Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday. This newsletter will give you an insight into what your child will be doing this half term.
MATHS – This term we will be continuing with our work on fractions. We are recalling our knowledge of fractions to begin our problem solving with fraction skills. We are looking in a range of contexts including quantity, measurement and money. Y5 will be converting improper fractions into mixed number, multiplying fractions and working with fractions that have different denominators. Y4 will be exploring representation of fractions with quantities and measurement. To support with this work, please continue to encourage your child to learn their times tables to 12x12 by using Timestables Rockstars. Class Sycamore’s Timestables Rockstars scores have been getting better with every week! Can you make it onto our Top 5 Leader Board?
ENGLISH – This half term will focus on the book ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. Our English work will include diary accounts, letters and descriptive writing. We will also be writing non-fiction reports in the role of social reformers.
Our spellings will continue to follow our Sounds and Syllables scheme, with weekly spelling tests on a Thursday.
Reading continues to be a main focus and we ask that your child reads EVERY DAY. Please record in the diary when you hear your child read. Please also ensure your child has their diary in school each day so they can receive our class reading rewards!
Science – We will extend our learning on light this half term, linked in with our scientific enquiry skills. We will develop our hypotheses based on our scientific knowledge, plan and carry out our own investigations on light, record data in the most appropriate ways and draw conclusions based on our findings and what we know.
Computing - This half term we will be learning to code using three different tools- Kodu, Logo and Snap. Some of the skills we will learn are: to program characters and objects, to make repetitive procedures and to convert text to sound.
History Our History topic this term is ‘History Detectives – Revolution.’
We will 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 examine first hand evidence including photographs, paintings, diaries, artefacts and census material.
We will look at everyday life of mill workers, children and families. We will interpret evidence and imagine ourselves in the living conditions they would face in this turning point in British history.
Art and Design-This half term we will be looking closely at the work of the Victorian artists L.S. Lowry and William Morris. We will sketch Victorian artefacts, developing our skills using pencil, pastel and pen and ink. We will draw close up views of bicycles and enlarge them into detailed pen/ink sketches.
Music – This half term the theme is Jazz. During our sessions the children will: listen and appraise several pieces of music, learn about the interrelated dimensions of music through playing instruments and improvise, perform and share their work with each other.
PE – Our PE this half term will focus on dance. Children will explore different dances and put these moves to music!
PE will be on a Monday. Please ensure your child has their full school PE kit every week.
RE – This term the children will investigate different religions in our local area, past and present. We will explore similarities and differences making links between shared values of respect, living in harmony and peace with each other.
PSHE – This half term’s Jigsaw PSHE will focus on Dreams and Goals. We will be looking at building resilience and positive attitudes while dealing with disappointment and setting future goals.
French –This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra. Our French theme this half term is the body.
HOMEWORK – Our homework this half term will aim to support our maths understanding and English skills. As always, our Sounds & Syllables spellings will be given with the homework. Homework is handed out on Thursdays and to be returned the following Thursday.
If you need any help with homework or spellings, I am available in the school day to offer my support.
Autumn Term 2
Viking Raiders and Settlers
I hope that you have all had a fun half-term holiday. This newsletter will give you an insight into what our class will be learning this half term in the run up to Christmas. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch.
MATHS – Last term, our main focus was place value and how we can represent place value of numbers. This half-term, we are looking at multiplication reasoning. This will include a range of vocabulary and visual representation of times table facts. Therefore, your hard work on Timestable Rockstars will give you a head start in our maths focus – can you make it to Walesby’s top 5 leaderboard?
ENGLISH – This half-term, we are reading Attack of the Vikings by Tony Bradman. We will be exploring writing styles including descriptive writing, newspaper articles, recipe writing, and diary entries. We will be focusing on comprehension of the text in lessons. Grammar revision will be linked to our writing styles and weekly sessions will follow our Rainbow Grammar scheme of work.
Reading continues to be a main focus and we ask that children read daily. Please ask your child about the characters, settings, range of punctuation, or facts about the story/book they are reading. Ask them to predict what they think will happen next and why. We ask that you please record in the diary when you hear your child read so they can achieve a star towards the reading challenge. Please remind your child to bring his/her reading diary every day.
COMPUTING – This half-term, we are going to be game developers! We will create, debug and test our computer games together.
