Welcome to Year 5/6 Wonderful Willows and Splendid Spruces!

Year 5/6

Wonderful Willows and Splendid Spruces 2020


Miss Cooke teaches Wonderful Willows.

Mrs Twist teaches Splendid Spruces with Miss Luda.

Welcome to Wonderful Willows and Splendid Spruces. Our classrooms are set up to help you become an independent learner. In each room you will find working walls and resources which will help you with your learning. Both rooms have exciting new book corners, waiting for you to discover.

School Council

Every class has one school councillor to help share their classes’ views and make changes across the school.

Wonderful Willows’ School Councillor


Splendid Spruces’ Class Councillor


Class Dojo Masters

Every class has at least one dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.

Wonderful Willows’ Dojo Master

Corey and Miroslav

Splendid Spruces’ Dojo Masters:

David S and Olivia

Our Curriculum

Click on the tabs below to find out more information about each topic. Throughout the year, we will also add pictures of memorable experiences and hooks!

The children will learn about World War II including developing their geographical knowledge of countries involved in the war. They will also learn about their leaders and whether they were a part of the axis or allies. In addition, children will learn about daily life in the war including rationing, air raids, evacuation and propaganda.

In Science, the children will be learning all about the different forces and how they act on objects.

Quality Text

For this half term, we will be writing a portal story. We will use the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe by CS. Lewis and Elf Road by Pie Corbett as inspiration.

The children will also use ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ to write a diary as the character, Lenny.


For our hook, the children explored different portals that can transport you into a new and magical land, such as the wardrobe into Narnia and Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Then the children designed their own portals to take them to a fantasy land.


We are looking forward to visiting Beaumanor Hall for a World War II Experience Day! We will be finding out about rationing, decoding secret messages and learning what it was like to live through an air raid.

We will be learning all about the Victorian era including the industrial revolution. In addition, we will be exploring the art work of William Morris in order to produce our own prints. The children will also be learning about a local landmark of ‘Cromford Mill’ and how it played a part in the industrial revolution.

Quality Text

Using Oliver Twist and Street Child as inspiration, we will be writing our own Rags to Riches story. We will be particularly focusing on dialogue: how to punctuate it correctly and when it is appropriate to use it. We will also look at how it represents character traits and actions.

For our non-fiction unit we will be writing a newspaper report about the strange happenings in London and Oliver Twist going missing.


This half term we will introduce dialogue by exploring famous characters. We will be matching quotes with characters from significant children’s literature.


As part of Frozen Kingdom, the children will be learning about how animals adapt to their environment, particularly in colder climates. They will also learn to locate and explain the difference between the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Quality Text

Using Shackleton’s Journey as inspiration, we will write our own biography on Dr. Barnardo.

We will particularly focus on writing multi-clause sentences and will identify/include simple, perfect and progressive/continuous tenses.



Throughout this topic, the children will be learning all about the circulatory system and the role of the heart within the body. Children will also learn how to find and count their pulse and explain what this tells you about the heart.

In Design and Technology, they will look at the nutritional values of foods in order to eat a balanced diet.

Quality Text

As part of our Talk for Writing sequence, we will be focussing on ‘Openings and Endings’ of stories. We will be using The Cobbler of Krakow and Beowulf as our model texts. We will be writing our own “Defeat the Monster” story.

For our non-fiction unit we will be writing an explanation text of why our beast/monster is dangers. We will then use our knowledge of our topic (Bloodheart) to write an explanation text of how the circulatory system works. We will use the book “Keeping Fit” to support us in ideas of how to structure and layout our text.


For our hook, we designed our own monsters and wrote a description about them. We had monsters that lived in space, under the sea, in a cave, in a forest and who lived in the sky!


As part of ‘Bloodheart’ we will get the opportunity to apply our learning about how the heart works and the different parts of the heart by getting to dissect a heart ourselves!

We will be learning all about Charles Darwin and his role in developing our understanding of evolution, selective breeding and adaptation. We will also begin to explain the changes through animals over time by comparing their skeletons/fossils. We will also begin to look at the work of Mary Anning.

