Welcome to Squirrels Class 2021-2022


Class teacher: Mrs Barrett

Here, I will share photos and information about the interesting and exciting things we get up to in our wonderful class.

There will be links to the half termly planning, so you can see what your child will be learning and doing. There will also be links to the spellings, which will be tested each Friday.

Summer 2

This half term we will be learning all about rivers!

Spellings. Those who do Y6 spellings will be given 10 of the year 5/6 common exception words each week.

Y5 Sum 2

Summer Play

This year’s Summer play will be Robin Hood. The children have all been given their roles and have started learning the songs already – it’s sounding great. Squirrels can take their scripts home to learn their lines, but they must bring them in each day.

The songs are available on YouTube if you search ‘Robin Hood Nick Perrin’, so they can practice the songs at home too.

London Trip!

Squirrels had a fantastic trip to London and a great day was had by all!

We started the day seeing the Magna Carter and some Egyptian artefacts at the British Museum, where we had lunch. This was followed by a drive down Embankment to see Big Ben, Parliament and the London Eye. The coach dropped us off at Trafalgar Square, following which we went to see some incredibly famous paintings at The National Gallery. After a walk across The Mall to see the jubilee flags, we went onto the The Natural History Museum where we visited the earthquake exhibit and got to spend our pocket money in the gift shop.

A well needed McDonalds pit stop on the way home rounded off the day and some sleepy squirrels went off home to bed. They were all brilliantly behaved, had a great time and showed London the spirit of our school.

Girls Football

The girls in years 5 and 6 were invited to Hope Valley College to learn some football skills and play some matches against some other local schools.

All the girls showed great resilience and team work. Hopefully this will spur some of them on to have a go at playing football more often and see that it is a sport for all!

Summer 1

This half term we will be learning all about towns and cities and how they are different from villages.

Please find below this half term’s spellings. These will be tested weekly on a Friday.

Y5 Sum 1 Y6 Sum 1


During our Egyptian topic, Squirrels found out about the process of mummification and wrote their own fantastic sets of instructions.

To help with this, we mummified some tomatoes in the classroom. The children started by scooping out the ‘brains’ then covering the ‘bodies’ in a mixture of salt and bicarbonate of soda.

These were in the classroom over the half term. It was interesting to see how the tomatoes didn’t go mouldy and how all the moisture was sucked into the salt.

Clay Canopic Jars

Squirrels designed and then created some fantastic canopic jars, inspired by ancient Egypt. The children used lots of skills including coiling, using a form, cross-hatch and using slip to create their pots.

Masking Tape Maths

Using angles made by masking tape to practise measuring angles using a protractor.

World Book Day

Squirrels had a fantastic world book day! Everyone made such an effort with their costumes and I’m sure you’ll agree they all look incredible.

We made origami bookmarks, discussed our favourite books, designed a book token for a competition and watched some author interviews.

History Van Egyptian Day

Before the start of this half term, the whole school had the opportunity to have a day fully immersed in ancient Egypt. They made scarab beetle necklaces, learned about the different members of ancient Egyptian society and took part in some Egyptian dance. It gave us a great foundation for the start of our topic – they particularly enjoyed weighing hearts to see if they would go to the underworld and making each other into mummies!

Spring 2

This half term we will be learning all about the ancient Egyptians! We have already had a super day with the history van where children made scarab beetle necklaces and performed a dance to Egyptian music.

We will be looking at how they lived, what was important to them and the process of mummification.

Spellings for this half term

Y5 Spr 2      Y6 Spr 2

Spring 1


Y6 Spr 1    Y5 Spr 1

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a restful and fun Christmas break. The children have all come back to school with smiles on their faces and ready to learn, which is so wonderful to see.

This half term we will be learning all about amazing artists.

We will look at different styles of art, a range of artists and complete our own masterpieces using different techniques. We will also be using art as inspiration for our writing this half term and I’m excited to see what Squirrels produce.

“Every child is an artist” – Pablo Picasso 

The children have already completed a fantastic piece of collaborative art. They each completed a different section, focusing on where to put cool and warm colours, to create our own Squirrel’s version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This is on display at the back of our classroom (as it is the only place it fits!) and we have had lots of comments on how fabulous it is.

