Yew 6

Welcome to Yew 6!
2020 - 2021
Miss Chamberlain - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - 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!

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:

What are North America’s countries and physical features?

What are some of North America’s most important human characteristics?

What is the climate like in parts of North America?

What are the World’s natural resources?

How does resource exploitation cause problems?


Maya civilisation:

What games did the Mayas play?

What did the ancient Mayas believe?

Who was Pakal the Great?

What remains of the ancient Maya?



The human body:

What are organs and why do we need them?

How is oxygen transported around our bodies?

How the circulatory system keeps us alive:


What are medicines and drugs?


Money, money, money:

Growing money:

Men and women at work:


How did the religion of Islam begin?

What do Muslims believe?

The five pillars of Islam:

What is the holy book of Islam?

Where do Muslims worship?

What are the festivals of Islam?



Selection in physical computing:

Art & Design

What are textiles?

What is weaving?

What are sewing and embroidery?

How can I embellish my textiles?



Learning some clothes:

Describing clothes with colours:

Describing clothes with colours and size:

Saying clothes you have and using a conjunction:


Body percussion basics:

Exploring different sounds:

Developing body percussion (1):

Developing body percussion (2):

Composing a body percussion piece:

Performing your body percussion piece:


Complete some of the workouts by visiting:

Outdoor and adventurous activities:

Summer 1
Frozen Kingdoms
'I have enjoyed learning about the different habitats and animals in the Arctic and Antarctic and how they have insulation to keep them warm,' Archie.
'I enjoyed learning about all of the different indigenous people of the Arctic. We learnt about Inuit art and did some stencilling which was fun,' Heidi.
'I liked learning about the Titanic - I had never heard about it before and it was very interesting to learn about the disaster,' Meka.
'I enjoyed learning about the expeditions to Antarctica with Ernest Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott - they were very brave and explored areas that no-one else had,' Ethan.
For the last two weeks of our theme, we have been learning about the 'Unsinkable Titanic'.
Yew 6 have become climate change activists and are determined to ensure everyone else plays their part too! 
To begin with, we completed a Now Press Play experience to find out the causes and effects of climate change. We then completed more research about Climate Change and what we can do to help. Finally, we created some eye-catching persuasive posters to ensure that everyone played their part and helps us to reduce climate change. 
'In the past hundred years, the sea level has risen by 20cm which means that people’s homes are being flooded,' Harley.
'To help climate change, everyone should eat less meat and eat locally-grown vegetables instead . We should also reduce our use of fossil fuels and use renewable energy sources instead,' Maizie.
When we returned to school, we saw some very strange ice blocks on the field. When we managed to break the ice blocks, we found 4 strange discoveries: an SOS message which suggested that someone was trapped in the Weddell Sea; some disgusting, frost-bitten fingers; a very unusual job description asking for men who were willing to risk their lives; and a compass. 
After a little bit of investigating, we decided that it was vital to find out more about ‘Ernest Shackleton’ who had sent the job description. 
'We found out that Shackleton was knighted because he travelled the furthest South that anyone had ever travelled before,' George.
'He was inspirational because, even though he got stuck in pack ice, he never gave up,' Heidi.
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

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.