Year 5/6 Awesome Oaks and Resilient Redwoods

Awesome Oaks

Teacher: Miss Bailey

Teaching Assistant: Miss Brown

Resilient Redwoods

Teacher: Miss Walker

Teaching Assistant: Mr Richardson

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

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

Awesome Oaks’ School Councillor

Nicol & Aisha

Resilient Redwoods’ School Councillor

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

Isaac &

Jennifer

Resilient Redwoods’ Dojo Master

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

Fiction

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.

Non-Fiction

We pretended to be the characters from our fiction unit model text: One Chance. We put ourselves in the shoes of the characters and thought about questions they might be asked by journalists and how they would answer. This  then gave us our own ideas for our cold write.

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Memorable Experiences
We went to ‘Haddon Hall’ to learn more about the Tudors using hands on activities and explored the fantastic grounds. https://www.haddonhall.co.uk/visit/learning/

We got to dress up as the two different families and learnt about the different rooms including the kitchen and the chapel.

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We also invited in our parents for an afternoon to make some Tudor themed crafts. We had a fantastic time making the Tudor Rose and our own collage to create a ‘Tudor Lady.’

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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

Fiction

To ‘hook’ us into our English unit, we designed our own aliens and spaceships. We then wrote descriptions. We used these to inspire us in our story writing this term.

Non-Fiction

We watched a video scene from Doctor Who where the spaceship crashes in to Big Ben to inspire our conversations. We then came up with points for why we think aliens do and don’t exist ready for our writing of a discussion text.

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Memorable Experiences

We went to the ‘Space Centre’ to learn more about the space in a practical environment. https://spacecentre.co.uk/ 

We really enjoyed our visit, especially operating a model Mars Rover and shooting rockets into the sky.

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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

Fiction

For our ‘hook’ this half term term, we had a sneak preview of the text. In groups we were given an extract from the ‘Tibicena’ story and explored the characters and events through discussion and drama.


Non-Fiction

We will be made our mug cakes ready to write our instructions for our cold write!

Memorable Experiences

We had an in school visit from ‘Sublime Science’ to take part in a range of practical science activities.  https://www.sublimescience.com/

We had a fantastic time and used a range of different scientific vocabulary!

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Parental Engagement

We invited our parents in to school to share with them all the work we had done this half term, particularly our computing work and our own ordnance survey map that we created.

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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.’

Hook

Fiction

For our hook, we looked at the model text for ‘The game’. As we read the story, we had to guess what book/film the clip was linked to. We begun to read all about the mysterious game that was tucked away and how playing the game brought scary, ferocious animals to life!

It didn’t take us long to realise this model text was based of the story of Jumanji based on this unique story line!

Opening to ‘The Game’

Danny and Susie were bored. It was wet play again and it felt like they hadn’t seen the playground for weeks. Rivers of greasy rain streaked the classroom windowpanes and pooled to make gigantic puddles in the centre of the netball court. Another lunchtime inside was clearly stressing Mrs Allbright, as she seemed to be tense and a bit more snappy than usual. She sat at her desk with a steaming cup of tea and marked books with the ferocity of a wild beast. To top it all, every good game was being used and only the tub of dominoes was left. Everyone knew that half of them were missing and the other half had been chewed by the school ‘Reading Dog’. Danny and Susie searched the classroom for something to do.

Memorable Experiences

We visited the historical village of Eyam where we will visit the Riley Graves and Mompesson’s well as well as going inside the church. https://www.eyamvillage.org.uk/

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Parent Afternoon

We also invited in our parents for an afternoon to make a model village of Eyam. We had a fantastic time recalling our memories from the trip and teaching our parents what we had learnt!

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. 

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.


Non-Fiction

We will be writing a persuasive letter based real life situations. We will then apply our wider curriculum knowledge for our hot write.

Non-Fiction


We will be writing a 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

Non-Fiction Persuasive Letter

We planned and presented our own persuasive speech to convince Mrs Martin to extend break times.

Non-Fiction Diary

For our hook we watched a video from Harry Potter. We then used this as inspiration for a piece of drama, where we put on Harry’s shoes and told someone about his day.

Memorable Experiences
We had a half day workshop ran by ‘The Past Presents’ where we learnt more about the Egyptians including mummification! We also talked about the importance of the River Nile and about how the pyramids were built.

 

 

Parent Afternoon

We invited our parents in as part of our Jubilee celebration and sketched images of the Queen applying our skills that we had recapped in art.

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

Fiction

Coming Soon!

Non-Fiction

Coming Soon!

Memorable Experiences

To be confirmed

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 home learning which can be chosen off of the grid on the topic page.

P.E for both Awesome Oaks and Resilient Redwoods is a Thursday.

 

Your child must come to school in their school uniform and bring their P.E kit in a bag. Children will get changed in school just before P.E. Children will change in seperate gender rooms.

 

For P.E children should wear a white t-shirt, with black shorts/leggings/jogging bottoms with black trainers or pumps for inside. Children should not be wearing their own sports wear.

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. Click on the image to be taken to the website.

 

Contact Us

Firs Primary School
Raven Street
Derby
DE22 3WA
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