Visit to Sheffield Millennium Art Gallery

Squirrels had a fantastic visit to the Millennium Art Gallery in Sheffield. They started the day looking around the Ruskin Collection, sketching a variety of things from crystals, animals and artwork. They then took their sketch and transferred one of them onto a polystyrene tile which was then covered in a coloured ink and placed onto some fabric into a pattern.

Once this is dry, the gallery are going to send it back to school for us to keep and display.

After the workshop, Squirrels looked around the Beyond Bloomsbury exhibit where they picked a piece of art. They then sketched the art, made notes about it and wrote some wonderful art evaluations back at school.

Autumn 2

This half term, we will be learning all about The Romans!

We will be looking at how the Roman Empire expanded, their way of life and important people like Boudicca. We’ll  also learn about how Romans still have an impact in our lives today and get to go on an exciting day trip to the Dewa Roman Centre in Chester.

Autumn 2 Spellings

Y5 Aut 2 Y6 Aut 2

Christmas Decoration Day

Squirrels had a great morning making Christmas decorations, cards and gifts. They have made some fabulous and festive things, which they can’t wait to bring home at the end of term.

Dewa Roman Centre

Y1-6 had a fantastic trip to the Dewa Roman Centre in Chester. Squirrels teamed up with Y4 to learn all about how Romans lived and what they got up to. They then got to march through the city with their shields and swords, chanting as they went. After learning how to become Roman soldiers they got to see the old Roman amphitheater and learn about gladiators.

We had an amazing day (and got to travel on a very fancy coach to top it off!)

Whitehall Residential

After the first attempt at Whitehall, Squirrels were finally able to go and have their residential. They took part in some amazing activities including rock climbing, canoeing, zip line, net climbing, ropes course and rock scrambling. They built on their team work skills and developed so much resilience. They also had to make their own beds, keep their dorms tidy and clean away after every meal. Definitely important skills they can take home!

We will be sharing more photos and information with parents soon.

Autumn 1

This half term our topic is Dynamic Earth.

We will be looking at what the earth is made from, what causes volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the environmental impact of them.

Y5 Aut 1 Weekly year 5 spellings

Y6 Aut 1 Weekly year 6 spellings

Black History Month

For Black History Month, Squirrels did some art inspired by American artist Alma Thomas. The children learned about her life and created their own pieces, some of which are below. Squirrels also wrote amazing letters to the Secretary of State for Education, explaining why black history should be included as part of the national curriculum.


Even though we weren’t able to stay at Whitehall, Squirrels enjoyed a good walk across the Goyt Valley and some of the climbing activities.

We can’t wait to go back properly next month and have our residential.

Eyam Boot and Shoe March

On Tuesday 14th September, the children in Squirrels and Owls took part in the unveiling of the new plaque to commemorate the boot and shoe strike that started in 1918.

All the children learnt and performed two songs – one of which they sang beautifully as they marched through the village. Squirrels also had to learn and perform a poem, which they did with just 4 days to practice! Well done Squirrels!


Worship Display

This half term’s worship theme is compassion. The children worked in groups to create these beautiful sunflowers for the school display.




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Squirrels Class 2020

Summer 1

This half-term we will be learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.  We are looking forward to an exciting start to our topic with an archaeology workshop on Thursday. Here are some photos to show you what we got up to.

Have a look at our topic web to see what we will be learning this half termStone Age Topic Web

Click here for Year 5 and Year 6 weekly spellings for this half term.

Y5 Sum 1     Y6 Sum 1


Our Year Sixes enjoyed their first Bikeability session. 



Welcome to Spring Half Term 2 – February-March 2021

Our topic this half term is ‘Adventurous Aztecs’.   Please click on the link below for our topic web.

Aztec Topic Web


Here are the spelling lists for this half term. They are also on Seesaw and you have a paper copy in your home learning pack.

