Willow 6

Welcome to Willow 6!
2020 - 2021
Miss Purdy - Class Teacher
Mrs Hill - Class Teacher
Mrs Finch - Teaching Assistant

Home Learning Projects – Summer

To view the home learning choice activities for the summer term, please click the link below.

 Remember to send your home learning through the messages section on eSchools, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

3rd May

24th May

14th June

5th July

Summer 2
Hola Mexico!
Willow 6 enjoyed creating (fake) blood to introduce their circulatory system topic in science. They looked at the different components that made up blood using a mixture of edible ingredients.

Summer 2 Remote Home Learning – Year 6

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.


Click on 'schedule' then 'Year 6'.

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 6 Learning:

Hola Mexico!


All about Mexico: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/geography/countries/article/mexico

What are North America’s countries and physical features? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-north-americas-countries-and-physical-features-ctgked

What are some of North America’s most important human characteristics? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-some-of-north-americas-most-important-human-characteristics-c8vk8r

What is the climate like in parts of North America? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-climate-like-in-parts-of-north-america-6nh3ee

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

How does resource exploitation cause problems? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-does-resource-exploitation-cause-problems-6cv66t


Maya civilisation: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvynm39

What games did the Mayas play? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zbqyy4j

What did the ancient Mayas believe? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/z2gkk2p

Who was Pakal the Great? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zv4x6yc

What remains of the ancient Maya? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zq6svcw/articles/zs2ph39


Light: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb27kty

The human body: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zr48r2p

What are organs and why do we need them? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-organs-and-why-do-we-need-them-c8wk0c

How is oxygen transported around our bodies? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-is-oxygen-transported-around-our-bodies-60vk6r

How the circulatory system keeps us alive: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks2-how-our-circulatory-system-keeps-us-alive/zhf76v4


What are medicines and drugs? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrffr82/articles/zg982nb

Employment: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/employment-71h3ct

Money, money, money: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/money-money-money-61gked

Growing money: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/growing-money-6mu30r

Men and women at work: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/men-and-women-at-work-c8v3et


How did the religion of Islam begin? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-did-the-religion-of-islam-begin-74vk2r

What do Muslims believe? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-do-muslims-believe-cnk3je

The five pillars of Islam: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-the-five-pillars-of-islam-70t6cd

What is the holy book of Islam? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-the-holy-book-of-islam-cmvk0d

Where do Muslims worship? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/where-do-muslims-worship-6dgp6d

What are the festivals of Islam? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-the-festivals-of-islam-70u36r


Algorithms: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zvcqdp3

Selection in physical computing: https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/selection-in-physical-computing-722c

Art & Design

What are textiles? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-textiles-c5k34e

What is weaving? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-weaving-cdgk6r

What are sewing and embroidery? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-sewing-and-embroidery-c8t66t

How can I embellish my textiles? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-can-i-embellish-my-textiles-65k62d

Ceramics: https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/ceramics-8b02


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

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

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

Saying clothes you have and using a conjunction: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/saying-clothes-you-have-and-using-a-conjunction-71jk8c


Body percussion basics: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/body-percussion-basics-69j30t

Exploring different sounds: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/exploring-different-sounds-c9k3gc

Developing body percussion (1): https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/developing-body-percussion-part-1-6rv3ar

Developing body percussion (2): https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/developing-body-percussion-part-2-6cw6cr

Composing a body percussion piece: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/composing-a-body-percussion-piece-6nk38d

Performing your body percussion piece: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/compose-and-perform-your-body-percussion-piece-crtp6e


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


Outdoor and adventurous activities: https://classroom.thenational.academy/units/outdoor-and-adventurous-activity-planning-and-making-a-journey-7f9e

Summer 1
Frozen Kingdoms
Willow 6 made some strange discoveries: four mysterious blocks of ice!  After closer inspection, we found... frostbitten fingers, a compass, an S.O.S. message and an unusual job description.  Who could these items belong to?
We used Now a Press Play to begin researching the causes and effects of climate change and the impact that it has on many biomes, including polar regions.
Spring 2
Tales of Terror
Blood-Curdling Berry Pancakes!

'I LOVED how they tasted because the flavours of everything fell apart in my mouth!' Noah.

'They looked amazing - really colourful as we had juicy strawberries and raspberries. The sweet syrup made them taste AMAZING!' Rita.
We have enjoyed solving the ‘Mystery of the Death in the Sauna’ using Now Press Play and using our problem solving skills during our outdoor Maths hunt.
During our ‘Let’s Count’ (Census) days, we have enjoyed investigating how the census works and comparing data from different areas and different decades.