SCIENCE – This half term in our topic on ‘Light’, we will:
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY– We will be researching Vikings, their goal and how Alfred helped to stop them. We will explore:
MUSIC – We will continue with our ukulele sessions this half term, reviewing our learning to date on pitch, tempo and pulse.
ART and DT – We will be investigating Viking pattern designs and creating our own! In this exciting topic, we will research Viking bread and make our own version, as well as designing and making our own Viking longship.
P.E. – PE sessions will be on a Monday afternoon. This half term the children will be playing a variety of invasion games and learning the different tactics and skills for each. Please make sure your child has warm clothing for outdoor PE.
Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for each session and remove earrings on this day.
R.E. – We are focussing on Christian charities and Christmas journeys this half-term. We will explore poverty and ways in which people can support others through the teachings of Jesus and explore the true meaning of Christmas.
PSHE- This half term our topic is ‘Celebrating Difference’. This will centre around accepting differences and understanding the diverse world we live in. This will continue to follow our Jigsaw learning routine. A Jigsaw Award will be given each week to a child in our class who has shown enthusiasm and understanding of our weekly focus.
Welcome to Class Sycamore
Welcome back! I hope you have had a fun and exciting holiday and are ready for Autumn term.
Autumn Term 1 The Blue Abyss
MATHS – We are starting this term looking at place value, rounding, negative numbers and problem solving using multiplication, division subtraction and addition skills. We will be developing our mental arithmetic skills and understanding through problem solving as well as looking at the properties of numbers such as factors and multiples. Please remember to complete your Timestable Rockstars challenges and see if you can make the ‘Top 5’ leader board!
ENGLISH – Our English lessons will be linked to our topic ‘The Blue Abyss’. We will be looking at biographies, non-chronological reports, persuasive writing, diaries and information texts. Some of our focus areas include Captain James Cook and HMS Challenger as well as ocean conservation. We will be using these focus areas in our writing, such as our Captain James Cook biographies and our diaries of life on board HMS Challenger. We will be investigating and writing information texts based on our understanding of the ocean and looking after our marine life. This is an exciting topic for children to understand the world we live in. Our weekly spelling challenges will focus on learning taking place throughout the week from our Sounds and Syllables spelling program. Grammar revision will be linked to our writing styles and weekly sessions will follow our Rainbow Grammar scheme of work, including reviewing conjunctions, past and present tense forms, parenthesis and modal verbs. Reading is still a main focus in Y4/5 and we ask that children continue to read daily. Asking your child about the setting, characters, punctuation and what might happen next while they are reading will help improve their understanding.
Please record in the diary when you hear your child read so they can achieve a star towards the reading challenge. Please also remind your child to bring his/her reading diary every day.
COMPUTING - We will be developing our coding skills creating a script using variables, to programme a turtle and drawing pixel by pixel.
SCIENCE – Our topic this half term will be ‘Living things and their Habitats’. This includes looking at reproduction in some plants and animals, comparing life cycles of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians as well as classifying animals and plants.
HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY – We will be using our research skills to look at the life of Capt. James Cook and the significance of his voyages as well as HMS Challenger. We will be investigating the threats to our coast and sea creatures, focusing on plastic pollution and its impact.
MUSIC – Our learning will be centred on ‘Make You Feel My Love’ by Adele. We will be investigating the use of Pulse, rhythm and pitch in different versions of the song and in songs of a similar style.
ART and DESIGN – This term we are looking at Monet’s seascape entitled ‘Waves Breaking’, ‘The Wave’ by Albert Bierstadt and ‘A fishing boat at sea’ by Vincent Van Gogh. We will then create our own in the different styles and will paint portraits of Captain Cook based on what we know about him.
P.E. – PE sessions will be on a Monday afternoon. This half term the children will be developing their athletic skills. Weather permitting sessions will take place outside.
Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for each session and remove earrings.
R.E. – This half term our RE topic is ‘Diwali’. We are looking at the representation of light in Christianity and Diwali’s significance in the Hindu and Sikh religions. We will compare the similarities and differences within these two religions.
PSHE- This term we are excited to be starting our ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE scheme. We will be focusing on ‘Being Me in My World’ this first half term, using Jigsaw Jez as our class character. This topic includes understanding emotions in new situations, becoming a class ‘team’, being a school citizen, rights, responsibilities and democracy, rewards and consequences as well as developing our own learning charter.