Y5 Spr 2 2021          Y6 Spr 2 2021




Remote Learning Squirrel Class Wk1

Autumn Term 2

This half-term, we will be learning about the spectacular Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. Lots to learn!!

Here is our Topic Web for this half-term.

Here are the spellings for this half-term for Year 5 and Year 6

Y5 Aut 2       Y6 Aut 2


Worship with Adam – Jesus had 12 special people and they were all different.

This week we were thinking about antibullying and so celebrated with an odd sock day to show we were all different.

We’ve also had a focus on how we can be united again bullying of any type.

Sports Hall Athletics training – including the high jump, long jump and chest push.

On-line safety – cyber bullying lesson

Here we are learning to be mini-leaders – planning small group games to play with the younger children once we are covid free!

In Science Squirrels have been classifying Living Things, making close observations of the chicks and learning about Taxonomy! Here they were tasked with classifying a range of sweets into family groups – some even gave them names derived from their research on Carl Linaeus. Great team work – listening, justifying and compromise skills.


We had a brilliant trip to Whitehall. We went abseiling, mountain biking and stream scrambling! 

Welcoming the new chicks to the Eyam family. They are so cute!

Its so lovely to be back together after all the disruption of the Spring Term.  The children have all settled in really well, adapted brilliantly to the new routines and are enjoying learning about tropical rainforests. Please see below for this half-term’s topic web.

Please click on the link below for this half-term’s spelling lists.

Y6 Aut 1        Y5 Aut 1

Home Learning during school closure

Summer Holiday

Derbyshire Summer Staycation

July 13th 2020

Derbyshire School Games – Rugby Primary

Learning from Home Ideas – 13th July – Holidays

Primary Picture News Resource England – 13th July – Holidays

Stay safe whilst playing games online

Monday 6th July

Still not sure? Hear how other parents felt about their children returning to school.

Also this government leaflet provides clear information for parents of primary and secondary school children with answers to some of the key questions around the new safety measures in place for returning to school, and which children are eligible to return.

SSP Activity Challenge 06.07.20

Derbyshire School Games – Racket Sports Primary


Monday 29th June

Worship from Mike “Rain & Shine”

SSP Activity Challenge 29 06 20

Derbyshire School Games Boccia Primary

First News 732

Monday 22nd June 2020

This week we will be focusing on learning more about racism and about the Black Lives Matter protests.  We will be spending quite a bit of time in school thinking about and discussing the issues of racism, inclusion, discrimination and diversity.  I have put a link below to a powerpoint which will help you to understand what is meant by the term ‘racism’ – please have a look at it with a grown up and discuss any questions you have.


I would also like you to read the news article ‘Black Lives Matter’ (PDF below) and discuss it with an adult. The second PDF is some information for your grown up to help them with your questions.

UKS2 Black Lives Matter Protests Adult Guidance

UKS2 Black Lives Matter Protests Daily News Story

We will also be learning about the issues surrounding on-line live streaming and how to do it safely. This resource is designed for you to use at home.            On-line Safety Live Streaming

There are some fun E-Bug games which support the work we are doing at school about micro-organisms, hygiene and how vaccinations work.

Click on this link to find the games: E-Bug Games

And lastly,  keep using the Hamilton units of work for daily Maths and English activities. We are on Week 9 now.

Hamilton Learning From Home Packs

Have a good week.

Free Online Reading Books

Harper Collins are offering free online books, go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

and click Login to view the books

Dance Around the World

Active Derbyshire  and the Derbyshire SGO Network have worked in partnership to develop a series of free dance resources that are aimed at KS1 pupils (although KS2 and foundation children may also enjoy taking part). “Dance Around the World” resources comprise of a video of approx. 10 minutes which includes a warm up, dance routine (linked to a country) and a simple worksheet to accompany each dance.