Quality Text

For our non-fiction text we will focus on writing a non-chronological report about an animal we have made up! Our model text is ‘The Sprot Gozzler’ from ‘Flanimals’ by Ricky Gervais.

For fiction we will be writing a tale of fear.


For our hook, we created our own animals. We thought carefully about what habitat they would live in and what features they would need to live there.

Some of us made models and others used a website to create our mixed up creatures.


Coming soon!

The children will be using a range of sources to learn all about the Ancient Maya and how they used to live. They will also begin to understand how what the Maya invented has impacted our lives today.

Quality Text

For our Talk for Writing we will write our own ‘Warning Story’ using ‘The Canal’ as our model text.

We will be reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher from Pie Corbett’s reading spine as our whole class story.

In English, for our non-fiction unit of writing, we will be creating a persuasive leaflet for Camp Green Lake (inspired by Holes) and then for our ‘Hot Write’ we will create a persuasive holiday leaflet for Mexico.


Coming soon….!


Memorable Experience

We will have a visit from “The Drama Hut.” Children will have the opportunity to:

  • Play a fast-paced 10 second picture game,  depicting life and famous structures during this  period.
  •  Re-create the story of “The Hero Twins” from the Popol Vuh.
  •  Explore Maya religion and the specific roles the Gods, Kings and Priests played during this period by playing ‘Guess the God’.
  • Prepare with music and dance, a ritual ceremony of a willing victim for human sacrifice!


Our Experiences and Opportunities

We do lots of exciting things throughout the year, this may be as part of our topic or additional experiences. Click on the tabs below to have a look.

Things you need to know! 

Home learning will help children to practice skills and consolidate knowledge learnt at school. For Wonderful Willows and Splendid Spruces, home learning will be given to the children on Friday and must be returned to school by the following Thursday.

Home learning club is available at lunch time if your child wishes to attend or requires extra support.

If children are struggling or you are unsure how to support your child, please message Miss Cooke or Mrs Twist on Class Dojo.

Children will also have the option of completing topic related challenges which can be chosen from the grid on the topic page.

Due to the current circumstances, children are expected to come to school in their P.E kit on P.E days. Please make sure this is appropriate for school and the weather. Children may also choose to bring deodorant but it must be a roll on, not an aerosol can.

P.E Day for Wonderful Willows is Friday.

P.E Day for Splendid Spruces is Tuesday.

Spring 1

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th January: ‘Prime VR’ will be coming in to school to run workshops with the children and take them on a journey to the Arctic and Antarctic. There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit will can ahead. 

Spring 2

The children will have the opportunity to dissect a sheep heart to explore further into their topic of ‘Blood Heart’ and the circulatory system.

Summer 1

Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th April: ‘Portals to the Past’ will be running workshops in school for children to learn more about evolution and fossils.  There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit can go ahead.


W/C 10th May: Year 6 SATs Week


The dates for Year 6 SATs 2020 are:

Monday 10 May English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 11 May English reading
Wednesday 12 May Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 13 May Mathematics paper 3

It is essential that all year 6 children have 100% attendance and are punctual throughout SATs week. Click here for more information.

Summer 2

Wednesday 9th June: Year 6 children will be going to Lea Green for Orienteering. This is part of the P.E curriculum and comes at no cost to parents.

Wednesday 9th June: Some of the year 5s will have the opportunity to go to Derby University as part of their ‘Primary Explorers’ Day.

Thursday 17th June: ‘The Drama Hut’ will be coming in to school and run workshops for children to explore more about the Mayans through drama. There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit can go ahead.

Below are a number of websites that are useful for children in year 5 and 6. Click on the links to be taken to the website.

MyOn – a website to read online books.

Hit the Button – a game to help you practice your times tables.

MyMaths – a website to support you with maths. There are lessons and work to complete.

Oak National Academy – this website has lots of lessons for all subjects.

BBC bitesize – this website has lots of materials to help your child with their homework and to recap learning from class.

Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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