Year 5/6 Awesome Oaks and Resilient Redwoods


Mrs Hunt and Mr Barrass teach Resilient Redwoods with Mr Richardson

Miss Bailey teaches Awesome Oaks with Miss Brown


Both of the classrooms are bright and encourage children to be independent: they can find their own resources to support them in their learning.

School Council

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

Awesome Oaks School Councillor


Resilient Redwoods School Councillors


Class Dojo Masters

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.

Awesome Oaks Dojo Masters



Resilient Redwoods Dojo Master



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 2 including developing their geographical knowledge of countries involved in the war including their leaders and whether they were part of the axis or allies. They will also learn about daily life in the war including rationing, air raids and propaganda. In science the children will be learning all about the different forces and how they act on objects.

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For this half term we will be writing a portal story, influenced by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Pie Corbett’s Elf Road.

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


For our hook this half term we designed our own portals to a fantasy world! These were then the start of our portal stories in English, inspired by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, as well as Elf Road.

For our Non-fiction hook, we acted out what we would do in an air raid. We listened to WWII songs and talked about how people might feel and how this might change over time.

Memorable Experiences

On Tuesday 10th November we went to Beaumanor Hall for a World War II Experience Day!

We shall be learning all the Victorian era including the industrial revolution. The children will also be learning about a local landmark of ‘Cromford Mill’ and how it played a part in the industrial revolution.

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

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


For our hook we matched quotes from books with the character who said them.

We discussed our preferences and decided which we thought were the best.

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.

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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.


For our hook we had a range of pictures that gave us clues about Ernest Shackleton’s life.

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.

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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.


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Memorable Experience

As part of ‘Bloodheart’ we got 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.

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For our model text, we will use Sprot Gozzler to write a non-chronological report about an animal.
We will also look at a range of non-fiction texts to identify language and layout features for our own writing.




For our hook, we will work in groups to make up an animal and habitat in a box. We will plan and share a short presentation to tell the class about our animal.

The children will be learning 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.

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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.


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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! 

Description of the topic and where it links to different subjects.

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Thing 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 Awesome Oaks and Resilient Redwoods 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 homework, which can be chosen off of 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 Resilient Redwoods and Awesome Oaks is Thursday.

Spring 1 

Note: this has been cancelled due to the closure of schools to all pupils.

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

Note: SATs has been cancelled for the year 2020 / 2021


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
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 image to be taken to the website.




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

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