Learning from Home Ideas – 22nd June – Zoos Primary

Picture News Resource England – 22nd June – Zoos

15th June 2020

real PE info

Derbyshire School Games Gymnastics Primary

Primary Picture News Resource England – 15th June – Managing Money

Learning from Home Ideas – 15th June – Managing Money

Thinkuknow – Advice on staying safe online

8th June 2020

Derbyshire School Games – An Introduction to Cricket

Picture News

British Values – 8th June Picture News at Home – 8th June Picture News Paper – 8th June

Picture News Resource England – 8th June

Resource 1 – 8th June

Resource 2 – 8th June

Assembly Resource – 8th June

Learning from Home Ideas – 8th June

Picture News Prompt 1 – 8th June



Picture News Prompt 2 – 8th June

Celebrities leading learning through BBC bitesize! https://blog.kidadl.com/articles/bbc-bitesize-celebrity-learning-scheme

Eating Disorders & Lockdown – how to help

Free and fun online learning

8th June

Hello again Squirrels,

For the next few weeks, it is likely that some of you will be in school every day, some of you in for one day or a few days each week and some of you maybe not at all. Whether you are at school, or at home, we are thinking of you and very much look forward to seeing you as soon as possible. 

As most of you are either in school part-time, or still at home, I have gone for a plan which I hope will make things as simple as possible.  For the next few weeks, I suggest that you use the Hamilton Learning At Home resources for when you are home-schooling.  These excellent resources are all free and there is a pack per week for English and Maths with activities for each day.  As well as activity sheets, there  are also Powerpoints, help sheets and answer sheets so I think you will find them easy to use.

Log onto https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/blog/learning-home-packs and select Maths or English for either Year 5 or Year 6.  I suggest that you start with Week 7 and do one pack for Maths and English each week until the end of term.

Alongside this, you can continue with the other activities that I have previously suggested, such as Maddie Moate’s Science, BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons and Seesaw activities.

Also, new from Monday 8th is the CBBC Celebrity Supply Teacher lessons which will be screened live every morning at 11am and then be on iPlayer.  I saw Ed Balls talking about it on The One Show and it looks like it might be fun.

The other new resource for you to use is E-Bug, where you can learn about viruses and other micro-organisms.  We will be using this resource in the classroom over the next couple of weeks and you can use it at home too.

Click on this link: https://e-bug.eu/ind_home.aspx?cc=ind&ss=1&t=Welcome%20to%20e-Bug and select Primary, then KS2 Lesson pack.  There are lots of interesting and useful lessons and activities to do.

I hope you are all doing ok and still smiling!

Love from Mrs Dawson

Get ready to get SILLY! It’s almost time for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge – click here to read all about it

Active Derbyshire have some great ideas to keep fit fun – Derbyshire School Games – Athletics Primary

Picture News

Assembly Resource – 1st June

British Values – 1st June

Picture News at Home – 1st June

Picture News Paper – 1st June

Picture News Resource England – 1st June

Resource 1 – 1st June

Resource 2 – 1st June


Learning from Home Ideas – 1st June

Learning from Home Ideas – 1st June

MoneyPicture News Prompt 1

Picture News Prompt 2

June 1st

Hello Squirrels,

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the break and some time outside in this amazing weather.  I have set you a few new Seesaw activities for this week and here are a few more suggestions for other work to do at home.  I am hoping that Twinkl will continue with the free materials so that you can access those too.

  • Bitesize daily lessons – try to do the maths, English and one other each day if you can
  • your Maths and SPAG CGP workbooks
  • work from the maths textbook that you collected from school a few weeks ago
  • daily reading
  • Maddie Moate’s live science at 11am every morning
  • Maddie Moate’s science videos on her YouTube channel

This half term, our topic will be ‘Mountains’ and my plan is for us to begin this next week.  I will let you know more about how this will work when I know which of you will be in school and who will be at home.

Remember, I am always here for you and I will be in school several days a week if you would like to pop by and say hello.

Missing you all lots,

love from Mrs Dawson

May 18th

A hello message from our Rector Mike especially for YOU!  Hello from Mike

Hi Squirrels. I really hope you are all fit and well. I have devised some balloon fitness challenges for you all to do at home. Maybe you can do them with your family. I have created a YouTube channel so you can see the video (it is too big to load onto seesaw).

Click here for the Balloon Challenge video and join in the fun …..