MATHS –In maths, we will be focusing on negative numbers, angles, and properties of triangles, coordinates, position, direction and area. We will also revisit fractions and the formal methods of multiplication and division. Times Table Rock Stars enables children to practise the speed and accuracy of their recall, of all multiplication facts. This is vitally important, as it flows into all areas of maths: the quicker their recall, the easier the maths! Questions are generated for the children based on their most common errors. Daily practise is most beneficial.
ENGLISH –In our English sessions, we will be researching the heart and the circulatory system, writing explanation texts, information texts and instructions based on how blood travels around our body. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges, looking at the elements of prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising. We will review the grammar we have learnt this year, with particular focus on tenses and main and subordinate clauses, as well as the punctuation to accompany each of them. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach. Reading continues to be a focus and we ask that your child read every day at home. We ask that you please record in the diary when you hear your child read so that we can award them with a reading star. Please remind your child to bring his/her reading diary every day so that they can be checked and ‘reads’ signed off to go towards their half-termly reading challenge. Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
R.E. – We will continue to explore Muslim families and beliefs looking at:
COMPUTING – In Computing, the children will become ‘App planners’. They will research the market, create a design and pitch their ideas!
SCIENCE – In Science, we will learn all about the heart and circulatory system, finding out about how blood travels around our body. We will also carry out an investigation into heart rate.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY– Our topic continues to focus on ‘Pharaohs and the River Nile’. We will:
MUSIC –This term we will listen and appraise a variety of pop songs in different styles, starting with ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. We will discuss each song using musical vocabulary.
DT – Linked to our science topic of the heart and the circulatory system, we will use our knowledge of a healthy, balanced diet to carry out market research, which will help us to create a healthy snack. We will write instructions for our design, as well as make and evaluate them.
P.E. – During this term, we will carry out athletics activities. We will look at both track and field events, perfecting the range of skills needing for short and longer distance running, throwing and jumping. Some children will also complete their swimming sessions. PE sessions will be on a Monday afternoon with our PE coach. All children must have correct school P.E kit – white t-shirt, navy shorts/joggers, socks and trainers. Please make sure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Swimming will be on a Tuesday if your child is due to attend. Please be prompt to school, as we need to be on the bus for 8.50.
FRENCH-This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra. Children will learn vocabulary and key phrases for parts of the body.
PSHCE- This half term our topic continues to focus on healthy and safer lifestyle choices. Children will find out about things that cause harm to our bodies and discuss how to respond to tricky situations.
HOMEWORK - Our homework this half term will support our work in English and Mathematics. Each week the children will complete a maths activity and an English task – such as a grammatical exercise or reading comprehension. In addition, the children continue to receive weekly spellings and have their Times Tables Rock Stars activities to complete.
Pharaohs and the River Nile
In our English sessions, we will be reading Tutankhamun by Gill Harvey. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges, looking at the elements of prediction, clarification, questioning and summarising and use shared writing techniques to help us plan and write non-chronological reports and recounts. We will review the grammar we have learnt this year, with particular focus on types of clauses. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
This term we will be focussing on time, statistics, Roman numerals, negative numbers, geometry - angles, properties of triangle and co-ordinates.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
Our topic is ‘Pharaohs and the River Nile’. We will:
In Computing, the children will become cryptographers. They will transmit information by semaphore, use Morse code, create and crack codes, as well as reviewing online security and password strength.
In Science, we will carry out research based on the question - how do humans develop and mature? We will also investigate whether we slow down as we get older.
We will be exploring Muslim families and beliefs looking at:
- Fast during Ramadan
This half term our topic is all about healthy and safer lifestyle choices. Children will find out about things that cause harm to our bodies and discuss how to respond to tricky situations.
Linked to our topic of Egyptians, we will learn about hieroglyphics and complete writing in this style, as well as using clay to create model Canopic jars.
During this term, we will learn rules for striking and fielding games and review skills such as short and long fielding techniques, short and close catching, and driving through with a hit. Year 4 and some of the Year 5children will also complete their swimming sessions.
This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra. Children will learn vocabulary and key phrases for a variety of sports and games.
This term we will continue to work with Mr Tryner developing our skills on the Ukulele. We will review pitch and pulse, and continue to apply our skills to play songs as a group.
Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
In our English sessions, we will be reading the text ‘Plague – A Cross on the Door’ by Ann Turnbull, which takes us back in time to what it might have been like to live through the plague in the city of London. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges for each chapter and use shared writing techniques to help us plan and write first person recounts such as newspaper reports and diary entries, as well as descriptive writing. We will review the use of apostrophes for possession, determiners, dialogue, and active verbs. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
This term we will be focusing on fractions of quantities, ordering and comparing equivalent fractions, fractions in the context of measure and multiplying two and three digit numbers using the formal written layout.
During our topic of pilgrimages, we will focus our learning on:
What are people of faith’s special places?
What are pilgrimages?
Where are important pilgrimage places?
Why is Jerusalem a special place of pilgrimage for different religions?
Where else do Christians go on pilgrimages and why?
Where do Muslims go on pilgrimages?
What happens at the Hajj?
Where do Sikhs and Hindus go on pilgrimages?
We will also focus on the special time of year for Christians – Easter – reviewing:
What happened in Jesus’ last week and what is the meaning of the cross?
How does the issue of forgiveness fit into the story?
Our science work will focus on micro-organisms and life-cycles. We will study:
What micro-organisms are and how they grow
How germs are easily transferred
The bacteria Yersinia pestis
The life cycles of rodents and fleas
We will also describe and investigate helpful and harmful micro-organisms.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
Our topic is ‘The Great Plague’. We will:
Research and record the main events of the great plague
Use sources of information to research plague remedies and their effectiveness
Use historical sources to debate an event from the past
Present historical data as graphs
Use maps to locate and label places of interest
Compare and contrast our village with Eyam, Derbyshire
Linked to our topic of The Great Plague, we will research and create our own medieval bread recipe.
In Computing, the children will become market researchers where they will collect, record and present their own data.
This term we will be focussing on geometric reasoning, reviewing our understanding of lines, angles and symmetry and applying this to problem solving. We will also be focussing on money, decimals and subtracting fractions again applying this to problem solving.
In our English sessions, we will be focussing on the text 'The Midnight Fox' by Betsy Byars. We will carry out reciprocal reading challenges on the text and use shared writing techniques of boxing up the text to help us write poems, letters and a balanced argument. We will review the use of colons, semi-colons and dashes, as well as modal verbs and possessive apostrophes and apostrophes for contractions. We will continue to learn new spellings with our sounds and syllables approach.
During the Spring term, we will become detectives, investigating the life and teachings of Jesus. We will ask questions such as:
What were his relationships like?
Was he a good friend?
Who were his disciples & why did they follow him?
What miracles did Jesus perform and why?
Our science work will focus on electricity. We will study:
Circuits and circuit diagrams
We will also investigate how to tell whether a circuit will light a bulb or series of bulbs from a diagram.
GEOGRAPHY and HISTORY
During our topic on ‘Road Trip to the USA’, we will:
study maps of north and south America
review lines of longitude and latitude
learn about physical geography of regions in America
compare physical and human geography of areas in America to our local area
research and learn about lifestyles of Native American tribes
The children will use software to create art work such as tessellations and create programs to design their own artwork.
Autumn 2 - Alchemy Island
It's time to suspend your disbelief and open your mind. We're going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island! You've got your map, co ordinates and everything else you need to make your way across the island. Don't forget to pack your imagination!
In our English sessions, our writing will focus on the book ‘Leon and the Place Between’. We will be writing poems, acting out sections of the text, writing a new page based on a new act and writing our own stories based upon the text from the perspective of one of the characters.
We will continue our work on the amazing men and women in the Old Testament of the Bible and then move onto the Angel’s visit to Mary. We will:
Recall Daniel’s story of the Lion’s Den.
Recall Biblical characters and explore aspects of their lives.
Discuss what happened to Mary when the angel visited.
Investigate Mary’s feelings in relationship to the change she experienced.
Explore how Christmas is celebrated around the world.
Our Science work is all about Materials: All Change! We will look at changes that happen around us are they reversible or non-reversible. We will investigate a range of questions such as how much gas can be produced by non-reversible change? How long does it take iron nails to rust? What happens when a candle burns?
We will investigate physical and human features of a place, use four and six grid references to locate features on a map, plan a route on a map and produce our own scaled maps.
