Yew 6

Welcome to Yew 6!
2020 - 2021
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Frozen Kingdoms
Come back soon to see our outstanding learning in Summer 1.
Spring 2
Tales of Terror
Making maths even more fun by going outside to do our word problems and enjoying the sunshine! 
To go with our theme, we have made some ‘bloodcurdling berry pancakes’. They may sound a little strange but they tasted delicious!
We became crime scene investigators by analysing finger prints, extracting DNA and completing a chromatography experiment.
CRIME SCENE: After reading ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ by Roald Dahl, we recreated the crime scene like true investigators

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 


How has the discovery of DNA changed science?

What is inheritance?

How flexible are my feet?


Mapping the world:

Building locational knowledge – Europe (revision): (lessons 1, 2and 3)

Building locational knowledge – United Kingdom (revision): (lessons 1, 2, 3, and 4)


Images in the media:

Life is all about balance:



What is Judaism?

What is Passover?

What is Yom Kippur?

What is Hannukah?


Parts of the body (revision):

Colours (revision):

Talking about your family (revision):

Talking about school:



What is computer science?

What is debugging?


How to draw like Pablo Picasso: 

Investigating photography: (lessons 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Visit and complete some of the workouts.

Visit and complete some of the workouts.

Visit 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
Today we were extremely lucky to have in Mark McKenzie, a World War 2 expert, to talk to us about both the English and German perspectives of WWII...
We experienced life during the Blitz.

We found out how difficult lessons would have been in gas masks.

We learnt how to do the real soldiers’ Home Guard Drill.

Mark told us about his German family’s experiences and taught us that not all of the Germans were enemies.

And we even got to handle some real WWII artefacts!


Yew 6 found out lots of information about the Battle of Dunkirk this week. We then created fact pages about the battle and were very creative with our designs!

A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead. Take cover. It’s 1939 and Britain is at war! 

‘I am enjoying learning cool facts about World War 2. I liked learning about rationing foods and creating a ration book for me and my family,’ Ethan.

 ‘I like this theme because there's loads to learn like Adolf Hitler and all of the bad things he did to the Jews and Winston Churchill and all of his inspirational speeches. I am also loving reading 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,’ Lucy.

 ‘I liked learning about Alan Turing - he has had such a sad life and wasn't recognised but now everyone recognises him. I have also enjoyed learning about rationing because it's totally different to how it is today and they had rationing books. We made Spam hash - it was actually surprisingly nice! I didn't think it would be nice because I don't like peppers and I had never tried Spam before. It was a really nice combinations of flavours, it tasted like bacon!’ Megan.

Autumn 1
Darwin's Delights
Yew 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 Sycamore 5!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Webb - Class Teacher
Mrs Stubbs - 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!
'I learned that pronouns can be possessive like, 'her',' Braden.
'I didn't know until today what a modal verb was.  It is a word like 'might' or 'will' that show how possible or certain something is,' Lauren.
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.
'I loved our song, Rocking all over the World by Status Quo,'  George.
'My favourite part was the joke about Mrs Davis' maths lessons,' Maizie.
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.
'Today was the first time I tried humus.  It was nice.  Someone told me to try it with celery so I am going to do that,' Ben.
'When I smelt the fig, it didn't smell nice but when I tried it the taste wasn't very strong,' Harley.
'I enjoyed making the flat bread.  The taste was very nice, however, I wasn't keen on the texture.  It was a bit chewy,' Lauren.
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 the 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.
Sycamore have enjoyed their first tea party this year with Mrs Day after the whole class hit their weekly reading target.  Well done everyone and thank you to all those people at home who helped them achieve this.  We are now looking forward to our tea party with Mr Coleman after reaching our target for a second consecutive week.
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 Pine 4!
2018 - 2019
Miss Marklew - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Tomb of Treasure
Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt herself, came to visit year 4 today.  During our time with the queen, we learned about the ancient Egyptian’s traditional beliefs and customs, social hierarchy, writing and some of the games they played. 
Summer 1
Bottoms, Burps and Bile
Take One Author - Anne Fine


The children were set the Giganta-gut challenge, each group were given the task to make their own digestive system . Year 4 followed instructions and discussed what each part of the model represented in the digestive system - breaking the food up using teeth, swallowing the food in the Oesophagus, food in the stomach with acid and bile, food travelling through the intestines, and the waste product that exited the body!  All the parts were then joined together to make one fully working ‘Giganta gut.



Spring 2
Blue Abyss
This morning the children were introduced to the realities of what lurks in the Blue Abyss.  Having watched some spine tingling footage from the Blue Planet series, the children were asked to categorise some of the mysterious sea creatures that could be found in the oceans.  They were then challenged to work out where all the water that is in the oceans comes from. They were a little concerned to learn it was the same water that the dinosaurs had been drinking!
Spring 1
Voyage into the Unknown
On Wednesday, some of our children 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 extraordinary 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?
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 Oak 3!
2017 - 2018
Mrs Atkins - Class Teacher
Mrs Shaw - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Summer 1
On Wednesday Year 3 discovered that a mysterious object had been washed up on the beach on the West Coast of Scotland, during a storm.
"We are trainee journalist at the Daily Drumnadrochit.  We are trying to find out what the mysterious item is.  The Chief of the newspaper sent us clues for our evidence table.  Our classroom is now a journalist office with briefcases and house plants on the tables."
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our theme Overground, Underground and our Take One Author, David Walliams.
Yesterday Year 3 visited the Dudley Canal because we are learning about mining and canals.  We mostly enjoyed when we made the ribbon and lace plates.  Also when we painted the inside like a castle or rose.
Legging on the canal boat was fun!
Lucy and Chloe
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Autumn 1
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.