Let me know what you think and send me some of your own fitness inventions for the next video…

Stay safe

Mrs Gaywood


Physics/Science resources ……

Picture News



Home Activity Challenges Week 5

A wonderfully mindful art activity for the holidays! A view through a window

What have we been up to in school …… gardening socially distanced and baking for VE day!

First News is being emailed to you as usual.

May 13th

Hello Squirrels,

Here is an update with some additional activities for you to do over the next week or so. I hope you enjoyed reading the ‘Raiders’ story on Twinkl and then doing some of the activities which went with it. For next week, I suggest you log onto Twinkl and download the ‘Share a Story’ eBook Resource pack ‘Firebird’. Read the story and then there are lots of different activities for you have a go at including SPAG, comprehension , geography, science and art.  This this will keep you going until June.

Firebird Story Pack

Please also continue with your Maths and SPAG workbooks, Maths text book, English and Maths Mastery on-line activities, BBC Bitesize daily lessons and Times Tables Rockstars.

and of course keep reading……

and keep exercising…

and having fun…

Love Mrs Dawson

May 11th

There will not be a Newsletter this week as we make plans to reopen school in line with the new announcements. There is a County Lead Strategic Group who are meeting later in the week and we’ve been requested to wait for their instructions before making any more local decisions.

Thank you for contributing to our recognition of VE Day – the union hearts look lovely fluttering in the breeze.

First News is being emailed to you as usual.

May 4th

Derbyshire County Council have updated their links for parents and suggest here a range of activities including computing, wider reading and art prompts, online puzzles, musical activities and links to the National Geographic and EYFS apps AND a 30 day lego challenge – activities for children and young people

Active Derbyshire have some Football themed challenges this week to have a go at Derbyshire School Games Football Primary

Super physics ideas to try at home….. with a fun explanation! (sent from one of the Governors!) DO try this at home!

Click here for this weeks newsletter 04.05.20

Picture News VE Day  – see the poster below then they have set some challenges Picture News Special Resource – VE Day 75th Anniversary 2020

  This week its a special one about Captain Tom who has just celebrated his 100th Birthday whilst raising millions for the NHS  here are the links along with an opportunity to design your own newspaper report and sen d it in to Picture News  Picture_News_-_Captain_Tom_Moore_Special_and_newspaper_challenge!

There are also online Assemblies each week from Picture News – we will be trying this one in School this week!

You may have heard about the Oak Academy which has just launched online learning – the invited the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead their first Assembly – he is part way through

Well that’s a lot of pictorial updates – the hyperlinks have turned into pictures like this now, I think Picture News have tried to make them easier to upload?

Seesaw continues to be popular with the children and staff – we are very impressed with your contributions.

Keep up with the Maths and Literacy on Bitesize or Mastery or the books we’ve sent home – as well as your exercise and with helping Mum and Dad at home too!

Y6 look out for a letter about your Leaver’s hoodies which we are ordering very soon…………. get thinking about your name on the front.


29th April 2020

This weeks newsletter dated 27th April 2020

Active Derbyshires suggested activity for the week – School Games Golf

PE Home Activity Challenges wk3

T20 Cricket Game

Monday 20th – the start of Summer Term!

Hello Squirrels,

I hope you have enjoyed the Easter holiday and spent some time outside in the lovely sunshine.  I am missing you all and thinking of you – school is very, very quiet!

As this strange time of home learning is set to continue for a few more weeks at least, here are some more suggestions for work that you can do at home.  I recommend that you use these three websites to do some English, maths and somethingelse each day: English Mastery, Mathematics Mastery and BBC Bitesize.

I also think you would enjoy the ‘elevenses’ free daily David Walliams audio story found at https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/



Primary School Workbook Year 5 or Year 6 Week 1 to 4 

Read the text on-line and then complete the related activities which include suggestions for writing, comprehension and SPAG. You won’t need to print anything out to complete the activities.

Here are this half-term’s spellings  Y5&6 Summer 1 2020



At home materials Learner Pack Year 5 or Year 6 weeks 1-4. As with the English resources, you could complete most of the tasks without printing them out.