Children will create an imaginary view from a portal using watercolours and powder paint to mix colours to build layers of colour for effect.
Ship ahoy! We're off on an exciting expedition with Charles Darwin and his crew on HMS Beagle. Can you trace his route across the vast ocean? Stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection. Do you know what's so special about a Lava Lizard? See how animals adapt to their environment over time. Ready to trace the origin of species? Let's set sail!
In our English sessions, our writing will focus on the life of Charles Darwin. We will be writing diaries from first person perspectives, letters, newspaper reports using pictures to aid our descriptive writing. Texts that will support our writing are:
During the Autumn term, we will be thinking about amazing men and women in the Old Testament of the Bible.
identify aspects of Esther’s story and some of the events at the festival of Purim.
Our science work is all about evolution and inheritance. We will look at how organisms can be bred to create certain characteristics, we will observe and investigate the effects of the environment on plants, explore how living things adapt to their environment, as well as how they adapt over time, look at how fossils help us to learn about the past and describe the process of natural selection.
GEOGRAPHY & HISTORY
Our topic is ‘Darwin’s Delights’. We will research and plot on a timeline the key events of Charles Darwin's life and track his travels on the HMS Beagle, naming and locating key oceans and continents. We will research and compare the Galapagos Islands, the Falkland Islands and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, we will explore the lines of longitude and latitude of each place.
Children will create their own sketch books in the style of Charles Darwin, using graded pencils, pen and ink and water colours for their observational drawings.
Summer 2 - Scream Machine
Our English work this half term will focus on Ripley's Mighty Machines. We will discover who Albert Einstein was and investigate his work. Our writing activities will include : fact files, information leaflets and bookmarks in the style of the text, using our talk for writing techniques to support us. 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. Thank you for your continued support in this area.
This half term we will continue to explore the Bible. We will be asking questions such as:
How does Joshua inspire others?
Why did Peter, Paul and other Disciples risk their lives for Jesus?
Why did Peter, Paul and other Christians follow Jesus?
What were Jesus' other teachings?
Our science topic will focus on gears, levers and pulleys. The children will:
Explain the effect of gravity on unsupported objects.
Investigate the effects of air and water resistance.
Investigate the effects of friction.
Explore and design mechanisms.
The children will be developing their own web page explaining online safety and online responsible behaviour.
All the learning in this unit will focus on one song: Happy by Pharrell Williams - a pop song with Soul influence about being happy. What makes you happy?
During this term our PE sessions will focus on striking and fielding games on a Monday and Swimming on a Tuesday . Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Please also make sure a water bottle is in school.
This term our topic centres on ‘Managing Change'. We will discuss how to recognise emotions linked with loss and change. Learning to identify what may help them when experiencing these changes.
I am warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Meet me in battle. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on...
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Cesar, and find out what the Romans did for us.
Get ready for Gladiator School and learn alongside Spartacus and Spiculus: brave soldiers of the Roman Colosseum.
Our English work this half term will focus on Jeremy Strong's 'Roman Rampage' . We will use drama activities to help us understand and interpret the book and the history of Roman Britain and complete writing activities such as: newspaper reports, diary entries and biographies, using our talk for writing techniques to support us. 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. Thank you for your continued support in this area.
This half term we will be exploring the Bible. We will be asking questions such as:
Why is the Bible important to Christians?
What characters are there in the Bible and what stories are there about them?
What is God like?
What does God like and dislike?
How is the Bible made up?
How was the Bible written?
What can be learned from the Bible?
Our science topic will focus on sound. The children will:
Learn about the parts of the ear and how we hear.
Explore how sound travels.
Investigate ways to absorb sound.
The children will be developing their own apps by assembling assets, establishing algorithms, coding, debugging, refining and testing.
The children will continue to have ukulele lessons this half term looking at pitch, following musical scores and learning new songs.
This half term, we will be exploring patterns in the form of Roman mosaics, as well as sculpting Roman style oil lamps from clay.
During this term our PE sessions will focus on striking and fielding games. Our sessions on Wednesday will be Yoga. Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Please also make sure warm outdoor clothing is in school.
This half term we will learn about food, using French vocabulary to ask for and buy a variety of foods from different shops.
