Redwood Class

Year 5 & 6

Trips, Residentials and Other Experiences

Year 5 and 6 have enjoyed many enjoyable and memorable trips and in-school experiences. For many of us, the highlight is our week-long residential trip in December.

You can look at some examples of our recent activities below.

Peat Rigg Residential

We enjoy an annual residential to the amazing centre at Peat Rigg, near Pickering. Our children are challenged in lots of different ways, taking part in activities including crate stacking; beck scrambling; map reading skills, orienteering in the dark; bouldering, mountain biking; bush craft; archery; abseiling; caving; and zip lining. 

They thoroughly enjoy themselves and usually choose to attend two years in a row.

Viking York

As part of our topic on the Vikings, we visited Jorvik Viking Centre. We took the bus into York and walked through the city. We especially loved the workshop about Viking battle tactics!

NSPCC Number Day

As part of our day of mathematics, Redwood looked at the Fibonacci sequence. We drew Fibonacci squares, added spirals and then created works of art from them.

Crucial Crew

Each year, our Year 6 pupils attend Crucial Crew: an event organised by North Yorkshire police and fire service. Among other things, we learn about fire-safety, how to rescue someone in trouble in water, about keeping safe online and about the imapct of smoking and vaping on our bodies.

Meeting with our MP

Following our work on the British parliament, we invited Kevin Hollinrake, the MP for our school's area, into class. We learnt lots about what being a Member of Parliament is like.

Anti-bullying Week

On Monday the 13th of November 2023, it was the start of Anti-bullying Week. We wore odd socks to show that we pledge to value and celebrate everyone's differences. We read extracts from the book Wonder by R J Palacio and thought about how kindness can really make a difference.


Our Year 6 pupils receive Bikeability training. They spend two days under the instruction of cycling experts, learning about safe and responsible cycling skills such as making careful observations; choosing a good riding position; ways of communicating to other road users; and an understanding of priority.

Ripon Cathedral

Each November, we attend the North Yorkshire Service Children's Festival of Remembrance in Ripon Cathedral. This is an important occasion for our service pupils and we feel very glad to show our support for them.

UK Parliament Week Election

As part of UK Parliament Week, we held an election! The pupils in Redwood created four political parties and then each party chose policies to become their manifesto. We elected parliamentary candidates and created campaign speeches and posters to explain our ideas. We held a hustings meeting with the rest of the school to present our policies. We then opened our polling station; gave each voter a ballot paper to mark and add to the ballot box; counted the votes; and listened as our returning officer declared the winning candidate.

An A-maize-ing Harvest!

We were very excited to watch the harvesting of the maize crop in the field next to school. It was cut into tiny pieces and then sprayed into trailers. It will be used to feed cows on the Kirby farm over the winter.

Cooking - American Adventure

As part of our American Adventure topic, we developed a recipe inspired by a popular dish in Mexico. Mrs Kirby came into school to help us prepare and then cook chicken and vegetables and we served them in tortilla wraps. Sabrosa!

Paired Reading

One of our favourite responsibilities around school is to listen to the youngest pupils read each week.

Service Children's Champion Art Workshop

Angela Campbell, Service Children's Champion, visited our school with a wonderful art workshop. We created mandala-style poppies which will be displayed in Ripon Cathedral as part of the North Yorkshire Festival of Remembrance in November.

We worked really thoughtfully and precisely; the finished designs look really effective.

Year 6 Leavers 2023

We said goodbye to our 11 Year 6s in style this year with a special class party. There was food and dancing!

Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Simms for generously providing food, drink and decorations: the hall looked amazing and we had such a lot of fun!

Our Year 6 pupils wear special Leavers' hoodies. They all choose an individual colour. We love how they look!

Delivering Community Messages

Each year, towards the end of each term, we walk into the village to deliver messages from Linton-on-Ouse Primary School and Nursery to the local community. 

Fitness Training

Dave, from Skip2bfit and Box2bfit, came into school to lead a fitness workshop with each class.  Redwood (and Mrs Rawlinson!) really pushed themselves to achieve as much as possible in a challenging circuit session.

Astro Pi Day

As part of Science week, we completed a KS2 Astro Pi project. We worked in groups with members of Willow class to design an image to be sent to the ISS (International Space Station). We researched where the countries involved in the ISS were in atlases, learnt how to code different colours using RGB, designed nature themed images on a bitmap and then used code to create the image to be displayed on an Astro Pi. These images will be sent to the astronauts on the ISS!

Howsham Mill - Science

As part of Science Week, We visited Howsham Mill to learn about classification. We explored how to sort minibeasts; looked for minibeasts in the environment and used keys to identify them; and created our own keys to identify the minibeasts that we had found.

We also looked at how the river Derwent is used to generate electricity.

Sketching at Beningbrough Hall

After studying architectural drawing in the classroom, we visited Beningbrough Hall and sketched in the courtyard.


We enjoyed finding out about Mr Kirby's seed drill as part of our harvest celebration.

STEM Ambassador visit

In our science topic on forces, a retired engineer, Philip Purkis, visited Redwood with a collection of pulleys and gears. We were able to learn lots by exploring the ways in which these simple machines worked and the workshop culminated in the use of three pulleys to allow Philip to lift a pupil off the ground! 

Joe's Poem.pdf

National Poetry Day

We joined four online poetry workshops organised by The Literacy Trust to celebrate National Poetry Day.

The author, Tomos Roberts, shared ideas on how to write a poem based on the theme of remembrance.

On Thursday, which was National Poetry Day, Joe Whittingham shared the poem that he had written with all the other schools who had taken part. We were all very proud of his brilliant writing!  

Brownlee Triathlon

All of KS2 had a super active day at York Sport Village for the Brownlee Triathlon. 

Everyone had to swim a lap of the pool, cycle around the track and run the cross country course. 

All the children showed amazing stamina and enthusiasm and had a great day.