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Welcome to Class Sycamore

Welcome back! I hope you have had a fun and restful half term and are ready for an exciting Autumn term 2. 

 

Autumn Term 2 - Our topic this half term is 'Chocolate'

 

 

Our English, geography and history will be based on our topic on Chocolate.  We will learn all about the history of chocolate, from bean to bar, the importance of ‘Fair trade,’ the key aspects of human geography; settlements and trade links.

 

SCIENCE – We will continue our Science work all about ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile!’ Children will investigate what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet, learn about teeth names and functions, as well as oral hygiene. We will investigate the digestive system.

 

P.E. – During this term, our PE sessions will focus on gymnastics and yoga. PE sessions will be on a Monday afternoon with our PE coach and Wednesday afternoon. All children must have correct school P.E kit – white t-shirt, navy shorts, socks and trainers. Please ensure warm outdoor clothing is available for any outdoor sessions.

 

Reading continues to be a focus and we ask that your child reads every day at home. We ask that you please record in the diary when you hear your child read. Please remind your child to bring his/her reading diary every day so that they can be checked, and the ‘number of reads’ signed off will go towards their reading challenge. Our class had such a successful first half term with our reading certificates and we are keen to build upon this success, so a huge thank you for your continued support in this area.

 

Homework

We have maths homework each week which helps us to show our parents how we are developing. Don’t forget to use your Mathletics login to have fun doing extra maths activities and games. We also have a reading comprehension activity and weekly spellings. Homework is collected in every Friday so please remember your homework packet.

 

 

Our Topic this half term is 'Hola Mexico'

 

 

Our English, geography and history work will be based on our topic about Mexico. We will be looking at:

  • What did they eat?
  • How did they farm?
  • What do the ancient buildings tell us about their lives?
  • Who are significant people in the discovery of the life of the ancient Maya?
  • What was their number system like?
  • What were their religious beliefs and rituals?

 

We will also be designing and making our own tortilla based pizzas!

 

Science

Our science work is all about burps, bottoms and bile! Children will discuss what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet, learn about teeth names and functions, as well as oral hygiene and investigate the digestive system.

 

PE

Don't forget your PE kit at the start of every week. This half term PE will be on Monday afternoon and either Wednesday/Thursday afternoon, where we will be developing our outdoor games skills and Mexican dancing. Remember your outdoor PE kit needs to include suitable clothing and trainers for safety.

 

Reading

We are all aiming to be reading superheroes this year. We try to read as often as we can so our reading rockets reach for the stars! Can you read 6 times a week to gain a Golden Reading Award?

 

Homework

We have maths homework each week which helps us to show our parents how we are developing. Don’t forget to use your Mathletics login to have fun doing extra maths activities and games. We also have a reading comprehension activity and weekly spellings. Homework is collected in every Friday so please remember your homework packet.

 

Keeping Hydrated

Please could you provide your child with a water bottle. Thank you.

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Summer Term 2 

 

 Our topic this half term is ‘Out of this World’, the year is 2050 and you have been commissioned by the Government ministers to investigate and explore the problems and solutions that could be encountered in sending 30 people into space for five years.

 

For the next 7 weeks, you  will become ‘Space Explorers’ and will seek information about a mysterious Planet called Earth and its Solar System. During the duration of your commission you  will be given a number of ‘Space Missions’ to complete. 

 

As Space Explorers you will investigate the following questions. ‘Why do planets have craters?’, ‘Can we track the Sun?’, ‘How do we know the Earth is round?’ How does the Moon move?’ and ‘How do rockets take off?’

You will visit the National Space Centre to find out more about the Space Race and the Earth, Moon and Sun and  Solar System. 

 

At the end of your mission you will present your findings to Government Ministers.

 

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Summer 1 2017  Tomorrow's World - Rise of the Robots

Welcome back to our exciting new term. Join us to explore the rapidly changing new technologies that shape our world. Investigate how technology affects the lives of people across the planet and their impact on natural resources.

Using the films 'Wall.e' and 'The Delivery' we will take a glimpse into a future where man failed to look after his planet.

We will become roving reporters, researching the impact of plastic on our shores and it's wildlife, producing our own documentaries.

In art, we will explore the work of the artist Eric Joyner and the robot sculptor, Clayton Bailey. Using modroc we will design and make our own robots.

In geography we will meet four families living in China and think about how one country is trying to overcome the pollution problems created by it's rapid expansion of industry.

 

 

 

 

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Spring 2 - Under our Feet (Coal Mining, Past and Present)

Welcome back to our new term. We begin our term by travelling 140 metres underground to discover at first-hand what life was like as a miner. Deep underground we will go on a chronological journey through mining history from the 1840s, when whole families including young children worked together underground, right through mechanisation and up to the present day.

 

We will take part in an 'Explosive Science Show' and explore the invention of the flame-safety lamp,travelling back in time to meet the scientific pioneers, Humphry Davy and George Stephenson to find out how their inventions helped to save lives and changed mining forever.