This term our topic centres on ‘Healthy Lifestyles’. We will discuss how to maintain a healthy mind and body, as well as ways of receiving support if needed. Our 'Take 5' breathing will help us with maintaining a healthy mind and body.
Spring 2 - ID
GUILTY OR NOT GUILTY?
It is 1830 the Defendant, Isabella Makin, is 11 years old. She has been charged with stealing three coats, two waistcoats, a pair of breeches, a pair of boots and a table cloth.
The defendant lives in Narrow Marsh, an area of Nottingham, with her family. Isabella must help her family out as her father is ill and cannot work. Her mother must look after Isabella’s younger sisters and cannot go to work because there in no-one to care for them. They are very poor and have very little money to live on.
This is not Isabella’s first time in court. If she is found guilty this time, she will be punished harshly. Isabella has been found guilty of stealing on four previous occasions. She has been imprisoned four times.
Will our jury find her guilty of theft?
Will our judge sentence her to prison for a fifth time?
What fate will await her?
Our English work this half term will focus on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. We will look at different adaptations of this play for children, use drama activities to help us understand and interpret the play and complete writing activities such as first person accounts and newspaper reports, using our talk for writing techniques to support us. 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 spring term with our reading certificates and we are eager to build upon this success, so a huge thank you for your continued support in this area.
This term we will be focussing on fractions and decimals. All of our learning will be linked with prior knowledge and applied to problems solving contexts.
This half term our topic is about Jewish celebrations and we will be learning about the Shabbat experience. We will also be looking at the story of Easter and what happened to Jesus in the last few days of his life. We will discuss how it must feel to have your friends disown you, as well as discussing how Peter (& the other disciples) disowned Jesus.
We will use ‘photostory’ to import and arrange pictures, adding captions and voice overs to show the changes in crime and punishment throughout British history.
Our science topic will focus on classification in terms of families and inheritance. We will ask questions such as:
Why are things classified?
How does inheritance work?
As part of our topic on ID, we will look at changes in crime and punishment throughout British history, ranging from the Roman era to Victorian Britain. We will also discuss how our knowledge of the past comes from a variety of sources and that different interpretations of stories exist.
Class Sycamore will have ukulele lessons again this term (Thursday) and will continue to look at pitch, follow musical scores and learn new songs.
This half term, we will be researching and critically analysing the artwork of David Hockney. We will recreate pieces of his work to show light and shadow, as well as using ‘pic stitch’ to alter images in his ‘joiners’ style.
During this term our PE sessions on Monday will focus on physical challenges and athletics. Our PE sessions on a Wednesday will be yoga. Please ensure long hair is tied up and earrings are removed for PE. Please also make sure warm outdoor clothing is in school.
This half term we will continue to work with Madame Balestra learning about family, using French vocabulary to describe our own families.
Our topic centres on ‘Myself and My Relationships’. We will discuss how to recognise emotions in ourselves and others, coping strategies for difficult times and how to manage our changing emotions.
Spring 1 - Misty Mountain Sierra
As part of our topic this term, we will be comparing and contrasting different mountains, looking at their locations and statistics such as their height and temperature at different levels. We will also be learning about the water cycle.
We will be researching the life of Edmund Hillary to determine why he is a key figure in history and using photographs as sources of historical data.
We will also be looking at the life of the Adi people, a mountain dwelling community and comparing their lifestyle with our own. We will also be researching and replicating their weaving designs.
Our Science topic will focus on states of matter. We will be investigating questions such as:
We will be using the story of 'A Bottle of Happiness' by Pippa Goodhart as a basis for our story writing, as well as the fantastic illustrations by Ehsan Abddollahi as stimuli for our descriptive writing.
RE work will take us on a journey of our lives to share and discuss key times of celebration. We will then look into the religions of Christianity and Hinduism to see what key ceremonies are celebrated and how these religions prepare children for adult life.
During this term, our PE sessions will focus on invasion games and dance to represent the water cycle. 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/joggers, 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 autumn term with our reading certificates and we are eager to build upon this success, so a huge thank you for your continued support in this area.
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/grammar activity and weekly spellings. Homework is collected in every Friday so please remember your homework packet.
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.
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 English, geography and history work will be based on our topic about Mexico. We will be looking at:
We will also be designing and making our own tortilla based pizzas!
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.
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.
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?
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.
Please could you provide your child with a water bottle. Thank you.
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.
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.
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.'
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!