BBC Bitesize will have daily lessons covering maths, English and other core subjects from 9am on Monday 20th.  They are new every day and are presented by some famous faces.  I haven’t been able to look at them as they are not out yet but I think they will be a fantastic place to start each day.

Our topic for this half-term is learning about local geography such as our moorlands.  You could find out about the wildlife that you would find in the Peak District moorlands and design a poster or a Powerpoint. 

BBC Bitesize also has information and games in the KS2 Geography section ‘The natural world’.  You could learn about a couple of different themes each week: ‘Weather and climate’, ‘Biomes’, ‘Mountains’, ‘Rivers’ and ‘Natural Resources’

I am in the process of setting up a Squirrel Class page on SeeSaw which you can use to send me photos of things you have done at home and also to have a go at some the lovely mental well-being activities.

Take care – be kind to yourselves and your families and be outside as much as you can.

Love Mrs Dawson

The email from Mrs Mason has ALL the activity links to the paper  

Four Stories

L1 Crossword

L2 Crossword

Mystery News


News and Pics

April the 13th 2020

Here is this weeks Newsletter with live links April 13th Newsletter and also please see this useful booklet to help your childrens welfare at this difficult time Look After Your Wellbeing

Prue busy making veg boxes 

Adey has made this fab video!

I loved this viking long-ship cake – a tasty end to the topic! 

Hello hope you are all getting on ok with your home learning and enjoying some reading every day, I am really missing seeing you all. I hope you are managing to get out and enjoy the lovely sunshine over the holidays. I’ll be sending out new activities for next half term. Mrs Dawson x

April 6th up date – Happy Easter! 

Newsletter parents week 3 April 6th Easter

First news this week is packed with great material – this has been emailed 

Please send us some photos of your home learning activities!    

Do you like singing Kids at home[2]

  Primary Picture News Resource England – 6th April – Animals in the Wild     Learning from Home Ideas – 6th April – Animals in the Wild

HVC Activity Adventure Guide

COVID-19 Information for Older Children and Teenagers (002)   Do remember to chat with your child and listen to their questions and concerns coping_calendar

March 30th update

Picture News this week is all about staying positive – with discussion questions see website  Learning from Home Ideas –      Picture News Prompt 2     Picture News Prompt 1

Can you write a letter to a relative you can’t see at the moment or friends of the family to share what you are doing at home.

First News this week is a whole child friendly newspaper with activities – see website for links

FIRSTNEWS_719   Four-Stories-719        L1-Crossword-719  

This book about the virus is in the form of a poem https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html

A wonderful resource for ALL of you – online magazines and books with interactive quizzes and articles – many non fiction! https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Daily story time with David Walliams


Take a tour of a famous museum  https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Join over 1 million people who are starting the day with Joe Wicks’ daily work out

We are using this at school and many children in the Peaks are using this as their daily wake up task!


OR use go noodle.com for exercise routines – Mrs Gaywood recommends these as they really get you thinking too!


End your afternoon with some yoga or relaxation

Smilingmind can be downloaded or played from computers or as an app – it’s a daily relaxation session https://www.cosmickids.com/category/watch/

Here are some ideas about how to keep fit – from Mrs Gaywood  PE -Eyam home-activity-challenges week 2

NEW Monday 23rd March

First News have given all pupils access to the Newspaper – the same one that we get into school each week – so please read it! There are also the comprehension and some quiz activities that will be uploaded each week. First-News-718Paper   Four-Stories-718    L1-Crossword-718    L2-LOOK-CLOSER-718    Mystery-News-718 News-Pics-718

We will up load this each week once we’ve received it.

To support families during school closure our teachers are planning a range of material for you to use at home.

Initially we have put together ideas that will take you to the end of the Easter break including lots of lovely Easter activities.

Twinkl LOG IN

Twinkl are offering all families free membership for 2 months so children can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

Picture News is a wonderful resource with a topical photograph/picture prompt and fabulous discussion topics for the whole family!


Here are some suggestions for activities while you are at home.

Try to do some reading and maths every day. There are lots of lovely activities on the Twinkl Home Learning Site – have a look and choose a couple to do each day along with some times table practice on either TT Rockstars or mathsframe.

