Welcome to Sycamore's class page. Here you can find out what we 've been up to and what's coming up. We are very excited about the year ahead and we hope you enjoy looking at our wonderful work!
PE this term will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays and we will be doing athletics and cricket. Please come in your PE kit on these days.
Reading- Please listen to your child read at least 3 times a week. You can find ideas for comprehension questions to ask at home in the Reading Resources section of the website. We will continue to change reading books on Fridays.
Spelling- There will be a weekly assignment on Spelling Shed each week. This will be set on a Friday and needs to be completed by the following Friday. Please see the termly spelling overview to see the word lists.
TTRS- Practise times tables at home at least 3 times a week. Look out for tournaments and battles throughout the term.
Mission jigsaw- Choose one or more of the extra mission activities to do at home. Send in photos of your work on Class Dojo so we can share them at school.
Our whole-school theme: Legacy
Our class mission question: What did the Romans really do for us?
Mission Blast Off!
Today we launched our new mission... 'What did the Romans really do for us?'
We had fun learning about what life was like in the Roman army and why the Romans were so good at invading and conquering. We also learnt about some of the most famous Roman emperors, including Claudius, who successfully invaded Britain in AD 43. Check out our battle formation!
We had lots of fun with the cricket coach on Thursday practising our batting, bowling and fielding skills. We must be getting better as we kept hitting balls out of the school... oops!
Mary Anning Writing
In English over the past few weeks, we have been finding out about Mary Anning's incredible life as a fossil hunter. We wrote a recount of her famous Ichthyosaur discovery and imagined what it would have felt like to make such an amazing discovery at such a young age. We also had a go at sketching the Ichthyosaur fossil, based on real sketches made at the time.
Virtual School Trip
In our mission this week, we have been exploring what life was like in Britain after the Romans arrived. We focused on the town of Aquae Sulis, which we know these days as Bath. We took a virtual trip to the bath house to get a closer look!
Paralympian Sports Session
We had an amazing afternoon with GB Paralympian footballer, Jack Rutter. We all took part in a sponsored sport session and had an assembly to hear all about Jack's amazing story.
Light and Shadows
In science this term, we have been learning about light and shadows. We have learnt how a shadow is formed and tested different materials to find out whether they are opaque, translucent or transparent. We used our knowledge of shadows to make these shadow puppets!
Our whole-school theme: Our Diverse Planet
Our class mission question: What's underneath our feet?
Mission Blast Off!
We had loads of fun launching our new mission: 'What's underneath our feet?'. We went digging around to find rocks and fossils, used the computes to go on a journey to the centre of the Earth and explored the new books that have been added to our class library. We also learnt about the different layers of the Earth and built our own models using play dough. What a busy day!
We have been working incredibly hard with our fractions learning in maths over the past few weeks. This week we were learning how to find fractions of an amount and use fractions to solve real life problems. We had to use our times tables facts to help us share into equal groups.
We had so much fun on our fire day! First, we tried making 3 different types of fires- log cabin, lean to and tipis. We even got to try lighting them using matches and flint and steel. On the big fires, we made smores and cooked some bread. Delicious!
Meet our new class pets! In science this week we have been learning all about rocks. We had to find out whether our pet rocks were igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rocks and how they was formed. Then we read the book 'Pebble in my Pocket' and imagined what journeys our pet rocks had been on. Finally we tested the properties of our pet rocks using a scratch test, permeability test and acid test and used our results to group and sort our rocks.
We have enjoyed practising our athletics skills in PE this term. We have done high jump, long jump, sprints, relays, long distance running and javelin throwing! Check out some of these action shots.
Our whole-school theme: The Great Architects
Our class mission question: Who built the pyramids and why?
Mission Blast Off!
We started off our new mission by thinking about what an architect does. We used inspiration from structures around the world to design our own towers. Then we used spaghetti and marshmallows to try building them. We measured our towers and shared our results with the other classes to find out who had built the tallest tower. Oak class won!
In our mission this week we have been finding out where the pyramids are and when they were built. We have also been looking at ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. We have made cartouches with our names written in hieroglyphics. Can you work out whose name is whose?
This week we had lots of fun completing a times tables maths challenge in the forest. We had to solve calculations and search for the answers hidden around the forest. Once we had found all of the answers we could reveal the secret code.
As part of our mission this term, we are exploring shell structures in DT. On Friday we learnt how to make 3D shapes from 2D nets. First we tried making some cubes and cuboids and then we made these square-based pyramids. We had to be very accurate with our cutting, folding and sticking to make sure the shapes were correct.
We have been exploring the Holy Trinity in RE this term. We have used what we have learnt about symbols of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit to design these beautiful stained glass window triptychs.
Today we took part in mummification school to learn how to become an ancient Egyptian embalmer. We learnt about all the different stages and then wrote instructions for how to make a mummy.
To share our learning from this mission, we have created pyramid dioramas for our own Egyptian museum exhibition. Unfortunately, we can't invite anyone to our museum at the moment, but take a look at some photos of our amazing exhibits!
Art Project- Perspective Cityscapes
We were lucky to have Mrs Mann with us for art this term and we have been learning all about one and two-point perspective drawings. We have used our new skills to create these amazing cityscapes!