Hello to everyone in Sycamore Class,
What a start to the year we have had already. I’m so pleased to have moved up to Year 5 with you all and I can’t wait for all the amazing things we are going to do and learn. Mrs Kinder was so excited to meet you all and I know you have impressed her already. We will continue to take care of our mini garden outside our classroom door…the lemon sherbet mint is definitely our favourite plant! We will keep our school dragon looking smart and healthy in the front of school and we will certainly be back out on Wilf’s Wood creating some wonderful masterpieces and setting a warm fire and toasting marshmallows. Here’s to a brilliant Autumn term!
Mrs T x
I will be teaching you on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays along with the amazing Mrs Kinder. On Wednesday Mrs Hathaway and Mrs Kinder will be with you to teach Science, French, and Music along with English and Maths activities.
Spellings & Handwriting
We will continue to work on our spelling patterns, sounds and handwriting each day. I will upload spelling lists on a Sunday evening and the test will always take place on a Friday. We will have special sounds to focus on and investigate each week, a spelling pattern to practice as well as learning our spellings for that week. Throughout all of these activities we will have opportunities to focus on our handwriting and thinking about how we can make it even better.
The children are provided with a rich reading curriculum through our English work, our daily reading comprehensions, our class novel and independent reading. I will read with everyone in class over the half term, as well as Mrs Kinder, to ensure the children are reading confidently and to see if they need to move up a reading level.
Please bring your reading books and reading records in on Fridays so we can keep track of your reading and add you to the Class Reading Tree.
This half term we will be looking at Poetry through Kensuke’s Kingdom and writing a Non Chronological report on The Shang Dynasty that we ware learning about in History.
We start by looking at Time, then Statistics before moving onto Place Value.
Times Table Rock Stars
We will continue to use Times Table Rock Stars as a fantastic way of learning times tables. Children can log in at home with their personal username and password. Please click the link below to visit the site.
In RE this half term we will be thinking about Holy books and in particular The Bible. We will be thinking about how and why Christians read the Bible and if there is any similarities between this and other Holy books.
In History we will be learning all about Early Civilisations. This year we have chosen The Shang Dynasty.
We have already devised a set of questions we want to answer throughout the topic as well as looking at what theories and ideas they created that we still use today.
In Art we will be using our 3D sculpture skills. We will use clay to recreate a piece of Bronze art form the Shang era.
This half term we will be looking at Valuing Differences.
Physical Education will always (weather permitting) take place outside. We are really lucky to have our Rugby coach in who will be teaching us the skill of invasion games. We will also be getting our track running up to speed too!
Please ensure that warm/waterproof jackets or coats are sent to school with your child. . 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. Our PE day will be on Wednesday 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.
This half term we are looking at word processing.
We will be taking our poems that we will write in English and using our word processing skills to publish them for the display in class.
French, Music & Science will be completed by Mrs Hathaway.
Remember that if you are completing any searches online to use ‘children’, ‘child’ or ‘kids’ in your search to ensure any adult or unsuitable content is filtered out.
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.
Please find Sycamore’s Class’ Homework expectations below.
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