Willow 6

Welcome to Willow 6!
2020 - 2021
Miss Purdy - Class Teacher
Mrs Finch - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Frozen Kingdoms
Come back soon to see our outstanding learning in Summer 1.
Spring 2
Tales of Terror
Blood-Curdling Berry Pancakes!

' 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.

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.


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.

Additonal Lessons to Support Year 6 Learning 


How has the discovery of DNA changed science? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-has-the-discovery-of-dna-changed-science-6wvk2c

What is inheritance? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvhhvcw/articles/zp9f4qt

How flexible are my feet? https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/terrific-scientific-feet-live-lesson/z4pv47h


What is migration? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-migration-71j68r

How do migrants vary? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-do-migrants-vary-64wk0c

How does migration affect people and places? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-does-migration-affect-people-and-places-69k30t

What is economic migration? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-economic-migration-6tjk6r

What is a refugee? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-a-refugee-ccv3ar

How will climate change affect migration? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/how-will-climate-change-affect-migration-6dgkgt

“All migrants are forced to leave their home” – to what extent do you agree? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/all-migrants-are-forced-to-leave-their-home-to-what-extent-do-you-agree-c8tpac


Biodiversity and Ecosystems: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/biodiversity-and-ecosystems-74u38c

I roll with my role: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/i-roll-with-my-role-65h3gr

We are a jigsaw: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/we-are-a-jigsaw-6cv3ed

Help is on hand: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/help-is-on-hand-cgtpat


Why do Buddhists meditate? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/why-do-buddhists-meditate-cthp2d

What is life like inside a Buddhist monastery? https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-is-life-like-inside-a-buddhist-monastery-75hket


Talking about yourself: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6/articles/zgnwr2p

Talking about your family: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6/articles/zcqsxbk

Animals and pets: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zjcbrj6/articles/z78wjhv

Visit https://pln.myvle.co.uk/files/sc3490/websites/lspace_47/?page=1513&t=Spring+1 and work through the seasonal French activities about Going to the Market.


What is computer science? https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zs7s4wx/articles/zxgdwmn

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


Visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvPHOpzoEk5onAEbq40g2-k and complete some of the workouts.

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.


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.
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.
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. 
Welcome to Redwood 4!
2018 - 2019
Mrs Webb - Class Teacher
Mrs Dow - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Tomb of Treasure
Summer 1
Bottoms, Burps and Bile


Take One Author - Anne Fine
Today, we used our understanding of how to measure weight and capacity to help us follow a recipe for making pea and mint soup. Unfortunately, the pea plants we started growing in spring, did not survive the Easter holidays so we had to use frozen ones instead. However, this did not stop us enjoying tasting our creation at the end of the lesson. Yummy!
Spring 2
Blue Abyss


Year 4 helped to save an entire planet this afternoon by helping an alien race locate the perfect solids, liquids and gases to replenish their world.  They investigated different material samples to identify their state and also learned about how and why materials change between being a solid, liquid and gas.  At the end, they completed a quiz to demonstrate their learning.  Well done Year 4!


During today’s lesson, we explored a selection of leaflets to identify the language and structural features they use to try and persuade people.  We found features that were common to most leaflets and discussed good examples we had seen and why the writers had used them.  At the end of the lesson, we took part in a ‘Kahoot’ quiz to see which features we could remember and if we knew their purpose.
'Did you know that the scarcity of food in the midnight zone led to creatures evolving bioluminescent qualities to lure prey for them to catch,' Autumn.


'It's disgusting that we are drinking the same water that the dinosaurs drank,' Tommy.


Spring 1
Voyage into the Unknown
On Wednesday, Birchwood took part in the 'Fly to the Line' regional finals in Telford. Even though we didn't make it to the next stage, we had an amazing experience and learnt so much from the very knowledgeable and supportive team. Thank you for a great day. @RAFMUSEUM #FTTLUK 
This half term the children will go on a wild adventure with Charlie Small to discover a host of extrodinary animals and places.  They will need their map skills to make sure they don't get lost on the way and understand food chains to avoid getting eaten.  As if that wasn't enough, they also have their assembly on Thursday 31st January.  Good Luck!
Year four have had an exciting return to school this week after finding out they had been entered into a national glider designing competition.  Teams in each class are vying for the top spot in order to win the chance to take their designs to the regional finals.  They have been challenged to learn about the mechanics of flying and then design, test and improve a glider model that will fly the greatest distance. 
The competition is on but who will win?

'Making the gliders was really tricky but great fun because we did it in the end and I didn't think we would,' Freya.



'I loved how my glider shot up in the air and the nose dived.  It took ages to try and get it right,' Autumn.



'I didn't know that the parts of a glider were the same as a plane but with no engine,' Tommy.

Autumn 2
Windows of the Past
The children became detectives when they returned after the half term to solve a grisly Tudor murder.  They will soon discover just how dangerous it is to live in the Tudor times, especially if you weren't of the correct religion.
Autumn 1
Raiders and Traders
Year 4 trained how to be vicious Viking warriors with Gregolf the Viking.  He also taught them how to read ancient runes and play games such as nine men morris and kubb.


'Nine Men Morris was really fun,' Noah.


'I loved the real boar skin and weapons he brought in,' Autumn .


'The chain mail was really heavy,' Archie.


'I liked it when I blew the Viking horn.  I also liked the weapons and jewellery,' Oliver.

 'I liked the part when I got to wear a helmet.  I also liked the game Kubb and I won,' Megan.

Welcome to Maple 3!
2017 - 2018
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Livermore - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
'At home, during the holidays, we received a Golden Ticket.  It said 'You need to be in your classroom by 8.40 sharp on 4th June 2018'.  The ticket was from Willy Wonka as our new topic is all about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I was really excited because I love the film,' Olivia.
Summer 1
On Wednesday, Maple class found a big hollow rock at the front of the classroom. The Chief Editor of the Drumnadrochit was asking for our help.
"When we came into the class, there was a hollow rock and some plants that said 'do not touch'.  After we read a letter, we could finally touch it." Reuben.
"We came into the classroom and we saw a hollow rock on a stool in front of the whiteboard that read 'Police evidence, do not touch'.  We also saw little plants on our tables.  Then a letter was read out." Elisa.
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our theme Overground, Underground and our Take One Author, David Walliams.
On Wednesday 28th March we went on a canal boat on the Dudley Canal.  We are learning about mining and canals for Year 3's topic of Overground and Underground.
We painted a plate in "Roses and Castles" style, just like they do on a canal barge.  We discovered some facts about mining and canals and built a chain link of information. 
After lunch we went on a 45 minute canal trip through tunnels.  We had to wear a helmet.
Joe and Elisha
This half term year 3 will be travelling around North America with a dog called Larry. The big problem that we have is that Larry keeps getting lost! Luckily, year 3 have got super geographical skills and are able to find him each time he wonders from his owner, Pete. We will follow Larry as he climbs The Golden Gate Bridge, visits The White House, watches a show in New York, takes part in a showdown in Texas and gets a star on the walk of fame in Hollywood.