Twinkl School Closure Home Learning
Select the Home Learning site  UKS2 – there are alot of activities here you will never run out! mental wellbeing activities can be shared with your family – keep everyone calm Squirrels!

Share a Story: Raiders Peril Resource Pack .  Read the story and then choose some of the activities to do.

Year 5 or Year 6 Resource Pack

Year 5 or Year 6 Interactive Learning Links

Additional Maths
CGP Maths workbook (Homework book)

10 minute tests / workout book

X-Tables Rockstars  and X-Tables games on Mathsframe website

BBC Bitesize KS2 Maths –  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

Learn & Revise – Primary – Key Stage 2 Fractions and percentages sections, Ratio section (Y6 only)

Play game: Guardians Defenders of Mathematica https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zd2f7nb/articles/zn2y7nb

Additional English
Daily reading

CGP SPAG books (Homework book)

10 minute tests / workout books

BBC Bitesize KS2 grammar and punctuation activities https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f

Go to Punctuation section and complete activities about: How to use semi-colons How to use commas in sentences How to use possessive apostrophes How to use hyphens and dashes

Make a powerpoint about the Vikings or about something you are interested in.

Research information and then create pages about Viking clothes, food, children, weapons, beliefs, gods, Useful websites: BBC Bitesize, Twinkl, BBC.co.uk/history/ancient/Vikings, Primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/Vikings, nationalgeographic/kids

Keep fit and healthy

Do some healthy cooking and share recipes on line with friends

Keep fit with your own daily work out and mini challenges

Work hard and then relax – its a new experience for everyone! Good luck Squirrels

 Spring Term 2

This half term,we will be finding out about the Vikings and investigating questions such as: Who were the Vikings and how did they invade Britain? and  What was the impact of the viking invasions on Britain?  We will also be reading Viking sagas, writing our own versions and considering why these stories were so important to the Viking people.

Click on the link below to see this half-term’s topic web

Vikings Topic Web

We battled the hail and freezing temperatures at the cluster Hi-Fives competition at Hope Valley College. Our determination and resilience came through and our Lions team came first! 

Spring Term 2020

This half term we are learning about about the Polar Regions.  We had an exciting start to our topic when the polar explorer Helen Turton came to school and shared her amazing photos and stories about her expeditions to the North and South Poles.  We will be finding out about the effect of climate change on the polar ice-caps and how the lives of polar animals are being affected.  We will also be considering how animals and plants are adapted to surviving the  freezing temperatures.

   Our very own Polar Explorer!

Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list

Polar Regions Topic Web Y5&6 Spring 1 2020

Y5&6 Spellings Spring 1 2020

We had a fantastic time at Young Voices in Sheffield singing with 5351 other children!


Autumn Term 2019 

This half term we will be finding out about the plague in Eyam in 1665.  We will be visiting the church and the local museum, walking to local sites such as the Riley Graves, the boundary stone and Mompesson’s Well, and learning from plague experts who are coming to school to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with us.

Click on the links below for this half term’s topic web and spelling list

The Plague Topic Web 

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Here are a couple of photos of us playing games to exercise our brains and develop our HOT skills (Higher Order Thinking).


Summer Term 2 2019        The Legend of King Arthur

This half term we are really looking forward to learning all about the legend of King Arthur.  Our work will culminate in a class production of the play ‘Arthur’s Knights and the Dragon’ on Thursday 11th July.

We will also be developing our writing skills by creating tension and suspense in descriptive writing based on our class novel ‘Arthur High King of Britain’ by Michael Morpurgo.

We will be very busy this half-term, not only with reharsals, but with a host of curriculum enrichment activities including: Bikeability, Cyclocross, Technology day at Hope Valley College, the STEM Rolls Royce design challenge, Quad Kids sports event at Lady Manners School, Ocean Day (7th June) and sports day.


Click on the link below to see our Topic Web for this half-term.

King Arthur Topic Web

Click here for this half-term’s spellings.

