Welcome to Sycamore Class!
On our page you will find lots of photographs which show the different things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy them!
Today the children walked in the footsteps of Mary Poppins and friends, creating their own chalk pictures on the playground then jumping into them! We had lots of fun taking these jumping shots!
DT - Making prototype kites
Today the children learnt how to make a kite and investigated which materials would be best to make the sail. Here are some of our prototypes.
Design Technology - Investigating Kites, 10.7.18
Today the children began to learn about kites in preparation for making their own. They investigated how a kite flies, learnt about the different parts of a kite and investigated what kind of materials kites can be made from. Here are some photos of us flying the kites in the playground!
Maths - Angles and Turns, 18.5.18
In Maths today, we learnt about angles in turns. First we discovered that four right angles make a whole turn. The children also learnt how many quarter turns are in a whole turn, a half turn and a three-quarter turn. They then applied this knowledge to direct their partner around the playground, also using the words 'clockwise' and 'anticlockwise'.
Seed Dispersal, 15.5.18
Today we learnt that seeds come in all shapes and sizes because they are dispersed in different ways. We learnt about the different methods of seed dispersal, then went outside to test them. We used different types of balls (tennis, ping pong, volleyballs and hockey balls) to represent the seeds, then tried each ball with each method of seed dispersal. We learnt a lot and had a great deal of fun! When the children discovered that the only balls which would stick to the velcro (to represent animal fur) were the tennis balls, they came up with some ingenious methods to disperse the other balls! Have a look for yourselves...
DT - Moving Picture Books, 11.5.18
We have finally finished our moving picture books, based on The Tin Forest story - and they look wonderful! The children planned which parts of their picture would move, then choose the appropriate lever and linkage mechanism to make the movement. They then published their descriptive writing onto their moving picture.
To help us with our 'Plants, Pollen and Petals' topic, we have been growing sunflowers in pots in the classroom. Now that the seedlings are growing, we re-planted them into larger planters to give the roots more space to grow.
Plant Sketches, 4.5.18
In Science, we have been learning about the parts of a flowering plant and their functions. This afternoon, we went into our Nature Garden to find some plants and sketch the different parts.
DT Moving Pictures
Our DT project this term is to make a moving picture, based on the story ‘The Tin Forest’. Today, we practised using levers and linkages to make moving pictures. Sycamore Class all showed excellent resilience doing this. We made lots of mistakes and learnt from them!
To conclude a very creative (and extremely messy!) last week of term, we erupted our volcanoes today! We mixed bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to cause a chemical reaction, which created lots of gas and therefore bubbles. We used red food colouring for the lava and washing up liquid for extra foam!
Mixed Media Volcano Artwork, 6.2.17
Today the children created mixed media artwork of volcanoes. After experimenting with different materials, they could choose from: paint, tissue paper, felt, chalk or coloured paper. They look fantastic!
Paper Mache Volcanoes! 5.2.18
Today we painted our paper mache volcanoes - and they look wonderful! Later on this week, the children will be conducting a Science experiment to make them erupt. What an exciting end to our Vicious Volcanoes topic!
Measuring in Maths
Today, we have been learning how to measure length in metres and centimentres. The children were set a challenge to measure the lines on the hall floor. Beforehand, they used their knowledge of how long a metre is to predict the length of each line. Then they compared their predictions with the correct length afterwards. Their predictions were all very close!
Silver Coin Challenge
To raise money for our library, every class in the school took part in a Silver Coin Challenge. Here are some photos from ours!
Skara Brae Houses
As part of our Stone Age topic, the children learnt about a Neolithic village called 'Skara Brae' in Scotland. To support them with writing leaflets about the site, the children made their own Skara Brae homes. We got very messy and learnt a lot!
Book Day for our New Library!
A few snaps from book dress up day in Sycamore Class.
Our topic this term is 'Savage Stone Age' and in the first week of term we had a workshop to tell us all about Pre-history, especially the Stone Age. We became Stone Age people for the day and learnt how to spin wool, grind wheat, drill a hole into wood using a Stone Age tool, dress in animal skin clothing, and set up a Neolithic home.
Last week, we spent some time in the 'I wonder space'. In there, we took part in several activities, which talked about our feelings and how we dealt with them. This was a lovely opportunity for the children to reflect and think about what they are thankful for and how they are all unique and special.
This term we have been learning about Hinduism and the festival of Diwali. To understand how a Hindu child might feel during Diwali, we made our own Diya Lamps - and don't they look wonderful!
Art - Looking at color and tone
In Art this term we have been learning about colour and how to create a range of tones for a single colour palette. Today, we took advantage of our Autumnal surroundings and used colour and tone to create still life leaf pictures using oil pastels.
Where does our food come from?
Last week, Tracey from Asda came to visit Year 3 and taught us about where food comes from. We tried a range of fruit and vegetables and the teachers were very impressed that so many children tried food they had never tasted before! We learnt that the food in our supermarkets comes from all around the world, because some fruits and vegetables grow better in different climates.