-with-colours-c9h6at

- Describing clothes with colours and sizes: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/describing-clothes-with-colour-and-size-chhk2r

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........
Welcome to Redwood 4!
2019 - 2020
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Dow - 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: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 


Spring 2
Windows of the past
Spring 1
Blue Abyss
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 have learnt that the spears weren’t thrown, they were thrusted,' Louie.

'I enjoyed hearing the stories of Gregolf and his son. I also enjoyed learning about what they wore,' Amelia.

'I enjoyed learning about the Viking armour,' Erin.

'My favourite part was playing the Viking games and listening to the myth,' Thomas.

'I liked making the brooches the best, Ella.

'I have loved every part of today but the best part for me was definitely learning about all of the armour,' Daniel.


Autumn 1
Voyage into the Unknown

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! 

'We learnt how to give a fire oxygen. It was the best trip EVER!,' Amiya.

'If you go, you will never want to leave,' Amelia.

'I loved getting dirty and muddy!' Louie.

'I learnt that the position to make a fire is called the respect position,' Daniel.

'I loved working in a group to make dens,' Zachary.

'My favourite part was ALL OF IT! I loved spending time with my friends and teachers,' Chloe.

'I learned how to make a fire using flint and steel and we got to go into the 4D cinema, which I think was the best!'Sophie.

'I loved spending time with my friends, AKA the Birchwood family,' Charlotte. 

'Conkers was the best school trip out of all of the school trips that I have done,' Zak.


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 learnt 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.


Redwood 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 Oak 3!
2018 - 2019
Mrs Atkins/Mrs Hill - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Summer 1
Mighty Metals


On the first day back, the children discovered a whole range of strange items scattered on their desks. There were lots of strange bits of metal, ranging in size and shape, combined with sticks, stones and shells. There was even sand hiding in some parts of the metal, which did make a mess! Oak 3 came up with lots of different predictions about where the items had come from and how they had ended up in the classroom. We then had a go at sorting the items into different categories – size, weight, shape and then investigated if the items were magnetic or not. This led us to realise that magnetic metals have iron in them, but not all metals are magnetic. A place value maths quiz led the children to discover that the objects belonged to ‘The Iron Man’. We recognised the author of this book from our Author Study in Spring 1...and couldn't wait to get reading to find our more about this man made from Iron…!



‘The parts definitely belong to a motorbike,' Sammy.



‘This bit of metal looks like a robot leg!’ Kyle.



‘I think they have come from a beach…’ Sophie.



Spring 2
Tales of the Unexpected
Oak class have become journalists this half term for the Scottish Newspaper 'The Daily Drumnadrochit'. Their first assignment was the discovery of a large egg shaped object in the classroom. They had a good look at it and tried to make predictions about where it had come from and what it could be. Over this half term we hope to find out more about Scotland and more about this mysterious object! 
'I loved hook day because we got to try loads of different things. My favourite thing was trying the foods. My favourite food was the Iron Bru and the Shortbread. I hated the soup because it smelt disgusting,' Charlie.
'I like our theme because I like the work we have done on Scotland. I am always looking forward to what we will tomorrow about Scotland. I like our theme because I have never known this many interesting facts about Scotland,' Amelia.
'The thing I liked the most on hook day was dancing because it was very active,' Zak.
'So far we have learnt lots about Scotland. We know what the capital city of Scotland is. We know what the other main cities of Scotland are and what the longest river is. We have learnt lots from our own research on the Internet,' Amiya.
'I loved the food tasting. I ate almost all the food in one go! I didn't like the Leek soup. It’s watery and sickly. I really liked the Salmon and the mash (Neeps and Tatties!),' Louie.
'I liked the Salmon because of the taste and the smell. I also liked the Neeps and Tatties because of the taste. I liked the Shortbread because it was all crumbly,' Erin.
'I figured out that I liked smoked salmon. My favourite thing was the Scottish Dancing,' Jimmy–Dean.
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
Welcome to Larch 2!
Mrs Clarke/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Short - 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.
As a special treat for all of Larch class meeting their reading targets, Mrs Day read one of her favourite Roald Dahl books - The Enormous Crocodile.  With chocolate biscuits in hand and a refreshing drink in the other, we predicted what would happen to the mischievous croc! 
Mrs Day told us to look out for the ways that Roald Dahl treats his villains, so we’re keeping our ears and eyes peeled when we read The BFG.


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.