We then created our own class census to collect data around the theme of ‘Health and Wellbeing’.
Willow 6 have enjoyed practising a range of athletics skills during their PE lessons this half term.
These have included: throwing javelins, long jump, hurdles and sprinting skills.

'I’m really impressed with how much further my javelin throws went,' George.

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
A Child's War
To finish off our World War 2 theme, we celebrated in style with our own VE (Victory in Europe) Day party.

'I have loved this topic. I have learnt so much and it’s really made me think about what people went through,' Noah.

I still can’t believe how people were treated during the holocaust. It’s shocking and makes me feel really sad,' Rita.
We enjoyed stepping back in time to recreate some of the dances that were popular during World War 2. These included the Charleston, Lambeth Walk and Lindy Hop.

After learning about the causes and effects of rationing during World War 2, we used our rationing allowance to calculate the cost of quantities and cost of producing an authentic spam hash. We then used skills of weighing, measuring cutting and mixing to prepare and cook our spam hash.


During Maths Week we studied the life of mathematician Alan Turing. We researched how he helped to decipher the German Enigma code during WW2 and then tried out our own code cracking using the Caesar Shift Code and Pigeon Cipher. Finally we recreated our own Enigma code cracking machine. We had great admiration for Alan Turing and his team as it was very difficult to follow the intricate patterns.
Autumn 1
 Darwin's Delights
We used our observational skills to create these Charles Darwin inspired drawings.
We had lots of fun learning chords on the ukulele with Mrs Slater during our music lessons.
Willow 6 had an exciting start to the the school year when they discovered lots of strange objects (including feathers, bird seed, bones, egg shells and cracks in the ground) after investigating the school grounds. The clues led us to the theory that a strange creature may have visited, but just who or what is this extraordinary being?
Welcome to Teak 5!
2019 - 2020
Mr Hammersley - Class Teacher
Mrs Fisher - Teaching Assistant
Spring 2
Clans of Ancient Darkness
Year 5  adapted a traditional fishcake recipe by changing the type of fish used.  They investigated where different types of fish were sourced from to ensure they limited the environmental impact they had.  Once cooked, each class voted on their favourite flavour.  They then represented this data in both stacked bar chart and pie chart form so that the results could be compared.
Spring 1
From Rags to Riches
On Tuesday, pupils from Year 5 agreed to help the local historical society after they received an email with details about a Victorian time capsule being buried on school grounds over 100 year ago.  With the aid of a metal detector, the pupils set out in earnest to find it.  After a couple of red herrings in the form of bottle tops, they finally unearthed an old biscuit tin containing artifacts.  They then spent the remainder of the morning, using their inference skills to identify as much about the original owner as possible.  Well done year 5!
Autumn 2
Year 5 carried out some amazing textiles and sewing artwork on the Thursday. The children worked together to create an enormous wall hanging based on our British values. Many thanks to 'Crazy Mary' for her expertise and guidance - we know that end result is going to look amazing!
Year 5's assembly was inspired by Sir Michael Morpurgo's book, Kensuke's Kingdom.  The story, used to drive this half term's theme - LOST!, sees the main character (Michael), washed overboard in a strange land.  In the assembly, members of the class are washed up in different biomes from around the world.   They describe to the reporters who find them, the climate, landscape and animals that surround them.  The assembly itself was used as a vehicle to help the children with their geography learning.  Watch this space to find out what they have learned.
The RNLI dropped into visit year 5 today to help them understand the role they play in the UK and also how to stay safe around water.
Autumn 1
I Am Warrior
Year 5 have really enjoyed their first topic, I am Warrior.  They have loved discovering facts about both roman civilian and military life.  To end the topic, they researched foods that are found in the Mediterranean to prepare for a typical roman celebration - a banquet.  Everyone helped by cooking honey biscuits and oregano flat breads.
Year 5 traveled across to Viroconium Cornoviorum, more commonly known today as Wroxeter.  This town in Shropshire was once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.  They explored what ruins, townhouse reconstruction and museum to help them deepen their knowledge about life in Roman Britain.  They enjoyed creating mosaics and dressing up as different member of society too. 
Did you know that Wattling street is the same road that leads right up to Wroxeter's gates?  This is where the road, that originally started in Rome, finally ends.  We have really enjoyed this topic and this was a great way to finish it off.  Well done Year 5.
Year 5 are completing the theme 'I am Warrior' which started with an order from the Roman Emperor Claudius to join his army.  The children go on a journey, discovering who the Romans were and the role they played in British history.  Over the next few weeks, they will learn about the Roman invasion of Britain and the role of the Celts, Boadicea and Picts from Scotland.  They will also discover that they have an impressive legacy which can still be seen in our lives today, such as the A5 road and police riot controlling tactics.