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Wonderful Willows and Splendid Spruces

Teacher: Mrs Twist

Teaching Assistant: Miss Luda

Teacher: Mr Barrass

Teaching assistant: Mrs Smith

Take a look at our classrooms!

Here you will have everything you need to become independent learners as you enter year 5/6.

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

Splendid Spruces’ School Councillor:

Sebastian

Wonderful Willows’ School Councillor:

Samira

Every class has at least 1 dojo master. The dojo masters help show visitors around school and explain what they are/have been doing in class.

Splendid Spruces’ Dojo Masters:

Farhan and Viktorie

Wonderful Willows’ Dojo Masters:

Bryan and Rihanna

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!

Off With Her Head! is all about the Tudors. Children will learn about the British monarchs and the difficulties that arose between the Protestants and Catholics as a result of Henry VIII. In D.T children will learn all about seasonality and preparing a healthy diet. They will also apply their learning to foods available in the Tudor period.

In Science children will learn about light including how we see and how light travels. Children will also carry out an investigation linked to Computing used the Data Loggers.

Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘A Boy Called Hope.’ We will also have the opportunity to read ‘Treason by Berlie Doherty’ and the non-fiction text ‘Tudors’ from our book corner.

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Wishing Tale’ using the model text ‘One Chance.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing a newspaper report based on our wishing tale and then using our wider curriculum knowledge for our hot write to write a newspaper report on Henry VIII.

Hook 

For our hook, we read the story “The King’s Beard” and talked about what the point of the story was. We also solve an anagram that spelt: Be careful what you wish for. We discussed what this meant and how wishes may have negative and positive results.

Memorable Experience

We will be going to Haddon Hall to learn more about the Tudors using hands on activities and exploring the fantastic grounds.

In Stargazers, children will learn all about Space through Science but they will also use images from NASA to look at how Deforestation has impacted the Earth as part of our Climate and Environment link. In Geography, children will use maps and atlases to locate world countries and oceans.

Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘Wolf Brother.’ We will also have the opportunity to read ‘The kid who came from space’ and  ‘Cosmic’ from our book corner.

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Journey Story’ using the model text ‘Alien Landing.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing a discussion text based on the fictional concept of aliens and magic.

Hook

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Memorable experience

We will be going to the ‘Space Centre’ to learn more about the space in a practical environment.

In Alchemy Island, children will use OS maps to explore the ‘Isle of Arran.’ In Science children will learn all about the properties of materials including reversible and irreversible changes. They will also learn about electricity and creating a circuit.

Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘The Hobbit.’ We will also have the opportunity to read ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope.’

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Defeat the Monster Story’ using the model text ‘The Tibicena.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing an instruction text based on how to defeat our monster. We will also apply our writing to real life, practical experiences such as making a mug cake.

Hook

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Memorable Experience

We will have an in school visit from ‘Sublime Science’ to take part in a range of practical science activities

In Peasants, Princes and Pestilence, children will learn all about the Great Plague in 1665. We will also particularly focus on what happened in Eyam, Derbyshire and compare it to the modern day pandemic of COVID19.

Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘The Land of Roar.’ We will also have the opportunity to read ‘Children of Winter’ and ‘The Great Plague of 1665’ as part of our book corner.

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Finding Tale’ using the model text ‘The Game.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing an persuasive letter based real life situations. We will then apply our wider curriculum knowledge for our hot write and write a persuasive letter from Hancock to Mompesson about burying bodies in the graveyard.

Hook

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Memorable Experience 

We will be visiting the historical village of Eyam where we will visit the Riley Graves and Mompesson’s well as well as going inside the church.

In Pharaohs, children will learn all about the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation including the calendar, daily life and hieroglyphics. In Geography we will also be studying the human and physical geography of modern day Egypt.

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Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘Clockwork.’ We will also have the opportunity to read  the non-fiction text ‘The Story of Tutankhamun’ as part of our book corner.

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Journey Story’ using the model texts ‘Kidnapped’ and ‘Adventure at Cambury Park.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing an diary based real life situations. We will then apply our wider curriculum knowledge for our hot write and write a diary entry from Howard Carter as he discovered King Tut’s tomb.

Hook

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Experiences

Memorable Experience 

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In Time Traveller, children will be comparing past to present and look and how fashion and leisure has changed since 1066. We will also look at how the use of land has changed over time and compare maps of places in the United Kingdom. As part of our Art and Design and Technology we will also look at Architects and different architectural styles through time and common features.

Reading and Talk for Writing

In class we will be reading the book ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden.’ We will also have the opportunity to read the text ‘Time Travelling with a Hamster’ as part of our book corner.

Fiction

We will be writing a ‘Portal Story’ using the model text ‘Scarab.’

Non-Fiction

We will be writing an non-chronological report based on our previous learning of the Plague. We will then apply our wider curriculum knowledge for our hot write and write non-chronological report about how leisure and fashion has changed over time.

Hook

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Experiences

Memorable Experience

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Things you need to know:

It is essential that all children continue to practise their learning at home to remember and embed what they have learnt in school that week. For Splendid Spruces and Wonderful Willows, home learning will be given to the children on a Friday and must be returned by the following Friday. Children will be asked to attend home learning club during their lunchtime if they do not complete their home learning. Children will get both maths and English home learning that relates to their learning that week therefore all children should be able too complete it. If children are struggling they can also choose to attend home learning club for extra support.

If children are struggling or you are unsure how to support your child, please message your child’s class teacher on Class Dojo.

Children will also have the option of completing topic related home learning which can be chosen off of the grid on the topic page.

PE for both Splendid Spruces and Wonderful Willows takes place every Tuesday.

Please ensure your child has PE kit which should include: shorts/leggings/jogging bottoms + t-shirt + pumps or trainers

Autumn 1

  • Wonderful Willows – Wednesday 13th October
  • Splendid Spruces – Friday 15th October.

Children will be going to Haddon Hall. There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit will go ahead. 

  • Wednesday 20th October

Parents will be invited in for a Tudor Craft afternoon.

Autumn 2

  • Friday 3rd December

Children will be going to the National Space Centre. There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit will go ahead. 

  • Wednesday 16th December

Parents will be invited in to school to create a foam rocket with their child.

Spring 1 

  • Friday 28th January

Children will have an in school visitor ‘Sublime Science’ There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visitor will go ahead. 

  • Wednesday 16th February

Parents will be invited in to school to allow children to share their Computing work with their parents.

Spring 2

  • Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th April

Children will be going to Eyam. There will be a voluntary cost to parents to ensure that this visit will go ahead. 

  • Thursday 7th April

Parents will be invited in to school to make a model Eyam village with their child.

Summer 1

Visitor to be confirmed

  • Wednesday 18th May

Parents will be invited in to school to make canopic jars with their child.

  • W/C 9th May: Year 6 SATs Week

SATs

The dates for Year 6 SATs 2022 are:

Monday 9 May English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 10 May English reading
Wednesday 11 May Mathematics papers 1 and
Thursday 12 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

Visitor to be confirmed

  • Wednesday 19th June

Parents will be invited in to school to make a maths board game with their child.

  • Tuesday 5th – Thursday 7th July

Year 6 Common Transfer Days to Secondary School

Below are a number of websites that are useful for children in year 5 and 6.

BBC Bitesize

My Maths

Crickweb

Woodlands Maths Resources

MyOn

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Contact Us

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Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782
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