Welcome to Sycamore Class!
I (Mrs Eccles-Wood) am the teacher in this class, along with Mrs Hathaway on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Kinder, our teaching assistant, will also be in class everyday to help you.
What a fantastic half term we have had so far! I have been so proud of how adaptable all of you have been with all of the new routines and of the enthusiasm you have been showing in class. I am looking forward to our next half term and the exciting run up to… Christmas!
Online Safety Message
If you are searching online for anything at home, please remember to include ‘child’, ‘children’ or ‘kids’ in your search. This will help to filter out any adult/unsuitable content.
Always remember what KS says: If you have ‘yukky feelings’, then Say NO, Walk Away and Tell a Trusted Adult. The same rules apply online as in real life. Ask an adult if you are unsure about ANYTHING online. Make good, sensible choices and ask for help if something goes wrong.
We would always urge parents to carefully monitor what their child is accessing online. All links and videos provided are checked by staff to ensure their suitability, however links and suggestions will not have been. Please ensure your child is safe when accessing online material.
Homework will be set on a Friday, to be completed by the Thursday of the following week. I have been very pleased with how well you have gotten to grips with Google Classroom, and your high standard of homework. The homework set will often be a recap of the maths/English that we have been working on during the week and will really help to embed the knowledge.
Spellings will also be set on a Friday and will be tested the following Friday.
As sending physical sheets home is not advised at this time, homework and spellings will be posted onto Google Classroom. Some homework will be online based, using Purple Mash or Google Documents, whilst other pieces will require paper. On these occasions (paper), a photo or scanned image of the homework can be uploaded onto Google Classroom. Year 5 will have time to practice using all of these applications at school during the first week. Children’s usernames and passwords will remain the same as those given in Year 4, however a copy of these will also be sent home in the first week.
Wow Year 5! I have been blown away by your commitment to reading this half term! I am so pleased that we have been able to have our first StarBooks cafe, due to the number of your completing your starbooks membership cards. The best thing you can do for your writing, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary and imagination is… READ! Reading also takes you on adventures that you can’t go on at the moment!
A new reading record and book will be sent home during the first week. From then on, we ask that children bring their reading records in on a FRIDAY to be checked. Children can earn points on their ‘StarBooks’ membership card for reading at home.
Times Table Rockstars
Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) is a fantastic website for learning times tables. Children can log in at home with their personal username and password. Please click the link below to visit the site.
Physical Education will always (weather permitting) take place outside. Please ensure that warm/waterproof jackets or coats are sent to school with your child. In addition, if you wish to, you can also provide your child with a pair of navy/black leggings or jogging trousers to include in their PE kit. In line with guidance (regarding changing of clothes in school environment) and to limit the spread of infection, PE kits will not currently be kept in school. Your child’s P.E. day will be advised by their class teacher and on this day children will come to school wearing their PE Kit – this will consist of shorts, t-shirt, leggings/jogging pants (if chosen), their school sweatshirt/cardigan and either school shoes or trainers. A pair of trainers should also be kept at school permanently for outdoor/track use for other activities.
Our P.E day will be on a MONDAY.
In Literacy, we will be looking at the poem ‘The Highway Man’, written by Alfred Noyes in 1906. The Highway Man is a narrative poem, set on the Great South West Road (A30) in the 18th century; a place known in history for its highway men, who would steel from travellers.
Click on the picture below to go to a PDF document of the poem.
We will be using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to learning the poem and creating some written responses.
So far in maths, you have all been working really hard on your Place Value, Addition and Subtraction. This half term, we will be moving to our next units; Statistics, Multiplication and Division. Children may find these units trickier. I have linked some websites below that will support the children’s learning.
Here is an artefact that may give you a clue as to what our history topic is this half term…
Can you guess?
It’s the Stone Age!
We will learn about Man’s journey, starting as prehistoric neanderthals, and how they survived the Ice Age, the prehistoric predators and the dangerous job of carrying rocks weighing up to 25 tons (more than 12 cars!) across the country to create Stone Henge.
We will think about how it is that historians are able to find out so much detail about the past, and put our own inference skills to work by using artefacts to develop our own theories about the past.
Click on the image below to learn more about the Stone Age!
(BBC Bitesize website)
Science, taught by Mrs Hathaway
Our science topic is ‘Materials and their Properties’.
In R.E, we will be looking at Christmas celebrations around the world!
In computing we are working on our coding skills. Children can practise this at home using Purple Mash, and clicking on the 2Code Gorilla app. https://www.purplemash.com/app/code/openended/freecodegorilla
In French we will be learning how to talk about ourselves and our school.
In art we will be making clay containers.
In Sycamore class, we love to check out what’s been going on in the world on ‘News Round’. We love discussing current affairs and thinking critically. If children would like to have a look at home, click on the link below: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround