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Welcome to Sycamore!

 

I hope you enjoy having a look through the photos of Sycamore's work.  We have had some fantastic work created recently on our current topics and we love sharing these with you.

 

English:

Last term, the children read ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells.  It tells the legend of Dracula coming to life on a school trip to Whitby Abbey.  We enjoyed reading this book and as a result wrote some fabulous pieces of writing, which included a setting description, tension building techniques and an explanation of how to capture Dracula!  We designed our own machines to do this, so if you ever need to capture the legend that is Dracula, Year 5/6 will guide you along the way!

 

This half term our focus text is ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K.Rowling.  We have already begun reading this and are thoroughly enjoying it.   We will be using it to create a range of writing pieces, to our comprehension skills and most importantly to enjoy the freedom that reading offers – maybe we’ll even learn some magic along the way!

 

We are continuing to learn how to use a range of higher level vocabulary in our writing.  We have already discovered some new vocabulary within the Harry Potter text and our aim is now to try and independently use this in our work.

 

Key tip: Be a reading detective by having a dictionary at your side when you are reading a book so that any unfamiliar words can be checked, learnt and applied. Reading every night will help you to develop this vital skill. I would love to see new words you have learnt, so jot them in your reading record.

 

Here are some useful links:
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/spelling-and-grammar
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/7-11-years/punctuation

 

Maths:

In maths, the children continue to develop key mental maths skills to solve a range of problems. It is vital they can accurately and fluently recall number bonds, times tables and corresponding division facts.  Under the ‘useful links’ section, we have updated some links that give access to further SATs related questions that the children may wish to use.  We encourage parents to join in too as we find the children really engage when they can show you what they know.

 

Exciting news!  Children have now been given a login to TTRockstars, a fantastic times table programme.  https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student.  With this, the children can crack their times tables knowledge, making them super speedy with their calculations.

 

Here are some useful links:
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z826n39

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/maths/sats/page1.htm

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/may/16/sats-maths-quiz-smarter-11-year-old-key-stage-two-exams-england

http://www.satspapers.org.uk/

 

 

This term the children have studied ‘The Mayan Civilisation’ and looked at how the human body works.  Thank you for all the wonderful projects that were created about the human body.  We enjoyed hearing about it and seeing the creative ideas the children had produced; the photographs of some projects can be seen in the 'gallery'.  Furthermore, after studying the Mayans, we designed and made some Mayan themed masks.  They were so successful, we had to show them off in the 'gallery' too.

 

See below for some useful links and an overview of what the children will be covering from the week beginning 11th March 2019 until May half term.

Here are some useful links:
https://nationalparks.uk/

https://nationalparks.uk/students

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/topics/zvhhvcw

https://www.theschoolrun.com/what-are-adaptation-and-evolution

 

Additionally, the children are studying:

 

R.E.

What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?

Science

Evolution and Inheritance

Design & Technology

Making CAM mechanism boxes

Geography

Britain’s National Parks

Music

Recorders

PSHCE

Financial capabilities and Democracy/children’s rights

Computing

Databases; Music and Sound, lining music with sound

French

Hobbies and sports

Spelling Focus

Reviewing key spelling rules for the year group - a printed list of spellings were sent home with your child’s Spring term report.

P.E.

Hockey and Tennis

 

Year 6 message

As we move towards SATs, it is important that the children are using their revision guides and SATs practice questions/papers provided to them.  This will help them to revise key grammar, spelling, punctuation and reading elements.  Please see the further information given to children advising what they are required to know, as an extra guide.

 

As you can see we have a busy 8 weeks ahead!

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about the learning taking place in our classroom.  If you have any questions, concerns or queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

 

Miss Barke

School will be closed from 15th to 26th April for the Easter holidays. We reopen at normal time on Monday 29th April 2019.
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