 

In our classroom we will ask - What is coal? How was it formed? What do fossils look like? We will investigate rocks and create our  own 'fossil.' 

 

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Spring 1   Historical Detectives - 'Revolution'

 

Welcome back to our new term. Join us as we become Historical Detectives and travel back in time to research a time when Victoria was Queen and Albert was Prince Consort. A time when some  people lived in slums while others prospered. 

We will take on the role of an important reformer and present our good causes to the Queen. Will we be able to cause a revolution of change ?

 

It's full steam ahead to the Victorian age!

 

 

Spring 1 Weekly Spelling homework Green and Blue Group

Autumn 2: Vicious Vikings?

 

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Hello and welcome back!

This term we'll be writing a television and newspaper report about the Viking Invasion of Lindisfarne Monastary in 793AD.  Sycamore Class will be learning about stereotypes and asking "Why do we think of vikings as being vicious?" We will also be exploring 'The Saga of Erik the Viking',  and discussing the meaning of Remembrance Day in our second week back.

We will be continuing to improve our Multiplication and Division skills in Maths and in Science our focus is Light and Sound.  Our trip to Perlethorpe, undertaken in Autumn 1, will be a constant point of reference and is going to help Sycamore Class to access this most fantastic of topics!

Autumn 2 Home Learning Task: 'Vicious Vikings'

Autumn Term 1 Welcome to the Blue Abyss!

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Autumn Term 1  Welcome to the Blue Abyss! 3 The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Welcome back to our Autumn term! Grab your oxygen tanks, snorkels and flippers as we will be delving into the fascinating marine life that dwells deep in the Earth's oceans.

We plan to examine the life of one of the world's most influential explorers, Captain James Cook. Which places did he discover? What fate befell him?  Our biographies should begin to answer many questions.  The role of the HMS Challenger is also central to the history of Oceanography.  Why? What was so special about this particular 19th Century voyage of discovery? Sycamore class will find out.

In science we will travel deeper still into the Blue Abyss as we ask whether mankind's global pollution is having a negative effect on both oceans and the marine life within them. We plan to work scientifically in order to classify sea creatures and investigate conundrums like proving if all sea life is really the same.

In art we will create famous seascapes using Batik printing. How do you go about making a working submarine?  DT will supply us with the answers... and give us the skill to make our very own fishcakes.  Hold your nose and let's all dive in!

 

 

 

Summer 2 Newsletter

Everyone enjoyed an exciting, fun filled 'Harry Potter Day' at the Dukeries Academy

Summer Term 1, 2016 - Pharaohs and the River Nile

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Welcome to the start of our Summer Term. This term we are pleased to welcome back Mr. Luckhurst who will join us for 6 weeks.

During this term we will travel back 5000 years to  ancient Egypt. As we cruise along the Nile, we will enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

In History we will follow in the footsteps of Howard Carter, use   artefacts and historical sources  to unravel the secrets of ancients tombs, to find out about powerful pharaohs and gods. With Partake Theatre, we will take part in a stunning and atmospheric ‘burial ceremony’ where the story unfolds through the use of costume, narration, mime, music, dance and drama. 

In Computing,we will become cryptographers, encrypting messages in simple ciphers and in  Geography we will find out about the human and physical features along the river's fertile banks and how these impact on tourism in the country. 

In Art,we will make our own museum 'artefacts' including canopic jars, cartouches, mummies and model shadufs.

 

 

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Welcome back to our new half term. This half term we will meet ‘Pestilence’ (a hooded and shady character spoiled with foul-smelling boils and revolting sores) and hear his tragic tale of death and destruction.

We will travel to Eyam to see how the local population sacrificed their lives, long ago to stop the spread of the plague.

In science we will look closely at micro-organisms. We will investigate 'How Clean are our Hands?' and research the bacteria Yersinia pestis including writing a non chronological report about the life cycle of rats and fleas.

In English we will read the stories ' Children of Winter' by Berlie Doherty and 'A Cross on the Door' by Ann Turnball. We will write

newspaper reports, diaries and letters to recall the events of the Great Plague. 

Spring Term 2 2016 - The Great Plague

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Taking part in 'Easter Experience' at St. Paulinus, Ollerton

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Making Bread

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The Plague window - Eyam

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Learning about compost with Recycling Education

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Time Travelling - Southwell Minster

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Outdoor learning

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Spring Term 1 2016 - Road Trip USA

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Welcome back to a new term.

Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A!

Flying from London Gatwick and landing at the JFK airport New York, it promises to be an exciting term. Using our mapping skills we will navigate our way around some of the USA's most famous landmarks, send postcards home and write travel reports. On our travels across America we will meet the Iroquois Tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions. We will learn how to weave, make dream-catchers and design our own totem poles.

'Under the stars' we will share Native American tales and legends handed down through time and listen to the modern classic 'The Indian in my cupboard' by Lynne Reid Banks.

 

It's going to be an exciting ride, so put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair - we're off!

Diary accounts retelling the Story of Black Elk

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Making totem poles

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Making Pecan Pie

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