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!
Tower of London, 11.06.19
Sycamore Class had an absolutely fantastic day at the Tower of London. We walked along the Tower's battlements, recreated the Battle of Hastings and met the famous ravens of the White Tower! Thank you to the children and adults for your enthusiasm and support throughout the day.
Moving Picture Books
This week, we have been working hard in DT. The children have learnt how to make mechanisms for moving picture books and have now made their own pages to publish their Literacy work onto. Don't they look wonderful! We expect Waterstones to be putting in an order any day now.
Today we learnt about pollination through drama. We learnt the names of the different parts of flowering plants then acted out being bees to pollinate them!
Planting Sunflowers, 30.4.19
To kick start our 'Plants, Petals and Pollen' topic, we worked in groups to plant sunflowers and learnt how to care for them.
Today we learnt a new skill in Art - weaving! Then we used this new skill to create some fantastic pieces of artwork based on geometric Greek Pottery designs.
Mythical Creature Missing Posters! 22.3.19
Early last week, disaster struck in Sycamore Class! Our beloved mythical creatures escaped from a magical suitcase in our classroom and dispersed around the school! So in Literacy, we wrote Missing Posters to persuade the staff and children at RHJ to capture and return them safely to us. Thankfully, most have now been returned….although not before causing PANDEMONIUM in Mrs Broers’ Governor’s Meeting - as you can see from the letter below, which was delivered to Sycamore Class this afternoon!
World Book Day
Today we enjoyed turning our classroom into a gigantic bedroom for World Book Day! The children really enjoyed the theme of 'Bedtime Reading' and increased their reading stamina.
Brain Stretching, 01.02.19
This afternoon we did some brain stretching using 'Thunks' - Questions to make you think! We started the lesson by discussing the question "Is a clock still a clock if it has no hands?" and we had a really interesting discussion with some excellent "outside the box" thinking. Some ideas were:
- "No, because a clock has to tell the time and if it has no hands it can't do that."
- "Yes, because digital clocks and sundials don't have hands, but they are both still clocks."
- "A clock doesn't have hands - people do!"
Then the children moved around the classroom, discussing a different question at each table. You can see some of the questions in the pictures below - what would your answer be?
PE Spring 1 28/1/19
This half term in PE, Sycamore have started learning the various skills required to play volleyball and their first lesson involved looking at the technique for passing the ball. They will also be looking at the different passes that can be made in this sport and they will then apply all their learnt skills into a match scenario. They’ve made an excellent start so well done Sycamore class.
'The Volcano' by Sycamore Class, 17.1.19
We have started the Spring Term by looking at poetry in Literacy. We studied the poem 'The Sea' by James Reeves, which compared the sea to a dog. The children then worked in groups to write a stanza of our own class poem called 'The Volcano', comparing a volcano to a fire-breathing dragon! We hope you enjoy it.
Skara Brae Museum 7.12.18
In Literacy, the children have been working hard to write information plaques to accompany their Skara Brae homes in our very own Prehistory Museum. Today, we opened our Museum doors to visitors. Our Year 6 reading buddies and their teachers came - as well as Mrs Broers! They were all really impressed with the quality of the children's writing - as you can read in the letter that we received from Mrs Broers.
This term in Art, the children have been learning how to print. Today, we had a lot of fun experimenting with different types of stamps.
Autumn 2 - P.E 23/11/18
This half term in P.E, Sycamore have been looking at Dance, they have learnt how to count 8 beats to a song and how to travel to the song. Sycamore class have started to create a routine. Well done to Sycamore for their excellent start to Dance
Skara Brae Homes, 22.11.18
This week we have been learning about the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney, Scotland. The children used their research skills to find out what would have been inside a home at Skara Brae, then used this knowledge to create their own!
Diya Lamps, 8.11.18
Today the children made and painted Diya Lamps for Diwali. In RE we have been learning about Diwali and how Hindus celebrate it. Diya lamps create light which is a representation of good triumphing over evil.
Prehistory Workshop, 2.11.18
Today we were visited by Vanessa, who ran a workshop for us all about life in the Stone Age. We learnt about the different ages of Prehistory then tried a range of Stone Age jobs, including: spinning wool, grinding grain, drilling and dressing up in Stone Age clothes!
Art Day, 19.10.18
Today the whole school took part in Art Day. In Sycamore Class, we learnt how to mix primary colours to create a colour palette, then recreated the painting 'The Surprise' by Henri Rousseau. Doesn't it look spectacular!? If you would like to see it in person on Parents' Evening, it is on our Sycamore Class display board on the ground floor corridor.
DT - Healthy Smoothies, 18.10.18
This week, the children used their Scientific knowledge about healthy eating to design and make their own healthy smoothies!
Art - Learning How to Shade, 27.9.18
Today the children learnt how to show light and dark on 3D shapes using shading. In our next lesson, we will be further developing this skill by sketching and shading a still life picture of a fruit bowl.
Maths - Representing Numbers in Different Ways, 24.9.18
This week we have been exploring different ways to represent three-digit numbers. Here are some of the ways we found...
Geography - Where Does Our Food Come From? 19.9.18
After our visit to Asda, we used our map reading skills to locate the countries that our fruit and vegetables come from.
Growth Mindset - Mistakes Help You Learn, 14.9.18
Today we watched a video about Mojo, a little, green monster. In the video, he learnt that making a mistake is a good thing because we can learn from it. We then applied Mojo's attitude as we learnt a new skill - making origami bookmarks! The children identified when they made a mistake and tried again, remembering where they went wrong and correcting it. Well done, Sycamore Class :)
Asda Food Tasting, 13.9.18
Today we visited Asda to investigate where food comes from, then Tracey from Asda brought some fruit and vegetables into school for us to taste. The children were very brave and tried some things they hadn't tried before - even sprouts! I think the expressions on their faces say it all...
Our First Visit to the Library, 7.9.18
Today we visited our new school library. The children completed a quiz in pairs to help them find their way around the different areas of the library. We are now looking forward to choosing our first library books.
Team Building Games, 6.9.18
Today Sycamore Class enjoyed developed their teamwork skills while learning how to play our Wet Play Games. We had a great time and the children are now keeping their fingers crossed for rain so that they can play the games again!
Autumn 1 - P.E 17-9-18
This half term in P.E, Sycamore class have been learning about gymnastics and the different levels of movements and different tempos. To help the class remember the levels and tempos we have used animals. For example a low animal would be a snake and a fast animal would be a cheetah. The children have also created a sequence using everything they have learnt. The next target for Sycamore is to add turns, jumps and different ways of travel to their routine. Well Done Sycamore class for a fantastic start to this topic!