Yew 6

Welcome to Yew 6!
2021 - 2022
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker/Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant

Home Learning Activities – Summer  

To view the home learning choice activities for the summer 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: 

9th May

23rd May

20th June

11th July

Summer 1 - 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 English and maths lessons.

English - writing

English - grammar practise



Always begin with lesson 1, 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:  


Log on to your Purple Mash account and go to the Computing and 2Code section.  Work through the ‘Gibbon’ activities in order so as to build up your coding skills.


Watch the three video clips to learn about growth mind-set.  Create a poster to communicate what people can do to improve their own growth mind-set.  Which areas of growth mind-set are strengths for you?  Which areas do you need to practise more?

RE - Sikhism

Research the festival of bandi chhor divas and communicate your learning in an information page or recorded speech. Can you link this knowledge to the similarities seen in the British value of tolerance?

Science -  human anatomy

Name and describe some of the main human systems found in the body.  What is their purpose?  What parts or organs are they made up of?

PE - Games- passing and receiving

Watch and join in with the videos to practise and improve your skills.  

Summer 1
Spring 2
Tales of Terror 
Spring 1
Frozen Kingdoms
Year 6 have been learning all about climate change, including the reasons for climate change and what we can do to help to prevent this. They have been working hard to persuade you to help us too!
Yew class went on a trip to West Midlands Safari Park.  They enjoyed a classification workshop with animal handling experience, coach safari and exploration of the exhibits. Staff there gave the children 10 out of 10 for their knowledge and behaviour.
Welcome to the planet’s coldest lands. Vast wilds and hostile territories; incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. Take shelter from the elements or fall prey to icy winds and the deepest chill. Trek bravely and valiantly across treacherous terrain to the ends of the Earth, treading deep in snow or being pulled by a team of mighty sled dogs. We will learn more about these intrepid expeditions through reading ‘Shackleton’s Journey’. Be alert, for magnificent mammals roam these lands, sometimes hungry or fresh for a fight, including those that we will learn about through reading ‘The Wolf Wilder’ by Kathrine Rundell. Become part of an Antarctic rescue team, braving the elements to rescue terrified passengers from a ship struck by a deadly iceberg that hides deep beneath the Ocean. Wrap up well and settle by the fire.
Autumn 2
World War 2
Year 6 have enjoyed making and evaluating a traditional WW2 recipe today - Spam hash. Whilst lots of us have never had Spam before, it has become a new favourite for many!
Mr Bailey from Animate 2 Educate worked with Year 6 last week to do some WW2 themed computing. We created our own animations, used green screens and Colour Splash to create these images and videos. 
Year 6 were very lucky to have a visitor into school teaching us all about World War 2 this week. He taught us about evacuation, rationing, the home guard drill and what to do when the air raid siren is heard. We also got to handle lots of WW2 artefacts and our visitor told us his own family’s stories about the war from a German perspective. 
'I have loved learning about World War 2 from both perspectives and hearing stories of the real people that were involved,' Holly.
'I enjoyed everything because I loved learning about history and what has happened,' Taylor.
'I really enjoyed what I learnt today and now I know more about what happened in the war,' Mason.
'I enjoyed that we got to handle all sorts of different artefacts and we got to march around the playground,' Faith.
'The best part was when Mark told us about his family stories from World War 2,' Leighton.
'The children had to wear their gas masks during maths lessons!' Cassey.
'I have enjoyed EVERYTHING,' Zane. 
'I enjoyed the experience of holding the helmet, gun and gas mask,' Jensen. 
Autumn 1
Darwin's Delights
This half term, Year 6 have been learning about the amazing discoveries of Charles Darwin. It started with a strange and mysterious trail that was left behind by an unknown creature. Throughout this half term, we will be learning more about this unusual creature whilst linking it all to our learning of evolution and adaptation.
We enjoyed our voyage on the HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin, looking at the adaptations of camels and moths and the evolution of humans. Plus it was the perfect day to enjoy the sunshine! 
Welcome to Sycamore 5!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Webb/Mrs Özdoğaç - Class Teachers
Mrs Williams - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Scream Machine
In our after school recorder lessons we have been learning to play the notes B, A and G.  Can you recognise the tunes we have been practising?

Roll up, roll up! This half term, there’s all the fun of the fair to experience! Soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of a theme park. Year 5 will learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. The children will design their own theme park and map their ideas using digital technology.  They will investigate the mechanisms that make these marvellous machines work: cams, gears, pulleys and levers. In addition, the children will explore the physical forces of friction, gravity and air resistance, and investigate them during exciting experiments.