Y5 Spellings Summer Term             Y6  Spellings Summer Term

Traditional Tales Topic Web

Spring Term 2019

This half term our focus is traditional tales.  We will be reading lots of fairy tales and traditional stories from other countries, and then writing our own contemporary versions.

Click here for this half-term’s spellings.         Y5&6 Spring 1 2019

Cities Topic Web Y5&6 Autumn 2 2018

Welcome to Squirrel Class

Squirrel Class School Council representatives

We have our very own parents guide to encouraging motivated and independent readers  – Reading Booklet 2017

Suggested reading books for Year 5

Suggested reading books for Year 6

‘Creativity makes life more fun, more interesting and more full of achievement’ (Edward de Bono).

We are using ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ by Edward de Bono to help us to develop our minds and to practise thinking creatively.

Welcome to the new school year!


Have a look at our topic web to see what we will be learning about this half term.

Victorians Topic Web

Click on the link below to see a list of our weekly spelling lists.This half term we will be developing our geographical skills and using maps and Google Earth to find out about the capital cities of some of the world’s countries.

Our class novel for this half term is ‘Sky Hawk’ by Gill Lewis which is a wonderful story about the incredible migratory journey undertaken by birds such as ospreys.  We will be exploring the themes of friendship and the connections between people in different countries.

Click on the links for our Topic Plan and spellings lists for this half term.

Cities Topic Web           Y5&6 Autumn 2 2018

We have been developing our creative thinking abilities by playing some brain games.We have used Edward de Bono’s book ‘How to Have Creative Ideas’ to help us.


We had a fantastic day at Quarry Bank Mill where we learned lots about Victorian cotton mills and life as a child apprentice.


This term our main focus will be our class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream which we will be performing in July.  We also have a huge range of other exciting activities to look forward to.

Have a look at our topic plan below to see what we are going to be getting up to.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Topic Web


This snowy Spring we are busy finding out about how people lived in the Stone Age.

Stone Age Topic Web

High Fives Competition

Last week Squirrel Class competed in the High Fives cluster competition at Hope Valley College.  Everyone played brilliantly and our Blue Team came first! We will be sending a team forward to the next round at Lady Manners next week.


Stone Age Food

As part of our Stone Age topic, we had an exciting afternoon learning about food that would have been eaten by Stone Age people.  We tasted berries and nuts and made delicious soup. Quite a few of us were surprised at how much we liked it!

Illustrator Visit

We came back from our half term holiday to a real treat – a visit from the illustrator Martin Olsson! We really enjoyed learning how to draw characters to illustrate our writing.

Fair Trade

We have been thinking about ‘justice’ this term, and in particular, the effect of the Fair Trade Premium on people’s lives in Pakistan. We have written letters asking local football coaches and secondary schools to consider buying Fairtrade footballs.  Here are a couple of them…

This January we will be starting our exciting new Space topic.  We will be learning about the International Space Station and what it is like to be an astronaut in space.

Why don’t you have a look at the International Space Station live feed for a different view of Earth? www.isstracker.com

Here is our topic plan for this half-term.

Topic Plan ‘Space’ Spring Term 1 2018

Click on the link below for Year 5 and 6 spelling lists for Spring Term.

Year 5 and 6 Spellings Spring Term

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We have been learning about Day and Night.  We used ‘Stop Motion’ to make our own animations to show how the Earth moves around the Sun.
Click on the icon below to see some of our animations.

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We have been composing our own Space poems. We had to include alliteration, similies, metaphors and personification.
Here is Polly’s fantastic poem!

Seven Ways to Look at the Sizzling Sun by Polly

Christmas Fun!

We had a great time making games to play at the Christmas Fare and everyone enjoyed playing them too!


We made delicious leek and potato soup which we served to local residents at our Soup and a Chat lunch.  Everyone had a wonderful time chatting and being entertained by the fantastic handbell group.


Our trip to the Veoila Recycling Centre

We enjoyed finding out about how our waste is sorted so that it can be recycled.


Squirrel Class Topic Plan Autumn Term 1 2017 Feeling Fabulous

Spellings Autumn 1 Year 5 & 6