Sycamore Class (Year 5)

Welcome to Sycamore! 


We currently have 35 children in Sycamore class and are taught by Miss Costley. Mrs Durant and Mr Hartley are our  Teaching Assistants  and Mrs Hathaway teaches Art and Music on a Wednesday afternoon. 



We have lots of exciting learning to get through this year, however, we are proud to say that we have kicked off the year with enthusiasm, curiosity, and lots of reading which is fantastic! A big thank you to all of   you reading at home - keep up the good work! We will soon reach our 'Home Reading' class goal and have our 
book café!


Literacy 



We are currently reading the book 'Rooftoppers' by Katherine Rundell, which follows the life of Sophie, whose quest to find her mother 
takes her up onto the rooftops of Victorian Paris where she has many adventures. We have spent lots of time analysing the wonderful figurative and poetic language used by the author, and have written some beautiful poems and descriptions in a similar style. Next half term we will be continuing to follow Sophie's journey and begin by writing some diary entries. 

Other books by Katherine Rundell include:

The Explorer
The Girl Savage
The Wolf Wilder

Maths 

In maths we have been working really hard on place value, revising addition and subtraction and are currently doing a great job of tackling long multiplication. Autumn term will move us on to angles and triangles, however we will continue to practise our word-problem 
solving skills. 

Here is an example of the kind of word problems we will be practising throughout the year... have a go!



If you would like to have a go at practising some extra word problems at home, there are resources and downloadable PDFs on 

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/mathsD1.htm


Stone age

For our topic this term we will be discovering what life was like at different periods of prehistoric Britain. So far we have been investigating the early Stone Age and Neolithic Britain. 
Here is some pictures of using the ancient method of 'knapping' to carve tools out of soap bars. 





After half term, we will begin to look at transition from the Stone Age
to the Bronze and Iron Age. 

If you would like to do some research into prehistoric Britian yourself at home,
here are some great websites:

 

https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/the-stone-age

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/zpny34j