Summer 1
Year 5 had a DT day today where they learned how to use a variety of equipment safely, measure & cut accurately, strengthen joins and include mechanisms such as pulleys and gears into a design.  They will be designing Moon-buggy inspired additions to attach to these chassis before seeing which one is the fastest and which can climb the steepest ramp.
In year 5 today, we were visited by Warwickshire Fire Services and shown how to keep safe, identify hazards and protect ourselves at home! The children were great at spotting dangers and enjoyed suggesting ways to keep themselves safe.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast off!
This half term, Year 5 are taking a journey through space - the final frontier. The children will navigate the Solar System to investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. They will take a look at our Moon and learn about the high-stakes race to be the first to reach it, programme a rover to traverse the lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. The children will also compare the times of day at different places on the Earth and use GPS satellite navigation.
Spring 2
Firedamps and Davy Lamps

Grab your pickaxe and shovel! We’re headed down into the mines to explore the world of work and industry in the 1800s. During this theme, the children will explore the history of coal mining and industry in our local area. They will discover the impacts of strikes and disasters on the societies of the past, and will compare the conditions of labourers then and now. Furthermore, the children will investigate coal mining’s legacy and its future in a world of changing energy. To immerse themselves fully in this troubled time, Year 5 will be reading ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty – a tale of hardship in Victorian London. 


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

The ancient Egyptians were master builders – creators of some of the largest monuments that the world has ever known – and their mysterious gods and rituals still puzzle archaeologists to this day. This half term, we will transform into Egyptologists and enter a world of pyramids, tombs, and ancient gods. Over the course of these weeks, the children will work to unravel the secrets of the Pharaohs using historical sources and ancient artefacts. They will cruise the Nile, exploring life along its fertile banks and discovering the fascinating culture of this historical period. They will learn about the ritual of mummification and embalming and the journey to the afterlife. Their story this half term will be ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll – the story of a girl caught up in an ancient Egyptian curse.


Remote learning - a science experiment.
Autumn 2
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Beware the Black Death! For their second theme, Year 5 will travel back in time to 1347 – the peak of plague in Medieval Britain. Over the course of this half term, the children will use their skills as historians to immerse themselves in a world of pestilence, battle and chivalry. The children will learn about the spread of plague and the life cycles of microbes, as well as the wider society of this fascinating period of history – from the arms and armour of brave knights, to the turbulent trouble of the peasant’s revolt. We will be reading Children of Winter by Berlie Doherty – the story of two children trapped in a doomed village during the great plague of 1666.
Autumn 1
 Alchemy Island
Welcome to Alchemy Island – a hidden world filled with mysterious magic, mythical monsters and sinister substances. As we explore this uncharted landscape, we will delve into the properties of strange materials, study fantastic fantasy narratives and create magical musical scores. Our class story will be ‘The Wizard of Earthsea’ by Ursula le Guin – a tale of wizardry and wonder set in an ancient, mystical land. We will use technology to create incredible imagery to accompany a fantasy epic of our own.
Sycamore hope you enjoy their Alchemy Island raps.
Welcome to Pine 4!
2019 - 2020
Miss Johal - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - 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: 

Spring 2
Windows of the past
Spring 1
Blue Abyss
This half term, Pine 4's theme has been the 'Blue Abyss'. We have been looking at our oceans and the damage we are causing to them! 
Did you know over 70% of the Earth's surface is water? We really need to start protecting our oceans more!
Pine 4 have written some very persuasive speeches to persuade you, yes you, to stop using single use plastic as it is having devastating consequences. 
Have a listen... Have you been persuaded yet? We have! 
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 learned that Vikings wore really heavy armour that you can't cut through,' Leighton.

'My most enjoyable experience was the Viking shields and I learned how Vikings made swords,' Max.

'I learned that Vikings don't have horns on their helmets,' Kai.

'Today I learned that Vikings needed scales for trading,' Alfie.

'Vikings are still living now.  I loved everything because it was all great,' James.

'I have learned that they used a candle for a light,' Emile.

'Today I learned that a place called Valhalla is where all of the Vikings who were killed in battle go in the afterlife,' Holly B.


Autumn 1
Voyage into the Unknown
Pine 4 chose their most memorable experience of this half term:
'My most memorable moment is when I started to learn about our topic,' Cassey.
'I loved being with my friends and teachers and learning about Charlie Small.  I loved adventuring in the jungle,' Amy T.
'It was definitely the school trip to Conkers and my favourite thing was the camping,' Zane.
'My most memorable experience was the fruit kebab,' Jensen.
'Going to Conkers is my most memorable experience of Voyage into the Unknown,' Taylor.
'My most memorable moment was every day because I have the best teachers and friends.  I would love to go to school seven days a week.  BEST half term ever!' Korlie.


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! 

'I enjoyed making the fire with my friends,' Amy. 

'My favourite activity was when we used the flint and steel to light the fire,' Billy. 

'I really liked it when we made a shelter out of sticks and logs,' Cassey. 

'The Bushcraft activity and toasting marshmallows was a truly delicious and amazing experience,' Daniel. 

'The best thing was everything,' Jensen. 

'My favourite experience was making a fire because I finally accomplished it! Overall 100/100,' Korlie.


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 learned 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.


Pine 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.