Welcome to Sycamore Class!
I (Mrs Eccles-Wood) am the teacher in this class, along with Mrs Baxter on a Wednesday afternoon. Mrs Kinder, our teaching assistant, will also be in class everyday to help you.
Well done for such a fantastic return to school after lockdwon and the Easter holidays! You have been working really hard and it is just wonderful to have you back.
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 are beginning the half term by looking at Myths! We will have a read of various creation myths from around the world, then look more closely at the Maya Creation Myth (to link with our history topic).
We will be using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk 4 Writing’ approach to learning the story 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 The Maya!
We will find out where the ancient civilization of the Maya lived, how they lived, and developed a sophisticated culture of city states with fine monumental buildings and characteristic stepped pyramids.
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 Maya!
(BBC Bitesize website)
Science, taught by Mrs Baxter
Our science topic is SPACE!
In R.E, we will be looking at Women in the Old Testement
In computing, we are creating databases. Children can practise this at home using Purple Mash, and clicking on the 2Code Gorilla app. https://www.purplemash.com
In French we will be learning how to talk about ourselves and our school.
In art we will be doing some clay work as well as lots of other topic-based art.
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