Year 5/6 - Redwood 2022 - 2023
Redwood Class Spotlight
It has been a very exciting time in Redwood class. As part of the ‘Blood Heart’ topic, the children have been very curious to learn interesting facts about the heart. They have applied their retrieval skills to research the topic using non-fiction books and confidently presented their findings to the class. This then aided their writing when they produced explanation text to explain exactly how the heart works.
In English, the children are currently writing a dialogue narrative based on the class novel ‘Pig Heart Boy’. They have used dialogue using inverted commas, synonyms for said and parenthesis to communicate the arguments between Cameron’s mum and dad in the novel.
In Science, the children have looked at the components of blood. They practically explored the components, using food colouring to show the blood and the plasma, marshmallows to act as the red and white blood cells and pom poms to act as the platelets. This helped the class explain in detail how blood travels around the body and how the body protects itself from infection.
In Design and Technology, the children have focused on ‘Heart Healthy’ soups. They have collaborated in groups to create a design criteria and then they have thought of healthy ingredients from the different food groups that they can use to create different healthy textures and tastes. Each group has designed the packaging including a logo, name and descriptive paragraph to describe their delightful recipes.
In Computing, the class have created spreadsheets to display the results of a probability activity. The dice were rolled 450 times and then the spreadsheet showed the most popular number. The children added a formula to their spreadsheets to present the totals of each numbers and then used the data to create bar graphs using the 2Calculate program on Purple Mash.
Welcome to Redwood Class' learning page.
Here you can find relevant information about our learning in school, including: timetables, weekly English and maths homework.
This term, Spring 1, has a topic named 'Blood Heart'....
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry. Blood flows through our bodies in all its vibrant shades of red. Let’s explore our circulation system. Now, surgeons, don’t be squeamish as we dissect an animal heart and examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. They all work hard to move blood around our bodies. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy, and made groundbreaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might uncover? Why do people give blood?
Find out how to keep your heart happy with cardiovascular exercise and healthy food. Kickstart a campaign to spread the word about the damage caused to the lungs and heart by smoking.
Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat. What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won’t tell.
The class text will be 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman
PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday. Please have your PE kit in school.
Home learning and spellings are set on Wednesday and are due back on Monday. Please complete your English and maths work at home and find time to practise your weekly spellings.
Ensure you have a water bottle and a coat in school every day.
Other ways to help at home:
Here are a selection of websites which can help you and your children.
(Some games are subscription only, but there are plenty of free games and activities to help you practise maths skills)
This is a great website as it has lots of short videos which explain key maths concepts and have lots of practice questions to try.
Again, some subscription access only games, but there are some free games/word lists which allow you to practise your spellings in lots of different ways.
This has lots of information for parents which explains useful terminology.